Shoigu announced the settlements that came under the control of Russia

Shoigu: Mayorsk, Pavlovka, Opytne and other settlements have come under Russian control. In total, the Minister of Defense listed six settlements that came under Russian control. Taking them under control was reported in November—December

Shoigu announced settlements that have come under Russian control

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a conference call with the leadership of the armed forces that “recently” the settlements of Mayorsk, Pavlovka, Opytne, Andreevka, Belogorovka Yuzhnaya and Kurdyumovka have come under the control of Russian troops, the text of the speech was published by the Ministry of Defense.

The minister estimated the losses of the Ukrainian side in November at more than 8 thousand people. The AFU also lost five planes, ten helicopters, almost 150 tanks, and more than 300 armored combat vehicles.

Shoigu also said that Russian troops are “taking all measures to ensure the safety of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant”, and Kiev, according to the minister, “is trying to create the appearance of a threat of a nuclear catastrophe, continuing to purposefully fire at this facility”.

According to the Minister, the Armed Forces of Ukraine have fired 33 large-caliber shells at the NPP over the past two weeks. Most of them were intercepted by Russian air defenses, “at the same time, some of them are still hitting objects that affect the safe operation of the nuclear power plant.” “We classify these attacks by Ukrainian troops as nuclear terrorism,” Shoigu said.

The latest reports of the Ministry of Defense say that Russian forces are conducting successful offensive operations in the Donetsk direction, in the area of Artemovsk (Ukrainian name Bakhmut). It is there that many settlements taken under control are located – Andreevka, Pershe Travnya (Ukrainian name Ozaryanovka), Belogorovka (their transition to Russian control was reported on November 30) and Kurdyumovka (December 1). President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that for the AFU, the direction to Bakhmut is “the hottest and most painful”.

On November 14, Pavlovka came under Russian control in the South Donetsk direction (on Ugledar). After that, the military department regularly reported on the repulse of Ukrainian attacks in the area.

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According to the Russian Defense Ministry, Ukrainian forces are suffering heavy losses in these areas. The day before, on December 5, over a hundred servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were killed there.

Opytne, which is located near Avdiivka, was taken under control on November 18; Mayorsk, located on the outskirts of Gorlovka, on the 13th.

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Blinken stated the need for a just peace in Ukraine

GThe head of the State Department Blinken stated the need for a just and long-term peace in Ukraine. According to Anthony Blinken, freezing the conflict will lead to Russia making a “repeat attack” after a “rest”. The Kremlin talked about Ukraine’s unwillingness to negotiate

Blinken declared the need for a just peace in Ukraine

The conflict in Ukraine must end with a just and lasting peace, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said at a conference organized by The Wall Street Journal. The words of the politician are given on the website of the US State Department.

“At some point it will end, and it will almost certainly end with diplomacy, negotiations. But I think we should see a just and long-term peace, not a fake one,” Blinken noted.

According to the Secretary of State, “a fake” will be a peace that “freezes the situation” and postpones negotiations on the status of territories that have come under Russian control. Such an agreement, Blinken believes, will be followed by “rest, re-equipment, regrouping, re-attack”.

In November, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy also noted that Russia wants a “short-term truce” in the fighting to restore strength. According to the head of state, this will not lead to the end of the conflict, but will aggravate the situation.

The Kremlin said that Moscow “strives to achieve its goals” in a special operation, and it can be done in different ways and in different formats.” The Russian side has repeatedly insisted that Kiev does not demonstrate a desire to negotiate. The president’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov noted that to start the discussion, “political will, willingness to discuss those requirements of Russia that are well known” are needed.

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Borrel offered to provide security guarantees to Kiev, and then

BOrrel proposed to provide security guarantees first to Ukraine, and then to Russia, the conflict in Ukraine will be resolved if security guarantees are provided, and Kiev should receive them first, Borrel said, noting that it is worth talking about security guarantees for Russia later

Borrel offered to provide security guarantees to Kiev, and then

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrel

A solution to the conflict in Ukraine will be achieved by providing it with security guarantees, and after that we can talk about guarantees for Russia, said the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrel during his speech at the Jacques Delors Institute in Paris.

“The end of the conflict must be carried out in accordance with international law,” Borrel said. He clarified that this implies, among other things, the provision of security guarantees for Ukraine.

“As for [security guarantees] for Russia, we will talk about this later,” the head of European diplomacy added (quoted by mediapart.fr ).

In mid-September, Ukraine provided recommendations on security guarantees. Among them are investments in the military-industrial complex of Ukraine, the transfer of intelligence data, the training of the armed forces under the auspices of the EU and NATO. It is proposed to appoint the USA, Great Britain, Canada, Poland, Italy, Germany, France, Turkey, the Baltic states and a number of other states as guarantors of security. The document also states that guarantees should be provided to Kiev before possible accession to NATO, while Ukraine does not undertake to observe neutrality or limit the size of the army.

The Kremlin, commenting on this document, noted that it confirms Kiev’s desire to join NATO, which means that the main threat to Russia remains.

Russia also sent its drafts of the US and NATO security guarantees treaty in December 2021. Moscow demanded the non-expansion of the alliance to the east, including the refusal to accept the former republics of the USSR into its composition and the refusal to deploy US military bases in the post-Soviet space. In January, Russia held a series of talks with Western countries, but the parties failed to reach an agreement. On February 24, President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a military operation in Ukraine.

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In December of this year, French President Emmanuel Macron suggested thinking about what will happen after the end of hostilities in Ukraine, including thinking about a new security architecture and providing guarantees for Russia’s security when it returns to the negotiating table.

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Putin changed the composition of the State Council

InVladimir Putin included eight governors and two heads of cities in the State Council. The President introduced ten people, including eight governors, into the State Council. Two people are excluded from this body

Putin changed the composition of the State Council

Vladimir Putin at a meeting of the State Council

President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on changing the composition of the State Council. The decree is published on the official portal of legal acts.

The council includes governors:

  • Vladimir Region— Alexander Avdeev;
  • Saratov— Roman Busargin;
  • Yaroslavskaya— Mikhail Evraev;
  • Tomskoy— Vladimir Mazur;
  • Tambov— Maxim Egorov;
  • Ryazan— Pavel Malkov;
  • Kirovskoy— Alexander Sokolov.

In addition, the State Council included the head of the Republic of Mari El Yuri Zaitsev, the head of Belogorsk of the Amur region Stanislav Melyukov and the head of the Samara city district Elena Lapushkina.

The head of Tyumen Ruslan Kuharuk and the head of the municipal formation Uzlovsky district of the Tula region Marina Kartashova were excluded from the State Council.

The State Council was created by Putin’s decree in 2000. The tasks of the advisory body included assistance in the implementation of the powers of the head of state. After the amendments that fix the status of the State Council in the Constitution, its members can participate in the development of the parameters of the draft budget and the approval of the criteria for the effectiveness of the heads of regions, as well as indicate the need to adopt certain laws. The State Council should ensure the coordinated work of all public authorities, participate in the development of foreign and domestic political tasks, as well as in the discussion of the draft budget and personnel policy.

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Putin extended restrictions on transactions with unfriendly foreigners

Putin extended the restriction on the sale of Russian assets by unfriendly foreigners The decree prohibits transactions with shares in strategic companies in Russia for holders from unfriendly states

Putin has extended restrictions on transactions with unfriendly foreigners

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President Vladimir Putin has extended until the end of 2023 the decree on special economic measures in the areas of finance and fuel and energy due to the actions of unfriendly countries and organizations. The document is published on the official portal of legal information.

The decree was signed in August. The document prohibits transactions with shares in strategic companies in Russia for holders from unfriendly states. In its original form, the decree was valid until December 31, 2022.

The measures were taken in connection with the actions of the United States and the states and international organizations that joined them, aimed at restrictive measures against Russians, as well as to protect national interests, contrary to international law, the text of the decree says.

The ban, in particular, concerns transactions with shares of companies included in the list of strategic enterprises and joint-stock companies, with participation shares, rights and obligations belonging to the participants of the Production Sharing Agreement for the Sakhalin-1 project and the Agreement on the Development and Production of Oil at the Kharyaginsky field on the terms of production sharing, and also with shares and shares that make up the authorized capitals of Russian banks.

In March, Russia, in response to Western sanctions, added the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the entire European Union and a number of other states to the list of unfriendly countries. Russian citizens and companies were allowed to pay in rubles for foreign currency obligations to foreign creditors from this list. The government later expanded the list, including adding to it the overseas territories of Great Britain that supported London’s sanctions.

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“LitRes” will ask the authors to rewrite the texts because of the LGBT law

Tothe criteria by which books can be recognized as violating the law on the prohibition of LGBT propaganda are still unclear, reported in “LitRes”

«LitErs» will ask the authors to rewrite the texts because of the LGBT law

The service “LitErs” will withdraw from sale books that may fall under the new law banning LGBT propaganda, and recommend that authors rewrite the texts so that they can be returned for sale. Evgeny Selivanov, Director of the Content Development Department of the LitRes Group of Companies, told RBC about this.

He noted that according to the law, both the sales service and the copyright holders are responsible for violations. “LitRes” has already sent letters to copyright holders with a request to check their works for LGBT propaganda,” Selivanov explained and added that all books in which copyright holders confirm the presence of LGBT propaganda will be withdrawn from sale.

“In parallel, of course, we ourselves analyze books whose descriptions explicitly mention LGBT people in order to understand whether they pose a risk or not. Some works are already unavailable for purchase on “LitErs”. We also suggest that authors who may have LGBT propaganda in their books change the text tothe work could be returned for sale after improvements and subsequent moderation. If no response is received from the author, we will independently analyze the text and make a decision on the further sale of the book on the website,” the manager said. According to him, there are no more than 1% of the entire catalog of such books per liter.

Selivanov stressed that there are still no clear criteria by which the book can be attributed to works falling under the new law, but the company has consulted with lawyers and has already prepared an action plan in accordance with their recommendations.

On December 5, President Vladimir Putin signed a law banning LGBT propaganda, pedophilia and gender reassignment in Russia. The law introduces responsibility for “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations, pedophilia and sex change” among persons of any age. In addition, the punishment for such propaganda among minors is being tightened. Previously, the legislation prohibited only LGBT propaganda among those under the age of 18.

Violation of the ban on LGBT propaganda provides for fines of up to 400 thousand rubles, as well as up to 5 million rubles. for legal entities. For the dissemination of information that may encourage minors to change their gender, they can be fined up to 200 thousand rubles, legal entities – up to 4 million rubles.

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How are the “hijab revolutions” and “white sheets” similar in Iran and China

PThat’s why the protesters in the countries important to Russia have achieved different results. Two strategically important countries for Russia, Iran and China, are gripped by prolonged protests. So far, the demonstrators have achieved different results. What do these movements have in common, RBC understood

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How the hijab law came into question

Over the weekend, world media reported that the Iranian authorities are ready to relax the rules that regulate the appearance of women in the country. On Saturday, according to The Guardian, the Prosecutor General of the Islamic Republic, Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, said that the law on the mandatory wearing of the hijab in public spaces, in force almostforty years, can be revised. “Both the parliament and the judiciary are working [on the question] of whether any changes in the law are necessary,” the publication quotes him. According to Montazeri, the law analysis group has held consultations with the parliamentary commission on culture and a decision may be made in the coming weeks.

On December 3, Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi, speaking at the national conference, recalled that the Constitution of the republic fixes both the rights of citizens and the duties of officials. Supervision of the implementation of the Constitution is an effective tool through which rights holders can know what rights they have, and officials can understand,they observe their duties. “The Constitution contains principles and values, such as Republicanism, Islamism, independence and freedom, which are unchanged, but the methods and mechanisms for implementing the Constitution can be changed and improved, and if necessary, the mechanisms for implementing [the Constitution] can be revised,” Raisi quotes the Tehran Times.

This statement was perceived as a sign of possible changes in women’s rights and as an attempt to weaken the current protest movement aimed at this, writes The Wall Street Journal.

The next day, the Prosecutor General of Iran announced the dissolution of the so-called morality police, whose patrols control the wearing of hijab by women and monitor how their appearance meets the established norms. “The vice police has nothing to do with the judicial system and has been abolished,” Montazeri quotes Al Arabia. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken managed to comment on this decision, noting that the abolition of the policemorals « can be a positive thing». Later, Iran’s state television denied this information and announced that “no Iranian official has confirmed the closure of the vice police.” Montazeri’s words, the TV channel explained, were misinterpreted by foreign media. The VOA publication emphasizes that the vice police is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Iran and the country’s prosecutor General does not have the authority to declare its dissolution.

According to Euronews, on December 5, the status of the vice police remained uncertain. Not a single Iranian official has come forward with explanations; the TV channel has not been able to verify the status of the vice police. Journalists refer to analysts who repeat earlier statements that statements about the dissolution of the vice police could be an attempt by the authorities to weaken the protests without making real concessions.

As RBC wrote, demonstrations in Iran began in mid-September, after reports of the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was detained by the vice police in Tehran for wearing the hijab incorrectly. A few hours after the arrest, the girl fell into a coma and died in the hospital without regaining consciousness. According to the official version, Amini died of a stroke and cardiac arrest, but her parents claim that the girl was healthy. Photos of Amini’s intubation in the hospital appeared online, and information began to spread that her death was the result of a beating in the department.

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Among the main demands of the protesters are not only the abolition of harsh rules regarding the appearance of women, but also calls for regime change, caused, among other things, by tough attempts to suppress the current protests. Two and a half months after they began, non-governmental organizations report almost 500 dead.

Why is China softening “zero tolerance”

Unlike Iran, the attacks in China are not so massive and decisive, but they also turned out to be quite sensitive for the authorities, since they received a wide response outside the PRC and were recognized as the largest after the events on Tiananmen Square in 1989. They were called the “revolution of white sheets” due to the fact that many protesters hold blank sheets of paper in their hands, not banners, so as not to be criminally punished for criticizing the authorities.

The Chinese began publicly demanding the lifting of pandemic-related restrictions after the death of ten people in a fire in the residential sector of Urumqi at the end of November. This metropolis was partially in one of the toughest lockdowns: 4 million residents of Urumqi were ordered not to leave their homes for 100 days. In the Chinese segmentthe Internet began to spread information that the cause of death of people were severe restrictions on movement: they were unable to get out of the building engulfed in fire because the exits were blocked. The city authorities denied this version, but their words did not stop the protests. Starting in Urumqi, they covered the largest cities of China.

As part of Beijing’s policy of “zero tolerance” for coronavirus, entire cities or their individual districts may be sent to a prolonged lockdown in the event of an increase in the number of new cases of the disease. Strict rules for testing and visiting public places have also been introduced. Nevertheless, since the third decade of November, there has been a strong increase in the incidence of COVID-19 in China, at least 30 thousand cases are recorded daily.

However, Beijing has gone to some easing of pandemic-related restrictions. Vice Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China Sun Chunlan, who is responsible for implementing the strategy to combat the pandemic, said that the omicron variant is less dangerous than previous strains (such a statement was made from the mouth of a Chinese official for the first time). “The country is facingwith the new situation and new challenges in the field of prevention and control of epidemics, as the pathogenicity of the omicron strain is weakening, more people are being vaccinated, and experience in containing the virus is accumulating,” she said. The Deputy Prime Minister also announced measures to optimize testing, increase vaccination coverage and other innovations.

Earlier, the State Council of the People’s Republic of China proposed a strategy for vaccination of elderly people over 80 years old, calling for bringing the number of vaccinated with the first dose in this age group to 90%. After Sun’s statements, lockdown was canceled in several major cities, including Guangzhou, on November 30, and in Beijing, people with mild symptoms of infection were allowed to isolate themselves at home, which goes against the current protocol prescribing isolation in designated centers.

What do the protests in the two countries have in common

China and Iran, which have a reputation as authoritarian states that tightly control media and social networks, are long-standing allies on the world stage, united by strong trade, economic and political ties (China is Iran’s main trading partner). Both countries are seen as strategic allies of Moscow after the outbreak of hostilities in Ukraine. Experts believe that the protests that broke out in them have common features.

According to the Indian Express, the protests are similar in that the trigger in both cases was a situation that in other circumstances was of secondary importance. In Iran, the protests began in a small Kurdish town, where Mahsa Amini was from. Kurds are a national minority in Iran, and usually their problems do not get on the national agenda.Urumqi is also very disconnected from the rest of the country – it is the administrative center of Xinjiang Province with a predominantly Uighur Muslim population, of which Beijing has been accused of discrimination more than once. Indian Express stipulates that, despite the similarity of the conditions of the origin of the protests, it is impossible to predict whether they will develop according to the same scenario.

James Chin, professor of Asian Studies at The University of Tasmania, in an article for The Conversation, notes that the main driving force behind the protests in Iran and China was the youth, and the demonstrations themselves have an obvious social implication to solve specific problems. “Young people in China and Iran want political freedoms and reforms, they want their voices to beheard», — considers the Rank. He does not undertake to predict the options for the development of the protest movement in the two countries, but reminds that China has a proven system of suppressing protests. The expert also mentions the inability of other countries to influence what is happening in Iran and China, since the authorities of both countries can ignore the opinion of the rest of the world.

The Diplomat, on the contrary, notes that these peoples are at a “turning point” and that the further development of the situation depends on the level of international support provided to the protesters. According to the publication, democratic countries should try to establish contacts with the leaders of civil societies in Iran and China.

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The Ministry of Defense reported a strike on military and energy facilities

MForeign Defense: the Russian military struck at the defense and energy facilities of Ukraine, the military hit 17 facilities, the goal was achieved, the ministry said. On December 5, an air alert was announced in Ukraine, the authorities reported hits to energy facilities and problems with electricity and water supply

The Ministry of Defense reported a strike on military and energy facilities

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On December 5, the Russian military inflicted a massive blow on the military control system and “objects of the defense complex, communication centers, energy and military units of Ukraine,” the Ministry of Defense reported.

“The goal of the strike has been achieved. All the designated 17 facilities are affected,” the department said. They noted that as a result, the transfer by rail of the reserves of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, foreign weapons, military equipment and ammunition to combat areas was disrupted.

According to the Ministry of Defense, the strike was carried out at about 15:00 Moscow time by “high-precision air and sea-based weapons”.

On Monday, an air alert was announced throughout Ukraine, and in some areas after that there were problems with electricity and water supply. Prime Minister of Ukraine Denis Shmygal reported hits to energy facilities in the Kiev, Odessa and Vinnytsia regions.

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The Ministry of Defense announced the attack of Ukrainian drones on Russian airfields

MForeign Defense: three soldiers were killed when Ukraine attempted to attack airfields in Russia, Ukrainian drones attacked airfields in the Ryazan and Saratov regions. Three servicemen were killed, four were injured, the Defense Ministry said

The Ministry of Defense reported an attack by Ukrainian drones on Russian airfields

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Ukraine has attempted to launch drone strikes on the airfields of Diaghilev in the Ryazan region and Engels in the Saratov region, the Russian Defense Ministry reported. Three servicemen of the technical staff were killed, the report says.

“On the morning of December 5 this year, the Kiev regime, in order to disable Russian long-range aircraft, attempted to strike Soviet-made jet unmanned aerial vehicles at military airfields of Diaghilev in the Ryazan Region and Engels in the Saratov region,” the ministry said. department.

They indicated that Ukrainian drones were intercepted by air defense means. The wreckage of the fallen drones damaged the hull plating of two aircraft. “Three Russian servicemen of technical personnel who were at the airfield were fatally wounded,” the Defense Ministry said, without specifying at which airfield.

Four more servicemen were injured, they were taken to medical institutions and provided all the necessary assistance, the report says.

The incident in the Ministry of Defense was called “an attempt by the Kiev regime to disrupt the combat work of the Russian long-range aviation with a terrorist act.” They added that at 15:00 Moscow time, Russian forces inflicted a massive blow on the military command system and related facilities of the defense complex, communication centers, energy and military units of Ukraine.

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“The goal of the strike has been achieved. All designated 17 facilities were hit, the Ministry said, adding that this allowed to disrupt the transfer of reserves of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, foreign weapons, military equipment and ammunition to combat areas.

On the morning of December 5, TASS and RIA Novosti, citing sources, reported that a fuel tanker caught fire at the airfield near Ryazan. Three people were killed and six injured, said the interlocutor of RIA Novosti, who also pointed out that the plane was damaged as a result of a fire and explosion of a fuel tanker.

Meanwhile, in the morning, the sounds of explosions and an outbreak in the area of the airbase in the Saratov region were reported by the Saratov 24 TV channel, citing eyewitnesses in Engels. Saratov Governor Roman Busargin noted that there were no emergencies in the residential areas of the city. At the same time, he added that information about incidents at military facilities is checked by law enforcement agencies.

Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov declined to comment on the reports of explosions. “It is better to contact the Ministry of Defense,” the Kremlin representative pointed out.

At the end of October, Ukrainian drones attacked ships of the Black Sea Fleet and civilian vessels in the bay of Sevastopol. All drones were destroyed, the Russian Defense Ministry reported. The Crimean authorities reported the absence of victims.

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The Prime Minister of Georgia accused the “party of salesmen” of sending people to

AboutThe opposition would like to receive political dividends from the deaths of Georgian citizens in Ukraine, the Prime Minister of the republic said. And he suggested that if these people had come to power, they would have dragged Georgia into the conflict

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The head of the Georgian government, Irakli Garibashvili, said that representatives of the opposition are recruiting and sending citizens to fight in Ukraine.

“I want to remind everyone that these people, the so-called party of war and salesmen, have been trying and trying to arrange some provocations since the beginning of the war in Ukraine. Unfortunately, representatives of the “war party” are taking our fellow citizens to Ukraine,” Garibashvili said at a government meeting on Monday.

The text of the speech is published on the website of the Cabinet of Ministers of Georgia.

Garibashvili expressed his condolences to the families of the victims, their relatives and friends and said that 33 Georgian citizens had already died in the fighting in Ukraine, “which, of course, is a tragedy for us.”

Now some politicians are trying to get “political dividends” from the deaths of Georgian citizens in Ukraine, he claims.

“A man died in the war, and some hypocrites, I have to call it that, fake politicians, corrupt politicians are trying to get some political dividends,” the head of government said and noted that “thanks to the reasonable policy of the authorities, the second front”.It was not possible to transfer to Georgia, despite numerous attempts. If the opposition was in power now, it would turn Georgia into a testing ground, Garibashvili believes.

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Earlier, the Embassy of Ukraine in Georgia reported that over the past three days, six Georgian volunteers who participated in the battles on the side of Kiev were killed near Artemivsk (Ukrainian name – Bakhmut). Volunteer Romeo Parulava explained in an interview with Mtavari TV channel that a group of Georgian fighters near Artemovsk was surrounded. On the evening of December 3, Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili offered condolences to the relatives and friends of the victims.

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