Konashenkov: LPR troops reached the administrative border of the republic

The people's militia of the Lugansk People's Republic, with the support of Russian troops, entered the administrative border of the LPR.

Photo: < p>The official representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Major General Igor Konashenkov, said that the People's Militia of the Lugansk People's Republic, with the support of Russian troops, had reached the administrative border of the LPR.

According to him, access to the borders of the republic became possible after the completion of the cleansing of Popasnaya .

“As a result of the offensive in the direction of this settlement, 13 units of military equipment and 120 nationalists were destroyed,” Konashenkov said.

Earlier, LPR Ambassador to Moscow Rodion Miroshnik said that as at least two consulates of the LNR will be opened in the regions of Russia. He clarified that the work of the consular service will begin in the near future, whose specialists should assess where people from the republic are concentrated.



New Zealand imposed sanctions against Konashenkov and Kostyukov

The restrictions included the heads of the All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company and Krasnaya Zvezda, Dobrodeev and Pimanov, as well as several organizations that Wellington considers responsible for disinformation and cyberattacks

Igor Konashenkov

New Zealand has expanded sanctions against Russia. The list of individual restrictions included “subjects [responsible for] misinformation and malicious [activities] in the cybersphere”; (in particular, the Internet Investigation Agency and the 85th Main Center of the Special Service and the Main Center for Special Technologies of the GRU were under sanctions).

In addition, the list included the general director of the All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company Oleg Dobrodeev, the president of the Krasnaya Zvezda media holding; Aleksey Pimanov, co-founder of the News Front portal Mikhail Sinelin, official representative of the Ministry of Defense Major General Igor Konashenkov and head of the GRU Igor Kostyukov.

After the start of the Russian military operation, New Zealand introduced several packages of anti-Russian sanctions. On April 19, 18 banks and financial institutions, including the Central Bank and the RDIF, were subject to restrictions. On May 2, six defense companies and 170 senators were on the list. Personal sanctions also affected President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, Foreign and Defense Ministers Sergei Lavrov and Sergei Shoigu and other politicians. Export restrictions were introduced.

Wellington banned the issuance of visas to Russian officials and other citizens associated with the special operation. In early April, New Zealand introduced a 35% tariff on all imports from Russia.

To support Ukraine, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the transfer of about $3.5 million worth of protective equipment and financial assistance to Kyiv through a NATO trust fund.

April 7, Russia responded to “unfriendly” actions imposed sanctions against New Zealand, banning the entry of 130 of its representatives, including Ardern, her deputy Grant Robertson and Foreign Minister Nanaya Mahute.

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Borrell ruled out the possibility of the EU to become a mediator in negotiations with Kyiv

Borrell said “the Russians will not accept” the EU as a mediator in negotiations with Ukraine Russia will object to the EU mediating negotiations with Ukraine, the UN would be best suited for this role, but Turkey is now doing a “good job”, said Borrell. He explained this by Ankara's good ties with Moscow and Kyiv

Josep Borrell

Moscow will be against EU mediation in negotiations between Russia and Ukraine for a peaceful settlement of the conflict, this “will not be accepted by the Russians,” EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

China also does not fit the role, as it is “leaning towards Russia,” he continued, and Turkey, thanks to good ties with both sides, is doing a “good job” on the issue of negotiations.

“Best , of course, [the mediator] would be the United Nations,— concluded Borrell (TASS quote).

The head of European diplomacy added that the EU sees its task now & mdash; to help Ukraine sit down at the negotiating table “from a position of strength”, this issue will be discussed at the G7 meeting; (G7: US, Germany, France, Italy, UK, Canada, Japan) on Thursday 12 May. European countries will continue to supply Kyiv with weapons along with attempts to weaken the Russian economy, but the EU does not want a war with Russia, he explained.

Borrell also noted that the process of phasing out gas imports from Russia will take a slightly longer period of time, due to the lack of terminals for receiving liquefied natural gas and the fact that not every country is able to immediately impose a gas embargo.

“U countries like Hungary have objective reasons when they say that they have no shores for oil tankers and pipelines. We need a solution that suits everyone»,— he emphasized.

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After the start of the Russian special operation in Ukraine, Moscow and Kyiv held several rounds of face-to-face negotiations, the dialogue continued in a remote format. Russia and Ukraine achieved the greatest progress on March 29 at the Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul. There, Kyiv proposed creating a new security system for Ukraine instead of joining NATO, demanding the withdrawal of Russian troops with security guarantees from Russia, the United States, Germany, Israel, Poland, China and other states.

“We managed to achieve [ at the talks in Istanbul] quite a serious breakthrough. Our Ukrainian colleagues did not associate security requirements with such a concept as the internationally recognized borders of Ukraine,— praised by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Then, according to Moscow, a “deadlock” arose in the negotiations with Kyiv, while negotiations in a remote format continue.

In the United States in early May, they did not see prospects for a successful dialogue on Ukraine in the near future The statement was made by the head of national intelligence, Avril Haynes, at a congressional hearing. “Both Russia and Ukraine believe they can continue to achieve military success,” — she explained, adding that there is a risk of escalation of the conflict and “greater unpredictability”.

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The permanent representative of the Crimea said that the “south of the former Ukraine” will become part of Russia

Permanent representative of the Crimea Muradov: “the south of the former Ukraine” was donated, and now it will become part of Russia The southern Ukrainian territories will join Russia, the permanent representative of the Crimea believes. Muradov claims that these lands were “donated” to Kyiv

Georgy Muradov

The territories of Southern Ukraine, occupied by Russian troops, will become part of Russia, this will become the “will of the people themselves”, who for eight years lived in conditions of “repression and bullying”, RIA Novosti said. Permanent Representative of Crimea to the President Georgy Muradov.

“I have no doubt that the liberated territories of the south of the former Ukraine will become another region of Russia”,— he said.

The Crimean permanent representative claims that the southern territories were “gifted” to Ukraine, historically they were Russians with a Russian-speaking population. Russia and these regions have a “common cultural” code, Muradov continued, adding that military-civilian administrations are already being formed in them, Russian TV channels are operating, the Russian currency is starting to be used, and schools are starting to learn from textbooks from Russia.

The Russian military launched a special operation in Ukraine on the night of February 24, this decision was made by President Vladimir Putin. He justified his actions by the desire to carry out the “demilitarization” of and “denazification” neighboring state, alleging that the official authorities subjected peaceful citizens to “bullying, genocide” for eight years. The President assured that Russia would not occupy the territory of Ukraine, while noting the right of peoples to self-determination. “We consider it important that this right— the right to choose— could use all the peoples living on the territory of today's Ukraine. Anyone who wants it, & mdash; said Putin.

Russian forces established control over Kherson on March 2, extending it to the territory of the entire region by the middle of the month. In the south of the Zaporozhye region and in the Kherson region, then military-civilian administrations were formed. The authorities of the Kherson region announced that there were no plans to hold referendums and announced a transition to settlements in rubles within a few months, and then announced plans to join Russia, indicating that extensive ties with Moscow had already been established. “We are fully cooperating and feel like one single entity with the regions of Russia,” — said the authorities of the region.

According to the Secretary of the General Council of “United Russia” Andrei Turchak, Russia came to the Kherson region “forever”, urging local residents not to doubt it. Turchak also said that the status of the region will be determined by its population.

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Foreign Ministry called Lithuania’s decision on Russia a “terrorist country” extremist

Zakharova reproached Vilnius for keeping silent about NATO's “aggressive” actions in Yugoslavia, Iraq and Afghanistan and Vilnius's lack of support for the Minsk agreements. On May 10, the Seimas of Lithuania recognized Russia as a state “supporting terrorism”

The building of the Seimas of Lithuania, Vilnius

The decision of the Seimas of Lithuania to recognize Russia as a terrorist state— extremist, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Sputnik radio. In her opinion, the Lithuanian deputies did not proceed from the desire to resolve the situation in Ukraine.

The representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that over the past eight years, Lithuania should have spoken out at least once in favor of the implementation of the Minsk agreements and “take care of the fate of the people who were killed in the Donbass.” Zakharova noted that Lithuania, being a member of NATO, has never expressed concern about “illegal, aggressive” actions of the alliance, which “led to the emergence of new conflicts in places where they were not even planned.” She cited the bombing of Yugoslavia, the war in Iraq and the situation in Afghanistan as examples.

The day before, the Lithuanian Seimas adopted a resolution recognizing Russia as a state that “supports and carries out terrorism.” The deputies called the military operation in Ukraine a genocide and advocated the creation of a Special International Military Tribunal to “investigate and assess war crimes” by analogy with the Nuremberg and Tokyo Tribunals. The text refers to the events in Bucha, Irpin, Mariupol, Borodianka and Gostomel and “systematic serious war crimes and crimes against humanity”. Members of the Lithuanian Parliament invited other states to apply the principle of universal jurisdiction to the events in Ukraine, which allows to prosecute persons without taking into account the place of crime and the citizenship of the accused and the victim.

US President Joe Biden also called for an international tribunal because of the situation in Bucha. In mid-April, he called the military actions in Ukraine a genocide: “[Russian President Vladimir] Putin is simply trying to wipe out even the very idea that one can be Ukrainian from the face of the earth. There is growing evidence of literally terrible things the Russians have done in Ukraine.” Members of the Canadian Parliament gave the same assessment of the events in the country in their resolution. French President Emmanuel Macron refused to characterize what is happening in Ukraine in this way without a preliminary legal assessment.

The Kremlin called Biden's words about the genocide an unacceptable “perversion of the situation.” Russia has repeatedly denied accusations of war crimes in Ukraine and stressed that, as part of the special operation, it strikes only at military targets. The Ministry of Defense called the footage of the bodies of dead civilians in Bucha published by Western media and Ukrainian politicians a provocation, and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov— staging.

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Süddeutsche Zeitung announced the detention of Akhmedov’s yacht in Hamburg

In April, the businessman fell under EU sanctions, according to sanctions legislation, his property should be frozen. The cost of the yacht Luna is estimated at more than $400 million ;ddeutsche Zeitung reported the detention of Akhmedov's yacht in Hamburg” />

In Hamburg, businessman Farkhad Akhmedov's yacht Luna was detained due to sanctions, Süddeutsche Zeitung writes.

According to her, the Federal Office of the Criminal Police of Germany had previously established Akhmedov's connection with the trust in Liechtenstein, through which he owns the yacht. The vessel was detained under the law on sanctions, which prescribes the freezing of all assets of blacklisted persons.

Akhmedov told RBC that the yacht was not arrested or “officially frozen”. “They have not allowed any ships to leave the port since the beginning of the war,” — he added.

Forbes estimates the businessman's fortune at $1.7 billion. He was included in the EU sanctions list in April.

The 115m Luna was built by Lloyd Werft in Germany in 2010. Initially, businessman Roman Abramovich was its owner, but in 2014 he sold the yacht to Akhmedov, Forbes wrote. According to Superyacht Fan, then Akhmedov bought the ship for $300 million, after which it was sent for repairs to Bremerhaven. There the yacht was lengthened by 2m, repainted and the engines replaced. Reuters estimates its cost at $436 million, Bloomberg— at $492 million.

In 2018, a London court ordered the arrest of Luna due to Akhmedov's divorce proceedings to secure payments to the businessman's ex-wife Tatyana. Then the billionaire moved her to Dubai and tried to hide from justice, wrote Bloomberg. The yacht was under arrest for more than a year, later it was removed, declaring it illegal.

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A terrorist attack against the military was prevented in Kaliningrad before May 9

The FSB announced the arrest of a supporter of the extremist “Right Sector”, who was going to stage a terrorist attack in a military unit, and then go to Ukraine to participate in hostilities on the side of the Armed Forces of Ukraine


Putin congratulated Pushilin on the Day of the DPR and expressed confidence in victory

Russia and the Donetsk People's Republic by joint efforts will be able to overcome all difficulties and “win”, the Russian President wrote in his congratulations to Pushilin. Eight years ago, a referendum on independence was held in the DPR

Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated the head of the Donetsk People's Republic Denis Pushilin on the Day of the DPR. The text of the congratulatory telegram is published on the Kremlin's website.

“Dear Denis Vladimirovich, please accept my sincere congratulations on the occasion of the national holiday— Day of the Donetsk People's Republic»,— Putin's message says.

The President noted that eight years ago, “the DPR made a choice in favor of state independence.” Now, according to him, Russia and the DPR are waging a joint struggle to ensure that the citizens of the republic realize “their legal right to a free and peaceful life in accordance with their age-old cultural and spiritual traditions, in friendship with fraternal Russia.” “I am sure that by joint efforts we will be able to overcome all difficulties and win,” — concluded Putin.

Earlier, Putin already spoke about the joint victory in congratulations to the heads of the republics of Donbass on May 9. In telegrams to Denis Pushilin and Leonid Pasechnik, the President of Russia compared the military operation in Ukraine with the Great Patriotic War, noting that “our servicemen, like their ancestors, are fighting shoulder to shoulder for the liberation of their native land from Nazi filth.” He also expressed confidence that “as in 1945, victory will be ours.”

On May 11, 2014, a referendum was held on the territory of the DPR, in which more than 89% of voters voted for the independence of the republic with a turnout of more than 74%. The referendum was also held in the Lugansk region: according to the local Central Election Commission, 96.2% of voters voted for the independence of the Luhansk People's Republic.

Representatives of the CEC of Ukraine stated that “the actions that were simulated on May 11 in the territories of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions have nothing to do with the referendum process and do not bear any legal consequences.” According to the Ukrainian authorities, which were announced by the acting. President of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov, 24% of voters took part in the referendum in the Luhansk region, in the Donetsk region— about 32%.

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In connection with the voting, the Kremlin press service then reported that Russia respects the will of the population of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

< p>Russia recognized the independence of both Donbass republics on February 21, 2022, and also concluded treaties of friendship and mutual assistance with them. Before that, the heads of the DPR and LPR turned to Russia with a corresponding request. On February 22, Putin announced that Moscow recognized the independence of the republics within the borders of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, and also stated that disputes over the borders would be resolved through negotiations.

Explaining the decision to recognize the independence of the LPR and DPR, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Kyiv, which refused to implement the Minsk agreements, was trying to “re-organize a blitzkrieg in the Donbass”; and the situation in the region became “critical”. At a meeting of the Security Council, the president also stated that there was no talk of joining the republics to Russia.

On February 24, Putin announced the start of a special military operation in the Donbass, he called its goals the protection of people who “are subjected to bullying, genocide by the Kyiv regime”, as well as “denazification” and “demilitarization” Ukraine. The President said that Moscow's plans did not include the occupation of Ukrainian territories.

Kyiv, in response, said that he did not plan any attack on the republics of Donbass, considered the recognition of the LPR and the DPR as interference in the sovereign affairs of Ukraine, and severed diplomatic relations with Moscow. Martial law was introduced in the country and general mobilization was declared.

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NYT learned about Alyokhina’s escape from arrest under the guise of a courier

Disguised as a delivery girl, the Pussy Riot member was able to elude the police, then a friend took her to the border with Belarus, from where she ended up in Lithuania, the newspaper writes. In Russia, a girl must spend 21 days in a penal colony learned about Alyokhina's escape from arrest under the guise of a courier” />

Maria Alyokhina

Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina left Russia disguised as a food delivery girl, writes The New York Times.

Alyokhina told the publication that she had to change into a food delivery uniform to hide from the police, who were watching the apartment where she was. According to her, she left her mobile phone in the apartment so that she would not be tracked. Then Alyokhina crossed the border with Belarus, from where she went to Lithuania.

Similarly, Lucy Shtein, a municipal deputy and member of Pussy Riot, was able to leave the country, the newspaper writes.

Alyokhina's departure was confirmed to TASS by her lawyer Daniil Berman. “Now she is not in Russia, she somehow left. I don’t know how she managed it, given the close surveillance that law enforcement agencies organized for her, & mdash; he said.

At the end of April, the Presnensky District Court of Moscow replaced the Pussy Riot participant with a 21-day prison sentence. “There was a cutting of an electronic bracelet, and they considered that this was a malicious failure to comply with a court decision,” — explained her lawyer.

Alyokhina was sentenced to a year of restriction of freedom in the so-called sanitary case in September 2021. The court found that she participated in inciting violations of sanitary standards at an unauthorized rally in support of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

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Alyokhina had previously been detained by the police several times. In particular, in July 2021, when, according to her, she left the house to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. Then she was arrested for disobeying the police and sent to a special detention center for 15 days. At the end of February, Alyokhina was detained in Moscow at the exit from the inspector of the Federal Penitentiary Service, where she was supposed to check in after the “sanitary case”, lawyer Daniil Berman told RBC.

In early April, Alyokhina wrote on Instagram (the owner of the social network, company Meta, recognized as extremist and banned in Russia) that in protest she cut off the electronic tracking bracelet that she was obliged to wear. In total, according to her, she was detained six times in a year, she spent a total of 90 days in special detention centers.

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Gagloev called the condition for a referendum on joining Russia

The new president of South Ossetia Gagloev: the referendum will be held after the signal from Moscow Moscow is busy with geopolitics, so the vote on joining Russia will take place after receiving the “signal”, warned the new president of South Ossetia. The Kremlin said earlier that they did not take any legal action

Alan Gagloev

A referendum will be held in South Ossetia only after a corresponding signal from Moscow, this is not a one-sided process, Alan Gagloev, who won the presidential elections in the republic, told TASS .

He pointed out that now Russian forces are conducting a special operation in Ukraine, Russia is “dealing with geopolitical issues”, the inhabitants of the republic should understand this. “As soon as there is a signal, as soon as there is an understanding that the time has come— we will definitely hold this referendum,— Gagloev explained.

Tskhinvali has already outlined its position, the elected president of the republic continued, recalling the decision of the current president of South Ossetia, Anatoly Bibilov, to hold a referendum. According to Gagloev, the inhabitants of the republic have already expressed their attitude during several referendums, but the authorities are ready to hold another one, “if necessary.”

Gagloev received 54.2% during the second stage of the presidential elections in South Ossetia, the vote took place on May 8. The incumbent president, Bibilov, admitted defeat.

Before the first round, at the end of May, the incumbent president announced his intention to hold a referendum on the issue of joining the republic to Russia. In early May, he said that the government of South Ossetia had already prepared the necessary documents and the vote would take place.

At the same time, Gagloev noted that Tskhinvali and Moscow should “check positions”, such a question cannot be accepted by one side. He stressed that holding a referendum is “the will of the people” and it will be held by any elected head of the republic. “The main factor here is the willingness of the Russian Federation to take on such responsibility,” — emphasized the elected President of South Ossetia.

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Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in August 2008 after hostilities and Russia's completion of a “peace enforcement operation” announced by then-president Dmitry Medvedev.

Georgia is considering South Ossetia as part of its territory. The Georgian Foreign Ministry warned that any referendums on the territory of South Ossetia are unacceptable, “as long as the territory of Georgia is occupied by Russia.” Tbilisi insists that many residents of the region left after 2008, and therefore the vote will not have legal force.

The Kremlin indicated that it did not accept any “legal or otherwise” on the issue of the referendum. actions. “It is about expressing the opinion of the people of South Ossetia, and we treat it with respect,” — said the representative of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov.

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The Ministry of Defense announced the destruction of 14 ammunition depots in Ukraine

Russian Defense Ministry: aviation hit 93 objects of the Armed Forces of Ukraine forces of Ukraine, 13 command posts were destroyed, the Russian Defense Ministry said during a briefing.

14 ammunition depots and four positions of Osa-AKM anti-aircraft missile systems (SAM) were also destroyed. “As a result of the strikes, more than 280 nationalists were killed, 59 units of military equipment were disabled,” — approved by the department.

Russian aviation hit 93 objects and 69 areas of accumulation of forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, three ammunition depots and two command posts, the ministry continued. Russian air defense systems destroyed nine drones overnight, of which— four that were shot down near Balakliya in the Kharkiv region, one Bayrakter-TB2 near Arkhangelsk, Mykolaiv region, three near Rubizhne in the LPR, and another near Arkhangelsk in the Mykolaiv region.

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

Russia launched a military operation on the night of February 24. The decision was made by President Vladimir Putin, he justified his actions with the intention to carry out “denazification” and the demilitarization of Ukraine, alleging that the country's official authorities subjected civilians to abuse and “genocide” for eight years.

The Ministry of Defense insists that they strike only at the objects of the military infrastructure of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to the department’s report, during the special operation, Russian forces hit 2,998 tanks and other armored vehicles, 164 aircraft, 125 helicopters, 1,400 field artillery pieces, 360 multiple rocket launchers, more than 800 drones and more than 2,800 drones in Ukraine during the special operation. automotive technology.

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Medvedev warned about “hunters to share” $ 40 billion in US aid to Ukraine

The allocation of this amount to help Ukraine was approved by the House of Representatives of Congress. Medvedev said that the purpose of providing Kyiv with such “huge” funds is to continue the proxy war against Russia in order to limit its development

Dmitry Medvedev

Money, the allocation of which to Kyiv was approved by the US House of Representatives, — huge, and “there will be a lot of hunters to divide them in the American military-industrial complex,” Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council, is sure.

“It is clear that ‘help’ on such an unprecedented scale is not at all due to love for Ukraine and not even support for its own economy. Her goal— the continuation of the proxy war against Russia, the desire to inflict a heavy defeat on our country, limit its economic development and political influence in the world,— Medvedev wrote in his Telegram. In his opinion, Washington will not be able to carry out its plan: “their printing press will break faster”, due to which the US national debt is constantly increasing, and the goals of the Russian military operation in Ukraine will be achieved.

The politician noted that the Americans can thank “their Russophobic authorities” for rising prices for gasoline and groceries.

Earlier, the House of Representatives passed a bill on additional assistance to Ukraine for $40 billion. The aid package includes the supply of weapons and humanitarian aid to Kyiv. Now the initiative must be approved by the upper house of the US Congress— Senate.

President Joe Biden asked for $33 billion in bailouts, but congressmen, as Medvedev put it, “donated a couple more billion out of generosity.”

Since the beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, Washington has transferred more than $3.5 billion worth of weapons (howitzers, Stinger anti-aircraft systems, Javelin anti-tank missiles, Ghost drones) to Kyiv. The government’s funding package for the current fiscal year, adopted by the Senate, includes humanitarian, military and economic assistance Ukraine in the amount of about $13.6 billion.

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On May 9, Biden signed a law on lend-lease for Ukraine (under a similar program, the United States during the Second World War leased or transferred military equipment and equipment to its allies on a long-term loan).

The Russian side has warned Western countries more than once that convoys with foreign weapons on the territory of Ukraine will become legitimate military targets. At the same time, the authorities emphasize that the supply of weapons to Kyiv will not prevent Moscow from conducting a special military operation.

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How the border Belgorod and its inhabitants live

In the Belgorod region, there is a yellow level of terrorist danger and a flower festival is taking place. How volunteers, refugees and businessmen have been living in the border region since the beginning of the military special operation – in the RBC report /756522572792425.jpg” alt=”How the border Belgorod and its inhabitants live” />

“There is a danger”

In early April, after several shells flew into the Belgorod region from the Ukrainian side, a yellow, elevated terrorist threat level was introduced in the region. According to Igor Tsevmenko, a deputy of the Belgorod City Council from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, the authorities have not fully deciphered what the yellow level means. “As I understand it, this is a recognition that there is a danger. That's right— it would be bad to pretend that nothing is going on,— he says. Armed National Guardsmen appeared in crowded places and at the entrances to administrative buildings. Otherwise, everything is the same as before, says the deputy of the City Council.

In the last two weeks, the sounds of explosions have been heard throughout the region. On the afternoon of May 5, unidentified people fired grenade launchers at the fuel storage facility of the Sklyarenko Borisov Plant of Bridge Metal Structures, located more than 15 km from the Ukrainian border. A few hours before, the border villages of Zhuravlevka and Nekhoteevka, along the Belgorod highway, were shelled. Kharkov. Explosions, the sounds of which reach Belgorod, more often turn out to be air defense launches. Vyacheslav Gladkov, the local governor, was one of the first to report which settlements were shelled. He actively leads social networks, his Telegram channel has under 200 thousand subscribers. For some time, a photo collage appeared on the channel's avatar, where Gladkov is standing in a military jacket with a hood on his head and a machine gun glued behind his back.

RBC sent requests to the regional administration with a request to provide comments and organize meeting with authorized officials.

In Belgorod, nervousness is almost not felt. Trucks with the letters Z on the sides drive through the streets. Machine gunners are bored in an empty city square. Clean streets, neat plantings and flower beds with annuals.

There are a lot of people in military uniform in the city— in queues in supermarkets, mobile phone shops, in local bars. But the bartender of one of the establishments in the center of Belgorod, Dmitry, told RBC that they began to refuse to serve people in uniform, asking them to come in civilian clothes in order to avoid possible conflicts— drunken visitors pester.

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Symbols in support of the special operation are found on the clothes of passers-by, black caps and T-shirts, cars with the letters Z drive, stops are plastered with posters with the Russian military, billboards with the slogans “For Russia” along the roads ;, “For ours” and “For Putin”.

Now there are fewer such paraphernalia than at the beginning of the special operation, says a local journalist, deputy editor-in-chief of the Lantern publication. Nikita Parmenov— in the area, according to him, there were several incidents of damage to cars with the letters Z.

On May 3, the Belgorod authorities erected a two-meter plastic statue of a grandmother with the Soviet flag in the city center— as another symbol of the military operation. But within a day it was removed, because, as the mayor of the city Anton Ivanov explained, “it came to attempts to climb the sculpture.” There were also anti-war actions with detentions in the city. At the end of March, two residents went out into the city, dressed in blue and yellow, and began to distribute flowers, they were quickly detained and protocols were drawn up for violating the rules for holding a public event.

Lack of information and arrivals

< p>From May 1 to May 3, the city hosted the flower festival “River in Bloom”. These three days in the central park of Victory, decorated with thousands of tulips, the townspeople with children gathered, although earlier Governor Gladkov recommended residents to avoid crowds. With the introduction of the yellow level of terrorist threat, residents of the region are also prohibited from blowing up fireworks and petards, but the fireworks on May 9 took place.

The authorities enter the yellow level of the terrorist threat with one hand, and with the other hand organize a flower festival, notes Parmenov.


There were at least two cases in the city that could be called panic, recalls deputy Tsevmenko. On February 24 and April 1, the day two Ukrainian helicopters blew up the city's oil depot, lines of cars lined up outside the gas stations, he says.

The main problem that Belgorod residents are now experiencing is — psychological, he says. “Firstly, these are arrivals. Secondly, the lack of information, which is why rumors are multiplying. And thirdly, in Belgorod, many people in Ukraine have relatives. Kharkiv, the second largest Ukrainian city, is an hour away by car. Until 2014, an electric train went there, and locals went to Ukraine almost every weekend— it was cheaper, tastier and more fun there,” recalls Parmenov.

“[The current conflict] is splitting families,”— Tsevmenko says. He has a grandmother's sister in Sumy now. A month ago, the sisters, who are over 70 years old, had a fight and have not communicated since. Answering a question about his attitude to the special operation, Tsevmenko says: “It was unexpected.”

“We have shock therapy”

Opposite the Belgorod airport— motorsport complex «Virage». On the site in front of it is a tent city: a kindergarten tent, a hairdresser's tent, a dining tent and several dozen dwelling tents. At the end of the camp, children play in a pile of sand. These are refugees from the villages of the Kharkov region, which were occupied by Russian troops. In one of the tents, former residents of Cossack Lopan. Russian troops entered the village on the first day of the special operation and took up positions along the perimeter. For some time it was calm, for the first time the village was shelled only on March 17, and then silence again. The village is “in the ravine”, and from the heights they constantly exchanged fire, “it whistled overhead, but did not fly,” says 35-year-old Nikolai, he worked in the local administration. “The [Russian] military said: we have air defense, everything is fine, everything is protected. They began to import slate, to restore the school. And from April 22 every day arrivals »,— Nicholas continues. “His daughter-in-law died,” — says 29-year-old Tatyana.

Photo: Alexander Atasuntsev/RBC

“And for two months we are like homeless dogs,” “the Russians didn’t offend us, but they deprived us of everything,” “if there hadn’t been this special operation, I would have worked peacefully,” “we were released for two months and didn’t move a meter from Cossack [ Lopan]”, “we don’t get into politics”, “my father is Russian, my mother is Ukrainian. Who am I?»— refugees sitting in a tent are spoken out.

Tatyana takes a bright plastic figurine of a ninja turtle out of her bag: “He is sitting small, ten years old, in the cellar, playing, someone gave him on the playground. And he says: we will not be, but the toy will remain. And someone will think what good children played with it.

One of the stand-alone administrative tents— psychologist's tent. To the left of the entrance— children's table with pencils, in the far corner— a lectern with an icon, drawings hanging on ropes under a tarpaulin. Psychologist Dina is sitting in a down jacket, listing the complaints that refugees make. “They don't blame anyone and only think they're safe here”, — she tells. “One woman heard the plane and burst into tears. But you have to get used to the sounds of peaceful life— airplanes too. They don't care to socialize,— continues Dina, answering the question about the appropriateness of accommodating refugees who have just left the war zone near a military airfield.

“We're in shock therapy,” the head of the TAP notices from behind.— But they have to get used to [peaceful life], yes».

«People are just starving there»

“To those who ended up on the” Bend ” “lucky” because they will be dressed, fed, “and others— no»,— says Julia. She helps refugees from Ukraine who come to the Belgorod region. Until 2014, she lived with her husband and child in Kharkov, and after that they moved to Belgorod, leaving the business in Ukraine. In Kharkov, Yulia has relatives who want, but cannot, leave for Russia. There are no official evacuation corridors, she says, only at your own peril and risk. “People walked 10-15 km on foot, threw things, without anything. Names and phone numbers were written on the children with felt-tip pens, so that, if something happened, it was clear where to attach them, & mdash; she tells the stories of those who managed to get to Russia. Studying, how you can leave Ukraine for Russia, Julia began to help those who managed to get across the border.— Or, for example, they were stopped by the Russians in a car and they say: you can’t drive in a car. And people just leave the car and walk because life is more expensive.

Now she provides for about 80 families, more than 350 people. According to her, a catastrophic situation has developed in 10-15 villages, where fighting has been going on for the third month and people cannot leave. Humanitarian aid can not pass because of the shelling. “People are just starving there, eating nothing for weeks but tea, moldy bread and flour-steamed onions,” — she says and shows the correspondence with the Kharkov woman, whose parents live in the village of Tsirkuny. “Now it hurts me to such an extent to see how my neighbors, friends, classmates live there in the basements,— Julia says. — I can't accept it inside. Maybe it's just that a lot of things are incomprehensible to me, as a woman, as a mother. But if a child suffers— rips off my tower».

She shows correspondence with a friend of their family, a surgeon. On February 24, when the shelling began, he asked her if there would be a green corridor (to leave for Russia), if they would accept them. “Of course,” — Julia replied. And on March 21 he wrote to her: «<…> I just want you to know that we hate you so much already… <…>».

Another friend of hers, Yulia says, began to correspond with her in Ukrainian from the third day. “You can just like my messages, call me whatever you like, but at least that way I will know that everything is fine with you,” — she answered him. These people maintained pro-Russian views after 2014, Yulia says.

“There is no electricity anywhere”

Volunteers in Belgorod help not only refugees. A few days before the start of the special operation, photos of Russian soldiers sleeping on the floor of a rural railway station in the Belgorod region appeared on social networks. Human rights activists from the Association for the Promotion of the Protection of the Rights of Military Personnel and Conscripts “Committee of Soldiers' Mothers” they wrote that the military have been living in such conditions for five days already and are eating at their own expense and what the locals treat them to.

Among those who organized help for the soldiers in the rear and on the front line, Alexei from Belgorod. The Telegram chat, in which he collects donations for soldiers, has over 10,000 members. Before starting a conversation, Alexei asks to turn off the phone. He works, according to him, with the military directly, they call and say what is needed. «Soap, socks, shorts, shaving accessories, berets, warm clothes, medicines»,— he lists what they bring to the military almost every day.

“You have been under fire for three days. Aid column was bombed— you will not wait until a week later for the next column, — explains another volunteer Vladimir. He also came to the meeting and introduced himself as a pensioner of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. “But you won’t wear socks and shorts for a month?” he says. Aleksey coordinates only one of the groups of volunteers working in the Belgorod region. There are many such groups here, they all arose spontaneously, people help in any way they can. At the end of February— In early March, when it was cold, some Belgorod residents went to cut wood for the soldiers.

On the third floor, in the back room of the Belgorod Palace of Culture, there is a meeting of the Kharkov community, local volunteers and donors from Moscow. People came from the capital to find out what they need on the spot. This team collects and carries aid already, as they say, “by the ribbon”, to the “liberated territories”. The supply problem in the border area has not been resolved for almost three months, one of the volunteers Vlad reports. “In terms of food” someone has a shaft, others have nothing at all,»,— he says. The audience knows about the problem, but is still annoyed. Vlad has just returned from Izyum, which was occupied by Russian troops, and tells about the situation of the civilian population there. Normal picture— lack of water, food, medicines. “There is no electricity anywhere, now they have started to pull wires,” — he says. The audience discusses that it would be good to get a list of what is needed from the newly appointed acting. Mayor of Izyum Vladislav Sokolov— On the eve of their meeting, he was in Belgorod, they say, and before that he had traveled to Moscow.

“If these businesses go under, then I will go under.” p>

Andrey Malikov— local entrepreneur. He founded the Steelbox company, which is engaged in the production of metal structures. He also has his own plant in the region. Malikov characterizes himself as though a critic of the state, but a patriot, “who criticizes from the standpoint of state interests and despises propagandists, because they care about themselves, and not about the country.” “If I lived in Ukraine, I would” drown ” for Ukraine, but I am Russian»,— he explains his position. His enterprise was not involved in work for the defense industry, but, according to him, he himself helped to repair tanks.

His business benefited from falling metal prices, he says. In 2020, raw material prices soared by almost 60%, says Malikov, and at the peak, a ton of galvanized metal sheet cost 160,000 rubles. It was expensive for domestic producers to buy metal. Now, due to sanctions, the price of metal on the domestic market has fallen to 95 thousand rubles, Malikov continues, and domestic production has again become profitable. But, he continues, there are nuances. The frames that he produces are used in the construction of agricultural buildings, hangars, offices and so on. “My customer— with a capital of 30 million,— he says.— If these businesses go to the bottom, then I will go to the bottom.

Leonid Kostyuk, the owner of Agentman, a company that sells suits, has halved its profits compared to last year. According to him, if it were not for sales in the Voronezh and Volgograd regions, it is not known what would happen to the business. In the first 2-3 weeks after the start of the special operation, they could not buy costumes at all. «Main Supplier— Turkey. And they sell all goods in dollars, respectively, it was impossible to either buy dollars or send these dollars,— he says.— We looked at Russian manufacturers, but we do not have our own costume fabrics or accessories. In principle, this market is very dependent on imports for us.

However, soon the situation with the import of suits more or less stabilized, ways were found to buy them, he says,— they began to take them at a premium from large Russian companies, who brought the volumes in advance. But demand has fallen sharply, primarily in the Belgorod region. “Because Belgorod is now in a state of incomprehension of what will happen next. We are now in the season, preparing for graduations, holidays, and it is not clear whether they were allowed to be held at all. And the same goes for weddings. People are worried. In Voronezh and Volgograd it is better [for sale], because people there do not feel the echo of the military operation, — says Kostyuk.

He says he did not feel any support from the local authorities. «The only— the acquiring rate fell to 1%. But this is from federal measures. And we did not expect anything from the locals, except for the New Opportunities competition, but it is only for new entrepreneurs. As loans were not available, they remained. I don't see the 15% rate as an unprecedented measure [of support]. We did not receive anything, we did not fall into any category that would receive benefits. Although we are a small business, we work on the ground, we have an atelier, but we didn’t get anywhere. In the Belgorod region, they are not at all interested in the development of small business, — Kostyuk says. A native of Ukrainian Chernihiv, where his parents are buried, he supports the special operation— if the management made such a decision, it means that there were no other options.

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Volodin announced the “famine” threatening Ukraine due to debts to the United States

According to the chairman of the State Duma, Washington is looking for ways to export grain from Ukraine in order to “quickly return” the funds provided to it. Volodin is convinced that the American authorities do not believe in the victory of Kyiv “Volodin announced the “Holodomor” threatening Ukraine due to debts to the United States” />

Washington does not believe in Kyiv's victory and is dragging out military operations in Ukraine, providing it with assistance, State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said in his Telegram channel. At the same time, the United States is looking for ways to export grain from Ukraine, which it needs itself— “Instead of real help, they take away the most necessary things, arranging a surplus appraisal,” the deputy noted.

he wrote. Ukraine is “more and more credited”, and this, according to Volodin, does not improve the well-being of its inhabitants.

Since the beginning of the military operation in Ukraine, the United States has been supplying the country with military, economic and humanitarian aid. On May 9, US President Joe Biden signed a law on lend-lease for Ukraine (during the Second World War, Washington leased or transferred military equipment to the allies on a long-term loan under the lend-lease program). The next day, the House of Representatives approved a $40 billion additional aid bill for Ukraine.

Moscow has repeatedly accused Washington of prolonging the conflict in Ukraine by “pumping” her weapon. After the approval of the multi-billion-dollar support package by the lower house of Congress, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev said that US assistance is explained not by love for Ukraine and not by the desire to support its own economy, but by the desire to limit Russia's economic development and political influence.

May 10, Biden said that the United States, together with its allies, is looking for opportunities to return 20 million tons of Ukrainian grain to the world market in order to achieve a reduction in world prices, which have soared to record levels due to military operations in Ukraine.

According to the US Department of Agriculture, in the 2021/22 season, Ukraine accounted for 10% of global wheat exports (Russia's share was 16%). Prices for food and fertilizers in the world against the backdrop of the conflict in Ukraine rose in March by 12.6%, to 159.3 p.— this is a record since 1990. Previously, Biden expressed concern about possible food shortages due to events in Ukraine.

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Pensioners warned about the new rule for withdrawing money from the card

Experts recommend withdrawing savings at least once every six months.

Media reports on the decision of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, due to which the rules for withdrawing pensions that come to the card have changed.

According to PRIMPRESS, the changes protect citizens. The reason for the court decision was an incident with a military pensioner who had not withdrawn his pension from his bank card for 10 years.

When he tried to do this, the bank refused him, citing a standard that regulates the rules for receiving pension payments.

According to previous regulations, if a pensioner does not withdraw money from the card for a long time, it is considered not received and the funds are returned to the bank.

They agreed to give him money only for three years.

The new decision of the Constitutional Court not only restored the rights of the pensioner to receive legal payments, but also introduced a rule that would allow everyone else to receive funds six months later and later.

However, the publication's experts specify that it is better to cash out the accumulated money at least once every six months to avoid unnecessary problems.

As Topnews wrote earlier, the conditions for retirement are named according to the “old” retirement age.