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Russia continues to conduct a special operation on the territory of Ukraine. On the eve of the deputy head of the military-civilian administration of the Kherson region, Kirill Stremousov, said that a referendum on joining the Russian Federation would be held in the region. It was also reported that the first Russian bank was launched in the Kherson region. In addition, road communication was opened from the territory of Russia along the mainland to the Crimea. The military prosecutor of the Western District Artur Yegiyev said that about 600 conscripts were involved in the special military operation, 12 officers were held responsible for this violation.
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12:38 In Svetlogorsk, a court banned the media from publishing lists of those who died in Ukraine – a corresponding lawsuit was filed by the military prosecutor's office of the Baltic Fleet garrison against the Pskov publication. The court recognized the list, compiled on the basis of data from officials and open sources, as prohibited information.
12:36 German Chancellor Scholz and Ukrainian President Zelensky said following a telephone conversation that everything possible must be done to export Ukrainian grain, especially by sea.
12:33 Also Lavrov – at a press conference in Turkey: Russia guarantees that if Kyiv clears the ports, Moscow will not use this situation for military purposes; Moscow is ready to issue “one way or another” guarantees for unblocking ports.
12:21 Ukraine has sowed 75% of the area used for crops a year earlier during the current sowing season. According to the Cabinet of Ministers, grain storage volumes can be increased by 10-15 million tons due to the “organization of mobile storage facilities, taking into account international experience.”
12:12 Lavrov: Zelensky's demand to start negotiations with Moscow to withdraw Russian troops behind the line on February 24 is a “frivolous approach”.
12:08 Lavrov: Russia is ready to hold a quadripartite meeting in Istanbul with the UN, Turkey and Ukraine on the topic of grain exports.
12:06 Statements by Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu following talks with Lavrov: Ankara is ready to organize a meeting in Istanbul between Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the UN to export grain; Turkey considers it possible to resume the negotiation process between the Russian Federation and Ukraine; Turkey is in favor of discussing the measures to be taken to ensure the safety of navigation in the Black Sea.
12:04 Lavrov said that the Russian and Turkish military are discussing the details of demining Ukrainian ports for the export of grain. He also said that, according to the Turkish side, Ukraine is ready to ensure the passage of ships through mined waters. In addition, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry expressed the opinion that the situation with Ukrainian grain has nothing to do with the food crisis.
11:59 Lavrov met with Foreign Minister Cavusoglu in Turkey and said that special operation in Ukraine achieves its goals.
11:48 The new authorities of Zaporizhzhya announced that a referendum on joining the Russian Federation could be held in the coming months. “I really want the referendum to take place. Preferably as soon as possible, in early autumn,” said Yevhen Balitsky, head of the interim military-civilian administration.
11:39 Andrey Skabelin, Head of the Foreign Exchange Market Department of the Moscow Exchange, said in an interview with RIA Novosti that the difference in exchange rates in Russia and in the West was caused by a shortage of rubles abroad. “At the same time, the rates are now quite close: the difference is about 50 kopecks,” says Skabelin.
11:35 According to the Moscow government's Active Citizen service, Moscow residents voted on a name for a previously unnamed square near the US Embassy – it is reported that the square will be named after the DPR.
11:33 Briefing of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation: the losses of Ukrainian troops during the liberation of the RF Armed Forces of Svyatogorsk amounted to more than 300 people; air defense systems of the Russian Federation shot down two Ukrainian MiG-29 aircraft and a Mi-8 helicopter in the Nikolaev region; the Ukrainian group in the Donbass suffers significant losses in manpower, weapons and military equipment; in the area of the settlement Chuguev, Kharkiv region, a fuel storage facility for the equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was destroyed; The Russian Aerospace Forces fired high-precision missiles at an armored plant in the Kharkov region, where armored vehicles of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were being repaired; Russian air defense systems intercepted three Tochka-U missiles and five Smerch MLRS rockets in the Kherson region; Russian aviation destroyed the command post of the Armed Forces brigade, two installations of the Grad MLRS and the EW station of Ukraine; The Russian Aerospace Forces hit two command posts, a battery of multiple rocket launchers “Uragan”, four warehouses with weapons and ammunition in a day.
11:31 Ukrainian media write that the SBU has seized the assets of a company that is associated with a Russian businessman. Aerok LLC, which manufactures aerated concrete products and owns two concrete plants, registered in the Kyiv region, is allegedly owned by a German company. However, Andrey Molchanov's St. Petersburg LSR Group is called the ultimate beneficiary.
11:26 Petersburg canceled the concert “Bi-2”, which was supposed to take place in a trendy restaurant during the days of the SPIEF. Previously, the artists postponed their performances in several cities to later dates – after a number of their concerts were canceled. The first difficulties for the musicians arose in April in Omsk, where they refused to perform in the hall with a large banner “For the President”.
11:11 The Russian Ambassador to Montenegro said that the country had turned off Russian channels – both those included in the sixth package of EU sanctions and those not included in it.
10.43Norway handed over 22 self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine. This was announced by the Ministry of Defense of the Kingdom.
10.19 In the Zaporozhye region, the first batch of passports for citizens of the Russian Federation is ready for issuance, said Vladimir Rogov, a member of the main council of the military-civilian administration.
10.10 In Vladivostok, an unknown person tried to set fire to the building of the military registration and enlistment office. He threw a burning rag into the building. The fire was extinguished ten minutes later.
9.30Former German chancellor Angela Merkel said in an interview that she has nothing to apologize for in the matter of policy towards Ukraine. Merkel, in particular, does not blame herself for supporting the Minsk process. Diplomacy cannot be wrong just because it didn't work, the ex-chancellor noted.
9.16Turkey set conditions for Sweden and Finland on NATO membership, writes the Turkish newspaper Yeni Şafak. Sweden and Finland, according to these conditions, among other things, must create a legal infrastructure and legal norms for the fight against terrorism and support Ankara in its fight against the Kurdistan Workers' Party and the organization of the preacher Fethullah Gülen.
9.01 The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that the talks between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu on Wednesday in Ankara will be very intense. The Russian Foreign Ministry previously clarified that the parties will discuss the prospects for resuming peace talks with Ukraine.