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RY X gives chills on every level with “Dark Room Dancing” — a track from their latest album, Blood Moon.

RY X is like cinnamon in coffee – something you thought you appreciated ut each time it’s experienced, you realize that it’s far more amazing than you initially thought. One can forget how good RY X is because they create such a fleeting sound, that their songs evaporate into thin air, but the effects remain.

“Dark Room Dancing” is one of those tracks, it’s an overwhelming slow burn that crashes in and out of your ears like waves, slowly growing until the final push of watery beats hit you.

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Bloomberg learned about the preparation of the German population and business for “difficult times”

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Germany Prepares Citizens and Businesses for 'Difficult Times' due to the reduction of Russian gas supplies, writes Bloomberg.

The head of the Federal Electricity Network Agency (BNetzA) Klaus Müller warned that households could face doubling or tripling gas bills, and urged citizens to save energy and money .

The agency cites data from the Bundesbank, according to which, if gas supplies from Russia stop, the German economy will shrink by more than 3% in 2023. Bloomberg notes that this will be the worst recession, except for the recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the global financial crisis.

“The outlook is grim. Factory orders have fallen in the past three months, costs are rising, and trust is crumbling,— notes the publication.

German companies are preparing to reduce energy consumption. Thus, due to the increase in the cost of gas, BASF may reduce production, and BMW may switch from electricity generation at its own power plants to its purchase.

The head of the German division of the Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche Holding, Hagen Pfudner, suggested that if necessary, part of the production could be switched from gas to oil, but stressed that this would reduce efficiency by five times.

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As Bloomberg writes, production cuts or even shutdowns in some cases will accelerate the loss of jobs and “cause long-term damage to the country's economic landscape.”

Gazprom cut gas supplies to Europe in mid-June. The company cited the late return of gas pumping units from repair by Siemens as the reason, as well as technical malfunctions of the engines. Later, gas transfer was reduced even more due to the shutdown of another turbine.

Against this background, the companies— gas importers to Europe began to report a reduction in the volumes they receive.

German Economy Minister Robert Habeck did not rule out that Russia would completely stop gas supplies after the planned two-week shutdown of Nord Stream; in July for maintenance.

In France, three energy companies— Engie, EDF and TotalEnergie— on Saturday urged citizens and businesses “immediately” limit the consumption of electricity, gas and oil products.

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Mayor of Kyiv reported explosions

Explosions thundered in one of the central districts of Kyiv. According to Vitali Klitschko, residents are being evacuated from two houses


Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko reported that several explosions had thundered in the Shevchenkovsky district of the capital, he wrote about this in his Telegram- channel. The Ukrayinska Pravda publications also write about the explosions. and Ukrinform.

According to Klitschko, teams of ambulances and rescuers left for the scene. “In two houses, residents are being rescued and evacuated,” — wrote Klitschko in the second message. He did not specify the cause of the explosions in the original message. In later publications, Klitschko wrote that a rocket “hit” a residential building.

Shevchenko district is located in the central part of Kyiv. On its territory, in particular, there are the St. Sophia Cathedral, the Golden Gate, the Kyiv zoo and the television center.

In early June, Klitschko reported explosions in the metropolitan areas of Darnitsky and Dneprovsky, which are located in the east of the city. One person was injured, the mayor said. According to Sergei Leshchenko, adviser to the head of the office of the Ukrainian president, the facilities of the Ukrainian railway operator Ukrzaliznytsia were damaged as a result.

The Russian Ministry of Defense has repeatedly reported that, as part of the military operation, it strikes only at military facilities, without touching civil infrastructure.

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At the request of Roskomnadzor, RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information from Russian official sources.

In April, the agency threatened to strike at “decision-making centers”, including in Kyiv, if Ukraine continues to attempt sabotage and strikes against Russian targets.

Military actions in the Kyiv area were going on in late February and March. On February 25, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that Russian paratroopers blockaded Kyiv from the western side. Two days later, Klitschko, in an interview with The Associated Press, said that the capital was surrounded, and all exits from it were blocked. However, later in a video message, he stated that the media that spread his words about the environment were participating in an information war. “Don't believe the bullshit,” — stressed the mayor.

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Johnson to urge G7 leaders to prevent ‘fatigue’ from supporting Ukraine

London will provide guarantees for a loan to Kyiv from the World Bank, this will help “preserve the Ukrainian state,” Johnson's office said. The prime minister intends to call on the G7 countries to prevent “fatigue and hesitation”

Western countries' support for Ukraine should not weaken, since the manifestation of fatigue and hesitation on this issue will “play into the hands” Russian authorities, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson intends to make such a statement at the summit of the leaders of the G7 countries; (G7: US, Germany, France, Canada, Italy, Japan and the UK), his office said in a statement.

“Now is not the time to give up on Ukraine,” said the head of the British government.— The UK will continue to support Ukraine every step of the way because we know their security— this is our security, and their freedom— this is our freedom.

The G7 leaders' summit will be the first since the end of February and the start of the Russian special operation in Ukraine.

Ukrainian authorities fear funding could end by fall unless urgent financial assistance is provided, Johnson's office said in a statement. London will send $525 million as guarantees for Ukraine to receive a loan from the World Bank at the end of 2022. The office of the British Prime Minister stressed that the guarantees from London will allow the World Bank to provide Kyiv “much more” funds.

Thus, the financial support of Ukraine from the UK will reach $1.5 billion, while the total amount of economic and humanitarian assistance will amount to $1.8 billion this year.

“These investments will help preserve the Ukrainian state. The UK covers the cost of the loan only if the Ukrainian government is unable to pay. Thus, they are both an investment in the strategic stability of Ukraine and an expression of confidence in the future of the country,— Johnson's office said.

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The head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Dmitry Kuleba spoke about the fatigue of a number of European countries, in particular, at the end of March. According to him, some states would like to avoid the imposition of “further, additional, systemic sanctions that could really hit the Russian economy.” Kuleba noted that Kyiv is working with the governments of these countries to overcome their fatigue on the issue of sanctions.

“We have a very good partner here in Poland to move towards a complete withdrawal from [Russian] oil and gas. Some countries are not ready to move away from them completely, such as Germany, but we see some steps towards a gradual withdrawal,— he said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has also spoken of a “growing fatigue” that is demanding an undesirable outcome from Kyiv. He remarked, “People want some result for themselves. And we need a result for us.

Johnson emphasized in mid-June that Western allies should be prepared that the conflict in Ukraine will become protracted, which is why it is worth “buying time” towards Kyiv. He said: “Everything will depend on whether Ukraine can strengthen its ability to defend its territory faster than Russia can restore its ability to attack.” At the same time, the British Prime Minister pointed out that the constant funding of Ukraine to “preserve the viability of the Ukrainian state” should take place over many years.

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Canceled a day later: how US and UN sanctions were lifted from different countries

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The Russian Ministry of Defense announced a warehouse with Javelin and NLAW near Kharkov


The Russian military discovered a warehouse with Javelin anti-tank missile systems (ATGM) and NLAW guided missile systems in one of the settlements taken under control in the Kharkiv region, reported by the Ministry of Defense.

According to the ministry, foreign-made weapons were not used in combat.

At the request of Roskomnadzor, RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information from Russian official sources.

The Russian military operation in Ukraine began more than four months ago&mdash ; on the night of February 24th. President Vladimir Putin called its goals demilitarization and “denazification” neighboring state. Ukraine, in response, severed diplomatic relations with Russia, introduced martial law and announced general mobilization.

Even before the start of the special operation, due to the aggravation of the situation in Ukraine, many Western countries began to supply weapons to Ukraine. The volume of international military support to Ukraine by the end of June amounted to about $38.5 billion. Washington handed over to Kiev, among other things, 2,000 Javelin systems. The second place is occupied by Poland, the volume of Javelins transferred by Warsaw is unknown. The UK sent 3965 NLAW complexes to Kiev.

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The Russian Ministry of Defense has repeatedly reported on the destruction of warehouses with foreign weapons, the ministry also reported on the receipt of captured weapons. In mid-March, the department spoke of its intention to train the military of the Lugansk and Donetsk People's Republics in handling NLAW and Javelin.

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Less than 5% of German companies decided to leave the Russian market

Of the number of German companies that make up two-thirds of the Russian-German Chamber of Commerce, only 4% announced their intention to leave the Russian market completely. The rest plan to continue working

Only 4% of German companies operating in Russia have expressed their desire to completely leave the market since the outbreak of hostilities in Ukraine, RBC was told at the Russian-German Foreign Trade Chamber (VTP).

“In late April, the Russian-German Chamber of Commerce conducted a survey among its 1,050 member companies to find out how they see the future of their business in Russia. Of the number of German companies, which make up two-thirds of the total number of members of the WTP, only 4% announced their intention to leave the Russian market completely. The rest plan to continue their activities in the market without any changes, either partially abandoning new projects or changing their structure,— stated in the WTP. German companies include those whose owners are citizens or companies of Germany.

The Chamber of Foreign Trade noted that since the beginning of the year 54 companies have joined it. At the same time, 20 have canceled their membership since February 24. “However, in the medium and long term, we expect a decrease in the number of member companies in 2023. Nevertheless, we will remain the largest foreign business association in Russia, — added to VTP.

After the announcement of the start of a special military operation in Ukraine, dozens of European and German companies left Russia. Among them, the German Siemens and its “daughter” Siemens Mobility, which announced its withdrawal and termination of joint contracts with Russian Railways on May 12. Siemens Mobility created a network of depots in Russia for the maintenance and repair of Sapsan trains; and Lastochka, and its subsidiaries produce frequency converters and traction motors.

On June 3, Europe's largest insurer announced its withdrawal from the market & mdash; German company Allianz Group. Also, the Russian market left the German automobile concerns Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Volkswagen, the manufacturer of household chemicals and repair goods Henkel, the software developer SAP, the confectionery brand Dr. Oetker, Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank.

Executive Director of the Eastern Committee of the German Economy (OAOEV) Michael Harms, in an interview with the German RND, said that the departed German companies will not return to the Russian market in the foreseeable future, noting that many are just starting to leave the market due to legal difficulties. The process could take “months, if not years,” he said. “A quick return to Russia is not expected at all,” — he emphasized. At the same time, Harms believes that some German companies still left open the possibility of returning, because “if you completely leave the Russian market, then it will be very difficult to return later.” Harms described the losses of German businesses from leaving Russia as “acceptable” as companies suffered more from the disruption of global supply chains and price increases caused by the outbreak of hostilities in Ukraine.

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Shoigu inspected the Russian grouping of troops in Ukraine

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Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu inspected the Russian group of troops involved in the special operation in Ukraine, the agency said .

“At the command posts of Russian groups, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu heard reports from the commanders on the current situation and actions of the Russian Armed Forces in the main operational areas”,— the ministry said. Where Shoigu was geographically located is not specified.

The Minister of Defense discussed the organization of “comprehensive support for military operations” and the creation of the necessary living conditions for the Russian military at temporary deployment points.

The Minister also presented state awards to servicemen— medals “Gold Star” Hero of Russia and the Order of Courage.

On June 2, Shoigu, during a meeting with the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, defined new tasks for the Russian military operation in Ukraine. According to Kadyrov, the new tasks involve “improving further tactics.” “The measures taken will make it possible to significantly increase the effectiveness of offensive maneuvers, which contributes to the conduct of a special operation at a faster pace,” he added.

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Earlier, Shoigu at a meeting of the Council of Ministers of Defense of the Collective Security Treaty Organization said that the purpose of the military operation is to ensure a non-nuclear and neutral status of the neighboring state. He explained that Ukraine was “turning into a hostile state” that was “used as an instrument of pressure on Russia.” In addition, according to him, there is a real threat that Ukraine will create nuclear weapons and their means of delivery.

Before the start of the Russian special operation, Zelensky said that Ukraine could reconsider the renunciation of nuclear weapons if the summit of countries— parties to the Budapest Memorandum will not provide her with security guarantees. Then the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov explained that Zelensky did not mean the development of nuclear weapons by Ukraine, but pointed out the need for all signatories of the Budapest Memorandum to fulfill the obligations that were spelled out there.

On June 7, the head of the Russian The Ministry of Defense announced that the Russian military had occupied a significant part of the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics along the left bank of the Seversky Donets River. He said that the cities of Krasny Liman and Svyatogorsk, residential areas of Severodonetsk, as well as 97% of the territory of the Luhansk People's Republic were taken.

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From shooting to entering the EU market: how Pridnestrovie appeared and lives

In September 1990, the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic was proclaimed on a part of the Moldavian SSR. Why she decided to separate and what she came to for more than 30 years of independence – in the RBC video


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Macron’s party proposes to enshrine the right to abortion in the French constitution

The right to abortion has been challenged in the United States, this provision should be enshrined in the French Constitution, the presidential party believes. Macron has previously said that this right should be protected Macron proposed to enshrine the right to abortion in the French Constitution” />

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The French Constitution should enshrine the right of a woman to have an abortion in order to eliminate the risk of a repetition of the situation in the United States, the social-liberal Renaissance party prepare a relevant bill. This was stated by the chairman of the faction in the National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, Auror Berger, on the air of France Inter radio. Until May 2022, the party was called “Forward, Republic.”

“Unfortunately, nothing is impossible, and women's rights— these are always fragile rights that are regularly called into question,” — said the politician (quoted by France24).

The bill will provide that no one can be deprived of the right to voluntary termination of pregnancy, she explained. The head of the faction added that the politicians of the “National Association” Marine Le Pen They are “ardent opponents of the availability of abortion for women”, and therefore one should not take risks in this matter, the norm should be “drawn on granite”; French Basic Law.

The decision of the US Supreme Court to repeal the federal legalization of abortion is “catastrophic for women in the world: every nine minutes, one woman dies due to the fact that the abortion was done badly, in an unsafe way,” ; she emphasized.

Berger's initiative was approved by the French Prime Minister Elisabeth Born. She tweeted that the bill would receive strong support “for the sake of all women, for the sake of human rights.” The head of the parliamentary faction of the left party “Insubordinate France” Mathilde Pano announced that on Monday she would propose to the New People's Ecological and Social Alliance come up with its own legislative initiative to enshrine the right to abortion in the Constitution.

As pointed out by France Info, amendments to the French Constitution can be made at the initiative of the President or Parliament of the Republic. In this matter, both parliamentary chambers (the National Assembly and the Senate) have equal powers. Amendments can be approved either during a referendum or by a majority vote (three-fifths) of deputies of both houses of parliament.

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As the portal points out, in 2018, opposition deputies proposed to include the right to contraception and abortion in the French Constitution. However, the National Assembly then rejected the initiative. Former French justice minister Nicole Balloubay then felt that the right to abortion in France was “sufficiently guaranteed”.

In late June, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a 1973 ruling that had guaranteed the federal government a woman's right to an abortion. The decision was made because of the position of five Republican judges, three Democratic judges and Chief Justice John Roberts opposed. “Abortion is a deep moral issue. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of every state from regulating or prohibiting abortion. wrote Judge Samuel Alito in the court's conclusion.

The Democratic judges said that depriving women of the right to decide whether to continue or terminate a pregnancy means delegating it to the state level. “Whatever the scope of the forthcoming laws, one result of today's decision is clear: the restriction of women's rights and their status as free and equal citizens,” said in their statement.

US President Joe Biden called the decision a “tragic mistake”; and “implementation of extremist ideology”. “The Court literally took America back 150 years. In my opinion, this is a sad day for the country, but this does not mean that the fight is over,— he added.

The decision of the US Supreme Court was also criticized by French President Emmanuel Macron, stressing that the right to abortion is the fundamental right of all women. “He needs to be protected. I express my solidarity with the women whose freedoms are today challenged by the Supreme Court of the United States of America,— he wrote.

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Biden announced Putin’s unfulfilled hopes for a split in the G7 and NATO

The US President, at a meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, assured that the G7 and the North Atlantic Alliance would continue to maintain unity. The leaders of the G7 countries on June 26-28 will discuss pressure on Russia and assistance to Ukraine in Germany

Russian President Vladimir Putin, starting a military operation in Ukraine, counted on a split in NATO and the G7, but was mistaken, US President Joe Biden told German Chancellor Olaf Scholz , according to Reuters. The leaders held bilateral talks before the G7 summit, which will be held from June 26 to 28 in Germany.

“Putin from the very beginning expected that somehow NATO and the G7 would be split, but this did not happen and will not happen,— Biden assured. He thanked Scholz for “intensifying [aid to Ukraine] after he became Chancellor.”

After the outbreak of hostilities in Ukraine, the Group of Seven expressed support for Kyiv and condemned the Russian special operation. Countries of the “Seven” promised to provide Ukraine with military assistance “for as long as necessary” and declared their intention to prevent a Russian victory. Both Berlin and Washington handed over to Kyiv several shipments of weapons and military equipment, including heavy weapons.

On the eve of the first G7 summit since the beginning of the conflict, Reuters, citing a senior US official, said that the US would present specific proposals at the meeting to increase pressure on Russia and support Ukraine. After that, Biden said that the countries of the “Group of Seven” (United States, Great Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan), in particular, will announce a ban on the import of Russian gold. This information was confirmed by the British government. They clarified that the restrictions will apply to new production, but will not affect previously exported gold of Russian origin.

The government of the kingdom reported that Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the summit will urge colleagues not to weaken support for Ukraine. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that the summit in Germany will discuss, among other things, the possibility of a diplomatic solution to the conflict.

In turn, NATO at the summit, which will be held June 28-30 in Madrid, will make new statements about the alignment of forces. In addition, the alliance will present a new strategic concept. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg reported that Russia will be mentioned in this document as a non-partner block, a threat to its security.

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The Ministry of Defense announced the transfer of Severodonetsk under the control of the LPR

The city of Severodonetsk, as well as the villages of Borovskoye, Voronovo and Sirotino as part of the Severodonetsk City Council, came under the control of the LPR, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Sunday, TASS reports.

At the request of Roskomnadzor, RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information from Russian official sources.

On the eve of the Ministry of Defense announced that Severodonetsk is under the complete control of the Russian Armed Forces.

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Blinken called Russia’s losses from the ban on gold imports

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US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken named the amount that, according to Washington's calculations, Russia may lose after the G7 countries impose a ban on the import of Russian gold.

According to Blinken, this initiative will affect the second most profitable export item, after energy, which Russia has.

“That's about $19 billion,” the Secretary of State said.

He added that most of this amount came to Russia under this article from the G7 countries .

He called the deprivation of Russia of such income “significant”.

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Iran says it launched rocket into space

The Iranian Defense Ministry reported that the country had successfully launched a launch vehicle called Zoljanakh, tasnimnews.com reports. . The ministry said the launch was for scientific purposes.

According to information provided by the ministry, the rocket has three stages, including two for solid fuel and one for liquid.

Earlier in the media there was information that Iran was preparing to launch a rocket. At the same time, Western countries suggested that in the future, proven technologies could be used to create ballistic missiles.

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Iran and the United States are ready to resume negotiations on the lifting of sanctions

The stalemate between Tehran and Washington on the nuclear deal has broken its stalemate

The stalled talks on the Iran-US nuclear deal may soon resume. The head of the EU foreign policy department said that the stalemate was broken after a meeting with the foreign minister of the Islamic Republic in Tehran. The topic of lifting sanctions against Iran is becoming relevant again.

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Josep Borrell, EU foreign policy chief, said that negotiations on a nuclear deal with Iran will resume, which will prevent a complete failure of the agreement, which could provoke a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.

According to The Guardian, after meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in Tehran, Borrell said the deadlock that had stalled talks on resuming the nuclear deal since March had broken. Borrell did not give details on the exact date for the resumption of talks or the exact format, but said the process took place with the consent of Iran and the US. He also met with Iranian national security chief Ali Shamkhani.

Previous talks have floundered, although most aspects of the US return to the nuclear deal have been settled. However, US President Joe Biden was unwilling to accept Iran's demand to lift sanctions on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) by ending its status as a “foreign terrorist organization”.

At a joint press conference in Tehran, Amir-Abdollahian said: “We are ready to resume negotiations in Vienna in the coming days.”

The Iranian minister expressed hope that the US “this time” will adhere to a “realistic and fair approach”; and give Iran the full economic benefits of the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Program of Action (JCPOA). In 2018, Donald Trump announced that he would impose the “highest level of economic sanctions” ever. against Iran and withdrew the US from the international agreement on the nuclear deal.

The Iranian foreign minister said he had conducted “detailed, precise and profound” talks with Borrell about negotiations to revive the JCPOA, adding: “We are going to break the deadlock in the Vienna talks and put an end to the tensions that have existed in recent days.” the UN inspectorate has lost almost all effective access to Iran's nuclear facilities. Tehran reacted to a vote of no confidence earlier this month by the board of the International Atomic Energy Agency by shutting down some cameras at its facilities, undermining “continuity of knowledge”; UN on Iran's nuclear activities.

Many regional observers remain doubtful that a deal will be reached, but the conflict in Ukraine did not provide Tehran with unexpected economic benefits, as Russia offered its oil to China at a reduced price, crowding out Iran from key markets, writes The Guardian. According to Hamid Hosseini, President of the Oil and Gas Exporters Union of Iran, Iran's oil exports to China fell by 34% as of May.

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Not only aircraft carriers: the Chinese Navy scared the Americans

“They are building their fleet at a faster rate than the US and all its allies”

China has made a big statement about its naval ambitions by recently launching its third and most modern aircraft carrier. “Fujian” – the largest, most modern and most powerful Chinese aircraft carrier to date with a displacement of 80,000 tons – is called the “pearl” in the crown of China's military expansion, thanks to which Beijing has turned its navy into the largest in the world.

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Fujian's new combat systems, such as the electromagnetic catapult launch system, show China is rapidly catching up with the United States, experts say, and will give the carrier the ability to launch more aircraft, faster and with more ammunition.

< p>As CNN says, that should be enough to give any potential adversary pause, especially given China's increasing assertiveness in its territorial disputes with Japan in the East China Sea, many Southeast Asian countries in the South China Sea, and its actions regarding the island of Taiwan, where Beijing defiantly refused to rule out an invasion to reunite with the “rebellious province”.

with noisy fanfare was clearly intended as a message to Beijing's rivals, analysts have so far warned against too much hype.

First, Fujian is likely to be out of service for another three to four years, said Karl Schuster, a former US Navy captain and former director of operations for the US Pacific Command's Joint Intelligence Center. And even when it is in working order, its size will make it an obvious target — any adversary will be keenly aware that the sinking of such an iconic ship would be as much a moral blow as a military disaster for China.

In addition, there is the simple fact that aircraft carriers, as impressive as they may seem, are not necessarily best suited to what experts consider the most likely conflict scenario in the near future, including clashes in the East and South China Seas and a Chinese invasion of Taiwan.

Essentially, experts say, “Fujian” may be China's largest ship, but that's probably not the biggest issue that US naval commanders are worried about right now.

Here are four types of ships in China's possession that arguably pose a far greater threat to US naval dominance than the latest aircraft carrier.

Threats include China's Type 055 destroyer. Launched in 2017 , these 13,000 ton stealth guided missile destroyers are considered by many to be the most powerful surface ships in the world.

The Type 055, large enough to be considered a cruiser by NATO standards, is equipped with 112 vertical launchers that can be used to launch everything from anti-ship missiles to long-range land-attack missiles.

“This ship , in particular, has a complex design, stealth features, radars and a large stock of missiles. It is larger and more powerful than most US, Japanese and South Korean destroyers, — told CNN a senior analyst at RAND Corp. Timothy Heath in 2018, when Beijing launched two warships in one day, a testament to China's impressive shipbuilding capabilities.

A March report from the US Congressional Research Service said at least 10 Type 055s have already been launched or are under construction.

The power of the type was highlighted in footage that surfaced on social media in April. They show one of them launching, according to naval analyst H.I. Sutton, hypersonic anti-ship ballistic missile YJ-21 — a weapon often referred to as the “carrier killer”.

The Chinese edition of Global Times called these missiles part of the country's defensive strategy. “If the US does not commit military provocations against China, including on the Taiwan issue, they do not need to worry about missiles,” — the message says.

Another cause for concern for the US military — Chinese Type 039 submarine. These Yuan-class submarines are near-silent diesel-electric boats with capabilities that US military planners have a hard time keeping up with.

Beijing has built 17 Type 39A/B submarines and plans to increase that to 25 in the next three years, according to a report from the Ministry of Defense. U.S. Defense Congress 2021 on China's military strength.

“Type 039 SS provide powerful defense in depth” in waters close to China, and they seem to be developing some opportunities for engagement. US forces further out to sea,” says Karl Schuster.

These submarines are equipped with Air Independent Propulsion (AIP), which means they don't have to surface as often to get the air they need to burn diesel fuel, which can then power their batteries.

« When running on batteries, AIP-equipped submarines are nearly silent, with the only noise coming from the shaft bearings, propeller, and hull fairing. wrote US Navy officers Michael Walker and Austin Cruz in a 2018 US Navy report.

China is pushing to launch more ultra-quiet submarines armed with anti-ship cruise missiles, the defense ministry said.

One effective attack technique used by the Type 039 is to launch a homing torpedo through the target ship's stern or stern. The torpedo then follows in the target ship's wake before exploding near its propulsion and steering systems. Since surface ships detect submarines and torpedoes by sound waves, homing torpedoes are especially difficult to defend against.

The development of Chinese submarines comes just at a time when the US Navy is experiencing problems with anti-submarine weapons. Commander of Naval Operations Admiral Michael Gilday told Congress last month that the Navy wants to scrap nine of its Littoral Combat Ships, one of the newest ships in the US Navy, because their ASW systems “technically didn't work.”

Commercial ferries — this is also a cause for concern for the US military. To invade Taiwan, China would likely need to deploy an invasion force of hundreds of thousands of men — some analysts suggest that more than a million people will be needed.

Various analysts and US government reports have concluded that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) navy is not up to the task. But China has a huge fleet of civilian ferries that can be quickly converted to military use, and some say they were even designed to do just that.

“China's largest ferry manufacturer publicly stated in 2015 that one of its largest ro-ro ferries was built for both military and civilian use, and one of China's largest ferry operators is similarly described as having a dual civil-military development. philosophy», — wrote Thomas Shughart, a former U.S. Navy submarine commander and now fellow at the Center for a New American Security, in a 2021 feature for War on the Rocks. He added that civilian ferry companies operating in the Yellow and South China Seas have already been organized into subsidiary units of the PLA.

According to Shugart, the tally of the numbers was staggering. According to him, the use of civilian ships will give China an additional 1.1 million tons of displacement. This figure is more than three times the displacement of all Chinese landing craft combined. If China uses the Hong Kong ferries, it could get an additional 370,000 tons of shipping, Shugart said.

Is that enough to take Taiwan by force? It's hard to understand. But Shugart said it answered one question. “How many transport ships does the Chinese military have? Very likely, more than you think.

Ferries — are not the only supposedly civilian vessels that military planners have on their radars. Experts also accuse China of building up a maritime militia of more than a hundred vessels believed to be engaged in commercial fishing to enforce its desires in disputed seas. According to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the militia, whose existence Beijing denies, consists of at least 122 courts and probably 174.

But the real number could be even higher, CNN claims. Militia involvement was suspected by various experts when more than 200 Chinese fishing boats filled the waters around Whitsun Reef in the South China Sea in early 2021. The reef is claimed by both China and the Philippines, which has described the presence of the boats as a “clear threat”; provocative actions.

“The Marine Militia of the People’s Armed Forces don’t fish, — Karl Schuster told CNN last year. — They have automatic weapons on board and a reinforced hull, making them very dangerous at close range. In addition, their top speed is around 18-22 knots, making them faster than 90% of the world's fishing boats.

The militia consists of two main parts: professional militia boats and real fishing boats used by the Chinese military under a subsidy scheme, according to a November report by the Asian Maritime Transparency Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

In the CSIS report it is said that professionals are leading actions such as harassing foreign drilling vessels or blocking foreign fishing vessels, and subsidized fishermen are exerting numerical pressure. And with the world's largest fishing fleet, China has plenty of reserves to tap into.

However, none of this means that the launch of the USS Fujian is not an important point. As in the United States, aircraft carriers will eventually become the backbone of the PLA's navy and a symbol of what the modern Chinese military is capable of, said Karl Schuster. should be seen in terms of what it portends, not in terms of its limited immediate impact, — Shuster said. — China has now launched three aircraft carriers and brought two into full combat mode at a time when the US Navy has struggled to bring one new aircraft carrier into full combat mode.

Karl Schuster was referring to the supercarrier USS Gerald Ford, which has been plagued by problems since its entry into service in 2017 (by then it was already three years late). The supercarrier has yet to make its first operational deployment, although that is expected this fall. Meanwhile, China is pulling ahead.

“They are building their fleet at a faster rate than the US and all its allies,” — Shuster is worried.

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Biden predicted a difficult conversation with allies in Europe

U.S. President heads across the ocean for NATO and G7 summits

Joe Biden travels to Europe to rally waning Western allies against Russia amid ongoing conflict in Ukraine . The US president landed in Germany late Saturday night local time, CNN reported. The head of the White House will have difficult conversations with NATO and G7 partners.

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Biden hopes to announce new sanctions and military aid along with European allies during his visits to Germany and Spain. Both the G7 and NATO summits are scheduled to feature Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who continues to ask for more help from the United States and other countries.

Still, CNN admits, there are big questions looming over Western leaders' talks in Germany and Spain, most notably whether a united Western response to the Ukraine conflict can be sustained, especially as the leaders face the threat of a global recession and rising anger. within their own countries over rising prices for gas, food and other goods.

The looming economic crisis has caused serious political problems for many Western leaders, including Biden. This has led to new conversations and some disagreement among allies over how to end the conflict in Ukraine.

While CNN claims “Moscow is feeling out of sorts after several rounds of Western sanctions,” the American channel acknowledges that “while the fighting has shifted east from Kyiv, Moscow's gradual gains have led to increased US anxiety and Europe” about the trajectory of the conflict.

At the same time, sanctions on Russian oil and gas pushed up energy prices, leading to problems with gas station prices. And the impact of the conflict on Ukrainian grain exports has led to a sharp rise in food prices and the threat of a hunger crisis in poorer countries. The topic is expected to be discussed during the German and Spanish summits.

The ensuing political fallout has raised questions about the leaders' willingness to continue the pressure campaign as the conflict rages on.

“Ukraine is going to be a big deal, and the big question is whether this group can push sanctions forward,” says Matt Goodman, senior vice president of economics at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

As CNN notes, it is clear that Zelenskiy will be calling for more sanctions and more military assistance when he appears virtually at the G7 and NATO. U.S. officials have said Biden, along with other leaders, plans to unveil moves to increase pressure on Russia over its actions, though the sources declined to say exactly what those moves would look like.

At the same time, Biden expects the group to discuss steps to stabilize energy markets – an issue that one official said will be “at the center of discussion” in a castle in the Bavarian Alps where the G7 summit is being held.

Biden and his G-7 colleagues have agreed to announce a ban on new gold imports from Russia, a source told CNN. Gold is Russia's second largest export commodity after energy. On Tuesday, the Treasury Department will release a ruling to ban new gold imports to the US, which the source said “isolates Russia even more from the global economy, preventing it from participating in the gold market.”

At the start of the Ukraine crisis, Western leaders rallied around the sanctions regime to isolate Russian President Vladimir Putin. But a few months later, the question of how to end the conflict – and possibly end inflation-driven sanctions – has sparked tensions between the allies, CNN admits.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who visited Kyiv for the second time last week, positions himself as Zelensky's main ally and insists that Ukraine “must win.” Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron warns against “humiliating” Russia. And along with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, he maintains open channels of communication with the Kremlin, CNN notes.

This has sometimes led to disagreements with Biden, whose secretary of defense said after his visit to Ukraine that Russia needs to be “weakened”.

Biden's aides insist that Western unity, which the US president has worked hard to create, remains unchanged.

“I mean that each country speaks for itself. Every country worries about what they are willing to do or not do. But as far as the alliance is concerned, it has never really been stronger or more resilient than it is today,” said John Kirby, White House National Security Council strategic communications coordinator.

However, existing divisions can lead to tense conversations at summits when leaders will inevitably need to discuss how the conflict will end – either through concessions from Ukraine, or through more coordinated work to achieve a ceasefire, or simply through months of endless fighting.

“I don’t think anyone someone might know for sure,” Kirby said this week when asked how long the conflict would last.

Ultimately, the biggest threat to the resolve of the West may be the fatigue of leaders and their populations from the Ukrainian conflict, which has no clear path to an end, CNN emphasizes.

“New crises are emerging, but also what we go further and if we impose sanctions, firstly they will hit Russia, but then they will hit our side too,” Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said earlier this month on CNN.

There was a time when this week's NATO summit in Madrid was seen as a potential meeting for new members of the alliance. But plans to speed up consideration of Sweden's and Finland's accession bids have been thwarted by lockdowns created by Turkey and its President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The delay has led to frustration that what could have been a strong signal to Russia has instead been bogged down by Turkish demands.

Erdogan has accused Stockholm and Helsinki of harboring and supporting “terrorist” organizations (particularly Kurdish groups) that he says threaten his country's security. He has demanded the extradition of some followers of the US-based opposition leader Gülen, whom he blamed for the failed coup in 2016.

US officials remain confident that the two countries' bids for NATO will eventually be granted. And they said Biden would likely discuss the issue on the sidelines of meetings with officials from various countries, including Turkey. But sources expressed little confidence that Erdogan's fears could be resolved by the end of the summit, shattering hopes of a lavish reception in Madrid.

The new focus on which the collective West's concerns are is China. At last year's G-7 summit on the coast of Cornwall, Biden forced his fellow leaders to include strong new language in the final communiqué condemning China's human rights abuses.

The topic of China could spark tense conversations, as some European leaders don't necessarily share Biden's view of China as an existential threat. Yet the US president has made it clear on numerous occasions that he hopes to convince fellow leaders to take a tougher stance. And Russia's special military operation in Ukraine has reinforced Biden's oft-voiced warnings about “autocracy versus democracy.”

“I think it's fair to say that last year was a major watershed for the G7, talking about China's coercive economic practices for the first time,” a senior US administration official said this week. “We expect this to be, if anything, a big topic of conversation.”

At the NATO summit, leaders will also include China for the first time in the alliance's final “strategic concept” document, in particular the long-term challenges that China poses to European security. For the first time, the NATO summit in Madrid will feature leaders from the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea, as invited participants.

Biden also plans to make new efforts to launch a global infrastructure partnership designed to advance low- and middle-income countries in yet another attempt to challenge China's ambitions.

The G7 countries will also discuss their goal to reduce fossil fuel use and take meaningful steps to overcome the climate crisis. But the race to phase out Russian natural gas in Europe and lower US gasoline prices has violated these countries' climate commitments, and they are quickly running out of time to reach their goals.

After the EU touted a fast-track transition to clean energy in response to Russia's actions in Ukraine, several European countries, including Germany and the UK, are returning to coal to replace lost Russian gas. And Germany is also looking for new gas supplies in Africa.

“Germany is starting to retreat, and Chancellor Scholz is considering a new gas deal with Senegal. This is a wake-up call for G7 unity in moving away from fossil fuels, Alex Scott, program manager for climate diplomacy and geopolitics at global climate think tank E3G, told CNN. “Similarly, what is happening in Germany is sending the wrong signal.”

Similarly, Biden and his administration have made lowering fuel prices their top priority at home, and Biden recently backed a fuel tax holiday that was opposed by many members of his own Democratic Party. Scott also told CNN that he expects the US to make concrete commitments to phase out coal, which Washington has struggled to achieve in past climate talks.

“It's time for the US to really propose a new policy,” Scott says. . “It means clearing up when and how the US will end its obsession with coal.”

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The expert corrected the head of intelligence of the Armed Forces of Ukraine: the turning point has already happened, it’s time to give up

Only a person who is not responsible for words can talk about a counteroffensive

Chief of the Main Directorate of Military Intelligence of Ukraine Kyrylo Budanov promised a “tipping point” at the front in August. And then, according to him, Ukraine will return all its territories. Military expert Yevgeny Linin doubted the words of the chief Ukrainian intelligence officer.

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“Not so long ago, the main propagandist of Zelensky’s office, Aleksey Arestovich, already announced that they were about to launch a counteroffensive,” Linin said. – First in the area of ​​Nikolaev, then in the area of ​​Kyiv and Kharkov. But now June is ending, and we see how the armed formations of Ukraine are being systematically forced out of the settlements of the LPR and DPR. On the contrary, we still have a bridgehead near Kharkov and an outpost ledge near Nikolaev.

Now the armed formations of Ukraine are not able to counterattack. They do not have sufficient forces and means for this. They cannot form any shock fists that could open the defenses of the DPR and LPR corps. This requires mechanized units, tanks in large numbers, mandatory support for artillery, both cannon and rocket, and plus aviation support. Ukraine actually has none of the above.

Aviation, as a branch of the military, ceased to exist. All the artillery that they inherited from the time of the Soviet Union, namely such howitzers as Gvozdika, Akatsia, Msta, was shattered. Their barrels are designed for a certain number of shots. After that, a replacement is needed. And there is nothing to change. All this equipment was produced mainly in our Urals.

The error when firing from substandard barrels is now plus or minus two kilometers. NATO weapons are not able to replace retired weapons. Moreover, it requires appropriate ammunition. It is simply impossible to supply them in such quantity.

With the human resource in Ukraine, too, things are not very good. The most combat-ready units are disabled. They are replenished with reservists who cannot, in such a short period, especially under the constant pressure of artillery and aviation of the Russian army, learn the necessary skills in order to become at least bad soldiers. Since now they can’t even be called soldiers. The armed forces of Ukraine today can only defend positions, hiding behind the civilian population.

– Then what is the turning point Ukraine dreams of?

“The tipping point has already happened. Only not in favor of Kyiv. The troops of Russia and the LPR have almost completely liberated the territory of the Luhansk People's Republic. Lisichansk is surrounded, which means that the defense has already crumbled. DPR troops occupied most of the territory previously occupied by Ukraine. As a confirmation of the fact of a turning point that has already happened, is the surrender of servicemen of the Ukrainian armed formations. Now the soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are less and less willing to sacrifice themselves for the policies of Zelensky and his Western curators.

When they get to the front line, the “invaders” immediately lose all the ideological background that they have been hammered into for years. Soldiers understand that the picture that propagandists and fake throwers paint in Kyiv and the reality they have to face here are fundamentally different. This understanding comes very quickly.

Therefore, only a person who is absolutely not responsible for his words, or who does not understand what he is talking about, can talk about a counteroffensive.

Lugansk, LPR.

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Elena Zelenskaya was reproached for not fitting into the new reality of Ukraine

Whatever she says, everything is past

In Ukraine, Elena Zelenskaya has always been treated with sympathy – nice, stylish, smart, does not get into politics – the ideal of the first lady. However, lately Ukrainian social networks have seen obvious irritation with the President's wife. And she seems to be just as sweet and quiet, and whatever she says is all a reason for a hatred.

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Back in February-March, when residents of Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities hid in basements after each air raid signal, during this sitting in shelters, almost the main question was discussed: where are the president and his family. And if Zelensky quickly began to appear daily on the screens in a khaki T-shirt that set the teeth on edge, then nothing was heard about his wife for two months. There were evil rumors among the people that the first lady with children was basking somewhere in the Mediterranean, especially since photographs of Elena from Nice appeared on the Web. Not sure if it's fake or not. In a recent interview with a British publication, Zelenskaya said that she really had not been in Kyiv for two months, but she and her children had not left Ukraine. According to her, they moved all the time for security reasons: “At times I heard air raid sirens, which became the background soundtrack.” Where exactly she was, Elena did not even tell the British journalist. Joking off: “I was neither underground nor under water.”

After Russian forces withdrew from Kyiv as a result of negotiations in Istanbul, Zelenskaya began to gradually appear in the media space. She was first seen in early May in Uzhgorod during a visit to Ukraine by US First Lady Jill Biden. The ladies touchingly hugged under the flashes of cameras, and the townsfolk walked along the completely non-diplomatic image of Zelenskaya. Elena, in a gray formal suit, sparkled with white heavy sneakers, which, against the background of Jill on stilettos, looked completely “out of protocol”. “Helena completely forgot about the rules of etiquette?” fellow citizens were interested.

Apparently, in order to convince the Ukrainians in the presence of the first lady in Ukraine, Elena began to periodically go online with comments and give interviews. But in this situation, it turned out, as in a joke – “sometimes it is better to remain silent than to speak.” Her opus that the youngest son Kirill acts as a “military expert” for his father, telling what tanks and howitzers the army lacks, instead of tenderness, caused a wave of criticism. Like, now it is clear where we have all the failures at the front. And the speech with an appeal on Women's Day caused a wave of misunderstanding. And Elena didn’t seem to say anything reprehensible, admiring 37 thousand women at the front. But against the backdrop of reports about the beginning of the mobilization of the “weaker sex” in Ukraine, the first lady's speech was perceived as propaganda. “And who will raise the children if everyone goes to the front?” – outraged Ukrainian women in social networks. But most of all, the “glamorous interviews” of the first couple of the country, either on television or in a glossy magazine, piss me off.

Zelenskaya’s abstruse reasoning that “the difference in wages between men and women should disappear” against the backdrop of widespread non-payment of salaries looks so out of touch with reality that many accuse Elena: “She lives in some kind of parallel world.” And even a photo shoot in a strict – a la North Korean suit, lead-gray, with buttons under the neck – does not cause any previous delight. Elena in overalls, standing in front of sandbags on the stairs of the presidential residence or next to a man in camouflage working on a walkie-talkie looks too unnatural. “We put on a show, comedians” – they are vicious in social networks. As a screenwriter, Elena wrote good reprises for Kvartal 95, but now her talent and the skills of the president's PR team are clearly not enough to harmoniously fit into the complex reality.

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Experts explained the words of Putin and Lukashenko about nuclear warheads in Belarus

Russia will do exactly what the US is doing in Europe

Negotiations between Presidents Putin and Lukashenko in St. Petersburg ended with sensational news. Vladimir Putin said that Russia would transfer Iskander-M missile systems to Belarus. They can use missiles in both conventional and nuclear weapons. In addition, due to the activation of US and NATO aviation near the Belarusian borders, including aircraft carrying nuclear weapons, President Lukashenko asked Putin for help in retrofitting their Su-35 aircraft with nuclear warheads.

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Can this be done? Will Russia, following this path, violate any international agreements on nuclear weapons? And does this mean that another nuclear power, Belarus, will appear in the world?

Addressing Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg with his “nuclear” proposals, Alexander Lukashenko recalled how in 1941 Europe “lulled” the USSR with promises that no one was going to attack it. Then it turned out that it was all a hoax. But our country was not ready for an attack on it. As a result of that war, every fourth Belarusian died. According to the Belarusian leader, such a mistake cannot be repeated today. It is necessary to calculate any development of the situation.

As an expert in the field of strategic weapons, who wished to remain anonymous, told MK, Russia can organize the supply of Iskanders to Belarus and the conversion of aircraft of the Belarusian Air Force for nuclear carriers in such a way that it does not violate any international agreements.

The expert believes that we will not supply the Iskander missile systems with nuclear warheads directly to the Belarusian army – this is not required yet.

– If we supply Belarus with our nuclear-equipped Iskanders, this will be a direct violation of the provisions of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons – the NPT. Usually in this case, as a counterargument, one can hear that the Americans, they say, store their nuclear weapons in five European countries at six air bases (in Italy, they have them at two bases). So why can't we do the same? But one important circumstance should be taken into account here: although these bases are located, say, in Italy or Germany, they are legally American bases. On such a base there are American military personnel, and only they can operate and use these weapons. And these are completely different things. It is one thing when a weapon is directly transferred to some country, and quite another when its owner exploits his weapon on the territory of another country.

The interlocutor explained that Belgian, Italian, Dutch or Turkish aircraft, of course, can use these nuclear charges at a critical moment of crisis. However, in peacetime, all nuclear bombs are under the control of the Americans. They don't give it to anyone.

– I believe that we will not transfer such warheads to the Belarusians, – the expert says. – I think we will agree on having our own base for storing nuclear warheads on the territory of Belarus. In this case, these weapons will be stored in our warehouses and operated by Russian military personnel. The same goes for tactical aerial bombs. Yes, Belarusian aircraft can be modified for carriers, but the bombs themselves will be located, guarded and serviced at our bases. Then this will become a symmetrical response to what the Americans are doing in Europe. I can well admit such an option.

As for aviation nuclear carriers with which Russia could equip the Belarusian Air Force, according to the ex-head of the Federal Aviation and Space Search and Rescue Directorate, Honored Military Pilot of the Russian Federation, Candidate of Technical Sciences Major General Vladimir Popov, this will not be difficult for our specialists. At one time, General Popov commanded a Su-24 regiment, was a deputy division commander, commanded aviation of the border troops, and therefore knows what he is talking about.

– The fact is, – the general explains, – that when we sell our combat aircraft capable of carrying nuclear warheads abroad, for example, the Su-35 or Su-24, a “circuit” is removed from them – a special electrical system that ensures the safety of turning on the fuses on tactical thermonuclear bombs. Therefore, there are no control units for the nuclear weapons system on such aircraft. Now at the repair plant they will have to be finalized according to a certain program and reinstalled on aircraft. In the same way as it is done on the planes of the Russian Federation. There is little difference there.

– Their range is the same – it remains within 400 km. Free-falling bombs are placed on aircraft, since there are no missiles with nuclear ammunition for operational-tactical aviation. True, there may still be corrected ammunition with increased accuracy. But why are they needed if the radius of destruction of a nuclear weapon is several hundred meters. That is, in such an area, any target is destroyed for sure. It is not required to hit the target pointwise, and it will not work to miss with such a radius of destruction. The radius of destruction of thermonuclear ammunition is very large. That is, in order to destroy the target, the plane takes off, bombed and back.

– To deliver a tactical nuclear strike, it must be prepared with the help of a special operation. To do this, there are tactical methods of combat. You can draw an analogy with minefields on earth. In order for the tank columns to move forward, the mines must first be neutralized. The same is true in the air. That is, first, other means of destruction, including artillery, missile troops, strike, destroying the air defense system. In other words, a corridor for the passage of aviation is breaking through. Then aviation carriers of tactical nuclear weapons begin to work. But I still hope it doesn't come to that. Hotheads in the West must stop.

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“The situation in the West is becoming more and more difficult for us”

The policy of Lithuania and Poland strains the leadership of the Union State

On June 25, during a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in St. » the current politics of neighboring Lithuania and Poland. Noting the confrontational and aggressive nature of such a policy, Lukashenka at the same time stressed that he did not know “why they need it.” Clearly they are being “pushed,” he remarked. The question arises – why are Lithuania and Poland escalating tensions?

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Relations of the Union State with Lithuania and Poland continue to develop in a negative direction. The “ulcers” in relations between Belarus and these countries began to grow significantly since 2020, when, following the pan-European Western mainstream, they not only refused to recognize Lukashenka as a legitimate president, but supported the Belarusian opposition in every possible way.

Last year, Lithuania and especially Poland were outraged by the flow of migrants from the Middle East, who illegally crossed the border of states from the Belarusian side. Poland did not like it so much that now it is actively building a wall on the border with Belarus, not sparing the relic trees of Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

After the start of the Russian special operation in Ukraine, Lithuania and Poland naturally did not deviate from the general line of the EU and joined the sanctions against the Union State. Lithuania's openly hostile actions to ban sanctions transit to the Kaliningrad region have become another contribution of the country to the deterioration of already frankly bad relations with Russia.

Poland, in turn, can directly intervene in the situation in Ukraine by sending troops to Western regions of the country, about which Russian foreign intelligence warned back in April. In addition, it has recently become known that the Polish Ministry of Defense will purchase from France 13 PFM (Pont Flottant Motorisé – Motorized Floating Bridge) pontoon-bridge fleets for the amount of $331 million, which can be used to force heavy equipment on the Western Bug with the aim of a military invasion of Belarus.< /p>

Director of the Moscow Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST) Ruslan Pukhov commented on the current difficult situation on the western borders of Russia:

“The fact that Poland takes the most active anti-Russian position of all Russia's neighbors is quite obvious. Poland has much more resources than Lithuania, so with a certain development of the situation, we will be able to see Polish troops in Ukraine. In general, the situation in the West is becoming more and more difficult. Especially given the context of the upcoming accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO.

According to the analyst, Poland is largely acting on its own. “Given that the Biden administration is diving deeper and deeper into the Ukrainian problems, Poland now resembles a bull terrier, which the owner says is enough and pulls on the leash. And the bull terrier, in turn, gnaws the leash and continues to rush forward. It is quite obvious that the Poles now have the opportunity to speak to us about the past. After all, the Poles did not forget that they did not have their own sovereignty for 123 years, that Warsaw was part of the Russian Empire,” Pukhov believes.

The expert noted that Lithuania’s actions in unleashing a confrontation with Russia and Belarus were caused by “ game of integrity” by its political leadership, recalling how Lithuania once unilaterally went to worsen relations with China.

monarchist than the monarch himself. Lithuania has its own idea of ​​beauty. We should not forget that Lithuanians also have their own historical trauma. As you know, the Lithuanian principality lost to Moscow. In turn, the Moscow principality turned into an empire, and Lithuanian turned into such a small state. Lithuanians at the genetic level remember that once they could become a huge country. But in the end they turned into a small “bear corner”, – concluded Pukhov.

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The Verkhovna Rada set out to mine the border with Russia and Belarus

The initiative of Ukrainian deputies may lead to new civilian casualties

Deputies of Volodymyr Zelensky's Servant of the People party submitted a bill to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on strengthening the borders with Russia and Belarus, within which it is planned to expand the border strip, where they will equip defense equipment, including minefields.

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The changes will affect the Law on the State Border of Ukraine, according to the current version of which land plots 30-50 meters wide are provided for permanent use along the state border line on land, along the bank of the Ukrainian part of the border river, lake or other body of water.

40 Ukrainian parliamentarians propose to supplement this article with words about the allocation of additional territory up to two kilometers along the border line with Belarus and the Russian Federation. A special border regime will also be established, prohibiting the free entry, stay, residence, movement of persons and the performance of work not related to the defense or protection of the state border of Ukraine.

Such a strengthening of the country's borders by the Ukrainian leadership allows once again to doubt rationality of the actions of the Kyiv regime. The massive mining of one's own territory creates, first of all, a danger to its own population.

The very idea to mine the border strip for the post-Soviet space is absolutely not new. For example, in 2001-2002, engineering barriers and anti-personnel mines were installed on the Uzbek-Tajik border. According to the official version, Uzbekistan thus wanted to protect itself from the influx of militants from illegal armed groups. In 2019, it was decided to remove the mines. It has been estimated that over almost two decades, according to the National Mine Center of Tajikistan, 374 people have died and 485 have been injured.

The exact number of dead and wounded on the border on both sides is not known. But it is known that not only the military, but also quite peaceful citizens became victims of minefields every year. For example, in 2009, on the Tajik side, a husband and wife, residents of the Sughd region, died. A year earlier, a 35-year-old Tajik shepherd, a resident of the Penjikent region, Amon Turaev, was blown up. Every year, dozens of people died from mines and unexploded ordnance in Tajikistan.

In addition, Ukraine has its own sad experience of mining the Odessa beach, which, apparently, Kyiv decided not to take into account. A mine screen from an imaginary Russian landing led to the death of at least one citizen who was resting there.

If such a law is nevertheless adopted in Ukraine, it will inevitably entail new victims. The expected coverage of mining areas is not small. The length of one Belarusian-Ukrainian border is more than 1,000 km. And here it remains only to regret that in the near future it will be possible to sow and harvest crops in Ukrainian grain fields only with a mine detector.

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Bloomberg: Russia is hours away from first default in 100 years

The American media announced Russia's technical default on its external debt tomorrow, June 27

Russia is “a few hours away from default”, and this will happen in the first 100 years, According to Bloomberg.

As the news agency explains, the grace period for paying interest on government bonds in the amount of about $100 million expires on June 26.

If investors do not receive the due funds by Monday, it will be fixed « the fact of non-fulfillment of obligations”, and already on June 27 there will be a technical default on the external debt.

Such an event will occur for the first time in 100 years – the last time Russia defaulted on its external debt was in 2018.

However, under the current circumstances, the Russian authorities will not officially declare a default, the agency notes.

Recall that in April the United States banned Russia service external debt without renewing a license allowing holders of Russian sovereign bonds to receive payments. The license expired on May 25.

On May 27, the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation announced that the National Settlement Depository, using frozen reserves, paid out two issues of dollar Eurobonds in the amount of $ 71.25 million and 26.5 million euros maturing in 2026 and 2036.

On May 30, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov announced that Russia would settle accounts with holders of Russian Eurobonds using a mechanism similar to the payment scheme for Russian gas in rubles.

Similar payments in rubles were made on Eurobond coupons maturing in 2027 and 2047.

At the same time, the head of the Ministry of Finance refused to consider the termination of payments on external debt in foreign currency as a default, since this became impossible due to sanctions imposed by the West.

Formerly, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on the payment of foreign currency debt in rubles. To do this, ruble accounts of the “I” type were opened for all foreign investors without their personal presence.

The very next day, the Ministry of Finance paid off Eurobonds in rubles for the first time under the new scheme.

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Russian Defense Ministry reported downed Ukrainian Su-25 and MiG-29

The Russian Ministry of Defense reported the downed Ukrainian Su-25 during an attack on Zmeiny Island There are no casualties or destruction, the Ministry of Defense reported *


Ukrainian forces attempted to strike at Zmeiny Island in the Black Sea using multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) and aviation, the Russian Pantsir-S missile and gun system during the repulse of the attack, he shot down a Su-25 attack aircraft. This was stated by the Russian Ministry of Defense.

The Ministry claims that the attack of the Armed Forces of Ukraine did not reach the targets, 12 rockets were also shot down. “There are no casualties among the personnel of the garrison and no destruction,” — said in the message of the Russian department.

In addition, a Ukrainian MiG-29 fighter was shot down during an air battle near the city of Zelenodolsk in the Dnipropetrovsk region of Ukraine.

At the request of Roskomnadzor, RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information from Russian official sources.

Also missiles “Caliber” and high-precision weapons hit the territory of the 169th, 184th and 199th training centers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, they are located in the Lviv, Zhytomyr and Chernihiv regions of Ukraine, the ministry added. According to the agency, the 65th, 66th motorized infantry brigades and the 46th airmobile brigade from the strategic reserves of the Ukrainian forces have completely lost their combat capability, plans for their transfer to the combat zone have been thwarted.

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Aviation, artillery and rocket troops hit 12 tanks and other armored vehicles, 16 vehicles and more than 720 people. Eight Ukrainian drones and 19 MLRS shells were shot down.

Russian special operation in Ukraine began more than four months ago— on the night of February 24th. President Vladimir Putin, who made such a decision, justified his actions by the desire to carry out the demilitarization and “denazification” of the neighboring state. He called Russia's actions a “preemptive rebuff”, considering “a clash with neo-Nazis, Bandera” inevitable.

Martial law and general mobilization have been declared in Ukraine, and diplomatic relations have been severed with Russia.

< p>According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, during this period, Russian forces destroyed in Ukraine 215 aircraft, 132 helicopters, more than 3.8 thousand tanks and other armored vehicles, more than 1.3 thousand drones, 682 MLRS combat vehicles, more than 3 thousand field artillery guns and mortars and 350 anti-aircraft missile systems.

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El País learned about NATO’s plans for the largest deployment in Europe in 30 years

NATO may decide during the Madrid summit to increase the number of troops stationed in Europe, which will be the bloc's largest deployment since the end of the Cold War. Countries close to Russia are asked to form divisions

NATO countries during the upcoming summit will discuss a possible strengthening of the alliance's presence in Europe, if approved, the number of military personnel deployed on the continent of the bloc will be the largest since the end of the Cold War, El País writes, citing sources.

“Some countries want to move from the current presence in the east of the alliance, consisting of battle groups, to brigades, & mdash; informed interlocutors of the newspaper reported.

Currently, the combat groups stationed in Eastern Europe number from 1-1.6 thousand military, the brigade formation implies an increase in their number at least twice, the newspaper writes. New units can also be armed with more sophisticated weapons, they will be given greater autonomy of action. Members of the alliance closer to Russia insist on the need to form divisions under the command of generals, the number of soldiers in it can reach 15 thousand.

Discussions on the largest deployment took place on Saturday, June 25, at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, El País sources said. According to them, the countries of the bloc intend to update the provisions of the “Position of Defense and Deterrence”, based, in particular, on the set of weapons and troops available to NATO to respond to potential security threats to the Euro-Atlantic region. The Alliance thus intends to demonstrate its readiness to protect its members, the newspaper writes.

El Pa&iacute's sources also noted that the new NATO strategic concept, which is planned to be adopted at the summit, actually “buries ties” with Russia, which have developed until recently. Unofficially, the document is already called the “Madrid Concept”, they note.

In the current strategic concept “Active participation, modern defense” (2010), in relation to Russia, it was said that the country “does not pose any threat”, and cooperation with official Moscow was recognized as “strategically significant”. The new version of the document classifies Russia as a direct and immediate threat due to fear of aggression against members of the alliance, El País interlocutors told.

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NATO's Strategic Concept defines the alliance's long-term strategy. It outlines NATO's goals and fundamental security objectives, as well as the challenges and opportunities facing the Alliance. The NATO Summit will be held in Madrid next week — from 28 to 30 June.

Alliance officials have spoken about changing NATO's strategic concept at the Madrid summit more than once. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called the forthcoming document “the basis for the era of strategic rivalry.” The U.S. representative to the alliance, Julianne Smith, said: “We basically agree that Russia is the top challenge, the top threat that NATO is currently facing.” The White House announced “broader balance-of-power announcements.”

At the same time, the United States, NATO and other European countries have repeatedly stated that they do not want a military confrontation with Russia. US President Joe Biden pointed out that such a scenario would lead to a world war. This, in particular, he explained the decision not to send US troops to Ukraine. At the same time, after the start of the special operation in Ukraine, NATO reinforced its military contingent in a number of Eastern European countries— Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. Bloomberg sources said that Germany intends to increase the number of alliance military deployed in the Baltics.

Russia, for its part, accuses NATO and the United States of ignoring key security issues. In early February, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow was “thrown, well, just deceived”; in connection with the broken promise not to expand the alliance to the east. He called Russia’s special operation in Ukraine in early May a “preemptive rebuff,” since Western countries were supplying weapons to Kyiv and everything indicated that “a clash with neo-Nazis, Bandera, on whom the United States and its younger partners staked, would be inevitable.”

NATO denied Russia's promises not to expand the alliance to the east. “There is no solution anywhere in which the NATO countries agreed to abandon what is written in the founding NATO treaty, the Washington Treaty” — explained Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

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Johnson called Macron the reasons not to settle the conflict in Ukraine now

Johnson: attempts to resolve the conflict in Ukraine now threaten to prolong instability Moscow will be able to manipulate countries and markets if they try to resolve the conflict now, Johnson said in an interview with Macron. The President of France noted that he had spoken with Putin for more than a hundred hours since December alt=”Johnson gave Macron reasons not to resolve the conflict in Ukraine now” />

Emmanuel Macron and Boris Johnson

Russia, in the event of attempts by European leaders to resolve the conflict in Ukraine now, will be able to manipulate markets and states, said the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Germany.

“The Prime Minister emphasized that any attempt to resolve the conflict now would only lead to prolonged instability and allow [Vladimir] Putin to endlessly manipulate both sovereign countries and international markets,” — Johnson's office said in a statement.

Macron and Johnson agreed that the conflict in Ukraine is now at a critical point and “there is an opportunity to reverse” his move. They noted the need to continue to support Kyiv in order to strengthen its negotiating and military position.

According to the French president, the British prime minister showed “great enthusiasm” on the creation of a European political community proposed by Macron, reports TF1.

Macron has been in frequent contact with Russian President Vladimir Putin since late last year. Moscow then demanded security guarantees from the United States and NATO, while the alliance and Washington refused to satisfy Russia's demands (among them was a guarantee of non-expansion of the military bloc). As of the end of May, Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz were Putin's most frequent interlocutors.

Macron noted that he had spent a total of more than a hundred hours in conversations with Putin since December and had lost count. Private contacts between the presidents of France and Russia became a reason for criticism of other European leaders. Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas noted: “I feel that if everyone is constantly calling him, he does not get the message that he is isolated.” Macron insisted that maintaining contact with Moscow was his duty.

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Johnson had previously urged Western countries to prepare for the protracted nature of the conflict in Ukraine. He is sure that the situation depends on whether Kyiv has time to strengthen its defense capability. “Our task” attract time to the side of Ukraine»,— he said. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg expressed a similar opinion, assuming that the conflict could last for years.

The Kremlin agreed that the crisis in Ukraine would last for a long time. “Yes, it will be a long crisis, but we will never trust the West again,” Dmitry Peskov, representative of the President of Russia, spoke.

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In Romania, Medvedev’s words about Moldova were called “false rhetoric of the Kremlin”

Medvedev, commenting on the assignment of the status of a candidate to the EU to Chisinau, spoke about the “dance” of Romanian politicians around Moldova. Bucharest considered that the reaction of the deputy chairman of the Security Council speaks of the correctness of the decision of Brussels ” alt = “In Romania, Medvedev's words about Moldova were called “false rhetoric of the Kremlin”” />

Recent statements by Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia Dmitry Medvedev about attempts by Romanian politicians to “absorb” Moldova— part of the “false rhetoric of the Kremlin”, to which Bucharest is already accustomed, the Romanian Foreign Ministry said.

On the eve of Medvedev, in his Telegram channel, he reacted to Moldova receiving the status of a candidate member of the European Union. He, in particular, expressed the opinion that Chisinau would have to wait decades for accession to the EU and “much more relevant” way to get membership— “creation of a new Greater Romania”. Romanian politicians, in his words, “have been leading political round dances around Moldova for a long time.” and “openly stepping up multi-format legal efforts” absorption of the country.

“This reaction <…> says one thing for sure: the decision of the European Council to grant Moldova the status of a candidate— correct»,— says the message of the Romanian Foreign Ministry (quote from the Romanian Television Society).

Moldova became a candidate for EU membership together with Ukraine. This decision was announced in the European Council on June 23.

The Kremlin representative Dmitry Peskov called the event “internal European affairs”. He, however, noted that Moldova “wants to become Europeans more than the Europeans themselves” and that candidate status is “associated with anti-Russianness.” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova considered that the decision of Brussels was made out of the interests of the political situation, and not because of the two countries' compliance with the criteria in the field of the rule of law, the fight against corruption and economic development. She announced “active geopolitical development of the CIS space”; The European Union in order to contain Russia.

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Putin will pay the first foreign visits since the beginning of the special operation

The President will attend the Caspian Summit in Turkmenistan on June 29, and then travel to Tajikistan, where he will hold talks with President Emomali Rahmon

Vladimir Putin and Emomali Rahmon

Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Dushanbe next week, according to the Moscow. Kremlin. Putin» on the channel “Russia 1”. He will hold talks with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, a conversation and a working lunch are planned.

After that, Putin will travel to Ashgabat to attend the Caspian summit. His press secretary Dmitry Peskov previously announced the head of state's plans to take part in the event on June 29.

The trips will be Putin's first foreign visits since the beginning of the special operation in Ukraine. Prior to this, the President was abroad for the last time in early February— he attended the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in China and held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Upon his return to Russia, the president will meet with his Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo, according to the Vesti Telegram channel. Widodo is planning a trip to Moscow on June 30, and the day before he will visit Kyiv, where he will hold talks with Vladimir Zelensky. To Putin, according to reports from the Indonesian side, the President of Indonesia plans to offer to start a dialogue about peace and stop the military operation in Ukraine.

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon was the only foreign leader to attend the May 9 Victory Parade in Moscow. The day before, he held a meeting with Putin to discuss the problems of labor migrants.

In June, Putin's first meeting with the new president of Turkmenistan, Serdar Berdimuhamedov, took place in Moscow.

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Italy will send the fourth batch of weapons to Ukraine

The list of weapons will be finalized after the NATO summit, which will be held at the end of June. It will mainly include armored vehicles and artillery, Rome will not send long-range weapons to Kyiv .jpg” alt=”Italy will send the fourth batch of weapons to Ukraine” />

The Italian government is working on a new package of military assistance to Ukraine and is preparing to send the fourth shipment of weapons to the country since the beginning of the Russian military operation, Il Messagero newspaper reports.

The list of weapons will be classified. According to government sources, it will include mainly armored vehicles and artillery, including FH-70 howitzers with a range of up to 25-30 km, ammunition and machine guns, including Beretta MG42/59 and supplies such as camping tents and medical equipment. . Rome will not send long-range weapons to Kyiv.

The authorities are also discussing the possibility of increasing Italy's contribution to the training of the Ukrainian military in the use of Western weapons.

The final list of weapons will be formed after the NATO summit, which will be held in Madrid from 28 to 30 June. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg promised that the Allies would agree on a package of assistance to Ukraine.

First Vice Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Alexander Kornienko said earlier that Ukraine needs long-range artillery, anti-tank weapons, multiple launch rocket systems and air defense systems, reminds Il Messagero.

The issue of arms supplies to Ukraine of Western weapons caused controversy in the Five Star Movement party, which had 227 seats in the Italian parliament. The leader of the movement, Giuseppe Conte, spoke out against these supplies, since, in his opinion, they only prolong the conflict. Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio disagrees. On June 22, he left the party, following him, according to the publication

Il Sole 24 Ore, at least 62 other parliamentarians decided to do so.

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Di Maio emphasizes that the weapons sent to Kyiv cannot be used to hit targets in Russia. The US authorities, who have sent $6.1 billion worth of military aid to Kyiv since the end of February, also speak about this. The Ukrainian authorities also ruled out such a scenario, but Russia opposes the supplies. Authorities accuse Western states of pumping weapons to Ukraine and warn that convoys with them will become “legitimate targets” Russian army.

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