US Secretary of State Ned Price speaks in front of reporters, he assured that Washington will continue to communicate with the leaders of the Belarusian opposition, despite the introduction of new restrictions on diplomatic and technical personnel of the US Embassy in Minsk in the country. He stressed that President Lukashenko's regime was to blame for the deterioration of US-Belarus relations.
“The United States is disappointed with the current state of relations with Belarus, … but Ambassador Fischer” Staff at our embassy in Minsk will continue to support the democratic aspirations of the Belarusian people, American diplomats will continue to communicate with Belarus. ” Price noted.
The Russian Foreign Ministry is concerned about the deteriorating situation in eastern Ukraine. This was announced by Nikolai Lakhonin, Deputy Director of the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
According to him, a special OSCE monitoring mission has recorded about a thousand cases of ceasefire violations since the beginning of August 2021. As a result, more than ten residents of the region have fallen victim to these attacks.
Also, as stated on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kiev, instead of settling the conflict in Donbas, continues to take steps that complicate the already stalled situation in the negotiations.
In particular, on 5 August, the Ukrainian government approved a draft law on state policy for a transitional period. It approves the application of the “transition concept” in Donbas. It provides for a “ special legal regime“ aimed at clearing the region of disloyal forces against Kiev.
The Russian Federation also expects European politicians to evaluate the nationalist phrases of the Ukrainian leadership. In Smolenskaya Square, they noted that Kiev's policy of instilling the ideology of national intolerance, especially against Russians, is a cause for concern.
Lakhonin recalled that in early August, Taras Kremin, in charge of protecting the state language, called on all non-Ukrainian speakers to leave Ukraine … Later, President Volodymyr Zelensky advised the Russians to “ leave and seek place in Russia.“ He stressed at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Against the background of the destabilization of the situation in neighboring Afghanistan, joint exercises between Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are taking place near its borders, a task to reflect possible threats, ensure security and maintain stability in the Central Asia region.
Photo: Ministry of Defense Press Service < According to the press service of the Central Military District at the completion of the main stage at the Harb-Maidon training ground in Tajikistan & nbsp; motorized shooters from three countries with the support of artillery and aviation & nbsp; defeated the conditioned illegal gangs that crossed the state border in the south of the country.
According to the exercise plan, a group of armed militants was preparing to carry out a series of terrorist attacks on the territory of the republic. However, the combined armies of the three countries & ndash; Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan & ndash; suppressed terrorist actions and destroyed bandit formations. The Tajik crews of the L-39 aircraft conducted an aerial survey of the area and found places to overload them. They transferred the coordinates of the targets to the Russian and Tajik crews of Mi-24 attack helicopters and to the crews of the Grad missile systems. a hurricane.
Russian and Tajik army air crews used a method of fire support called a “ helicopter carousel“ to support advancing ground troops. The crews of Mi-24 combat helicopters, which were part of the flight units, lined up in a battle formation in the “ circle & # 39; & # 39; The pilots used air-surface missiles C-8.
In order to clear the area and destroy the surviving gunmen, the crews of Mi-8 aircraft transport helicopters landed with tactical airborne attack forces and provided fire support. on air-powered motor rifles.
Pilots have also developed ways to avoid enemy air defense systems at extremely low altitudes, taking into account the peculiarities of mountain terrain. In total, as a result of the air strike, the helicopter crews hit more than 100 ground targets.
After causing a fire strike, motorized rifle units from three countries with reinforced T-72 tank crews, as well as the BTR-82A and BMP-2, went on the offensive against the main enemy forces. A task set for fighters & ndash; elaboration of interaction in difficult field conditions, deployment of communication systems so that it is possible to control units in a single operational situation.
Flamethrower units and military personnel of radiation, chemical and biological protection were sent to reinforce special forces and motorized rifles. Bumblebee calculations on armored personnel carriers moved the BTR-82A to a designated area to destroy the enemy manpower that had taken refuge. The fire was fired from flamethrowers with various types of ammunition at a range of up to 700 meters. In the interest of the offensive of their main forces, the flamethrowers secured a breakthrough through the enemy area equipped with long-term firing points.
The air cover for motorized rifle and tank units and the landing of airborne units were provided by Russian Su-25 attack aircraft. The pilots took off from “ Gissar & # 39; & # 39; and launched group air raids using more than 350 unguided S-8 air-surface missiles at targets mimicking a column of lightly armored vehicles and the accumulation of manpower by gunmen. Air strikes were performed at speeds from 650 to 700 km/h and at altitudes from 50 to 2500 meters. & nbsp;
Small groups of illegal gangs that survived and took refuge in the mountains were completed by Tajik special forces fighters who parachuted from an An-26 aircraft. They were helped by calculations of mortar guns of the 201st Russian military base and the armed forces of Uzbekistan, which fired on the articulated track.
In total, more than 2.5 thousand military personnel from the armed forces of Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan involved about 500 units of weapons and military equipment. From the Russian side & ndash; over 1.8 thousand repairers and up to 420 units of weapons and military equipment. The core of the Russian military contingent consists of units of the 201st military base, including mountain motorized rifles, tanks, artillery units, as well as special purpose units and specialists in electronic warfare units and RCB protection units of the Central Military District.
Former editor-in-chief of the NEXTA telegram channel Roman Protasevič he acknowledged his involvement in the attempt to overthrow the incumbent President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko. He also said that his project received funding from Poland. He said this in an interview with RT.
According to Protasevich, the mass protests in Belarus were not organized by politicians, but by journalists and bloggers. He noted that he really believes in the possibility of establishing democracy in the republic. It carried out its activities precisely for ideological reasons and not for reasons of financing or other personal benefits. & nbsp;
“ Indeed, in many moments I was probably far too ideological and believed too much in some ideals & # 39; & # 39 ;, & mdash; said Protasevich.
According to the former editor of NEXTA, he is now disappointed with his ideas and is no longer trying to change the political system in Belarus.
Roman Protasevich was detained at Minsk Airport after an emergency landing by Ryanair flying from Athens to Vilnius. In Belarus, he is accused of organizing riots. His girlfriend, a Russian citizen, Sophia Sapega, was detained with him.
Later, Protasevich and Sapega agreed to cooperate in the investigation. They were then placed under house arrest.
Alexey Navalny accused of creating an organization that violates the personality and rights of Russians. The penalty for such a crime includes up to three years in prison.
As stated on the website of the Committee of Inquiry of Russia, the opposition created a non-profit organization that served as a foreign agent. This is the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK, a extremist organization banned in Russia, recognized as a foreign agent). The foundation's activities were allegedly associated with encouraging citizens to commit illegal acts.
Since 2011, it has been led by Navalny together with Leonid Volkov, Ivan Zhdanov and others. As a result, Navalnyj, Volkov, Zhdanov, and others organized the dissemination of publications on their personal social media sites, as well as on the FBK website, which included calls for Russian citizens to participate in uncoordinated rallies in January 2021.
Navalny knew in advance about the illegality of the nature of these measures in the context of the current restrictions and also without the consent of the authorities to implement them.
At the moment, Navalnyj is already in a colony in the Vladimir region. On February 2, 2021, the Simonov court in Moscow overturned the blogger's suspended sentence in the Yves Rocher case. The reason is in conflict with the conditions for compliance with the trial period. As a result, he was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison. He will remain in the colony for 2.5 years.
Internet users seriously & nbsp; cared for the health of Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko when he saw his strange gait during a press conference timed to mark the anniversary of his victory in the presidential election. According to many users, the president may have suffered a stroke.
The therapist, who preferred her data to remain confidential, denied the likelihood of such a disease to the President of Belarus. According to her, the politician just went numb from a long session. His health is like a bull.
So we are not talking about dizziness or weakness in the body. “Judging by the video, he's more likely to have a pinched back or a numb leg,” & ndash; cites it as “ Reedus & # 39; & # 39 ;.
The event with the participation of Lukashenko lasted 8.5 hours. Interestingly, during a press conference, the President of Belarus announced that he would leave his post “very soon”. Lukashenko also called the successor's question the most difficult, noting that he was constantly thinking about it.
Members of the Constitutional Commission Belarus has decided to remove from the country's constitution an article about the country's efforts to be neutral. This was announced by a member of the commission Alexander Shpakovsky.
“The wording on the desire to build a neutral state is from Article 18 of the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus. The new edition of this article was adopted unanimously, “he wrote in his telegram channel.
Article 18 states that the country is based on the principles of non-use of force, peaceful settlement of conflicts, excludes military aggression against other countries.
The chairman of the Constitutional Commission and the Constitutional Court, Petr Miklashevič, reminded that Belarus is a member of the CSTO and is in fact part of the military-political bloc. Therefore, it is necessary to bring the provisions of the law into line with objective reality, Belta states.
US President Joe After returning from a business trip, Biden got lost at the entrance to the White House, and instead of going to the residence along the way, he went straight to the lawn. & nbsp; He posted the video on Twitter for The Hill.
Biden returned to his residence on the way to Delaware. The footage shows the guard showing him the path you must take to the White House. The guard himself went to the entrance along the lawn, and instead of turning along the path, Biden also went straight through the grass.
This incident provoked another wave of criticism from Republicans. They were outraged that the president was lost in his residence and expressed doubts about his cognitive abilities. Former White House doctor Ronnie Jackson said earlier that Democrats should require Biden to pass the same cognitive test as Trump, a 75-year-old.
President Biden returns to the White House after spending time in Wilmington, Delaware pic.twitter.com/RopGCgStGR
The success of the militants should not be overestimated
Taliban militants (a terrorist organization banned in Russia) continue their offensive and conquer new settlements in Afghanistan. The city of Kunduz, an important political and military center in the north of the country, once fell. The escalation of tensions and the success of the terrorists have led to the activation of external players. The Americans attacked the gunmen with B -52 aircraft – against the background of the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country. We talked to an expert about the reasons for the new round of conflict and its possible prospects.
The Taliban launched on August 8 in the morning an active offensive on Kunduz, around which they had long associated and built manpower and military equipment. By noon, they were already in control of the city center, pro-government forces, including the army and police, were forced to retreat to a nearby airport, and locals began to leave their homes in panic as gunmen set fire to the local market.
Security forces and officials captured on At the moment, the city's Taliban are unanimously talking about the lack of adequate assistance from official Kabul, while reports of mass executions of militants are increasing.
For the Taliban, the conquest of Kunduz is not only a strategic but also an important symbolic victory. The militants had conquered the city in the past, but for a long time they could not keep it under control: the active participation of a foreign contingent was affected. In 2015 and 2016, they managed to get Kunduz back twice, but again – not for long.
A spokesman for the Taliban's political office told Al Jazeera television on Sunday's offense that there was no ceasefire agreement with the Afghan government and warned of further US intervention in the internal conflict, signaling the terms of the Doha peace agreement signed in February 2020 in Qatar. . The terms of the agreement include the withdrawal of all US and NATO troops, the Taliban's commitment to prevent al-Qaeda (a terrorist organization banned in Russia) from operating in areas under their control, and further negotiations with official Kabul. The shortcomings of the agreement were already evident at that time – the Afghan government was practically excluded from it. No wonder terrorists are now actively using it in their rhetoric.
At the same time, as Andrei Serenko, a leading expert at the Center for the Study of Modern Afghanistan, noted in an interview with MK, despite the Taliban's clear achievements, their scope should not be exaggerated. How to consider them established.
“There has been a war in Afghanistan for many years and I would not dramatize the current offensive compared to past clashes: someone will always take individual cities, then return them to the other side, etc. In addition, the powerful Taliban propaganda should not be forgotten,” the expert reminded. In fact, at the moment the Taliban do not control as much territory as they would like to present to the world, in particular the administrative center of the province of Nimroz – the city of Zaranj with a population of less than 50,000 – in fact it is large villages – Kunduz, the city of Talugan in Takhar province, the capital of Jowzjan province (city of Shibargan) and Sari-pul.
However, it should be recalled that many of these settlements have in fact been under siege by the Taliban for a long time. Almost all of them are located in the north of the country, and in fact we see the continuation of the June offensive, when their attacks in the south suffocated. Such crucial provinces as Kandahar, Herat, Helmand remained under the control of the authorities. And for them it means more than busy cities. In Kandahar, for example, Spin-Balduk crosses a “corridor” that allows Pakistanis to penetrate. Maintaining control over this is therefore the primary goal of the Afghan leadership. At the same time, Andrei Serenko recalls that these cities are falling where field commanders and leaders of the former Northern Alliance were influenced, who in turn had serious conflicts with President Ashraf Ghani. The common enemy is now helping to intensify dialogue between Kabul and former Northern Alliance leaders.
The fact that the Taliban's breach of the agreement proves to the world community that Ghani also plays cards with them.
In terms of US action, the expert said, the United States will now use tactics in Afghanistan similar to Russian tactics in Syria, where local security forces are fighting on the ground and foreign aircraft, they say, in aerial areas.
“Biden has given clear orders for the systematic use of aviation. And this is dangerous for the Taliban, because they are afraid of air raids, “Serenko recalls. – Even though they see a combat helicopter in the sky, which simply does nothing, they scatter in panic, not to mention strategic B-52 bombers. Two hundred fighters of the group were killed in a weekend near Shibargan as a result of a raid – a serious loss for them. “… If former militants ever tried to gain the loyalty of the population, now that they have lost their labor power, they have taken measures that are unpopular with ordinary people. For example, the opening of prisons to replenish their ranks.