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08:37 – Russia: “Putin authorizes the government to buy Western companies and take the step towards nationalization.”

Russian president Last week, Vladimir Putin signed a decree giving the government powers to buy Western companies at a “significant discount”., that is, 50 per cent of its value, with an additional tax of ten per cent of the value of the transaction, as contemplated in the clause last December. According to what was announced by the “Financial Times”, quoting investors involved in the liquidation of companies for which it is considered a “Pandora’s box” that paves the way for nationalization. The government would have the right to buy any Western assets that were put up for sale, in order to later be able to resell them for a profit. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented, “If a company does not fulfill its obligations, it goes into the category of bad companies,” citing as an example the non-payment of wages. Private buyers of Western assets should only be Russians and put twenty percent of the acquired company on the Moscow Exchange.

08:22 a.m. – African leaders with “confidence-boosting proposals.”

African leaders, on a peace mission to Ukraine, will propose a series of measures to “strengthen mutual trust” today to the authorities in Kiev and tomorrow to those in Moscow. It was written by Reuters, which has seen a draft document that would form the basis for the mediation. Possible measures include the withdrawal of Russian forces, the removal of tactical nuclear weapons from Belarus, the easing of sanctions and the suspension of the International Criminal Court’s arrest warrant against Vladimir Putin. There are six countries in this field, Zambia, Senegal, Congo-Brazzaville, Uganda, Egypt and South Africa. (AGI) Bia 160815 Jun 23 (AGI) – Rome, Jun 16. – The mission that the President of South Africa wants will be led by Cyril Ramaphosa, who will include both the President of Senegal, Macky Sall and Zambia, Hakainde Hichilema at his side. The President of Egypt will represent his Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister must represent Ugandan Yoweri Museveni who, apparently, has contracted Covid. On the other hand, Denis Sassou Nguesso will be the big absentee for this assignment. Even the Head of State of the Comoros, the current President of the African Union, Ghazali El Othmani, has already been in Poland since the day before yesterday, a “rallying point” for the African delegation. Today, before heading to Kiev, African leaders will head to Bucha, then meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, followed by a press conference. In the evening, the delegation will leave Kiev for St. Petersburg, where it will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The founder and coordinator of the African Peace Mission is the Brazzaville Foundation, whose president, Jean-Yves Olivier, has already conducted an exploratory mission in the two capitals. The delegation noted that “the conflict, as well as the sanctions imposed on Russia by the main trading partners of the African continent, have had a negative impact on African economies and livelihoods.”

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07:28 – Kiev: “150 children will be deported from Luhansk to Russia.”

Ukraine claims it 150 children were trafficked from occupied Luhansk region to Russia. The National Center of Resistance of Ukraine said that children were deported from the Starobelsk district of Luhansk on June 8 to two centers in the Prikoban district of Russia’s Karachay-Cherkess Republic. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said last month that so far 19,393 children have been illegally transferred to Russia from occupied Ukraine. In March, the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin for overseeing the kidnapping of Ukrainian children. In approving the request for arrest warrants by the ICC’s chief prosecutor, a panel of judges agreed that there were “reasonable grounds” to believe that Putin and the Commissioner for Children’s Rights, Maria Alekseyevna Lvova Belova, were responsible for the “illegal deportation” of Ukrainian children. . The National Center of Resistance of Ukraine reported yesterday that 750 children from Luhansk are expected to arrive at the two centers in Karachay-Cherkess this month.

07:06 AM – Zelensky: “If Kiev loses, the US is forced to choose between war and the collapse of NATO”

If Ukraine loses to Russia, the US may have to choose between going to war with Moscow or “the collapse of NATO.”. The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, was convinced of this, explaining in an interview with Nbc News: “If Ukraine loses, and if Russia occupies Ukraine, Russia will continue to head towards the Baltic states,” thus starting a war “with one of the NATO countries,” and at this point “it will be over.” The United States can choose the collapse of NATO or go to war ».

06:58 – African leaders on a mission to Kiev and St. Petersburg

some African leaders They are expected to be in Ukraine to start a mission in which they will attempt to mediate between the warring nations. The delegation, which was supposed to include 7 presidents, will in fact have 4 presidents and three representatives. It is scheduled to hold talks with President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kiev tomorrow and with Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg the next day.

05:03 AM – NATO: “Ukrainian pilots trained to fly F-16s”

according to guardian NATO is reportedly training Ukrainian pilots to fly F-16 fighters. NATO allies have sent the latest generation of aircraft to the Ukrainian Resistance: Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of NATO, confirmed that training is underway.

04:43 am – Prigozhin and the mystery of his participation in Berlusconi’s funeral: ‘I wasn’t there’

(Written by Fabrizio Dragosi) He had answered a question about the events of the war on Wednesday, giving the reporter a seemingly sensational piece of news: “I can’t say anything about what happened because I went to Berlusconi’s funeral.”. Yevgeny Prigozhin, Putin’s alleged cook, head of Wagner’s private militia fighting in Ukraine He was in Milan for the funeral of the former prime minister? Nothing short of stunning news that instantly moved the diplomatic world.

03:56 am – Prigozhin challenges Putin and the rebels: ‘Wagner will not sign contracts with defense’

(by Fabrizio Dragosi) The endless clash continues between the head of Wagner’s mercenaries and the top leaders of the state. And again, Yevgeny Prigozhin seems determined to disobey even the Supreme Commander, and not just the hated Defense Minister Shoigu and Chief of Staff Gerasimov.

After Vladimir Putin backed the military leaders’ initiative on Tuesday that all independent forces must sign a contract with the defence, the extroverted former restaurateur replied sporadically: “None of the Wagner fighters is ready to go down the road. Shame again. Therefore, no one will sign the agreements, ”he responded to those who reminded him of the president’s words. (…)

03.19 am – On the offensive path that led to the liberation of the ghost towns

(By Francesco Battistini, posted on the N15 towards Donetsk) everything comes up sometimes. “How do you move, they throw you…”. And in those times you have to stay still, and that’s it. “The Russians are more afraid of us…”. Sunday, the sixth day of the counterattack, was one of those times. Sergeant Stephan, 47, had crouched with his soldiers for five hours in a beech clump, camouflaged with leaves, waiting for the right moment to get out of there. “We were in an awkward position. The Russians are also hiding, maybe less than a kilometer away. Everything is motionless. Everything is silent. And not breathing.” Until the sergeant, in the no-man’s-land silence between Zaporizhia and Donetsk, heard this hum. At first, far away. even above himself. “Bee!” He recognized them right away: “Before I was drafted, I was a farmer with thirty hives…”. (…)

01:56 AM – Military Point | These are 67,000 Ukrainian soldiers trained by 33 allied nations: NATO training numbers

The figures from a Pentagon article were published to explain US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s visit to Wiesbaden, the German city hosting Allied Coordination Center that manages support from over 50 countries. Let’s start here: The work force is made up of 200 personnel from 21 countries, and the personnel have followed orders and passage of 150,000 tons of material. A mountain transported by planes, ships, trains and trucks made up of more than 600 different models of vehicles and war systems. We are talking about tanks, armored vehicles, light vehicles, pick-ups and off-road vehicles, medium and long-range guns, ammunition, drones and radars. And each category requires maintenance, spare parts, logistics, “mechanical” setup. (…)

Ukrainian soldiers during training in Donetsk region (Photo Afp ​​/ Anatolii Stepanov)

01:02 am – Kiev: “Advance in different directions in the eastern offensive”

“So far, offensive and defensive operations are taking place in different directions. In the east, the enemy continues to concentrate a large amount of forces and resources and accumulate reserves from other directions, ”wrote the Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Hanna Malyar in a message on Telegram. It is noteworthy that an enemy unit of amphibious assault forces moved from south to east. In the direction of Bakhmut, it continues “Offensive actions in the directions of Rozdolivka – Krasnolevka and Breivivka – Yagedny, where there are successes. Offensive actions are continuing in the directions of Berdnyansk and Mariupol. ” “There is progress in all directions of the offensive. About a kilometer each,” writes Malyar. Throughout the day, the enemy increased the number of missile and air strikes, artillery and mortar shelling. Our forces are facing strong resistance from the enemy and are outnumbered in men and weapons. The enemy is trying with all its might to block the advance of our forces. At the same time, the offensive continues in several directions, our defenders gradually but steadily advancing and inflicting heavy losses on the enemy.

00:12 – Kiev: “Liberating more than 100 square kilometers from the hands of the Russians in one week”

«Over the past week, our troops have advanced deep into the enemy’s rear up to 3 km in the area of ​​the settlement of Mala Tokmachka and up to 7 km south of Velika Novoselka. 7 settlements have been liberated in the Donetsk and Zaporizhia regions, more than 100 square kilometers of Ukrainian territory have been restored. This was stated by Brigadier General Oleksiy Khromov, Deputy Head of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. UNIAN brings it back.

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