Eu accession – Westie Lovers http://westielovers.com/ Sat, 14 May 2022 12:01:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://westielovers.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/cropped-icon-32x32.png Eu accession – Westie Lovers http://westielovers.com/ 32 32 Georgia’s bid for EU membership is the result of Ukraine’s struggle https://westielovers.com/georgias-bid-for-eu-membership-is-the-result-of-ukraines-struggle/ Sat, 14 May 2022 11:19:25 +0000 https://westielovers.com/georgias-bid-for-eu-membership-is-the-result-of-ukraines-struggle/ Georgia’s application for EU membership According to Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili, the fact that Georgia applied so quickly for EU membership is a merit of the Ukrainian people. “The path to European integration now looks completely different. At present, Georgia has already applied for EU membership. This is a great merit of the Ukrainians, their […]]]>

Georgia’s application for EU membership

According to Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili, the fact that Georgia applied so quickly for EU membership is a merit of the Ukrainian people.

“The path to European integration now looks completely different. At present, Georgia has already applied for EU membership. This is a great merit of the Ukrainians, their daily struggle, and for this we can only thank them. Because without that, there would be nothing and we should not consider that we have done something special and that suddenly we have become worthy of everything. It is their merit, and we will follow that,” the Georgian president said.

According to her, “I can’t tell you what the reaction of the EU will be”, but it partly depends on Georgia:

“…how are we going to act during this period and to what extent will we be ready to really engage in what needs to be done in this country to make Georgia a European country in various areas such as the rule of law, legal system, economic development, etc.

Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova are awaiting EU candidate status. All three countries simultaneously applied for EU membership. This process was accelerated by the war in Ukraine.

Georgia applied for EU membership on March 3. On April 11, Georgia received the first part of the EU self-assessment questionnaire to be completed. Questionnaires have also been received by Ukraine and Moldova, and they have already completed them.

Georgia completed the second part of the questionnaire on 9 May and transmitted it to the EU.

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Russian-Ukrainian War News: Live Updates https://westielovers.com/russian-ukrainian-war-news-live-updates/ Wed, 11 May 2022 19:51:08 +0000 https://westielovers.com/russian-ukrainian-war-news-live-updates/ WASHINGTON — A cyberattack that disrupted satellite communications in Ukraine in the hours leading up to the Feb. 24 invasion was the work of the Russian government, the United States and European countries said Tuesday, officially laying blame for an attack that rocked Pentagon officials and private industry because it exposed new vulnerabilities in global […]]]>

WASHINGTON — A cyberattack that disrupted satellite communications in Ukraine in the hours leading up to the Feb. 24 invasion was the work of the Russian government, the United States and European countries said Tuesday, officially laying blame for an attack that rocked Pentagon officials and private industry because it exposed new vulnerabilities in global communications systems.

In a series of coordinated statements, the governments blamed Moscow but did not explicitly name the organization that led the sophisticated effort to block Ukrainian communications. But US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity on the details of the findings, said it was Russia’s military intelligence agency, the GRU – the same group responsible for hacking into the Democratic National Committee in 2016 and a series of attacks against the United States. and Ukraine.

“This unacceptable cyberattack is another example of Russia’s continued irresponsible behavior in cyberspace, which is also an integral part of its illegal and unwarranted invasion of Ukraine,” said Josep Borrell Fontelles, the EU’s top diplomat. European, in a press release. “Cyberattacks targeting Ukraine, including against critical infrastructure, could spread to other countries and have systemic effects endangering the security of European citizens.”

The attack centered on a system run by Viasat, a California company that provides high-speed satellite communications services – and was used extensively by the Ukrainian government. The attack came weeks after some Ukrainian government websites were hit by “cleaner” software that destroys data.

The Viasat attack appeared intended to disrupt Ukraine’s command and control of its troops during the critical early hours of the Russian invasion, US and European officials said. The hack also disconnected thousands of civilians in Ukraine and across Europe from the internet. It even thwarted the operation of thousands of wind turbines in Germany that relied on Viasat technology to monitor conditions and control the wind turbine network.

Viasat immediately launched an investigation and called on Mandiant, the cybersecurity company, to write a report. While Viasat released its initial findings in March, the more in-depth studies have not been made public.

Nevertheless, these first conclusions were striking: to hide space satellites, hackers never had to attack the satellites themselves. Instead, they focused on ground modems, devices that communicated with satellites. A senior government official said the vulnerability of such systems was “a wake-up call”, raising concerns in the Pentagon and in US intelligence agencies, which fear that Russia or China could exploit similar vulnerabilities in other critical communication systems.

US and European officials have warned that cyberweapons are often unpredictable, and the sprawling disruption caused by the Viasat hack showed how quickly a cyberattack can spread beyond its targets. In 2017, a Russian cyberattack in Ukraine, called NotPetya, quickly spread around the world, disrupting the operations of Maersk, the Danish shipping conglomerate, and other major companies.

Like other critical infrastructure attacks, such as the Colonial Pipeline hack in 2021, the Viasat hack exposed a weak point in an essential service that was being operated by Russian hackers with little technical sophistication. The colonial pipeline attack led to the only face-to-face meeting between President Biden and Russian President Vladimir V. Putin, in Geneva last June. During that meeting, Mr. Biden warned Mr. Putin against ransomware or other attacks on critical US infrastructure. But the Viasat attack, although directed against an American company, did not hit American shores.

Officials in the United States and Ukraine have long believed that Russia was responsible for the cyberattack on Viasat, but did not officially “attribute” the incident to Russia. While US officials reached their conclusions long ago, they wanted European nations to take the lead, as the attack had significant repercussions in Europe but not the United States.

Statements released on Tuesday did not name a particular Russian-sponsored hacking group to have orchestrated the attack, an unusual omission as the United States has regularly revealed information about the specific intelligence services responsible for the attacks, in part to demonstrate their visibility in the Russian government. .

“We have and will continue to work closely with law enforcement and relevant government authorities in the ongoing investigation,” Viasat spokesman Dan Bleier said. Mandiant, the cybersecurity firm hired by Viasat to investigate the matter, declined to comment on its findings.

But researchers from cybersecurity firm SentinelOne believed the Viasat hack was likely the work of the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence unit. The malware used in the attack, known as AcidRain, shared significant similarities with other malware previously used by the GRU, SentinelOne researchers said.

Unlike its predecessor, the malware known as VPNFilter and designed to destroy specific computer systems, AcidRain was created as a versatile tool that could easily be used against a wide variety of targets, the researchers said. In 2018, the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation said that the Russian GRU was responsible for creating the VPNFilter malware.

The AcidRain malware is “a very generic solution, in the scariest sense of the word,” said Juan Andres Guerrero-Saade, senior threat researcher at SentinelOne. “They can take this tomorrow and if they want to launch a supply chain attack against routers or modems in the United States, AcidRain would work.”

US officials have warned that Russia could carry out a cyberattack on US critical infrastructure and urged companies to strengthen their online defenses. The United States has also helped Ukraine detect and respond to Russian cyberattacks, the State Department said.

“As nations have pledged to uphold the rules-based international order in cyberspace, the United States and our allies and partners are taking steps to defend against Russia’s irresponsible actions,” the secretary said. of State Antony J. Blinken, noting that the United States provides satellite phones, data terminals and other connectivity equipment to Ukrainian government officials and critical infrastructure operators.

The UK said it would also continue to help Ukraine repel cyberattacks. “We will continue to expose Russia’s malign behavior and unprovoked aggression on land, at sea and in cyberspace, and ensure it faces serious consequences,” said Liz Truss, UK Business Secretary. foreign.

“All countries must unite their efforts to stop the aggressor, to make it impossible for him to continue attacking and be held accountable for his actions,” a spokesman for Ukraine’s security and intelligence services said. in a statement on the attribution of the Viasat hack. in Russia. “Only sanctions, coordinated activity, raising awareness among public institutions, businesses and citizens can help us achieve this goal and truly achieve peace in cyberspace.”

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President Zelensky actively prepares Ukraine for EU membership https://westielovers.com/president-zelensky-actively-prepares-ukraine-for-eu-membership/ Mon, 09 May 2022 20:14:29 +0000 https://westielovers.com/president-zelensky-actively-prepares-ukraine-for-eu-membership/ Photo: OPU The President of Ukraine met with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen via video link. “Showed the second part of the completed questionnaire for Ukraine to obtain the status of candidate for membership in the European Union. Thank you for the clear signals of support on this important path for us,” Zelensky […]]]>
Photo: OPU

The President of Ukraine met with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen via video link.

“Showed the second part of the completed questionnaire for Ukraine to obtain the status of candidate for membership in the European Union. Thank you for the clear signals of support on this important path for us,” Zelensky said in his telegram channel.

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The British civil service still hasn’t bought into Brexit https://westielovers.com/the-british-civil-service-still-hasnt-bought-into-brexit/ Sat, 07 May 2022 06:00:00 +0000 https://westielovers.com/the-british-civil-service-still-hasnt-bought-into-brexit/ When I arrived in Britain as High Commissioner for Australia four years ago, I had never seen a democratic political system in such a state of crisis. Parliament was deadlocked. The Conservatives were in open civil war. And Whitehall still struggled to come to terms with the fact that the public had decreed that Britain […]]]>

When I arrived in Britain as High Commissioner for Australia four years ago, I had never seen a democratic political system in such a state of crisis. Parliament was deadlocked. The Conservatives were in open civil war. And Whitehall still struggled to come to terms with the fact that the public had decreed that Britain would withdraw from the European Union.

Public servants, always guardians of conventional wisdom, are notoriously resistant to fundamental change. With Brexit, such was the shock to the mandarins of the reversal of one of the most basic assumptions of British governance for several decades, the institutional reluctance – even the resistance – was palpable.

Eventually, the political deadlock was broken with Boris Johnson’s arrival in Downing Street and his emphatic election victory soon after. Opponents were forced into a resentful silence. Sadly, as I leave London, I feel that Britain has yet to fully accept the profound change brought by Brexit. Within the power centers of Whitehall, institutional inertia remains strong.

A case in point is the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which has yet to adjust to the huge opportunities for agricultural trade that ‘global Britain’ offers: not just through bilateral agreements with nations such as Australia, New Zealand and India, but through membership in the Pacific Rim trading community, the CPTPP. This institutional timidity has spread to the agricultural sector itself, where people are more concerned about the threat of imports than the prospect of creating new markets among the rising middle class of Indo-Pacific nations.

I suspect that the reluctance in Whitehall and elsewhere to embrace the prospect of a truly global Britain is shaped more by cultural attitudes, imperceptibly absorbed over decades, than by economic realities. A nearly half-century cocoon within the EU has, in some sectors, weakened the entrepreneurial spirit that once defined Britain.

Meanwhile, the declinist narrative, ubiquitous for much of the period since World War II (although briefly halted by Margaret Thatcher), has corroded Britain’s self-confidence. The relentless attacks on the country’s history by some of its cultural elites have made it too much to feel that they should be ashamed of a past which, if not spotless, should be a source of pride.

Britain’s history has been a history of progress. It was Whig historians like Trevelyan who made this case; today it is conservative historians like Andrew Roberts. Whether it is the abolition of the slave trade, the evolution of the parliamentary system, the expansion of the right to vote, the creation of the welfare state, the defense of the state of law, of challenging dictators, of promoting human rights across the world or empowering minorities, Britain has been a force for good in the world.

So my parting message as I step down from the role of Australia’s diplomatic representative in London is this: Global Britain may have started as a slogan, but it can also be a reality. We see this reality taking shape before our eyes with your reaction to the outrage in Ukraine. It was Britain that led the world in the immediacy, strength and moral clarity of your response. Self-laceration and pessimism have frustrated your political and cultural establishment too much for too long. The Liberal Democrat world needs a strong, confident, enterprising and ambitious global Britain – and at this dangerous time in world history, it needs you more than ever.


George Brandis served as Australia’s High Commissioner to the UK from 2018-2022

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What was the EU’s response to the Azerbaijani media law https://westielovers.com/what-was-the-eus-response-to-the-azerbaijani-media-law/ Wed, 04 May 2022 18:30:31 +0000 https://westielovers.com/what-was-the-eus-response-to-the-azerbaijani-media-law/ EU response to Azerbaijani media law The European Union attaches great importance to free and independent journalism, said the Head of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan, Peter Michalko. According to him, the media law, which came into force in Azerbaijan, has become a subject of discussion between the EU and the Azerbaijani authorities. “It is […]]]>

EU response to Azerbaijani media law

The European Union attaches great importance to free and independent journalism, said the Head of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan, Peter Michalko. According to him, the media law, which came into force in Azerbaijan, has become a subject of discussion between the EU and the Azerbaijani authorities. “It is important that the law does not have a negative impact on the activities of journalists,” Mikhalko stressed.



During a press conference dedicated to World Press Day, the head of the EU delegation to Azerbaijan, Peter Michalko, said that the EU attaches great importance to free and independent journalism.

The “media law” has become a topic of discussion

“Sometimes journalists, by bringing truthful information to people, face risks to their lives, as is currently the case in Ukraine, which has been subjected to Russian aggression,” Turan Mikhalko quoted.

Head of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan Peter Michalko. Photo: Touran

According to him, the issue of the new “media law” which entered into force in Azerbaijan in January has become the subject of discussion between the representatives of the European Union and the Azerbaijani authorities: “It was noted that it is important that the law does not have a negative impact on the activities of journalists”.

The Head of the EU Delegation in Azerbaijan noted that the EU can support local media with projects aimed at improving the professionalism of journalists, including in the regions of the country. In addition, Azerbaijani media can benefit from regional projects within the framework of the Eastern Partnership.

New partnership agreement between the EU and Azerbaijan

Peter Michalko said that the further development of cooperation within the framework of the EU’s Eastern Partnership program depends on the will of the participating countries themselves.

“The day before, Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia responded to the first stage of the EU accession questionnaire. With Azerbaijan, the EU continues to work towards the signing of a new Comprehensive Partnership Agreement. In the context of recent high-level mutual visits, work has also intensified on this document, which will take the partnership to a new level,” he stressed.

It was also noted during the press conference that the European Union is the main trading partner of Azerbaijan, 51% of whose exports go to the European market.

Mikhalko expressed the opinion that the new agreement will open new opportunities for economic cooperation: “We want to strengthen trade relations and bring more Azerbaijani products to the European market. We believe that the new agreement will contribute to this”.

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EU conference backs deeper integration, right pulls out – POLITICO https://westielovers.com/eu-conference-backs-deeper-integration-right-pulls-out-politico/ Sat, 30 Apr 2022 16:19:57 +0000 https://westielovers.com/eu-conference-backs-deeper-integration-right-pulls-out-politico/ European politicians at a conference to revamp the EU on Saturday signed a plan for deeper integration, prompting a group of right-wing MEPs to back out of the plan. The Conference on the Future of Europe was set up last year with the aim of bringing together citizens and politicians from across the EU to […]]]>

European politicians at a conference to revamp the EU on Saturday signed a plan for deeper integration, prompting a group of right-wing MEPs to back out of the plan.

The Conference on the Future of Europe was set up last year with the aim of bringing together citizens and politicians from across the EU to come up with ideas for reshaping the bloc.

At a session in Strasbourg on Saturday, the conference plenary – made up of representatives from EU institutions, national parliaments and citizens’ panels – approved more than 300 proposals. They include the abolition of national vetoes, granting the European Parliament the right to propose laws, more investment in climate change mitigation, the launch of “joint armed forces” and transnational electoral lists.

The text notes that there was a “difference of views” on whether new countries joining the EU should still require the unanimous agreement of current members and “a range of views” on “the extent to which there should be joint armed forces”.

“I am really very touched today because it is a historic moment for our European democracy,” Dubravka Šuica, European Commissioner for Democracy and Demography, told reporters. “I am more than happy because we have engaged citizens [were] very committed and they really surprised me.

The proposals now go to the conference’s executive board, which is due to present the final report to the presidents of the EU institutions on May 9. The extent to which the plans will become reality depends to a large extent on EU member governments, many of which have not expressed great enthusiasm for the project.

“There was a lot of skepticism at the start of this whole process,” said MEP Guy Verhofstadt of the Renew Europe group, co-chairman of the board alongside Šuica. But now, he argued, “everyone saw that this was a very serious undertaking and…a very promising path for the European Union“.

A wide range of European lawmakers – from the center-right European People’s Party to the left-wing group – have thrown their support behind the proposals.

“The Federal State of #Europe will come true!” tweeted Green MP Niklas Nienass. “It will shape the world forever!”

But it’s not music to everyone’s ears.

MEPs from the right-wing groups Identity and Democracy (ID) and European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) refuse to support the proposals, arguing that they do not reflect public opinion in the EU.

“The selection of citizens attending the conference was itself very flawed,” the ECR Group said in a statement. “Research shows that citizens in favor of a more centralized Union were much more likely to accept an invitation to participate in the Conference’s citizens’ panels than those who were more skeptical.”

The group says they reject the “idea”

“Getting out of this farce was the only right decision,” mentioned Swedish ECR MEP Charlie Weimers on Twitter.

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bne IntelliNews – Montenegro parliament approves new minority government led by Abazovic https://westielovers.com/bne-intellinews-montenegro-parliament-approves-new-minority-government-led-by-abazovic/ Thu, 28 Apr 2022 21:24:00 +0000 https://westielovers.com/bne-intellinews-montenegro-parliament-approves-new-minority-government-led-by-abazovic/ Montenegro’s parliament on April 28 approved the new government led by Dritan Abazovic, whose main objective is to unblock the country’s EU-related reforms, the government said. Abazovic, who is the leader of the civic party URA, was appointed prime minister of Montenegro on March 3 after Zdravko Krivokapic’s government lost a vote of no confidence. […]]]>

Montenegro’s parliament on April 28 approved the new government led by Dritan Abazovic, whose main objective is to unblock the country’s EU-related reforms, the government said.

Abazovic, who is the leader of the civic party URA, was appointed prime minister of Montenegro on March 3 after Zdravko Krivokapic’s government lost a vote of no confidence. Abazovic proposed a minority government excluding the pro-Russian Democratic Front and the former ruling party, the Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS),

45 MPs voted in favor of the new government in the 81-seat parliament.

The government will have 18 ministries, four vice-presidents and two ministers without portfolio.

“Solving a number of open issues, which have blocked Montenegro’s European path, as well as other reform processes, will be the focus of Montenegro’s new 43rd government,” Abazovic told parliament.

Abazovic stressed that the new government will be based on two main pillars – the rule of law and economic development, which have five priority lines of action, the fight against corruption, more sustainable investments, integration into the EU , sustainable development and environmental protection as well as support for children and young people.

He said the government’s objective is to revive the rule of law as soon as possible, which requires the election of the Judicial Council, for which a broader social consensus will be necessary.

“Citizen security is more important in every country, so we will focus on fighting organized crime and related groups operating in Montenegro. Montenegro recently received a document from Europol that defines who the enemies of our country are in the area of ​​organized crime,” Abazovic said.

Jovana Marovic was elected Deputy Prime Minister for Foreign Policy and Minister for European Affairs, while Vladimir Jokovic is Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Systems and Minister for Agriculture.

The other two deputy prime ministers are Rasko Konjevic, who will be in charge of the political system and will also be defense minister, and Ervin Ibrahimovic in charge of regional development and capital investment minister.

Aleksandar Damjanovic will be Minister of Finance and Ranko Krivokapic has been appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs. Goran Gjurovic will be the new Minister of Economic Development and Tourism.

Montenegro is a member of NATO and has been negotiating EU membership since 2012. The country is deeply divided between pro-Serb and pro-Russian conservative parties on one side and pro-EU parties on the ‘other.

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If Serbia does not impose sanctions on Russia, negotiations with the EU are at risk https://westielovers.com/if-serbia-does-not-impose-sanctions-on-russia-negotiations-with-the-eu-are-at-risk/ Tue, 26 Apr 2022 10:30:58 +0000 https://westielovers.com/if-serbia-does-not-impose-sanctions-on-russia-negotiations-with-the-eu-are-at-risk/ As Serbia continues to consider imposing sanctions on Russia, there is increasing pressure from the European Union for it to do so and messages indicate that the country’s further accession negotiations will depend on this decision. Asked about the realism of the threat, EU spokeswoman Ana Pisonero said member states make the final decisions on […]]]>

As Serbia continues to consider imposing sanctions on Russia, there is increasing pressure from the European Union for it to do so and messages indicate that the country’s further accession negotiations will depend on this decision.

Asked about the realism of the threat, EU spokeswoman Ana Pisonero said member states make the final decisions on enlargement, although Serbia should harmonize its foreign policy with Brussels.

Serbia has officially been on the EU path for more than 20 years, but it is still far from full EU membership. This was influenced by many factors, including previous problems with the Tribunal in The Hague, the question of Kosovo, the absence of the rule of law and democracy, the slow implementation of reforms, but also the proximity to China and Russia.

Considering all the circumstances, it is not surprising that Serbia, as an EU candidate country, opened 22 out of 35 chapters and temporarily closed only two chapters (science and research, education and culture).

EU spokeswoman Ana Pisonero said the Community expects Serbia to gradually align with European foreign policy. “The EU has strongly condemned Russia’s unjustified military aggression against Ukraine and imposed broad sanctions on the Russian and Belarusian regimes, targeting individuals, institutions and companies. Thus, the EU has sent a clear message that supporting the Russian invasion costs money. EU sanctions against Russia, which undermine the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, are under constant scrutiny. Any decision to impose additional measures on Russia or its supporters is taken unanimously by the European Council,” she said.

MEP Viola von Cramon said Serbia could show it wanted to join the European Union by aligning itself with sanctions against Russia.

“Serbia must show clearly where it belongs and if it really wants to join the European Union, it must align itself with the sanctions against Russia, but no introduction of sanctions will replace our monitoring of media freedom or human rights. human,” she said.

Von Cramon said Serbia could count on EU help if it decides to impose sanctions on Russia, but added that this does not automatically mean the country will be on an easier path to EU.

(News, 25.04.2022)

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Russia plans to hold a referendum in the Ukrainian city of Kherson in a bid to link Russia with Crimea https://westielovers.com/russia-plans-to-hold-a-referendum-in-the-ukrainian-city-of-kherson-in-a-bid-to-link-russia-with-crimea/ Sun, 24 Apr 2022 23:05:48 +0000 https://westielovers.com/russia-plans-to-hold-a-referendum-in-the-ukrainian-city-of-kherson-in-a-bid-to-link-russia-with-crimea/ Putin has deployed Iskander-M mobile battlefield missile launchers within 40 miles of the Ukrainian border, the Ukrainian military has said. The mobile system’s two ballistic missiles have a range of up to 500 km (300 miles) and can carry conventional or nuclear warheads. It comes as Russia plans to hold a referendum in the city […]]]>

Putin has deployed Iskander-M mobile battlefield missile launchers within 40 miles of the Ukrainian border, the Ukrainian military has said.

The mobile system’s two ballistic missiles have a range of up to 500 km (300 miles) and can carry conventional or nuclear warheads.

It comes as Russia plans to hold a referendum in the city of Kherson in a bid to create a tie with Crimea and justify its invasion of southern Ukraine, the Defense Ministry has claimed.

Russia previously staged a rigged vote on Crimea joining the Russian Federation in 2014, in which 97% voted in favor – a result as US President Barack Obama said he would “never recognized”.

On Sunday evening, the Defense Ministry said Russia was planning a similar move to Kherson where it planned to establish a land bridge to Crimea.

The southern Ukrainian city was one of the first settlements to fall to Russian troops after the outbreak of war. There had been hopes that Ukrainian soldiers could liberate the residents of Kherson as Russian forces withdrew to the east of the country.

In an intelligence update, the Defense Ministry said: “Russia is planning a referendum to be held in the southern city of Kherson aimed at justifying its occupation.” The city is essential to Russia’s goal of establishing a land bridge to Crimea and dominating southern Ukraine.

“Russia previously held an illegitimate referendum on Crimea joining the Russian Federation in 2014 to retrospectively justify its takeover of the peninsula.

“Russia’s national elections have been plagued by allegations of voter fraud and have seen top-level opposition barred from contesting.”

Russia plans referendum in Kherson city to justify invasion of southern Ukraine, Defense Ministry says

Russia previously staged a rigged vote on Crimea joining the Russian Federation in 2014. Pictured: Pro-Russian supporters in Crimea celebrate the results of the 2014 vote

Russia previously staged a rigged vote on Crimea joining the Russian Federation in 2014. Pictured: Pro-Russian supporters in Crimea celebrate the results of the 2014 vote

The 2014 vote in Crimea was not supported by the US, EU or Ukrainian government who all declared the ballot illegal

The 2014 vote in Crimea was not supported by the US, EU or Ukrainian government who all declared the ballot illegal

In the vote held in Crimea in 2014, the final results showed that 96.6% of voters supported the transfer of control of the Kyiv region to Moscow.

It came after then Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk vowed to hunt down ‘separatist leaders’ in Crimea, warning that the ground would ‘burn under their feet’.

The US, European and Ukrainian governments declared the ballot illegal and said they would not support the result.

The Kremlin backed Crimean officials, and President Putin told Obama the vote “was in accordance with international law.”

However, Obama responded by saying the vote “will never be recognized” by the United States, and instead warned Russia against further military action outside Crimea.

Earlier on Sunday, the scale of Russian troop losses in Ukraine swung to 21,000 as Putin’s war entered its third month.

The latest statistics, released by Ukraine’s ground forces this morning, suggest that 21,800 Russian fighters were killed amid fierce resistance by Ukrainian armed forces and territorial defense units – although this figure could not be verified. .

Meanwhile, ground forces claim to have inflicted extensive damage to Russian military equipment and machinery.

A total of 873 tanks were reportedly destroyed, along with 2238 armored vehicles, 179 aircraft, 154 helicopters and 408 artillery systems.

Putin’s forces crossed the border on February 24 from the north, east and south, and quickly moved towards Kyiv.

But they were forced to withdraw from the capital’s outskirts in late March and refocus their efforts on a targeted offensive in the eastern Donbass region after Ukraine managed to repel their advances, inflicting heavy casualties.

The wreckage of a downed Russian helicopter lies in a field near Kharkiv on April 16, 2022

The wreckage of a downed Russian helicopter lies in a field near Kharkiv on April 16, 2022

The considerable losses of Russian troops were attributed to poor tactical decisions by Russian military leaders and a considerable underestimation of the capabilities of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

At the start of the war, the Russian army dwarfed that of the Ukraine and led many to believe that the invasion would be quick and effective.

On February 24, the Russian army had 280,000 full-time active soldiers against 125,600 for Ukraine.

But the number of Russian soldiers needed to take over the whole country and control the entire population would be close to a million, according to Michael Clarke, a visiting professor in the department of war studies at King’s College. London – suggesting the Kremlin has woefully underestimated the amount of force. necessary to force its neighbors into submission.

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For the first time, a majority of Serbs are against EU membership – poll https://westielovers.com/for-the-first-time-a-majority-of-serbs-are-against-eu-membership-poll/ Fri, 22 Apr 2022 16:23:05 +0000 https://westielovers.com/for-the-first-time-a-majority-of-serbs-are-against-eu-membership-poll/ For the first time in two decades, the number of Serbs who oppose joining the European Union is higher than those who want to join, according to a new poll. The poll, which was conducted by Ipsos and first published in the newspaper Blicrevealed that 44% of participants are against membership while 35% are in […]]]>

For the first time in two decades, the number of Serbs who oppose joining the European Union is higher than those who want to join, according to a new poll.

The poll, which was conducted by Ipsos and first published in the newspaper Blicrevealed that 44% of participants are against membership while 35% are in favour.

Ipsos’ Marko Uljarevic told Blic it was the first time that the number of those opposed to EU membership exceeded those in favor.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić said the findings were similar to the mood of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party.

“I believe that Serbia has its place in the European Union, I believe that we must continue our European path and that we must fight for our dignified path to Europe,” he added. “We must keep our independence in decision-making, at least until we become a member of the EU.

Serbia applied for EU membership in 2009. Accession talks began in 2014, but ongoing tensions between Serbia and Kosovo have delayed the process.

Although it seeks to join the bloc, Belgrade is also looking to Moscow.

He voted in favor of three United Nations resolutions condemning Russian aggression against Ukraine but did not adhere to international sanctions against Moscow.

Serbian political scientist Nemanja Todorović Štiplija, editor-in-chief of the European Western Balkans web portal, is skeptical of the investigation.

“My opinion is that this research, like this account, has been placed to investigate the effects of the Serbian government’s potential decision to impose sanctions on Russia and to accept all restrictive measures imposed by the EU on Russia,” he said. mentioned.

It comes as Serbian Interior Minister Aleksandar Vulin said the country should reconsider its proclaimed goal of joining the European Union due to alleged Western pressure for it to join sanctions. against Russia over the war in Ukraine.

“They measure our love for Europe by our hatred for Russia”, Vulin told public broadcaster RTS. “If you love Europe, you must hate Russia.

“Well, I don’t want to hate Russia, I don’t want to hate anyone. I have the right not to lose a single friend, I don’t participate in your conflicts.”

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