Alexander Mikheev, the CEO of Russian arms manufacturing corporation »Rosoboronexport», reported on the growth in the number of foreign arms production orders due to the successful use of Russian weapons in real combat in Syria. «We notice the increased interest of foreign partners in armaments and military equipment, which confirmed its tactical and technical characteristics in combat circumstances during the antiterrorist operation in Syria. The orders include combat aircraft, helicopters, armored and engineering vehicles, sea, air and ground-based weapons» — he explained.
The US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, announced that Washington does not intend to enter into direct negotiations with the Syrian authorities and Syrian President Bashar Assad. «We will never want to enter into direct negotiations with Syria in the current state of affairs. They are not worthy of negotiations with the United States. They did nothing but cruelly treated their own people and destroyed their own homeland in the name of power. No, we are not going to negotiate with Assad.» — Nikki Hayley said in an interview with CBS. At the same time, she noted that the USA will continue to participate in the Geneva process on Syria.
Ukrainian troops fired at the LPR positions six times over the past day. The areas of settlements Kalinovka, Logvinovo and Sanzharovka were under attack. Mortars, weaponry of armored vehicles, grenade launchers, and small arms were used in the shelling. As a result — one LPR soldier was killed and another one was wounded.
In the DPR, over the past day, Ukrainian troops violated the ceasefire agreements 31 times, firing 872 shells at the territory of the DPR. During the shelling, grenade launchers, IFV weaponry and small arms were used. As a result — three houses in Dokuchaevsk were damaged.
Russian censorship committee »Roskomnadzor» added the Telegram messenger to the block list. The department received a decision of the Tagansky District Court on restricting the access to the Internet resources of information dissemination made by »Telegram Messenger Limited Liability Partnership». This is stated in the message on the website of the department. «Regarding these online resources — from today, April 16th, an order of restriction was sent to telecom operators.» — the message states.
The missile strike on Syria performed by the United States, Britain and France was fully justified, British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson announced. «The actions of France, the United Kingdom and the United States to carry out an accurate and proportional strike against chemical weaponry facilities was absolutely the right thing to do. Right for the UK and, right for the world.» — the minister said. Boris Johnson admitted that he was pleased with the «strong international support» that London, Washington and Paris received for these actions.