Latest news about the situation around Ukraine on June 23, 2022: How Washington is trying to pull out its mercenaries, what holes Kyiv will plug with the unemployed, who will be tried in Mariupol

Soldier of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in positions on the Donbass front.

Soldier of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in positions on the Donbass front.

A photo: REUTERS

Over 1,000 civilians injured in DPR in 4 months

Denis Pushilin, the head of the DPR, said that since the beginning of the special operation in Ukraine, more than 190 civilians have died on the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic due to the actions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Among them are nine children. According to the head of the region, more than 900 people have been wounded in the DPR as a result of the military actions of Ukrainian formations since the beginning of the SVO. The head of the republic made an important clarification: we are talking about ordinary residents of this part of Donbass. Everyone for whom the TFR bell tolls will answer for the peaceful.

Are war criminals awaiting a tribunal in Mariupol?

According to the leadership of the DPR, the International Tribunal for war criminals from the Ukrainian army and national battalions will most likely take place not in Donetsk, but in Mariupol. The charter and regulations of the tribunal are being finalized. Foreign media and international human rights organizations will be able to work at its meetings. Including those that can protect the interests of the accused. The first, intermediate stage of the tribunal is planned to be held by the end of July. This summer will be hot.

Americans settled on the square of the DPR

The capital’s mayor’s office officially assigned the name “DPR Square” to the territory near the American embassy in the center of Moscow. Here is what is reported on the website of the mayor’s office of the capital: “The US Embassy in Russia received a new official address: the Russian Federation, the city of Moscow, the intracity territory of the Presnensky municipal district, the area of ​​the Donetsk People’s Republic, building 1, buildings 1–9.” Earlier, according to the results of voting in the Presnensky district of the Central Administrative District, 44.69% of residents voted for this option. Other options were “Square of the Defenders of Donbass” and “Square of the Hero of Russia Vladimir Zhoga”. The Americans were ironic about this. But irony will not save them from reality, which will hit in the eyes.

The border of Zaporozhye with Russia is proposed to be abolished

Vladimir Rogov, a member of the main council of the military-civilian administration of the Zaporozhye region, proposed to abolish the border between the Zaporozhye region and Russia. Rogov said: “For us, the border with Russia is worse than the Berlin Wall for the Germans. In Ukraine, depending on the region, 73-85 percent of residents have relatives in Russia. And this border should not be. And he recalled that the inhabitants of Berlin did not hold a referendum, but destroyed the wall themselves. Rogov clarified: “We are no worse than the Germans. The southern regions of Ukraine are historically Russian lands. We are Russian people who were forcibly separated by three separatists in Belovezhskaya Pushcha in 1991. Our reunification with Russia is inevitable.” Not everyone will agree with this, but they will have nowhere to go.

Kyiv will leave the unemployed for military work

Denys Shmyhal, the Ukrainian prime minister, said that in wartime conditions, the independent would not be able to pay benefits to its unemployed. Those left without work must either fight or work, preferably at military facilities. Shmyhal said that the Cabinet of Ministers “will approve a document according to which officially registered unemployed who have not been employed for 30 days will be involved in socially useful work.” What kind of work? This is “debris removal, construction of protective structures, landscaping, repair or agricultural work.” In wartime conditions, according to the prime minister, “the state does not have the resources for this.” Everyone “should either fight and defend their homeland, or work for victory and for the front.” To work for victory – that is, to work in vain?

The Rada published a photo of the deceased in Donetsk

The official account of the Verkhovna Rada on Twitter in English published a photo of a resident of Donetsk who died as a result of shelling by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. At the same time, the press service of the parliament, of course, does not specify that the woman died due to the shelling of Donetsk by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. And in general, all the victims of the shelling of the inhabitants of the Donetsk People’s Republic in the English-language account of the Rada are called “innocently injured Ukrainians.” It’s not double, it’s some kind of triple standards.

Washington awaits response from Moscow on American mercenaries

Ned Price, the head of the press service of the State Department, said that Washington did not receive a response from Moscow about the fate of American mercenaries captured in Ukraine. According to him, the States “maintained contacts with the Russian authorities regarding American citizens who were taken prisoner in Ukraine.” Washington also discussed this topic with Kyiv. According to Price, the United States “publicly and through closed channels called on the Russian authorities and their proteges to adhere to international obligations in relation to all persons, including those who were captured in the battles in Ukraine.” He said: “We have told Russia that we believe that the health, safety and well-being of persons in its custody or in the custody of forces associated with it are the responsibility of the Russian Federation.” We are talking about American mercenaries – Alexander Druk and Andy Huine. They fought in the Baguette group, which included French and American soldiers of fortune. Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that the Americans detained in Ukraine are not subject to the Geneva Convention. In Washington, they are amazed – new horizons have opened up to them again.

How much does the independent budget lose each month

Samantha Power, head of the US Agency for International Development, said that Ukraine is losing $5-6 billion a month from the budget in the face of hostilities. According to her, this is “the average amount of money that Kyiv loses in conditions when it is forced to wage this war” and “this is an incredible rate of burning capital.” According to Power, “even more direct budgetary support will be needed going forward.” By the way, Ukraine’s GDP is expected to decline by more than a third by the end of the year. At the beginning of the year, the Ukrainian authorities predicted a budget deficit for the current year at the level of $7 billion. But VIP voyages along Khreshchatyk are put on stream. Reality is nothing, PR is everything.

How the liberated regions meet Russia halfway

Georgy Muradov, Deputy Prime Minister of the Crimean government, recalled that according to world practice, a referendum or a decision at the level of legislative bodies of the regions of one country is enough to reunite with another state. Here is what Muradov said: “There are different ways to reunite the liberated regions with the Russian Federation. It can be a referendum as the highest form of people’s will, or a decision at the level of the legislative authorities of these territories, and such practices exist in international affairs.” For Kherson and Zaporozhye there is an example of Crimea. And, according to Muradov, “the liberated regions are already moving towards integration with Russia, including through obtaining Russian passports.” And somewhere on this planet there are queues for passports with a trident?

Will Azovstal be restored in Mariupol?

Marat Khusnullin, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian government, said that within a month the parameters of the master plan for the restoration of Mariupol would be approved. But it is already clear what to demolish and what to repair. The cost of reviving the city “will be quite large.” New houses have already begun to be built. They are going to strengthen the port facilities. And the fate of Azovstal, which gave the port city at least 12,000 jobs, is being actively discussed – voices are increasingly heard that the plant needs to be restored and launched in a new way. Well, yes, when will tourism begin to bring in money, and metal is also metal in Africa.

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