Ukrainian nationalists left on the streets of the capital of Kiev in the evening of December 1. RIA Novosti reported.
More than a thousand people gathered on the main Independence Square in the center of the Ukrainian capital. They represent the National Corps, the Freedom Party and the European Solidarity Party of former President of Ukraine Petr Poroshenko.
In addition to the party flags, a banner reading “Protect Ukraine – stop the coup” will be drawn on the podium for speakers. The participants of the assembly claim that the actions of the country's president Volodymyr Zelenský can be considered a coup d'état accompanied by a violation of the constitution and the surrender of national interests.
Impressive police in the square have been withdrawn because authorities fear various provocations by demonstrators. Police have blocked traffic on the streets of the Ukrainian capital.
President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that the Ukrainian army, which served in the Crimea in 2014, itself offered Russia to take power over the peninsula. According to him, they did not want NATO troops to be deployed there.
In an interview with RIA Novosti Lukashenko said that Ukrainian soldiers “ went to the Russians. & # 39; & # 39; Moreover, it was not at the highest level. At the same time, the Ukrainians warned the Russians that the peninsula would not become Russian unless “certain steps” were taken. And he would not become a Ukrainian either.
& quot; Whose? NATO. Then NATO focused on Crimea, “Lukashenko added.
As a result, according to the Belarusian leader, several meetings took place between the Belarusian and Russian armies. The Ukrainians suggested that the Russians tell their president that “the issue of Crimea must be resolved.” This was due to the fact that “the Americans have already designed a barracks in Sevastopol,” Lukashenko stressed. . He clarified that he was talking about those Ukrainian soldiers who were & nbsp; still former Soviet generals and officers.
At the same time, Putin himself “insisted on a legal solution to the problem.” & quot; I know Putin's position & mdash; under no circumstances should there be NATO troops in Crimea, “the Belarusian president emphasized.
As a result, it was decided that Crimea should be saved, and Putin insisted on a referendum. Therefore, the peninsula became part of Russia without a single shot.
Meanwhile, the United States expresses concern over plans by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko to visit the Crimean Peninsula and recognize it as Russian territory. This was stated by Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland. Even more worrying in Washington is Lukashenko's statement that after the referendum, Crimea “de jure became Russian.”
Member Lithuanian Seimas Mindaugas Linge accused Presidential Adviser Jurate Shoveni of working for Russia. The Baltnews telegram channel informed about it.
The reason for such a statement was that the adviser proposed to reduce the number of signatures of citizens, which is necessary for holding a referendum. Chauvene expressed the view that 100,000 signatures instead of 300,000 were sufficient for appointments. Linge said the implementation of the adviser initiative would make Lithuania more vulnerable and jeopardize its national security.
“The Russian embassy has probably already happily informed the Kremlin services about the president's support for Lithuania to hold a referendum,” “ndash; said the MP.
President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky made a chill in his speech in parliament. Video of the speech of the Ukrainian leader published a telegram channel “ Country Policy. & # 39; & # 39;
The president spoke of the so-called “economic passport & # 39; & # 39; Ukrainian & ndash; The idea of the authorities is that every child from birth will receive funding from rent from the country's natural resources. After reaching the age of majority, a citizen will be able to spend money on education or the purchase of housing.
Zelenskyj spletl & nbsp; and instead of the word “ rye & # 39; & # 39; spoken life. As a result, “ children will be able to use these resources & nbsp; to buy your own life. & # 39; & # 39;
The deputies did not pay attention to the reservation and greeted the president's initiative with applause.
See also: & nbsp; A former member of the Council explained why Zelensky jumps from Ukrainian to Russian
President of Russia in He wished the newly arrived ambassadors an interesting and busy job in Russia by handing over the credentials. He noted that the pandemic will sooner or later end and diplomats will have the opportunity to see our country.
“ One day this infection must leave us, once we must defeat it, life must return to normal & # 39; & # 39 ;, & ndash; said the Russian leader.
Putin expressed the hope that the ambassadors would be able to undertake business trips and travel through the territory of the Russian Federation, to meet its supranational people, different religions, histories and cultures.
“ I hope that your stay in Russia will leave you with the best impressions & raquo ;, & nbsp; & ndash; summed up the president. & nbsp;
Ukraine pulled into conflict area in Donbas 125 thousand troops. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zacharov spoke about this. According to her, this is half the strength of the Ukrainian armed forces.
Zacharova added that the armed forces are pulling together heavy equipment as well as personnel. In recent weeks, there have been increasing skirmishes between the Ukrainian army and the militia. The special OSCE monitoring mission thus records violations of the ceasefire regime not only at certain points, but also in the entire line of contact between the parties.
Zakhar also stressed that the bill on the admission of foreign troops to Ukraine is contrary to the Minsk agreements. At the same time, NATO member states, if their contingents are sent there, will be complicit in crimes against civilians in Donbas.
Earlier, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba noted that Ukraine's armed forces had become stronger. over the last seven years and will give a “response to the strike” that Russia is reportedly preparing to take. In addition, the Ukrainian minister called for “immediate action” to “detain” Russia. Kuleba also said that Russia had already deployed 115,000 soldiers, tanks, artillery, air force and navy, as well as electronic warfare forces, on the border with Ukraine.
Will the Biden administration manage to reach an agreement with Tehran?
Another round of talks between Iran and international mediators began in Vienna on November 29. At the heart of the discussion is a joint comprehensive action plan (the so-called “nuclear agreement”). The agreement was met by an unenviable fate, and JCPOA participants are trying to compromise for the seventh time. However, the experience of previous meetings and their consequences clearly show that breakthroughs cannot be expected even now.
President of Iran Ibrahim Raisi. Photo: AP
The nuclear agreement from 2015 was signed by the Iranian authorities and representatives of the so-called 5 + 1 countries (Great Britain, China, Russia, USA, France and Germany).
The plan meant curtailing Iran's nuclear program & ndash; in addition to reliable peaceful intentions, & mdash; and the international community has committed itself to gradually lifting sanctions in response. Although the process came to a halt, some kind of dialogue continued not only at summits but also at informal consultations (the last one took place on 27 November, by the way), and many experts noted that Tehran seemed seriously prepared for compromises.
The situation spiraled out of control with President Donald Trump coming to power in the United States in 2016, which is known for much tougher rhetoric in the Iranian direction than its predecessor Barack & nbsp; Obama.
The Trump administration, as promised by the then-new leader during the election campaign, withdrew from the agreement two years later, making it clear that this would only increase sanctioning pressure on Tehran. Many have associated this with an active pro-Israel lobby in the United States, with the same position as Obama, who has earned the reputation of being the worst American president for the Jewish state in Israel.
The rest of the participants in the process have repeatedly stated that one country's actions cannot distance themselves from such documents (in justice, for example, under Trump, the United States left the Paris Climate Agreement, but it did not cease to exist). However, from the Iranian point of view, the situation has gone too far and Tehran has declared its full right to return to building production capacity & mdash; which he began to do.
The meeting in the Austrian capital did not fundamentally change the situation, despite the seemingly more accommodating than its predecessor Trump, US President Joseph & nbsp; Biden.
This is especially the view of Islamabad expert Tom Hussein, whose article was published on the eve of the Vienna summit by the Hong Kong authoritative newspaper South China Morning Post (SCMP). According to the analyst, the Americans came to the meeting with one goal: to control the Iranian leadership and to suggest the possibility of extending sanctions in the event of a threat to the White House's regional partners.
For Tehran, as has been said repeatedly and openly, the crucial issue is to return to the terms of the JCPOA, one way or another, by all its participants.
In light of the confrontation between China and the United States & nbsp; The Chinese will certainly support Iran, but this & nbsp; it can only further worsen the already cloudless relationship between Beijing and Washington.
According to diplomats, the seventh round of talks on Iran's nuclear problem is likely to take longer than the previous one. The head of diplomacy of the European Union, Josep Borrell, spoke more optimistically and allowed a return to the first, agreed version of the agreement.
Finally, the Israeli factor cannot be written off. The country's Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has already warned: if he returns to the JCPOA, meaning that Iran will again declare a reduction in uranium enrichment, etc., the Islamic Republic's nuclear facilities will remain potential targets for the Israeli armed forces.
In general, the balance of power is so far that it would be naive to expect a momentary and, at best, compromise solution from Vienna. Perhaps the most optimal outcome of the negotiations will be at least the framework questions for the next negotiations. Of course, unless the differences between the parties to the process become even more violent.
The fifth elections in 2021 took place in Kyrgyzstan on November 28, which, according to President Sadyra Japarov, was designed to complete the state's recovery process after last October's coup … The update ended in scandal: at first, the sum of votes 140% of the vote. And after removing the crash that happened & ndash; only 86%, the remaining 14% lost and searched the next day after the election. And all this with the lowest possible participation of 34%.
Kyrgyz voters have shown not only low activity but also a fundamental reluctance to vote for the proposed candidates. Specifically, 4 districts with one mandate were organized in Bishkek, and in two of them the candidate “against all” won. In the rest of the constituencies, the same candidate took second and third place with 28 and 15% results. In addition, 9.62% of ballots were invalid across the country. For comparison, in the years 2017 to 2021 in the national elections this figure never exceeded 2%.
According to preliminary data, there are 6 parties in Yoghork Kenesh. Three of them are loyal to Sadyr Japarov and gain a total of over 40.29%. The opposition collected about 20.6%. However, this is only according to the lists and in most districts the authorities are expected to have & nbsp; stronger position.
Director of the Elchi Center for Social and Political Research; Denis Berdakov The Ministry of Culture stated that the participation in the parliamentary elections was the result of the fact that the authorities initially abandoned the idea of cheating. “ All previous elections were most likely the result of media coverage and bribery. For the first time in many years, administrative resources were not used and bribery was voted against vigorously. As a result, we have a European image. People do not want to vote or even run for parliament, although a year ago they had to pay $ 300-500,000 for placement in the top five of the list, & ndash; said the expert.
This is largely due to the fact that Kyrgyzstan has reduced the number of seats in parliament from 120 to 90. According to the lists, only 54 deputies are elected and the rest must be obtained in the majority constituencies. Given that, following the constitutional reform, Kyrgyzstan has in fact turned & nbsp; to the super-presidential republic, many previously active politicians ceased to be interested in participating in the mandate.
“ Many deputies have some difficulty with higher education, but this time the oligarchs did not go there, with a few exceptions. Gone are the regional leaders, who are not the smartest and most intelligent, but have the political will and authority. First of all, they will attract money to their regions. They will be respected people who will establish relations with the deputies of neighboring countries and so on. The situation is similar in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. At the same time, the parties represent both the north and the south of Kyrgyzstan & # 39; & # 39 ;, & ndash; Berdakov remarked.
The collapse of the electronic counting system has added to the scandal of the election. First, Kyrgyzstan Security Council Secretary Marat Imankulov said hackers had attacked Central Election Commission resources from 20 countries around the world. Then the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic Edil Baisalov attributed the incident to a technical error: someone entered the wrong formula into the system.
As a result, votes had to be counted manually and 5 opposition parties that could not get into parliament called a new election in two days. True, if the recalculation of votes does not lead to dramatic changes in the list of winners and losers, it will be difficult for anyone to listen to them. So far, all 5 parties have managed to gather a maximum of 100 people at the entrance to the CEC.
According to Denis Berdakov, the perpetrators should be punished for failing to count the votes, but the technical defect should not affect the final results of the election.
“ There were observers in all polling stations who did not notice any serious violations that could call into question the results of the vote. There were no refills as such, & nbsp; people were caught in wheelchairs, but we don't know who they voted for. In principle, this should not affect the legitimacy of the parliament, but so far there are no voting results, the situation is ambiguous. Votes will be counted twice to reduce tensions in & # 39; & # 39 ;, & ndash; concluded Berdakov.
In return editor of MK-Kyrgyzstan; Alexander Bannikov believes that a critical mass of dissatisfied people can still accumulate in the country, leading to new upheavals. & Nbsp;
“ The protests have actually started, and an assembly was held in front of the CEC building, which was attended by parties that did not exceed the 5% limit. They demand new elections, the resignation of the government and so on. They had a reason because the voting results changed several times. In particular, they first went to parliament and then it turned out that they did not. In addition, according to new data, none of the opposition parties is allowed to get into parliament & # 39; & # 39 ;, & ndash; Bannikov noted.
On the evening of November 29, the Central Committee manually recalculated 15% of the vote, revealing that one of the country's leading opposition forces & ndash; Butun Kyrgyzstan & ndash; does not go to parliament. We will find out, at best, on 30 November, ie two days after the elections, what will happen after the sum of 100% of the ballots.
“ If the election results differ significantly, serious protests will begin from what was originally stated. The question is whether the number of dissatisfied will exceed a critical mass. We have to wait for the official election results. If the 6 pages discussed the morning after the vote pass, everything will be fine. If only the pro-government parties pass, the company decides it's overboard, & ndash; considers Bannikov & nbsp; & ndash; In general, the elections were very slow. There was almost no advertising, the parties blamed each other for bribes and the like. The CEC hardly responded. Turnout is very low. In Kyrgyzstan it barely exceeded 30%, abroad it was about 10%. Most likely, people simply do not have confidence in the electoral system and candidates for MPs. & # 39; & # 39;
Where more people are worried about the lack of electricity and heat
The press marathon, which was launched last Friday by Volodymyr Zelenský's team, is still being discussed in Ukraine. Judging by a number of indirect signs, there will be no violent change of power. People are not on a revolution, fellow citizens are puzzled above all about how to survive the approaching winter in warmth and comfort.
Photo: president.gov.ua .
It quickly became clear where the “Lubyan version” of the coup promised on December 1 had taken place. Christopher Miller, an American journalist with many connections at all levels of the Ukrainian government, named the names of the three partners of the “FSB emissary of the Russian Federation” mentioned by Zelenský. Two of them are definitely not “defectors to the Russian Crimea” (as Vladimir Zelensky assured). We are talking about the former head of the Poltava Regional Police Department, Eduard Fedosov, and the retired general of the Ministry of the Interior of Ukraine, Vasily Gritsak, the namesake and namesake of the previous SBU chairman, who faithfully served Petr Poroshenko.
According to former Deputy Interior Minister Lieutenant General Gennady Moskal, Gritsak never got into politics during his tenure and never made illegal contacts with oligarch Rinat Akhmetov. Well, the military rank of the allegedly Russian curator of the “December 1 coup”, Gennady Gennadyevich, by definition could only amuse. He's just a captain. This means that it has neither the appropriate powers from Vladimir Putin nor extensive connections in Kiev “above” …
However, an attempt at the foundations of Ukraine's constitutional system took place the other day. Although not in Kiev. The staff of the SBU Directorate for the Kirovograd Region has launched criminal proceedings “for actions aimed at forcibly changing the constitutional order or seizing state power.” Defendants in the case appointed either 15 or 20 local activists, led by a certain Tatiana Andreichenko. “The conspirators, who received funding from the aggressor's country” (ie from Russia), decided to create “parallel bodies” in the Kropyvnytskyi regional center: the Serf and Podolsk district councils. The activists were going to “return everything stolen by the state authorities from 1991 to the present.” Simply put, transfer to the state all the services that were “liquidated, privatized and illegally sold” to private persons after the collapse of the Ukrainian SSR. The “conspirators” were also strongly opposed to the sale of land, which began in Ukraine.
Of course, trying to restore social justice in one particular region seems like a caricature. But with the current unenviable situation of most people, something still needs to be done.
Well-known Ukrainian politician Volodymyr Lytvyn, who twice headed the Verkhovna Rada, instead of devastating analysis of the press conference Volodymyr Zelensky spoke about the daily lives of residents of his native village Sloboda Romanovskaya. The villagers in their huts tried to unscrew as many light bulbs as possible from the sockets, because they did not “pull” the current tariffs. Household gas is also switched on only when absolutely necessary. People did not have time to bring wood in time, because this type of fuel was fabulously expensive for them.
You will not spend a thousand hryvnia in the whole coronavirus vaccination cycle in this and other Ukrainian villages. The promised “Vovina thousand”, as previously written by “MK”, can, at the discretion of its recipient, either travel to the museum and cinema box office or “materialize” in the fitness center. There has never been anything like this in the villages.
The recent flights of the Zelenský family to the winter Carpathian residence cost much higher amounts. In a debate with investigative journalist Mikhail Tkach about his scandalous helicopter flight by the Ministry of Emergency Situations, Zelensky has repeatedly shown his reluctance to lie constantly. Most likely, Zelensky will break with even more fury at subsequent meetings with media representatives than his predecessors. Vladimir Alexandrovich is clearly not ready for that. He begins to lose his mind, be nervous and eventually loses with an overwhelming score. So far only “on the pen and microphone sharks.”
The so-called “Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea”, created in Ukraine, He decided to convict the vice-admiral, Deputy Commander of the Russian Pacific Fleet Denis Berezovsky, in his absence. However, he refused to carry out any decisions, orders and orders of Kiev.
In Ukraine, Denis Berezovsky is considered guilty of “carrying out subversive activities against Ukraine”, and therefore they want to be imprisoned