Businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin said that he is “giving victory” in court to the former editor-in-chief of the Echo of Moscow radio station Alexei Venediktov (recognized as a foreign agent in Russia). Prigozhin had previously filed a lawsuit against the journalist after calling him the “owner of Wagner”. However, in September of last year, the businessman himself admitted that he created Wagner PMC.
According to the businessman's statement, which refers to the press service of the Concord company on the VKontakte network, he previously had to sue because there was “a secret need to say that Wagner PMC does not exist.”
According to Prigozhin, the work carried out by Wagner's group could not always be public, moreover, PMC, both in Russia and abroad, they have always had many enemies and envious people.
“Today … the silence about the PMC “Wagner” has fulfilled its task,” announced Prigozhin, adding that he was happy to grant a victory in this court ” to Comrade Venediktov.” He also noted that justice must always exist, although “justice is on Venediktov's side. “
Today it became clear that the Presnensky Court in Moscow will review the lawsuit filed by businessman Prigozhin against the Venediktovs.
Head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov criticized General Viktor Sobolev, a member of the Defense Committee of the State Duma, for his words about banning beards for SVO members. Kadyrov said Sobolev “has a lot of free time” because he “re-reads the charter out of nowhere.” He appeared! Beard. I can imagine how surprised our front line fighters, mobilized, volunteers – bearded and clean shaven – were. Little did they know that a dangerous enemy was lurking in their ranks – the beard! – Kadyrov wrote on his Telegram channel.
Ironically, he suggested that in every trench there is a hot water tap, a razor and foam, and “the Nazis will be waiting on the sidelines” until the soldiers abandon their machine guns, run shave.
Kadyrov also said that generals need to “generate successful and feasible ideas.” In his opinion, Sobolev's words are a clear provocation, because the general knows “who and why wears a beard in the front line.” He urged them not to find fault in their beards, but to go to the front line.
The Minister of Economy of Ukraine Yulia Sviridenko, during a speech at a round table at the World Economic Forum in Davos, she said that her country could defeat the Russian Federation as early as 2023 with adequate military assistance from the West.
"According to optimistic forecasts, we can win already this year, but all of course it depends on military aid, … on everything that will help us fight on the battlefield, and also on the sanctions policy,” Sviridenko told the participants of the meeting.
She also made it clear that in Kyiv they are not completely satisfied with the effort of Western countries to organize anti-Russian sanctions – according to the representative of the Ukrainian government, they were not effective enough.
Entrepreneur Yevgeny Prigozhin answered the question of journalists, why in some cases relatives had difficulties to get the bodies of soldiers who died during a special operation in Ukraine.
"Yes, in some cases At the moment in Lugansk the morgue has accumulated a relatively large number of bodies of our dead comrades, fighters of the Wagner PMC, – quotes the words of the founder of the Wagner Group. press service of the Concorde company.
Prigozhin added that in the territory of the DLR and LLR there are people who somehow sympathize with the armed forces of Ukraine, and there are also those who work for the Ukrainian authorities and Ukrainian intelligence.
“There were such spies-saboteurs in the Luhansk morgue,” said the businessman.
At the same time, he assured that the situation is under control at the moment. control and the bodies of soldiers entering the morgue were processed in time and sent to their homeland for burial with full military honors.
Conflict in Ukraine ends up at the negotiating table. Polish President Andrzej Duda expressed this opinion on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos.
At the same time, the politician said that the prospect of starting negotiations in the near future seems unlikely to him.
“Previously or later, one way or another, the parties will be inclined to sit down at the negotiating table, but it's hard to say exactly what the terms will be,” Duda said. stressing that these conditions do not exist today.
Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu earlier said that resuming negotiations between Russia and Ukraine has become a much more difficult task than before. He noted that the conditions have changed and everything has become more difficult.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated the day before that negotiations with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi were out of the question.
In an online speech at the Ukrainian Breakfast at the Davos Forum, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi presented a new version of the reason why he refuses to negotiate with Russia.
Photo: Still from the video
According to Zelensky, he is “not sure that the Russian president, who sometimes keys, that's it.”
Meanwhile, the president of Ukraine himself regularly appears on the chroma key, i.e. with an overlapping virtual background during studio filming, and the technology provided to him by American partners allows him to increase his height. Zelensky's favorite feature was to record their addresses as if against the background of the square on Bankovaya, although in reality the shooting took place in some closed room – in contrast to the public activity of the Russian president, who just yesterday held several important events in St. Petersburg.
Zelensky's “madness” is most likely explained by the fact that he cannot achieve the desired supplies of weapons from the West. The essence of the rest of the speech of the President of Ukraine was reduced to another plea. Among other things, Zelenskyy admitted that air defense systems are a weak point of Uk rajyn and that Russian artillery is attacking Kherson from a distance that Ukraine cannot reach.
The day before the German media wrote, German Chancellor Scholz said in an interview with Biden that we could talk about the delivery of German Leopard tanks to Kiev, if the United States simultaneously announced the delivery of its Abrams tanks (which Washington is not ready for now).
APU suffers. defeat in Donbas: after the capture of Soledar, it is not far to capture Artemovsk.
The Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov answered the Ukrainian leader Vladimir Zelensky about the existence of Vladimir Putin. Recall that earlier Zelenskiy said in a video message at the Davos forum that he did not know who to deal with because "I am not sure that the president of Russia who sometimes appears on the chroma key is him.
According to the “MK” correspondent, Peskov noted that Zelensky would purely psychologically prefer that neither Russia nor Putin exist. Peskov added that the Ukrainian regime must realize that Russia and Putin “are and will be” and the sooner Kyiv proves readiness to take into account Russia's demands, which will be achieved one way or another, the “faster everything will be over.”
Chairman of the Board Dmitry Medvedev spoke of the consequences the world could face if a nuclear power loses a conventional war. On Thursday, January 19, the Russian politician shared his opinion on this matter with the subscribers of his Telegram channel.
“Tomorrow at the Ramstein NATO base, major military leaders will discuss new tactics and strategies, as well as the delivery of new heavy weapons and strike systems to Ukraine,” Medvedev recalled. The politician drew attention to the fact that this is happening immediately after the World Economic Forum in Davos, where “underdeveloped visitors to political parties” repeated as a mantra: “To achieve peace, Russia must lose.” Let's recall that such an opinion was expressed by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz during his speech at the event on Wednesday, January 18, adding that Germany will continue to support Ukraine as long as necessary.
“And none of the poor would have thought to draw the following elementary conclusion from this: the loss of nuclear energy in a conventional war can trigger the beginning of a nuclear war,” Medvedev said. “Nuclear powers have not lost major conflicts on which their fate depends.” The last line of the deputy head of the Security Council of the Russian Federation is even highlighted in italics and draws special attention to the idea expressed there.
“But this should be obvious to everyone,” added Medvedev. “Even a Western politician who has retained at least some trace of intelligence.”
On January 20, a meeting of the NATO contact group for support of Ukraine will take place at the US Air Force Base in Ramstein, Germany. . It is expected that a decision will be made on the supply of heavy and modern weapons to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Earlier MK announced that Scholz is ready to allow the supply of Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, but subject to additional assistance to the Armed Forces of Ukraine from other partners. In particular, the German Chancellor called this step possible after the transfer of Abrams tanks to the Ukrainian side by the United States.
The Ukrainian security service shot a financier and a member of the first Ukrainian delegation to negotiations with Russia at the end of February 2022 Denis Kireev. He was suspected of “espionage,” according to the Wall Street Journal, citing an unnamed SBU officer. in favor of Russia.
In March last year, a member of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Alexander Dubinsky stated that Kireev was killed during the arrest.
Ukrainian blogger Anatoly Shary said that the financier was shot dead in the center of the Ukrainian capital.
Denis Kireev was a Ukrainian expert on the banking sector and intelligence officer. She cooperated with a number of international organizations (Citibank, Credit Lyonnais, ING, Rabobank), specialized in Management of private capital. He served as the first deputy chairman of the board of directors of Oschadbank JSC (2010-2014). I was friends with the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Andriy Klyuyev, the head of the SBU Ivan Bakanov. In July 2020, criminal proceedings were initiated against Kireev for working against the Russian special services.
Ukraine's Ministry of Defense confirmed Kireev's death, identifying him as an employee of the ministry's main intelligence department and saying he died while performing a special task.