The aftermath of the “Wagner Mutiny” is still here!
Another surprising news came from overseas. On June 29, Observer.com quoted the “Moscow Times” report that on the evening of the 28th local time, according to two sources, Russian General Sergei Surovkin had been arrested. According to CCTV news, the Russian President’s Press Secretary Peskov responded to the rumors about General Surovkin and said that he should ask the Ministry of Defense for information. General Surovikin will be the commander-in-chief of the Russian Aerospace Forces. He served as the commander-in-chief of Russia’s special military operations at the end of last year and was demoted to deputy commander-in-chief earlier this year.
According to a report by the Russian Newspaper Network on June 28, the deputy commander-in-chief of the Russian Aerospace Forces, Admiral Andrei Yudin, denied the news that he and his boss, Surovkin, were being held in a detention center in Moscow.
In addition, the European economic “lifeline” issued a red flag. On June 28, local time, Bloomberg reported that the official water level of the Rhine in the Kaub section of the town near Frankfurt has dropped to a seasonal low, and the throughput of barges has dropped to the lowest level in the same period in at least 30 years. keep falling. A German oil refinery has shut down operations as water levels continue to drop, hampering the movement of goods.
At present, the incident of “police shooting and killing of teenagers triggering public protests in many places” in France continues to attract attention. At least 150 people have been arrested and dozens of police officers were injured in the clashes. The French Presidential Palace stated that French President Macron called a meeting of government ministers on June 29 to deal with the crisis.
Russian general arrested?
On June 29, Observer.com quoted the “Moscow Times” report that on the evening of the 28th local time, according to two sources, Russian general Surovkin had been arrested. According to the report, a source revealed that Surovkin’s arrest was related to Wagner chief Prigozhin.
On June 29, World Wide Web quoted Tass News Agency as reporting that Russian Presidential Press Secretary and Kremlin Spokesman Peskov presided over a press conference to respond to questions about Russia’s treatment of Surovkin.
According to the report, when asked “whether Russian President Putin still trusts Surovkin”, Peskov replied that Putin is the supreme commander of the Russian armed forces, and he gives priority to working with Russian Defense Minister Shoigu and the Russian armed forces. Chief Gerasimov dealt with.
In addition, according to CCTV news, on the 29th local time, Peskov said that reporters should ask the Ministry of National Defense about the issue of General Surovkin. On the evening of the 28th, a number of Russian media reported that Surovkin and several senior generals were arrested.
The Russian “Kommersant” quoted a report from the Russian “Ura.ru” news network on the 28th that the deputy commander-in-chief of the Russian Aerospace Forces, Andrei Yudin, denied that he was also in contact with his superior, the deputy chief of Russia’s special military operations against Ukraine. Yudin said, “I am on vacation at home.”
According to public reports, Sulovkin is the commander of the Russian Aerospace Forces. He will be in charge of military operations in Ukraine in October 2022. He will serve as the commander of the Russian special military operations force. In January this year, he was demoted to deputy commander. General Gerasimov took over.
According to a report on the “Russia Today” (RT) website, when the “Wagner incident” occurred on the 24th, Sulovkin made a video speech calling on Wagner soldiers to stop the “rebellion” against the Russian army. He called on Wagnerian soldiers to submit to the legally elected Russian authorities “before it is too late”, return to the barracks, and resolve their grievances peacefully.
In the past few days, the subsidence of the “Wagner Incident” and Prigozhin’s trip to Belarus have worried some Western countries, especially NATO members in Eastern Europe.
According to World Wide Web citing Reuters news on the 29th, according to satellite images obtained by the media, there are multiple new facilities at a military base in the southeast of the Belarusian capital Minsk, which seem to be related to “Wagner”, suggesting that the organization is rapidly establishing a base in Belarus.
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) stated that the media obtained a satellite image on the 27th, showing a camp about 21 kilometers away from Osipovich, which is believed to be the location of the “Wagner” armed personnel, and the camp appeared Visible signs of movement, such as the presence of tents or similar structures.
Europe’s “lifeline” is urgent
On June 28 local time, Bloomberg reported that the official water level of the Rhine River in the Kaub section of the town near Frankfurt has dropped to a seasonal low, and the number of barges has dropped to the lowest level in the same period in at least 30 years. It is expected that the water level will continue until July 1. decline.
What needs to be introduced is that Germany’s “mother river” Rhine is known as the “lifeline” of the European economy. It originates in the Swiss Alps, flows all the way through Austria, France, Germany and the Netherlands, and finally flows into the North Sea near Rotterdam.
Not only does the Rhine provide drinking water for nearly 10 million people, but it is also an important waterway for transporting commodities such as grain, minerals, coal and petroleum products including heating oil.
Once the water level of the Rhine is in an emergency, it not only means that the cargo capacity of the ship must be reduced, but also means that the ship operator will charge a surcharge on the basis of the freight to compensate for the loss of the ship not being fully loaded, which will greatly increase the freight cost. .
Not long ago, the German Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration announced that the water level of the Rhine River in Germany has dropped to 126 centimeters, which is lower than the minimum 135 centimeters for safe navigation. Freight barges on the Rhine River are required to reduce their load.
One of four oil processing plants in southern Germany is currently experiencing an outage in diesel production, straining fuel supplies in the region.
Analyst firm Wood Mackenzie pointed out that petrochemical company Bayernoil’s hydrocrackers have stopped operating, while the company’s diesel supply has also been disrupted this month.
This scene can’t help but remind people of the “once in 500 years” drought that Europe will encounter in 2022. The heat wave caused the water level of the Rhine River to become urgent, and some sections of the river were forced to stop sailing, which seriously disrupted the transportation of crude oil in Germany.
At that time, refineries in southern Germany shut down one after another, and diesel production was interrupted, exacerbating the tightness of fuel supply in parts of inland Europe, making the energy crisis “worse.”
Macron’s emergency meeting
At present, the incident of “police shooting and killing of teenagers triggering public protests in many places” in France continues to attract attention.
On June 29, the World Wide Web integrated Reuters, British Sky News and other foreign media reports. After the police shooting and killing a teenager in Nanterre, a western suburb of Paris, on the 27th sparked protests, the city of Nanterre took the second consecutive day on the 28th local time. Riots broke out in the evening, and the demonstrations also spread to other parts of France. At least 150 people have been arrested and dozens of police officers were injured in the conflict.
On the 27th local time, a 17-year-old boy named Nell was shot dead when the police stopped for inspection. According to Agence France-Presse, an initial police report indicated that Nell was shot by an officer after he tried to ram him with his car.
The police statement contradicted the video circulating on social media, the report said. The video showed two officers standing next to a parked yellow Mercedes, with one pointing a gun at Nell, who can be heard saying “I’m going to put a bullet in your head.” The car then jerks away and the officer appears to shoot at point-blank range. The car hit a checkpoint after driving tens of meters, and Nell was killed.
At present, the live video has caused an uproar on social media. The Nanterre prosecutor’s office said the officer suspected of shooting Nell was in custody and could face manslaughter charges.
Reuters quoted a local anti-racism advocate as saying that Nell was of Algerian origin. However, the prosecution did not disclose the identity of the deceased.
According to Agence France-Presse, the French Presidential Palace stated that French President Macron had summoned several government ministers on June 29 to hold a crisis response meeting, which showed the seriousness of the situation.
According to the report, Macron stated at the meeting on the 29th that the violence against the police station, school and city government in the past few hours was absolutely “illegitimate”.
Macron said on the 28th that this case was “unbelievable and inexcusable” and that it “shaked the entire country”, and he also called on the public to remain calm.