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After the surrender at Azovstal, the fate of Ukrainian soldiers is unclear – Obozrevatel

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The withdrawal of hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers who had been at the Azovstal plant in Mariupol since the beginning of the war raised the question: what was the fate of those who surrendered? Ukraine has announced that a prisoner exchange will take place, while Russia is showing signs that the men, who remained for months at the factory in Russian-controlled territory, have another destination.

On the day of the surrender, the Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine confirmed the withdrawal of 53 soldiers who needed medical attention and another 211 soldiers who were inside the Azovstal steel plant. All were transported to regions controlled by the troops of Vladimir Putin.

Although a Ukrainian official said the aim is to exchange these soldiers for Russian prisoners of war, the Kremlin’s position is still unclear, especially after one of the deputies involved in the peace talks with Kyiv came to defend the death penalty for soldiers withdrawn from Azovstal. .

Give up? In total, 264 soldiers were withdrawn from Azovstal. The army said it had “completed” the defense of the plant

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If Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov assured that the soldiers would be treated “in accordance with international standards,” then so be it. that Russia should “think well” about imposing capital punishment on the members of the Azov battalion, who have now been withdrawn from the Azovstal metallurgical plant.

“They do not deserve to live after the heinous crimes against humanity that they have committed and that are constantly being committed against our prisoners,” he said, quoted by Reuters.

Already on Tuesday it became known that on May 26 the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation will decide on the recognition of the Azov battalion as a terrorist organization. According to the Interfax news agency, cited by the BBC, it will be Russian justice that will “judge the nationalist paramilitary association Azov, deciding whether it is a” terrorist organization “.

According to the Russian news agency RIA, Russian MP Sultan Khamzaev also said that “all nationalists should be convicted for the grave crimes they have committed” and sentenced to “life imprisonment.”

Azov. Neo-Nazis or Russian propaganda? History and ideology of the battalion that survived in Mariupol

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“Sanctions against Russia are useless” – Obozrevatel

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Retired Ambassador Fernando d’Oliveira Neves defended that Western sanctions against Russia are “in vain” and that the solution to the war in Ukraine must be negotiated with Vladimir Putin. “We could start by trying to reach out to Russia to see what measures they can accommodate,” the diplomat suggested in an interview with CNN Portugal.

If Vladimir Putin does not listen, “patience”: we must continue the diplomatic path to “find a solution that takes into account the legitimate concerns Russia’s security,” he defended the ambassador who negotiated on Timor. Sanctions are “completely worthless”: “The only time they say that sanctions could have had any effect was during the apartheid period.”

Fernando d’Oliveira Neves, who served at the Portuguese Mission to the United Nations (UN) and the Embassy in Washington, explained that condemns and opposes “completely against” Russia’s actions in Ukraine. The head of the Russian state is a “criminal” and “murderer” who should be present at the International War Crimes Tribunal, he classified.

But it is not recommended to “create an austerity regime against Russia” because it is harmful. In fact, the sanctions that were applied in 2014 during the annexation of Crimea were already a mistake: “They humiliate the country and strengthen political unity and cohesion,” the diplomat believes.

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That is why the ambassador “categorically against NATO expansion to the east” she also disagrees with the opening of the European Union to any country that left the Soviet Union, such as Moldova, Georgia or Ukraine. “All countries have problems with Russian minorities,” Fernando d’Oliveira Neves believed, “and “ours are enough for us.”

And these problems can become more dense for the countries that are members of the Alliance, Fernando Neves fears. “The path we’re on could lead to a direct confrontation between NATO and RussiaThis direct confrontation could “easily slip through a small misunderstanding” between Russia and Finland, countries that share maritime exploration of the waters bordering both coasts, the ambassador warned.

Trying to interpret Vladimir Putin’s goals, the ambassador believes that the Russian leader has two demands on the West: to recognize Russia as a great power and recognize that the country “has a right to have security concerns for your safety, as we all do.” Fernando Neves calls for an end to “hypocrisy” and “not to pretend that we are saints when we do the same thing.”

We support for I don’t know how many years the biggest violator of international law who practices in installments what Russia does all at once: Israel,” defended the ambassador, also warning that the international community was tolerant of US attacks on Iraq — which, in the end, in his opinion, had the same agenda , which is the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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Two women died in a shark attack in the Red Sea

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Two women have died in a brutal shark attack in Egypt’s Red Sea. The incident took place south of the city of Hurghada and was confirmed by Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad on Sunday.

According to Reutersapparently two victims were not connected to each other, and the attacks must have taken place at different times. One Austrian68 years old, lived in the village, gr.managed to swim ashore after the attack. still no was taken to the hospital, but ended up dying from the severity of her injuries.

In a few hours, about 600 meters from the site where the Austrian woman was attacked, the authorities discovered the body of a Romanian woman under the age of 50.

This was announced by the Ministry of the Environment. setting up a commission to investigate the circumstances of these attacks.

Governor of the Red Sea Province ordered the suspension of all activities and the closure of beaches in the area.

Shark species responsible for attacks unknown. The AFP news agency and the Austrian media claim that Mako shark, known as the fastest shark in the world. Egyptian newspapers I think it’s a white shark.

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Although Egypt is heavenly place and very popular among European tourists, It is known that the Red Sea sharks.

Attacks count rarebut happen. In 2020, a young Ukrainian lost his arm, and the tour guide lost his legs after such an attack.

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Rhian Naud, the man who died after being “hunted” in his illegal game

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O The body of a poacher was found next to his car in Limpopo, South Africa.

According to international publications, this is Rian Naud, a man who hunts endangered animals and often shared photos next to the bodies. In the caption to one of these photographs, which shows a lion – still alive – the hunter wrote: “Now have fun in hell”.

Naudé was mortally wounded on the spot, at close range near the Kruger National Park. According to international publications, the man was driving when the car appeared and the people in it shot him dead.

“The man was lying face up, and there was blood on his head”– said a representative of the local authorities. “The reason for the attack is unknown”the same source said.

According to South African media, weapons, clothes, water, whiskey and pajamas were found at the crime scene.

The trophy hunter had a poaching company located in northern South Africa. According to the New York Post, the company charged around €2,428 for a crocodile hunt or €1,457 for a giraffe hunt.

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