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Air Force General appreciated the failure of the Ukrainian operation near the island of Snake

A small piece of land is of strategic importance

The operation, unique in terms of the number of downed planes and helicopters, carried out on May 7-8 in the area of ​​Zmeiny Island, has already been called an “air boiler” for the armed forces of Ukraine ( APU). The MK expert, honored military pilot Vladimir Popov, believes that Kyiv sent huge forces and means to the special operation to seize the island and, nevertheless, was defeated. According to the expert, about 200 Ukrainian servicemen died in this battle.

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The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reported significant losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine after the fighting in the area of ​​​​Snake Island. As a result, three Su-24 bombers, an Mi-24 attack helicopter, a Su-27 fighter, three Mi-8 helicopters with troops on board, three Bayraktar drones, a Stanislav landing assault boat of the Ukrainian Navy and project 1241 missile boat.

According to honored military pilot Vladimir Popov, such significant losses indicate that the Armed Forces of Ukraine have been preparing for a long time and carefully to try to recapture the island, which at the beginning of the special operation in Ukraine fell under the control of the Russian military.

“As far as I know, during the night and morning hours, Zmeiny Island was attacked by landing transport boats and a landing helicopter group in order to recapture the island from the Russian armed forces,” said Vladimir Popov. – Our armed forces successfully repelled the attempts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to land their troops on the island. By the way, the island is not very large – about 20 hectares of rocky ground. There are, of course, shallows, three or four, as we say, beaches, in order to land troops. An airborne assault group was sent to these places at night. But unsuccessful. The air defense forces and means responded quickly and effectively, and our ships, on duty in the Black Sea, were able to approach in time and counter the air assault group of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, aviation and the remnants of the Ukrainian navy.

– The fight was quite intense. Ukraine has thrown a lot of forces and means for such a small island and the garrison that stands there as a border outpost. Such attempts are made only when everything is well calculated. The timing was really well chosen. The forces were powerful and well prepared. The situation was serious – our servicemen on the island were in serious danger. The ratio of the number of our military to the enemy was one to three. But we must pay tribute, the forces that were nearby on combat duty in the Black Sea basin reacted very quickly and, thanks to coordinated actions, managed to repel the AFU grouping.

– I think that they are big if the landing craft sank (about the missile boat – there is no exact information yet). Taking into account the boat and helicopters that transported the troops, I think that the losses in personnel are about 200-250 people. At the same time, Ukraine has few ships and boats left, which are now in Odessa ports and near Odessa. These are the remains of the Ukrainian Navy.

– In fact, this island is of great importance. Firstly, several offshore oil and gas condensate fields have been discovered and are being exploited in the offshore area. Production is beneficial for Ukraine and neighboring Romania. Secondly, the island is strategically important for our armed forces. Having taken possession of the island, we blockaded the Black Sea coast in the region of Odessa. Even if we do not take Odessa (as the city territory of Odessa is not very important), it is important for us to get as close and as quickly as possible to Pridnestrovie in order to cut off the main part of Ukraine from the Black Sea coast to ensure the security of our southwestern borders in the sea. Although the island is very small, it is very significant.

– You can, for example, install the Bastion system, S-300 launchers. Well, the ships will be on duty. The island is a very convenient position, sometimes you can moor in the bay and hide from the storm. But, the main thing is that we will cover our territories from NATO influence – and Romania is one of the aggressive NATO countries, which puts forward claims not only to us, but also to Ukraine, Moldova.

– A coincidence is possible. It's just that the Armed Forces of Ukraine managed to prepare for this time. If they had the strength and means earlier, they would have done it earlier. But they did not have the strength and means, and in fact it is necessary to prepare both equipment and personnel for such operations.

– I believe that we have ground no more than 35-40% of the aircraft, the aircraft that they had left after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Armed Forces of Ukraine still have a lot of aviation. According to my calculations, after the collapse of the USSR, more than 2.5 thousand aircraft and helicopters for various purposes remained on the territory of Ukraine. It is clear that not all of them survived to this day. But a few dozen may still remain.

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Ukrainian refugees in the United States met the harsh reality: no one is waiting

The Unity for Ukraine Project Saves America from Aliens

The American dream is fading before the eyes of Ukrainians who wished to leave their homeland forever and go to the United States for happiness. Hundreds of people who want to go overseas stumble upon bureaucratic traps skillfully set by the team of President Joe Biden. There are many restrictions. For example, in terms of vaccinations, allocation of lifting, logistics. America has defended itself admirably. Oil is added to the fire by the Americans themselves, who do not want to see refugees in the states who have disgustingly proven themselves in Europe. We learned what both immigrants and US citizens think about this.

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A month after Biden's statement that America is ready to accept up to 100,000 refugees from Ukraine, the Unity for Ukraine program was born in the United States. It gives Ukrainians the right to enter, provided that they have found an American sponsor – a person or organization willing to provide financial assistance on the spot.

The procedure for obtaining sponsorship is extremely dreary and complicated. The sponsor must complete the declaration, attach a variety of documents, and submit it online. The processing time for these documents is unknown. Applicants must be vaccinated against measles, polio, and COVID-19, and upon arrival in the United States, they must be screened for tuberculosis within two weeks.

The sponsor must be ready to receive a Ukrainian, deliver him to his place of residence, and provide housing and basic necessities, as well as medical care for the entire stay, to assist the Ukrainian in accessing education, learning English, securing employment and enrolling children in school.

How many US citizens are ready to make such sacrifices for refugees?

Those who have been tamed, the Americans want to see away from themselves and actively tell them about it on the social network Facebook, banned in Russia.

For example, Ukrainian pharmacists are strongly advised to choose not the United States, but Europe for their future life. “There is no threat of war in Europe,” he addresses them in the comments. – You will not find a sponsor (in the USA). The sponsor is responsible for you financially. It is better to go here if you have relatives who can sponsor you financially. You are not entitled to anything here, only a residence permit for 18 months and a work permit. You will not work here as doctors or pharmacists: You need to study here and get local licenses for this. A very low-paying job awaits you, and it will be impossible to live on this money. This is your prospect – poverty.”

Ukrainians are advised to leave their dreams of “American happiness”, stop looking for a trustee and choose more mundane options for life: Poland or Kazakhstan.

More experienced Ukrainians bring their naive compatriots to life: “They write to you that it’s bad in the USA,” writes the girl Irina in the Let’s Help America group. – Poorly done program for the sponsor, if you speak English well, read it. Here, the US refugees will not be helped in any way, everything is at their own expense: housing, food, and so on. They won’t give you money just like that, and you can’t work. The church will probably feed for a couple of days. Kindergartens, schools – everything is paid. Consider Canada, there are different conditions for refugees.

The dreamy refugees from Ukraine are also brought back to reality by an American from the state of Colorado: “There are no stupid people who are ready to be sponsors here. You don’t really understand the order of local prices, here the general mass of people is in debt, loans, they hardly cover their expenses. I have two immodest questions for the Ukrainians: how did you leave if men are not allowed out, and where do you get the money for the flight?”

The only hope is the help of compassionate US citizens with Ukrainian roots and sufficient financial stability, but such obviously quite a bit. Some Americans also write that Ukrainian men of draft age will not get a humanitarian password. According to local lawyers, they will need to prove the legality of leaving Ukraine (more than three children, disability…).

The Gates of America are closed even for Ukrainian animals. “They only accept European-style dog vaccination documents,” the refugees complain. – They banned the import of animals from Ukraine, Russia, Belarus due to falsification of vaccinations.

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China is tightening the screws: the new head of Hong Kong will be a “silovik”

A US-sanctioned former security chief will lead the special region

Former security secretary John Lee has been elected as Hong Kong's new chief of staff in an unopposed election. Lee won with 1,416 support votes from members of the Electoral College. In the West, this event is considered as evidence of the tightening of Beijing's policy regarding Hong Kong liberties, preserved after the transfer of the former British colony to China.

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Former security chief John Lee, who led the crackdown on the “pro-democracy movement” in Hong Kong, has become the region's new leader, writes The Guardian. Beijing welcomes the result: the only candidate to succeed Carrie Lam as head of the region won 99% of the vote in a secret ballot.

Like his predecessor Carrie Lam, 64-year-old John Lee was one of Hong Kong's first officials (Hong Kong) and mainland China, which are on the US sanctions list for allegedly undermining Hong Kong's once-guaranteed rights and freedoms.

Analysts say John Lee's rise through the ranks indicates that Beijing's tough policy on Hong Kong will continue. It is also the first time that a former security officer has been appointed to a top position in one of Asia's most significant business centers.

Hong Kong attracted global media attention in 2019 with its months-long street protests, the largest since its handover to China from the UK in 1997. The following year, Beijing enacted a controversial national security law in the city that prohibits the region's secession from the PRC and subversion, as well as collusion with foreign forces.

In recent months, the Hong Kong administration's grueling response to the coronavirus pandemic has sparked complaints from residents and foreign companies alike. Several foreign chambers of commerce have warned the Hong Kong authorities of the damage from the “zero spread of COVID” policy.

Lee's new position was approved after he was chosen by an “electoral committee” of 1,461 people, roughly 0.02% of the city's population. Critics say the committee does not represent a wide range of views in Hong Kong and that its members are mostly pro-Beijing.

After a brief secret ballot on Sunday, 99% or 1,416 members voted for Lee, according to officials. and only eight voted against.

Beijing welcomed this near-unanimous result, saying it showed that John Lee “enjoys a high level of recognition and approval in Hong Kong society.” “This is a true demonstration of democratic spirit,” the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office said in a statement.

The election was the first for a chief executive since the introduction of the Hong Kong national security law, and electoral reforms have led to the fact that Hong Kong is ruled only by patriots, the Beijing-based Global Times notes.

“Such broad and sincere support for Lee has laid a good foundation for the new government, which will help him form a new leadership team and roll out measures to address issues such as epidemic control, economic recovery and social livelihoods,” said Lau Siu Kai, Vice President of the China Hong Kong and Macau Research Association.

The Western press claims that under Xi Jinping's rule, Beijing is “recasting Hong Kong in its own authoritarian image” after massive and sometimes violent democratic protests three years ago. Dissenting voices have all but disappeared after last year's electoral changes allowed only “patriots” to run in legislative elections. Street protests in Hong Kong have been largely banned by law, and the authorities have used the anti-COVID ban on public gatherings of more than four people, as well as the security law, to do so.

Despite the risks, the League of Social Democrats – one of the few remaining pro-democracy groups – held a three-person protest before the polls opened on Sunday, chanting “Power to the people, universal suffrage now.”

Lee's Challenge in the management of a difficult region is not only political in nature. Hong Kong is also facing economic hardship due to two years of severe pandemic restrictions that have damaged its reputation as a business hub.

Under the slogan “Opening a new chapter for Hong Kong together,” Lee promised to introduce “results-oriented” management, strengthen unity, and reboot the city's economy. According to The Guardian, the 44-page manifesto that John Lee released last week contained general goals and proposed several specific political goals.

According to a poll conducted in March by the Public Opinion Research Institute, about 24% of the population Hong Kong trusts John Lee, compared to the 12% trust level enjoyed by the outgoing head of the region, Carrie Lam. John Lee is expected to usher in a new chapter of development for Hong Kong after the region has been hit hard by social upheaval and the COVID-19 epidemic, according to China's Global Times.

John Lee will take office on July 1, 25- anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong to China from British colonial rule.

At that time, China agreed that Hong Kong could retain certain freedoms and autonomy for 50 years after regaining control of the UK under the formula “one country, two systems. Beijing and John Lee insist that this formula remains unchanged. Critics, including many Western powers, say it has been destroyed.

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Biden sent his wife to Ukraine on a secret visit

The first lady of the United States reached Uzhgorod via Slovakia

An unexpected visit to Ukraine was made by the wife of the President of the United States, Jill Biden, who met with the Ukrainian “first lady” Olena Zelenskaya. However, the wife of the head of the White House did not make it to Kyiv, limiting herself to visiting Western Ukraine.

Jill Biden meets with Ukrainian refugees. Photo: press service of the First Lady of the United States.

U.S. First Lady Jill Biden made an unannounced visit to western Ukraine on Sunday, holding a surprise Mother's Day meeting with her Ukrainian “colleague” Olena Zelenskaya, writes The Guardian

U.S. President Joe Biden himself did not visit Ukraine, although he expressed a similar desire when he visited Poland this spring. He hinted that his security advisers kept him from visiting Ukrainian territory.

Jill Biden traveled under a cloak of secrecy, becoming the latest senior American to visit Ukraine during the 10-week conflict with Russia, writes The Guardian. Among those who managed to pay visits to Kyiv are House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. Other Western leaders, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, also met with Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv.

“I wanted to come for Mother's Day,” Jill Biden told Olena Zelenskaya on Sunday, adding that “the people of the United States stand with the people of Ukraine.” For her part, Zelenskaya thanked Jill Biden for her “courageous act.”

Jill Biden, who is on a trip to Europe to spend time with Ukrainian refugee families in Romania and Slovakia, traveled about 15 days, according to CNN. miles across western Ukraine from Slovak territory to Uzhgorod.

According to press reports, the American first lady traveled by car to the Transcarpathian city of Uzhgorod, about 10 minutes from a Slovak village bordering Ukraine.

Earlier, in the Slovak border village of Vyshne Nemecke, the US President's wife visited a border processing facility, familiarizing herself with operations organized by the United Nations and other aid organizations to assist Ukrainian asylum seekers. Jill Biden attended a service in a tent converted into a chapel, where the priest proclaimed, “We are praying for the people of Ukraine.”

Before that, in the Slovak city of Kosice, Jill Biden met and offered support to Ukrainian mothers in Slovakia.

Then, already in Transcarpathia, the two first ladies – American and Ukrainian – got together in a small class, sat opposite each other at the table and talked in front of reporters before meeting in private. The school where they met turned into temporary housing for Ukrainian migrants from other parts of the country. According to The Guardian, Olena Zelenskaya and her children were in an undisclosed location for their safety.

According to US officials, the meeting between the two first ladies took place after they exchanged messages in ​​recent weeks. Jill Biden drove around Uzhgorod, and the women's meeting lasted about an hour.

As CNN notes, Jill Biden's visit to Ukraine is the first visit by the first lady of the United States to a “hot spot” since Laura Bush made a secret 10-hour visit to Afghanistan in 2008. Jill Biden herself, as America's “Second Lady” in 2010, accompanied then Vice President Joe Biden on his trip to Baghdad for the Independence Day holiday.

The White House last week announced that the president The US “would like to visit” Ukraine, but currently has no plans to do so. On Sunday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also made a surprise visit to Ukraine and was scheduled to meet with Volodymyr Zelensky.

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Arestovich explained why there will be no nuclear strike on Kyiv

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According to Aleksey Arestovich, adviser to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, there will be no nuclear attack on Kyiv, since she returned to the Ukrainian capital U.S. Charge d'Affaires in Ukraine Christina Quinn, as well as other American diplomats.

“Christina Quinn and other American diplomats returned to the US Embassy in Kyiv today, this indicates the safety of staying in the city. Now the question of a possible nuclear attack on Kyiv is finally closed,” he said in an interview with Feigin Live.

Arestovich believes that Russia will not dare to launch a nuclear strike on the city where American diplomats work.

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Biden says he will continue to aggravate Putin’s suffering

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According to US President Joe Biden, he will continue to provide comprehensive support to Ukraine together with Western partners.

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“We spoke today with G7 leaders and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Our unity is unshakable. We will continue to strengthen Ukraine and deepen Putin's suffering,” Biden tweeted.

Recall, On May 8, the Ukrainian leader addressed the G7 leaders via video link. Also ahead of the meeting, Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau discussed further steps to help Ukraine. We are talking about military and economic support.

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Pushkov: China is preparing for a “highly conflicted” 21st century

Senator Alexei Pushkov said in his Telegram channel that China is preparing for a “highly conflicted” 21st century.

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Senator Alexei Pushkov said in his Telegram channel that China is preparing for a “highly conflicted” 21st century.

Recall that on the eve of the Global Times published an article in which said that the West, after the situation in Ukraine, is planning various crises around the world, because it needs new “enemies”. At the same time, the United States of America and its partners will never be able to accept the existence of something “different from itself.”

According to the senator, the source of conflicts for which the Chinese authorities are preparing is not located in the East. Some Western empires cannot admit that the outside world has become stronger than them.

“Former empires – from the British to the Roman ones – for a long time with great difficulty created the world “for themselves”, but did not notice that the outside the world has become stronger than them,” Pushkov added.

He clarified that examples of such situations are the conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, from where the United States and their colleagues “symbolically and shamefully fled”, because they could not break these countries for themselves for 20 years.

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Soldier of the DPR army predicted an unenviable fate for the militants in the cellars of Azovstal

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The interdepartmental coordination headquarters of the Russian Federation for humanitarian response stated that the evacuation of civilians from the territory of the Azovstal plant » ended. That is, only militants of the extremist organization Azov, banned in the Russian Federation, remained on the territory of the Azov plant. What actions can be expected from neo-Nazis now, “MK” was told by a DPR soldier with the call sign “Sith”.

According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the humanitarian operation to evacuate civilians from the Azovstal metallurgical plant has been completed. It was held with the participation of the UN and the Red Cross. At the same time, the deputy commander of the Azov regiment, Svyatoslav Palamar, said that there were many wounded among the militants. He asked the international community to ensure their evacuation and said that the militants would hold the line.

– In fact, it is difficult to say what the Azov people are now guided by, – a DPR soldier with the call sign “Sitkh” told MK.

– What could make the neo-Nazis let the civilians go?

-Perhaps international pressure. Several times UN representatives came to Azovstal. This happened after the visit of the UN Secretary General to Moscow and Kyiv. The Russian side and the DPR helped them in their humanitarian mission. According to those who nevertheless managed to evacuate, the National Battalion kept their families there. In general, “Azov” is not just a paramilitary unit, it is rather a way of life. They declare that they are ready to die as “martyrs and heroes.”

– What then prevented them from releasing people earlier and portraying martyrs?

– I think they believed that there would be a deblocking blow and held a “human shield” to cover themselves with it before this blow. Now they realized that nothing like this would happen. Zelensky and Ukraine abandoned them. All that remains for them now is to prepare for death.

– What further actions can be expected from the militants? If there are no more peaceful people at the plant, whom they used as human shields, it turns out that now the “Azov” are defenseless and nothing prevents our troops from moving on to more drastic measures.

– No, they are definitely not defenseless. The militants still remain in fortified positions, and we see that it is not easy to dislodge them from there. Even the work of artillery and assault groups has not yet brought the desired result. The Azovites are not ready to give up. The fact that they have no food or run out of ammunition, we also cannot say. On the eve of the special operation, all the reserves of the enterprise were replenished. In my opinion, there are no prerequisites that now they will begin to surrender en masse.

– Should we expect that the Russian army and the DPR corps will switch to tougher measures to “smoke out” militants from their dungeons?

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– The decision on the further fate of Azovstal remains with the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Federation. The DPR does not have such technical means to destroy these catacombs. It makes no sense to storm them and risk people. Everyone has already understood this. In my opinion, further events can have two scenarios: either the national battalions will stay there until they begin to die of hunger, or Russian troops will destroy these fortifications using heavy air bombs.

Mariupol, DPR.

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Ukraine has become a testing ground for American weapons: kamikaze drones take off

What is Loitering Ammunition

Ukraine has turned into a testing ground for American weapons. Combat systems supplied to Kyiv from the NATO arsenal are tested there for the greatest effectiveness against Russian weapons. Now, in addition to the samples sent by the Armed Forces of Ukraine directly from the warehouses and parts of the NATO armies, the new package of deliveries to Ukraine also includes the so-called “kamikaze drones”, which, according to Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, have been modified specifically for the requirements of the Ukrainian army.

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It is strange that after that the United States continues to declare that it is not a party to the conflict in Ukraine. The facts that the Americans do not even consider it necessary to hide speak for themselves.

What is such loitering ammunition and why is it dangerous for Russian military personnel, together with experts, found out “MK”.

Let me remind you that the last $800 million military aid package announced by the United States to Ukraine was approved on April 21. In addition to 30,000 helmets and bulletproof vests, it includes such heavy weapons as 155-mm howitzers, 200 M113 armored personnel carriers, 11 Russian Mi-17 helicopters (at one time they were very requested from us, and then the Americans bought them to arm the Afghan army with them). army, since our helicopters were familiar to the Afghans and were better suited for operation in high altitude conditions).

This package of American deliveries also includes another 500 units of Javelin anti-tank systems, unmanned coastal defense systems, radars and much more. But most importantly, it has a novelty that most excited military experts. This is more than 120 pieces of Phoenix Ghost loitering ammunition (“Phoenix Ghost”), which is openly mentioned for the first time. It is not even clear yet whether the purchases of the Phoenix Ghost by the US Army are planned, or the Phoenix Ghost was made exclusively for the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU).

According to John Kirby, the appearance of the Phoenix Ghost ammunition and its main characteristics are not disclosed for reasons of secrecy. Although experts have no doubt that soon all this secrecy will be revealed, since in the very near future ammunition may appear on the front line. Unless, of course, a fundamental political decision is finally made to destroy the railway junctions and logistics centers used to deliver ammunition from Europe to the territory of Ukraine.

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What is loitering ammunition?

According to leading military expert Viktor Murakhovsky, loitering ammunition should be classified as a separate category of weapons. Those who talk about them as drones are wrong in principle. In his Telegram channel, he writes: “They are more like a smart rocket than a plane. Like a rocket, these systems are expendable. Loitering ammunition is a disposable weapon designed to find and hit a target, giving it the nickname “kamikaze”.

By the way, AeroVironment itself, the manufacturer of the Switchblade loitering ammunition (“Folding Knife”), calls them “loitering missiles”. They are a kind of folding structure that is carried by combat crews and can be easily transported by any small transport, and, if necessary, unobtrusively deployed near the battlefield.

The ammunition has an electric motor, optoelectronic means of observation and target search and a warhead equipped with a high-explosive fragmentation or cumulative fragmentation charge. Such ammunition is launched into the air using a compact launcher.

Once in the air, the rocket projectile can loiter for quite a long time, looking for a target – hence its name. The time spent in flight depends on the specific model and may vary. For example, a number of such Israeli ammunition can stay in the air for up to nine hours.

As for the Phoenix Ghost loitering ammunition that the Americans are going to send to Ukraine, experts, based on various indirect data, conclude that that they can only last an hour in flight.

Loitering ammunition is launched in different ways, depending on the model. These may include a ground ejection system, a modified mortar tube, and a multi-rotor vertical lift. The device can also be controlled in the air in different ways. For example, it can “hunt”, looking for a target, with the help of an operator who “leads” the ammunition using a control station. Or, let's say, go on an autonomous flight. Both of these options can be used in combination.

It is still difficult to say how the Phoenix Ghost, which the Americans are going to supply the Armed Forces, is managed, but it is generally believed that in terms of its characteristics and combat capabilities it is close to the ammo of the Switchblade series of the American company AeroVironment.

They exist in two modifications. One is a variant of the Switchblade 300. They were developed in 2010-2011, after which these light loitering ammunition began to be purchased – $ 6,000 per ammunition – by the US Army, Special Operations Forces and the Marine Corps in large numbers.

Switchblade 300 is very compact, weighing 2.2 kg. It only takes a couple of minutes to get it up and running. After takeoff, such ammunition can be in the air for about 15 minutes, during which it can fly about 10 km. True, such a small ammunition is not capable of penetrating the armor of a tank.

There is another, more powerful modification of such ammunition, which has increased flight and combat characteristics – this is the Switchblade 600. It entered service with the US Navy and US special forces last year. The ammunition has a weight of 20 kg, preparation for work – up to 10 minutes, flight range – 40 km, loitering time in the air – about 40 minutes. An essential advantage of the Switchblade 600 is its ability to penetrate tank armor.

Depending on which of these two ammunition options the classified Phoenix Ghost is closer in terms of characteristics – which is not yet clear – the effectiveness of its use in Ukraine will depend.

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What information is currently available about Phoenix Ghost?

It is known that it was made and finally tested over the past year by the Californian company AEVEX Aerospace, which had not previously dealt with such products. Her specialization is radio-electronic equipment for aviation. That is, it can be assumed that the electronic filling of the new ammunition is likely to become one of its advantages.

The question remains in what modification – light or heavier – is this ammunition made for Ukraine?

< p>Back in March, the United States discussed the transfer of hundreds of Switchblade 300-type products to Ukraine. However, then Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin clarified that these were additional aid packages providing for the supply of loitering ammunition, including anti-tank ones. That is, one must understand that the Americans nevertheless decided to supply the Armed Forces of Ukraine with a heavier version of the ammunition, which, of course, will complicate the actions of the Russian troops. There is no doubt that the use of Phoenix Ghost can give Ukrainian troops a number of tactical advantages on the battlefield.

According to a number of military analysts, the use of the American Phoenix Ghost in the Armed Forces of Ukraine will give approximately the same effect that Azerbaijan provided itself with the use of similar ammunition and Turkish drones during the war in Karabakh. In fact, they believe, thanks to such weapons, Azerbaijan managed to turn the tide of the military operation in its favor, which, as a result, ensured its victory.

Some experts even argue that the use of loitering ammunition from a military point of view may be as important as the invention of gunpowder or the first use of a machine gun.

Not everyone agrees with this. The same Murakhovsky believes that Phoenix Ghost is too publicized. He recalls that in 2020, Azerbaijan stunned the Armenian military with Israeli-made Harop drones, which posed a constant aerial threat to Armenian troops with their nine-hour loitering and anti-tank capabilities. At the same time, Murakhovsky notes that “none of the models that are likely to be used in Ukraine are comparable to the Harop.”

The expert believes that thanks to the use of the American Phoenix Ghost, Ukrainian troops will undoubtedly be able to achieve tactical success, which will be accompanied by an informational advertising campaign that inflates the role of these weapons on the battlefield. However, Murakhovsky notes, another tactical tool will not be able to “turn the tide” of the war, and analysts should not confuse its influence with Azerbaijan's successful use of loitering ammunition.

Murakhovsky also points out that the Russian military has two systems comparable to anything Ukraine can build or acquire. The first system, the Lancet, was successfully used in Syria in 2021 by Russian special operations forces. The duration of its flight is from 30 to 40 minutes, the range is about 40 kilometers. Our troops can use these systems to support maneuver and siege operations, similar to the use of artillery.

Another type of kamikaze drone is the KUB. It has already been used in Ukraine. The device is used for autonomous positioning and hitting targets in specially designated areas. Russia did not advertise its use, however, the KUB shot down during the special operation did not explode, as a result of which the enemy, unfortunately, got the opportunity to get acquainted with its design.

In principle, there is nothing critical in this, since the design of such ammunition is not top secret.

The American Phoenix Ghost will actually also be tested in Ukraine. According to experts, the stock of loitering ammunition received from the Americans by the Armed Forces of Ukraine can be used up within a few days. But it is not certain that these deliveries will be the last.

According to Viktor Murakhovsky, the nature of the war is changing.

“Loitering ammunition is at the forefront of modern weapons,” he said. -.They are becoming a mandatory system, such as Javelins and man-portable air defense systems.

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Lukashenka named a question that Kyiv should think about

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Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said at the wreath-laying ceremony at the Victory Monument on May 9 about what issue the Ukrainian authorities should worry about now.

“The West has already divided Ukraine into parts,” the Belarusian leader said.

“Ukraine needs to think about not having to turn to us in order to save the integrity and unity of the Ukrainian state,” Belta quoted Lukashenka as saying.

He added that Belarus does not is an aggressor, but Belarusians have no right not to support Russia, because “we have always been together, we have always been united.”

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Elon Musk responded to Rogozin’s threats: “If I die…”

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The American entrepreneur, founder of SpaceX and Tesla, Elon Musk, responded to the words of the head of the Roscosmos state corporation Dmitry Rogozin that he would have to “responsible like an adult” for supplying the Ukrainian forces with military communications equipment.

The American billionaire wrote a cryptic phrase on social networks after that: “If I die under mysterious circumstances, it would be nice to know you.”

Recall that earlier Dmitry Rogozin wrote that the Pentagon delivered and handed over to the Armed Forces of Ukraine P.O. boxes -Internet transmissions from Starlink.Thus, the head of Roskosmos noted, Elon Musk is also involved in this, no matter how he “turns on the fool.”

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In Grozny, a street was renamed in honor of the former head of the DPR Zakharchenko

Alexander Zakharchenko. Photo: Frame from video.

The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, announced on his Telegram channel that a decision had been made to rename one of the streets of Grozny in honor of the former head of the DPR, Alexander Zakharchenko.

In his statement, Kadyrov called Zakharchenko “an outstanding statesman and military figure DPR” and noted that he devoted his life to “the fight for freedom and justice” and “until his very last breath he remained faithful to his people and the cause he had begun.”

Recall that Alexander Zakharchenko was the head of the DPR since November 2014 of the year to August 2018.

Zakharchenko died on August 31, 2018 as a result of an explosion in the Separ cafe in the center of Donetsk.

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The Russian ambassador to Poland was doused with red paint at the cemetery of Soviet soldiers

A group of Ukrainians who wanted to “discuss the war” were waiting for the ambassador at the memorial cemetery. Upon the arrival of the diplomat, a fight broke out, and he himself was doused with red paint

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Unidentified people poured red paint over the Russian Ambassador to Poland Sergey Andreev during the ceremony at the Soviet military cemetery in Warsaw, TASS reports.

According to the agency correspondent, the crowd did not allow Andreev to lay a wreath at the memorial cemetery and he was forced to leave accompanied by the police.

According to a Wydarzenia correspondent, a group of Ukrainians were waiting for the ambassador at the graveyard. After the arrival of the diplomat, a fight broke out, and he himself was doused with red paint. “I am proud of my president. These territories [the DPR and LPR] do not belong to Ukraine,” — said Andreev, leaving the scene.

After the incident, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that the attack on the ambassador once again proves “Europe's course towards the reincarnation of fascism.” “Fans of neo-Nazism have once again bared their faces” and it's bloody»,— she wrote in Telegram.

Sergey Andreev was born in 1958, graduated from MGIMO in 1980 and has been working in the structures of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ever since. Prior to his appointment as Ambassador to Poland in 2014, he worked as the Russian Ambassador to Angola and Norway. He has the diplomatic rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, speaks English, Portuguese and French.

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Since the beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, which President Vladimir Putin justified by the need for “denazification and demilitarization” neighboring state, Poland consistently supports the Kyiv authorities. So, in early May, Warsaw handed over to Ukraine a new batch of military equipment, which included T-72 tanks, multiple launch rocket systems and drones, and on the eve of the Polish Foreign Ministry opposed the Immortal Regiment campaign. May 9 in Warsaw.

In addition, Poland, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on May 8, received the most refugees from the territory of Ukraine— 3.2 million people (out of 5.8 million). In second place in the EU in terms of the number of refugees accepted is Romania (880 thousand), followed by Hungary (568 thousand) and Slovakia (402 thousand). More than 880,000 people have decided to leave for Russia since the start of the special operation.

In connection with the influx of refugees, Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminsky appealed to the European Commission to review the distribution of refugees by country and provide Warsaw with additional financial assistance. “Obviously, our resources and capacities will not be enough to cope with the growing influx of people,” — Kaminsky says in his appeal.

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The Ministry of Defense announced the destruction of helicopters near Odessa by Onyx missiles

Konashenkov reported that the Russian military had destroyed a Ukrainian battery of Grad multiple launch rocket systems, shot down three drones near Zmeiny Island, and intercepted Smerch projectiles near Kharkiv

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Russian military as a result of attacks by Onyx missiles coastal missile system “Bastion” destroyed Ukrainian helicopters in the Odessa region, said Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov. The strikes were carried out near the town of Artsyz.

According to Konashenkov, during the night, air-based missiles in the Lugansk region destroyed two command posts and a Ukrainian battery of Grad multiple launch rocket systems, 18 areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment, as well as an American-made counter-battery radar station.

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

According to the agency, Russian air defense systems shot down two Ukrainian MiG-29 fighters, a Su-25 attack aircraft, as well as three drones (including two Bayraktar-TB2) near Zmeiny Island. In addition, the military intercepted three Smerch MLRS rockets in the Kharkiv region.

According to Konashenkov, rocket troops and artillery struck more than 200 targets in Ukraine. As a result, he claims, about 350 Ukrainian soldiers were killed and an S-300 installation near Kharkov was destroyed.

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Earlier in May, the Ministry of Defense reported on the destruction of Onyx missiles. a hangar with weapons and ammunition from the United States and European countries, which was located at a military airfield near Odessa. The runway was also destroyed.

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In the Kherson region said that the accession to the Crimea is not planned

There are no plans to change the administrative-territorial structure of the Kherson region and annex the region to Crimea, said the head of the military-civil administration Vladimir Saldo

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Kherson region, which is under the control of Russian troops, is not planned to be annexed to Crimea, said the head of the military-civilian administration Vladimir Saldo, who was appointed after the transition of the region under the control of Russian troops, in an interview with TASS.

“There are no such official conversations and plans. Maybe — this is my guess— some kind of federal district will be created, which will include the Crimea, Kherson, Zaporozhye regions, but the region will remain a region, — he said.

Saldo also said that there are no plans to change the administrative-territorial structure of the Kherson region. “Why change what already makes sense,” & mdash; he noted.

The balance also stated that large-scale restoration work is not required and it is only necessary to create a safe environment for business so that it can be business-oriented.

According to him, life support enterprises for people continue to work in the region, including energy and water utility, but the economy in the Kherson region almost stopped. “The economic complex, for the most part, is still stopped. People are still afraid to go to work, and the owners [of enterprises] do not bring them to work, — reported Balance.

He also said that at enterprises where they do not want to work or sabotage the production process, temporary management will be introduced.

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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.

The Russian military took Kherson on March 2, and on March 15, control was established over the entire territory of the Kherson region. Later, the Permanent Representative of the Crimea under the President of Russia, Georgy Muradov, announced the creation of military-civilian administrations in the region and in the south of the Zaporozhye region. At the end of April, Volodymyr Saldo, who was the mayor of Kherson from 2002 to 2012, was appointed head of the region.

At the end of April, the deputy head of the military-civilian administration of the Kherson region, Kirill Stremousov, said that from May 1, the region would start using the ruble. At the same time, a transitional period of four months is provided, when both the hryvnia and the Russian currency will be in circulation. After that, all calculations will be completely carried out in rubles. Also, broadcasting of Russian TV channels was launched in the Kherson region.

Chairman of the Civic Chamber of Crimea Oleksandr Formanchuk in a conversation with RIA Novosti said that he was convinced that the Kherson region, like part of the Zaporozhye region, would become part of Russia. The proposal to hold a referendum in the Kherson region on the creation of a people's republic or joining Crimea was voiced in the State Duma. The Russian Foreign Ministry stated that they had not heard anything about the preparation of such a referendum.

Secretary of the United Russia General Council; said that Russia came to the Kherson region “forever”, but the status of the region should be determined by its inhabitants.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky promised to withdraw from negotiations with Moscow on a settlement if referendums were held in Russian-controlled territories .

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