Ministry of Defense: Ukrainian troops returned Tokmak and Vasylivka to Zaporozhye without a fight

The Russian military established control over the towns of Tokmak and Vasilyevka in the Zaporizhia region, where the Ukrainian military voluntarily laid down their arms, the official representative of the Russian Defense Ministry said, Major General Igor Konashenkov .

the forces of the Russian Federation took control of the settlements of Tokmak and Vasilyevka, where the Ukrainian military refused to resist and voluntarily laid down their arms, — he said.

The department noted that soldiers and officers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces who surrendered, after signing receipts refusing to participate in hostilities, will be able to return to their families.< /p>

The two cities are located at the crossroads of the national highways of the country of destination. The capture of Vasilyevka opens a direct route to Zaporozhye and the Dnieper (former Dnepropetrovsk).

Recall that today the Ministry of Defense announced that the regional center in Kherson was fully controlled.

The Russian armed forces conducted a special military operation in Ukraine with the aim of demilitarizing and denazifying the country, as well as protecting the population of the DPR and the LPR. The Kremlin has repeatedly stated that Russia does not plan to occupy the territory of Ukraine.


“Breathe, son.” A vibrating vest will help Timur cope with cystic fibrosis

Weekly “Argumenty i Fakty” n°9. More than 120,000 people have been evacuated from Donbass. What can we do to help them? 02/03/2022

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More recently, we celebrated Defender of the Fatherland Day. And then there is another important date on the calendar – Rare Disease Day. It's also about heroism and masculinity. From battling fears and illness, from living with a serious diagnosis – one on one. And of course, on faith and self-sacrifice.  Need help To save his lungs, Timur Batullin (7 years old, Perm) needs an anti-vibration vest for 1,050,500 rubles.

While Nina Batullina started a non-profit organization in Perm to help patients with cystic fibrosis, her 6-year-old son started choking. Name of the new organization – “Breathe” – Nina chose, referring to her son. For Timur to cope, he needs our help.

Cystic Fibrosis – fatal bad luck, which you cannot foresee. Here are two adults who met and fell in love, but had a child with cystic fibrosis. And it was only then that they discovered that they had been living with the same genetic mutation all along – the most common of all known. And their meeting, it seems, was also scheduled by someone from above. Long ago, in the second half of the 19th century, Nina's great-grandfathers, the first Bulgarian settlers, descended the Danube from Plovdiv and Sliven to the lands of Bessarabia for a better life and settled near Odessa. In a century and a half, their great-granddaughter will make a similar outcome, only from Odessa, passing through Kiev and Moscow. And she will settle in the Cis-Urals, over the years changing the Bessarabian dialect to Perm, but carefully preserving the language of her ancestors (and how it will suddenly become useful later when a Bulgarian pulmonologist arrives in Perm!). 

Marat was waiting for Nina in Perm. For him, she left the capital and a good job in an IT company. She left for a new life, and in this life Timur appeared.

During her pregnancy, Nina was informed that her son would have problems with his intestines. He and Marat really hoped it would work out, and they were planning to celebrate the New Year at home, the three of them already. But from the first day, Timur was taken to the operating room: jejunal atresia, stoma, resuscitation.

“New Year, midnight, Timur and I are alone in the room, I roar over a tea with charlotte, which my husband has delivered. And then the call: “Look out the window!”

The three of them really celebrated this new year together. At 12 o'clock sharp in the morning, Marat gave a salute under the hospital wall. And for a moment it seemed to Nina that there was not much time left to wait, soon everything would be fine and calm for them.

And a week later came the “heel” analysis. And Nina realized that now she would never be calm, because her son – cystic fibrosis. 

The Internet has said it all better than any doctor: the lungs are sucked in by a viscous secret that cannot be spat out, and over time they collapse. A gene corrector suitable for a child is not even registered in Russia. And there's nothing you can do about it right now, there's only one thing left for you to do – try to live. Send the child to a kindergarten so that he does not grow up in isolation. Negotiate and ask (“we have very good educators and a wonderful nurse”) so that Timur has a daytime inhalation and runs to work herself. Cut two salaries for a small box of Lego, realizing that more vitamins, inhalation solutions and many other things are needed. And now there will always be a shortage of money, even if you break a cake.

“Breathe, my son, breathe”, – Nina helps the boy with an inhaler. If Timur is healthy, you need to breathe medicine three times a day, if the next & nbsp; bronchitis – 9 times. Nina is fine. She learned to put her son on a drip of antibiotics and enrolled Timur in karate, music, and mental arithmetic. She was the first in the city to win a lawsuit, and Timur began to receive “Gia” inhalation solution heaven. of the state for free. Having learned that Gil Sokol, an Israeli physiotherapist, arrived in Naberezhnye Chelny, Nina walked 500 km and learned how to properly remove sputum clots from Timur's lungs. Finally, she began to help not only her child, but also others: she opened the autonomous non-profit organization “Dyshi” with the same mothers of children with CF. 

It was during this time that her son was diagnosed with respiratory failure. Timur has a dangerous infection in his lungs – Pseudomonas aeruginosa. In such cases, cystic fibrosis patients really need a vibrating vest that would clear the lungs effectively. But it is expensive and not issued by compulsory health insurance.

Timur and Nina really need our help now. Breathe.

And help others breathe.

Opinion  expert

Paediatrician, consultant of the Center for Cystic Fibrosis (Perm) Vera Shadrina:

– Timur – very difficult patient. Due to cystic fibrosis, the secretion in her lungs is thick and viscous. The child is given several mucolytic drugs that only thin the sputum. But you still need to get rid of mucus. The situation is aggravated by an infection with Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which we cannot cope with. In addition to physiotherapy, Timur needs additional equipment – anti-vibration vest. With it, the treatment efficiency will be much higher.

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What supports are there for relatives of a veteran?

Russian legislation provides for social support measures for the families of fallen (deceased) veterans. They are listed in art. 21 of the Federal Law of January 12, 1995 N 5-FZ “On veterans”. 

Who are considered veterans of hostilities?

Veterans of hostilities can be recognized as military, as well as civilians who took part in battles, served in military units, received an award or were injured. In art. 3 of the Federal Law “On Veterans” contains a list of persons who are veterans. The appendix to the federal law also lists military operations, for participation in which veteran status is assigned.

Which relatives of veterans are entitled to measures support?

Social support measures are provided for disabled family members of a deceased (deceased) veteran who were dependent on him and in receipt of a survivor's pension.

Also, regardless of the state of work capacity, being dependent, receiving a pension or a social assistance salary is due to his wife (or spouse) under the following conditions:

< p>1. she (or he) has not (or has not) remarried;

2.  lives:

2.1 alone

2.2 or with minor child(ren) 

2.3 or with ) child(ren) over the age of 18 who became disabled before they reached the age of 18

2.4 or with a child (children) who has not attained (under) the age of 23 and students (students) in full-time educational institutions. 

What payments and benefits are due to relatives of veterans?

The following social support measures are provided for the above persons:

    < li>retirement benefits;
  • benefit when joining housing, housing construction, garage cooperatives, priority right to purchase plots of garden land or garden plots;
  • provide  housing for family members of dead (deceased) veterans in need of better housing conditions;
  • medical care in medical organizations to which relatives were attached during the life of the deceased (deceased), as well that extraordinary medical care under the program of state guarantees on free medical care to citizens;
  • compensation for the cost of housing and communal services;
  • preferential provision of vouchers to sanatorium organizations (if there are medical indications);
  • priority admission to social service organizations providing social services in fixed form, semi-stationary form, extraordinary service to a spouse (spouse) by social service organizations providing social services in the form of services social services at home.
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    On what basis are payments and benefits granted to relatives?

    According to Art. 28 of the Federal Law "On Veterans", social assistance measures are granted to relatives upon presentation of a certificate of a veteran. If a serviceman participated in battles and did not manage to receive the “crust” of a veteran during his lifetime, relatives can claim payments and benefits if they provide a document confirming the fact of death (death) of the serviceman, as well as the fact of his participation in hostilities, operations, combat missions, performance of tasks, work, providing combat operations or performing special tasks. 



Student fraternity. Students of Russian universities support the Donbass

Story Worsening of the situation in the Donbass

Students of Russian universities supported their compatriots in the Donbass. They are also ready to help those who have suffered because of the conflict.

“We, students of the Graduate School of Economics of the State University of Moscow named after MV Lomonosov, Im. Herzen Russian State Pedagogical University and other universities in the country””””””””says the published petition at

The authors of the text note that their mission —”helps all who may suffer in “the current situation”. The students are sure that there will be peace in the Donbass.

“Peace will come. Let's get closer— we will help those who are now in the territory of Donbass, who are suffering”, — they said. This time we must keep a cool head and show that in Russia there is a real student body&rdquo ;.

“Let everything be resolved as soon as possible, and our task be those who, in the future, where, whatever, will allow this to be repeated. what happened in 2014 and whatever it led to…say the petitioners.


Why are bats the main vectors of infection?

“Arguments and facts” Weekly n°8. Homeland defense first 23/02/2022

A new type of coronavirus has been discovered in bats in Laos. Why did these mice become the main source of infection? Are ours as dangerous as the Asians?

Three new coronaviruses have been discovered while studying a population of bats living in caves in northern Laos. This was reported by the journal Nature. Scientists suggest that these viruses – relatives of SARS-CoV-2 that can enter human cells.

“Bats – the second largest group after rodents and, therefore, in terms of the number of parasites that feed on them. From them we have regularly been infected with something, – explain at. Mr. not. Maria Orlova, the only Russian scientist who studies parasites living on bats. – The coronavirus family was originally associated with bats, all other hosts are secondary. But it is not bats that live with us (ours are not yet dangerous), but fruit bats – gigantic animals whose wingspan reaches one meter. Being frugivorous, they also feed on dates. Their feces, urine and saliva remain on the fruit which ends up on the human table, in pet food. This is how the Hendra (with lethality in humans up to 60%) and Nipah (with lethality up to 75%) viruses were transmitted. Theoretically, anything can be expected from bats.


Which ships of the Black Sea Fleet could stay outside the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles?

Plot Worsening of the situation in the Donbass

Turkey could close the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles for the passage of warships. However, even in this situation, the Russian Federation will have the right to use them to bring the fleet back to base, said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. was looking for ships that were outside the strait. These could include ships taking part in exercises in the Mediterranean from February 15-21.

What happened?

The Ambassador from Ukraine to Turkey, Vasily Bondar, asked Ankara to close the strait for the passage of Russian warships.

Turkey has received an official request from Ukraine, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu confirmed. The provisions of the Montreux Convention are clear and precise. In a war in which Turkey does not participate, it is permissible to take action against the countries participating in the war, the minister said.

Thus, Turkey can close the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles for the passage of warships, but even in this situation the Russian Federation will have the right to use them to return the fleet to the base.

Montreux Convention

The Montreux Strait Convention of 1936 guaranteed Turkish sovereignty over the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles.

Subject to prior notification to the Turkish authorities, the Black Sea powers may pass through the strait in peacetime their warships of any class. Substantial restrictions on class and tonnage were introduced for warships of non-Black Sea powers.

Depending on whether or not Turkey is a party to the conflict, it has additional powers to regulate passage through the strait. Under certain circumstances, Ankara can ban any country from using the strait if it considers it will violate security in the region or create threats for itself. However, the Turkish side has repeatedly stated that it intends to fully comply with the terms of the convention and opposes its revision.

However, the Montreux Convention also provides that ships of countries participating in the war can return to their bases and must be authorized to do so. The Montreux Convention also provides that the same measures must be taken with regard to Ukrainian warships, said the Turkish Foreign Minister.

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From February 15 to 25, 2022, naval exercises took place in the Eastern Mediterranean under the leadership of Commander-in-Chief of the Navy, Admiral Nikolai Evmenov. The event involved more than 15 warships, boats and support vessels, as well as more than 30 aircraft.

The list of ships included the Admiral Grigorovich missile cruisers. (part of the Black Sea Fleet), as well as ships of other fleets “Varyag” (flagship of the Pacific Fleet) and “Marshal Ustinov” (Northern Fleet), frigates “Admiral of the Fleet Kasatonov” (Northern Fleet), as well as large anti-submarine ships “Admiral Tributes” (Pacific Fleet) and “Vice Admiral Kulakov” (Northern Fleet) and others. 

The fact that “Admiral Grigorovich” returned to the home port (Sevastopol), not reported. 

In February, the Ministry of Defense also did not report the location of other Black Sea Fleet ships, but in early 2022, in addition to the frigate “Admiral Grigorovich”, the small missile ship “Vyshny Volochek” was part of the group of naval forces in the Mediterranean Sea;, patrol boat “Dmitry Rogachev”, submarines, minesweeper “Vladimir Zakharyin” . They performed special tasks as part of the permanent Navy (Navy) grouping in the remote sea area. Thus, more than 10 ships and support ships of the Black Sea Fleet (BSF) may not be in the Black Sea at the moment.


Sobyanin: Remote work in Moscow will become a recommendation from February 28

In Moscow, the requirement to transfer 30% of employees to remote mode is removed. The corresponding decree was signed by Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin on February 25.

“The obligation to transfer 30% of employees to a remote working mode from one mandatory mode is being transferred to a recommendation”, — he wrote on his blog today, talking about the current situation with the omicron in the city.

Sobyanin explained that since the end of January, when; there has been a spike in the incidence of covid among the inhabitants of the capital, the number of new cases has more than tripled. The number of hospitalizations has halved, including children — by 80%.

As of February 25, 3,333 covid-19 patients were detected in Moscow, which was the minimum value since early January, when the fifth wave of coronavirus began in Russia.

&ldash;Hospitals and polyclinics are resuming business as usual and increasing scheduled patient appointments, — added the mayor.

Recall that from October 25, 2021 to February 25, 2022, employers in Moscow had to transfer at least 30% of their employees to remote work, including citizens over 60 years old and suffering from chronic diseases. These were only workers who had not been vaccinated or had not suffered from the coronavirus.

Previously, the mayor's office announced that the medical facilities of Moscow had begun to return to the planned mode of operation.


The DPR declared control of settlements in the direction of Mariupol

DPR units took control of three settlements in the direction of Mariupol in the Donbass, reports RIA Novosti with reference to the official representative of the Republic People's Militia Eduard Basurin.

We are talking about Nikolaevka, Novognatovka and Bogdanovka, as well as adjacent areas and roads.

Yesterday Vladimir Putin announced a special military operation to demilitarize Ukraine. The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation has stated that the Russian army does not inflict any strikes on the cities of Ukraine, there is no threat to the civilian population.

More early on, it was reported that the DPR and LPR were continuing their counteroffensive with Russian support. DPR troops in the direction of Volnakhsky advanced another kilometer.

The Russian Defense Ministry also said that Russian airborne forces had taken control of the territory in the area of Chernobyl. According to the agency, the Russian army has agreed with the Ukrainian army on the joint security of the nuclear power plant.


Experts named possible deadlines for the end of the special operation to protect the Donbass

The Russian armed forces can complete the operation in support of the people's republics of Donbass in five days, writes Izvestia.

This opinion was expressed to the correspondents of the publication by interviewed by experts.

As noted by Dmitry Abzalov, president of the Center for Strategic Communications, major actions outside major cities should take about this period.

“ Judging by what is happening now, East, Center and South can be liberated. Most likely, a corridor to Pridnestrovie will also be created,” he added.

Vasily Kashin, director of the Center for European and International In-Depth Studies at the Higher School of #39;economics of the National Research University, in turn noted that at present there is a noticeable progress in the Donbass and the Kharkiv region.

“At the moment, we have no objective data to assess the extent of what is happening. It can be assumed that a rapid advance can be made outside Donbass, where the density and quality of troops are lower, as well as the saturation of the territory with fortifications, ”emphasized the expert of the Russian President Vladimir Putin, given the current situation. situation.

It was previously reported that Ukrainian leader Vladimir Zelensky signed a decree on general mobilization in the country. The Head of State also decided to create the Supreme Commander's Headquarters.


Zelensky signed a decree on general mobilization in Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has signed a decree on general mobilization in the country, reports TASS.

According to the text of the published document, it is then it will be executed in 90 days. Reservists will also be called up.

The mobilization will take place throughout Ukraine. In the near future, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine should determine the “order and volumes” of appeal, and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine – to provide the necessary funding.

Heads of regional state administrations, in turn, were responsible for ensuring the establishment and functioning of medical commissions.

< p>Earlier it was also reported that there would be no release of men between the ages of 18 and 60.

The day before, Ukrainian deputies also published an appeal to Zelensky on the Internet with a request for 39;immediate opening of negotiations with Moscow.