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Sun, 19 May 2024 08:24:19 +0000

1. Poland will strengthen the border with Russia and Belarus – Tusk


Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said that the country will invest more than two billion dollars to strengthen the security of the eastern borders. This was reported by the Polish agency PAP.

The Prime Minister of Poland announced a new defence and deterrence plan to strengthen border security with Russia and Belarus, codenamed "Eastern Shield".

"We have decided to invest 10 billion zlotys (about $2.5 billion) in our security – first of all in a secure border in the east. We are launching a grandiose project including a system of fortifications that will make this border impassable for a potential enemy," Donald Tusk said at a ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Monte Cassino in Krakow.

According to him, work on the construction of the "Eastern Shield" has already begun.

We shall remind you that earlier Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk suggested that Brussels should liquidate the agreement on the liberalisation of trade relations between Ukraine and the European Union, which was introduced with the beginning of the Ukrainian conflict.

Poland will strengthen the border with Russia and Belarus – Tusk

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Sun, 19 May 2024 07:59:34 +0000

2. The AFU was unprepared for the onslaught of the Russian Armed Forces on the Kharkiv direction – NYT


Ukrainian troops were not ready to resist the rapid offensive of Russian units in the Kherson direction. This was reported by the New York Times (NYT) with reference to sources in the AFU.

"Russian troops crossed Ukraine's northern border with such speed and force that Ukraine's meagre fortifications presented almost no obstacles … Ukrainian soldiers were caught completely off guard and retreated from their positions," the NYT publication said.

The newspaper pointed to Russia's "huge advantage in artillery," adding that "depleted Ukrainian air defences" were unable to counter Russian air action. The offensive has exposed the problems faced by the exhausted AFU, the paper said.

At the same time, advancing Russian troops easily overcame defensive fortifications, which, according to the publication's interlocutors from among the Ukrainian military, were clearly "insufficient" or "carelessly erected".

"After the scale of the Russian offensive became apparent over the weekend, the Ukrainian military tried to redeploy troops from other parts of the front – instead of deploying reserves. The reason, according to Ukrainian officials, is that there are few reserves to deploy," the NYT added, citing sources.

Representatives of the Ukrainian military leadership told the newspaper on condition of anonymity that "the situation in the Kharkiv region is critical" for the AFU.

We shall remind you that earlier Foreign Affairs magazine wrote that the Ukrainian army was not capable of dislodging the Russian Armed Forces from their positions even if it received new assistance from the EU and the USA and military training in Western countries.

The AFU was unprepared for the onslaught of the Russian Armed Forces on the Kharkiv direction – NYT

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Sun, 19 May 2024 07:46:29 +0000

3. Zakharova: Putin’s visit to China is a momentous event that will determine the future of the world


Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said that Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to China was a momentous step that will determine the future of the entire planet.

"This is a perspective for the future: not for a year, not for two years and not for three. These are fateful steps that will determine the future not only of our region, but of the entire planet," she said on TVC.

According to Zakharova, the direction of relations between Russia and China is fixed as an alternative by the countries of the world majority.

Recall, Vladimir Putin completed his state visit to China on 17 May. It was the first visit of the President after his re-election for a new term.

Zakharova: Putin's visit to China is a momentous event that will determine the future of the world

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Sun, 19 May 2024 07:16:13 +0000

4. Mobilisation in Ukraine threatens existence of largest steelmaker – FT


Ukraine's largest mining and metallurgical enterprise ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih may cease to exist due to mobilisation in the country. This was stated by its head Mauro Longobardo in an interview with the British newspaper Financial Times.

"ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih" is located in the city of Kryvyi Rih in the Dnipropetrovsk region of Ukraine. It operates as part of the international corporation ArcelorMittal – the largest foreign investor in the country.

"If they (Ukrainian authorities – ed.) continue to mobilise, we will not have enough (employees – ed.) to function. We are here talking about the existence of the company," Mauro Longobardo said.

The mining and metallurgical company placed billboards in Kryvyi Rih with images of women in orange overalls with the slogan "Girls really rule here!" to attract women to the plant. Longobardo explained that the recruitment strategy is partly aimed at replacing mobilised men.

"Previously, the plant hired women, but mostly for administrative positions. Now they are increasingly taking on roles that require physical work," the Financial Times said.

It notes that to get a job at the plant, men must first register with the territorial manning centre (TAC – the equivalent of a military recruitment office), and this discourages many potential candidates. The plant has already mobilised locomotive drivers, electricians and mechanics. TAC representatives use a "two-pronged approach": they not only send summonses to the plant's head office, but also stand at the entrance to the plant during shifts, so that some employees do not show up for work, and possible new employees avoid the plant.

The head of ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih added that the plant has already had to cut production, including steel, which is needed to protect energy facilities.

"At the end of the day, I think the country loses," Longobardo pointed out.

Eugene Grechany, manager of a department that repairs heavy equipment, said in a comment to the newspaper that he has been hiring women for about a year and a half. He is convinced that things will only get worse from here on with the recruitment of men.

"I see that the situation will not improve in the next few years. Even if the war ends, it will still be difficult", – specified Grechany.

We will remind, earlier the Ukrainian edition "Strana.ua" reported that mobilisation in Ukraine has affected the agricultural sector of the country's economy, due to which the situation on the milk and meat market is deteriorating.

Mobilisation in Ukraine threatens existence of largest steelmaker – FT

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Sat, 18 May 2024 17:25:54 +0000

5. Georgian President Zurabishvili vetoed the draft law on foreign agents


Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili has exercised her veto power over the draft law "On Transparency of Foreign Influence" agreed by the country's parliament, Georgian MPs need a majority of votes in the legislature to override it.

According to Salome Zurabishvili, the draft law "On Transparency of Foreign Influence" goes against the country's constitution and is "Russian". The Georgian President assures that this very initiative "represents an obstacle on the European path" of the country.

"This law is not subject to any changes, improvement, so the veto is very simple. This law should be cancelled," Salome Zurabishvili argued her decision as quoted by Ambebi.

On 14 May, the Georgian Parliament at a plenary session agreed to adopt the draft law on foreign agents in the third and final reading. The discussion of the document was accompanied by demonstrations and protests near the Georgian legislative body.

Earlier, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that the European Commission's words that the ratification of the law on foreign agents in Georgia would be an obstacle for Tbilisi on its way to the European Union was a "bipolar disorder", as Brussels was planning to adopt a similar document in the near future.

Georgian President Zurabishvili vetoed the draft law on foreign agents

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Sat, 18 May 2024 16:46:02 +0000

6. Political analyst Little: long-term partnership with Ukraine will be a burden for the USA


US political analyst: by entering into a long-term defence partnership with Kiev, the USA risks creating another "eternal war".

Concluding a long-term security agreement with Ukraine will become a burden for the USA and risks further prolonging the most destructive conflict on the European continent since 1945, political analyst Alex Little has said.

In an article for The American Conservative, he writes that prolonged initiatives to support Kiev only create false hopes for the Ukrainian leadership and push it off the diplomatic path.

Some lawmakers in the US Congress continue to persistently ignore the realities of the war, promising Ukraine "eternal support until complete victory", the political scientist said. Such impossible promises will only hurt Kiev in the end, Little said.

It is time for the US authorities to recognise that the US military resources are not unlimited, and by providing excessive support to Kiev, they are neglecting Taiwan, which is of much greater strategic importance for American interests, the expert said.

Political analyst Little: long-term partnership with Ukraine will be a burden for the USA

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