While Zelensky is playing Nikita Khrushchev’s part and pounds the table, Russia has already handed out 25 thousand passports to Donbas residents and created a “mini-Chernobyl” during nuclear missiles test. The northern neighbour bets all its money on armaments, Putin rides around Crimea on a motorcycle, and how Ukraine responds to it – read in the traditional digest from Opinion.
Russian President Volodymyr Putin visited the occupied Crimea on August 10. There he participated in the international bike show Shadow of Babylon that is organized by the Night Wolves bike club.
“Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived at the Shadow of Babylon bike show in Sevastopol on Ural motorcycle. The President brought with him the head of the Crimea, Sergei Aksenov and acting governor of the city Mikhail Razvozhayev. Bikers gifted the president biker’s headwear – a knitted hat and the movie “Russian Reactor”, which they shot during one of the previous bike shows and dedicated to Putin,” writes Russian media Interfax.
The MFA of Ukraine expresses its strong protest over the Russian President Vladimir Putin’s unauthorized visit to the occupied Crimea on August 10.
Attempts by the Russian side and the mass media to interpret such “visits” as “ordinary” domestic visits by Russian officials are futile. Crimea and Sevastopol are an integral part of the sovereign territory of Ukraine, the Foreign Ministry said.
However, our statements don’t make tactics of the Russian Federation less aggressive. The Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation declared that 25 thousand Ukrainians from Donetsk and Luhansk regions have already received Russian citizenship. Every day there are 20-30 Ukrainians in the queues to the local migration service offices and they are planning to renounce their citizenship.
“As for today, residents of the occupied territories of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions have submitted more than 60,000 applications for Russian passports,” said Valentina Kazakova, head of the Main Directorate for Migration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation.
In response, Zelensky simplified the procedure for obtaining citizenship for foreigners, in particular, for Russians.
“We understand the complexity of the political situation in the Russian Federation and want to help Russians who are persecuted because of their political views. Therefore, now you don’t need to renounce Russian citizenship in order to obtain the Ukrainian one. You just need to apply for Ukrainian citizenship,” Zelensky is quoted by his press service.
This also applies to persons who “serve in the Armed Forces of Ukraine and did outstanding services to our country, or those who apply for Ukrainian citizenship and this is of national interest.”
Ukraine is also preparing a concept of transitional justice for the reintegration of Crimea and Donbas. Deputy Head of the Presidential Office Ruslan Ryaboshapka said that the concept of transitional justice would be prepared and the rules and principles of international humanitarian and international criminal law would be implemented in it.
So far, these are just words, but in reality, we have a Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories, which is already in sackcloth and ashes.
Detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau, together with representatives of the Special Investigation Directorate of the General Prosecutor’s Office and the Security Service of Ukraine detained Deputy Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons Yuriy Hrymchak and his assistant while taking a bribe of 480 000 USD.
“Funds were taken for the influence of individual ministries on approval of construction and reconstruction projects of buildings and facilities. That was one of the questions. Another question was a resolution of a civil lawsuit in the Supreme Court,” the National Anticorruption Bureau’s press service noted.
In particular, it concerns the construction of a “multifunctional public complex” and a cafe in the Pechersk district at the Naberezhne highway (buffer zone of the Pechersk Lavra).
Prosecutor General’s spokesman Andrii Lysenko reported that during the pre-trial investigation it was found that Hrymchak and his assistant had extorted a bribe for a promise to influence the judges of the Supreme Court in order to make a decision in favour of the interested person, as well as to influence the relevant officials of the Ministry of Culture and Kyiv City State Administration with the help of his authority.
The Ministry of Culture, as well as Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs, refute the information, saying that it is impossible. However, piles of dollars on prosecutors’ desks say something different.
Meanwhile, in Zhytomyr Zelensky in the role of Nikita Khrushchev demands dismissals from the National Police and the Security Service of Ukraine officers in the Rivne and Volyn regions.
The head of the state, Volodymyr Zelensky, has taken his post not so long time ago. It’s too early to say how successful he will be at this point.
However, even now, less than 100 days after the inauguration, it can be said with certainty that Zelensky will definitely make his name go down in the history of Ukrainian political folklore.
For his short presidency, the new head of the state has managed to raise the genre of political chew out to an unprecedented height, – Ukrainska Pravda writes.
For a few hours spent in this region, the president managed to ask for the release of police and security service officials, as well as the prosecutor of the region. All of them – because of the flourishing of the amber mafia.
“We will start working on all names in these three oblasts (Volyn, Rivne, Zhytomyr – Ukrainska Pravda). So that they can collect their belongings and change the address of their existence, change the country of their life. It will be the easiest option for them,” said Zelensky and started to chew out one by one local security officers.
“Politicians of all levels are shocked, but people like it. That is why we dare to suggest that the genre of political chew out will be developed by the new president in the future,” journalist Roman Romanyuk sums up. What is important – that this tactic succeeds not only on YouTube but in Ukraine as a whole.
When authorities start “mimicking” rather than work, tragedies occur. On August 8 in the Arkhangelsk oblast of Russia, there was an explosion at a military training ground. According to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, the explosion occurred during the test of the nuclear propulsion system.
The Russian Ministry claimed that after the emergency no emissions of harmful substances into the atmosphere were registered, and background radiation is normal.
However, on August 13, experts of the Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring of Russia reported that after the explosion the radiation level in Severodvinsk (almost 50 km from the explosion site) hiked up by 4-16 times. And this is half of Chernobyl.
Greenpeace has already said that the Russian authorities are hiding information about the level of radiation contamination after the explosion at a military site.
“General public wasn’t informed that the Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring of Russia recorded an elevated level of not only gamma but also beta radiation, furthermore, not only in Severodvinsk (August 8), but also in Arkhangelsk in the form of fallout (the level increased on August 9, it remained elevated on August 10 and 11),” the environmentalists said.
In the Russian Federation, they don’t specify what radioactive substances were released into the environment as a result of the incident.
However, US nuclear experts, to whom correspondents of Reuters spoke, claim that “when rocket engines with liquid fuel explode they don’t emit radiation.” They suggested that it could be nuclear missiles test.
Ankit Panda, a senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists, said, “We know that the Russians are working on a nuclear engine for a cruise missile.”
Russia is getting militarized, hoping to turn the whole world into nuclear ashes (according to propagandist Kiselev), but it will rather burn its fellow citizens while hiding the real scale of the disaster.
Text by Denys Sokolov