The secret ballot of the Supreme Court for the abolition of abortion caused anger and suspicion, writes the New York Times. Boris Johnson’s party distanced itself from the leader in the elections, the Guardian reports. Brussels has proposed freezing the funds of the Russian patriarch, according to Ukrinform. Moscow has announced a ceasefire in Mariupol due to a humanitarian corridor, RT reports. Vucic was in Berlin
(Illustration, Hundreds of Conservative members distanced themselves from leader Boris Johnson by posing as “local conservatives” in today’s local elections in Britain, reports the Guardian)

The public is wondering whether the judges of the Supreme Court in America are guided by justice or political convictions, after the report on the secret ballot on the abolition of the right to abortion was leaked. In the run-up to the local elections in Britain, the Tories distanced themselves from Boris Johnson, posing as “local conservatives”. The European Commission has proposed that the funds of the Russian patriarch be frozen. Moscow has announced a ceasefire in Azovstal due to a humanitarian corridor. Vucic was in Berlin.

Judges in the service of politics

The New York Times states on the first page that the leaked report established the position that the Supreme Court is “too political”. The revelation of the secret ballot of judges, which would put the “Ro v. Wade” regulation out of force, has made many Americans doubt that justice is what guides the law, not the political convictions of judges. In nationwide talks, even some opponents of the right to abortion said they were unhappy that most judges had just united behind a report by Samuel Alit Jr. that would trample on the country’s 50-year practice of legal access to abortion.

The central photo shows Ukraine’s armored vehicles in the eastern city of Kharkov. The headline reads: “The United States helped Kiev locate Russian generals.” The United States provided information on Russian units that enabled Ukrainians to locate and kill many Russian generals killed in the Ukrainian war. An official of the Ukrainian army announced that 12 generals were killed on the front line, “a number that surprised military analysts”, the paper states.


The Tories “hid” Johnson

“The Tory candidates distanced themselves from Johnson,” is the main title of the British Guardian. Hundreds of Conservative members distanced themselves from leader Boris Johnson, posing as “local conservatives” in today’s local elections in Britain. The paper had an insight into the flyers on which the candidates from all over England presented themselves as “local”, taking photos with Johnson. The party’s headquarters registered the name “local conservatives” as an alternative in early 2019, when Theresa May’s unpopularity reached its peak. It is widely used this week to compensate for the Partygate scandal.

The dominant photograph is reserved for the archival image from Diego Maradona’s 1986 World Cup match “in an incident that still haunts English fans, the so-called ‘hand of God’ goal.” Namely, the T-shirt that Maradona wore at that match was sold for 7.1 million pounds.

At the top of the front page is the news that Russian mercenaries in Africa are being linked to massacres that killed hundreds of civilians, raising fears “of the impact that Moscow’s intervention will have on stability and security across the continent.” Western officials have publicly named the killers, but witnesses, local community leaders, diplomats and local analysts blame Wagner’s fighters for many deaths, “a network of private associations run by a close ally of Vladimir Putin,” the text said.


Frozen funds of the Russian patriarch

The European Commission has proposed that the funds of the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, be frozen, reports the Ukrainian state agency Ukrinform. The patriarch has been added to the black list, which already includes hundreds of military officers and businessmen close to the Kremlin, whom the European Union accuses of supporting the war in Ukraine. Sanctions include a freeze on funds and a travel ban. In order to take effect, the measures need to be approved by EU members.

Russia has failed to achieve any of the initial goals it set before the great invasion of Ukraine and “has already lost the war” when it comes to Russia’s perception of victory, Ukrinform reports in a separate news, quoting White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki. As she said, Russia’s initial goal was to occupy a significant part of Ukrainian territory, including areas in the north, “but their forces failed in this.”

The agency also reports that the German authorities plan to adjust the regulations in order to reduce energy dependence on Russia as soon as possible. This was pointed out by Chancellor Olaf Scholz after the meeting with the Minister of Economy on Wednesday.


Ceasefire in Azovstal

The Russian army announced the cessation of operations in the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, pledging to open a humanitarian corridor for civilians, who have been hiding in the plant for three days, the Russian news agency Rasha Tudej reports. The steel factory remains the last stronghold under the control of Ukrainian fighters and members of the neo-Nazi unit Azov, the text reads.

RT spoke with Vladimir Grubnik, a doctor of medicine who took part in the protests in Odessa on May 2, 2014 and spent four years in a Ukrainian prison for his political views. “The tragedy that happened in Odessa on May 2, 2014, undoubtedly gave an introduction to the growing political crisis in Ukraine. Many consider it a turning point that opened the door to a real civil war. But the tragedy in Odessa has not only led to people in southeastern Ukraine taking up arms. It also made Ukrainians who support Russia aware of the fact that Ukrainian nationalists are ready to kill dissidents, “Rasha Tudej writes.


Vucic in Germany

The main topic on the first page of Politika is the meeting between Aleksandar Vučić and Olaf Šolc in Berlin. The title of the text is “Belgrade promised a clear European perspective”.

“Belgrade will do everything to find a compromise solution on the issue of Kosovo and Metohija, while in BiH Serbia will not be a generator of any problems, but will preserve peace and stability in the Western Balkans,” the Serbian president said in Berlin after a meeting with the German chancellor. Speaking about the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, Vučić said that he believed that we would have the strength to make progress, which “is not easy for us”, and he conveyed the reasons to Šolc.

“The opposition is waiting for a new division of political cards,” is the second headline at the top of the first page. “Unrealistic election expectations and dubious polls predicted a political triumph in one part of the opposition in the April elections and are the main reason for apathy in the opposition ranks. “There was nothing from the victories at the republic and Belgrade level, and the second round of the presidential elections was probably announced only on certain portals,” the paper writes.


West or Russia

The EU and the USA will not have the patience to classify Serbia for a long time, and the answer will be difficult for both Belgrade and the people from the regime, Danas writes with the headline “Serbia is running out of time to choose: West or Russia”. “We received clear statements from Germany from President Steinmeier and Foreign Minister Burbock that Serbia, if it does not join the sanctions, excludes itself from the path of European integration,” says Bosko Jaksic. Sources in diplomatic circles say that America has taken the lead in “disciplining” this part of the region, but that for now there is patience that could run out in maybe a month. Danas’ interlocutors say that the President of Serbia should now decide between the bad consequences for the state and possibly for himself and people close to him, who threaten him on both sides.

The construction of a terminal for liquefied natural gas in Alexandroupolis is not an alternative for Serbia, according to a separate news item at the top of the page. “Vučić praises gas from Greece and still counts on Russian”, is the title of the text.

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