NYT: US gives Ukrainians weapons they don’t know how to use


The New York Times published a report from one of the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, whose soldiers complained to journalists about the difficulties in using foreign military equipment coming to Ukraine. The authors of the material came to the conclusion that the partner countries, sometimes arming Kyiv with the latest military developments, did not take care that Ukrainian soldiers could actually use them.

“Peering into the optical sight, junior sergeant Pysanka sees a kaleidoscope numbers and lines which, if read correctly, should help him calculate the hit. However, the authors continue, many Ukrainian military have not received any training to understand how to work with Western military equipment.

“More than a month ago, the commanders of his front-line artillery unit received a high-tech laser rangefinder from the West to help with aiming fire. But there is a problem: no one knows how to use it,” the authors of the article write.

Sergeant Pysanka is commented: ” It's like getting an iPhone 13 and using it only for calls.”

The source told the publication that he had to try to learn how to work with this device on his own, “reading the instructions in English and translating through Google translator”.


The authors of the article remind that the Ukrainian authorities, including President Volodymyr Zelensky, regularly remind the West of the need to transfer new weapons to Kyiv. However, in addition to the technology itself, Ukrainians still need to know how to use it, the NYT emphasizes. And he refers to the opinion of analysts who compare the current situation with the past – when the United States tried to arm the Afghan army.

“There are weapons that are intuitively impossible to learn how to use,” Sergeant Mikita shared his opinion. “We need training courses.”

The authors of the article point out that in many respects the problem lies in the rotation of the military. So, earlier, American instructors did a serious job of training Ukrainians, but many of those who completed the course have now been withdrawn from the front line. In Sergeant Pysanka's unit, the article says, only one trained soldier remained. He had to independently translate a 140-page manual for his colleagues. Differences in measurement systems are also challenging: American weapons are set to feet, while the APU still uses the metric system.



Ukraine wanted to buy the “Iron Dome” from Israel


The Jerusalem Post writes that Ukraine is interested in acquiring the Iron Dome air defense system, which Israel uses to repel air attacks.

The publication says that Ukrainian Ambassador Yevhen Korniychuk announced Kyiv's plans. At the same time, the diplomat accused the Israeli authorities of the lack of assistance, blocking the supply of foreign weapons and refusing to provide humanitarian assistance, for example, to treat wounded soldiers in their hospitals. The ambassador also said that the topic of Ukraine is beginning to disappear from the pages of the Israeli media, as if nothing is happening. On the topic of weapons, he cited the incident with the Rafael anti-tank system as an example: according to the diplomat, the United States had previously given permission to transfer the Spike ATGM from Germany to Ukraine, but Israel refused to agree on an agreement.

“I want the Israeli government left its comfort zone and returned to reality,” Korniychuk said. “We need Israel's support. We need the support of military equipment, we need the Iron Dome.

JP indicates that Israel has previously refused to provide any – or military assistance to Ukraine, trying to establish ties simultaneously with Kyiv and Moscow.Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said that he did not consider the “Iron Dome” a weapon, but rather a defensive technology, since it is impossible to attack anyone with it. Ambassador Korniychuk, in turn, noted that Ukraine does not need gratuitous “donations”: “We want to buy.”

At the same time, experts interviewed told the publication that Israel is unlikely to agree to sell technologists yu Ukraine or any other country, as there is an agreement with the United States in this regard, as well as for reasons of control over the export of Israeli defense products.



Family of surrendered British mercenary hopes for his return

The family of the British mercenary Aiden Aslin, who surrendered in Mariupol, said they hope for his speedy return home.


The family of the British mercenary Aiden Aslin, who surrendered in Mariupol, told Sky News that they hope for his speedy return home.

It is specified that at the moment Ukrainian authorities and the British Foreign Office are working on this issue.

“We love and miss Aiden very much. We hope that we will be able to release him quickly,” the relatives of the mercenary said.

Recall that two British mercenaries Aiden Aslin and Sean Pinner surrendered in Mariupol. This happened in mid-April. According to the official representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Major General Igor Konashenkov, the best that can await them is “a long term in prison.” British mercenaries are not combatants under international humanitarian law.

Earlier, the DPR Prosecutor General's Office announced that the investigation into the criminal case against Aslin had been completed. Soon it will be taken to court, the British may face the death penalty.



Russian special operation in Ukraine: online broadcast June 8

MoD reports, reports from the field, reactions and opinions

Russia continues to conduct a special operation on the territory of Ukraine. On the eve of the deputy head of the military-civilian administration of the Kherson region, Kirill Stremousov, said that a referendum on joining the Russian Federation would be held in the region. It was also reported that the first Russian bank was launched in the Kherson region. In addition, road communication was opened from the territory of Russia along the mainland to the Crimea. The military prosecutor of the Western District Artur Yegiyev said that about 600 conscripts were involved in the special military operation, 12 officers were held responsible for this violation.

Follow the events of Wednesday, June 8 with us. Read the previous broadcast here.

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12:38 In Svetlogorsk, a court banned the media from publishing lists of those who died in Ukraine – a corresponding lawsuit was filed by the military prosecutor's office of the Baltic Fleet garrison against the Pskov publication. The court recognized the list, compiled on the basis of data from officials and open sources, as prohibited information.

12:36 German Chancellor Scholz and Ukrainian President Zelensky said following a telephone conversation that everything possible must be done to export Ukrainian grain, especially by sea.

12:33 Also Lavrov – at a press conference in Turkey: Russia guarantees that if Kyiv clears the ports, Moscow will not use this situation for military purposes; Moscow is ready to issue “one way or another” guarantees for unblocking ports.

12:21 Ukraine has sowed 75% of the area used for crops a year earlier during the current sowing season. According to the Cabinet of Ministers, grain storage volumes can be increased by 10-15 million tons due to the “organization of mobile storage facilities, taking into account international experience.”

12:12 Lavrov: Zelensky's demand to start negotiations with Moscow to withdraw Russian troops behind the line on February 24 is a “frivolous approach”.

12:08 Lavrov: Russia is ready to hold a quadripartite meeting in Istanbul with the UN, Turkey and Ukraine on the topic of grain exports.

12:06 Statements by Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu following talks with Lavrov: Ankara is ready to organize a meeting in Istanbul between Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the UN to export grain; Turkey considers it possible to resume the negotiation process between the Russian Federation and Ukraine; Turkey is in favor of discussing the measures to be taken to ensure the safety of navigation in the Black Sea.

12:04 Lavrov said that the Russian and Turkish military are discussing the details of demining Ukrainian ports for the export of grain. He also said that, according to the Turkish side, Ukraine is ready to ensure the passage of ships through mined waters. In addition, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry expressed the opinion that the situation with Ukrainian grain has nothing to do with the food crisis.

11:59 Lavrov met with Foreign Minister Cavusoglu in Turkey and said that special operation in Ukraine achieves its goals.

11:48 The new authorities of Zaporizhzhya announced that a referendum on joining the Russian Federation could be held in the coming months. “I really want the referendum to take place. Preferably as soon as possible, in early autumn,” said Yevhen Balitsky, head of the interim military-civilian administration.

11:39 Andrey Skabelin, Head of the Foreign Exchange Market Department of the Moscow Exchange, said in an interview with RIA Novosti that the difference in exchange rates in Russia and in the West was caused by a shortage of rubles abroad. “At the same time, the rates are now quite close: the difference is about 50 kopecks,” says Skabelin.

11:35 According to the Moscow government's Active Citizen service, Moscow residents voted on a name for a previously unnamed square near the US Embassy – it is reported that the square will be named after the DPR.

11:33 Briefing of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation: the losses of Ukrainian troops during the liberation of the RF Armed Forces of Svyatogorsk amounted to more than 300 people; air defense systems of the Russian Federation shot down two Ukrainian MiG-29 aircraft and a Mi-8 helicopter in the Nikolaev region; the Ukrainian group in the Donbass suffers significant losses in manpower, weapons and military equipment; in the area of ​​the settlement Chuguev, Kharkiv region, a fuel storage facility for the equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was destroyed; The Russian Aerospace Forces fired high-precision missiles at an armored plant in the Kharkov region, where armored vehicles of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were being repaired; Russian air defense systems intercepted three Tochka-U missiles and five Smerch MLRS rockets in the Kherson region; Russian aviation destroyed the command post of the Armed Forces brigade, two installations of the Grad MLRS and the EW station of Ukraine; The Russian Aerospace Forces hit two command posts, a battery of multiple rocket launchers “Uragan”, four warehouses with weapons and ammunition in a day.

11:31 Ukrainian media write that the SBU has seized the assets of a company that is associated with a Russian businessman. Aerok LLC, which manufactures aerated concrete products and owns two concrete plants, registered in the Kyiv region, is allegedly owned by a German company. However, Andrey Molchanov's St. Petersburg LSR Group is called the ultimate beneficiary.

11:26 Petersburg canceled the concert “Bi-2”, which was supposed to take place in a trendy restaurant during the days of the SPIEF. Previously, the artists postponed their performances in several cities to later dates – after a number of their concerts were canceled. The first difficulties for the musicians arose in April in Omsk, where they refused to perform in the hall with a large banner “For the President”.

11:11 The Russian Ambassador to Montenegro said that the country had turned off Russian channels – both those included in the sixth package of EU sanctions and those not included in it.

10.43Norway handed over 22 self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine. This was announced by the Ministry of Defense of the Kingdom.

10.19 In the Zaporozhye region, the first batch of passports for citizens of the Russian Federation is ready for issuance, said Vladimir Rogov, a member of the main council of the military-civilian administration.

10.10 In Vladivostok, an unknown person tried to set fire to the building of the military registration and enlistment office. He threw a burning rag into the building. The fire was extinguished ten minutes later.

9.30Former German chancellor Angela Merkel said in an interview that she has nothing to apologize for in the matter of policy towards Ukraine. Merkel, in particular, does not blame herself for supporting the Minsk process. Diplomacy cannot be wrong just because it didn't work, the ex-chancellor noted.

9.16Turkey set conditions for Sweden and Finland on NATO membership, writes the Turkish newspaper Yeni Şafak. Sweden and Finland, according to these conditions, among other things, must create a legal infrastructure and legal norms for the fight against terrorism and support Ankara in its fight against the Kurdistan Workers' Party and the organization of the preacher Fethullah Gülen.

9.01< /strong> The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that the talks between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu on Wednesday in Ankara will be very intense. The Russian Foreign Ministry previously clarified that the parties will discuss the prospects for resuming peace talks with Ukraine.



Moscow forced Erdogan to cancel the operation in northern Syria

Ankara had to curtail preparations for the offensive

During the negotiations between the Russian and Turkish delegations, the issue of Ankara conducting a military operation in northern Syria was raised. However, Moscow refused to approve this move, as a result of which the Turkish military had to curtail preparations for the offensive.

Photo: Global Look Press < p> According to the Hürriyet newspaper, Turkey planned to conduct an operation in the Ain Issa area on the northern outskirts of the city of Raqqa.

However, Moscow not only opposed Ankara's plans, but also sent additional reinforcements to the area.

It is worth noting that the M4 highway passes in the Ain Issa area, which connects the cities of Hasaka, Raqqa , Deir ez-Zor and Aleppo.

According to the publication, Turkish aircraft launched targeted strikes on Tel Rifat and Manbij, where objects of the Kurdistan Workers' Party could be located. In Turkey, this organization is considered a terrorist organization.

Earlier, on June 1, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the start of another anti-terrorist operation in northern Syria.



Angela Merkel explained her reluctance to see Ukraine in NATO

Former German chancellor doesn't regret talking to President Putin

Angela Merkel said she doesn't regret talking to Russian President Putin. At the same time, the former German chancellor claims that her opposition to Ukraine's membership in NATO helped this country. Merkel also partially blamed the West for the Ukrainian crisis.

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Former German Prime Minister Angela Merkel said she did not regret her interactions with Vladimir Putin during her time in office, arguing that the Russian president would accept Ukraine's NATO membership plan 2008, which was blocked by the German Merkel government as a “declaration of war”.

The former German chancellor also said that oligarch-ruled and democratically immature Ukraine was then less prepared for armed conflict than it is now, writes The Guardian.

“I would be very bad if I said:“ There is no point in talking to this man [Putin],” Merkel said in an interview on stage at the Berliner Ensemble theater on Tuesday evening — her first public appearance since stepping down as German chancellor six months ago.

“It's a great tragedy that it didn't work, but I don't blame myself for trying,” the ex-Chancellor of Germany added.

Asked if she regretted her opposition in 2008 to a US-led plan of action for Ukraine and Georgia to join NATO, Merkel replied: “Ukraine was not the country we know now. It was a very divided Ukraine… even the reformist forces of Tymoshenko and Yushchenko were at odds. This means that it was not a country whose democracy was internally strengthened.” According to her, Ukraine at that time “was ruled by oligarchs.”

According to Merkel, from the point of view of the Russian leadership, admitting Ukraine to NATO at that time would have been regarded as a “declaration of war.” Although she did not share Putin's views, Merkel said she “knew how he thought” and “did not want to provoke it further.”

The ex-chancellor claimed that she blocked Ukraine's path to membership in a military alliance, guided by the interests of the country. “You cannot become a member of NATO any day now,” Merkel said. “It's a process.” According to the former head of the German government, she feared that during this process, Russia “would have done something bad for Ukraine.”

Merkel also defended the Minsk agreements, arguing that they bought time for Kyiv. “It calmed the situation and gave Ukraine time to transform into the country it is now.”

She praised President Volodymyr Zelensky for his leadership during the current conflict, saying he represented a “new Ukraine.”

In an interview with Der Spiegel journalist Alexander Osang, Angela Merkel said she felt the geopolitical problems created by the collapse of the Soviet Union, were present throughout all 16 years of her stay in power. “It was impossible to properly end the Cold War…there was always the question of Russia.”

Merkel claims she began to take the possibility of a looming conflict in Ukraine seriously in the last few weeks of her tenure, when she attended the G20 summit in Rome when the government of her successor, Olaf Scholz, was still in the process of being formed.

< p>“There were hints and we talked a lot about it,” said the 67-year-old ex-chancellor. While Merkel unequivocally condemned the Russian operation in Ukraine, she also seemed to suggest that some of the blame should be placed on the West. Calling the current conflict “a big mistake on the part of Russia” and saying that she “does not share the opinion of Mr. Putin,” Angela Merkel admitted: “They failed to create a security architecture that could prevent this [the conflict in Ukraine]. And we should think about that too.”

She dismissed criticism that Germany under her leadership was under the illusion that Russia could be democratized by expanding trade ties with the West. But Merkel said she believed that if political cooperation was not possible, then it would make sense to at least have some economic ties with Moscow.

Merkel's defense of expanding economic ties with Russia seemed to be at odds with her claim that that she warned other politicians that Putin is hostile to the entire Western model of democracy and that he wants to “destroy Europe”.

The former leader of the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) admitted that European countries do not spend enough money on their armed forces, although she rejected criticism that the German army was weakened under her leadership.



Turkey proposed a way to unblock Ukrainian ports with grain

Russian Minister Lavrov to Discuss Food Crisis with Ankara

Ahead of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's visit, Ankara made statements that it insisted on a deal to export grain from Ukraine. The Turks offer mine clearance services in Ukrainian ports and escort of ships with wheat and other food products by military convoys.


Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Ankara has made “significant progress” in negotiations and is coordinating closely with Russia and Ukraine to agree on a plan to resume grain exports from Ukrainian ports, even as conflict continues in other parts of the country.

As reported by the Daily Sabah, Turkey is participating in United Nations efforts to reach an agreement on a plan to open a safe shipping corridor to overcome the global food crisis caused by the Ukrainian crisis, which halted Ukrainian grain exports from Black Sea ports.

Akar's remarks came a day after reports that Ankara and Moscow had reached a preliminary agreement to resume supplies of Ukrainian agricultural products, but Ukraine has not yet approved this plan, the Turkish publication notes.

The problem of blocked grain will be discussed in Wednesday during the visit of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to Turkey.

Turkey has reportedly offered military assistance to clear the port of Odessa and escort grain carriers. Kyiv fears that the removal of the mine protection could leave the port of Odessa open to Russian action.

Khulusi Akar said discussions were underway on how mines floating near the port of Odessa and elsewhere along the coast of Ukraine would be cleared. who will do it, and who will guard the corridor for the export of grain.

“We are making efforts to complete this as soon as possible,” the Turkish minister told reporters after a cabinet meeting late Monday night. The parties are ready to resolve the issue, but mutual trust remains a stumbling block, Akar said: “Everyone wants to be sure of certain things. We are working to establish that trust.”

“There has been a lot of progress on this issue” and technical planning is ongoing, the minister said.

Turkey shares maritime borders with Ukraine and Russia and has said it is ready to take on a role in the “monitoring mechanism” if an agreement can be reached. Ankara has proposed the establishment of a center in Istanbul to coordinate and monitor demining efforts and the supply of grain to world markets. This may include Turkish navy escorting tankers leaving Ukraine and heading for the Turkish straits to world markets.

Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Vahit Kirishci also said late on Monday that the parties were close to an agreement on a corridor deal. Kirisci also said that Ankara and Kyiv have agreed on a 25 percent discount on grain products that will be purchased in Ukraine, without going into details.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will receive his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov for talks according to this plan on Wednesday. On Monday, Lavrov said he was optimistic that the military could find a solution.

As the Daily Sabah recalls, Western leaders have accused Russia of “blackmailing” the world by blocking Ukrainian ports. Moscow, on the other hand, believes that Western sanctions are to blame for the current situation. Russia and Ukraine account for almost a third of the world's wheat supply, Russia is also a major fertilizer exporter, and Ukraine is a major exporter of corn and sunflower oil. Nearly 25 million tons of grain are stuck in Ukraine awaiting shipment, and as Volodymyr Zelensky said on Monday, that figure could triple by autumn. Ukraine exported up to 6 million tons of grain per month before the conflict, but in recent months the volumes have fallen to about 1 million tons. Exports of grains, oilseeds and vegetable oils from Ukraine rose by 80% in May to 1.743 million tons, but volumes are still well below exports in May 2021, the Ukrainian Ministry of Agriculture said on Tuesday.

Zelensky on Monday demanded a safe corridor for Ukrainian courts and said that Kyiv was negotiating with countries such as Turkey and the UK for security guarantees for Ukrainian ships. He also said Kyiv was not ready to agree to a plan to export its grain by rail through Belarus to ship across the Baltic Sea.

Moscow has assured Ankara it will not attack Odessa if the corridor is established, said on Friday Presidential press secretary Ibrahim Kalyn.

Separately, Russia said on Tuesday that two major ports on the Sea of ​​Azov, taken under control by Russian troops, were ready to resume grain shipments, but the Kremlin said that Kyiv still needed to clear the approaches to their ports for export.



Military expert predicted “widespread sabotage” due to the opening of communication with the Crimea

This destination will not be popular with tourists

The head of the Russian Defense Ministry, Sergei Shoigu, at a conference call on June 7, announced the opening of road and rail links with Crimea along the mainland by Russia. At the same time, military expert Viktor Baranets expressed doubt that travel to the peninsula would be popular with tourists until the end of the special operation due to the inevitable risk of sabotage.

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In an interview with, Baranets suggested that until the end of the Russian special operation on the territory of Ukraine, sabotage should be expected everywhere, and they will occur not only on the railway.

Expert stressed that the closer the completion of the Russian special operation, the higher the likelihood of “sabotage and terrorist attacks” by the Ukrainian side. According to him, over time, the enemy will become more sophisticated.

However, Baranets believes that the routes can be monitored around the clock by special teams of Russian military and Ukrainian local residents, most of them suffering from unemployment. The expert believes that in regions where the unemployment situation is “horrible”, this could be almost the only way for Ukrainians to earn at least some money.

Read also: Political scientist predicted that most regions of Ukraine will become part of Russia



American General Twitty estimated the combat losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

“There is no way Ukrainians can destroy or defeat Russians”

Combat losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (APU) can reach 200,000 people. This point of view was expressed by the American Lieutenant General Stephen Twitty, who previously served as deputy head of the United States European Command (EUCOM), writes the German edition of Linke Zeitung.

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The US military noted that approximately 200,000 Ukrainian soldiers have disappeared from Washington's sight. Kyiv either hides their death, or lied about the successful conduct of mass mobilization, Twitty shared his opinion. At the same time, as the former deputy head of EUCOM emphasized, the White House wants to know the true state of affairs at the front, and not receive untrue information about Russian losses from Ukrainian colleagues.

The American general also expressed confidence that The Russian Federation will soon be victorious.

“There is no way that the Ukrainians can destroy or defeat the Russians,” Twitty said, adding that the Ukrainian Armed Forces would not have enough combat power to return to their control of already lost territories.



China called the establishment of a military base in Cambodia an American fake

The West is concerned about Beijing's plans to use foreign facilities for its army

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian criticized a US media report that claimed China was building an exclusive military base in Cambodia. Beijing condemned the United States, “maintaining a strong military presence around the world and showing off its military muscles” for spreading disinformation against other countries.

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Cambodia and Beijing denied reports that they are building a secret naval facility for the Chinese Navy while the new Australian prime minister expressed concern about the project and called for transparency, writes The Guardian.

The American edition of The Washington Post, citing unnamed Western officials, reported that a new facility at the Cambodian base Ream, strategically located in the Gulf of Thailand, is being built for an “exceptional” use by Chinese navies.

The base has been a sore spot in US-Cambodian relations for years, and Washington has long suspected that it will be retooled for use by China seeking to bolster its international influence with a network of military outposts .

Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Prak Sokhonn dismissed the report as “baseless accusations” in a telephone conversation with Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong.

Earlier, a Phnom Penh spokesman said that the development of the base “is not a secret.” “Cambodia will not allow the Chinese military to use it exclusively or turn it into their military base,” — Cambodian government spokesman Fai Sifan told Agence France-Presse.

The Cambodian Defense Minister and the Chinese Ambassador on Wednesday will attend a groundbreaking ceremony for new facilities in Ream, including a boat repair shop and a wharf.

But new Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, who came to Indonesia on a visit to strengthen diplomatic relations amid China's growing assertiveness in the region, called the reports “concerning.”

“We call on Beijing to be transparent about its intentions and ensure that its activities support regional security and stability,” — he said, adding that Cambodia had assured Canberra that no foreign military would be given exclusive access to the Ream base.

Australia is increasingly concerned about Beijing's growing influence in the Pacific. A leak of a draft pact between the PRC and the Solomon Islands in April raised concerns that it would allow Chinese naval forces to be stationed on the Pacific island nation — less than 2,000 km from Australia.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has repeatedly stated that work in Ream — this is nothing but upgrading the base with a new boat maintenance facility developed with the help of China. “Cambodia does not need the presence of foreign military on its territory”, — he said in a speech in May.

China also denied that the base would be used exclusively by their navy. Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters in Beijing on Tuesday, “The transformation of the Ream naval base is only to strengthen the capabilities of the Cambodian navy to protect maritime territorial sovereignty and combat maritime crime.”

He added that Washington's criticism was “malicious speculation to attack and vilify” Cambodia.

Concerns about the base arose as early as 2019, when the Wall Street Journal reported on a secret draft agreement allowing Beijing to station warships there. Since then, Cambodia has dismantled the base facilities, which were partly built with American money, and hosted American exercises.

According to the Chinese edition of the Global Times, “the American side remained deaf” to explanations from Phnom Penh and instead continued to make malicious speculation, slander and attack and even threatened Cambodia to suppress the issue. This is typical hooligan behavior, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian.

Zhao confirmed that China and Cambodia are strategic partners. He noted that the two countries are openly and transparently cooperating in various fields.

At the same time, China reminds that the United States has approximately 800 military bases around the world, and its military spending exceeds the total spending of the next nine countries with the largest expenses. The United States has existed for almost 250 years, but only 16 of them have not been at war; The US always interferes in the internal affairs of other countries and sends warplanes and warships to show itself, Zhao noted.

“Everyone on this planet can tell who is destroying global security and stability and spreading misinformation,” — Zhao noted.

The U.S. has reportedly spent $778 billion on its military in 2020, more than the next nine top spending countries combined.



Military expert called the new tasks of the special operation in Ukraine

“We must ensure a passage to Transnistria”

The Russian army has several more main tasks in the framework of a special military operation in Ukraine. The corresponding point of view in an interview with Izvestia was voiced by military expert Vladislav Shurygin.

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The armed forces of the Russian Federation will soon complete the next stage of the special operation in Ukraine, which will end with fierce battles for Slavyansk and Kramatorsk, then a new large-scale offensive will begin, the interlocutor of the publication shared his opinion. “First of all, they have to complete the offensive operation in the Donbass. It is already coming to an end, ”said the specialist.

Shurygin said that the allied forces need to push back the grouping of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (APU) from Donetsk, for which it is necessary to complete the offensive on Avdiivka and Peski. The final blow will be inflicted on Slavyansk and Kramatorsk, where the fate of a large grouping of the Ukrainian army will be finally decided, the military expert noted, stressing that the battles for these settlements will be final at this stage. According to him, it will take from one to one and a half months to solve this problem.

Shurygin suggested that the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine may require additional stages of a special military operation, including the Nikolaev-Odessa one. “We must secure a passage to Transnistria. While maintaining the pace, we can meet the deadline in three months, ”he said, adding that the next stage is to take control of Zaporozhye, Kharkov and Dnepropetrovsk, which will take at least four months.

The Russian Federation launched a special military operation in Ukraine on February 24th. Russian President Vladimir Putin called its goal the demilitarization and denazification of the republic, as well as the protection of the people of Donbass. For this, according to the Russian leader, it is planned to bring to justice all war criminals responsible for “bloody crimes against civilians” in the region. According to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, the Russian army strikes only at the military infrastructure and units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (APU).



Refusal to let the plane with Lavrov to Serbia linked with Scholz

The German Chancellor will arrive in Belgrade in the coming days

The disrupted visit of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to Serbia was the result of the fact that the EU countries did not want his solemn reception to “set off” the forthcoming visit of the German Chancellor to the capital of Serbia. This was stated by the Russian Ambassador to the Republic Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko.

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“There's more the reason — the contrast that would have arisen during the visit of Scholz, which will take place with a difference of only a few days, against the background of the reception of Sergei Viktorovich Lavrov here in Belgrade and Serbia», — said the diplomat on the air of Soloviev Live» .

The ambassador added that another reason for the disruption of the visit of the Russian minister was the unwillingness of the West to once again hear Moscow's position on Bosnia and Kosovo.

Lavrov's visit to Belgrade was supposed to take place on June 6 and 7 , however, the day before the trip it became known that the authorities of Bulgaria, Montenegro and North Macedonia closed their airspace for the plane with the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

The minister himself, commenting on the situation, called l the actions of these countries are “inconceivable” and “outrageous”, noting that they are also trying to deprive the sovereign state represented by Serbia of the right to implement foreign policy.

Later, the Montenegrin authorities said they closed the sky to the Russian aircraft due to obligations to comply with anti-Russian sanctions .

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the country Ranko Krivokapic noted that Lavrov could get to Belgrade by train, since the railway connection is open.



The EU was accused of racism because of the reception of Ukrainian refugees

On the ground, the attitude towards migrants contrasts sharply with the position of the authorities

Millions of Ukrainian refugees may remain in the European Union, a senior EU official said, commenting on the biggest migrant crisis in Europe since World War II. At the same time, accusations of racism are heard against European countries that accept immigrants from Ukraine.

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About 7 million Ukrainians found themselves refugees outside their country, with the vast majority finding refuge in the European Union, writes The Washington Post.

In an unprecedented move since the outbreak of the Ukrainian conflict, the European Union as a bloc has used extraordinary force, which has not been used since it was conceived two decades ago, and provided the Ukrainians with a kind of full protection. The “Temporary Protection Directive” is known to give those who receive it an extended right to free movement within the European Union, as well as a work permit and access to health care, education and housing.

This is “a very generous offer that goes far beyond classical protection,” European Commission Vice President Margaritis Schinas said during a visit to Washington.

Schinas, whose responsibilities include coordinating the European Union’s continental approach to grant policy Asylum and Migration, believes that many of these refugees may not eventually return to their home countries. According to his estimates, at least 2.5 to 3 million Ukrainians will remain in European countries.

This figure is several times higher than the number of Syrian and Afghan war refugees granted asylum in the EU. in recent years. From Schinas' point of view, this is a positive thing. He described many Ukrainian refugees as “highly educated and skilled individuals” who “can immediately integrate into our systems,” especially as the continent as a whole faces demographic decline and significant skills shortages in certain critical sectors.

Many refugees have tapped into the Ukrainian diaspora network and found housing and housing, while tens of thousands of citizens in the European Union, the UK and the United States, among other countries, have registered to host or sponsor Ukrainian refugees. Ukrainian schoolchildren have access to their educational programs in digital form. And while Ukraine's coronavirus vaccination rates have been relatively low, the oversupply of vaccines in the European Union means there's plenty to do, according to The Washington Post.

All of this, Schinas noted, has left traditional far-right opponents of immigration on the continent relatively muted about this large influx of Ukrainians, which for now seems to have caused minimal tension in the host countries.

But observers elsewhere are less impressed. The treatment of Ukrainians contrasts sharply with how Europe generally treats asylum seekers from other parts of the world. The low-key crisis triggered by the situation in Syria in 2015 left deep political scars on the continent, as EU member states argued over how to bear the burden of an influx of refugees, while the arrival of hundreds of thousands of non-white and non-Christian migrants ignited nationalist far-right sentiment across Europe.

Even last year, after the fall of the Afghan government in Kabul under the blows of the Taliban militants (the organization was recognized as a terrorist organization and banned in Russia), the statement of the EU interior ministers gave priority to preventing “illegal migration from the region” and “strengthening the capacity of border management” rather than protecting Afghans who have witnessed two decades of unsuccessful Western military adventure in their country, The Washington Post notes.

The Ukrainian conflict “revealed the ugly face of Europe. It showed their racism towards Arab and African immigrants despite all the human rights slogans,” Marwa El-Shinavi wrote in a column for Daily News Egypt, adding that European governments “seem to believe that protecting refugees is a right.” only Europeans and that other races are not human.”

Perhaps, writes The Washington Post, one of the clearest illustrations of this can be seen in Poland, whose right-wing nationalist government was furious at the prospect of resettling a handful of Syrian refugees, but opened its doors to millions of Ukrainians from neighboring homes. In 2015, “the refugees were black Muslims, and Warsaw slammed its borders,” wrote Andreas Kluth, former editor-in-chief of the German publication Handelsblatt Global. “Now they are Christian and Slavic brothers, and Poland has warmly welcomed more than half of the 6.7 million Ukrainians who fled abroad.”

Margaritis Schinas is aware of such criticism, but denies accusations of racism. For those who “in some way imply that skin color is a factor in European migration policy, let me be very clear. No, it's not like that,” he said.

The Brussels spokesman argued that the conflict in Ukraine – on the doorstep of the EU – is a unique circumstance that has set in motion a different legal mechanism than previous waves of migrants. The EU is protecting people who are fleeing conflict, he said: “This does not mean automatic entry for everyone who comes to the European Union.”

But Schinas added that the 2015 migration crisis was “a catalyst ”, which “inspired the European Union with a kind of belief that migration is a common problem.” Compared to seven years ago, the bloc has much more funding and capacity to curb the influx of migrants and monitor borders.

But regardless of the consensus around welcoming Ukrainians, the EU still lacks political unity to determine policy towards asylum seekers. Schinas believes that such a policy will soon appear, which will require unanimity among the 27 member states of the bloc.

Nevertheless, Schinas lamented, “there is still no migration policy in this Europe. It's sad in a way.”



“There are tears, screams in every cell”: the women’s pre-trial detention center rebelled because of phone calls

Prisoners under investigation complain about violation of their rights

A “telephone riot” is brewing in the only women's pre-trial detention center in Moscow. The detainees have resisted the new rules, which, in fact, prohibit them from calling their children, parents and husbands, even if the court or the investigator has given consent. In general, for the first time, prisoners began to be limited – I emphasize – in allowed calls.

Photo: Mikhail Kovalev

Recall that calls from prisoners still depend on the will of the investigator. He usually gives permission in exchange for a confession. And since recently the prisoners have begun to write complaints more often, go to court, write letters almost to the president, then the representative of the investigation after some time (usually, when the investigation itself ends) with difficulty, but still gives. If not, then the judge usually does not refuse calls (when the case is taken to court).

So, even in the draft new Internal Rules of the SIZO, it is prescribed that mother prisoners who have such permission in their hands must be given a call within 24 hours. It's a small step, but it's progress. I note that initially human rights activists insisted that they could call their children without any permission at all, and this was supported by the head of the Federation Council, Valentina Matvienko.

But here's what happened in the women's pre-trial detention center No. 6.

There were tears and screams in absolutely every cell.

“I have permission to call two children in my hands,” says the prisoner. – I got it a year later! One child studies at a metropolitan school, the other at a university (not in Moscow). They live in different places. But they took me to the calls and said: “Choose, you can call one person. And if he does not pick up the phone, then another call is already impossible. Why should I choose between two children?!

– And when I chose and called, the child did not pick up the phone, – another cries. – And the next call is possible only after 10 days. These are the new rules, which, as we are told, were lowered by the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia “from above”.

“I was waiting for my case to go to court, and only then did I get permission to make calls,” says another prisoner. “Two years without telephone service!” And here is the cherished permission to call mom and children. And in the pre-trial detention center they say – choose which of them. Why should I make such a choice at all? This is both illegal and inhumane! In the end, I called my mother only because there are more chances that she will pick up the phone. After all, now if you don’t get through, you can’t call another number. Can you imagine? I never heard from the children. Those who invented these innovations have no heart.

The women are 100% right. Neither the law on detention nor the TAC has limits on the number of calls, if allowed. It is not said there that a woman can dial only one number for one exit to the taxi machine, and that if they don’t answer at the other end, then you can’t dial others. And all these years there were no problems.

The innovation, as the employees assure, appeared after checking the central office. For some reason, the inspectors decided that telephone conversations were organized incorrectly and made their recommendations. Now they began to provide calls for them in the women's pre-trial detention center.

All this, I repeat, is against the law. According to the meaning and letter of the law, the administration is obliged to provide as many calls as the prisoner has permits. If there are not enough taxi machines or employees for withdrawal, etc., this is the problem of the Federal Penitentiary Service, not the prisoners.

The very fact that they decided to test the innovation specifically on women makes one wonder. Against the backdrop of talks by the authorities about the need for concessions for prisoners with children, improving their conditions behind bars, this looks almost like a provocation.



Rogozin revealed the meaning of the Kuriles for Japan: “Not a fish”

“The main thing is cabbage”

Japan needs the South Kuril Islands not because of the fish, but because of the seaweed. This was announced in his Telegram channel by the head of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin, adding that by supporting the hostile rhetoric of the West, the country “was left without precious cabbage.”

Photo: Gennady Cherkasov

“The main thing is not fish, the main thing is cabbage. This is how the Japanese parliamentarians explained to me why Japan needs our South Kuril Islands. They say that seaweed, which is so important for the Japanese organism, grows around the islands, ”Rogozin shared the details, noting that Sakhalin fully supported the ban on fishing for Japanese fishermen near the South Kuriles due to the hostile policy of the Japanese leadership.

Official Representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Maria Zakharova announced on June 7 that Moscow is suspending the implementation of an intergovernmental agreement with Tokyo on certain issues of cooperation in the field of fishing for marine living resources until the Japanese side fulfills its financial obligations. The speaker of the Russian Foreign Ministry noted that Japan froze the payments due under the agreement and delayed the process of signing the annual executive document on the provision of technical assistance to the Sakhalin Region free of charge, which is an integral part of ensuring the functioning of this agreement between the governments of the two countries.

Moscow and Tokyo signed an agreement on certain issues of cooperation in the field of harvesting marine living resources in 1998, which, in particular, allowed Japanese fishermen to fish within the quota allocated by Russia near the southern Kuril Islands of the Russian Federation.