ZDeputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Melnyk: arms supplies to Kiev will push Moscow to peace Kiev is ready for peace, and supplies of Western weapons will help stop the armed conflict, Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Andriy Melnyk believes. The Russian authorities say that, on the contrary, it delays the fighting
Kiev wants the conflict to end, but Moscow is not ready for this, Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine, former Ukrainian ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk said in an interview with ZDF.
“Today we want peace, but [Russian President Vladimir] Putin does not seem to be ready, and therefore we need weapons to push him to this,” Melnik believes.
According to the Deputy minister, in the current conditions, it is pointless to talk about the possibility of dialogue with Russia: “Two people are needed for dancing, two for peace talks.”
The diplomat expressed hope that Germany “will play a leading role” in the issue of supplying fighters to Ukraine, as it was with Leopard tanks. Berlin was hesitant to approve their shipment for a long time, but on January 25 agreed to transfer 14 Leopard 2 to Kiev and allowed the allies to supply this equipment. On the same day, the US authorities announced the delivery of 31 M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine. At the same time, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and US President Joe Biden oppose sending fighter jets to the Ukrainian military.
The Russian authorities have repeatedly criticized the supply of Western weapons to Kiev, pointing out that this drags out the conflict and does not contribute to negotiations.
At the end of January, the deputy head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Sergei Vershinin, said that there are no compelling prerequisites for dialogue with Ukraine now. A similar statement was made by the head of the department, Sergey Lavrov, saying that “there can be no talk of negotiations with [Ukrainian President Vladimir] Zelensky, well, at least because he legally prohibited negotiations withthe Russian government». The minister is referring to Zelensky’s decree that dialogue with Vladimir Putin is impossible. It was signed after the referendums on the accession of four regions to Russia were held at the end of September. Its results are not recognized by most states, and Moscow rules out further discussion of the status of these territories.
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In autumn, the Ukrainian authorities called the conditions for starting negotiations: “restoration of territorial integrity, respect for the UN Charter, compensation for all losses caused by the war, punishment of every war criminal and guarantees that this will not happen again.” Zelensky also proposed a “formula for peace” that includes the withdrawal of Russian troops. Moscow considers these conditions unacceptable. The Kremlin noted that the Ukrainian authorities should take into account the current realities and the emergence of new subjects in Russia. At the same time, the Foreign Ministry believes that Kiev could clarify through intermediaries how it presents possible negotiations with Moscow.
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GChechen President Kadyrov announced the completion of his military operation by the end of 2023 and “The West on its knees” Military operations will end this year, Kadyrov believes. Putin said that the timing of the military operation is connected “with the intensity of hostilities.” Zelensky called 2023 decisive in the conflict
The military operation in Ukraine will be completed by the end of 2023, the EU countries recognize the fallacy of their policy, the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov said in an interview with the Chechen Minister for National Policy, Foreign Relations, Press and Information Ahmed Dudaev, the recording was published in his telegram channel.
“The West will kneel, and, as usual, European states will have to interact in all spheres with the Russian Federation. There should not be and will not be another,” Kadyrov said.
President Vladimir Putin, speaking in the summer of 2022 about the timing of the military operation, noted that they are associated with the intensity of hostilities and possible losses. He noted that it is important to think about saving the lives of the Russian military. Putin called the objectives of the fighting “the liberation of Donbass”, the protection of its inhabitants, as well as Russia from the threats that “are trying to create” on its “historical territories”.
In December, Putin admitted that the appearance of the results of the military operation in Ukraine could be a long process. Later, he explained that he meant the duration of the conflict settlement, adding: “New territories have appeared, this is such a significant result for Russia.”
The Kremlin believes that a military conflict can end at any moment “if desired”, but this requires the will of the Ukrainian authorities.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky suggested that 2023 will be decisive in the conflict. The goals of the state this year, he called the restoration of Ukraine, the return of Ukrainians home, the rapprochement of the country with key partners. The fact that a decisive moment in the conflict has come for the world and Ukraine was also said by the head of the Pentagon, Lloyd Austin, and the head of the European Council, Charles Michel. Western countries have promised to continue supporting Kiev for as long as it takes.
Withobyanin to Putin: we have finished the Big Ring metro line, we want to open it with your participation Putin expressed hope that Sobyanin’s team will maintain high rates
The construction of a Large Ring Metro Line has been completed in Moscow, its launch is planned in the coming days, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin reported to President Vladimir Putin. Sobyanin said that the authorities of the capital wanted to open the line in the coming days and invited Putin to take part in the opening.
In turn, the President called the “powerful development of Moscow” the implementation of transport projects in the capital. He particularly noted how the city copes with traffic. “Yes, of course, with such a huge population and such a density, this is not an easy task, but in general, Moscow manages it better than many other megacities of the world,” Putin said.
The President also expressed hope that Sobyanin and his team “will maintain high rates and quality of work”.
Sobyanin’s term of office expires this year. The election of the mayor of Moscow is scheduled for September 10.
The construction of the Great Ring Line has been going on for the last ten years. In total, it will include 31 stations, and the total length of the line will be 70 kilometers. The task of the BCLV is, among other things, to unload the central metro stations and simplify movement between different districts.
In December 2021, Putin participated in the opening ceremony of the ten stations of the Bolshaya Koltsevaya Line. Then the president addressed Sobyanin and the workers via video link.
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In 2005, Vladimir Putin participated in the opening of the metro in Kazan. Then he went down to the subway with the head of the republic Mintimer Shaimiev and Nursultan Nazarbayev who came to Tatarstan and rode the train.
ToThe Urultai of Bashkiria will propose to ban advertising of “legal liberation” from the army, the Kurultai will propose to the Duma to ban “aggressive advertising” of “legal liberation” from military service. The speaker of the Bashkiria Parliament called the clients of such companies deviators
Deputies of the Bashkir Parliament (Kurultai) will submit to the State Duma draft amendments to the law “On Advertising”, which will prohibit advertising services for “facilitating the release of citizens from military duty”, said the speaker of the Parliament of the republic Konstantin Tolkachev. His words are quoted in the telegram channel of the Bashkiria parliament.
The deputy considered that there are now a lot of “aggressive advertising” of the services of various companies that promise to provide the necessary legal and medical services to avoid conscription on legal grounds. He recalled that evasion from military service is a criminal offense, and failure to fulfill military registration duties and evasion from medical examination is punishable under the Administrative Code (Administrative Code).
“Advertising of relevant services actually pushes people to the offense. We propose to ban such advertising in order to limit its negative impact on conscripted citizens and on the course of the draft campaign,” Tolkachev stressed.
Tolkachev calls the clients of companies involved in helping to obtain a military ticket legally, evaders. However, according to the legislation, those citizens who have not served in the army without legitimate reasons are considered to be declinists.
The Ministry of Defense emphasizes that a conscript is obliged, after receiving a summons, to appear before a medical commission, whose members must find out whether a citizen is fit for service. The law establishes a list of diseases according to which it is possible to obtain a postponement or complete exemption from service: myopia (more than 6 diopters), hyperopia (more than 8 diopters), underweight (less than 45 kg), scoliosis with an angle of more than 17 degrees, gastric ulcer, chronic prostatitis, asthma, etc.
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Evasion of conscription for military service or passage of alternative civil service is regulated by law. 1 and 2 Articles 328 of the Criminal Code. In the first case, punishment is provided in the form of imprisonment for up to two years, in the second – arrest for up to six months.
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Reuters: Switzerland is close to renouncing its neutral status in the issue of arms supplies to Kiev The country is close to renouncing its neutral status in the issue of arms supplies to Kiev due to the pressure exerted on it, the agency reports
Switzerland is close to abandoning neutrality in the issue of arms supplies to Ukraine because of the pressure exerted on it, Reuters reports.
“We want to be neutral, but we are part of the Western world,” said the leader of the center-right Free Democratic Party of the country, Thierry Burkart, who suggested that the government allow the re-export of weapons to countries with the same democratic values as in Switzerland. At the end of January, the Security policy committee of the National Council (lower house of Parliament) of the country approved an initiative concerning the re-export of Swiss-made weapons to Ukraine.
Switzerland has been considered a neutral country since 1815, this status was fixed in 1907. It cannot directly or indirectly send weapons to combatants. In addition, there is a separate embargo on sending weapons to Ukraine and Russia.
“We should not have the right of veto to prevent others from helping Ukraine. If we do this, we will support Russia, and this is not a neutral position,” Burkart pointed out. The results of a poll conducted by Sotomo showed that 55% of citizens are also in favor of allowing the re-export of weapons to Ukraine.
Switzerland came under pressure from foreign countries after it rejected a request from Germany and Denmark. So, Copenhagen was going to transfer 20 Swiss infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) Piranha III to Ukraine, and Berlin was going to send shells for the Marder IFVs.
The deputy from the Green Party, Marionna Schlatter, in turn, considers the permission to supply weapons to Ukraine a “slippery slope”.
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Meanwhile, opinions in the Swiss People’s Party (SVP, the largest in the lower house and defender of neutrality) are now divided. According to SVP MP David Zuberbuler, allowing weapons to be sent to a country involved in an armed conflict “destroys the foundation of peace and prosperity” of Switzerland. At the same time, his fellow party member, Werner Salzmann, does not agree with this and is concerned about the damage to the Swiss defense industry, which also supports the revision of the law on re-export.
In early February, the Swiss Federal Council decided to review relations with Russia as part of a new foreign policy strategy. According to Bern, the conflict in Ukraine has “penetrated deeply” into the country’s foreign policy and plunged Europe into a “new era” of instability.
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MThe Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine has banned officials from flying helicopters after the Brovary disaster, officials in Ukraine can only use motor vehicles until the investigation of the helicopter crash is completed, as a result of which the leadership of the Ministry of Internal Affairs was killed
Ukrainian officials were banned from flying helicopters until the investigation of the plane crash in Brovary, Kiev region, as a result of which the leadership of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, including Minister Denis Monastyrsky, was killed, acting head of the department Igor Klimenko said, his words are quoted by the Country.ua».
According to Klimenko, Airbus H225 helicopters, one of which crashed in Brovary, are now at airfields. “We are checking all the helicopters that were in the Interior Ministry system. This process will be delayed for a while. Perhaps for a month or two, until we establish with foreign specialists that they are safe. If, of course, we consider the version that this is a malfunction, for example, of a helicopter,” the acting minister said.
Officials are still allowed to use only motor vehicles, he said.
A helicopter with the leadership of the Ministry of Internal Affairs crashed in Brovary on January 18. He fell near the kindergarten building. There were nine people on board, among them Monastyrsky and his deputy Yevgeny Enin, all of them died. The State Emergency Service reported the death of a total of 14 people, in particular, one child. 25 people were injured, 11 of them children.
The Security Service of Ukraine called three versions of the helicopter crash: violation of flight rules, technical malfunction of the machine and deliberate actions to destroy air transport. Because of the disaster, former Interior Minister Arsen Avakov was searched by employees of the State Bureau of Investigation. Investigators were interested in information about the procurement of Airbus helicopters when Avakov headed the department (2014-2021).
InUchic on Serbia’s recognition of Kosovo’s independence: “Dream” Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Gabriel Escobar called “mutual recognition” the ultimate goal of negotiations to normalize relations between Serbia and Kosovo. “Mutual recognition?! Dream on!” — said the president
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, speaking about Belgrade’s recognition of Kosovo’s independence, said: “Dream”. He cites his words Novosti.rs .
Vucic addressed citizens through his Instagram account (the owner of the social network, Meta company, is recognized in Russia as an extremist organization and banned) Buducnost srbijeav and denied claims that he was asking for amnesty for his family, and not for the salvation of the Serbian people in Kosovo and Metohija. “Mutual recognition?! Dream on!»— said Vucic.
According to the head of the republic, his family remains in Serbia, as does he. He assured that he would protect the Serbs.
“Long live Serbia!”The president concluded.
The head of the European Movement of Kosovo Serbs, Rada Trajkovic, said that Vucic is seeking amnesty from the United States for himself, his family and his entourage in exchange for agreeing to Western proposals to resolve the Kosovo issue.
Gabriel Escobar, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, said in an interview with The Pavlovic Today that the United States fully supports the dialogue with the assistance of the EU aimed at normalizing relations, and that the ultimate goal should be mutual recognition. “We believe that all countries in the region should recognize each other, should lower trade barriers, should help solve some of the problems left over from the 1990s, and move forward towards European integration,” Escobar said. Read on RBC Pro “My experience will help everyone”: five phrases that give out coaches-charlatans Will your company have enough money to distribute all debts Housing prices are falling all over the world. What this means for the economy Private investors are overly cautious. Where startups can get money
The Prime Minister of unrecognized Kosovo, Albin Kurti, wrote on Twitter that Pristina accepts the EU’s proposal to normalize relations with Serbia.
The Franco-German plan was presented to interested parties at the end of 2022, but the text was not officially distributed. In November, Euractiv published a version of this document, obtained “from a reliable source” and consisting of nine paragraphs. It says that Kosovo and Serbia will strive to join the EU and resolve existing problems through negotiations, refraining from the use of force. They also undertake to respectterritorial integrity of each other and inviolability of the border. Kosovo and Serbia must also agree that neither of the two sides can represent the other in the international sphere and act on its behalf. The parties should open their own representative offices on each other’s territory. Additional agreements are expected to be concluded in the fields of economy, transport, communications, the judiciary, healthcare, culture, sports, and the environment.
Vucic stated that Germany, France, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States presented him with an ultimatum, according to which he either agrees with the proposals, or Serbia expects the termination of negotiations on EU membership and any investments in the country.
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And how likely is the appointment of the head of military intelligence Kirill Budanov to this position, the resignation of the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Alexey Reznikov, which was announced on Sunday by the head of the faction of the Servant of the People party in the Rada David Arakhamiya, has been postponed for the time being. Why — RBC understood
Who announced Reznikov’s resignation
The fact that the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Alexey Reznikov will leave his post, on the evening of February 5, was announced by the head of the faction of the presidential party “Servant of the People” in the Verkhovna Rada David Arahamiya. This politician can be called the herald of personnel changes in the Ukrainian leadership, which began on the 20th of January, — it was he who announced the second wave of resignations and searches of the Ukrainian elite, which then really took place.
“Alexey Reznikov is being transferred to the post of Minister for Strategic Industries within the government to strengthen military-industrial cooperation, which is absolutely logical, given his expertise on Ramstein (the format created by 50 countries to provide collective support to Ukraine in the conflict with Russia; was launched in April 2022 years at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.—RBC) and the need to raise the ministry, which should do more,” Arakhamiya wrote in his telegram channel, stating that the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate (GUR), Major General Kirill Budanov, would come to replace Reznikov. The deputy explained this step by saying that “at this stage, the security agencies should be headed not by politicians, but by personnel security officers.”
Kirill Budanov was born on January 4, 1986 in Kiev, in 2007 he graduated from the Odessa Institute of Land Forces and joined the special forces of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. Since 2014, he took part in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. In 2020, at the age of 34, he headed the GUR, in April 2022 he received the rank of Major General. He was one of those in Ukraine who expected a large-scale Russian military operation in February, according to The Washington Post. In an interview with the newspaper published on January 31, Budanov recalled how on February 23 he moved his wife to his office to secure her in case of the outbreak of hostilities.
Arakhamiya was not the first to announce Reznikov’s possible resignation,— Rada deputy from the Voice party (founded by the soloist of the Okean Elzy group, Svyatoslav Vakarchuk) Yaroslav Zheleznyak early in the morning of February 5 in his telegram channel cited the same scheme of personnel changes in the Ukrainian cabinet.
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On the same day, Alexey Reznikov held a press conference for Ukrainian and foreign journalists, at which he answered a question about his proposed resignation: such a decision, he said, can only be made by one person – the President of Ukraine and its Supreme Commander Vladimir Zelensky. “And then I will do what we agree. My experience will allow me not only to provide for the army, but also to punish the higherthe military-political leadership of the Russian Federation”,” the minister added, noting that he did not put up with the dismissal (quote from the magazine “Focus”). A little later, commenting on suggestions that he might be appointed to the Ministry of Industry, Reznikov said that he was hearing about this for the first time— he had not had a single conversation with the president on this matter; but if such an offer had been received, the minister told the ICTV Facts TV channel, he would refused.
56-year-old Reznikov, a lawyer by education, has been heading the Ukrainian military department since November 2021. Prior to that, for a year and a half, he held the post of Deputy Prime Minister responsible for the reintegration of the temporarily occupied territories, to which Ukraine included Crimea, the DPR and the LPR before their accession to Russia, and even earlier he represented Ukraine in the working subgroup on political issues at the negotiations of the Trilateral Contact Group.
His resignation was connected with a corruption scandal
Conversations about Reznikov’s possible resignation began amid a scandal over the purchase of products for the Ukrainian military at inflated prices. On January 21, the Mirror of the Week published copies of agreements on catering for military units in six regions of Ukraine. According to the conclusion of journalists, the Ministry of Defense agreed on the purchase of products at prices two to three times higher than in retail in Kiev, for example, while in the store chicken eggs cost an average of UAH 7 per piece (13 rubles), in the contract they were priced at UAH 17 (31.7 rubles).
In response, the military department stated that the media were spreading information “with signs of deliberate manipulation and misleading”, and reported that the department was preparing materials for the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) to investigate cases of the dissemination of deliberately false information that harm the interests of defense in a special period». Reznikov himself admitted mistakes in the published contract, but also called the investigation an “information attack under a far-fetched pretext.”
Anyway, the scandal cost his deputy Vyacheslav Shapovalov, who was responsible for logistics, his position: on January 24, he resigned, “so as not to pose a threat to the stable provision of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU). The department called Shapovalov’s petition a “worthy act in the traditions of European and democratic politics, a demonstration that the interests of defense are higher than any offices or chairs.”
At a press conference on February 5, Reznikov said that an internal audit of all purchases was continuing at the Ministry of Defense, and promised that it would be completed within the current week. At the same time, according to the minister, he is not aware of any handing over of suspicion (that is, the presentation of criminal charges) to employees who signed contracts with suppliers.
Why Reznikov remains a minister
On the morning of February 6, it became known that Reznikov would remain at the head of the Defense Ministry for some time. “Personnel changes in the field of defense will not happen this week,” David Arahamia also said. Deputy Zheleznyak wrote: “Well, that’s it. We have finally read all the law on the appointment of a civilian to the post of Minister of Defense.The point is that the Ukrainian law on national security contains a provision that the president appoints the head of the department exclusively from among civilians. According to the Constitution of the country, the candidacy of the Minister of Defense is submitted by the president, a majority of votes in parliament is necessary for his appointment or dismissal.
Ukrainian edition LIGA.net Referring to the unnamed leaders of the faction of the party “Servant of the People”, claims that the serviceman in the minister’s chair is Zelensky’s desire. In this situation, it is necessary to “either remove the shoulder straps [from Budanov], or change the law, and how to change the law is unclear, because civilian control is a NATO requirement,” says one of the interlocutors of the publication.
Another reason, according to the Ukrainian media, is the next meeting of the Ramstein format, which is scheduled to take place on February 14. Ukrainian media believe that after this meeting, Western allies may decide to transfer F-16 fighter jets and long-range missile systems to Kiev. The Ukrainian leadership believes that “it would have been nice if Reznikov had finished it”.
“I haven’t seen Minister Reznikov’s resignation statement yet. In addition, as far as I understand, in conditions of war, when the Rada dismisses a figure of this level, the head of the Ministry of Defense should make a report to the deputies. And what kind of report, if he just read about his resignation in the news,— said to the publication«Country» deputy of the Rada Dmitry Razumkov, in the past its speaker. As Mariana Bezuglaya, a deputy from Servants of the People, wrote on her Facebook (owned by Meta, an extremist organization banned in Russia), deputies are assessing the risks to the system before Ramstein and taking into account the possible offensive.
The interlocutors of the “Country” in the presidential party and the office of the president note that talks about the resignation of the minister have intensified against the background of the largest internal political conflict in the country since the beginning of hostilities between David Arahamia and the head of the office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Ermak. Reznikov is Yermak’s closest confidant. Budanov is not Yermak’s man at all. This is an alternative channel of direct communication with the president to Ermak. Therefore, Reznikov’s resignation is a very painful blow toErmak », — quotes the publication of the words of a source in the Rada. According to him, Ermak “does not want to hand over his man”, but it is unclear whether he was able to “defend Reznikov”. “The decision of the faction on his dismissal has already been announced. And it is clear that Arahamiya has already approved it from Zelensky. But there will be attempts to disrupt the vote. And this is the first such large-scale conflict within the government since the beginning of the war, which can seriously affect the manageability of the parliament from the side of the Bank (office of the president.—RBC)», — summed up the interlocutor of the publication.
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WithThe UD in Tbilisi left Mikhail Saakashvili under arrest. Saakashvili was not present at the meeting. His defense promised to challenge the court’s decision in the ECHR
A court in Tbilisi has refused to release former President Mikhail Saakashvili from arrest for health reasons, Georgia Online reports.
His lawyers insisted on Saakashvili’s release. The representative of the Special Penitentiary service (responsible for detention) of Georgia, Nika Abramishvili, opposed their petition at the trial and stated that the medical report submitted to the court did not contain reliable information about the severity of the ex-president’s illness.
He himself, for health reasons, was not present at the court session and the announcement of the decision.
Saakashvili’s lawyer Shalva Khachapuridze said that the defense intends to appeal the court’s decision to the ECHR. “Naturally, we will appeal to the European Court of Human Rights,” Rustavi 2 quoted him as saying.
Saakashvili is 55 years old. In 2013, his presidential term ended, after which he left Georgia, and in 2015 he received Ukrainian citizenship and lived on its territory.
The ex-president returned to Georgia before the municipal elections in 2021, but he was detained and sent to jail. Several criminal cases have been initiated against him, including abuse of office, beating of an ex-deputy and embezzlement of public funds for personal needs.
In the pre-trial detention center, Saakashvili went on hunger strike several times. The ex-president’s condition began to deteriorate, he was transferred to the hospital. In early December 2022, medical experts from several countries diagnosed him with ten major diagnoses. At the end of January, Saakashvili became infected with coronavirus, and later, as his supporters reported, he was in intensive care.
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Concern about Saakashvili’s condition was expressed in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and called on the Georgian authorities to allow him to go abroad for treatment. Later, Kiev accused Tbilisi of using violence against the politician “in the best traditions of the NKVD”.
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Shoigu ordered to involve the Russian military in the aftermath of the earthquake in Syria In Syria, the Russian military deployed six points of humanitarian aid and formed consolidated detachments that will work in the most affected areas
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu instructed the commander of the Russian group in Syria to provide assistance to the population affected by the earthquake, the Defense Ministry reports. More than 300 Russian military personnel were involved in the work. A mobile medical team has been deployed at the Khmeimim airbase.
In addition, ten consolidated detachments have been formed from among the Russian military in Syria, which will be engaged in dismantling the rubble and providing assistance to the wounded in the most affected areas of the country.
“As part of the assistance provided by the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Warring Parties, six points for the delivery of humanitarian aid to victims of food packages and basic necessities have been promptly deployed and started working in the cities of Aleppo, Hama, Latakia and the settlements of Jebla, Stamu and Bustan al-Basha.” the message says.
According to the latest data, the number of victims of the earthquake in Syria has reached 430. More than 1.5 thousand people were killed in Turkey.
The earthquake was centered in the south-east of Turkey, its magnitude was 7.7. The first tremors occurred on the night of February 6, in the afternoon they were repeated. For Turkey, the earthquake was the strongest since 1939. The tremors were also felt in neighboring countries, including Georgia, Armenia, and Iraq. Vladimir Putin has already ordered to send specialists of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations to help in the affected areas of Turkey and Syria.
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