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Air defense expert did not rule out the use of American MLRS in Belgorod

This was the most massive raid during the special operation

Belgorod was subjected to the most brutal shelling since the beginning of the special military operation. According to the latest data – five dead. Their number may grow after the analysis of the destroyed houses. At the same time, a blow was struck at Kursk. It is clear that everyone immediately has a reasonable question: was it possible to shoot down the missiles flying over our territory? Where and with what could the Armed Forces of Ukraine shoot at our cities?

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These questions are in hot pursuit of MK asked a military expert, ex-chief of the anti-aircraft missile forces of the Special Forces Command (Moscow Air Defense District), reserve colonel Sergei Khatylev.

– Information about the shelling is still being specified, – said the expert. – There are no exact data yet. But it is already clear that this was the largest, almost massive shelling of Russian territory during the entire period of the special operation.

– Presumably, they fired from Kharkov, and possibly Sumy regions. It is possible that they fired from near Donetsk, from Avdiivka, from where they have not yet driven out the Armed Forces of Ukraine. At least from these areas they reach our territory with Tochka-U missiles and Smerch rocket systems.

– Could. But there is no reliable confirmation of this information yet. They say that we already have two such complexes as trophies. Another one was put out of action, but this is not officially confirmed by our General Staff. The Ukrainian military is trying to hide the rest of the HIMARS.

– Air defense forces worked. In the same Kursk, two Ukrainian strike drones “Strizh” were shot down. Firing was organized at targets in the zone of responsibility of air defense systems and the zone of destruction of anti-aircraft missile systems in Belgorod. But understand correctly: there is such a thing as “air defense cover.” The air defense system covers from the air, it cannot fully protect 100%.

I repeat: in fact, it was a massive rocket attack. The ammunition he fired at was all different targets, different speeds. With a massive raid, not a single air defense system in the world is capable of destroying all 100% of the targets. Therefore, when they evaluate the work of an air defense system, they talk about its effectiveness and the likelihood of hitting targets. Even when the efficiency is 0.98 – and this is the highest figure among anti-aircraft systems in the world – part of the enemy's attack means still reaches their targets. It won't work otherwise.

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Besides, don't forget that when our air defense even shoots down the Tochka-U missile, its parts and the remnants of ammunition still fall and damage objects, premises, people. Unfortunately, it is made in such a way that even when it is shot down, it is not completely destroyed.

I think that nothing like this could happen again, there is only one way out: move the enemy to such a distance from where his weapons systems cannot reach Russian territory.

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Angry Libyans came out under the flags of Gaddafi because of the consequences of the Ukrainian crisis

Strife-torn Arab country seethes again

Violent protests have erupted in Libya. Demonstrators stormed the legislature in Tobruk because of the political stalemate and deteriorating living conditions. Experts attribute the rise in food prices, causing dissatisfaction among Libyans, partly with the consequences of the Ukrainian crisis.

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Libyans, many of whom are impoverished after a decade of unrest and suffering from sweltering summer heat, are facing fuel shortages and power outages up to 18 hours a day, despite the fact that their country has the largest proven oil reserves in Africa.

Libya has been mired in chaos and recurring conflict since NATO-backed rebels toppled and killed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, according to The Guardian.

On Friday evening, protesters stormed the city's House of Representatives Tobruk in the east of the country, looting offices and setting fire to part of the building.

As in Benghazi — cradle of the 2011 uprising, so in the capital Tripoli, thousands took to the streets chanting “We want the lights to work.” Some protesters waved the green flags of the Libyan Jamahiriya, created by & nbsp; Muammar Gaddafi.

On Saturday, calm seemed to have returned to Tobruk, although calls for more protests were heard on social networks in the evening.

UN Representative in Libya, Stephanie Williams, says that « riots and acts of vandalism “completely unacceptable”, calling everyone to calmness and restraint.

UN-brokered talks in Geneva this week aimed at breaking the stalemate between rival Libyan institutions failed to resolve key differences.

Presidential and parliamentary elections, originally scheduled for last December, were supposed to end the peaceful a UN-led process following the end of the last major round of violence in 2020.

But the vote never took place due to several controversial nominations and deep disagreements over the legal basis of the vote between the rival centers of power in east and west Libya .

Hundreds of people marched in Tripoli on Friday demanding elections, a change in political leadership and an end to chronic power outages.

The sudden outbreak of unrest seems to have spread to other parts of the country, as Libyan media showed footage of protesters in the oasis city of Sebha in deep in the Sahara setting fire to an official building.

A local journalist reported that protesters in Misrata, Libya's third city, blocked roads after setting fire to a municipal building Friday night.

Libya's interim prime minister, Abdulhamid Dbeiba, leads the administration in Tripoli, while former Interior Minister Fathi Bashaga enjoys the support of the House of Representatives in Tobruk and the leader of the military who controls the eastern part of the country, Khalifa Haftar.

Field Marshal Haftar's forces said in a statement. Saturday that they “support the citizens' demands” but urged the protesters to “preserve public property.”

Libya expert Jalel Harshawi told AFP that “for more than a year, the vast majority of diplomatic and mediation efforts around Libya have been monopolized by the idea of ​​an election that will not take place for at least two years, given the failure of the Geneva talks.”

This year “has been extremely painful for Libyans” because the country imports almost all food and the conflict in Ukraine has hit consumer prices in Libya, comments Harshaoui.

Libya's energy sector, which financed a lavish welfare state during the Gaddafi era, has also been the victim of political controversy since a wave of forced shutdowns of oil facilities began in April. Supporters of the eastern Libyan administration have turned off oil taps as leverage in their efforts to plant their henchmen in Tripoli.

“In the east, as in the west, there is kleptocracy and systematic corruption, which is constantly reminded to the public by fancy cars and elite villas,” — says Jalel Harshawi, accusing militants from both camps of “massive” fuel trade.

The European Union representative in Libya, Jose Sabadell, said Friday's events in the Arab country “confirm that people want change through elections.” But he called for peaceful protests, adding that “special restraint is needed given the fragile situation.”

U.S. Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland said that “no single political entity has legitimate control over the entire country.” “and any attempt to impose a unilateral solution will lead to violence.” (By the way, it was the United States, together with its allies during the rebellion against the government of Gaddafi in 2011, who did their best to impose those same “unilateral solutions” on the Libyans). The American diplomat urged “Libya's political leaders across the spectrum and their foreign supporters to seize the moment to restore their citizens' confidence in the country's future.”

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Kadyrov called the tactics in Lisichansk “competent and swift”

Troops operate much faster than in Mariupol

As Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin on July 3, Lisichansk has been completely controlled. Thus, the liberation of the Luhansk People's Republic has been completed. Experts consider this event a great success for a special military operation.

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Ukraine has done everything possible to reduce the effect of yet another success of our special operation. The shelling of Belgorod, Kursk and Melitopol is low revenge for a serious military defeat. Under other conditions, our success in Lisichansk, which completes the liberation of the entire Luhansk People's Republic, would be a good occasion for a victorious salute. Perhaps there will be such a salute.

Earlier, the Ministry of Defense reported that the troops of the Center group under the command of Colonel General Alexander Lapin (commander of the troops of the Central Military District) reached the Seversky Donets River and, together with the Southern Group of Forces under the command of General of the Army Sergei Surovikin (commander in chief of the Russian Aerospace Forces), they closed the encirclement around Lisichansk. The enemy is demoralized, surrenders and suffers heavy losses.

According to experts, the release of Lisichansk is important from all points of view. And above all, as an indicator of the effectiveness of the tactics chosen by the troops. The city was almost taken in a week. Before that, Severodonetsk was liberated at about the same pace.

The essence of the tactics in both cases was that our troops did not immediately try to take the city into a dense encirclement, as was the case, for example, in Mariupol. There, standing near the completely blocked Azovstal plant, where the militants took refuge, lasted a month.

In Severodonetsk and Lysichansk, on the contrary, the groups of the armed forces of Ukraine (AFU) were left corridors for exit. But these retreat routes were under our control and fire influence. As a result, scattered small groups of soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, often without commanders, fled from these cities, abandoning their equipment and heavy weapons. And all this under the fire of our artillery.

The web is full of videos in which fleeing Ukrainian soldiers tell how scared they are. And this is a very important moral factor.

The head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, in his Telegram channel, called our tactics in Lisichansk “competent and swift.” “The Nazis, Bandera, devils and crowds of mercenaries seemed to be preparing for a long defense of the city. However, they fled from the approaching fighters of the allied forces so briskly that recognized athletes would envy, ”he wrote.

In Lisichansk, a special police regiment named after Hero of Russia A.A. Kadyrov of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Czech Republic, the 6th Cossack regiment of the LPR, the special forces “Akhmat” under the command of General Apta Alaudinov and the 1st Corps of the People's Militia of the LPR under the command of “Adler” operate in a coordinated manner. The troops are supported by Russian artillery and aviation.

The Rybar telegram channel notes that some units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were able to get out of the operational “cauldron” in Lisichansk. The retreating troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as well as detachments of mercenaries, headed for the Seversk region, where fortified areas are being created, a military blogger warns. When withdrawing, the command set the task of destroying military equipment.

First Deputy Minister of Information of the DPR Daniil Bezsonov comments on the situation around Lisichansk on the social network as follows: the capture of Lisichansk means that the LPR is “almost completely liberated from Ukrainian occupation.”

The enemy retreated, having suffered huge losses, to Seversk. There are going to be fights. “As a human being, I feel sorry for those Ukrainians who, against their will, are thrown meat under our shells. This is how you have to give up. Ukraine's human resource is running out much faster than the shells sent by the West,” concludes Bezsonov.

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The United States was convicted of plans to create an analogue of NATO in Asia

Washington's main partners in new military bloc in the Far East named

The United States is seeking an excuse for an “Asian NATO” with South Korea and Japan, North Korea says. Against this background, Pyongyang speaks of the urgent need to build up its defense capability.

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Agreement between the United States, South Korea and Japan to strengthen military cooperation was criticized by the DPRK. In Pyongyang, this agreement was called part of the US plan to create a NATO-like military alliance in the region.

This was stated by a representative of the North Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in response to a question posed by the KCNA, the state news agency reported on Sunday.

“During the recent NATO summit, the rulers of the United States, Japan and South Korea, in an anti-Republican confrontation collusion, rashly quibbled over the exercise of our fair rights to self-defense and discussed highly dangerous joint military retaliation aimed at us, including trilateral joint military exercises,” KCNA quoted the representative as saying. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. – Also, the US and its satellites have also recorded in the new “strategic concept” adopted at the NATO summit, a hostile phrase that finds fault with our self-protective measures to strengthen defense capabilities.

“At this NATO summit, it has become clearer,” the North Korean diplomat continued, “that the United States is trying to simultaneously contain and encircle Russia and China by “militaryizing” Europe and “turning the Asia-Pacific region into a NATO region,” and considers a tripartite military alliance US – Japan – South Korea an important vehicle for their implementation. Due to the reckless military intrigues of the United States and its satellites, a dangerous situation has developed, fraught with the simultaneous outbreak of nuclear war in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. And it has brought global peace and security to the gravest crisis since the end of the Cold War. Reality clearly shows that the real purpose of dragging the United States into the “North Korean threat” version is to create a pretext for establishing hegemony not only in the Asia-Pacific region, including the Korean Peninsula, but throughout the world.

“The current situation highlights the urgency of strengthening the national defense capability to actively respond to the trend towards a sharp deterioration in the situation on the Korean Peninsula and ensure international security,” the North Korean official added.

US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol met on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Madrid last week and shared the view that the progress of North Korea's nuclear and missile programs poses a serious threat not only to the Korean Peninsula, but to also to East Asia and the world, according to Reuters.

The leaders of the three countries said they would explore additional means to strengthen “extended deterrence” against Pyongyang.

North Korea is conducting missile tests at an unprecedented pace this year, Reuters said, and some observers believe the DPRK is preparing for another nuclear test.

“The deterrent capabilities of the Japan-US and US-ROK alliances should be improved as part of an important effort to strengthen the trilateral partnership between Japan, the United States and the Republic of Korea,” said Japanese Prime Minister Kishida.

Meanwhile, as Reuters recalls, relations between Japan and South Korea have long been complicated by difficult memories of the horrors of the Japanese occupation of the Korean Peninsula from 1910 to 1945. Relations between Seoul and Tokyo have deteriorated to their worst levels under former South Korean President Moon Jae-in, over spats over territorial disputes and historical grievances. The new South Korean president, Yoon Suk Yeol, nevertheless expressed a desire to restore relations with the Land of the Rising Sun, and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida also seems to have reacted positively to the signals coming from Seoul.

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Turkey scared Sweden and Finland: non-compliance with the deal will be expensive

Ankara continues to put pressure on Swedes and Finns aspiring to NATO

Failure to comply with the deal with Turkey will cost Sweden and Finland much more than its implementation, Akif, chairman of the parliamentary foreign affairs committee, said on Sunday Çağatay Kılıç in connection with the agreement between Ankara, Helsinki and Stockholm reached at the NATO summit in Madrid.

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In a conversation with the Anadolu (AA) agency, Akif Çağatay Kılıç assessed the memorandum signed by Ankara, Stockholm and Helsinki on the processes for the accession of the two Nordic countries to NATO.

Kılıç said that by applying for NATO membership due to of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, Sweden and Finland have changed their policy of neutrality, which they have adhered to today, adding that the final stage of the launched diplomatic process was the signing of a memorandum at the NATO summit in Madrid, Daily Sabah writes.

In this context, a written statement was agreed and the Foreign Ministers of Turkey, Sweden and Finland signed this MOU, Kılıç explained, stressing that the agreement put the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) back on the agenda as the group was written in the tripartite memorandum as terrorist organization.

Noting that Sweden and Finland also agreed to fight the PKK and its “subsidiaries”, including its Syrian offshoot YPG, Kılıç said: “Most importantly, FETÖ (the movement of Fethullah Gülen supporters) is referred to as a “terrorist organization” for the first time in an international document. FETÖ was included in the international memorandum of understanding as a terrorist organization in the sense that Turkey considers it.”

Kılıç noted that the memorandum clearly shows Turkey's wishes and determination in the fight against terrorism, as well as a message about that NATO allies support Ankara in the fight against existential threats.

Stressing that the signing of the memorandum does not mean that Sweden and Finland can immediately begin the process of joining NATO, Kılıç said: “The negotiation process will continue for some time and will eventually be submitted to parliaments. This is a process that must go through the parliaments of all NATO allies. The memorandum is the beginning of this work.”

The Turkish politician emphasized that the countries that signed the memorandum assumed written obligations. “If you fail to meet these obligations, sorry, you will not be told that you are a man of your word, and we cannot trust you in any so-called agreement that we come up with. Failure to comply with the memorandum costs much more than its enforcement. Because trust will be lost, your words will not matter. There is a process that begins in this sense. We will monitor whether the guarantees given in writing are being followed.”

The agreement signed with Finland and Sweden to lift Turkey's veto on their NATO membership applications is not the end of the matter and obliges the Scandinavian states to keep their promises, President Erdogan said earlier.

He said there was no need to rush with the ratification of applications in Parliament. According to the Turkish president, Ankara should first check whether Sweden and Finland will fulfill the promises made under the memorandum, including the extradition of suspects wanted by Turkey.

“Without the approval of our parliament, this will not come into force. So there is no need to rush,” Erdogan scared the Swedes and Finns.

Sweden and Finland must honor promises made to Ankara as part of the deal regarding their NATO membership bid, including Stockholm's promise to extradite 73 “terrorists,” the Turkish leader said.

“We strongly emphasized that we expect genuine solidarity from our allies not only in word but also in deed,” Erdogan told reporters after the Madrid summit of the US-led military bloc.

The applications of Sweden and Finland for membership in the North Atlantic Alliance were delayed until the last moment by Turkey, which sought guarantees that the Nordic countries would join Turkey's fight against Kurdish groups, which Ankara considers terrorist, and quickly extradite the suspects. The dispute was resolved by a 10-point memorandum that appears to address many of Turkey's terrorism concerns and lift the arms embargo on Ankara in response to the 2019 Turkish military operation in Syria. But Erdogan said he now expects the two countries to honor the deal in full.

Erdogan threatened Sweden and Finland that he could still block their bid to join NATO if they failed to implement the new deal with Ankara. If these countries do not keep the promises made to Turkey, support for their application will not be sent to the Turkish Parliament for ratification. Applications of new countries for membership in the Alliance must be approved by all NATO member states and ratified by the respective parliaments of the countries.

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A writer from Belgorod spoke about the night shelling: the door flew out

Locals can tell the difference between a fighter jet and a drone by sound

This night, according to the latest information from the Russian Ministry of Defense, the Ukrainian side hit Belgorod with Tochka-U tactical missile systems and UAVs. And although the rockets were destroyed in the sky above the regional center of the border region, fragments of one of them fell on a residential building. Olga Knysh, a poetess, author of several books of poems and an organizer of cultural events, lives not far from the place that was hit.

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– I live across the house. This is a central area, next to the train station. My address is Oktyabrskaya Street, and it flew to Chumichev, this is the corner of my street. There are sixteen-story and fifteen-story buildings.

– Sleeping.

– I woke up not from the first blow actually. I thought it was the first one, but no. After about an hour, everyone began to write to me: “Oh, you are in the center, but what is going on with you there.” But nothing happened to me – I slept. Fortunately, I am a “hot woman”, and all my windows are open – on the third floor of a five-story building. There was a draft, and only one plastic door flew out. I recently went out to the store, found out that below me, all the windows were knocked out at the granny, and a TV fell from the bracket on the floor above. And I escaped with a slight fright.

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– The second one, yes. But this is already the norm. And I will say more, even our grandmothers are local – they click seeds until all this arrives.

– No, our people are fearless.

– Also not.

– Purely theoretically, there is air defense somewhere. We hear it from time to time. But not at the alert level.

Yes. Every morning starts the same way for us. I already determine where the “drying” flew by, and where the drone.

– They tell the children. But what's the point? We fly everything every day. And the way I define by ear, and the children have learned to define.

– Nothing. We are already used to it. I understand that it’s easy either to arrive or not to arrive – and you either get out of the house or not. A draft saved me now, and fragments flew from the fourth floor to people.

– No.

At first, everyone was hiding. Now everyone is performing, and it's great. We have a very good literary hangout here. There is a chat, it is called “Belgorod – the capital of poetry.” And we have really cool writers and there will be new ones, because the “youngsters” are growing.

– Of course.

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Residents of Belgorod talk about the shelling: “The most terrible night”

A Ukrainian shell killed a family from Kharkov

“It was the worst night since the start of the special operation,” is how Belgorod residents now talk about their experiences. By 10 am they were already able to comment on something. Before that, there was only shock and stupor. Explosions that began to rumble over the city at the beginning of the fourth morning literally shook many out of bed. Powerful pops, fiery fireworks in the air, the sound of broken glass — everything is mixed up.

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At dawn, the city began to recover. And it turned out that the shells that arrived from Kharkov had significantly damaged the city center. “The crunching of glass underfoot, frames flying out and mosquito nets hanging on trees” – this is how the journalists of the local Internet portal, who arrived at five in the morning at the epicenter of the strike, described what they saw. Women roamed the street, one of them — with a bandaged leg. As the pensioner told reporters, her leg was injured by glass fragments, and she lives on the 4th floor of an apartment building. Another woman said that now she can’t bring herself to return to the apartment, where all the pictures have fallen from the walls from the blast wave: “I can’t stay at home — I'll go crazy… In another yard, a man told how his kitchen stove, which was standing by the window, was turned inside out…. “Watched TV. And then four loud bangs, and then a flash and the clinking of glasses. – says a young man from Popova Street in a video posted on social networks. According to him, the glass in his windows survived because they were open. But from the opposite facade of the house, the windows were left without glass. “There were two claps, on the third — arrived. Like eggshells, the doors and the ceiling fell down. They grabbed the children and ran out” – says a young woman from a destroyed private house in the video. 

On Mayakovsky Street in the private sector — a scorched patch on the site of several houses. Ruins — as if after a massive bombing. This place is cordoned off, no one is allowed in there. An investigation team is working there. It was here that the tragedy occurred: 4 people died. One — citizen of the Russian Federation and three — citizens of Ukraine. Evil fate overtook a family from Kharkov, who tried to hide from shelling on the territory of the Russian Federation. Family of Kharkiv citizens — a man, his sister and mother-in-law – spent the night in the wing of house number 23. The explosion tore apart the building. Everyone who slept in the house itself managed to run out into the street. Thus, they saved their lives, because the house caught fire. Luckily, there were not two other people in the annex who could be there. As Aleksey Rusanov, a resident of the house, told the Belgorod portal Bel.ru, his son and daughter-in-law also lived in the wing, who stayed overnight in the village. “The government of Ukraine is killing Ukrainian citizens on the territory of the Russian Federation, and this is the absolute height of cynicism that Ukraine has achieved in its actions.” – commented on the tragedy & nbsp; governor of the region Vyacheslav Gladkov. 

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Four more people were taken to hospitals, including a 10-year-old child. There are no threats to their lives, the doctors assure.

In total, about 50 houses were damaged: 39 of them were private households and 11 — apartment buildings. In high-rise buildings, from the blast wave, the glass of the windows mostly flew out and the balcony grilles bent. At one apartment building, according to preliminary data, the roof was damaged. It was worse for private houses along Mayakovsky Street: from getting into the wing of house 23 & nbsp; other buildings were on fire. As a result, five houses were completely destroyed. Significant damage was received by a private house on March 8 Street, on which fragments of a shell shot down by air defense systems fell. He  the roof and part of the walls were destroyed. 

Now the city is studying the damage caused by shelling. Governor Gladkov promises to repair all damaged houses. At the same time, extra-budgetary opportunities will be sought to finance restoration work, since repairs at the expense of the budget are associated with long approvals and therefore the process may be delayed.

In the afternoon, people with flowers reached the destroyed houses on Mayakovsky Street. Carnations and chrysanthemums were laid right on the roadside, next to the place where the ruins were still smoking…

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Why Karakalpakstan will not go far: the expert explained the prospect

The Republic wants to have the right to withdraw, but the position is in the way

Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and now also Uzbekistan… Unrest has not subsided since the end of last week in the autonomous Karakalpakstan, which is part of the Uzbek Republic. Thousands of people took to the streets of the region's capital, Nukus, demanding not to deprive them of their sovereign rights. Friday's peaceful rally by Saturday turned into an attempt to seize the authorities, and on Sunday aggressive people from the villages began to move into the center of Karakalpakstan. With the approval of the parliament, President Mirziyoyev introduced a state of emergency and a curfew in the republic. Moreover, the demands of the protesters have already been satisfied, but will this stop those who call people to the streets?

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Since the beginning of the year, the countries of Central Asia, one after another, began to fall out of the long-term “comfort zone”, facing pockets of internal resistance. And although all these conflicts were triggered by internal problems (in Kazakhstan, the reason was the increase in gas prices, in Tajikistan, law enforcement lawlessness), the authorities of these countries assure that there was no external interference.

They are talking about the same thing in Tashkent now. Although the reason for the “outbreak of separatism” is quite transparent: the upcoming changes to the Constitution of the country. In the proposed amendments regarding Karakalpakstan (Articles 70-74), the autonomous status of the republic remains, but the word “sovereign” has disappeared somewhere. In addition, the article was removed, speaking about the possibility of Karakalpakstan to secede from Uzbekistan through a referendum. And although the Karakalpak autonomy has not yet expressed an intention to leave somewhere, but apparently the very sight of the “closed door” caused unrest among the people. Although it is clear that this is only the “tip of the Iceberg”, and the subsidized region has enough reasons for dissatisfaction. This is indirectly confirmed by the fact that President Mirziyoyev, who arrived in the rebellious city of Nukus, seemed to remove all contradictions by evening, saying that the sovereign status of autonomy in the Constitution must be left. However, the rally activity did not subside, on the contrary, people from the region began to pull up …

How the current situation can be resolved, Stanislav Pritchin, an expert from the Center for the Study of Central Asia and the Caucasus of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told MK:

– So far, there are no traces of foreign participation in the events. Here, nevertheless, it seems to me, an internal factor played a role – an underestimation of the socio-economic discontent of the population of the republic. No one has analyzed how important the issue of the autonomous status of Karakalpakstan is for the population and how much it is coordinated with everything else. As it turned out, this issue became a good mobilizing factor, the organizers were able to bring several thousand people to the streets.

– There is a certain inertia of events. It is clear that people were mobilized, they were ready to take to the streets and even clash with law enforcement agencies. Everything is much deeper here. Therefore, the decision of the authorities to abolish these norms can play a role in the long term. But in this particular situation, it's unlikely. Remember, in Kazakhstan in January, gas prices were also immediately reduced, but this did not stop anyone. In fact, the Uzbek authorities are facing a very serious task – not only to quickly stabilize the situation in Karakalpakstan, but also to prevent this spark from spreading to other regions. Probably for the entire presidency of Mirziyoyev, this is the first such serious crisis for him. And his further tenure as president will largely depend on how his team will now cope with this situation.

– On a national scale, this is still a rather “peripheral” issue. Karakalpakstan in terms of area, of course, occupies 37% of the territories of Uzbekistan. But in terms of population, this is less than 6%, 2 million inhabitants, with a total number of citizens of the country of 35 million. In addition, the motive of the protesters is not entirely clear. Because the preservation of the norm on secession from Uzbekistan in the general absence of inclinations towards separatism in the region is a complete formality. There is a mixed population, the region is deserted, has no resources, no water supplies, completely dependent on subsidies from the state. This is not a Kurdistan that can stand on its own. In addition, the republic borders on Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan. In fact, she simply has nowhere to go. In my opinion, Uzbekistan now just needs to offer some social programs to the republic in order to stabilize the situation there.

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Prilepin called the shelling of Belgorod “responsible for Lisichansk”

Writer and political figure Zakhar Prilepin wrote on Telegram that the shelling of Belgorod is “answer for Lisichansk”. He believes that strikes on cities far from the front are the revenge of Ukraine, which  «cannot stand face to face in battle».

Prilepin wanted to warn the day before that “today they will hit Russian cities” ;, but was afraid of “causing trouble.” In his opinion,    “for every city they take, they will hit residential areas in Russia” they are thinking about sabotage work in Russia.

On July 3, Belgorod and Kursk were attacked by Ukraine. Four people died in Belgorod.

There were no casualties in Kursk. The governor of the Kursk region, Roman Starovoit, said that the military shot down two drones flying up to the regional center.

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Up to 120 mercenaries near Nikolaev destroyed by Russian Aerospace Forces – Ministry of Defense

Up to 120 people were killed by the air and space forces of the Russian Federation on the base of foreign mercenaries near Nikolaev, said the official representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov.

The base of mercenaries was located on northern outskirts of the city.

“Destroyed up to 120” soldiers of fortune “, – Konashenkov said.

Earlier it was reported that Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin on the liberation of the Luhansk People's Republic.

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US satellite filmed Belgorod three days before the UAF missile attack

The United States commercial satellite GeoEye-1 by Maxar was filming Belgorod three days before the missile attack on the city by the Ukrainian Armed Forces, RIA Novosti reports.

The satellite was filming the city 30 June. It is also reported that other US spacecraft Worldview-2 and Worldview-3 surveyed the Belgorod region on June 20, 22 and 27.

Recall that the shelling was carried out by the Ukrainian military on the night of July 3.

Earlier, the Governor of the Belgorod Region, Vyacheslav Gladkov, said that the death toll from the shelling of Belgorod by the Armed Forces of Ukraine had increased to four people. The UK confirms the death of three people, two are missing. 

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In London on the Thames formed an “island” of wet wipes

An artificial island made up of used wet wipes has formed on the Thames and has already changed the course of the river, according to The Times.

According to MP Fleur Anderson, she personally saw this island and stood on it. Its thickness in some places reaches one meter, and the area is equal to two tennis courts. The island is located near the Hammersmith Bridge and is already changing the course of the city's main river.

The government has repeatedly urged citizens to abandon this hygiene product, or at least not flush tissues down the drain. As a result, they end up in the Thames.

Most wipes are made with the addition of insoluble plastic. The authorities are studying the possibility of introducing a ban on their use.

Earlier, a bill was submitted to the State Duma of the Russian Federation to ban the sale of plastic utensils on Lake Baikal. This measure should improve the ecology in the ecozones of the Baikal natural territory.

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Britain’s Foreign Secretary opposes new Minsk agreements

A poorly thought-out peace agreement would allow Russia to regroup forces and “return to the attack,” says British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss

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Ukraine needs a 'clean win' to restore its own security, not a poorly thought out peace deal or new Minsk agreements, said British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss in an interview with Le Journal du Dimanche.

“We all know that a poorly thought out peace agreement would allow Putin to regroup his forces and return to the attack. Therefore, we cannot afford a new Minsk agreement. Ukraine needs a clear victory that will restore its security,— she declared.

The British authorities want Kyiv to receive the maximum amount of assistance in the form of equipment and military training for the counteroffensive, Truss said. She called Britain the second country after the United States in terms of aid provided to Ukraine. According to her, London has already allocated a total of £2.3 billion ($2.78 billion) for these purposes.

When asked if the British authorities really have such funds, Truss replied that Britain's defense spending is 2.3% of GDP, but it is necessary to increase the production of military equipment, since the situation in Ukraine has shaken security in Europe and made the world more dangerous.

After the start of Russia's military operation, Western countries, including the UK, stepped up support, including military support, for Ukraine. At the end of June, during the NATO summit, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that London would allocate another £1 billion ($1.2 billion) to Kyiv, which, in particular, would go to air defense systems (air defense) and drones.

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Johnson has previously opposed pushing Ukraine towards a “bad world”; with Russia. He believes that a peaceful settlement at this stage will only lead to prolonged instability and allow Vladimir Putin to endlessly manipulate both sovereign countries and international markets. The British Prime Minister urged to continue to provide military assistance to Kyiv, despite the manifestation of fatigue and hesitation in this matter.

After the start of the special operation in late February, Kyiv and Moscow began negotiations on a peace settlement, but they were completely suspended in April. The Russian side blamed Ukraine for this and considered that Kyiv withdrew from the negotiations at the direction of the Western countries. The Ukrainian authorities called the return of territories as of February 24 as a condition for the resumption of dialogue with Russia.

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Queen Elizabeth II handed over part of the duties to Prince Charles

Previously, the Queen had a clear list of 13 duties, but now it contains only general language, writes the Daily Mail. Prince Charles replaced the Queen in May for the first time at the opening of parliament Queen Elizabeth II handed over part of the duties to Prince Charles Daily Mail.

Previously, the list of duties of the queen, who turned 96 in April, consisted of 13 items and included the appointment of a prime minister based on the results of a vote in parliament, the opening of sessions of parliament, and state visits. The new version of the list contains more vague language, according to which the role of the monarch is to fulfill the “range of parliamentary and diplomatic duties”, maintaining “unity and national identity.” From the list of events in which the queen should participate, the opening ceremony of parliament, which usually takes place in the fall, was excluded. Many of the other events from the calendar this year were attended by Prince Charles instead of the Queen, the publication notes.

A Daily Mail source at Buckingham Palace called the changes minor.

In October the Queen spent the night in the hospital. After that, the doctors recommended that she rest for a few weeks. In February, Elizabeth II suffered a coronavirus, after which she complained that it was difficult for her to move. From October last year to the end of March this year, she did not appear in public.

In early June, the Queen was unable to attend some of the events that took place in honor of the 70th anniversary of her reign due to discomfort. In the middle of the month, Elizabeth II missed the Ascot races for the first time in 70 years. annual social event— due to mobility issues. She recorded a video message to the guests of the event. Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton represented the royal family at the races.

Prince Charles is 73 years old and heir to the British throne. On May 10, the prince instead of the queen opened the next session of parliament by reading the Throne Speech.

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The US Embassy in Moscow replaced the address on the site with the coordinates

The US Embassy in Moscow removed the exact address of the diplomatic mission from the website. Now at the bottom of the site, instead of the address, only geographical coordinates are indicated: 55.75566° N, 37.58028° E.

However, the embassy's former address— Bolshoi Devyatinsky lane, house 8— it is also listed in the tab of the site, which contains a list of American diplomatic missions in Russia.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, commenting on the change of address on the website of the diplomatic mission, said that “to change my mind to the opposite— in the culture of modern US foreign policy».

RBC sent a request to the press service of the US Embassy in Moscow.

On June 22, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin signed a decree on giving the territory near the US Embassy the name “Donetsk People's Republic Square”. This name was given to the nameless territory from Bolshoy Devyatinsky Lane to Maly Konyushkovsky Lane along Konyushkovskaya Street.

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On July 1, the Moscow authorities launched a poll asking city residents to choose a place that would be called the square of the Luhansk People's Republic. Muscovites are offered three places to choose from:

  • the area along Smolenskaya Embankment between Protochny Lane and the exit to Novy Arbat Street (near the British Embassy);
  • the area along Akademika Pilyugin Street between Leninsky avenue and Vorontsovsky Park (near the German embassy);
  • the area along Bolshoi Rzhevsky Lane near the junction of Malaya Molchanovka Street (between the embassies of Lithuania and Belgium).

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