Putin appoints new acting governors in five regions
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Putin appoints new acting governors in five regions
MOSCOW, May 10. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has appointed five acting governors in the Tomsk, Saratov, Ryazan, Kirov Regions and in the Mari El republic, according to decrees published on the Kremlin website on Tuesday.
In the Tomsk Region, Vladimir Mazur, deputy head of the Russian Presidential Department for Domestic Policy, will succeed Sergey Zhvachkin, who has been in office for two terms since 2012 and resigned earlier in the day, as acting governor.
Roman Busargin, Deputy Governor and head of the regional government, was appointed as acting governor in the Saratov Region. Earlier, Valery Radayev, who had been heading the region for ten years, tendered his resignation.
Pavel Malkov, the head of the Russian Federal Service for State Statistics, was appointed as acting governor in the Ryazan Region. Former Governor Nikolai Lyubimov announced earlier in the day that he decided not to run in the upcoming election.
In another decree, Alexander Sokolov, who worked for the Presidential Directorate for Supporting Activities of the State Council, was appointed acting governor in the Kirov region.
In Mari El, Chairman of Kalmykia’s regional government Yury Zaitsev became acting governor to succeed Alexander Yevstifeev, who also tendered his resignation earlier in the day.
‘Theft’ of foreign assets becoming ‘habit’ for West – Lavrov
Russia’s foreign minister has slammed the EU top diplomat’s idea of seizing Russian government reserves
Seizing Russia’s foreign-exchange reserves would be nothing short of “theft,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday. Such an idea was recently floated by the EU’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell.
“It seems fair to say that this is a theft they [the Western nations] do not even try to conceal,” the Russian foreign minister told journalists at a press conference during his visit to Algeria.
In a recent interview with FT, Borrell suggested seizing Russia’s frozen reserves and using them to cover the costs of rebuilding Ukraine once the conflict is over.
Such actions “become a sort of a habit for the West,” he added, pointing to the fact that the US had frozen funds “belonging to Afghanistan, the Afghan Central Bank.” Washington has no plans to spend them on the needs of the Afghan people “that have suffered the consequences of the 20-year-long NATO presence” on their soil, Lavrov said.
When Borrell himself unveiled the idea on Monday, he also referred to US President Joe Biden’s decision to set aside billions worth of the assets of Afghanistan’s central bank, adding, however, that they would be “used to benefit the Afghan people.”
The Russian minister also questioned Borrell’s role by saying that “we might soon see the position of the EU top diplomat gone for good since the European Union no longer has its own foreign policy and simply acts in line with whatever approaches are imposed by the US.”
Moscow would continue to oppose America’s attempts to “erode the principles the UN was based on” and to create a unipolar world order, the minister added.
Russia’s top diplomat also criticized Borrell for what he described as overstepping his bounds. Apart from putting forth the “idea of confiscating foreign assets,” the EU official also once said that the Ukrainian crisis “should be resolved through military means,” Lavrov said. He was referring to an April statement by Borrell that “this war will be won on the battlefield,” while speaking about Russia’s operation in Ukraine.
Borrell “might as well remember… he is the chief diplomat and not the military leader of the European Union,” the Russian foreign minister has said.
Moscow had earlier already criticized Borrell’s asset seizure suggestion. On Monday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko called it an act of “complete lawlessness” that would harm international relations.
Following the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, Western nations froze around half of Russia’s international reserves, around $300 billion.
Russia attacked its neighboring state following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The German and French brokered Minsk Protocol was designed to give the breakaway regions special status within the Ukrainian state.
The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join NATO. Kiev insists the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked and has denied claims it was planning to retake the two republics by force.
Russia’s Ukraine operation ‘preemptive’ – Putin
Launching the offensive was “the only right decision,” Russian President insisted at the annual Victory Day parade
Russia’s military operation in Ukraine was a preemptive move against future aggression, President Vladimir Putin has outlined during his address at the Victory Day parade in Red Square in Moscow on Monday.
Putin not only praised the achievement of the Soviet people during World War II, but also addressed the Kremlin’s reasons for the ongoing conflict between Moscow and Kiev. Russia had to act because a large-scale offensive against the breakaway republics in the eastern Donbass region was being planned, he claimed.
“We saw the military infrastructure unfolding [in Ukraine]; hundreds of foreign advisers starting their work; there were regular deliveries of the most modern weapons from NATO countries. The danger grew every day,” the president explained.
“Russia gave a preemptive rebuff to aggression – this was a forced, timely and the only right decision by a sovereign, strong and independent country,” he added, referring to the launch of the military operation.
“Despite all the disagreements in international relations, Russia has always advocated the creation of a system of equal and indivisible security,” Putin continued.
He cited Moscow’s attempts to engage in dialogue on security guarantees with Washington late last year, which failed to yield results.
“NATO countries didn’t want to hear us, which means that, in fact, they harbored completely different plans, and we saw it,” he elaborated. There were open preparations for a punitive operation in the Donbass and “an invasion of our historical lands, including Crimea,” Putin insisted, adding that Kiev also announced plans to restore its nuclear capabilities.
Since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, the US has increasingly spoken of ‘American exceptionalism,’ Putin pointed out. By spreading those ideas, Washington is “humiliating not only the whole world, but also its satellites, which have to pretend that they don’t notice anything and humbly accept it all. But we are a different country,” he insisted.
Russia has a different character, we’ll never give up on our love for our Motherland, on our faith and traditional values and customs of our ancestors; on respect for all peoples and cultures.
But the West has apparently decided to “cancel” those values, with such “moral degradation becoming the basis for cynical falsifications of the history of World War II, and the incitement of Russophobia,” he said.
“We know that American veterans, who wanted to come to the parade in Moscow, were basically banned from doing so,” Putin added. But he pointed out that Russia remembered the feats of the US servicemen and their contribution to victory in World War II.
Returning to the military operation in Ukraine, the president illustrated that “the self-defense forces of the Donbass Republics together with the Russian military are fighting on their land… for the Motherland, for its future, to make sure that no one forgets the lessons of World War II, so that there would be no place in the world for butchers, punishers, and Nazis.”
Announcing the “special military operation” on February 24, Putin said that Moscow should not repeat the mistakes of the Soviet leadership of 1940-1941. Back then, he explained, the USSR tried not to provoke Nazi Germany by “refraining or postponing the most urgent and obvious preparations it had to make to defend itself from an imminent attack.” As a result, the president continued, the moment was lost and the country was not prepared to counter the invasion.
“The attempt to appease the aggressor ahead of the Great Patriotic War proved to be a mistake which came at a high cost for our people…We will not make this mistake the second time. We have no right to do so,” Putin said.
Russia, Algeria plan to sign document confirming new quality of relations — Lavrov
MOSCOW, May 10. /TASS/. Russia and Algeria plan to sign a treaty confirming a new quality of bilateral relations, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday.
“All these years we have been actively developing trade and economic cooperation,” Lavrov said at a meeting with his Algerian counterpart Ramtane Lamamra.
Lavrov noted that given “the rapidly developing friendly ties” in order to maintain the high level of cooperation the countries plan to sign “a new inter-state strategic document, which will reflect the new quality of our relations.”
Russia’s top diplomat last visited Algeria in 2019. His latest visit coincides with the 60th anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic relations. The Declaration on Strategic Partnership signed on April 4, 2001 promotes the development of political dialogue and stepping up cooperation.
Russian President Vladimir Putin noted that Moscow and Algeria are united by strong and friendly relations, highlighting plans to foster military and technical cooperation with the republic. In 2020 Putin also announced that he hoped Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune would pay a visit to Russia.
Algeria is among Russia’s three major trade partners in Africa.
Ukraine turns off Europe-bound gas
Kiev cites “force majeure” to halt a third of Russian transited gas flow to Europe, while Gazprom says there have been no issues that would justify the move
Russian gas conglomerate Gazprom has received no confirmation of force majeure or any obstacles to continued transit of gas through a junction in Lugansk Region, the company said on Tuesday, after Ukraine’s operator OGTSU announced it would halt further deliveries starting May 11, due to the presence of “Russian occupiers.”
Gas Transit Services of Ukraine (OGTSU) declared force majeure on Tuesday, saying that it was impossible to continue the transit of gas through a connection point and compressor station located in the Lugansk area. As OGTSU personnel “cannot carry out operational and technological control” over the Sokhranovka connector point and Novopskov compressor station, the company cannot continue to fulfill its contract obligations, it said.
Gas from this connection will not be accepted into the transit system of Ukraine starting at 7 am on Wednesday, OGTSU said. Sokhrankovka accounts for almost a third of the Russian gas that transits through Ukraine to Europe – up to 32.6 million cubic meters per day – according to the operators.
Gazprom has received no confirmation of force majeure or disruption of operations at Sokhranovka or Novopskov, company spokesman Sergey Kupriyanov said on Tuesday. He added that Ukrainian specialists have had full access to both facilities all along, and there had been no complaints about it previously.
Kupriyanov also said that Gazprom has been notified by Ukraine’s gas company Naftogaz that if Russia continues to supply gas through Sokhranovka, Kiev will reduce the volume at the point of exit by the same amount, effectively confiscating the gas.
While OGTSU has proposed to reroute the gas to Sudzha, a connector located in the Sumy region and controlled by the Ukrainian government, Kupriyanov said this was “technologically impossible.”
“The distribution of volumes is clearly spelled out in the cooperation agreement dated December 30, 2019, and the Ukrainian side is well aware of this,” he said.
Gazprom is fulfilling all of its obligations to its European customers, with all the transit services in accordance with the terms of the contract and paid in full, Kupriyanov pointed out. Moscow has continued gas deliveries to Europe, including transit through Ukraine, regardless of the ongoing military operation and the embargoes against Russia imposed by the US and its allies in the EU.
British TV censored Zelensky Nazi pic – Russian diplomat
Sky News slot ended after Dmitry Polyansky showed an image of a Nazi symbol posted by Ukraine’s leader
Dmitry Polyansky, the deputy head of Russia’s mission to the UN, has claimed that the UK’s Sky News abruptly ended an interview with him as soon as he showed a photo with a Nazi symbol that had been posted by the Ukrainian president.
Volodomyr Zelensky had promoted the image on Monday, which marked the victory of the Soviet Union over Adolf Hitler’s Germany in World War Two.
“The host’s response? He quickly wound up the talk, muttering that our time, as it turned out, was up suddenly, and that Sky News could not verify this information,” the diplomat wrote on Telegram on Monday.
“So much for the freedom of speech in the West… they don’t need the truth! From now on, they’ll think a hundred times before inviting Russian diplomats to a live show!”
In an interview with Sky News, Polyansky was asked whether he agreed that Russian troops in Ukraine were “dishonoring their grandfathers who fought the Nazis,” and that their actions were “mirroring fascism.”
Polyansky called the assertion “blasphemous.” He added that it was “absolutely disastrous and shameless what the UK is doing right now, forgetting everything that we were fighting [for].”
The diplomat then pulled out a tablet and showed a screenshot of a since-deleted social media post by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. On Victory Day, Zelensky published a photo of a Ukrainian fighter with a skull head patch that was worn by an elite German SS unit during the war.
When the host tried to interject, Polyansky said: “Don’t interrupt me, sir, please.”
“Do you know that this ‘Totenkopf’ division was responsible for the murder of 100 Britons in France in the beginning of the Second World War?” Polyansky continued. “So, it means that now the UK is covering Ukrainian authorities, which display Nazi symbols during the Victory Day. And these Nazi symbols were used by the same regiments that killed British people. Isn’t that a little bit strange?”
The host then said they had run out of time and ended the interview. He added that the network could not independently verify Polyansky’s claims.
The image of a fighter with the skull head patch was also posted by the Ukrainian Defense Ministry on Twitter and later removed.
Moscow previously said it had captured fighters with Nazi tattoos and insignia during its military campaign in Ukraine. According to multiple reports, Ukraine’s Azov Battalion contains fighters with openly neo-Nazi views.
Russia ready for non-politicized dialogue with US on cybersecurity – embassy
WASHINGTON, May 11. /TASS/. Russian Embassy in the US called US Department of State’s claims of Moscow’s involvement in cyberattacks on Ukraine’s critical infrastructure absurd, and underscored that Russia is ready for an equal, professional and non-politicized dialogue with the US on informational security.
“We noted the Department of State’s statement regarding Russia’s alleged involvement in cyberattacks on Ukrainian critical infrastructure objects. Such claims are absurd and detached from reality. Our country has never engaged in cyber aggression. This contradicts Russia’s principal position,” the embassy said in its statement.
“We are committed to use of information and communications technologies solely for the benefit of development of the global community,” the embassy said.
According to the Russian diplomats, “Russia is ready for an equal, professional and non-politicized dialogue with the US on a wide array of pressing issues of informational security.”
“We keep channels for practical cooperation open. Our American colleagues are aware of that,” the embassy said.
The embassy noted that “the Department of State is unwilling to admit that the US is one of the main sources of global cyber threats.”
“The US territory contributed to the most computer attacks on critical infrastructure objects in other states, including Russia. In the past six months alone, our relevant agencies sent about 500 notifications of malicious activity from the US territory,” the Russian embassy noted.
SPECIAL MILITARY OPERATION IN UKRAINE
Russian forces destroy 793 drones, 2,979 armored vehicles in Ukraine operation – top brass
MOSCOW, May 10. /TASS/. Russian forces have eliminated 163 Ukrainian combat aircraft, 124 helicopters, 793 unmanned aerial vehicles and 2,979 tanks and other armored vehicles since the start of their special military operation in Ukraine, Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said on Tuesday.
“Overall, the following targets have been destroyed since the beginning of the special military operation: 163 aircraft, 124 helicopters, 793 unmanned aerial vehicles, 300 surface-to-air missile systems, 2,979 tanks and other combat armored vehicles, 351 multiple launch rocket systems, 1,440 field artillery guns and mortars and 2,789 special military motor vehicles,” the spokesman said.
Russian air defenses forces shot down three Ukrainian drones and intercepted a Tochka-U missile over the town of Khartsyzsk in Donbass overnight, Konashenkov said.
“Throughout the night, Russian air defense capabilities eliminated three Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles in the areas of the settlements of Mospino and Yunokommunarovsk in the Donetsk People’s Republic and the city of Odessa. A Ukrainian Tochka-U missile and a shell of the Smerch multiple launch rocket system were intercepted over the community of Khartsyzsk in the Donetsk People’s Republic,” the spokesman said.
Another two Smerch rockets were shot down near Malaya Kamyshevakha and Izyum, the general said.
A Su-25 ground attack plane of the Ukrainian Air Force was shot down in an aerial battle in the Kharkov Region and Russian combat aircraft also struck 16 areas of amassed enemy manpower and military equipment overnight, Konashenkov said.
“On the evening of May 9, a Su-25 plane of the Ukrainian Air Force was shot down in an aerial battle near the settlement of Novaya Dmitrovka in the Kharkov Region,” the spokesman said.
Throughout the night, Russian operational-tactical and army aviation aircraft struck 16 areas of amassed Ukrainian manpower and military hardware, the general said.
“Missile and artillery troops hit 33 command posts, 407 areas of the amassment of manpower and military equipment, and also five ammunition and fuel depots in the areas of Nikolayev and Mirnoye in the Nikolayev Region,” Konashenkov said.
The strikes eliminated up to 380 Ukrainian nationalists and incapacitated 53 items of military hardware, the spokesman said.
Ukraine’s ‘senseless PR action’ at Snake Island led to heavy losses – Russia
Kiev lost 30 drones, 14 aircraft and 3 ships in a ‘senseless PR action’ to retake island, the Russian military says
Kiev has so far lost 30 drones, 10 helicopters, four jets, three ships, and upwards of 50 troops in failed attempts to take Snake Island, the Russian Ministry of Defense has revealed. Urged on by British advisers, President Volodymyr Zelensky personally ordered the attack and wanted to see a victory by May 9, media reported citing security sources.
Another Bayraktar TB-2 strike drone, a Turkish import, was shot down over the island on Tuesday, said Major General Igor Konashenkov, the spokesman for the Russian military. That makes nine Bayraktars destroyed over Snake Island since Saturday, he pointed out.
Russian troops noticed on Tuesday three more bodies of Ukrainian attackers that washed up on the beach, Konashenkov added, for a total of 27 special forces and nationalist battalion personnel that perished on the island itself.
Over 18,700 tonnes of humanitarian aid delivered to Ukraine since March 2 – top brass
MOSCOW, May 10. /TASS/. Russia has delivered 18,790.1 tonnes of humanitarian aid to Ukraine since March 2, Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, the chief of Russia’s National Defense Management Center, said on Tuesday.
“Since March 2, the Russian Federation has already delivered 18,790.1 tonnes of daily essentials, foodstuffs, medicines and medical products and carried out 990 humanitarian actions. Of those, one took place in the past 24 hours in Kharkov region, where 12.5 tonnes of humanitarian aid was handed out to civilians,” said Mizintsev, who heads the Russian Joint Coordination Headquarters for Humanitarian Response in Ukraine.
Ukrainian troops have opened fire on six civilian cars with white flags installed on them, Mizintsev said.
“According to reliable intelligence available, the Kiev regime carried out another bloody action in the Kharkov region, following the Bucha scenario. On the road connecting the settlements of Stary [Saltov] and Novy Saltov, six civilian vehicles with white flags mounted on them were shelled by soldiers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces,” said Mizintsev, who heads the Russian Joint Coordination Headquarters for Humanitarian Response in Ukraine.
The general pointed out that photo and video footage of this heinous crime was taken by specialists of the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ center for information and psychological operations.
In addition, according to Mizintsev, from the area of private houses in Belaya Krinitsa, Kherson region, the Ukrainian artillery opened fire on Russian positions “to trigger return fire on residential buildings with civilians, whom the territorial defense fighters are not letting out of the encircled populated locality, holding them as human shields.”
The general pointed out that Norwegian reporters were in Belaya Krinitsa to film the allegedly indiscriminate Russian strikes on civilians.
“We warn in advance that these and other materials, which are fabricated by the Kiev regime, about the alleged ‘Russian’s atrocities’ are to be widely covered in the Western and Ukrainian media as well as Internet resources in the near future,” Mizintsev added.
Over 1.2mln people evacuated from Ukraine, Donbass, almost 9,000 in past day
MOSCOW, May 10. /TASS/. More than 1.2 million people have been evacuated from Ukraine and the Donbass republics during the special operation, 8,800 of them left in the past 24 hours, Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, the chief of Russia’s National Defense Management Center, said on Tuesday.
“Despite the obstacles and problems created by Kiev, 8,787 people, including 1,106 children, have been evacuated to the Russian Federation from dangerous areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics and Ukraine in the past 24 hours, without any participation of the Ukrainian authorities,” said Mizintsev, who heads the Russian Joint Coordination Headquarters for Humanitarian Response in Ukraine.
“Since the beginning of the special military operation, 1,208,225 people have already been evacuated, including 210,224 children,” he added.
According to the colonel-general, 156,651 vehicles crossed into Russia since the start of the military operation, 1,887 of them in the past 24 hours.
More than 9,500 temporary accommodation centers continue to operate in Russia. They are equipped with required facilities, including areas for rest and hot meals.
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