The head of the Russian government, Dmitry Medvedev, announced that the Russian ministers proposed to raise the age of retirement in Russia up to 65 for men and up to 63 for women. According to Medvedev, the reform will be implemented in steps that will start from 2019, RIA NEWS reports. «It is proposed to introduce a sufficiently long transition period that will start in 2019. The retirement age will reach, step-by-step, 65 for men by 2028 and 63 for women by 2034″ Medvedev explained and added that this would allow to »direct the additional funds to increase the pensions above the level of inflation.» In addition, the government intends to raise the value-added tax rate up to 20%.
In the DPR, over the past day, Ukrainian troops violated the ceasefire 7 times, firing 160 shells at the front-line regions of the Republic. Donetsk and its suburbs, Dokuchaevsk, southern villages of Kominternovo and Novolaspa were hit. As a result of shelling — a civilian was injured in the village of Alexandrovka, to the west from Donetsk.
Ukrainian troops fired at the positions of LPR 3 times over the past day. The areas of settlements of Donetskii, Kalinovo and Kalinovka were under fire. Mortars, weaponry of IFVs, grenade launchers and small arms were used in the shelling.
The most mass produced APC of Russia, BMP-2, will soon receive a new weapon. Russian Ministry of Defense ordered the first 16 modernized BMP-2M for one of the Ural tank battalions. The new APCs will be made before the end of this year. It is reported that the APC with the new combat module «Berezhok» vastly surpasses the combat capabilities of the default BMP-2 of Soviet construction. More than 3500 of such APCs were created in Russia. BMP-2 was in service since 1980 — the APC was used in Afghanistan, in all conflicts on the territory of the former USSR, in the countless wars of Africa and the Middle East.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested Russia to organize a joint production of S-500 air defense missile systems, Interfax reports with a reference to the Anatolian news agency. «I offered Russia a joint production of S-500s,» — the agency quotes the Turkish president — «The West refuses to sell defense systems to us. On the proposal to establish a joint production — Turkey also received a refusal.» — Erdogan added — «Russia provided us with a loan on the S-400s on very acceptable terms. In the second and third stages, we will begin the joint production. It is also possible to do the same with S-500 «- Anadolu news agency quotes Erdogan.
Syrian Air Forces attacked the territories controlled by the jihadists in the north of the province of Hama. The target sites in the cities of Murek, Latmina and Khan-Sheikhun, in the south of the province of Idlib, were destroyed. Syrian Air Forces constantly attack the enemy in the area, thus preventing the terrorists from concentrating large forces to attack the city of Khama.