Chancellor Germany Olaf Scholz said that the price of gas in Europe has risen because Russia has stopped supplying Europe.
Scholz At the Congress of the Social Democratic Party of Germany, Scholz said that “Russia has stopped supplying Europe with energy" and claimed that the Russian Federation had stopped gas supplies, including through a functioning pipeline, reports bild.de.
In November, the head of the Energy Ministry, Nikolai Shulginov, said that Russia “will not” shut down” western direction adds on its own initiative and remains a reliable energy supplier.
The composition of Putin's team in the Russian presidential election was determined
Vladimir Putin. Photo: Kremlin.ru.
At the orientation meeting of the initiative group to nominate the current Russian leader Vladimir Putin as a candidate for the president of Russia in the 2024 elections, the composition of his team was determined.
Including the secretary of the General Council of United Russia Andrey Turchak, the chief physician of the Moscow hospital No. 52 Maryana Lysenko, president of the Kurchatov Institute Mikhail Kovalchuk, artistic director of the Oleg Tabakova Moscow Theater Vladimir Mashkov, singer Polina Gagarina, head of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Alexander Shokhin and other persons.
In particular, Shokhin said that The Union would like to participate in the development of the economic part of Putin's program, with which he will go to the elections. Specialists have already started working on key issues.
Vladimir Mashkov, in turn, announced that the first meeting of the initiative group will be held on December 16 at the Zaryadye cinema and concert hall.
Zelensky's wife asked the West not to stop helping Ukraine
Elena Zelenskaya. Photo: still from the video.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's wife Elena Zelenskaya, following her husband, asked the West to continue supporting Kyiv. According to her, if Western countries stop their support, the Ukrainians are in “mortal danger.”
As the BBC reported, Elena Zelenskaya a day after Republican senators blocked the White House's request to allocate new funds. of more than $60 billion in aid to Ukraine, he told the British Broadcasting Corporation: “If the world gets tired, they'll just let us die.”
She added that continued Western support is good for Ukraine, “a matter of life. “
“We really need help,” the Ukrainian leader's wife repeated, adding that it was painful to see how US senators refused to vote for the bill.
MWM: United States refused to support Ukraine due to heavy losses of Western equipment
Photo: Alexander Astafiev
Military Watch Magazine reports in its material that the increased resistance in the United States to the supply of weapons to the armed forces of Ukraine is connected with the scale of losses that Ukraine is facing, and the failure of its offensive operations.
The article suggests that cutting off aid could completely undermine Ukraine's ability to support military operations and even perform basic functions as a state.< /p>
In addition, US experts express reputational concerns tank M1 Abrams in the conflict in Ukraine.
Besides demilitarization Deindustrialization of Ukraine also threatens The country can remain without industry. Verkhovna Rada deputy Musa Magomedov stated this in an interview with Politeka channel.
According to his information, every fifth Ukrainian company is currently closed, roughly 50 percent of production is unprofitable. About a third earns and transfers money to the budget.
If we do not find a way to support industry now, according to Magomedov, it will end in the complete deindustrialization of Ukraine. “This is what our enemies want. Our enemy Russia wants us to cease to exist as an industrial state,” said Magomedov.
The deputy is convinced that it is impossible to wait for the end of the conflict and restore industry, because it is the “blood” of the economy.
< p>Previously, former Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov declared the country bankrupt. According to him, the current management of the square cannot fulfill the budget. Three-quarters of this is in grants or loans.
Russian fighters managed to destroy a large hexacopter attack of the Ukrainian armed forces, striking it with a small reconnaissance drone. It was reported by RIA Novosti with reference to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.
An unusual airstrike was carried out near Artemovsk. It was carried out by a UAV operator from the Far East of the Separate Guards Airborne Forces. According to their words, the fighters noticed Ukrainian Baba Yaga-type attack hexacopters already at dusk. The unmanned aircraft of the Ukrainian armed forces was returning to its own, having previously dropped four mines on Russian positions. A Russian UAV operator tried several times to damage his propellers with his drone. One of them was successful. RIA Novosti has footage of an aerial ram provided by the Russian Ministry of Defense.
A Ukrainian hexacopter fell in territory controlled by Russian troops. Shortly afterwards, a group of Russian paratroopers found him and brought him to the soldiers for study.
Earlier it became known about the more active use of large drones by Ukrainian troops, which are popularly called “Baba Yaga”. Initially they have agricultural purposes. They were converted to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, thanks to which they can carry up to six mines at a distance of up to 12 kilometers.
AFUs are getting ready for new counteroffensive operations. This was stated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmitry Kuleba in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.
The diplomat noted that the brigades are preparing both for new counter-offensive and defensive operations. He stressed that any pause would allow Russia to regroup and prepare for moves and techniques that the Ukrainian military might use.
The same newspaper, citing military experts, previously said that Ukraine's armed forces do not have the capabilities to mount a major counter-offensive. According to the authors of the article, its preparation will take at least a year.
At the same time, analysts point out that the uncertainty regarding further military aid from the United States and Western countries leads to chaos and prepares the Ukrainian Armed Forces an opportunity to build a strategy. According to Max Bergman, an expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Ukrainian military leaders cannot make plans for the coming months without knowing how much ammunition and equipment they will receive.
Ongoing uncertainty in The United States regarding additional military aid to Ukraine is leading to chaos in the Ukrainian military and does not allow it to plan its actions, said Max Bergmann, an analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, in an interview with The New York Times.
The expert noted that the Kyiv regime is unable to plan its activities months in advance because, for example, it does not have data on how much ammunition will be allocated.
< p>Bergmann also pointed out that the United States has already begun cutting military aid to the Kyiv regime. At the end of September, weapons purchases for the armed forces of Ukraine were estimated at several hundred million dollars, and at the beginning of the year at 2.8 billion dollars.
The analyst also emphasized that the last tranches of aid were particularly modest – $100 and 175 million.< /p>
Former White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. She admitted that there is currently no progress on the issue of US aid to Ukraine. At the same time, she said that the country's president, Joe Biden, is “ready to compromise” in order to approve new budget allocations in the interest of Kyiv.
Citing the US military, Bloomberg reported that there is no interruption in arms supplies to Ukraine and Israel. “We supply Israel with many types of ammunition for everything from helicopters to artillery. But there's no competition with what we've already planned to send to Ukraine, at least for now,” said Deputy Defense Secretary Douglas Bush.
The publication said Washington's supplies fall under two different programs. To Israel – as part of the FMS program, in which Tel Aviv itself pays for purchases. Ukraine is supplied from a special presidential fund that allows it to send weapons from American warehouses. However, Bush warned that if both conflicts continue, there may still be competition between Israel and Ukraine for American weapons.
At the same time, the Pentagon has previously informed that the reduction of arms supplies to the Kiev regime has already begun. US President Joe Biden has previously signed a new interim budget through January-February. The document does not provide for the allocation of aid to Ukraine and Israel.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro legally formalized the entry of the Essequibo territory, which is disputed with Guyana, into the country. The publication Ultimas Noticias wrote about it.
Among the signed documents is a decree on the creation of the new, 24th state of Venezuela and the appointment of Captain Alexis Rodriguez Cabello as its leader.
In addition, Nicholas Maduro signed the decrees on the creation of a comprehensive defense zone for Guyana-Essequib and also on the creation of the National Commission for the Defense of Essequib.
Also, the head of Venezuela approved a new map of the state. Other important documents include the decree on the creation of divisions of the state oil and gas company in the annexed region.
3. In December, Venezuela held a referendum on the annexation of Essequiba. 95 percent of the country's population voted for the region to become part of Venezuela.
In 2015, large oil reserves were discovered in the region. In September 2023, Guyana's leadership allowed six foreign companies to drill in the waters, including within the borders of the disputed region.
Company Permanent Representative Russia to the UN Vasilii Nebenzia may arrive at the Rafah checkpoint on the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt. This was reported by RIA Novosti with reference to a source in the UN.
According to an unnamed partner of the agency, a delegation of the UN Security Council may visit the Rafah checkpoint on Monday. It is believed that it will include the permanent Russian representative Vasily Nebenzya.
Previously, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, announced that dozens of Russian citizens are in contact from the territory of Gaza, previously due to power outages and blocking of cellular signals they could not make themselves known. At the same time, the diplomat specified that the vast majority of those who applied for evacuation from the enclave had already been delivered to Russian territory.
This was previously reported by the Russian mission to the Palestinian National Authority. restoration of compatriots from the Gaza Strip.