The permanent representatives of the EU countries approved the seventh package of sanctions against the Russian Federation; Nikolaev will be closed for “trapping” collaborators and traitors. Perild.com highlights the main events of yesterday.
EU ambassadors approve seventh package of sanctions against Russia
The ambassadors of the European Union reached a consensus on the issue of introducing the seventh package of sanctions against the Russian Federation. The seventh package of restrictions against the Russian Federation will be published in the official journal of the European Union on Thursday, July 21. It included a ban on the import of Russian gold, including jewelry, a freeze on the assets of Sberbank, and personal restrictive measures against more than 50 individuals and companies.
Nikolaev will be closed for “catching” collaborators and traitors
The head of the Nikolaev regional military administration, Vitaly Kim, announced that the regional center would be closed for a while to neutralize collaborators and traitors. Since July 19, 18 letters have been received about the likely activities of collaborators and traitors. According to Kim, after a detailed check and confirmation of the information provided, citizens who help protect the Mykolaiv region from shelling will receive a reward of $100.
Ukraine asks for a two-year delay on the payment of external debts
The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has approved a resolution on a two-year delay in the payment of external debts. Restructuring will occur only in the case of an approval of the creditors. In case of disagreement by the bondholders, the public debt will be serviced and repaid in accordance with the terms of the bond issue. According to the document, the maturity date of the bonds is postponed for a period of 24 months from the respective final maturity date of the bonds.
Later, the German Finance Ministry announced that the Western creditor countries of Ukraine plan to stop servicing the debt of Kyiv from August 1 to the end of 2023, with a possible extension for another year. The countries also called on all other official bilateral creditors to quickly reach an agreement with Ukraine on a debt service suspension.
The EU is preparing a plan to reduce gas consumption
The European Union is developing emergency plans to limit gas consumption after Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the bloc that Russian supplies via the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline would be further reduced. EU officials say it is vital to act now rather than wait to see what happens to Nord Stream 1 flows or other routes.
In Russia, the predatory motives of the war were recognized
The tasks of Russia’s so-called “special operation” have changed. Now the Kremlin lays claim not only to the Donbass, but also to other regions of Ukraine. This is stated in a statement by the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Sergei Lavrov. The representative of the ruling regime of the Russian Federation assures that if Western partners supply long-range weapons to Kyiv, then Russia will allegedly seize other territories of the south-east of Ukraine in order to “secure” itself.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba reacted to statements by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov regarding Russia’s so-called “special operation” in Ukraine. He noted that sanctions against the Russian Federation need to be tightened, since Moscow does not want peace negotiations and frankly declares its intentions to seize more Ukrainian lands.
Danilov announced “big news” about intelligence work
The head of the National Security and Defense Council said that the Ukrainian counterintelligence is brilliant prepared for a full-scale Russian invasion. In the near future we can hear “big news” against the background of the disappearance of some influential people from the screens. According to him, a lot of people were neutralized, who should have been activated after February 24th.
Elena Zelenskaya spoke in the US Congress
Elena Zelenskaya became the first wife of a foreign president in the history of the US Congress to speak in it. Zelenskaya asked for more weapons for Ukraine, and congressmen after her speech agreed that this was vital. The wife of the President of Ukraine thanked the United States for the military assistance already provided.
Another missile attack on Kharkiv
Russian troops launched rocket attacks on Kharkov. As a result of the morning shelling by the invaders of the Saltovsky district of Kharkov, 3 people were killed, including a 13-year-old boy, a man and a woman. A 72-year-old woman was injured.
Armed Forces of Ukraine appealed to the troops of Belarus
The Armed Forces of Ukraine appealed to the troops of Belarus with an appeal not to enter the war on the side of Russia. The Belarusian army is asked not to follow the criminal orders of the command and make the right choice.
Syria breaks diplomatic relations with Ukraine
Syria breaks off diplomatic relations with Ukraine in response to a similar decision by Kyiv. The Syrian Foreign Ministry also noted that the Ukrainian government practically severed relations with their country in 2018 when it refused to extend the residence permits of Syrian diplomats working at the embassy in Kyiv.
In Europe – abnormally hot temperatures
With reduced rainfall in winter and spring, a drought is spreading across Europe, and the risk of forest fires and soil damage is only growing as summer temperature records have already been broken in many countries. Satellite data showed that temperatures in the UK had reached a record high of 50 degrees Celsius. It was especially hot in the capital and in the surrounding regions. In addition, the fight against large-scale forest fires in Italy, France and Spain continues.
Russian invaders began to vaccinate residents of Mariupol against coronavirus with their own vaccine
The Russian occupiers have launched vaccination against COVID-19 in Mariupol and are offering local residents to be vaccinated with their Sputnik V vaccine, which the WHO has not approved. For workers who have gone to work in the occupation administration, vaccination is mandatory.