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Putin at a meeting with the Security Council called for decent elections in September

According to the president, it is necessary to ensure security during the single voting day. The election campaign for the elections scheduled for September 11 began in early June

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President Vladimir Putin held a meeting with the permanent members of the Security Council, according to the Kremlin website. At the online meeting, in particular, the preparation of a single voting day was discussed. Putin noted that “this major domestic political event” must be carried out with dignity and with the necessary security conditions.

The meeting was attended by Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, heads of the Federation Council and the State Duma Valentina Matvienko and Vyacheslav Volodin, Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev and his deputy Dmitry Medvedev, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and others.

The single voting day will take place on 11 September. Governors will be elected in 14 subjects. Remote electronic voting will be used in Kaliningrad, Kaluga, Kursk, Novgorod, Pskov, Tomsk, Yaroslavl regions and Moscow. For the first time, an electronic voter list will be used in Moscow municipal elections. Due to sanctions imposed on Russia, applications for electronic voting will be placed only in Russian RuStore and NashStore stores. Only voters with a verified account on the “Gosuslugi” will be able to vote electronically. or mos.ru. For security purposes, the system provides for blocking the ability to log in from IP addresses outside of Russia, and for the time of voting, users of Gosuslug will make it impossible to change the mobile phone number in the profile without access to the previously specified one.

In the spring, RBC and other media, citing sources, reported on the discussion of cancellation or postponement September elections. According to Kommersant, the heads of several regions asked to cancel the vote due to the economic situation that developed against the backdrop of the military operation in Ukraine and sanctions.

However, in May, sources close to the presidential administration told RBC about the decision to hold elections on time. On June 4, the CEC announced the start of the election campaign.

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Nazarbayev’s nephew testifies in case of protests in Kazakhstan

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Former First Deputy Head of the National Security Committee of Kazakhstan (KNB) Samat Abish testified in the case of protests in the country in January this year. This was announced by the acting deputy chairman of the National Security Committee Askar Amerkhanov, ORDA reports. Abish's boss, Karim Massimov, was detained on charges of treason.

“Samat Abish is also under investigation. He testifies, I don't know his status. He is in Kazakhstan. I didn't see him myself. I think that the investigation is underway, it must be, — said Amerkhanov.

Samat Abish is the nephew of former Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev. In mid-January, it was reported that he continued to work as deputy chairman of the KNB, but was temporarily sent on vacation. He was later relieved of his post.

Earlier, the current president of the country, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, dismissed the head of the KNB, Karim Massimov. Later Massimov was detained on suspicion of treason. Massimov — former prime minister of Kazakhstan, he led the government from 2007 to 2012 and from 2014 to 2016. Between the two terms, he served as head of the presidential administration.

Tokayev called what was happening a “terrorist war”; and accused the KNB that the department “failed to see the critical threat” for Kazakhstan.

On January 2, mass protests began in Kazakhstan, which broke out in the west of the country, and then spread to other cities. The reason for the protests was the rise in gas prices. The demands of the protesters soon became political. Among other things, they demanded the resignation of Nazarbayev from the post of head of the Security Council.

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In early June, a referendum was held in Kazakhstan on changes to the Constitution. Among other things, the mention of the former president was removed from there, Nursultan Nazarbayev was deprived of privileges and the status of elbasy (head of the nation), and the death penalty was abolished in a new edition.

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Putin spoke about the idea to open Indian chain stores in Russia

The President said that under the sanctions, Russia is developing relations with “reliable international partners” – the BRICS countries. He also noted the expansion of the Russian presence in these states

Under the sanctions, Russian business circles are intensifying contacts with businesses from Brazil, India, China and South Africa, President Vladimir Putin said in his greeting to the participants of the BRICS Business Forum. In particular, they are discussing an increase in the share of Chinese cars in the Russian market and the opening of Indian chain stores in the country.

The Russian presence in the BRICS countries is also expanding, the head of state noted. “The volume of Russian oil deliveries to China and India is growing noticeably. Cooperation in the field of agriculture is developing dynamically. Russia exports significant volumes of fertilizers to the BRICS countries. Russian IT companies are expanding their activities in India and South Africa, and our satellites provide TV broadcasting to 40 million Brazilians,— he listed. In addition, together with BRICS partners, Russia is developing “reliable alternative mechanisms for international settlements”, the Russian analogue of SWIFT, a system for transmitting financial messages, is open for connecting banks from the countries of the group, and the geography of using Mir cards is expanding.

To reduce the negative impact of Western sanctions, Russia is reorienting its trade flows and foreign economic contacts “on reliable international partners, and primarily on the BRICS countries,” the president added. “Russian business circles, in coordination with the business communities of the BRICS states, are taking prompt steps to develop transport infrastructure, rebuild logistics routes, and create new production chains,” — Putin said.

The United States, the European Union and other countries have imposed sanctions against Russia because of the military operation in Ukraine. After that, the Russian authorities announced a reorientation to the East and strengthening relations with those countries that want it.

In particular, in May, Russia became the leader in oil supplies to China and ranked second in supplies to India, in both cases overtaking Saudi Arabia. In mid-June, Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed by telephone to expand cooperation in energy, industry and transport.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said at the end of March that the BRICS countries would become the basis of the new emerging world order. He noted the role of the association in the fight against the sanctions policy of Western states.

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On June 23–, the 14th BRICS summit will be held online under the chairmanship of China. Its theme is: “Promotion of quality partnership BRICS, the beginning of a new era of global development”. 

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Kaliningrad urged not to “freeze ears to spite grandmother” with a response to Lithuania

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The Kaliningrad region's response to the “sanctions blockade” should redirect the economic flow of the Baltic states to Russia. About this on the air «Soloviev Live» said the governor of the region Anton Alikhanov.

“I believe that these proposals should be aimed at ensuring that the economic flow and money that Lithuania and the Baltics as a whole earn should be redirected to Russia. We have such proposals. <…> We are not going to “freeze your grandmother's ears to spite”, we will make sure that the money that they used to earn, we will earn, — said Alikhanov.

As an example, Alikhanov cited the delivery of imported alcohol to the Kaliningrad region through the Baltic states. He stated that in such cases, all imported alcohol is actually marked with a Russian excise stamp abroad.

“This led to the fact that almost 100% of imported alcohol was supplied to Lithuania or Latvia and stored there. That is, the importers who carried, paid the Lithuanians and Latvians for storage in warehouses, for the accumulation of consignments. The second time they paid for labeling, it also cost money. And the third time they paid them for the fact that their Lithuanian companies, in particular, the well-known company Girteka, delivered these products to Russia, — Alikhanov said.

The governor noted that these flows can be redirected towards Russian economic operators.

The day before, Alikhanov said that work on response measures was already underway. They will be sent to the federal center in the near future. According to him, the response measures to Lithuania that Russia can take can be varied, and their consequences for the country's economy— essential.

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Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis explained that the country took this measure as part of the implementation of European sanctions that came into force on June 17, and did not introduce restrictions on its own. The Kremlin called these measures illegal.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that Moscow's response would lie not in the diplomatic, but in the practical plane. However, the representative of the department, Maria Zakharova, did not specify what specific measures were in question.

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Lithuania called the condition for expanding the transit restrictions of Kaliningrad

Lithuania is ready for Russia's retaliatory measures, including a possible disconnection from the regional power grid, President Gitanas Nauseda said

Lithuania will expand the list of trade restrictions on transit between the Kaliningrad region and the rest of Russia while expanding the sanctions of the European Union, said the President of the Republic Gitanas Nauseda, reports Reuters.

He also stated that Lithuania is ready for retaliatory measures from Russia, including the possible disconnection of Lithuania from the regional energy system.

“We are ready for unfriendly actions from Russia, such as disconnection from the BRELL system and others,— Nauseda said.

BRELL— system for integrating power grids in Belarus, Russia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Against the backdrop of deteriorating relations between Russia and the West, the Baltic countries announced plans to withdraw from it.

At the same time, Nauseda said that he did not expect a military confrontation with Russia. “I don't believe Russia will challenge us militarily because we are a member of NATO,” — he believes.

Lithuania announced a ban from June 18 on the transit between the Kaliningrad region and the rest of Russia of sanctioned goods, including wood, metals, cement and other products. The Russian Foreign Ministry protested to Vilnius and demanded that restrictions be lifted immediately.

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The head of the Kaliningrad region, Anton Alikhanov, called the ban on the transit of sanctioned goods a violation of the international obligations of both Lithuania and the EU, saying that the neighboring country would face consequences. At the same time, he said that the inhabitants of the region do not expect a shortage of goods, since the products that fell under the restrictions can be delivered by sea.

The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry, commenting on Moscow's claims, stated that it complies with EU sanctions and does not introduce any unilateral restrictions. They also said that the transit of goods that do not fall under EU sanctions continues.

The Federation Council called the actions of Lithuania “blockade”; Kaliningrad region and promised “tough” retaliatory measures, and the Russian Foreign Ministry said that they would be “practical”, not diplomatic in nature.

EU sanctions affecting the import of timber, steel and iron, cement and other goods from Russia were introduced in the spring after the start of the military operation in Ukraine.

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The pro-Russian head of Chernobaevka reported the assassination attempt

Yuri Turulev's car was blown up by a high-explosive shell when the head of the administration went to work with security. He received minor shrapnel wounds

In the Kherson region, an assassination attempt was made on the head of the military-civilian administration of the village of Chernobaevka, Yury Turulev. He told about this on the air of Vesti Krym.

“They tried to undermine me, the guards that were with me when I left for work. A high-explosive projectile fired on a turn, — Turulev said.

According to him, only the car was damaged, all the people are alive. The head of the administration himself has minor shrapnel wounds and a slight concussion.

The TV channel says that the explosive device was planted between the flower beds and went off when Turulev drove by. After the explosion, his car drove a few more meters by inertia, the correspondent noted.

Turulev was appointed head of the military-civilian administration of Chernobaevka in early May, the village council reported.

Earlier in June, the personal car of the head of the Kherson department of the penitentiary service Yevgeny Sobolev was blown up. He was hospitalized, there is no threat to life.

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At the end of May, Andriy Shevchik, the head of the city administration of Energodar in the Zaporozhye region, was injured as a result of an assassination attempt. There was an explosion in the entrance of his house, two guards were also injured. The Russian Investigative Committee reported that Shevchik received threats after he took a pro-Russian position.

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German Defense Minister reported on the supply of artillery to Ukraine

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Germany will supply three Mars II multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) to Ukraine, Ukrainian soldiers will begin training in handling them in June, German Defense Minister Christina Lambrecht said during a speech in the Bundestag, Spiegel reports .

Lambrecht said that on June 22, Ukraine received the first batch of heavy weapons— seven PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers, the Ukrainian military were trained in their use in Germany, Welt points out. The next delivery will be the Mars II MLRS. In addition, the US and UK will supply seven more artillery pieces.

According to the minister, Germany is also negotiating the supply of arms to Ukraine with Poland, Greece, Slovakia and Slovenia. Lambrecht promised that in the future, Berlin will make open the list of all weapons that have been delivered and will be delivered to Kyiv.

The minister expressed confidence that Ukraine will use the military equipment transferred to it by the West only for defense. “We didn’t need to demand [confirmation] of this from Ukraine, they themselves stated this. We have confidence that Ukraine will use weapons only for defense, — said Lambrecht (quoted by Focus).

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba pointed out that the sooner weapons are sent to the Ukrainian military, the more help it will provide to the country. “If the weapons are sent later, we will still say “thank you”, but then a lot will be wasted, many people will die,” — he said. Kuleba also said that even if the West stops helping Ukraine with weapons, the country will still defend itself, “fight with shovels.”

The Kremlin noted that “inflating” Ukraine weapons will not change the parameters of the special operation. “In any case, the goals of the special military operation will be achieved, they will simply cause more suffering to Ukraine, which is just a tool in the hands of those countries that supply [weapons] there,” — Dmitry Peskov, press secretary of the President of Russia, said.

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Thailand extradited a Russian to the United States after the decision to extradite him to Russia

Dmitry Ukrainsky in the United States is accused of embezzling $ 30 million. The Thai authorities, where he was detained in 2016, approved the extradition of the Russian to both Russia and the United States. His wife informed human rights activists about the extradition of the Ukrainian to the USA

The Thai authorities have extradited Russian citizen Dmitry Ukrainsky to the United States, who is accused of embezzling funds from American citizens with subsequent legalization in Thailand, TASS reports citing Ivan Melnikov, deputy chairman of the Russian branch of the International Committee for the Defense of Human Rights.

The human rights activist told the agency that Ukrainskiy's wife turned to him with a letter about the violation of her husband's rights. “Her husband was extradited from Thailand on June 16, 2022, despite two conflicting rulings from the Kingdom of Thailand to extradite him to the United States and simultaneously to Russia and an additional trial, in an atmosphere of extreme secrecy, which was more like a kidnapping.” ,— explained Melnikov.

He stressed that, according to the protocol to the consular convention between Russia and the United States of 1964, when a Russian was detained or arrested, the consular person should have been notified of this within three days, but this did not happen. Therefore, Melnikov asked US Attorney General Merrick Garland to provide Russian diplomats with information about the places of detention of Ukrainian in custody and the charges against him and arrange a meeting with the consul for him.

RBC sent inquiries to the press services of the Thai police and the Russian embassy in Thailand and turned to Ivan Melnikov for comment.

Ukrainian was arrested in Pattaya in 2016 at the request of the FBI. The authorities of the kingdom sentenced him to 10 years in prison. In the summer of the same year, the Russian side turned to the Prosecutor General's Office of Thailand with a request to extradite Ukrainian. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent a note to the kingdom about the inadmissibility of the extradition of a Russian to the United States.

In 2017, the court approved his extradition to Russia, and in 2019, the Thai authorities allowed the extradition of the Russian to the United States. The court concluded that the hacker group to which the accused belonged stole more than $30 million from the cards of citizens of the United States, Australia, Japan, Italy, Great Britain and Germany. US authorities have been investigating the Russian since 2014, when they discovered several suspicious transfers of funds to Thai accounts. Ukrainian denies his guilt.

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In 2019, a Russian went on a hunger strike for more than a month to get a review of the case.

In In Russia, he is also accused of fraud: according to the investigation, from April to May 2013, Ukrainian as part of a group stole more than 7.5 million rubles. «by deceit and breach of trust».

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The United States called legitimate part of the fears of Russia in the field of security

At the same time, US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman called “absurd” the proposal to return NATO to the 1997 borders for the sake of ensuring the security of Russia

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The U.S. understands Russia's legitimate security concerns and sees many ways to address them, deputy chief said State Department Secretary Wendy Sherman at the US-EU Defense Forum. Streamed on YouTube.

“I personally met with Russian colleagues to say: yes, we understand that you have some legitimate security concerns, and there are many ways in which we can solve them” ;,— she said.

Sherman called “absurd” the demand to return NATO borders by 1997, which, according to her, the Russian side called “the only way”; move forward in security talks.

She also said that countries wishing to join NATO make their own decisions about it, other states do not have to do it for them.

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In Kaliningrad, they will test the power system in an isolated mode

The region is part of the electric ring of Belarus, Russia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania (BRELL). Four new power plants were built in the region to ensure energy security in case a country withdraws from BRELL

In the Kaliningrad region, on June 25, the power system will be tested in isolated mode, Kaliningrad.Ru reports. with reference to the press service of the regional government. Testing will take place from 9:00 to 18:00 local time (8:00— 17:00 Moscow time).

Inter RAO— Power generation”, “Rosseti Yantar”, regional executive authorities and the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia, territorial grid companies and telecom operators.

The authorities noted that before the tests, they conducted emergency training for the personnel of the regional energy system facilities, the Baltic Regional Dispatch Office, as well as telecom operators and electric power industry entities to work out interaction; checking the operation of backup power sources.

The regional government warned that short-term power outages are possible during the tests.

Tests of the region's power system in an isolated mode were already held in 2019 and were recognized as successful. They were held against the background of the possible withdrawal of the Baltic states from the BRELL unified energy system (the electric ring of Belarus, Russia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania), which could leave the Russian region without electricity.

To ensure the energy security of the region, four new thermal power plants (TPPs) with a total capacity of 1 GW were put into operation. Mayakovskaya TPP in Gusev and Talakhovskaya TPP in Sovetsk were opened in 2018, in 2019— Pregolskaya TPP in Kaliningrad, in 2020— Primorskaya TPP in Svetly. As Putin noted, the launch of these four stations ensured a doubling of the power generation capacity in the region.

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The Kaliningrad region, which is an exclave, is dependent on the Baltic countries that separate it from Russia, not only in the energy sector, but also in the transport sector. On June 18, Lithuania announced a ban on the transit between the Kaliningrad region and the rest of Russia of sanctioned goods, including timber, metals, cement and other products. Moscow protested to Vilnius and demanded that the restrictions be lifted immediately. After that, Lithuania stated that it was ready for retaliatory measures from Russia, including the possible disconnection of Lithuania from BRELL.

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Biden asks Congress to temporarily remove fuel tax

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US President Joe Biden has asked Congress to temporarily abolish the country's fuel tax. This was reported by the press service of the White House.

According to Biden, the fuel tax in the United States should be canceled for three months. This will help stabilize fuel prices in the country. Currently, American citizens are facing a sharp rise in the cost of gasoline and diesel fuel.

Previously, US President Biden said that Americans are paying a “Putin tax” on gasoline and food. The head of the White House believes that fuel prices have risen due to the events in Ukraine, but ignores the impact of anti-Russian sanctions on them.

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Politician: “Uralvagonzavod” began to study the self-propelled guns captured in Ukraine CAESAR

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French lawyer and politician Régis de Castelnau reported on social networks that he became aware of the capture by the Russian military in Ukraine of two CAESAR self-propelled artillery mounts, which Paris handed over to Kyiv.

As de Castelnau noted in his statement , the Russian military managed to get two installations fully operational. At the moment, they have already been delivered to Uralvagonzavod, where engineers are studying them by completely disassembling them.

“Another achievement of Macron,” the politician noted with irony.

“Thank you, Macron. But we pay we are for this,” he added.

There was no official confirmation from the Russian Ministry of Defense about the capture of French CAESAR self-propelled guns.

In France, CAESAR self-propelled guns began to be operated in 2008. This is a fairly new development of the French company Nexter.

The 155-mm self-propelled artillery mount has fully automatic guidance and automatic feeding of projectiles. The installation is capable of firing 3 shots in 18 seconds. The maximum firing range for a high-explosive fragmentation projectile ERFB is 41 km, for an active-rocket projectile (for example, Excalibur) – 46-49 km. The long-range projectile M2005 V-LAP with a range of 54 km can also be used.

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American military expert called Ukraine a “failed” country

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Ukraine is a failed state that ceased to exist due to the policies of its President Volodymyr Zelensky. This was stated by an American military expert, former adviser to the US Secretary of Defense, retired colonel Douglas McGregor, in an interview with the Youtube channel Judging Freedom.

According to McGregor, Ukrainian nationalists cannot resist Russian troops, even despite assistance from side of the West. Ukraine “irrevocably lost” the war with Russia, the expert believes.

McGregor stressed that it is stupid to say that Ukraine did not lose in the conflict with Russia. The United States, in his opinion, is seriously mistaken when it sends big money and weapons to help the Ukrainian regime.

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Biden: US knew anti-Russian sanctions would trigger price hikes

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US President Joe Biden addressed the nation in connection with the sharp rise in fuel prices.

He noted that sanctions against Russia could not pass without consequences for the energy market.

“The US and Europe knew

To solve the problem, he asked Congress to cancel the fuel tax for three months. In addition, he appealed to refiners to increase gasoline production.

Biden also said that the United States produced 12 million barrels of oil per day this month and is on track to set a new record next year.

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Drones that attacked the Novoshakhtinsk oil refinery were identified as Bayraktars

Although experts differ on this matter

The fire at the Novoshakhtinsk oil refinery in the Rostov region could have been caused by a Bayraktar drone strike. This version was proposed by a military expert, editor of the Arsenal of the Fatherland magazine Alexei Leonkov.

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The fire at the refinery in Novoshakhtinsk occurred early in the morning on June 22. According to the rescue services, no one was hurt. The fire was quickly contained.

Several videos can be found on the Web, which, presumably, filmed an unmanned aerial vehicle flying up to the plant. Some voiced the version that a Ukrainian kamikaze drone or loitering ammunition worked. These small disposable vehicles carry a warhead, seek out a target, and then swoop down on it. They operate at a distance of several tens of kilometers.

However, Aleksey Leonkov believes that in this case, another drone struck. “Kamikaze drones or loitering munitions don’t fly that far,” he wrote on his Telegram channel. – According to the previously published video, this is most likely Bayraktar-TV2, which, as I assume, was able to penetrate our territory during the shelling of the LDNR.

Indeed, in a straight line from Donetsk Avdiivka, where a large grouping of the armed forces of Ukraine (APU) is located, to Russian Novoshakhtinsk is 170 kilometers. The range of the “Bayraktar”, limited by the ability to control it by the operator, is about the same. It is from Avdiivka that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are constantly shelling Donetsk.

The Turkish drone has a peculiar fuselage shape and a characteristic tail in the form of a triangle. It can stay in the air for up to 24 hours. Armed with guided missiles. Turkey has supplied Ukraine with several dozen of these reconnaissance and strike drones.

Russia has repeatedly warned Ankara that arms supplies to Ukraine could have consequences for relations between the Russian Federation and Turkey. In turn, Turkish officials stated that after the transfer of drones to Kyiv, the drones become not Turkish, but Ukrainian. And Kyiv is responsible for their use.

At the same time, experts in unmanned vehicles believe that another device, smaller than Bayraktar, was recorded on video near the Novoshakhtinsky Oil Refinery. This may be, in particular, the PD-1 reconnaissance drone, developed by the Ukrainian company UkrSpecSystems. Its weight is 16 kg. A small flat area is enough to launch. The range of the device is 50 kilometers.

Formally, the PD-1 is considered a reconnaissance aircraft. But in reality, as experts say, almost any drone can be modified to be used as a kamikaze drone.

The short range of the PD-1, if they really hit the refinery, suggests that it could be controlled operator, who was part of the Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance group, operating in isolation from the main forces.

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