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Russia considers shutting down ‘unfriendly’ Western news agencies

May 24, radio station RT quoted Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu at a meeting of the Council of Defense Ministers of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) as saying that Russia is announcing a ceasefire in several places to ensure the safe evacuation of the country. civilians from besieged settlements, although this approach “slows the speed of the attack, it is being done deliberately to avoid civilian casualties”.

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Members of the pro-Russian army on tanks in Donetsk – Ukraine May 22 – Photo: REUTERS

Shoigu said the Russian military will not conduct attacks on civilian infrastructure where there may be people nearby. Instead, Ukraine’s military facilities are being attacked with “high-precision weapons”.

Despite sanctions against Moscow authorities, Shoigu insisted that Russia will continue “special operations” until all objectives are achieved.

Associated Reuters Russian forces are currently trying to encircle Ukrainian troops in two eastern cities, a battle that could decide the success or failure of Moscow’s advance in the industrial heart of Donbas.

According to Reutersalso on May 24, Russia’s parliament passed a bill empowering prosecutors to close foreign media offices in Moscow if a Western country is “unfriendly” to the Russian media. after several Russian state news agencies in the West closed.

The bill also prohibits the distribution of articles or other material from media outlets that have been shut down by the prosecutor’s office. The bill still needs to be considered by the upper house and signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin to become law.

Journalists of a media organization deemed infringing under the bill will have their license revoked from the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Earlier, the EU’s Council of Ministers banned RT and Russia’s Sputnik news agency on March 2, due to the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

However, according to RT, on May 23, a coalition of Dutch journalists, internet providers and civil society groups announced that they will challenge the EU’s decision to ban RT and Sputnik before the Court. European Court of Justice. RT cited the Dutch Association of Journalists (NVJ)’s accusation against the EU of “not doing justice to the freedom of information enshrined in human rights treaties, which are the foundation of democracy”.

Ukraine collects and preserves the bodies of Russian soldiers, offers to exchange prisoners

According to Reuters, Volunteers helped the army collect 60 Russian bodies in the northeastern region of Kharkiv, where Russian forces have retreated in recent weeks, storing them in a refrigerated carriage.

Anton Ivannikov, the captain of the military-civilian cooperation branch of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which is coordinating the body collection, said the soldiers could be exchanged for prisoners or their bodies. Ukrainian soldiers.

“We are collecting all documents, all credit cards. Anything that can help us identify, including tattoos and DNA,” Mr. Ivannikov said.

The dead soldiers will be taken on a train to Kiev, where the negotiating team is located.

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