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[l] at 8/19/22 9:00am
Volodymyr Zelensky misunderstood the proposal from Turkish President Recep Tayp Erdogan regarding the restoration of Kharkiv. That proposal was not addressed to Zelensky, Israeli expert Yakov Kedmi said. The day before, Zelensky announced that during a meeting with Turkish President Recep Erdogan in Lviv, Ukraine and Turkey reached an agreement, according to which Turkey would take an active part in the restoration of Ukrainian infrastructure. As usual, Zelensky brightened up his remarks with clichés about "messages of powerful support", etc. Following the talks, the Ukrainian president said that Turkey was ready to take patronage over the Kharkiv region and participate in the restoration of Kharkiv.

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[l] at 8/19/22 8:06am
The head of the Center for the Countries of the Far East, Kirill Kotkov, believes that Washington's chances to change power in China were slim. "A radical change in Beijing's policy is now impossible. For the time being, it is difficult for the Americans to form a government in China that would be similar to that in Taiwan, but they will keep on trying. A colour revolution is not going to work out," the expert said in an interview with Pravda.Ru. The Chinese authorities are facing much more serious threats now, he added. It is local entrepreneurs and a low income society that the Chinese administration was concerned about in the first place.

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[l] at 8/19/22 7:27am
Russian President Vladimir Putin was right when he said that Washington was trying to prolong the conflict in Ukraine, US Navy veteran, editor-in-chief of the SOFREP military website Sean Spoonts told Newsweek. Apparently, US leader Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky are pursuing different political goals, the journalist admitted. "It seems like while Ukraine would like to end the war quickly and decisively defeat Russian forces and drive them out of their country, U. S. policy almost seems designed to prolong the conflict hoping to bring about the collapse of Russia itself, both militarily and economically," Spoonts said.

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[l] at 8/19/22 6:54am
In the Ivanovo region, a baby died after mother gave birth in an ambulance while on the way to the hospital, the Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports with reference to the regional department of the Investigative Committee of Russia. There was no doctor next to the woman in labor in the ambulance — the paramedic was sitting next to the driver, the newspaper said. When the woman gave birth, she handed over the baby to the paramedic. The medic swaddled the baby and handed him over to hospital doctors. However, a few hours later, the newborn died.

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[l] at 8/19/22 5:06am
The Russian Embassy to the US responded to statements that a number of US officials made regarding the situation around the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP). Russian diplomats stressed that the Americans, not disdaining outright lies, encourage Ukrainian soldiers to implement criminal intentions, which may eventually trigger a man-made disaster. "According to the State Department, Russia neglects issues of nuclear safety. US officials also claim that the Russian military personnel allegedly use violence against nuclear plant employees. No evidence has been provided, and the main culprit of what is happening has been left out again. It is obvious that Washington does not disdain outright lies in unrestrained attempts to denigrate our country," Russian Embassy in Washington wrote in a message posted on its Telegram channel.

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[l] at 8/19/22 4:18am
The State Department covertly warned US Congress about problems that may arise in the event Washington officially recognizes Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, Politico reports. "State fears putting Russia on the state sponsor of terrorism list would imperil the fragile deal to let grain ships leave Ukrainian ports. It took months to broker that arrangement, and while vessels are slowly starting to depart the Black Sea — slightly calming a rampant global food crisis — there's no guarantee Russia will live up to its commitments if it's targeted so directly by the United States," Politico said. Alexander Darchiev, the Director of the North America Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, previously stated that Western countries, led by the United States, have already trampled on international law and absolute taboos in diplomatic practice.

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[l] at 8/18/22 9:17am
Three MiG-31 aircraft armed with Kinzhal hypersonic missiles have been relocated to the Chkalovsk airfield in the Kaliningrad region as part of additional strategic deterrence measures, the Russian Defense Ministry said on August 18. "Today, August 18, 2022, as part of the implementation of additional strategic deterrence measures, three MiG-31I aircraft carrying Kinzhal hypersonic missiles were relocated to the Chkalovsk airfield in the Kaliningrad region," the ministry said. "At the Chkalovsk airfield, round-the-clock combat duty of MiG-31 aircraft with the Kinzhal hypersonic aviation system will be organized," the Defense Ministry added.

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[l] at 8/18/22 9:01am
Russia has put forward a new requirement to pay for the supplies of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Sakhalin-2 project. The new requirements targets buyers from Japan and South Korea, Bloomberg said. The new operator of the project sent instructions to clients saying that they would need to pay in dollars through Russia's Gazprombank, but not through foreign banks as before. Gazprom more than 50 percent of the stake in the operator company. At least two LNG buyers already try to find out whether payments through Gazprombank would violate sanctions, Bloomberg sources sRussia sets forth new gas payment requirement to buyersay. Another option for making payments is through the Russian division of Raiffeisen, but Gazprombank, according to them, is preferable.

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[l] at 8/18/22 8:54am
A military confrontation between Russia, the United States and NATO is not part of Moscow's interests. Russia, as a nuclear power, will continue to act as responsibly as possible, Ivan Nechaev, Deputy Director of the Information and Press Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, said, RIA Novosti reports. "Our armed forces are equipped with modern and high-precision conventional weapons, which allow us to fully implement the goals and tasks set by the President of Russia for purposes of the special operation in Ukraine. Russia, as a nuclear power, will continue to act as responsibly as possible, and a direct confrontation with the United States and NATO is not part of our interests,” he said. The diplomat noted that Russia did not voice threats to use nuclear weapons. All discussions about the alleged intention to lower the threshold for its use are conducted in the ruling circles of the United States, Great Britain and the European Union.

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[l] at 8/18/22 8:16am
Recep Tayyip Erdogan is concerned that Ukraine will not help Turkey become a nuclear power, and he is going to talk about it with Volodymyr Zelensky in Lviv, political scientist Karine Gevorgyan believes. Erdogan comes to Lviv to discuss strategic partnership with Ukraine Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Lviv on Thursday, August 18. First, he will meet with the President of Ukraine, and then the two presidents will have a meeting with UN Secretary General António Guterres. Erdogan and Zelensky will discuss the "grain corridor" and issues related to "ending the war through diplomacy," Haberturk said.

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[l] at 8/18/22 7:04am
Russia has changed its position on the meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky. Moscow has eased the conditions for arranging face-to-face negotiations, CNN Türk reports, citing sources in the Turkish government. Previously, Moscow demanded Ukraine should provide a roadmap for peace talks, but now the Kremlin assumes that this roadmap could be discussed at the face-to-face meeting of state leaders. "The leaders can discuss and define the roadmap. Delegations can then start working to bring this roadmap to life,” the sources said.

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[l] at 8/18/22 6:24am
For the first time in history, the Chinese yuan has left the US dollar behind in terms of the volume of tomorrow transactions during trading on the Moscow Exchange. As of 2:40 pm, the volume of yuan trading amounted to 45.36 billion rubles, having exceeded the dollar turnover of 43.7 billion rubles. The volume of transactions in the euro amounted to 49.9 billion rubles. Chinese currency trading volumes started growing on the Moscow Exchange at the end of February 2022. According to trading results on the Moscow Exchange on February 28, the turnover exceeded 1.2 billion rubles. 

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[l] at 8/18/22 6:10am
The United States has secretly supplied high-speed AGM-88 HARM anti-radar missiles to Ukraine, the missiles are designed to homing in on radar beams, Business Insider said. Reports about radar-destroying missiles in Ukraine appeared in early August, when Russian bloggers found fragments of the HARM (High-Speed ​​Anti-Radiation Missile), which allegedly hit the Russian anti-aircraft missile system in Ukraine. The Pentagon soon confirmed that the USA had supplied HARMs to Kyiv. AGM-88 missiles may create problems for Russian air defense radars that protect the Russian forces against Ukrainian helicopters and aircraft, the publication said. They may also cause damage to anti-battery radars used to detect Ukrainian artillery, including American-made multiple rocket launchers.

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[l] at 8/18/22 4:29am
The Ukrainian troops shelled the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant 12 times in one month, the head of the radiation, chemical and biological protection troops of the Russian Armed Forces, Lieutenant-General Igor Kirillov said, RIA Novosti reports. Since July 18, the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) have been systematically shelling the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant from multiple launch rocket systems, artillery, and drones.  “More than 50 artillery shell explosions and five kamikaze drones have been reported,” Kirillov said.

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[l] at 8/17/22 12:33pm
Italy's potential new Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni says she will be a firm Atlanticist and supporter of Ukraine. Giorgia Meloni is going to take Italy into a deeper crisis. Brothers of Italy to form Italy's new government On September 25, the Italians will elect the new parliament. The right-wing party Brothers currently enjoys the highest rating. According to a recent study conducted by Demopolis, if elections were held today:

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[l] at 8/17/22 10:48am
Recent explosions at Crimea ammo depot damaged the railroad, transformer substations and houses. According to the Russian Defence ministry, the explosions took place as a result of acts of sabotage. Kyiv increases defense budget to attack Crimea It was reported that air defense systems were activated near the village of Gvardeisky, not far from the military airfield of the Black Sea Fleet. Thus, a series of emergencies at strategic and military facilities have occurred during the recent weeks:

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[l] at 8/17/22 10:01am
The Russian army dealt an irreparable blow to Kyiv and the United States, destroying a large ammunition depot in the Cherkasy region. More than 300 HIMARS rockets were destroyed there. And this is a major success, said Yury Knutov, director of the Air Defense Forces Museum. According to him, 300 shells is a lot, because just one shell of an American multiple launch rocket system costs 50 thousand dollars, and a salvo of 6 shells is already a huge amount. “Therefore, 300 shells is a lot, because the shells are expensive and are used for point tasks, so the loss of such a number of missiles is a serious blow to the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the United States, which supply them with these missiles,” analyst said in an interview with Ukraina.ru.

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[l] at 8/17/22 9:36am
Russian President Vladimir Putin's reaction to recent attempts of the collective West to block Russia's gold reserves came as a surprise to the United States. The United States and its allies have imposed several packages of sanctions the purpose of which was to strike a devastating blow to the Russian economy. However, Russia is coping well with the sanctions pressure. Having estimated the ineffectiveness of the sanctions, Washington decided to target Russia's gold reserves, Chinese publication NetEase believes. Russia enters the top five of the countries that own world's largest gold reserves. It goes about enormous assets that can be used for mutual settlements with international partners and stabilization of the national currency.

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[l] at 8/17/22 8:31am
Washington is trying to restore the weakening position of the global hegemon, using the countries of Eurasia, especially Ukraine, to its advantage, Wang Fan, vice-rector of the China University of Foreign Affairs, writes for Huanqiu shibao (Global Times). In his opinion, such a policy threatens world security. The author noted that the United States is playing a kind of strategic chess game, in which it considers other countries as pawns, and directs its main efforts to the Eurasian space. "Now American strategists are considering the problem from the point of view of the "big chess game" - the struggle for Eurasia to restore geopolitical control over this most important region for a long time," Wang said.

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[l] at 8/17/22 7:39am
Turkey has decided to appoint an ambassador to Israel and restore diplomatic relations, said Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. "A decision was made to appoint an ambassador to Israel, and the Israeli side also received a positive response in this regard. Soon our candidacy will be presented to the President," he said at a press conference. He also expressed hope that this process will be successful for both sides.

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[l] at 8/17/22 7:30am
Ukraine has been announcing a counteroffensive in the south for three months, ignoring the lesson of the Battle of Kursk, William Lind wrote in an article for the American Conservative magazine. In his opinion, the authorities in Kyiv in vain informed the world about their plans, which reduced the chances of the success of the operation. “Ukraine has been announcing a major counter-offensive in the south for the third month in a row, thereby ignoring the lesson of the Battle of Kursk (if the enemy knows where you plan to attack, you need to attack elsewhere),” Lind said.

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