SBU is looking for spies in monasteries, London handed over Brimstone missiles to Ukraine, Gazprom threatens Kyiv with cutting off gas transit

Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov denied rumors that the draft peace agreement with Ukraine was allegedly handed over to Russian leader Vladimir Putin before the G20 summit. He also said that the Kremlin has not yet received an appeal from Karelian deputies with a request to issue a decree on the completion of partial mobilization. Comparisons of the Caribbean crisis with the Ukrainian one, and Nikita Khrushchev with the current head of state, Peskov recognized as “hardly appropriate.” “Putin is Putin, and Khrushchev was Khrushchev, God rest his soul. Here, I don’t think that Putin can be compared with anyone, ”Peskov said.

The head of the Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, called fake reports of the evacuation from the city of Armyansk due to shelling by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. “There is no evacuation. All measures necessary to ensure the security of our peninsula are being taken. I earnestly ask everyone to focus only on trusted sources of information, ”Aksenov said. “Nothing threatens Russian Crimea as a subject of the Russian Federation. And all the statements of the enemies about the fact that they will be in the Crimea – we will see who will be where in the summer and in which river to swim and relax, ”he added.

While the EU is acknowledging a dwindling ability to supply equipment to Ukraine’s energy sector amid ongoing hostilities, Ukrainian energy experts predict the country will live with regular power outages until at least the end of March. At the same time, Gazprom recorded “the settling in Ukraine of Russian gas intended for supply to Moldovan consumers” and said that from next Monday it would begin to reduce gas supplies for transit if the imbalance persists. This news led to an increase in gas prices in Europe by 2.2%. In Ukraine, they deny the selection of gas, explaining the shortage by the fact that since September of this year, Moldova has introduced the practice of “virtual reverse”.

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Searches in the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra SBU explained the search for weapons and saboteurs

The Security Service of Ukraine conducted searches in the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra – one of the first monasteries of Rus’ and the oldest on the territory of modern Ukraine. Also, the SBU reported that they were conducting an inspection on the territory of two monasteries of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the Rivne region.

On November 13, the SBU opened a criminal case on the fact of singing about Russia in one of the churches of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra. The SBU called its current actions “counterintelligence measures”, which are carried out to “protect the population from provocations and terrorist acts.” At the same time, it was clarified that the purpose of the searches was to prevent the use of the Lavra as a “cell of the Russian world”, to check the data on the use of the premises of the monastery for harboring sabotage and reconnaissance groups, foreign citizens, storing weapons, and so on.

Moscow reacted sharply to the searches in the Lavra. They are the next link in the chain of military actions of Ukraine against Russian Orthodoxy, said Dmitry Peskov. In turn, the head of the HRC commission on international cooperation in the field of human rights, Kyrylo Vyshinsky, noted that such actions indicate “the complete moral degradation of the Ukrainian authorities.” According to him, Ukrainian nationalists have always wanted to “get to the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra”, even on the Maidan in 2004 and 2014 there were slogans to take away the oldest monastery. “But let me remind you that there were always believers who recaptured the Lavra from their opponents. God forbid, there are still such people today,” Vyshinsky said.

The chairman of the synodal department of the Moscow Patriarchate for relations between the Church, society and the media, Vladimir Legoyda, said that the motives for the checks voiced by representatives of the SBU are absurd. “Of course, there are no weapons, no literature that would suggest carrying out counterintelligence procedures, and there cannot be,” he stressed.

Calling the searches in the Lavra an “action to intimidate believers,” Legoyda doubted that the international human rights community would pay attention to these actions of the SBU. According to him, the Russian Orthodox Church was already “in the role of a target chosen by the godless authorities for destruction.” According to him, the Russian Orthodox Church prays for fellow believers in the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, who become “victims of lawlessness.” He also urged caring people to do everything possible so that the persecution would stop, and “the ancient shrine would remain a place of prayer for the world.”

The State Duma urged to find and punish those responsible for the execution of Russian prisoners of war

State Duma deputies at a plenary session adopted a statement in connection with the execution of Russian prisoners of war by Ukrainian nationalists. The document says that Russian legislators “indignantly accepted the message of another bloody crime of the Kyiv regime” and called on the parliaments of the world’s states to unequivocally condemn such actions and “contribute to bringing to justice the direct perpetrators of the inhuman murder, as well as their patrons.”

The State Duma recalled that the deliberate killing of prisoners of war “is a flagrant violation by Ukraine of international humanitarian law, including the Geneva Convention on the Treatment of Prisoners of War of 1949, and international human rights norms, including the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment 1984″.

“The footage of sadistic reprisals, which became public, once again confirmed the Nazi nature of the Kyiv authorities, which for a long time has been encouraging murder, torture, abuse of civilians and prisoners of war,” the State Duma deputies point out. In this regard, they offer the collective West “to refuse to support the neo-Nazi ideology and the embodiment of its principles in the activities of today’s Ukraine, whose leaders, with their provocations and escalation of violence, are pushing the world towards a global catastrophe.”

Earlier, the Investigative Committee of Russia opened a criminal case under Part 2 of Art. 105 (murder of two or more persons committed by a group of persons in connection with their official activities), as well as Part 1 of Art. 356 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (cruel treatment of prisoners of war, the use of prohibited means and methods in an armed conflict).

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said that they continue to study videos of the execution of unarmed Russian servicemen by the Ukrainian military. “The main thing we do is study the tapes and see if we can establish anything beyond what these videos can show,” said Elisabeth Trossel, an OHCHR spokeswoman. Prior to that, she noted that “allegations of summary executions of people not participating in hostilities must be promptly, fully and effectively investigated, and all those responsible held accountable.” Deputy Representative of the UN Secretary General Farhan Haq also said that the incident with the shooting of unarmed soldiers should be thoroughly investigated. According to him, the UN “is concerned about any violation of human rights, regardless of who commits them.”

London supplied Kyiv with laser-guided missiles, and Washington is again called upon to transfer attack drones to the Armed Forces of Ukraine

The UK has supplied Ukraine with modernized high-precision Brimstone 2 missiles equipped with a laser homing system, The Daily Telegraph reported. They are designed to be launched from fighter jets, but the Ukrainian military has converted trucks to be used as mobile launchers, although the missile’s range is reduced from 60 to 12 km.