1. POLITICAL STATEMENTS BY THE LEADERSHIP OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION AND FRIENDLY COUNTRIES
President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin said that Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine is proceeding according to plan. “Our task is to fulfill and achieve all the goals set, minimizing losses. And we will act rhythmically, calmly, according to the plan that was originally proposed by the General Staff” , Putin stressed.
He recalled that the purpose of the special operation “is to help people living in the Donbass, who feel their inseparable connection with Russia and who have been subjected to genocide for eight years”. The special operation will continue until the fulfillment of the initially set tasks, if agreements acceptable to all are not reached at the talks, Putin said.
“Of course, I am closely watching the discussions that take place in our society, abroad. We must not hide anything from the public. But they must cover this combat work objectively”, the head of state said. Ukraine for the West is a means to achieve goals that have nothing to do with the interests of the Ukrainian people, Putin said. He stressed that “even in today’s tragic conditions, Ukrainians are a brotherly people”. (tass.ru)
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said, that the US authorities intentionally fuel the conflict in Ukraine for containing China and Russia. “US and NATO policies have brought Russia-Ukraine rifts to a critical point. The American side has taken no steps to ease the escalation of tensions, but on the contrary, it has been adding fuel to the conflict, thus forcing other countries to take sides”, he said.
“The US is systematically spreading disinformation in order to discredit China and distort its fundamental stance in favor of peace talks. It has been trying to dodge responsibility, staging provocations and trying to derive benefits, find room for maneuver and at the same time contain Russia and China”, – Zhao said. (tass.ru)
Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh in an exclusive interview with Hindustan Times said that India and Russia are ‘natural allies’, but this relationship does not negatively affect the country’s cooperation with the United States.
Speaking about whether Russia will be able to meet its obligations to India to supply spare parts and equipment already purchased by India amid the conflict in Ukraine, Singh said he ruled out the impact of that conflict on India’s national security preparedness. (tass.ru)
Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said at a joint press conference in Washington following the two-plus-two talks that the Indian authorities are seeking a cessation of hostilities in Ukraine and are ready to promote a diplomatic settlement. “Ukrainians contacted us, in particular, on the issue of the supply of medicines. We have already provided humanitarian assistance to Ukraine, some of its neighbors. And even at the moment, a batch of medicines is being delivered or will soon be delivered to Kyiv”, Jaishankar added.
In addition, the Indian Foreign Minister rejected the journalist’s question about India’s imports of Russian oil and Washington’s calls not to increase the volume of purchases of this fuel. The Foreign Minister stressed that such purchases are “necessary for the energy security” of India. At the same time, the minister pointed out that India purchases less oil from Russia in a month than Europe in half a day. (tass.ru)
The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said that by agitating the population to fight against Russia and condoning the mercenaries, Europe and the United States do not calculate the consequences. The «activists» who do not run away in the very first days will be trained and remain in the ranks of the Ukrainian paramilitary formations, fighting shoulder to shoulder with the notorious Nazis. They will return home like people with a broken psyche, like militants saturated with misanthropic ideology, accustomed to the violence and skilled in the use of weapons. (ria.ru)
2. THE COURSE OF SPECIAL MILITARY OPERATION. BRIEFINGS BY RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTRY
12 April 2022 (10:05)
Russian Armed Forces continue the special military operation in Ukraine.
At night, high-precision air- and sea-based missiles destroyed an ammunition depot and a secure hangar with Ukrainian aircraft at Starokonstantinov military airfield, Khmelnitskiy region and an ammunition depot near Gavrilovka in Kiev region.
Air Force and Army aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces hit 32 military assets of Ukraine.
Among them: 1 anti-aircraft missile system «Вик-Ml» near Novomikhailovka, 1 radar for illumination and guidance of anti-aircraft missile system «S-ЗОО» near Zolotarevka, 1 command post and 18 areas of Ukrainian military equipment stockpile.
Russian Air Defence systems shot down 2 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles near Berdyansk and Melitopol.
In total, 130 aircfaft and 99 helicopters, 244 anti-aircraft missile systems S-300, Buk-Ml, Osa AKM, 443 unmanned aerial vehicles, 2,139 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 241 multiple launch rocket systems, 917 field artillery and mortars, 2,046 units of special military vehicles of Ukrainian Armed Forces were destroyed during the operation.
On April 11, in Mariupol, the units of Ukrainian troops surrounded in the plant «Illicha» made an unsuccessful attempt to break out at night. A group of up to 100 Ukrainian soldiers on armoured vehicles tried to fight their way out of the plant and leave the city in a northern direction. Air and artillery strikes foiled this breakthrough attempt. 3 tanks, 5 infantry fighting vehicles, 7 vehicles were destroyed and up to 50 personnel were killed. Another 42 Ukrainian servicemen voluntarily laid down their arms and surrendered. (mil.ru)
Russian Armed Forces continue the special military operation in Ukraine.
Russian artillery units hit 6 strong points of units of 24th Ukrainian Mechanized Brigade near Popasnaya, Donetsk Region. As a result of strikes, more than 120 military personnel were killed, 11 armoured vehicles and 14 vehicles were destroyed.
Air Force and Army aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces hit 38 military assets of Ukraine. Among them: 1 ammunition depot in Toshkivka, Lugansk Region, 8 areas of Ukrainian weapons and military equipment stockpile in Glazunovka, Pyatigorskoe and Prishib in Kharkov Region.
Russian Air Defence systems shot down 2 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles in the air over Ochakov and Nikolaev.
In total, 130 aircfaft and 99 helicopters, 244 anti-aircraft missile systems S- 300, Вuк-Ml, Osa АКМ, 445 unmanned aerial vehicles, 2,153 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 241 multiple launch rocket systems, 924 field artillery and mortars, 2,063 units of special military vehicles of Ukrainian Armed were destroyed during the operation.
3. CRIMES OF THE UKRAINIAN NAZIS AND THE ARMED FORCES OF UKRAINE
The representative office of the Donetsk People’s Republic in the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire reported that eleven civilians on the previously liberated territories were injured as a result of shelling by Ukrainian troops. It is noted that nine of them are residents of Mariupol.
According to the agency, the total number of recorded victims in the liberated territories of the Donetsk People’s Republic has reached 1,036 people, including 54 children. On April 11, Ukrainian troops opened fire on the Donetsk People’s Republic 34 times, firing 189 rounds of ammunition. Two people died and seven were injured. (ria.ru)
4. EXPOSURE OF DISINFORMATION
The CNN channel released a story about the disastrous state of the Russian economy, in which famine began. This story is an attempt by the Western media to divert attention from internal problems and at the same time prove the effectiveness of the sanctions imposed against Russia.
These are refuted by the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade. Supply and demand for all goods are steady and stable, a long-term stock of socially important goods has been formed. A shortage in retail trade is not expected. (войнасфейками.рф)