Russian Investigative Committee investigates the killing of Donbass residents

3 criminal cases have been initiated to investigate the killing of Donbass residents, a spokeswoman of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, Svetlana Petrenko, said on May 25, TASS news agency reports.

“According to the investigation, on May 18, 20, and 21, the servicemen of the Ukrainian army and the National Guard fulfilled manifestly illegal orders received from superior officials of the Defense Ministry, having used heavy artillery of high destructive power for a targeted shelling of civil infrastructure facilities, which were not military targets, in the villages of Kominternovo and Spartak, as well as in the Petrovsky district of the city of Donetsk,” Colonel of Justice, Director of the Media Relations Department, Svetlana Petrenko said.

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Erdogan: international problems can be solved only through solidarity

The President of Turkey noted that political leaders of a number of countries already got used to dividing terrorists into “friends” and “enemies”. Erdoğan believes that it is necessary to break this preconception. According to him, terrorism does not threaten individual countries, but is a global challenge to the whole world. The Turkish leader believes that solidarity and cooperation at the international level could help to find a proper solution in such a global problem. According to Erdoğan, a key role should be given to NATO member countries, which need to strengthen their support aimed at combating terrorism.

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Moscow protests Children's Ombudswoman Kuznetsova's actions

The pickets were organized in front of the building of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation to “welcome” the Children’s Ombudswoman on her way back from Finland. The participants oppose her policy of compromise with respect to the system of forced foster care. Her actions have triggered a number of major Russian parents’ non-governmental organizations to withdraw their membership from the Civic Chamber, speaking out against the Western methods of forced foster care to be implemented into Russian legislation.

Previously, Maria Mamikonyan, the ARPR organization Chairwoman in her open letter to Anna Kuznetsova said, “Your activity does not live up to public’s expectations! I declare of my withdrawal from the Civic Chamber under the Russian President’s Children’s Ombudswoman.” Another 75 parent’s organizations also declared on their withdrawal. Senator Elena Mizulina strongly criticized Kuznetsova’s position, saying that the Children’s Ombudswoman not only does not control the situation, but she has even colluded with government lobbyists for the system of forced foster care.

The pickets said, that “Russia doesn’t need a Children’s Ombudswoman on implementation of the Finnish forced foster care technology.” According to pickets, Anna Kuznetsova went to Finland to “exchange experience” with Finnish specialists on the system of forced foster care instead of defending Russian mothers there, against whom these anti-family methods are being used.

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Terrorists take Catholic priest hostage during siege of Filipino city

Archbishop Socrates Villegas, the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, said that the militants forced their way into the Marawi Cathedral and seized a Catholic priest, ten worshippers, and three church workers. Villegas also added that the priest, Father Chito, and the others had no role in the conflict.

“He was not a combatant. He was not bearing arms. He was not a threat to anyone,” Villegas said of Chito. “His capture and that of his companions violate every norm of civilized conflict,” Villegas said the militants are demanding the withdrawal of the government’s forces.

Violence erupted on Tuesday after the army of Isnilon Hapilon, a commander of the Abu Sayyaf militant group, which has pledged allegiance to ISIL (organization banned in Russia) invaded. Isnilon Hapilon is on Washington’s list of most-wanted terrorists with a $5 million reward for information leading to his capture. The militants called their allies, the Maute Islamic group for reinforcements, and around 50 militants managed to enter the city of Marawi.

In just one night, while Marawi was blacked out, groups of militants swept through the city, occupied the Mayor’s office, hospitals, and prisons, raised the black flag of ISIL (organization banned in Russia), burnt a Catholic Church, a college, and several houses. On Tuesday, Delfin Lorenzana, the Filipino Defense Minister, said that, in Marawi, militants and snipers of the “Maute” Islamic group were lying in wait in ambush. The news came on Tuesday evening, when Lorenzana was in Moscow, where he accompanied President Rodrigo Duterte on an official visit. Due to the difficult circumstances, Duterte cut his trip short and flew back to Manila.

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President of the Philippines imposes martial law in connection with Islamist attack

Rodrigo Duterte, the Filipino leader, came to Moscow for a scheduled visit. Purchases of the Russian-made arms and manufactured products, as well as cooperation in the energy sector, were the topics of negotiations.

However, the situation in the Filipino province of Mindanao, which takes up nearly a third of the country, sharply deteriorated during the official visit after it was subjected to a powerful attack by terrorists from the ISIL (organization banned in Russia). As a result of the attack, one of the cities was captured. Now, clashes with the Islamists continue.

President Rodrigo Duterte was forced to impose martial law directly from the Russian capital and to prepare an emergency flight home. The planned meeting with Vladimir Putin was held, albeit ahead of schedule.

“I apologize for causing changes to your work schedule. You are aware of the situation in the province of Mindanao: ISIL units have taken partial control of this province. Clashes and fighting continue. I have to fly there. Of course, we consider Russia to be our close friend. We would like to work on further strengthening our bilateral relations; our country needs modern weapons. We had several contracts to buy weapons from the US, but now the situation there is not very stable. We need modern weapons to fight ISIL,” said Roderigo Duterte.

All planned negotiations will be worked out despite the Filipino leader’s urgent flight back. A significant delegation of Filipino representatives remains in Moscow in order to finish signing the agreements.

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Flag of Cuba and Antonio Maceo Monument in Havana

Trump’s congratulation evokes rejection among Cubans

“The 20th of May, the day, chosen by Trump to congratulate the people of Cuba on the Republic of Cuba anniversary, is known among Cubans as the date when Cuba became a US protectorate,” a Cuban expert, Iroel Sánchez Espinosa said on May 23 in his commentary to the Rossa Primavera News Agency.

“After the US, like real opportunists, interfered in the Cuban war against Spanish colonialism, the claim that back then Washington was concerned with Cubans’ human rights, made now after a century of US aggression and interventions against Cuba, has been strongly rejected by most Cubans,” the expert continued.

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