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Beijing suspected of plotting an invasion of Taiwan

The West was alarmed by the directive signed by Xi Jinping

The US government-funded publication Radio Free Asia reported that the Chinese authorities allegedly began preparations for a “non-military” special operation to seize the territory of Taiwan not controlled by Beijing.

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A number of politicians and experts were alarmed by the directive, which was previously signed by Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

According to this document, the Chinese military received the right to conduct special operations “to prevent threats”, “maintain peace” and “protect the sovereignty” of the republic.

In turn, the Chinese government publication Global Times reported that the signed directive speaks “not about wars”, but about other “operations”. However, critics of the document believe that Beijing thereby secured a legal justification for the invasion of the island.

Earlier, Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe during the Shangri-La Dialogue security conference in Singapore said that the PRC would ” fight to the end” if anyone “dares to separate” Taiwan from China.

The corresponding statement was made after Washington promised to increase the amount of military assistance to Taipei.

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Ukrainian shelling of Donetsk has a hidden target

“You can't play by the rules of Kyiv”

Ukrainian troops are shelling Donetsk and the surrounding cities like it's the last time. “We didn’t have this even in 2015,” say residents of the central districts of the capital of the DPR. Previously, shells flew to the outskirts of the city or to militarily significant places. Now the city is covered with dense fire, focusing on social facilities and residential buildings. Why did the Ukrainian troops and their command need this, MK understood.

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On June 13, Ukrainian artillery bombarded the city for six hours, targeting the most important places for ordinary people – a church, a market, a hospital, a maternity hospital. It seems that from the other side they are simply eager for an answer: they can’t wait until Avdiivka, from where the shelling is being carried out, will be smashed to pieces.

More than 300 shells from Uragans, Grads and foreign artillery pieces were fired at Donetsk on Monday. And on Tuesday morning, the blow also hit Russia, where the target was the city of Klintsy in the Bryansk region, located not far from the Ukrainian-Russian border.

Residents of the quiet village of Zaimishche on the outskirts of Klintsy woke up from strong explosions, there was a column of smoke in the air, and a large shell crater on the ground. According to eyewitnesses, a Mi-28N Night Hunter helicopter was seen flying at low altitude in the sky. “It hit a military unit and a residential building,” local residents say, “glasses flew out near the houses nearby.”

There are reports of casualties – four people were injured, who are now in traumatology. The initial information that one woman lost her leg was not confirmed: “She has shrapnel wounds. This woman went outside to fetch water. A piece of shrapnel hit her house, and she was standing nearby,” local residents say. The shelling was carried out, probably by the Ukrainian Tochka-U. As a result of the incident, the city had partial problems with water and electricity

In Donetsk, Voroshilovsky, Budyonnovsky, Kyiv and other areas of the city suffered from shelling. The Armed Forces of Ukraine did not spare even babies: in the center of the city, the Vishnevsky maternity hospital came under fire. There was only serious damage to the building – a shell broke through the roof, destroyed windows and walls. Patients and staff miraculously survived, having managed to take refuge in a bomb shelter. Now women in labor have been transferred to other places, and the maternity hospital is temporarily closed.

Many residential buildings are destroyed or damaged, and an unexploded ordnance is reportedly lying on the floor of one of them.

“The enemy has literally crossed all boundaries,” said the head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, “forbidden methods are being used, sleeping areas, the central districts of the city of Donetsk are being shelled. Other cities and regions of the Donetsk People's Republic are also under fire.”

They also aimed at the saint – they struck from the “Hurricane” at St. Vladimir's Church in the Kuibyshevsky district of Donetsk. The shell did not explode, only slightly damaging the roof and a nearby car. As a result of yesterday's shelling, there were many wounded and dead, among the victims there are minor children.

According to experts, there is no logic in the shelling of peaceful targets, the goal of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is to piss off the command and provoke the forces of the RF Armed Forces and the people’s militia of the DPR to attack “head on” and reach Ukrainian artillery. This opinion is shared, for example, by DPR Deputy Information Minister Daniil Bezsonov “The population is dissatisfied with the shelling and criticizes the authorities. Our military, under the pressure of public sentiment, remove our artillery and our units in the Popasnyansky and Limanovsky directions and transfer them near Avdiivka, where the Ukrainians “extinguish” them during a frontal attack on their positions,” Bezsonov outlined the Ukrainian plan.

The historian and military expert Yuri Knutov expressed the same opinion. He believes that the main reason for the shelling is to arouse dissatisfaction with the inhabitants, so that the authorities at any cost try to move the front from Avdiivka, where the Armed Forces of Ukraine have equipped strong fortifications: “Avdiivka is powerfully fortified, troops seem to be advancing in Maryinka, but there are certain difficulties. Accordingly, it is necessary to strengthen the grouping, and strengthening the grouping is possible only by relieving pressure on Severodonetsk/Lysichansk and Slavyansk/Kramatorsk. And because of these fortifications, a frontal attack on Avdiivka will lead to colossal losses on our part. The whole calculation is based on this, for the sake of this, these shellings are carried out.”

What can be done? Do not play according to the scenario that the Kyiv regime is trying to impose.

It is impossible to equalize the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, together with Avdiivka itself, with the ground, since a large number of civilians remain in residential development, and a large chemical enterprise, the Avdiivka Coke and Chemical Plant, is located nearby.

DPR official representative Eduard Basurin believes that this the shelling of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was prepared for a long time, since coordination takes time. “The shooting was not just chaotic,” he told media representatives, “the shooting was carried out on a certain square, which suffered the most, this is our Voroshilovsky, Kyiv and Kuibyshevsky districts. At the same time, the enemy constantly changed the positions of artillery, covering one another, and all the time the shooting was exactly on the square – this is the destruction of the civilian population. “

According to Basurin, more civilians die in Donetsk than the military – this is how Ukraine shows “love” for citizens whom it still considers its own.< /p>

In connection with the current situation, Denis Pushilin turned to Russia with a request to attract additional allied forces: “An understanding was reached that all the necessary additional forces of the allied forces, primarily the Russian Federation, will be involved,” he said. .

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The wild shelling of Donetsk was countered by “Penicillin”

Why it is not possible to quickly defeat the grouping of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Avdiivka

The barbaric shelling of residential areas of Donetsk makes all sympathizers ardently desire to make sure that the artillery positions from which the fire was fired at the city were destroyed once and forever. But it turns out that not everything is so simple, and there are many exclusively military factors that do not yet allow this to be done.

Photo: Ivan Prikhodko's telegram channel.

The shelling on June 13 was the most brutal in all the years of confrontation. Hundreds of Grad rockets and dozens of NATO 155 mm howitzer shells hit the city. This caliber is used by the American M777 guns and the French Caesars, which reached Ukraine through Poland and Romania and ended up on the front lines. Five civilians were killed, including one child, 33 were injured.

The fire was fired from Avdiivka, the most powerful fortified area of ​​the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU). What prevents them from identifying artillery positions in a timely manner and destroying them?

One of the problems is the lack of reconnaissance drones. Russia does not have drones capable of hovering at an altitude of 12-13 kilometers for days, equipped with powerful optics and radars that the United States has. Small drones cannot operate at a considerable distance and do not fly high. This is a fairly easy target for enemy air defenses.

The problem with drones has already been identified, and the industry is rapidly trying to solve it. Just like the issue with the means of counter-battery combat. Our army has them, but, firstly, not as much as we would like, and, secondly, NATO is still ahead in this type of weapons.

Counter-battery stations make it possible to detect an enemy shot and, by calculating the trajectory of the projectile, instantly determine where the projectile was fired from. The data is transferred to their own artillery, which gets the opportunity to destroy enemy guns and launchers before they change firing position.

The Russian army has a similar station on wheels – “Penicillin”. It captures acoustic and thermal signals from shots and explosions and gives the coordinates of the location of the enemy guns. But not all sections of the line of contact seem to have such systems. Despite the fact that NATO countries handed over hundreds of such complexes to Ukraine.

There are other difficulties in the destruction of artillery and rocket systems of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Avdiivka. One of them is the largest coking plant in Europe in the city. And these are dozens of multi-ton tanks with chemicals. A blow to them is a guaranteed ecological catastrophe, the consequences of which cannot be predicted.

In the industrial zone, which was designed in Soviet times and is designed for nuclear war, there are underground bomb shelters, arsenals, garages for self-propelled guns and “grads”, tunnels and galleries that allow military equipment to enter there. Captured Ukrainian soldiers talk about some unthinkable bunkers, where railway containers turned into command posts are buried under a ten-meter layer of soil and concrete.

The approaches to the fortified area are mined, there are several lines of concrete pillboxes – long-term firing points. The area is stuffed with modern surveillance equipment, radars, and video sensors. To go on a frontal attack means to put hundreds and thousands of our fighters. We definitely can't afford it.

How then to deal with all this? Military expert Mikhail Khodarenok believes that the Russian troops, as well as the armies of the DPR and LPR, have found the most suitable way over the months of fighting. “A strategy has been adopted to deplete the enemy’s resources,” the expert wrote on the social network. “After the final withdrawal of the combat-ready backbone of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as well as the deprivation of the Ukrainian troops of the minimum number of heavy weapons, repair and fuel and lubricant resources, things will go faster.”

According to the expert, behind the latest shelling of Donetsk is the “cruel and cold calculation of the Western military advisers of the Kyiv regime – the Americans and the British.” The purpose of the shelling is to pull our forces away from those sectors of the front where the Armed Forces of Ukraine have huge problems – from Severodonetsk, Lysychansk, Slavyansk.

The calculation is being made to provoke a tough reaction from our side. It is no coincidence, as many note, that the blow to Donetsk took place on the eve of the planned visit to Kyiv of European leaders.

Nevertheless, the experience of the same Mariupol and the battles at the Azovstal plant, where aviation actively participated in forcing the enemy to surrender, shows that this is indispensable. As an expert in the field of aviation ammunition, who wished to remain anonymous, told MK, the Russian Air Force has special concrete-piercing aviation bombs – BetABs, which “normally take such fortifications” in the arsenal of the Russian Air Force.

“The question is what we want to achieve,” said the specialist. – If you need to make all the inmates in the dungeon “two hundred” (as the military designate the dead. – “MK”), then you use concrete-piercing bombs. If – “300” (wounded), but disabled of the first group, then large-caliber high-explosive bombs are enough.

According to him, the mass of BetABs is up to 500 kilograms. The Su-24M front-line bomber is capable of carrying up to 16 such bombs. High-explosive bombs – FABs – can be two-ton. There are air bombs with incendiary mixtures.

“But, I think, in the case of the fortifications of Avdiivka, it is better to use volumetric detonating ammunition,” the MK interlocutor noted. – A special mixture spreads through the cracks and bangs inside. From the outside, it looks like a well-applied land mine, but, in fact, it simply unfolds everything that is inside. True, the enemy could prepare. As you can see in the video on the Web, they have good tight doors on the bunkers. The volumetric detonating mixture may not get there if they are crammed into the gap and well sealed.

Honored military pilot Major General in the reserve Vladimir Popov, who once commanded the Su-24 regiment, noted the difficulties of using aviation in the Avdiivka area:

– There is a very dense residential area. Almost one settlement ends and another immediately begins – settlements, mining towns. The transport infrastructure is developed – roads, railways. For the past eight years, the Armed Forces of Ukraine have been intensively fortifying this area, there is a continuous concrete field of barriers and shelters. I remember that in the 70s something similar was built in the USSR on the border with China.

– There are funds. But there is an issue with accuracy. The circular deviation of free-falling bombs dropped from a great height, for example, from the Tu-95MS, is rather big. That is, a very large spread of bombs and fragments. It will be practically “carpet bombing”. And there, I repeat, there is a high density of urban development. Here is your limitation. Our pilots have to literally dig out the enemy artillery, jewelry, pinpoint strikes. Hence the delay.

So, sooner or later, the Avdiivka fortified Ukrainian Armed Forces will be dealt with. Although, of course, I would like it to happen sooner.

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What is the fastest supercomputer created in Europe?

The fastest supercomputer in Europe has started working in Finland. It was created jointly by the European Joint Venture for High Performance Computing (EuroHPC) and a consortium of ten European countries: Belgium, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Poland, Finland, Switzerland, Sweden, the Czech Republic and Estonia.

What is a supercomputer ?

LUMI — it is the fastest and most power efficient supercomputer in Europe.

The performance of the Lumi supercomputer is over 375 petaflops — that's over 375 million billion calculations per second. The expected peak power of this supercomputer will be 550 petaflops, or 550 million billion calculations per second.

Lumi is based on the Cray EX supercomputer supplied by Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Which supercomputers are already operating in Europe? 

There are four supercomputers operating in Europe: 

  • Discoverer in Bulgaria;
  • < li>MeluXina in Luxembourg;

  • Vega in Slovenia;
  • Karolina in the Czech Republic. 

More to come: LEONARDO in Italy, Deucalion in Portugal, and MareNostrum 5 in Spain.

The most powerful of the Russian computers — “Chervonenkis” — has a performance of 21.53 petaflops. 

Which supercomputer is the most powerful in the world? 

This year, the Frontier supercomputer from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (USA) was included in the Top500 list of the fastest supercomputers in the world. ). He overtook the previous leader, the Japanese Fugaku.

To date, the Frontier is faster than the next seven supercomputers on the list combined. It has a claimed performance of 1,102 exaflops and a peak — 1,686 exaflops with an average power consumption of about 21.1 MW. The cost of creating a supercomputer amounted to 600 million US dollars. 

What is a supercomputer? 

Supercomputer — a system with extremely high computing power that is capable of solving complex problems. The supercomputer includes thousands of processors running in parallel, with results more than ten million times greater than the computing power of conventional laptops.

Such machines are used to run computationally intensive programs, such as weather and climate forecasting. conditions, simulation of nuclear explosions. They are also used in statistics, cryptography, computational biology, chemistry and medicine. 

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What kind of drifting station on which scientists will go to the Arctic?

For research in the Central Arctic, Russia has created an ice-resistant self-propelled platform “North Pole”. The platform will allow you to safely carry out a wide range of research in the Arctic Ocean. 

Ice-resistant platform “North Pole”. Photo: aari.ru

Earlier, scientists had to conduct polar expeditions on ice floes drifting in the ocean and independently build research bases on them, which took a lot of time. The new LSP will become a ready and equipped base for expeditions in the Arctic region. 

What is the “North Pole” platform?

LSP “North Pole” — This is a special-purpose ship with the functionality of a research center that will carry out year-round integrated research.

The ship was launched on December 18, 2020. On May 21, 2022, the platform went on sea trials. 

Ice-resistant platform “North Pole”. Photo: aari.ru

The ship's hull is able to withstand the compression of multi-year ice, which is confirmed by model experiments. The self-propelled platform is capable of passing through the ice without involving an icebreaker, and can also receive heavy helicopters of the MI-8 AMT (Mi-17) type on board.

The LSP is capable of independently drifting and moving in ice at a speed of up to 10 knots. The stock of fuel placed on board will allow the platform to autonomously be on the expedition for up to two years.

How many people can be on the LSP “North Pole”?

14 crew members and 34 scientific personnel can be on a self-propelled platform at temperatures up to minus 50 degrees and humidity 85%.

Which laboratories will be placed on the ship?

15 scientific laboratories will be placed on board the platform, which allow for:

  • ionospheric observations;
  • geological, chemical and environmental studies;
  • studies of ice loads and ice fracture mechanics;
  • studies of acoustic tomography of the Arctic Basin;
  • studies of the boundary layer and free atmosphere;< /li>
  • magnetic and gravity research, etc.  

Technical specifications

  • LSP length — 83.1 m.
  • Fuel autonomy — about 2 years
  • Service life — at least 25 years.

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Symbols of life. Participants of the “Garden of Remembrance” campaign planted 27 million trees

In less than three months, the participants of the “Garden of Memory” campaign from 84 regions of Russia and several foreign countries have reached the goal of the international action — perpetuate the memory of everyone who died during the Great Patriotic War. Memorial gardens were created by schoolchildren, students, employees of large companies, activists of the inclusive center, volunteers, folk artists, veterans and heads of subjects. 

The 27 millionth tree was planted in Magadan. Anniversary commemorative birch adorned the territory of the Ecological and Biological Lyceum. About 50 people took part in the action. These are members of school environmental teams, Volunteers of Victory, representatives of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Magadan Region, employees of the Department of Education of the Magadan City Hall, as well as the Governor Sergey Nosov and a veteran of the Great Patriotic War, home front Maria Ivanovna Rotval .

«Tree — it is a kind of symbol of life, so planting it was very valuable. You see how it grows together with you, gains strength, then grows old, because a tree, like all of us, is a living being. Russia — one of the richest countries in forests. And the action has its roots in the post-war period, when people planted gardens in the destroyed territories, restoring peaceful life and beauty. We planted the 27 millionth tree together with Maria Ivanovna and Ksenia Chernetsova from grade 1B, a pupil of a summer camp with a day stay on the basis of the eco-biological lyceum “Ecoleto”, who promised me that she would look after it until the 11th grade, — said Sergey Nosov, Governor of the Magadan Region. 

Memorial gardens in Yakutia

Another event took place today in the Yakut city of Neryungri, where in the Chiryaev Park of Culture and Leisure, participants planted 50 birches in memory of the immortal feat of those who fought at the front and forged the Victory in the rear. It is symbolic that the “Garden of Memory” will be located near the memorial of glory. According to the Acting Minister of Ecology, Nature Management and Forestry of Yakutia, in addition to being patriotic, the action also fulfills an environmental mission, contributing to the formation of a responsible attitude of man to nature.

«Action “Garden of Memory” — this is not just planting trees, but also a tribute to the memory of our soldiers who died for their Motherland during the Great Patriotic War. Today this is a large-scale action, which is aimed at improving the ecological culture of the population. Such an integrated approach allows adults and children to form a sense of responsibility for themselves and our nature, to improve the country's ecology on a daily basis, — noted the Acting Minister of Ecology, Nature Management and Forestry of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Evgeny Perfiliev.

Activists of the Dobrodei environmental group made their contribution to the landscaping of the park and the creation of a memorial garden in Neryungri ; and the association “Young Researcher”, students of the medical college, as well as corporate volunteers of the companies “Kolmar” and «ElgaUgol» — regional project partners.

“We are sincerely glad to make our contribution to the improvement of the ecological situation on our fragile planet — native and only home for all of us. The planted trees, as a symbol of memory of the feat of our fathers and grandfathers, today will stand guard over the protection of nature, clean air, and hence a happy and fulfilling life of citizens, — said Deputy General Manager — production director of MC Kolmar LLC Pavel Andryushchenko.

“When making production decisions, we always take into account the environmental component. The health of not only present, but also future generations depends on a favorable environment. The conservation and reproduction of forests directly affects the quality of life of the vast majority of the inhabitants of the region. Such projects not only make it possible to create a comfortable urban environment and make the air cleaner, but also reduce climate risks», — emphasized Inna Losyuk, managing director of ElgaUgol.

«Garden of Memory» will be held in all regions of Russia and abroad until June 22. The final event will take place on the Day of Memory and Sorrow on Poklonnaya Hill in Moscow.  

The action was organized by the ANO “Garden of Memory”, the All-Russian public movement “Volunteers of Victory” and the Victory Generals Memorial Fund with the support of the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation, the Federal Forestry Agency in the framework of the national project “Ecology”.

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What kind of S-300V1 air defense systems are seen in Ukraine?

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S-300V1 air defense system spotted in Ukraine. The camouflage on the equipment indicates that these unique anti-aircraft missile systems belong to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, although they are not officially in service with the Ukrainian army. AiF.ru found out what is special about this one of the rarest types of Ukrainian weapons.

In 2017, there were reports that in Ukraine they were able to restore the S-300V1 and even test this complex. According to unofficial information, Kyiv is armed with one division of these systems.

One of the modifications of the S-300 air defense system. Photo: http://www.youtube.com/

How they restored it

When the USSR was divided, Ukraine got six divisions of S-300B1 — about 140 tracked launchers. Much of this wealth is now scrap metal. But some of these air defense systems have undergone major or medium repairs at Ukrainian enterprises. Despite the fact that the supply of spare parts from Russia, which is the main developer and manufacturer of these complexes, has not been carried out for many years, they were stocked in sufficient quantities on the territory of Ukraine. Some critical elements were purchased by various legal and illegal means in the countries to which the S-300s were delivered, and there are more than a dozen of them. Part of the element base has been replaced by analogues from the USA, Japan, etc.

Main goals

The upgraded S-300V1 could become a serious force, quite suitable for combating modern targets. The main question is how effectively they managed to modernize. The far border of the affected area with the old “heavy” missiles 9M82 is 100 km. The complex has a high degree of noise immunity, despite its advanced age. Even with modern electronic warfare systems, it is quite difficult to suppress it. The complex has high radar potentials, which allows them to detect subtle targets, including all cruise missiles such as Caliber, all our anti-radar missiles, and drones. Thus, these air defense systems pose a serious danger to Russian military aviation. This complex can intercept Kh-32 missiles, shells of Smerch multiple launch rocket systems; and operational-tactical ballistic missiles “Tochka-U”. Unconfirmed reports indicate that this air defense system can intercept Caliber-PL/NK cruise missiles. 

History

The S-300V1V air defense system was put into service in 1983. It is designed to destroy aerodynamic targets and tactical ballistic missiles of the MGM-52 Lance type. The antenna post and all the hardware of the station are located on the tracked chassis “Object 832”. A 840 hp diesel engine was installed on a tracked vehicle weighing 47 tons. Crew 4 people.

Initially, the system included the 9S15 Obzor-3 all-round radar, the 9S457 mobile command post, the 9S32 multi-channel missile guidance station, the 9A83 self-propelled launcher and the 9A85 self-propelled launcher. The three-coordinate radar 9S15 “Obzor-3”, operating in the centimeter frequency range, ensured the detection of aircraft at a distance of up to 240 km. Ballistic missiles could be detected at a range of 115 km.

At that time it was an advanced system — operators could process up to 200 air targets, track up to 70 targets, receive information from a higher command post and guidance station 9S32 missiles, determine the type of target, and also choose the most dangerous ones. The time from receiving target marks to issuing instructions while working with the 9C15 radar is — 17 seconds. In the anti-missile defense mode, the average information processing time is 3 seconds, and the target designation limit is — from 80 to 90 km.

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Why are Russian bank cards no longer of interest to hackers?

Since April 2022, Russian bank cards are no longer of interest to hackers. This was stated by RIA Novosti on the eve of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) Sergey Golovanov. He explained this by the fact that cyber fraudsters will not be able to buy anything with them while abroad.

What is the expert's analysis based on?

According to Golovanov, Kaspersky Lab maintains detailed graphs of cyber incidents recorded since February 24. According to him, the demand for payment information of Russian cards either fell or increased.

“If we take a graph, for example, of trading Russian bank card data on the Internet, then it also looks interesting. February 24 is coming, and the number of ads “I will sell cardboard of such and such a bank” falls, — said the specialist.

And a few weeks later, he added, the number of ads rose sharply, and then also fell sharply and the level did not rise again.

Thus, the expert concluded that since April 2022, Russian bank cards have ceased to be “attractive”; for hackers. “Abroad, they [hackers] can’t buy anything with them,” — said Golovanov.

According to him, only opportunities for card fraud remain in Russia.

When did Visa and Mastercard suspend operations in Russia?

The international systems Visa and Mastercard against the background of the introduction of Western anti-Russian sanctions in early March 2022 announced the suspension of operations in Russia. Their cards issued by Russian banks continue to work in Russia as usual, however, purchases abroad and in foreign online stores are not available to Russians.

We also note that since June 14, the SWIFT international system of interbank transactions has stopped servicing three Russian banks — Sberbank, Rossselkhozbank (RSHB) and the Moscow Credit Bank (MCB), writes RBC. Earlier, seven more domestic banks were disconnected from the SWIFT system: VTB, Novikombank, Promsvyazbank, VEB.RF, Sovcombank, Rossiya and “Opening”.

However, as representatives of Sberbank and Rosselkhozbank said, disconnection from the international system will not affect transfers within the country. According to the RSHB press service, “the bank uses alternative systems for transmitting financial messages between financial institutions that have long existed and are used in the Russian banking system.”

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The authorities of Zaporozhye said that the region is facing an ecological catastrophe

If the workers of the Zaporozhye iron ore plant, whose work is frozen, stop pumping water, then in a month the water in the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions will become undrinkable. This was stated by the Kyiv-appointed head of the Zaporozhye Regional State Administration Oleksandr Starukh, RIA Novosti reports.

According to him, if work on pumping water is stopped, the mine will be flooded in 26 days. As a result, iron will get into all aquifers in the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions, located at a kilometer depth. In this case, according to Alexander Starukh, such water cannot be used for drinking and technical purposes.

At the same time, he added that workers remain at the plant who are trying to prevent an environmental catastrophe.

Earlier, Vladimir Rogov, a member of the main council of the military-civilian administration of the Zaporozhye region, said that it was planned to restore control over the entire territory of the region. In his opinion, this is vital for security purposes.

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The State Duma approved in the first reading the seizure of a car for drunk driving

Deputies of the State Duma adopted in the first reading a draft law on the introduction of liability for drivers for drunk driving. According to it, the vehicle can be confiscated from the violator as punishment, writes RIA Novosti.

One of the authors of the bill was the Vice Speaker of the State Duma, Irina Yarovaya. According to her, the initiative is aimed at saving the lives of road users.

The bill provides for a fine of 50,000 to 100,000 rubles for persons who repeatedly drive a vehicle, having already been deprived of a driver's license. If a person gets behind the wheel in a state of alcoholic or drug intoxication and drives into the oncoming lane, or exceeds the speed limit, then criminal liability will come. As an additional measure, persistent violators will be threatened with the removal of the vehicle.

Earlier it was reported that the Central Research Automobile and Automotive Institute developed a state standard for alcolocks for cars. 

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What is known about the bomb shelter under Azot in Severodonetsk?

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Half of the city's residents hide from shelling of soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (APU) in the bomb shelters of the chemical plant "Azot" in Severodonetsk  . About this correspondent of “Izvestia” told a married couple from Severodonetsk Yulia Skurigina andValery Boychenkov (former workers of a private enterprise located on the territory of Azot).

“There are very large bomb shelters at Azot, most of the city is sitting there,” Yulia said.

How big are Azot's bomb shelters?

According to Yulia Skurigina, huge bomb shelters are located on the territory of the enterprise, which allow to cover not only a large number of people, but also various equipment, including cars and tanks. Underground roads have been built for the movement of vehicles in the industrial zone.

“There are military bomb shelters where even tanks call in. Plant — it's a big city, a car can drive underground there,” — noted in an interview with Izvestia Julia.

How many citizens will hide in the Azot bomb shelters?

According to the information of the Ambassador of the Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) to Russia Rodion Miroshnik, in the bomb shelters of “Azot” there may be up to 500 civilians. In addition, there are still civilians on the territory of the plant (their number is not specified) who are hiding “in other parts of the plant”, the ambassador wrote in his Telegram channel.  

From open sources it is known that the population of Severodonetsk in 2019 was about 103 thousand people.  

According to a resident of Severodonetsk Valery Boychenkov, in the bomb shelters of “Azot” mostly employees of the chemical enterprise are sitting there.

“Working people went there. They know what to do, which valves to close in order to prevent the nitrogen from flowing, "mdash; told "Izvestia" Valeriy.

According to the man, he and his wife hid from Ukrainian shelling from February to June in the basement at Druzhby Narodiv Street, 30. 

“We all had recumbents. No water, no light. Recently, not only houses, even roofs have not been left. We, when driving along the road, saw houses and green plants. We were just hysterical, we have never seen anything like this in our lives. All the doors in our entrances were broken by the Ukrainians, in all the apartments», – said Yulia Skurigina.

According to the woman, when she asked the Ukrainian military why the Ukrainian military breaks all the doors in the apartments, she was told that “it’s supposed to be so.”

What time is it now at the Azot plant Ukrainian soldiers?

According to Rodion Miroshnik, about 300-400 Ukrainian militants are currently blocked at the “Azot” plant.

“They may still have several hundred civilians hostage. <…> The militants are trying to put forward demands – to give them the opportunity to leave the territory of the chemical plant together with the hostages and to provide a corridor for crossing to Lisichansk. Such demands are unacceptable and will not be discussed, — said the DPR Ambassador to Russia.

He stressed that contact has been established with the militants, negotiations are underway on the safe exit of civilians from the territory of the plant.

When will organized a humanitarian corridor for the evacuation of civilians from "Azot"? 

According to  the head of the Interdepartmental Coordination Headquarters of the Russian Federation for Humanitarian Response in Ukraine – Head of the National Defense Control Center of the Russian Federation, Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, for the evacuation of civilians from the territory of the Azot plant, with which the nationalist battalions are covered as a "human shield", it is planned to organize a humanitarian  ;corridor June 15, 2022.

"For this from 08:00 (Moscow time) to 20:00 (Moscow time) a humanitarian corridor is opened to the north (to the city of Svatovo, Luhansk People's Republic). At the same time, it is guaranteed safe evacuation of all, without exception, civilians and their movement as part of humanitarian convoys to temporary accommodation points, — Mizintsev said.

He also proposed to the militants of the nationalist battalions and foreign mercenaries who are at the enterprises, on June 15 from 08:00 (Moscow time) to stop any hostilities and release the civilians they are holding through this humanitarian corridor, and also to stop " senseless resistance and lay down their arms».

«The Russian Federation guarantees the preservation of life and compliance with all the norms of the Geneva Convention on the treatment of prisoners of war, as happened with those who had previously surrendered in Mariupol», —  Mizintsev emphasized.

What is known about the Azot plant?

Plant “Nitrogen” (private joint-stock company «Severodonetsk Association Azot») — one of the largest enterprises of the chemical industry in Ukraine and Eastern Europe, founded on February 16, 1951 in the city of Severodonetsk.

Since 2011, the plant has been part of the Ostchem Holding chemical holding. The main direction of the company's work is & nbsp; production of mineral nitrogen fertilizers. 

Production capacity of the plant:  

  • liquid ammonia – 1020 thousand tons per year;
  • ammonium nitrate – 550 thousand tons per year;
  • urea (urea) – 390 thousand tons per year;
  • methanol – 190 thousand tons per year;
  • acetic acid – 150 thousand tons per year;
  • technical water ammonia – 60 thousand tons per year.

According to Ostchem Holding, the plant employs 6,700 people. The plant sold its products to 129 countries of the world. Its revenues for 2012-2014 amounted to more than 12.1 billion hryvnias (more than 23 billion rubles). 

Sources: iz.ru, ren.tv , tvzvezda.ru, t.me

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WHO to convene emergency committee to assess risk of monkeypox outbreak

The World Health Organization will convene an emergency committee next week. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the goal would be to assess the risk of the monkeypox outbreak to global health, Reuters reports.

According to him, the organization believes that now there is no need for mass vaccination against this disease.

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Earlier it was reported that the European Commission plans to sign a contract for the purchase of 110,000 monkeypox vaccines for the EU countries. According to European Commissioner Stella Kyriakides, deliveries could begin at the end of June.

According to the latest data, about 900 cases of monkeypox infection have been recorded in the European Union, and around the world – 1 400.

Rospotrebnadzor previously published guidelines for organizing anti-epidemic measures in hospitals when patients with this disease are identified or suspected of it.

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Trucks from all over the country. EP opened a logistics center in the Belgorod region

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June 14 United Russia opened a logistics center in the Belgorod region for the distribution of humanitarian cargo in the Kharkiv direction. Here, goods will be redistributed from the regional branches of the party.

Food, water, building materials, and basic necessities will be delivered to United Russia mobile aid centers, which will be opened in the liberated territories, said head of the Central Executive Committee of the party Alexander Sidyakin

“The first cargo will be sent today. Trucks come from all over the country. Today two trains arrived from the Lipetsk and Moscow regions, on the way — from Bryansk. Further, assistance will be distributed according to need among the residents of the liberated areas. After the start of the NWO, we organized this work through Rostov-on-Don, but since the geography of the liberated territories is expanding, United Russia opens two more logistics centers — in the Belgorod region and in the Crimea, in Armyansk», — he explained. 

As noted by the secretary of the Belgorod branch of “United Russia”, Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov, the opening of the — continuation of the party's systemic assistance to the people's republics. 

“This will allow us to more quickly respond to the problems raised by the leaders of the liberated territories. They ask for help. And from today it will be faster and better”, — he said. 

Comprehensive assistance for residents

«United Russia» from the first day of the special operation, it has been providing comprehensive assistance to the evacuated residents of Donbass, as well as to those who remained in the LDNR and in the liberated territories. Regional branches of the party have already delivered more than 9 thousand tons of humanitarian cargo to the people's republics, of which more than 300 tons of medicines. 

There are 17 United Russia humanitarian centers on the territory of the LDNR and the liberated territories, 9 of them — in Mariupol. The first and largest help center was opened on March 24 in the former Metro supermarket. in Mariupol. The work of the field kitchen, the distribution of SIM cards and the provision of medical assistance, as well as assistance in finding missing relatives, are organized here. Doctors, psychologists, social service specialists and employment services are working so that people can get a job, a children's room and a pharmacy. The same party center for humanitarian aid began to work in Popasna. 

The United Russia Humanitarian Center, opened in Kherson, has been operating since the beginning of June. During this time, more than 90 tons of food packages, hygiene products, baby food, diapers, medicines and much more have already been distributed. More than 8,000 people have already turned to the center in Kherson for help. Volunteers of the center deliver food packages to the settlements of the Kherson region with the assistance of the Russian military and the National Guard.

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US to allocate $1 billion to Israel to strengthen Iron Dome missile defense system

Biden will visit Israel in mid-July. During the trip, he will also visit the Iron Dome air defense systems

The United States plans to allocate about $1 billion to complete the Iron Dome missile defense system (ABM) after the escalation of the conflict with Gaza in May 2021. This, according to The Times of Israel, was announced at a briefing by a representative of the administration of the American president.

Joe Biden will visit Israel in mid-July. During the visit, he will visit the sites of the Iron Dome missile defense systems, as well as discuss possible cooperation in the field of innovation in the defense industry between the two countries.

In addition, the American president will visit the West Bank of the Jordan River, where he will meet with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. During the trip, Biden will also hold cooperation talks with Israeli and Indian Prime Ministers Naftali Bennet and Narendra Modi as part of the virtual I2-U2 summit (which brings together India, Israel, the UAE and the United States).

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In May 2021, the situation in the Gaza Strip escalated. For more than ten days, Israel has been attacking Gaza in response to missile launches from there. In total, according to the Israel Defense Forces, the Gaza Strip then fired about 4,000 missiles across the country, most of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system.

«Iron Dome»— a system that is designed to protect against unguided tactical missiles with a flight range of 4 to 70 km. It was developed by the Israeli company Rafael, the project was created with US funding. The first battery took up combat duty in 2011, by July 2014 there were nine of them in Israel.

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Zelensky said that time is not in favor of Ukraine

According to the president, the republic does not have time for negotiations that will not yield anything. Negotiations between Moscow and Kyiv have been suspended since mid-May

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that time is not playing for Ukraine. He acknowledged this in an interview with the German ZDF.

“We need to act, time is playing on the enemy, not on us”,— Zelensky said. The President also said that Kyiv does not have time for negotiations, “which will not bring anything.”

According to Zelensky, Ukraine will be ready to negotiate only when hostilities stop.

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Russia and Ukraine announced the suspension of peace talks at the end of May. The head of the Russian delegation, presidential aide Vladimir Medinsky, explained that Kyiv has “no desire to continue the dialogue,” and the freezing of discussions— “completely the initiative of Ukraine.” Zelensky on May 24 announced that Ukraine would return to negotiations with Russia after it returned the territories lost after the start of the Russian special operation. According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the West forbade the Ukrainian authorities to continue the negotiation process.

In late May, Zelensky, in a conversation with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reiterated his desire to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Commenting on his words, Lavrov pointed out that the President of Ukraine “wants a meeting for the sake of a meeting”, and it is possible to talk about it only after the resumption of the work of delegations at the talks.

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