Russian project to recognize two regions of Ukraine as independent states

Russian project to recognize two regions of Ukraine as independent states Russia's President addresses newly-elected members of the lower house of Putin in Moscow  The head of the Russian State Duma (lower chamber), Vyacheslav Volodin, announced that consultations will be held next week on the recognition of the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Lugansk as independent states.  In his account on a social networking site, Volodin indicated that the issue of recognition came at the suggestion of the Russian Communist Party, which was supported by the Just Russia and Liberal Democratic parties, noting that the text of the draft calls on President Vladimir Putin to recognize the independence of the two regions.  Volodin confirmed that they will consult with leaders of political parties on the issue of recognizing the so-called Donetsk and Lugansk republics, and based on the results, it will be presented later in the Russian State Duma.  The Russian official accused Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky of violating the Minsk Agreement, and accused NATO of trying to occupy Ukraine.  Relations between Kiev and Moscow have been strained for nearly 7 years, against the backdrop of Russia's illegal annexation of the Ukrainian Crimea and its support for separatists loyal to it in the Donbass.  Recently, Western countries accused Russia of amassing its forces near the Ukrainian border, while Washington threatened to impose sanctions on Russia if it launched an attack on Ukraine.  In 2008, Russia recognized the independence of two separatist republics in Georgia: Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and took this step in the wake of a brief war with Georgia, the former Soviet republic that aspires to join NATO.

Russian project to recognize two regions of Ukraine as independent states

Russia's President addresses newly-elected members of the lower house of Putin in Moscow

The head of the Russian State Duma (lower chamber), Vyacheslav Volodin, announced that consultations will be held next week on the recognition of the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Lugansk as independent states.

In his account on a social networking site, Volodin indicated that the issue of recognition came at the suggestion of the Russian Communist Party, which was supported by the Just Russia and Liberal Democratic parties, noting that the text of the draft calls on President Vladimir Putin to recognize the independence of the two regions.

Volodin confirmed that they will consult with leaders of political parties on the issue of recognizing the so-called Donetsk and Lugansk republics, and based on the results, it will be presented later in the Russian State Duma.

The Russian official accused Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky of violating the Minsk Agreement, and accused NATO of trying to occupy Ukraine.

Relations between Kiev and Moscow have been strained for nearly 7 years, against the backdrop of Russia's illegal annexation of the Ukrainian Crimea and its support for separatists loyal to it in the Donbass.

Recently, Western countries accused Russia of amassing its forces near the Ukrainian border, while Washington threatened to impose sanctions on Russia if it launched an attack on Ukraine.

In 2008, Russia recognized the independence of two separatist republics in Georgia: Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and took this step in the wake of a brief war with Georgia, the former Soviet republic that aspires to join NATO.


The former Pope of the Vatican is "shocked" for being accused of keeping quiet about priests involved in child sexual abuse  Former Pope Benedict XVI has expressed his "shock and shame" after a report was issued accusing him of taking no action to prevent priests from committing sexual abuse against underage children.  A statement issued by the former pope's spokesman said the pope was not aware of the report and would examine it in the coming days.  On Thursday, a report prepared at the request of the church accused the pope of not taking any action to prevent priests from committing sexual abuse against children in the German diocese for which he was responsible in the 1980s.  Lawyers at the "Festival Spielker Vestel" office confirmed in the report that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (the pope's name before he assumed office) did not take any measures against 4 priests suspected of sexual abuse of children.  In response to the lawyers' report, the 94-year-old pope emeritus of the Vatican, who has been away from public life since 2013, expressed his "strong" refusal to hold him any responsibility for those violations.  However, attorney Martin Bush clarifies that this position is not "credible" in the eyes of experts, because the matter, in two cases mentioned in the report, is related to two clerics who had previously committed judicially proven attacks. The two priests continued their work in the church and no action was taken against them.  The authors of the report indicated that they were "convinced" that Cardinal Ratzinger, who was head of the diocese in Munich and Freising, was aware that the priest Peter Hollermann had previously sexually molested children.  The latter had arrived, in 1980, in North Rhine-Westphalia in Bavaria, where he committed decades of unpunished abuse.  In 1986, a court in Bavaria issued a suspended sentence. But he moved after him to another city in Bavaria, and returned to his excesses until he was forced to retire in 2010.  The authors of the report also criticized Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the current bishop of the Diocese of Munich and Freising, for not taking measures against two priests suspected of sexual abuse of children.  It was Cardinal Marx who requested the preparation of the report. He is expected to make a brief comment on his feed.  Vatican Comment The Vatican commented on the report, expressing its "feeling of shame and remorse."  "The Holy See renews its sense of shame and remorse for the violence inflicted on minors by (before) clergy, and assures all the victims of its solidarity with them," Director of the Information Office Matteo Bruni told reporters.  He added that the Vatican will give the document all the necessary attention, noting that it will review it in detail after its publication, in order to "study the details."  The Catholic Church has long been accused of numerous accusations of sexual abuse against children in a number of countries, as a French national commission investigating sexual abuse of children in the "Jean-Marc Sauvier" church revealed that between 2,900 and 3,200 perpetrators of sexual crimes against children were priests and other clergy in the Catholic Church. .  The head of the French National Committee said that this is the minimum estimate based on the census and examination of documents of the Church, the judiciary, the judicial police, the press and the testimonies received by the commission of inquiry.

The former Pope of the Vatican is "shocked" for being accused of keeping quiet about priests involved in child sexual abuse


Former Pope Benedict XVI has expressed his "shock and shame" after a report was issued accusing him of taking no action to prevent priests from committing sexual abuse against underage children.

A statement issued by the former pope's spokesman said the pope was not aware of the report and would examine it in the coming days.

On Thursday, a report prepared at the request of the church accused the pope of not taking any action to prevent priests from committing sexual abuse against children in the German diocese for which he was responsible in the 1980s.

Lawyers at the "Festival Spielker Vestel" office confirmed in the report that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (the pope's name before he assumed office) did not take any measures against 4 priests suspected of sexual abuse of children.

In response to the lawyers' report, the 94-year-old pope emeritus of the Vatican, who has been away from public life since 2013, expressed his "strong" refusal to hold him any responsibility for those violations.

However, attorney Martin Bush clarifies that this position is not "credible" in the eyes of experts, because the matter, in two cases mentioned in the report, is related to two clerics who had previously committed judicially proven attacks. The two priests continued their work in the church and no action was taken against them.

The authors of the report indicated that they were "convinced" that Cardinal Ratzinger, who was head of the diocese in Munich and Freising, was aware that the priest Peter Hollermann had previously sexually molested children.

The latter had arrived, in 1980, in North Rhine-Westphalia in Bavaria, where he committed decades of unpunished abuse.

In 1986, a court in Bavaria issued a suspended sentence. But he moved after him to another city in Bavaria, and returned to his excesses until he was forced to retire in 2010.

The authors of the report also criticized Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the current bishop of the Diocese of Munich and Freising, for not taking measures against two priests suspected of sexual abuse of children.

It was Cardinal Marx who requested the preparation of the report. He is expected to make a brief comment on his feed.

Vatican Comment
The Vatican commented on the report, expressing its "feeling of shame and remorse."

"The Holy See renews its sense of shame and remorse for the violence inflicted on minors by (before) clergy, and assures all the victims of its solidarity with them," Director of the Information Office Matteo Bruni told reporters.

He added that the Vatican will give the document all the necessary attention, noting that it will review it in detail after its publication, in order to "study the details."

The Catholic Church has long been accused of numerous accusations of sexual abuse against children in a number of countries, as a French national commission investigating sexual abuse of children in the "Jean-Marc Sauvier" church revealed that between 2,900 and 3,200 perpetrators of sexual crimes against children were priests and other clergy in the Catholic Church. .

The head of the French National Committee said that this is the minimum estimate based on the census and examination of documents of the Church, the judiciary, the judicial police, the press and the testimonies received by the commission of inquiry.


Incitement and support What is the role of the European extreme right in igniting a new conflict in the Balkans?  Bosnia and Herzegovina lives under serious threats of renewed fighting, after the country's Serb nationalists escalated provocations and attempted to undermine its unity. At the European level, the extreme right plays an important role in igniting the conflict, with its political and financial support for Bosnian Serb separatists.  Since the end of last year, the Balkan region has been experiencing serious threats of slipping back into the quagmire of blood, after the Bosnian Serb Republic threatened to secede, and its President Milorad Dodik sought to impose a fait accompli on the federal government in Sarajevo.  The provocations of the Bosnian Serb separatists did not stop there, but went beyond it to the celebration of a legally prohibited holiday, where the buildings of the city of Banja Luka were decorated with the flags of the Republic, racist slogans were chanted against the Bosnian Muslims and the Ottoman history of the country, and a military parade of the armed forces of the Autonomous Republic was held.  Among the most prominent people who attended the ceremony were French European deputies from the National Rally Party, which refers to the close relationship between the European far-right and the leaders of the Bosnian Serb government. It also underscores the political and economic support that Hungary's populist Prime Minister Viktor Orban has given Dodik and his administration.  Urban next to Dudek! "Hungary provides financial support to the Bosnian Serbs and opposes the sanctions imposed on their leader, Milorad Dodik," the far-right Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán responded to a journalist's question about his position on what is happening in neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina.  Orban did not stop there, but considered the republic "the key to stability in the Western Balkans", calling for its integration into the European Union instead of punishing it, while he was earlier among the most vocal opponents of Bosnia's accession to the union. This indicates that he implicitly supported the secession of the Serbian political entity from the central government.  Orban granted the Dodik government subsidies of 100 million euros, which he said were "part of Hungary's responsible neighborhood policy in order to promote stability in the region." While European analysts expressed their fears that this aid would be used to support Dodik's separatist policies, including arming his separatist militias.  In the same context, the Hungarian Foreign Minister, Peter Szijjarto, threatened the European Union to veto any decision to impose sanctions on Dodik and his government. It is noteworthy that Hungary has economic ambitions in the Republika Srpska, and in 2019 it signed a broad cooperation agreement with its government.  Support with a taste of hate In addition to Orbán's support for Dodik's government, the presence of French European deputies, from the far-right National Rally party, for the illegal celebration it held in Banja Luka as support for its separatist movements threatening peace in the Balkans, and in which observers read incitement to continue in the same path.  The European far-right's support for the Bosnian Serbs is part of their hostility to the country's Muslims. This can be seen from the French MPs' justification for their presence there in the face of the great criticism they received, saying that they were there to "support the continuation of peace while respecting identity privacy."  What is also confirmed by the political moves led by the Italian League's leader, Matteo Salvini, in the European Parliament, where we find him calling in an intervention in 2017, that "the Bosnian Serbs are the only good partners of the European Union in Bosnia and Herzegovina."  Salvini added at the time that: "The Union faces the danger of the Islamization of Central Europe, which will lead to disruption of relations between the ethnicities that make up the social fabric there." Through these racist allegations, he demanded explanations about "Why does the Union continue to marginalize the Republika Srpska?"

Incitement and support What is the role of the European extreme right in igniting a new conflict in the Balkans?


Bosnia and Herzegovina lives under serious threats of renewed fighting, after the country's Serb nationalists escalated provocations and attempted to undermine its unity. At the European level, the extreme right plays an important role in igniting the conflict, with its political and financial support for Bosnian Serb separatists.

Since the end of last year, the Balkan region has been experiencing serious threats of slipping back into the quagmire of blood, after the Bosnian Serb Republic threatened to secede, and its President Milorad Dodik sought to impose a fait accompli on the federal government in Sarajevo.

The provocations of the Bosnian Serb separatists did not stop there, but went beyond it to the celebration of a legally prohibited holiday, where the buildings of the city of Banja Luka were decorated with the flags of the Republic, racist slogans were chanted against the Bosnian Muslims and the Ottoman history of the country, and a military parade of the armed forces of the Autonomous Republic was held.

Among the most prominent people who attended the ceremony were French European deputies from the National Rally Party, which refers to the close relationship between the European far-right and the leaders of the Bosnian Serb government. It also underscores the political and economic support that Hungary's populist Prime Minister Viktor Orban has given Dodik and his administration.

Urban next to Dudek!
"Hungary provides financial support to the Bosnian Serbs and opposes the sanctions imposed on their leader, Milorad Dodik," the far-right Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán responded to a journalist's question about his position on what is happening in neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Orban did not stop there, but considered the republic "the key to stability in the Western Balkans", calling for its integration into the European Union instead of punishing it, while he was earlier among the most vocal opponents of Bosnia's accession to the union. This indicates that he implicitly supported the secession of the Serbian political entity from the central government.

Orban granted the Dodik government subsidies of 100 million euros, which he said were "part of Hungary's responsible neighborhood policy in order to promote stability in the region." While European analysts expressed their fears that this aid would be used to support Dodik's separatist policies, including arming his separatist militias.

In the same context, the Hungarian Foreign Minister, Peter Szijjarto, threatened the European Union to veto any decision to impose sanctions on Dodik and his government. It is noteworthy that Hungary has economic ambitions in the Republika Srpska, and in 2019 it signed a broad cooperation agreement with its government.

Support with a taste of hate
In addition to Orbán's support for Dodik's government, the presence of French European deputies, from the far-right National Rally party, for the illegal celebration it held in Banja Luka as support for its separatist movements threatening peace in the Balkans, and in which observers read incitement to continue in the same path.

The European far-right's support for the Bosnian Serbs is part of their hostility to the country's Muslims. This can be seen from the French MPs' justification for their presence there in the face of the great criticism they received, saying that they were there to "support the continuation of peace while respecting identity privacy."

What is also confirmed by the political moves led by the Italian League's leader, Matteo Salvini, in the European Parliament, where we find him calling in an intervention in 2017, that "the Bosnian Serbs are the only good partners of the European Union in Bosnia and Herzegovina."

Salvini added at the time that: "The Union faces the danger of the Islamization of Central Europe, which will lead to disruption of relations between the ethnicities that make up the social fabric there." Through these racist allegations, he demanded explanations about "Why does the Union continue to marginalize the Republika Srpska?"
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