Global Times: Russia has begun using the yuan against the United States' “financial weapon.”

Xu Xu Wenhong shared with the Chinese Global Times his views on the role of the yuan as a Russian tool to reduce dependence on the US dollar. He noted that “the increase in the yuan's share of Russian reserves is a response to the use of the US dollar as a” financial weapon “and, in his view, this indicates continuing economic convergence. between Russia and the East. The Chinese scientist is quoted by RIA Novosti.

The article points out that as a result of the Ukrainian crisis and subsequent Western sanctions, Russia has turned its gaze to the East. According to the Bank of Russia, the yuan's share of the Russian Federation's foreign exchange reserves jumped from 12.8% to 17.1% compared to January 1.

Chinese analyst Wenhong said the Russian Federation “is likely to continue Wenhong believes that such actions by the Central Bank of Russia show distrust of the US dollar, which the US authorities do not use as a a reliable international currency of payment, but as a “financial weapon.” According to Wenhong, the “unprecedented comprehensive sanctions” imposed by the West on Russia during a military special operation in Ukraine “are forcing Russia to move its economy east to the Asia-Pacific region.”

Russia's main trading partner, the publication emphasizes. According to the Chinese expert, the increase in the yuan's share in Russia's reserves is proof that Russian-Chinese economic cooperation has significant development potential and also shows that Russia believes in China's economic prosperity.


The circumstances of the injuries of the military officer Irina Kuksenkova were revealed: a grenade launcher hit

Army wounded along with journalist

In Mariupol, at the exit of a power plant named after Ilyich, Irina Kuksenkova, a war correspondent from the First Channel, was wounded during the shelling. An automatic grenade launcher opened fire on the film crew returning from the mission. Irina is well known in the Ministry of Culture, she used to work in our newspapers, she wrote materials from “hot spots”. Ira's relatives talked about her well-being.

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Irina's ex-husband, her close friend Viktor Sokirko, told MK that she made contact twice after the injury. And I recently spoke to my daughter via a video link.

– A group of soldiers carried out an operation on the territory of a plant named after Ilyich. And the film crew went with them, “says Victor. – During the preparation of the previous story, Irina spoke to the general in charge of the operation. The journalists were given a free hand, but in accordance with all security measures. The story was filmed, everything was calm. On the way back, their group was spotted and opened fire on it from an automatic grenade launcher AGS-17 (“Flame”). It has an effective range of about 300-400 meters.

– Three fragments hit her legs. Grenades for AGS-17 – belt type. The radius of continuous damage is about seven meters. One of them exploded somewhere nearby.

– When injured on the battlefield, promedol is always injected. The syringes with one or two dice of this painkiller are in a separate warrior's first aid kit. Everyone has a different pain threshold, regardless of whether they have been injured – light or severe. Therefore, it is necessary to have an anti-shock agent on hand.

Ira was quickly bandaged on the spot and the bleeding was stopped. Made from under shelling on the hands. The soldiers covered her. They were also hospitalized.

Thanks to God, operator Dmitry Kachurin and sound engineer Nikita Sevastjanov were not injured. At Ira's Field Hospital, doctors treated her wounds and she was taken to a hospital in Donetsk. They were already taking pictures there, they started removing debris. She had three main fragments in her legs, not counting the small ones. Well, if the word is appropriate here, of course, that the wounds fell on his feet. She was wearing a bulletproof vest, wearing a helmet, but her legs were open.

– The film crew has blue helmets, other than military ones. They had a camera with them that could not be overlooked. He could have beaten journalists. Following a series of reports from military officers Sasha Kots, Sasha Sladkov and Ira Kuksenkova, the nationalists added them to some lists. They were persecuted. They were, as they say, “grazed.”

– When she spoke, she had a pretty cheerful voice. Once in the hospital, she was preparing a report directly in the hospital bed. Despite the injuries, I finished writing the plot after tying it up. A real reporter! Now the IRA should be transported by helicopter to Rostov-on-Don and from there to Moscow.


Drug-related deaths in the United States have again set another record.

The unprecedented increase in drug overdose deaths in the United States continues to reach The CDC estimates that 106,854 people have died from drug overdoses in a 12-month period ending in November 2021. Annual overdose deaths

Synthetic opioids, including fentanyl, have been responsible for about two-thirds of drug overdose deaths in the past six years. While heroin-related deaths have declined in recent months. The number of deaths associated with synthetic opioids or psychostimulants has almost doubled in the last two years.

Overdose deaths have increased in the last year in all but three states: Wyoming, Hawaii and New Hampshire. One-third of all overdose deaths occurred in five states: California, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Texas.


Lukashenko announced the “dosvidos” of the West

At a joint news conference with his Belarusian counterpart, Alexander Lukashenko, Russian President Vladimir Putin called on those imposing sanctions on the Russian Federation to “think”.

“Farewell to them,” Lukashenko commented on Putin's words, saying that Russia and Belarus would build their actions independently .

The head of Belarus also expressed the opinion that he does not “feel” the sanctions at the spaceport where the presidents' talks took place. Lukashenko has called for enhanced cooperation between Russia and Belarus within the framework of the state.

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European Commission: Ordinance on gas payments in rubles violates EU sanctions

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By Bloomberg, European The commission announced the completion of an analysis of the decree of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin on payment for the supply of Russian gas in rubles.

EC experts, after conducting a legal analysis Ukraine.

“The European Commission warns EU member states that this decree violates EU sanctions,” Bloomberg sources say.


Pentagon: a special communication line between the USA and Russia has not been used recently


Russian side does not use a deconflict line set up by the Russian and United States armies. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said. The creation of such a line in the United States was announced in early March.

According to Kirby, a special communication line between the Russian and United States military has not been used recently. However, the official did not name the boundaries of the term “recent times”. The line itself is working normally, reports Interfax. According to Kirby, the American side checks the line every day.

The spokesman said that no information or data was transmitted on this line. According to Kirby, this means a lack of interest in this format of communication on the part of the Russian side. The essence of this line is that Russia can quickly contact the US Operations Command, which is located in Europe. The line is manned by American staff officers. Previously, such a line was used by the same countries in Syria.


Medvedchuk's wife demanded that Zelensky immediately release her husband

Viktor Medvedchuk. source: wikipedia

The wife of the arrested Ukrainian politician Viktor Medvedchuk, Oksana Marchenko, uploaded a video message to Volodymyr Zelensky, who was the first to publish a photo after his arrest.

“I urge you to take immediate action to release him. my husband, “Marchenko asks.

According to her, Medvedchuk is” illegally detained by the SBU. “

The wife said politician. that “he did not break any laws and did not leave the country.”

Marchenko also said she was sure Medvedchuk had been “persecuted for political reasons.” previously. The President of Ukraine was the first to publish his photo in handcuffs and camouflage. Earlier, Mevedchuk, who escaped from house arrest in March, was ordered to be detained in a court in Lviv. The politician has been under house arrest since May 2021, and is suspected of a number of crimes, including treason and corruption. >


Russia has imposed sanctions on 398 US congressmen

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In the Russian Federation 398 members of the US Congress were blacklisted. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation informed about it.

Sanctions against US congressmen were introduced in response to Western sanctions against Russian companies, institutions and individuals. In accordance with US law, the US House of Representatives has 435 members, and another 100 people sit in the US Senate.

Earlier, sanctions against Russian lawmakers began to be imposed in the United States and the United States. The European Union and the sanctions lists included hundreds of people who voted in favor of the sovereignty of the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republic, a special military operation of the Russian armed forces in Ukraine.


The SBU says Medvedchuk was caught on his way to Transnistria

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Chief of Security Ukrainian Service Ivan Bakanov said that the imprisoned politician Viktor Medvedchuk, who had previously been accused of high treason and allegedly escaped from house arrest, was planning to move secretly to Transnistria. According to the head of the SBU, the refugee was caught on the way to the border.

Bakanov said that Medvedchuk intended to leave Ukraine and subsequently get to Russia. According to the head of the SBU, “FSB agents of the Russian Federation waited for Medvedchuk to take him to Moscow.”

“Medvedchuk was detained in the Kiev region on his way to the border” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced Medvedchuk's arrest the night before, and the SBU soon confirmed the data, saying the politician had been in the country for about a month and even put on a Ukrainian military uniform to disguise himself. From the beginning, he was abducted from house arrest and falsely accused of fleeing to present him as a captured refugee. Meanwhile, Medvedchuk's wife made a video message to Zelensky demanding the release of her husband and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asking for help.