UK to expand Magnitsky Act to combat money laundering from Russia

Meeting broadcast was conducted on the website of the parliament.

Raab’s comment followed criticism from parliamentarians.

In particular, Labor MP Lisa Nandy said that “half of all money laundered from Russia” passes through the UK, and accused the government of inaction during the Russian buildup of military presence near the border with Ukraine and in the occupied Crimea.

Another Labor MP – ex-Labor Minister Chris Bryant – asked why it took “so many years” to find out that the Czech police were looking for Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, two Russian citizens whose passport details coincide with the names of Russian citizens suspected of poisoning of ex-Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

“What are we going to do to make sure that the killers on the payroll [президента РФ Владимира] Putin, do not go to all the capitals of Europe? “- asked Bryant.

Raab responded that the UK could use the Magnitsky Act “as a means to combat human rights abuses,” and that these sanctions could be “equally” applied to “dirty money.”

“I have already made it clear that we will soon expand the Magnitsky sanctions to cover this,” he added.

In addition, Raab said the UK Foreign Office has “significant concerns about the recent build-up of Russian military forces on the Ukrainian border” and that the UK is working with its allies “to de-escalate the situation.”

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The captain of the reserve of the Russian Federation told how Russia will respond to uninvited guests of NATO in the Black Sea

Russia has two loyal allies – the army and the navy, which will not allow anyone to dominate the Black Sea. This opinion with FAN shared a well-known Russian military expert, captain of the first rank of the reserve Vasily Dandykin.

The Times, citing sources in the British Navy, reported that the destroyer and anti-submarine frigate of the Royal Navy of Great Britain will enter the Black Sea in May in solidarity with Ukraine. The Turkish Foreign Ministry confirmed that London has sent Ankara a notification that its ships will pass through the Bosphorus to the Black Sea in the first week of May.

The Russian Foreign Ministry believes that the entry of British warships into the Black Sea is aimed at intimidating the Russian Federation, in addition, the West is trying to influence Moscow’s course. At the same time, the department recalled the Montreux Convention, which determines the maximum number and mass of ships of non-Black Sea countries, which can simultaneously be in the Black Sea.

Readers of the British newspaper Times commented on the decision of the authorities to send warships to the Black Sea. Opinions were divided. Some say that Crimea is a suitable place for war, others that sending ships to Russian shores is a stupid idea, since Britain will not dare to use them anyway, and Moscow is well aware of this.

“Crimea is generally a suitable place for war,” says the user under the nickname Disgusted Tunbridge Wells.

“It seems to me that our five ships should be in the English Channel and patrol our shores. Rule Britain over the seas, ”said David Grant.

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Military expert Vasily Dandykin, in an interview with the Federal News Agency, commented on the UK’s decision to send warships to the Black Sea to support Ukraine. The specialist recalled that the elite of British society died in the battle of Balaklava.

“This is the expected reaction from UK residents. Probably, in part, every Englishman has a nostalgia for the British Empire. They honor their colonial traditions, which are also associated with Crimea. There are many places on the peninsula where the British were. I want to remind you that the elite of British society, including a relative, died in the battle of Balaklava. Winston Churchill… But in England there are also descendants of The Beatles who advocated world peace. They understand that the cruise of the British ships will not end with anything – they will walk around and go home. If the British have decided to go to the shores of the Crimea, then they need to remember the Yalta Conference. The world is still holding on to the decisions that were made at this meeting, ”said the FAN interlocutor.

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Also, the captain of the first rank of the reserve told how Russia will respond to the uninvited guests of NATO in the Black Sea. According to him, the Black Sea Fleet is the sole master in the Black Sea region and will not allow anyone to dominate here.

“Unfortunately, Britain nevertheless decided to send two of its ships to the Black Sea, following in the wake of the Americans. I think that with each such campaign, more and more people in the UK will look negatively at the actions of their authorities. Now the country already has a lot of problems associated with Brexit, pandemic, internal separatism of Scotland, Northern Ireland and so on. But for some reason, the British authorities are confident that these two ships, which they sent to the Black Sea, can somehow influence Russia, that, they say, after that the country will become more accommodating. Those days have already passed. If in 1999 the change in the course of Russia and the growth of Russian self-awareness were a timid bell, today there are loud battle bells, which indicate that our country has two loyal allies – the army and the navy. They will not allow anyone to dominate the Black Sea. In my opinion, the Black Sea Fleet is the master there, and all [остальные] – only uninvited guests, ”summed up Vasily Dandykin.

Earlier, the Federal News Agency reported that Sohu analysts have revealed how Moscow will respond to US provocations near Russian borders.

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How a traitor Skripal condemned himself to eternal seclusion in the UK

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Abroad, they continue to try to revive the already forgotten story of the Mi-6 employee Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. Britain claimed that he was allegedly poisoned by two Russian intelligence officers. Three years later, the Czech Republic decided to try to return this topic to the information agenda, stating that the very two men could be involved in the explosions in warehouses in the village of Vrbetitsa back in 2014.

Sergey Skripal’s niece Victoria reacted to these statements with humor. “We have only two people in the country. James Bond is just resting, “a relative of a British spy laughed while talking to KP Petersburg, commenting on the news.

“TEA STARTED TO COME TRUE, BUT FOR A LONG TIME …”

As already reported by “KP”, Sergei Skripal was recruited by the British special services in 1995. Since this year, he has passed on secret information about Russia to Foggy Albion, for which, according to the investigation, he received about 100 thousand dollars. For this, the agent was arrested in Moscow in December 2004, and in 2006 he was sentenced to 13 years in prison for espionage. In 2010, the spy was pardoned and exchanged for Russian agents. Skripal moved to the UK and hoped that he was about to fulfill all his dreams.

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– He was given money to buy a house, he also bought a car, received British citizenship, got a job, – Skripal’s niece Victoria, who until recently kept in touch with her uncle on the phone, shared with KP-Petersburg more than three months ago. – I was glad that I had gathered everyone under one roof, that my children and wife were with him. He invited everyone to visit him from Russia. All his aspirations began to come true. But only at first …

Some of Sergei Skripal’s relatives remained in Russia – his own mother (after whose death he never called his relatives) and his niece Victoria with her children.

“I couldn’t go to Britain because I looked after his mother,” Victoria shares. – Soon, his daughter Julia decided to return to live in Russia: here she had her own apartment, a loved one. His wife, Lyudmila Aleksandrovna, had been ill with cancer for a long time and knew that she would not live long. She already underwent chemotherapy in Great Britain, was in the same hospital in Salisbury. She died soon after. After her, Skripal’s son also left – he had cirrhosis of the liver. And Sergey was left alone in this house …

“EVEN TO COMMUNICATE TO HIM NOW WITHOUT WHO”

According to Skripal’s niece, the spy also had no friends in Great Britain, so he turned into a real recluse.

– He practically did not go anywhere, – Victoria sighs. – Well, he will go once every two or three weeks for groceries or go to the nearest store for milk, come out into the yard to breathe – that’s all. I missed, of course, Russia too. After all, he had relatives, friends, memories here.

Yulia Skripal lives separately from her father

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One of the British journalists who visited Skripal before the Salisbury incident wrote about him: “sitting in his house and watching Russian Channel 1 …

“At first he called Russia, but then he stopped,” says Viktoria Skripal. – In public places, as well as in the information space, he now does not appear. I think even if he wanted to give an interview, as far as I understand, he is forbidden to do it, just like Yulia. In fact, both he and she were doomed to seclusion in Britain after the incident. If we assume that he is still alive (although there are doubts, due to the fact that he used to call every week, and now he has stopped altogether), then, as his daughter Yulia told me, he lives under the supervision of a medical worker.

EXPERT OPINION

“Skripal is hidden and under constant control”

“I believe that it is hidden, I have no doubt about it,” explained to KP a veteran of the GRU special forces, retired Major General Alexander Chubarov. – His freedom of movement is only under control. I think that he hardly exists there without the chefs. They probably take care of him, or maybe he is already buried somewhere under different initials.

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Trump urges Biden to improve relations with Russia to avoid rapprochement with China

“We must have business with Russia, we have to get along with Russia instead of pushing it into the arms of China,” Trump told Fox News television.

  • Donald Trump, former president of the United States.

Former US President Donald Trump called his successor in office, Joe Biden, to normalize relations with Russia instead of favoring its rapprochement with China.

“We must have business with Russia, we have to get along with Russia instead of pushing it into the arms of China.”Trump told the television channel Fox News.

The ex-president warned that “Nothing can be worse than bringing China and Russia together”.

Trump noted that he got along well with Russian President Vladimir Putin despite disagreements and also with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, at least before the coronavirus pandemic.

Relations between the United States and Russia are at their lowest point since the cold war. On April 15, the Biden government imposed new sanctions against several citizens and entities of that country for alleged interference in the November 2020 elections, although it did not present evidence to support its claims.

The White House also accuses Moscow without proof of its alleged role in the cyberattack on the US firm SolarWinds.

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“For the first time we are moving towards a clash with China and Russia”

Charles A. Richard, Chief of the United States Strategic Command and the head of the US nuclear arsenal, said it loud and clear during an appearance in the Senate: your country should prepare for a nuclear war since current conflicts could escalate “very rapidly”, in reference to clashes with China and Russia and its advances in nuclear weapons. If the US does not start investing more in nuclear defense and infrastructure, it will be “at risk of losing credibility in the eyes of our adversaries ”, he added.

“For the first time in our history, our country is moving towards confrontation with two strategic adversaries that at the same time have nuclear capabilities, but must be deterred in a different way,” said the military high command, who leads the Strategic Command in charge of managing the United States nuclear triad: strategic bombers, submarines and ICBMs.

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Moscow outraged by false accusations of involvement in explosions at Czech arsenal

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Moscow outraged by false accusations of involvement in explosions at Czech arsenal

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Moscow outraged by false accusations of involvement in explosions at Czech arsenal

“It is a paradox, but there is practically no official material on this case. For seven years, the official authorities of the Czech Republic could not answer the question of who is to blame, they could not even answer what happened there,” said the spokeswoman The day before, the Attorney General of the Czech Republic, Pavel Zeman, claimed that the suspects of being involved in the Skripal case – the Russians Alexandr Petrov and Ruslán Boshrov – are related to the explosions in Vrbetice in 2014. On April 17, the Czech Police declared that these two Russian citizens were being searched in the framework of an investigation “of a serious crime”, also accused by London of being behind the alleged poisoning of the former agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury with a Neuro-paralyzing substance in 2018, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis denounced on 17 April the alleged involvement of Russian intelligence in the explosions that caused two deaths and n an ammunition depot in Vrbetice, in the Zlin region, in 2014. In turn, the acting Foreign Minister, Jan Hamacek, announced the expulsion of 18 employees of the Russian Embassy in Prague identified as alleged agents of the secret services Moscow, for its part, rejected the accusations as “absurd” and attributed them to the anti-Russian course of the Czech Republic in recent years and also to the “hand of the United States.” On April 18, the Ministry Russia’s Foreign Ministry declared 20 Czech diplomats unwelcome and gave them 24 hours to leave the country. Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov considers that the Czech accusations of involvement in the explosions at the Vrbetica warehouse in 2014, in addition to being “gratuitous and unfounded, are, of course, outrageous.” On the Czech statement that the Russians Alexandr Petrov and Ruslan Boshrov are related to the explosions in Vrbetice, Peskov said it is baseless and “is not a reason for any kind of analysis.” The Kremlin spokesman also pointed out that Russian President Vladimir Putin has not yet planned to hold a telephone conversation with the Czech authorities.In other news, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) needs to maintain dialogue with Russia, declared this 20 German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel in April. It would be “wrong” to close all channels of dialogue with Russia. The task of the Council of Europe is “to tolerate different opinions and positions.” That is important, because thanks to such discussions “people can be assisted” in different states, said the German Chancellor. These and other topics in El Punto .

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The spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zajárova, highlighted the absence of any official material on the explosions that occurred in the Czech Republic in 2014, for which the authorities of the European country blame Russia.

“It is a paradox, but there is practically no official material on this case. For seven years, the official authorities of the Czech Republic could not answer the question of who is to blame, they could not even answer what happened there,” said the spokeswoman of the Russian Chancellery.

“I am outraged by the fact that for seven years details, causes and culprits of the explosions in Vrbetice were not revealed. There is no doubt that the Czechs were pressured, these actions are orchestrated by the US,” denounced the spokeswoman for the portfolio of Foreign of Russia.

The day before, the Attorney General of the Czech Republic, Pavel Zeman, claimed that the suspects of being involved in the Skripal case – the Russians Alexandr Petrov and Ruslán Boshírov – are related to the explosions in Vrbetice in 2014.
On April 17, the Czech Police declared that these two Russian citizens were being searched in the framework of an investigation “of a serious crime”, also accused by London of being behind the alleged poisoning of the former agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury with a neuroparalyzing substance, in 2018.

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis denounced on April 17 the alleged involvement of Russian intelligence in the explosions that caused two deaths at a munitions depot in Vrbetice, in the Zlin region, in 2014.

In turn, the acting Foreign Minister, Jan Hamacek, announced the expulsion of 18 employees of the Russian Embassy in Prague identified as alleged agents of Russia’s secret services.

Moscow, for its part, rejected the accusations as “absurd” and attributed them to the anti-Russian course of the Czech Republic in recent years and also to the “hand of the United States.”

Moscow does not rule out domino effect in the EU after the expulsion of Russian diplomats from the Czech Republic
On April 18, the Russian Foreign Ministry declared 20 Czech diplomats unwelcome and gave them 24 hours to leave the country.

The Kremlin spokesman, Dmitri Peskov, considers that the Czech accusations of involvement in the explosions at the Vrbetica warehouse in 2014, in addition to being “gratuitous and unfounded, are, of course, outrageous”.

“The behavior of the Czech government is absolutely baseless and destructive to bilateral relations,” Peskov stressed.

On the Czech statement that the Russians Alexandr Petrov and Ruslán Boshrov are related to the explosions in Vrbetice, Peskov said that it is without foundation and “is not a reason for any kind of analysis.”

The Kremlin spokesman also noted that Russian President Vladimir Putin has not yet planned to hold a telephone conversation with the Czech authorities.

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The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) needs to maintain dialogue with Russia, declared this April 20 the Federal Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel.

“We have many conflicts with Russia that, unfortunately, complicate our relations. But I am still that person who always says: we must talk to each other … keep the dialogue going,” said Merkel, speaking by videoconference at the PACE.

It would be “wrong” to close all channels of dialogue with Russia. The task of the Council of Europe is “to tolerate different opinions and positions.” That is important, because thanks to such discussions “people can be assisted” in different states, said the German chancellor.

These and other topics in El Punto.

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Trump urges Biden to improve relations with Russia to avoid rapprochement with China

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Former US President Donald Trump called on his successor in office, Joe Biden, to normalize relations with Russia instead of favoring its rapprochement with China.

“We must have business with Russia, we have to get along with Russia instead of pushing it into the arms of China,” Trump told Fox News television.

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The former president warned that “nothing can be worse than bringing China and Russia together.”

Trump noted that he got along well with Russian President Vladimir Putin despite disagreements and also with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, at least before the coronavirus pandemic.

Relations between the United States and Russia are at their lowest point since the cold war. On April 15, the Biden government imposed new sanctions against several citizens and entities of that country for alleged interference in the November 2020 elections, although it did not present evidence to support its claims.

The White House also accuses Moscow without proof of its alleged role in the cyberattack on the US firm SolarWinds.

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Life imprisonment for five civilians for the murder of the Russian ambassador to Turkey

  • Andrei Karlov, ambassador of Russia on Turkey, was shot dead on December 19, 2016 in the Turkish capital, at the opening of an art exhibition

  • According to Turkish justice, the convicted, in addition to the perpetrator of the shots, were part of the brotherhood of Fethullah Gülen, accused of terrorist for Ankara

Five civilians were sentenced to life imprisonment on Monday in connection with the December 2016 murder of Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov. According to the Turkish justice, those sentenced aided the material perpetrator of the murder, Mevlut Mert Altintas, to infiltrate the Turkish police and secret services and then kill the Russian diplomat.

Altintas, who shot Karlov in the back as he inaugurated a art exhibition in Ankara, died in the same action, after being killed by the police. At first, the old-fashioned event was blamed Jabhat al Nusra, organization that is now called Hayat Tahrir al Sham and which was, in 2016, the subsidiary of Al Qaeda In Syria. At that time, in 2016, tensions in Syrian territory were high over the siege of Aleppo and the involvement of the russian aviation on discriminated bombings against civilians.

The Turkish court, however, has not targeted Al Qaeda as the organization behind Karlov’s assassination, but rather the brotherhood of the Turkish Islamist cleric Fethullah Gülen, considered as the leader of a criminal and terrorist group by Turkey. Ankara also names him as the head of the coup attempt in July 2016 – just five months before the assassination of the Russian ambassador. In the attempt 251 civilians died at the hands of the rebel military.

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According to the Turkish court, Gülen himself, living in exile in USA since the 1990s, he was the one who gave the green light to the murder of Karlov. His intention, says the Turkish justice, was to muddy the relations between the Russian and Turkish presidents, Vladimir Putin Y Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“The sole intention of the attack was to destroy relations between Turkey and Russia. In addition, they also sought to boost the morale of the members of Fetö [el nombre que recibe el grupo de Gülen en Turquía], Y Preparing the terrain for the coup ”, says the Turkish court, which assures that the murder had to occur before the attempt, but that it had to be postponed.

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Johnson ‘shields’ the UK against espionage from “hostile countries” such as Russia or China

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Foreign spies working in the UK now face prosecution and deportation under the new laws passed to protect the nation from “hostile countries” such as China or Russia.

Boris Johnson will use the Queen’s speech on May 11 to announce a rule directed against “hostile states”, which plans to carry out a register of all individuals working in the United Kingdom on behalf of foreign governments. Failure to do so will be a crime.

The British Government will also update the “archaic” Official Secrets Act so that it can be used against those who seek to boycott British interests from abroad, including hackers working for so-called “hostile states”. Johnson is determined to press ahead with these measures amid growing concern over Russian and Chinese activities..

Relations deteriorated further this Sunday when Dominic Raab, the foreign minister, said that the United Kingdom offered its “full support” to the Czech government after police announced that they were looking for two men whose passports matched the names of suspects in the 2018 Novichok attack in Salisbury, England.

The British Executive issued a statement after the Government of the Czech Republic expelled 18 employees of the Russian embassy in Prague, accused of being agents of the Russian intelligence services GRU and SVR involved in two explosions in ammunition depots in the city from Vrbetice, in northern Moravia. The explosions occurred in October and December 2014, with the first one killing two people.

The Police of that country published this Sunday photos of two individuals wanted for “serious crimes”, Anatoly Chepig Y Alexander Mishkin, who could be agents of the Russian military intelligence GRU, suspected of the failed assassination attempt on the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury (UK) in 2018.

“The United Kingdom fully supports our Czech allies, who have exposed how far the Russian intelligence services go in their attempts to undertake dangerous and malicious operations in Europe,” the Foreign Minister said in the aforementioned note.

As Raab remarked, “This shows a pattern of behavior on the part of Moscow, after the attack committed with Novichok in (the English town of) Salisbury. My thoughts are with the relatives of the victims in Vrbetice. “

The British minister assured that this country is “determined as always to bring those responsible for the attack in Salisbury to justice” and considered that Russia “must desist from these actions, which violate the most basic international norms.”

The passports with which the two men sought entered the country were documents with fictitious identities issued by the GRU, which were also later used in Great Britain.

Russia and cyber attacks

Last week the United Kingdom and the United States (USA) publicly condemned Russia’s “evil” activities after concluding that there was a “high probability” that it was behind the biggest cyber attacks in Western history.

Raab has accused Moscow of trying to undermine Western democracies and Andre Kelin, Russian ambassador in London, pointed out this Sunday to the BBC that he has not met with the foreign secretary for over a year.

As explained by the British newspaper The Times, the idea of ​​conducting a registration of foreign agents is based on a US system, where individuals working on behalf of foreign governments, officials and political parties are required to register with the US Department of Justice and to report regularly on their activities.

The registration scheme extends to anyone who represents the interests of a foreign state, including lobbyists, consultants and all those who carry out public relations tasks.

Intelligence agencies advocate an equivalent record in the UK and they warn that under current legislation foreign spies can, de facto, act with impunity unless they are caught buying official secrets.

Russian activity in Europe

A former MI6 chief estimates that only 10% of the aggressive intelligence actions carried out by Russia in all of Europe are known.

Sir John Sawers, who headed the British Intelligence Service between 2009 and 2014, pointed out this Monday to BBC Radio 4 that “we shouldn’t be surprised by the activity of Russian intelligence in Europe and I think the Czechs have rebuilt this issue quite well.”

“Everything bears the mark of an operation carried out by Russian intelligence and I think the Czechs have the two people who tried to assassinate Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, I think they got caught. ”Sawers says many more operations have taken place but have not come to light.

“We see the spread of aggressive Russian intelligence activities across Europe, but we probably only know 10% of what they are doing. There must be a large number of intelligence operations that we are not aware of,” he stressed. .

Lord Parker of Minsmere, former head of MI5, told the Commons Intelligence and Security committee: “Today it is not a crime to be a secret agent of Russian intelligence in the UK (just that, to be a secret agent, to pursue a report), unless you acquire harmful secrets and give them to your masters. “

British ministers also want to renew the Official Secrets Act, which has parts dating back to 1911, so it can be used against people carrying out cyberattacks against the UK from abroad. Currently, the Act allows action in this regard only against British citizens who are abroad, but not against foreigners who act against the United Kingdom beyond its borders.

Now Boris Johnson wants to put a stop to this “legal vacuum”. The swords against Russia and China are at the top.

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Movement of troops to the Ukrainian border

Royal Navy warships will set sail for the Black Sea next month.

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British warships will head for the Black Sea, due to the concentration of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border.

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This is reported by the edition The Sunday Times.

Royal Navy warships will reportedly set sail for the Black Sea next month as tensions between Ukrainian and Russian forces continue to escalate.

“The withdrawal of ships to the shores of Ukraine is intended to demonstrate solidarity with Kiev and NATO allies in the region after President Biden last week decided to cancel the deployment of two US warships in the Black Sea due to fears of an escalation of the crisis,” the statement said.

Reportedly, the Type 45 destroyer, armed with anti-aircraft missiles, and the Type 23 anti-submarine frigate will separate from the British Navy carrier group in the Mediterranean Sea and head through the Bosphorus to the Black Sea.

Pulling Russian troops to the borders with Ukraine

  • At the beginning of March, Russia concentrated 28 battalion tactical groups along the state border of Ukraine and in the temporarily occupied territories and, under the guise of preparing for exercises, plans to pull up to 25 battalion tactical groups, which poses a threat to the military security of our state.
  • According to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the invaders are reinforcing advanced units with reconnaissance groups and sniper pairs, and are training personnel with the involvement of instructors from the Russian Armed Forces. Also, the Russian occupation forces are keeping alert artillery units ready for use in certain areas, in particular in settlements in the occupied territory of Ukraine.
  • On March 31, The New York Times wrote that Russia is pulling 4,000 troops to the border with Ukraine.
  • US Command Europe has increased its alert status to the highest level. The Pentagon said it was concerned about the escalation of Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine.
  • On April 8, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Ruslan Khomchak said that the situation is under control, and the Ukrainian military is ready to respond both to the aggravation of the situation in the temporarily occupied territory of Luhansk and Donetsk regions, and along the entire Ukrainian-Russian border.
  • On April 14, Defense Minister Andrei Taran said that the number of Russian troops near the northern and eastern borders of Ukraine could grow to 110,000 personnel.

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