What follows is NewsGuard’s summary and translation of top news stories from Russia’s state TV Channel One. NewsGuard presents these stories in the order that they appear on the program.
Top stories about the Russia-Ukraine war and other international affairs on Channel One from June 12 through June 19, 2022.
On June 18, a Russian strike destroyed more than 50 generals and officers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, including the General Staff, the command of the Kakhovka group of troops, airborne assault troops, and units near Nikolaev and Zaporozhye.
The strike also hit more than 100 servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, 30 tanks and armored combat vehicles in the Dnipropetrovsk region.
In the early hours of June 19, Russian forces destroyed as many as 200 militants from the 56th Motorized Infantry Brigade, including foreign mercenaries who were part of this brigade in the village of Selidovo.
The Defense Ministry has confirmed that participants of the Aidar battalion — an extremist organization banned in our country — including its leaders, surrendered in the suburbs of Severodonetsk. Meanwhile, other Ukrainian groups are increasingly abandoning their positions on the front line.
Igor Konashenkov, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Defense, explained the reason for this. He said: “There are huge losses in the Ukrainian army, which forces the command to throw untrained personnel, who lack the necessary skills in handling weapons and military equipment, into battle…Individual units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, due to their low moral and psychological state, lack of ammunition and lack of support, leave the area of hostilities.”
Strikes on the Donetsk People’s Republic from the Ukrainian positions in Avdiivka near Donetsk continue. This is, after all, the main region that uses both Grad and NATO-caliber artillery. On June 19, Makeyevka and Yasinovataya were being attacked. The day before, Donetsk was attacked like never before in the last eight years. In total, settlements in the Donetsk People’s Republic were attacked 60 times. More than 20 people were injured. About 40 houses and the Topaz radio electronic plant were damaged.
In the Lugansk People’s Republic, the allied forces have encircled a large industrial zone. [Channel One correspondent] Aleksey Kruchinin is there and he is convinced that last month’s events in Severodonetsk will eventually be repeated in another part of the Donbas.
Kruchinin said: “The source of the constant shelling is the Ukrainian army and soldiers from different countries… and civilians were held hostage.”
A resident of the Lugansk People’s Republic, Tamar Chusova, said: “There was no light, food or water. Children and elderly people were crying. There was nothing. They fired on us for 15 minutes.” Her partner sitting next to her says, “I was almost killed yesterday.”
Another resident said: “The Ukrainian soldiers came to us… they looted the city and fired at houses. We saw it with our own eyes. We waited, we knew the LPR and Russian forces wouldn’t behave like this.”
They are antiheroes. Since the end of February, almost 7,000 representatives of 64 countries have arrived to fight on the side of Kiev, the Russian Defense Ministry reported. Almost two thousand have been destroyed since then. A few hundred have run away. Polish citizens make up the majority of these mercenaries.
Canada is in second place with its large Ukrainian diaspora, the U.S. is third and Romania is fourth.
Five out of every six American mercenaries have either been destroyed or captured.
Two of them were caught near Kharkiv. Now, they’re complaining that Ukrainian intelligence flopped and that their unit went into battle completely unprepared. They want to go home as soon as possible, of course. Joe Biden is already aware of this. He had said he does not recommend that other U.S. citizens go to Ukraine.
Two British subjects and a Moroccan citizen in the Donetsk People’s Republic were sentenced to capital punishment. The republic’s laws give a month for an appeal. Ten days have already passed.
Official explanations from the U.S. about the financing of 46 biolaboratories in Ukraine are a ‘“prosecutor’s dream,” Igor Kirillov, Chief of Radiation, Chemical and Biological Protection Troops of the Russian Armed Forces, said, commenting on a statement that was published on the Pentagon’s website.
This is how the Americans justify themselves: They say they wanted to reduce the threat of global terrorism by attracting scientists from the former Soviet republics to do biological research. But, to be more precise, it was to develop biological weapons. How else can we understand the Pi-268 project, involving Colorado universities and Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, which dealt with pathogens carried by the Aedes species of mosquitoes. The viral preparation was created at the Taras Shevchenko National University in Kiev and transported to the US for field testing.
In its statement, the Pentagon acknowledged that it supervised a project carried out by Ukraine’s Science and Technology Center.
According to our Defense Ministry, Executive Director of the Ukrainian Science and Technology Center Andrew Hood wrote to Washington, saying that “More than 30% of the participants are former scientists with experience in the development of weapons of mass destruction.”
Since 2015, when the Pentagon began a large-scale financing of Ukrainian projects, multiple cases of infectious diseases have been recorded among military personnel, as well as residents of the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics.
According to a report by the Ministry of Health of the Donetsk People’s Republic, in 2016, the incidence of tularemia increased by 9.5 times compared to 2007.
More information about the deadly work that was commissioned by the Pentagon in the strictest secrecy and and right on Russia’s borders can be found in the film “Bioweapons of the Devil’s Laboratories”. Watch today, June 19, right after the Vremya program.
The defects of the unipolar model will be on display on Thursday and Friday, June 23 and 24, when the EU will discuss the applications of Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia for candidate status with the EU.
Back in the first days of spring, five thousand bandits were released from prison in Ukraine. And there were more than five million guns on the black market. And now, thanks to the massive, uncontrolled military assistance, Ukrainian illegal arms trafficking is already a terrorist threat at the international level.
Yuri Kot, a journalist, said: “Europe and Ukraine have lost the ability to think about the interests of their citizens a long time ago. They thought that by choosing the path of Russiaphobia, in fact of Nazism, they would become stronger and more secure.”
Channel One journalist Ivan Konovalov, said: “Human rights groups in many European countries have sounded the alarm over the Nazi elements in the Kiev regime but their governments have refused to hear it.”
[The program features a clip from French news channel BFM, in which lawyer Arno Klarsfeld says:] “To join the EU on an equal footing, Ukraine has to stop glorifying those who killed Jews during the second world war… Europe has economic, legal, and moral norms. It cannot both commemorate the Jews killed during the war, and commemorate those who killed the Jews. Because of this, Ukraine has no place in the EU.”
Not to learn from lessons seems to be a habit in the EU. In the spring, gas prices sharply rose, then returned to normal. The first month of summer is almost over, and Europe is already using gas stored for the winter.
[The segment quotes an article in the Spectator, titled: “Is the western boycott of Russian oil backfiring?”, saying] “At some point we will have to start asking: is the pain being inflicted on European industries and consumers through higher energy prices really worth it? Particularly when the rest of the world, far from following Europe’s example, is actually increasing its consumption of Russian fossil fuels?”
[It then quotes an article on the German site, Focus Online, titled, “The West is only hurting itself. Seven reasons why the anti-Putin alliance is cracking,” saying:] “The Alliance against Putin is smaller than expected, more fragmented and less effective.… Putin alone could not have provoked this global energy, food and economic crisis. The Western sanctions regime has been his voluntary assistant.”
Biden wrote a letter to oil workers asking them to increase production and, in general, to show patriotism.
[The channel quotes a letter from American Petroleum Institute responding to Biden, stating:] “Today’s situation did not materialize overnight and will not be quickly solved. Although the Russian invasion is undoubtedly exacerbating the situation, today’s challenges are largely the result of high crude prices due to 1) a supply/demand imbalance, 2) logistics reshuffling as the world emerges from the pandemic, strong consumer demand, the ban on Russian products, and 3) policy decisions made at the federal and state levels over many years and by successive administrations.”
The influential Politico magazine has published an op-ed by one of the most famous experts in international politics, Professor Charles Kupchan from Georgetown University. He clearly substantiates why the U.S. is obliged to encourage Ukraine to reach a peaceful settlement in the conflict, even at the cost of territorial concessions. His argument is that Ukraine has irretrievably lost Donbas, as well as Crimea, and the world has not collapsed from this. He wrote that Putin is still a strong leader, and Russia is a strong rival. So it is necessary to negotiate, and not to encourage Kiev’s unrealistic expectations.
[The show quotes Kupchan, stating:] “This conflict arguably represents the most dangerous geopolitical moment since the Cuban missile crisis. A hot war is raging between a nuclear-armed Russia and a NATO-armed Ukraine, with NATO territory abutting the conflict zone. These stakes necessitate direct U.S. engagement in determining when and how this war ends. Instead of offering arms with no conditions, effectively leaving strategy up to the Ukrainians , Washington needs to have a forthright discussion about war termination with allies, with Kiev, and ultimately, with Moscow. To prepare the ground for that pivot, the Biden administration should stop making claims that could tie its own hands at the negotiating table.”
All information is presented on the portal Pobeda.onf.ru. The fundraising is carried out by war correspondents, including from Channel One.
You can make a transfer using a bank card or by QR code. The portal emphasizes that assistance is targeted. The particular needs of a unit will be delivered to the front line.
And the United Russia party held a lot of activities on International Donor Day. Thousands of people, including youth activists, students, deputies and volunteers, went to blood donation points. This will be sent to the victims of Ukrainian attacks.
Both chambers of the Russian parliament [on June 6] adopted a resolution to investigate the work of American biological laboratories in Ukraine, as well as to create a joint commission to conduct such an investigation. It will include 14 deputies and 14 senators, Vice Speaker of the State Duma Irina Yarovaya and Vice Speaker of the Federation Council Konstantin Kosachev.
A state system of biological security should be created in response to the actions of the Americans. Parliamentarians state that American biological research poses a direct threat to the population of Russia.
Kosachev said: “This work has military goals. The goal is to create direct threats to the population of the Russian Federation, to the security of the citizens of the Russian Federation, and their health and well-being. Of course, the same goals are pursued through other biolaboratories, which are located in states that are not friendly to the U.S. such as Iran, China and a number of other countries.”