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The commander of the Ukrainian group of forces “Tavria”, General Alexander Tarnavsky, said in an interview with The Observer that he expects a significant acceleration in the advancement of Ukrainian troops after the breakthrough of the first line of Russian defense in the Zaporozhye region. According to the American Institute for the Study of War, Russia is transferring combat-ready units from the Luhansk region to this section of the front. British military intelligence claims that in order to avoid mobilization, the Russian authorities are recruiting foreigners to fight.
On Monday night, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported on drones shot down over Crimea and the Kursk region; Drones were shot down over the Kursk and Belgorod regions on both Sunday and Saturday. The governors of Belgorod, Bryansk and Kursk also complained about shelling of border villages. Russian troops shelled Toretsk, Kramatorsk and villages in the Donetsk region, Nikopol in the Dnepropetrovsk region, Kherson region, there were casualties. On Sunday night, Russia attacked the south of the Odessa region with “Shaheds”: 22 out of 25 drones were shot down, the ones that weren’t shot down damaged the port infrastructure, and two people were injured. The Russian Ministry of Defense report said that the target was the Danube port of Reni. On Monday night, an air raid alert was announced again in the Odessa region.
A Ukrainian OSINT specialist, writing under the nickname Tatarigami_UA, published satellite images of the airfield in Engels, Saratov region, which show that the military has covered Tu-95 strategic bombers with tires. Why this was done is unknown: either to protect against drones, or to make them burn better. Against this background, Russia supplied Iran with Yak-130 combat training aircraft.
In the Rostov region, contract soldier Mikhail Pichugin, who was preparing to be sent to war in Ukraine, died after being beaten by military police. A criminal case was opened against journalist Masha Gessen for “discrediting” the Russian army for talking about the events in Bucha in an interview with Dudu; They are going to open a criminal case against actress Liya Akhedzhakova under the same article, an investigation is being carried out. It became known that a criminal case about “fakes” about the Russian army against the founder of the Free Buryatia Foundation, Alexandra Garmazhapova, was initiated based on her interview with a Ukrainian publication, in which she talked about refuseniks who ended up in pits in the Lugansk region. In Samara, the FSB detained a girl and two acquaintances of Russian Volunteer Corps fighter Alexander Kudashev. A criminal case was opened against the girl (her name is Irina Izmailova) for illegal production of explosives; she was forced to refuse a lawyer under an agreement. The former head of the Perm “Memorial” Robert Latypov has been put on the wanted list – under what article is not specified. 34 “Last Address” signs with the names of those repressed disappeared from the “House of Specialists” on Lesnoy Prospekt in St. Petersburg; In Moscow, five signs were removed from a house on Pokrovsky Boulevard. Roskomnadzor, by government decree, will have the right to block sites with instructions for bypassing blocking. United Russia member Sergei Sokol withdrew his candidacy from the gubernatorial elections in Khakassia for health reasons (elections in this region are the only competitive ones). This material describes what young people who continue to run for municipal deputies and organize election observation even in the conditions of three-day voting on stumps are counting on.
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Oligarch Igor Kolomoisky was arrested in Ukraine. He is accused of fraud and legalization of property obtained by crime. The President of Ukraine proposed dismissing Defense Minister Alexey Reznikov and appointing in his place the current head of the State Property Fund, Rustem Umerov – this reshuffle would have to be approved by the Verkhovna Rada. According to rumors, Reznikov will be Ukraine’s ambassador to the UK after his resignation. In Buenos Aires, the wife of economist Maxim Mironov, co-author of the economic block of Navalny’s election program for the 2018 presidential election, was attacked. The attacker hit her in the face with the words “stay away from Russia.” The Nobel Foundation withdrew invitations to the ambassadors of Russia, Belarus and Iran to present the 2023 prizes, and the Norwegian Nobel Committee supported Dmitry Muratov, who was declared a “foreign agent” in Russia. Today Erdogan will fly to Putin in Sochi. They are expected to agree on a new version of the grain deal.
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