The first black woman has been elected the supreme judge of the USA, writes the New York Times. The minister’s wife evaded taxes, according to the Guardian. Threats of attacks from Belarus, warns Ukrinform. Resolving the situation “in the coming days”, Rasha Tudej announces. In Serbia, prices and inflation are rising
(illustration, “The Pentagon says the Russian military is not answering the phone,” RT reports)

The United States has elected a chief justice, the first black woman to hold this position in the country’s history. The wife of the British minister has found a way not to pay millions of pounds in taxes. Ukraine warns of the possibility of an air attack from Belarus “where volunteers gather”. Moscow points out that it will either reach an agreement with Kiev, or that it will finish what it started, “in the next few days”. In Serbia, we are facing higher prices and inflation, after the elections.

The first black woman in the Supreme Court

The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed the appointment of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to head the Supreme Court, making her the first black woman in this position in U.S. history, the New York Times reported, with a dominant photo of the new chief justice. After she managed to overcome the efforts of the Republicans to question her nomination, Judge Jackson was appointed with 53 votes “for” and 47 “against”. Republicans tried to portray her as a liberal extremist who was kind to criminals.

“The West is stepping up pressure on Putin, curbing coal and restricting trade,” is another headline. Western countries on Thursday increased pressure on Russia due to the invasion of Ukraine, so that the European Union allowed the banning of Russian coal and the United States took new steps to reduce Russian trade privileges and ban the sale of energy on the American market. “A new sentence followed when the UN General Assembly voted on a symbolically significant decision to suspend Russia from the Human Rights Council, a body of 47 members that can investigate violations of rights,” the American paper writes.


The minister’s wife evaded taxes

“Sunak’s wife seems to have avoided paying 20 million pounds in taxes,” is the headline on the front page of the British Guardian, along with a photo of the couple. The paper states that the minister’s reputation is additionally affected by the fact that Akshata Murti does not have citizenship.

The wife of the Minister of Finance, Rishi Sunaka, seems to have avoided paying taxes to Great Britain by not being a citizen of this country, and in order to maintain that status, she pays 30,000 pounds a year. Akshata Murti receives about 11.5 million pounds a year in dividends from a stake in an Indian IT firm while living in Britain. Her spokesman said yesterday that “all taxes have been paid”, but he did not answer the question to whom.

At the bottom of the page is the headline – “Russian troops filmed talking about killing civilians”. German intelligence service has intercepted a radio broadcast in which it appears that Russian soldiers are discussing the pre-arranged killing of civilians in Ukraine, sources close to the service claim. Reports on the recordings were first published in the German Spiegel, and they allegedly concern crimes committed in Bucha. “Several of them can be directly connected to the locations and facilities shown in the photos documenting the killings,” the German newspaper said, “the text reads, reminding that the Russian government vehemently denies any accusations related to the killings of civilians in Bucha.


An attack from Belarus is threatening

The fight for Donbass will be crucial in the Russian-Ukrainian war and will determine the further development of events, says the head of the cabinet of the President of Ukraine Andriy Jermak, and the state news agency Ukrinform reports.

“The fight for Danbas will be crucial for the war of our people. We managed to persevere in the battle for Kiev, Kharkov, Chernikov, Sumy, Mykolaiv and many other cities. The army is defending Mariupol. “But the further development of events in the war with Russia will be determined by the battle for Donbas,” Jermak said.

Ukrinform also announces that the situation remains unchanged when it comes to the threat of an air attack on the army and infrastructure in Ukraine from the territory of Belarus. The agency also states that the recruitment of so-called “volunteers” is in progress.

“From April 8, at six o’clock, the enemy is preparing for an attack on eastern Ukraine. “Russian attackers continue to focus on capturing Mariupol, the area around the city of Izium and breaking through the defense units towards Donetsk,” the command of the Ukrainian army announced. The same statement states that “the armed forces of the Republic of Belarus are conducting operational and combat training in camps across the country,” and that four battalions of tactical groups have been deployed to strengthen the Ukrainian-Belarusian border.


Kremlin: The end of the war in the next few days

US military officials have not had contact with their colleagues from Moscow since the military operation in Ukraine began, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said, as reported by the Russian agency RT. Austin states that the United States tried to get in touch from its side, but there was no response. The title of the text is “The Pentagon says that the Russian army is not answering the phone.”

“The Kremlin hopes that the operation in Ukraine will end in the next few days,” is another headline on the Rasha Tudej portal. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that “either Russian forces will achieve their goal or Moscow and Kiev will agree through dialogue.” The possibility of a peaceful solution will largely depend on the consistency of Ukraine’s position and its readiness to agree to Russian conditions, Peskov added, noting that those responsible for crimes against civilians in Donbas should be held accountable. Asked about accusations that Russian soldiers killed civilians in Bucha, Preskov said that it was a “pure forgery”.

Ukrainian officials and journalists from the West did not find any signs of human rights violations in Bucha, when it comes to recordings of telephone conversations obtained by RT. “Instead, the local population told reporters that Russian troops gave them food and treated them well. “Also, the Ukrainian official complained that members of his unit set everything on fire,” the Russian agency reports.


Verbal struggle among the deputies

“How to avoid verbal wars among MPs” is the main headline on the front page of Politika. The post-election combinatorics on the formation of the government has been going on for a long time, although the final results of the elections have not been determined yet. According to the text, in the media, with the enthusiastic participation of party officials, spears are being broken around the Prime Minister.

“As usual, no one cares who will be the president of the National Assembly. However, electing the first among equals in parliament will be much more difficult and important than electing a prime minister. “Those who will deal with resolving this personnel issue will easily understand that, if they seriously and carefully analyze the composition of the new convocation, and they want the assembly to function,” the paper writes.

At the top of the page is also the headline “Kurti and ŠIK are preparing a trap for Serbs on Sunday”. The mass departure of Serbs for Sunday’s voting in the presidential and parliamentary elections in central Serbia “is the crowning proof that Serbs from Kosovo and Metohija support the policy of peace and stability,” Politika writes.


Rising prices and inflation

In the coming months, Serbia is expected to increase the price of a number of products whose prices have been artificially kept so far, Danas writes with the title “Elections are over, double-digit inflation follows”.

Fuel, electricity, gas and wheat will have to become more expensive, which will lead to an increase in other prices. From the end of the second quarter at the latest, the general growth of prices will exceed 10%, economists believe. It is expected that the administrative restriction of prices will not be able to be maintained in the long run, which is why experts see the reduction of VAT and excise duties as a possible tool against inflation in the rest of the year, the text reads.

“Vucic and Djilas would have talked in a normal state a long time ago,” is another headline at the top of the page. In the text, analysts evaluate the announcements of the meeting between the leaders of the SAA and the SNS. Jelena Djordjevic says that she lost confidence in the possibility of any agreement, “Vucic would certainly ask for something in return.” “Vucic feels safer on TV than in a conversation with someone he doesn’t own,” Sergej Trifunovic points out.

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