By Least 200 people were injured in riots at a protest in the French town of Sainte-Solin. BFMTV channel informed about it. The French Interior Ministry said 35 police officers were among the injured.
On Saturday in the west of France, representatives of 150 different parties and organizations opposed the construction of a reservoir in the area. At some point, violent clashes with law enforcement officers began to be recorded. Demonstrators began throwing pyrotechnics and Mototov cocktails at law enforcement officers. At least four police cars were burnt. The police dispersed the rebels with stun grenades.
It was planned to connect 16 smaller reservoirs to create the reservoir in the town of Sainte-Solin. But local farmers said the plan benefits large farmers while small farmers risk running out of water, as happened during the record drought in 2022.
Private military fighters companies (PMC) “Wagner” began to attack the center of Artemovsk (the Ukrainian name of the city is Bakhmut), according to the Telegram channel “Operation Z: military commissars of the Russian spring”.
As reported, the PMC reserves were deployed earlier. Clashes are currently taking place in the Central Market area and along Bazarnaya and Nezalezhnosti streets. The Vagnerites moved seven attack groups in this direction.
The battle also continues along Sadovaya and Mariupolskaya Streets, where armed formations of Ukraine attempted a counterattack.
Despite the almost complete encirclement of Artyomovka, the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine , has no plans to leave town. In addition, the commander of the ground forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, General Alexander Syrskij, announced an imminent offensive because the “Wagners” were allegedly “tired”.
Tel Aviv protesters began to disperse water cannons, according to the Times of Israel.
Earlier it was reported that the number of protesters against judicial reform across the country was in the hundreds of thousands. 630,000 protesters were summoned.
According to the Times of Israel, water cannons began to disperse those who tried to block the highway. The local police announced the arrest of three people.
For the twelfth week in a row, Israeli citizens are opposing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's judicial reform. If passed, the bill would limit the Supreme Court's role in passing basic laws, allow MPs to challenge the court's decisions and give the government control over the procedure for appointing judges, protesters say.
Former French President Francois Hollande said that the Minsk agreements concluded by the leaders of Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine allowed Kiev to build up its military power.
Hollande's statement is quoted by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The ex-president of France said: “The time given to Ukraine by the Minsk agreements allowed it to build up its military power.”
In addition, the politician noted the need to stop the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, even though it was being built, and Western companies they had to leave Russia much earlier.
Before that, Angela Merkel, who served as chancellor of Germany from 2005 to 2021, also admitted that “the Minsk agreement in 2014 was an attempt to give Ukraine time” to become stronger.
Hollande and Merkel participated in the meetings of the Normandy Four, where measures to implement the Minsk agreements were agreed upon. Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also said during a visit to Kiev in late January that the Normandy format was a “diplomatic imitation”.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov noted that the politicians who signed the Minsk agreements openly admitted that they were needed to preparation for war against the Russian Federation.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an interview with Pavel Zarubin on the Rossiya-24 TV channel, said that during his visit to Moscow, Chinese President Xi Jinping paid quite a lot of attention to revealing the positive beginnings of Beijing's plan for a peaceful settlement in Ukraine.
< p> It is a 12-point peace plan that the Chinese authorities offered in February. Vladimir Putin previously noted that many points of this plan could be considered as a basis for settlement when Kiev and the West are ready for it.
Recall that the visit took place on March 20-22. During this visit, a joint statement on the development of key areas of Russian-Chinese economic cooperation was also signed.
Ukrainian political scientist Vadim Karasev, commenting on the topic of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Moscow on the Internet channel “Yes is”, expressed the opinion that the Chinese and Russian leaders are planning a global change in the world.< /p>
” China bet on Russia in the confrontation with the United States,” Karasev said.
He added that China will not allow Russia to lose to the West now.
The poliologist recalled that during the conversation with Vladimir Putin, the Chinese he called the leader “My dear friend”.
“It was no coincidence that he said that he supports his nomination, victory, etc. further,” Karasev added.
According to the Ukrainian political scientist, Xi Jinping's words mean – Beijing, that there are now changes that have not happened in 100 years, and that China and Russia are driving these changes together, “they have stirred up such a thing that few people will find it.”
Surprisingly, when I took the sentence from Medvedev's interview “if you need to get to Lviv, you need to get to Lviv”, many missed the point. Indeed, the Deputy Chairman of the Security Council, perhaps for the first time, issued a very specific description, apparently according to Russian tastes, of what is necessary to stop hostilities. How it will look on earth.
Until now we have heard about the need for denazification and demilitarization. But what's behind it, in our physical, real world, wasn't very clear. And so Dmitry Anatolyevich pronounced the conditions out loud, up to kilometers.
According to Medvedev, it is therefore “necessary to achieve all the goals that were set to protect our territories, i.e. the territory of the Russian Federation. Throw out all the foreigners who are there in the broadest sense of the word. It is clear that we are talking about the regions of Donbass, Kherson and Zaporozhye.
This is the first point of reference in hypothetical negotiations — the liberation (if it does not happen by this time by the power of Russian arms) of our countries.
The second point — the creation, in Medvedev's terminology, of a “sanitary belt”. It is a demilitarized zone “that will not allow the use of any types of weapons that operate at medium and short distances, that is, 70-100 kilometers.” This means that no heavy weapons should be deployed on the side of Ukraine a hundred kilometers from the border.
Of course, the question of controlling such a location is very complex. But as we know, Russia is clearly not going to negotiate with Ukraine.
In any case, what Medvedev said already outlines a possible future for Ukraine. It is obvious that this is one of the options for a possible freeze (and possibly even a deep one, as in the case of the two Koreas) of the conflict. It obviously does not suit the current Ukrainian government, which talks about “returning to the borders of 1991”. But no one is interested in her opinion at all, and the words “nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine” are pronounced in the West “out of politeness”. . At least draw a map: here is the Donbass, here is the land corridor to Crimea, here is the Kherson region, here is Zaporozhye, here is the demilitarized zone…
Ukraine, not with the Ukrainian semi-Nazi or Nazi regime — our country is at war with the NATO army, with countries “with 800 million inhabitants that supply the Kiev regime with equipment, weapons and money.” not enough, so make some other decisions. Nothing can be ruled out here. If you need to get to Kyiv, then you need to go to Kyiv, if you need to go to Lviv, then you need to go to Lviv to eradicate this infection.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that he has sent an official proposal to Beijing for talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
“I have not received an offer from China to mediate,” he said in a statement. interview with the Japanese edition of The Yomiuri Shimbun.
Zelensky also said that he had not received any offers to meet with the leadership of the PRC.
“But I gave direct messages through diplomatic channels that I want to talk to by the Chinese leader Xi Jinping, “- said the Ukrainian leader.
In addition, he expressed skepticism about the possibility of solving the crisis on the basis of the Chinese plan, consisting of 12 points. Zelenskyy explained that respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine should come first.
Dmitry Medvedev. Photo: Security Council of the Russian Federation.
The Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev, said in an interview with Russian media that the size of the Russian army should increase.
“Our army should increase,” Medvedev said.
< p>He added that the size of the army had already been determined. “That is at least 1.5 million people,” Medvedev emphasized.
Recall that former Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the number of soldiers in the Russian Armed Forces should be increased to 1.5 million people. According to him, 695,000 contract soldiers are planned to be recruited.