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  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

    Also visit the online treatment locator.

SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357) (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service), or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations.

Also visit the online treatment locator, or send your zip code via text message: 435748 (HELP4U) to find help near you. Read more about the HELP4U text messaging service.

The service is open 24/7, 365 days a year.

English and Spanish are available if you select the option to speak with a national representative. Currently, the 435748 (HELP4U) text messaging service is only available in English.

In 2020, the Helpline received 833,598 calls. This is a 27 percent increase from 2019, when the Helpline received a total of 656,953 calls for the year.

The referral service is free of charge. If you have no insurance or are underinsured, we will refer you to your state office, which is responsible for state-funded treatment programs. In addition, we can often refer you to facilities that charge on a sliding fee scale or accept Medicare or Medicaid. If you have health insurance, you are encouraged to contact your insurer for a list of participating health care providers and facilities.

The service is confidential. We will not ask you for any personal information. We may ask for your zip code or other pertinent geographic information in order to track calls being routed to other offices or to accurately identify the local resources appropriate to your needs.

No, we do not provide counseling. Trained information specialists answer calls, transfer callers to state services or other appropriate intake centers in their states, and connect them with local assistance and support.

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Last Updated: 08/30/2022

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs

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Misusing alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs can have both immediate and long-term health effects.

The misuse and abuse of alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs, and prescription medications affect the health and well-being of millions of Americans. SAMHSA’s 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports that approximately 19.3 million people aged 18 or older had a substance use disorder in the past year.



  • In 2020, 50.0% of people aged 12 or older (or 138.5 million people) used alcohol in the past month (i.e., current alcohol users) (2020 NSDUH)
  • Among the 138.5 million people who were current alcohol users, 61. 6 million people (or 44.4%) were classified as binge drinkers and 17.7 million people (28.8% of current binge drinkers and 12.8% of current alcohol users) were classified as heavy drinkers (2020 NSDUH)
  • The percentage of people who were past month binge alcohol users was highest among young adults aged 18 to 25 (31.4%) compared with 22.9% of adults aged 26 or older and 4.1% of adolescents aged 12 to 17 (2020 NSDUH)
  • The 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports that 139.7 million Americans age 12 or older were past month alcohol users, 65.8 million people were binge drinkers in the past month, and 16 million were heavy drinkers in the past month
  • About 2.3 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 in 2019 drank alcohol in the past month, and 1.2 million of these adolescents binge drank in that period (2019 NSDUH)
  • Approximately 14.5 million people age 12 or older had an alcohol use disorder (2019 NSDUH)
  • Excessive alcohol use can increase a person’s risk of stroke, liver cirrhosis, alcoholic hepatitis, cancer, and other serious health conditions
  • Excessive alcohol use can also lead to risk-taking behavior, including driving while impaired. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 29 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver daily


  • STOP Underage Drinking interagency portal - Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking
  • Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking
  • Talk. They Hear You.
  • Underage Drinking: Myths vs. Facts
  • Talking with your College-Bound Young Adult About Alcohol

Relevant links:

  • National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors
  • Department of Transportation Office of Drug & Alcohol Policy & Compliance
  • Alcohol Policy Information Systems Database (APIS)
  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism



  • In 2020, 20.7% of people aged 12 or older (or 57. 3 million people) used nicotine products (i.e., used tobacco products or vaped nicotine) in the past month (2020 NSDUH)
  • Among past month users of nicotine products, nearly two thirds of adolescents aged 12 to 17 (63.1%) vaped nicotine but did not use tobacco products. In contrast, 88.9% of past month nicotine product users aged 26 or older used only tobacco products (2020 NSDUH)
  • Data from the 2019 NSDUH reports that 58.1 million people were current (i.e., past month) tobacco users. Specifically, 45.9 million people aged 12 or older in 2019 were past month cigarette smokers (2019 NSDUH)
  • Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death, often leading to lung cancer, respiratory disorders, heart disease, stroke, and other serious illnesses. The CDC reports that cigarette smoking causes more than 480,000 deaths each year in the United States
  • The CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health reports that more than 16 million Americans are living with a disease caused by smoking cigarettes

Electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use data:

  • Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2020 National Youth Tobacco Survey.  Among both middle and high school students, current use of e-cigarettes declined from 2019 to 2020, reversing previous trends and returning current e-cigarette use to levels similar to those observed in 2018
  • E-cigarettes are not safe for youth, young adults, or pregnant women, especially because they contain nicotine and other chemicals


  • Tips for Teens: Tobacco
  • Tips for Teens: E-cigarettes
  • Implementing Tobacco Cessation Programs in Substance Use Disorder Treatment Settings
  • Synar Amendment Program


  • Truth Initiative
  • FDA Center for Tobacco Products
  • CDC Office on Smoking and Health
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse: Tobacco, Nicotine, and E-Cigarettes
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse: E-Cigarettes



  • Among people aged 12 or older in 2020, 3.4% (or 9.5 million people) misused opioids in the past year. Among the 9.5 million people who misused opioids in the past year, 9.3 million people misused prescription pain relievers and 902,000 people used heroin (2020 NSDUH)
  • An estimated 745,000 people had used heroin in the past year, based on 2019 NSDUH data
  • In 2019, there were 10.1 million people age 12 or older who misused opioids in the past year. The vast majority of people misused prescription pain relievers (2019 NSDUH)
  • An estimated 1.6 million people aged 12 or older had an opioid use disorder based on 2019 NSDUH data
  • Opioid use, specifically injection drug use, is a risk factor for contracting HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C. The CDC reports that people who inject drugs accounted for 9 percent of HIV diagnoses in the United States in 2016
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Understanding the Epidemic, an average of 128 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose


  • Medication-Assisted Treatment
  • Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit
  • TIP 63: Medications for Opioid Use Disorder
  • Use of Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Criminal Justice Settings
  • Opioid Use Disorder and Pregnancy
  • Clinical Guidance for Treating Pregnant and Parenting Women With Opioid Use Disorder and Their Infants
  • The Facts about Buprenorphine for Treatment of Opioid Addiction
  • Pregnancy Planning for Women Being Treated for Opioid Use Disorder
  • Tips for Teens: Opioids
  • Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Grants
  • Tribal Opioid Response Grants
  • Provider’s Clinical Support System - Medication Assisted Treatment Grant Program


  • National Institute on Drug Abuse: Opioids
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse: Heroin
  • HHS Prevent Opioid Abuse
  • Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America
  • Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network
  • Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) Network



  • The percentage of people who used marijuana in the past year was highest among young adults aged 18 to 25 (34. 5%) compared with 16.3% of adults aged 26 or older and 10.1% of adolescents aged 12 to 17 (2020 NSDUH)
  • 2019 NSDUH data indicates that 48.2 million Americans aged 12 or older, 17.5 percent of the population, used marijuana in the past year
  • Approximately 4.8 million people aged 12 or older in 2019 had a marijuana use disorder in the past year (2019 NSDUH)
  • Marijuana can impair judgment and distort perception in the short term and can lead to memory impairment in the long term
  • Marijuana can have significant health effects on youth and pregnant women.


  • Know the Risks of Marijuana
  • Marijuana and Pregnancy
  • Tips for Teens: Marijuana

Relevant links:

  • National Institute on Drug Abuse: Marijuana
  • Addiction Technology Transfer Centers on Marijuana
  • CDC Marijuana and Public Health

Emerging Trends in Substance Misuse:

  • Methamphetamine—In 2019, NSDUH data show that approximately 2 million people used methamphetamine in the past year. Approximately 1 million people had a methamphetamine use disorder, which was higher than the percentage in 2016, but similar to the percentages in 2015 and 2018. The National Institute on Drug Abuse Data shows that overdose death rates involving methamphetamine have quadrupled from 2011 to 2017. Frequent meth use is associated with mood disturbances, hallucinations, and paranoia.
  • Cocaine—In 2019, NSDUH data show an estimated 5.5 million people aged 12 or older were past users of cocaine, including about 778,000 users of crack. The CDC reports that overdose deaths involving have increased by one-third from 2016 to 2017. In the short term, cocaine use can result in increased blood pressure, restlessness, and irritability. In the long term, severe medical complications of cocaine use include heart attacks, seizures, and abdominal pain.
  • Kratom—In 2019, NSDUH data show that about 825,000 people had used Kratom in the past month. Kratom is a tropical plant that grows naturally in Southeast Asia with leaves that can have psychotropic effects by affecting opioid brain receptors. It is currently unregulated and has risk of abuse and dependence. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that health effects of Kratom can include nausea, itching, seizures, and hallucinations.


  • Tips for Teens: Methamphetamine
  • Tips for Teens: Cocaine
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse

More SAMHSA publications on substance use prevention and treatment.

Last Updated: 04/27/2022

Maxim Malyavin on whether to blame the lack of money for all troubles - Gazeta.Ru

“Money will not make you happier,” Arnold Schwarzenegger once voiced the well-known maxim. And he immediately brought an iron argument to confirm: "I have 50 million now, and I'm just as happy as when I had 48 million." Iron logic in iron Arnie, what can I say. And how is it really? Too often one hears, both at receptions and at medical examinations, where we, psychiatrists, are invariably present, that poverty is to blame. There was less money - and the depression began. nine0003

I will allow myself not only to doubt, but rather to clarify some points linking poverty and depression. Because not everything in this pair is so unambiguous. And not always the first is the cause, and the second is the effect. It just takes a little thought and clarification of a number of points.

The fact is that under depression, the average person, who is not versed in the subtleties of psychiatric terminology, most often means several radically different conditions, which are united by one sign: low mood. And it is not his fault that he puts in one basket both endogenous depression, and reactive depression, and depressive (or rather, more often subdepressive, not up to full-blown clinical depression) syndrome with neurosis, and just a bad mood outside of any illness. And now let's go through each of the listed points and take a closer look, and at the same time we will figure out: how dependent is each of them on material wealth? nine0003

The first item is endogenous depression.

Either in terms of bipolar affective disorder (or BPD, as it used to be called), or in terms of recurrent depressive episodes.

These episodes are vivid, powerful, with a risk of suicide, with a clearly expressed depressive triad (and this is a sharply lowered mood - one; inhibited thinking - two; and inhibited movements - three), with longing, tearing the chest into pieces up to the sensation of physical unbearable torment, as well as with a number of other equally unpleasant symptoms. nine0003

The key to such a disease is that it does not depend on external causes, which is why it is called endogenous. That's when the body, which inherited a failure of the genetic program, decides to once again upset its own balance of neurotransmitters and hormones, then the exacerbation will begin. Poverty can only indirectly affect the duration of such an exacerbation: for example, there is no money for medicines that are prescribed for preventive purposes. Directly, no, not at all.

Item two, reactive depression. nine0003

May present with the same symptoms and just as pronounced as endogenous. The difference is that the reactive one has a clear reason: after all, it develops as a reaction, and not just to stress, but to a personal disaster, tragedy. You understand, for this it is not enough just to earn less than a neighbor, or to find out that your salary has been cut. To do this, you have to lose everything. Or almost everything. Moreover, overnight or in a relatively short period of time. Are there many of these now? There is, of course, but not in the same way as it was in the nineties. nine0003

As for the third point, neurotic depression, or depressive syndrome in neurosis, here, yes, here, in order to get the debut of a neurosis or decompensation of an existing one, it is necessary that an unpleasant, stressful factor be not necessarily catastrophic, but act, undermining strength, quite long time.

And long-term lack of money can turn out to be just such a stressful factor. And indeed sometimes it turns out. Just something to take into account. Even in the presence of this very stressful factor, under other external conditions being equal, not every person will develop a neurosis. nine0003

Here, firstly, it is necessary to have a certain personality type, for which it is intrapersonal (oh, what a weakling I am, I don’t even know how to earn money!) you have to, all in the same place, with claims!) will be critically significant. And secondly, genes again. Predisposing to the development of neurosis.

Similar factory firmware on a phone or on-board computer of a car with preset settings. That is, there will be more neuroses arising from poverty than reactive and exacerbated endogenous depressions, but even if you add up all three points, the total amount will be much less than that which does not relate to something painful, has no right to be called depression and is represented fourth and last point. nine0003

So, the fourth point. Bad mood.

Any psychologist will explain where it comes from in case of lack of money. There is a whole chain: need - motivation - action - emotion for a positive or negative result. Well, no one needs to justify the need for material well-being: too much is now tied to money. Motivation to raise the butt, and actions to get this money, also do not have to be painted. As well as emotions, negative in case it was not possible to earn money, or it was possible, but not enough. nine0003

We just completely forgot that negative emotions are not always something bad or painful.

Just here they are completely natural and justified. Moreover, normally they should serve as an initiating pendle for the individual: get up, do something! Find additional income, change your job, and if it doesn't work out, cut your sturgeon... sorry, needs and requests - and don't worry!

It's just that someone has managed to relax and wean himself from the fact that you first need to fight for the right of Blessed Dolce Far Niente. And if Fortune has turned her back, some gestures must be taken so that in the future she is afraid to do it again. Hard? Yes. Scary? Yes. Lazy? Probably. But the result is worth it. nine0003

So it's not depression in the vast majority of cases, it's just your Galya being spoiled. But there are no tasty pills for improving self-discipline among psychiatrists, sorry. So let's just do it ourselves. By the way, antidepressants, which are prescribed for people with depressive symptoms from the first three groups, act only on a painfully lowered mood. They don’t affect the bad things in any way, so it’s better not to even try to use them as a life hack.

VZGLYAD / Psychologist told how family conflicts can be prevented due to lack of money :: News of the day

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Tragedies like the one that happened in Selyatino near Moscow, associated with lack of money in families, can be prevented, but often this will require outside intervention, family psychologist Irina Obukhova told the VZGLYAD newspaper. nine0061

In the suburbs, a man shot his ex-wife in front of his eight-year-old son, and then committed suicide. According to media reports, the cause of this incident was material trouble: the spouses were divorced, but were forced to continue to live together in a hostel, because they could not leave due to lack of money.

“Man is most afraid of the unknown. Fear of the future, if he cannot calculate something and be sure that he has enough money, resources, etc. for something. Therefore, all material problems are no longer about what a person does not have today, but about the fact that he will not be able to provide for himself and his children in the future, ”says Obukhova. nine0003

Because of the fear of the unknown, anxiety and neuroticism grow, conflicts begin, and the family collapses, explains the psychologist. People themselves drive themselves into this or that situation, and even in the absence of money, there is always a way out. But any problems affect each person differently: one goes and does something, and the other becomes depressed. But when it comes to a "global" depression, similar situations occur.

“You should never forget that in life you have to stand up one more time than you fell. Here, both parents were depressed, so a calm conversation with lack of money would not work, since the situation in the family is tense for both. To solve such situations, there must be third parties who will come to the rescue (relatives, acquaintances). You need to be indifferent to the people who are nearby, ”advises Obukhova. nine0003

The psychologist also recommends that women take matters into their own hands, no matter how difficult it may be. It is worth supporting your husband regularly. After that, he will go and at least earn some money. In this case, it is very important to motivate a person, and not to put pressure on him.

Previously, a neighbor told about the relationship between the dead family members.

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Lavrov offered Ukraine two ways of demilitarization and denazification

Lavrov offered Ukraine to comply with Russia’s demands “just fine”, otherwise the army will decide the issue

If Ukraine does not comply with Russian demands and continues "senseless resistance", then its demilitarization and denazification will be ensured by the Russian army, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. nine0003

Lavrov stressed that the “enemy” is aware of Russian proposals regarding the demilitarization and denazification of territories under the control of the Kyiv regime, as well as the elimination of threats emanating from there. He noted that this also applies to the security of "our new lands": the DPR, LPR, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions of Russia.

According to Lavrov, "there's nothing to do" - Kyiv must "just right" fulfill Russian requirements, "otherwise the issue will be decided by the Russian army," TASS reports. nine0003

Assessing the possible duration of the conflict, the minister said that "the ball is on the side of the regime and Washington behind it." According to Lavrov, "they can stop their senseless resistance at any moment."

According to the minister, Kyiv wants to "pull the Americans and other NATO members even deeper into the maelstrom of the conflict", counting on their "head-on collision with the Russian army."

In particular, Lavrov recalled the provocation with the fall of the Ukrainian rocket in Poland. According to the head of the Foreign Ministry, this indicates that the Ukrainian "regime will stop at nothing." nine0003

The policy of the West aimed at the total containment of Russia is extremely dangerous, it bears the risk of sliding into a direct armed clash of nuclear powers, the minister said.

Recall that Russia is conducting a special military operation to demilitarize and denazify Ukraine. Initially, Kyiv was demanded to recognize the reunification of Crimea with Russia, as well as the independence of the DNR and LNR. In addition, there were a number of political conditions.

Later, due to the position of Ukraine, the geographical tasks of the NWO expanded. Since the residents of the DPR, LPR, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions voted for reunification with Russia, Russia agreed to return these regions to our country. nine0003

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Musk praised Medvedev's "futuristic forecast"

Musk commented on Medvedev's "futuristic forecast" for 2023 on Twitter

American billionaire Elon Musk commented on the “futuristic forecast” for 2023 published by the Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, using a popular Internet expression. nine0061

"Epic thread!" – said Musk on Twitter, commenting on the corresponding message of Medvedev. In the Russian-speaking segment of the Internet, the translation of this phrase into Russian has become fixed as “epic thread (discussion thread)”, and the word “epic” is used both to express sarcasm and for real approval.

In addition, Musk reacted with a surprised smiley and asked to be reminded of the “forecast” in a year.

Recall that Medvedev proposed 10 points of a "futuristic forecast", including the collapse of the EU after the return of Great Britain there, a civil war in the United States, and Musk's victory in the American presidential elections in those states that will be Republican after the war. nine0003

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Suspects in the murder of a family in Makiivka were detained in hot pursuit

Law enforcement officers in hot pursuit detained three suspects in the murder of a family of eight in Makeevka, according to the center of public relations of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the DPR.

The department's Telegram channel notes that the detainees are previously convicted residents of the Kalininsky microdistrict. They admitted that they committed the murder out of selfish motives in order to steal a Skoda car and other valuable property. nine0003

According to the department, suspects may face capital punishment. The actions of criminals fit under the article "Murder of two or more persons", which entails the maximum responsibility in the form of capital punishment. Investigations have begun.

Earlier, the Makiivka city administration reported that in Donetsk Makiivka, a family of eight people was shot, presumably with automatic weapons, four children were killed, including a one-year-old child. The murder took place in the Chervonogvardeisky district. In Makiivka, an interception plan was announced. nine0003

The FSB showed footage from the site of the liquidation of Ukrainian saboteurs in the Bryansk region

The FSB of Russia has published footage after the elimination of the Ukrainian sabotage group of four people in the Bryansk region.

In the published video, foreign weapons are lying next to the dead militants. The saboteurs carried German SIG Sauer submachine guns and ammunition for them, communication and navigation devices, as well as "means for committing sabotage and terrorist acts - four IEDs with a total capacity of about 40 kilograms of TNT," RIA Novosti reports. nine0003

Member of the State Duma Committee on Security and Anti-Corruption Adalbi Shkhagoshev said that the amount of explosives that the liquidated group had was enough to destroy several large infrastructure facilities.

Recall that the FSB reported that on December 25, a group of Ukrainian saboteurs who wanted to break into the Bryansk region was destroyed.

Later, the FSB named the Ukrainian saboteurs.

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Akhmat special forces commander estimated the losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine at 200 thousand people

Akhmat special forces commander Alaudinov estimated the losses of the Ukrainian armed forces since the beginning of the NMD at 200 thousand people

Since the start of the Russian special military operation in Ukraine, Ukrainian troops have lost about 200,000 personnel, said Apty Alaudinov, commander of the Akhmat special forces, deputy commander of the second army corps of the People's Militia of the LPR. nine0061

“Is there any sense in these sacrifices for us? I think not,” Alaudinov said on Telegram, adding that the Russian troops intend to “move forward carefully, but confidently,” and the only reason slowing down progress in the Artemovsky sector is the desire to avoid civilian casualties. In addition, "it takes some time" to destroy "the forces and means of the NATO bloc." At the same time, according to him, Russian troops are systematically "fettering" Artemovsk (Bakhmut), "the front is stable", the city "will be liberated." nine0003

Alaudinov also stated that the Ukrainian troops "used up" both the weapons supplied by Western countries and "a huge amount of Soviet-made weapons" that were in Ukraine. According to him, “to repeat the supply of weapons to Ukraine by the NATO bloc will not work right away,” since they simply do not have the necessary “volumes for export.”

Recall that Alaudinov said that the Ukrainian authorities want to prepare the population of Ukraine and the West for the surrender of Artemovsk, for this they are trying to present it as a city of "no importance". Alaudinov noted that Kyiv acted in the same way during the retreat of the Armed Forces of Ukraine from Severodonetsk, Lysichansk, Rubizhne and other cities. nine0003

At the end of November, the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, reported that the losses of the Ukrainian side amounted to over 100,000 soldiers. In September, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported that at the initial stage, Ukrainian troops numbered about 200 thousand people, Ukraine lost more than 100 thousand people: “At the same time, 61 thousand 207 people were killed and 49 thousand 368 people were wounded.”

Lavrov warned the United States against threats to the President of Russia

Lavrov advised "unnamed persons" in the Pentagon to think carefully about the consequences of plans to "decapitate Russia"

Statements by "unnamed officials" from the Pentagon about the possibility of inflicting a "decapitation blow" on the Kremlin are in fact a threat of the physical removal of the Russian president, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

According to Lavrov, if someone in Washington really considers such plans, then "this someone should think very carefully about the possible consequences," TASS reports. nine0003

According to him, in the West "it seems that they have completely abandoned any decency." In particular, the “notorious Liz Truss” at the pre-election debate “without a shadow of a doubt” said that she was “quite ready to give the order for a nuclear strike.”

Lavrov also pointed to the "going off scale provocations of the Kyiv regime." As the minister noted, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky "agreed to the requirement of preventive nuclear strikes by NATO countries against Russia." “This also goes beyond the acceptable. However, we didn’t hear such things from the leaders of the regime,” the Russian Foreign Minister said. nine0003

Recall that Zelensky called on NATO to provide for the possibility of a preemptive strike in the event that Russia attempts to use nuclear weapons. The Kremlin accused Kyiv of drawing the West into nuclear rhetoric. Later, Zelensky said that he was misunderstood and that the talk was allegedly only about sanctions.

In October, Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov noted the promises of retired generals Ben Hodges and David Petraeus to launch a conventional strike against Russian troops, as well as calls for regime change in Russia by former US national security adviser John Bolton. According to Antonov, delusional statements about the possibility of a "decapitation" strike on the Russian leadership defy reasonable explanation. nine0003

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The UN responded to Ukraine's proposal for a "peace summit"

The Guterres office called the condition for his participation as a mediator in the "peace summit" proposed by Kyiv

UN Secretary General António Guterres agrees to mediate at a "peace summit" on the situation around Ukraine only if all parties agree, the Secretary General's office said. nine0061

As emphasized in the office, Guterres can act as an intermediary "only if all parties want" this, reports TASS.

Recall that Ukraine proposed to arrange a "peace summit" at the UN site in February. According to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba, Guterres could become a mediator at the "summit". At the same time, Kuleba said that Russia should be invited only after the international court.

The Kremlin rejected the possibility of negotiations on Kyiv's terms. It should be noted that Guterres stated that referendums in the DPR, LPR, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions allegedly cannot be accepted. nine0003

The gunner of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was detained in the Kherson region

The resident of the Kherson region was detained for transmitting the coordinates of the location of the forces of the Russian Armed Forces

Law enforcement officers reported that they detained a resident of the Kherson region, who transmitted the coordinates of the locations of the personnel of the Russian Armed Forces.

Operatives explained to RIA Novosti that a resident of the Kherson region was under the influence of propaganda content posted on aggressive Ukrainian nationalist resources. She handed over the location of the personnel of the Russian Armed Forces to one of the administrators of the Ukrainian nationalist resource. nine0003

This offense is punishable by up to 21 years in prison.

Earlier, an SBU agent who was following the Russian Armed Forces was detained in Kherson.

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The father of the murdered woman in Makiivka denied the version of the robbery

The father of the murdered woman in Makiivka said that the criminals stole the car, but left the gold


The father of a murdered woman in the city of Makeevka in the DPR said that the criminals stole a car, but left the gold. Earlier it became known about the operational detention of suspects in the murder of a family of eight people in Makeevka.

According to him, no one wanted to rob, the criminals did not take anything and did not even remove the golden chain from their daughter. According to the man, the suspects "simply shot people and stole a car," RIA Novosti reports. nine0003

According to the victim's father, he was with the police and talked to the head of the criminal investigation department. “I ask: for what, why? He says: (the accused) are not adequate,” he said.

Earlier, the Makiivka city administration reported that in Donetsk Makiivka, a family of eight people was shot, presumably with automatic weapons, four children were killed, including a one-year-old child. The murder took place in the Chervonogvardeisky district. In Makiivka, an interception plan was announced. The suspects were arrested in hot pursuit. They admitted that they committed the murder out of selfish motives in order to steal a Skoda car and other valuable property. nine0297

Putin appointed Medvedev First Deputy President in the Military Industrial Commission

Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed Deputy Head of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev First Deputy Head of State in the Military Industrial Commission.

The presidential decree says that the head of the Ministry of Emergency Situations Alexander Kurenkov became a member of the commission - instead of the expelled Igor Artemiev, who previously headed the FAS, reports TASS.

Putin heads the commission. The head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Denis Manturov, holds the posts of deputy head of the commission and head of its collegium, which is formed to resolve current issues.

The commission also includes the head of the Ministry of Defense, chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov, Secretary of the Security Council Nikolai Patrushev, heads of the Foreign Intelligence Service, the FSB, the National Guard and others. nine0003

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Medvedev predicted the collapse of the EU and a civil war in the US

Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev made a "futuristic forecast" for the new year, in which he predicted the collapse of the EU and a civil war in the United States.

“Before the new year, everyone likes to make predictions. Many exercise in futuristic hypotheses, competing in the proposal of the most unexpected and even absurd. We will also make our contribution,” Medvedev wrote in his Telegram channel. nine0003

In total, the deputy chairman of the Security Council proposed 10 points, including oil for $150 and gas for $5,000, the collapse of the European Union and a new division of Poland, “the capture by Poland and Hungary of the western regions of the former Ukraine”, “the creation of the Fourth Reich on the basis of Germany and those who joined to her satellites ”and the subsequent war of this Reich with France.

Medvedev also predicted "a civil war in the United States, the separation of California and Texas into independent states", the victory of Elon Musk in the elections and the rejection of the euro and the dollar as world reserve currencies. nine0003

Earlier, Medvedev said that the umbrella alliances of the Western countries will cease to exist in the future, several macro-regions will appear in the world that will have their own development logic, they will be tuned to partnership and dialogue.

The Kremlin rejected the possibility of negotiations on Kyiv's terms

Peskov rejected the possibility of negotiations with the Ukrainian side on Kyiv's terms


Answering the question whether Moscow is ready to agree to negotiations with Ukraine under certain conditions from Kyiv, the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that Russia has never followed someone else's conditions.

Peskov said that Russia has always "relied only on its own", as well as on common sense, RIA Novosti reports.

Recall that Ukraine expressed its desire to host a “peace summit” at the UN site in February. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has stated that a truce with Russia is possible only on Ukrainian terms. nine0003

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The condition for refusing to issue a Russian passport to residents of the new territories has been named

A Russian passport will not be issued to residents of the new territories if they refuse to take the oath

Residents of the new territories of Russia will not be issued a passport in case of refusal to take the oath. This is stated in the order in which persons who have received Russian citizenship apply for a citizen's passport. nine0061

The corresponding decree of Russian President Vladimir Putin is published on the official portal of legal information.

The decree states that the passport of a citizen of the Russian Federation, issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia or its territorial body, is not issued, and the passport form of a citizen of the Russian Federation is destroyed in case of refusal to take the oath of a citizen of the Russian Federation, TASS reports.

It is noted that the refusal to take the oath is confirmed by the application. nine0003

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin approved the procedure for filing a number of applications related to citizenship for residents of new regions.

Ukraine predicted a catastrophic drop in the birth rate

Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Libanova predicted a year of a catastrophic drop in the birth rate in the country

nine0060 For Ukraine, 2023 will be a year of a catastrophic drop in the birth rate, said Ella Libanova, director of the Ptukha Institute of Demography and Social Research, Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.

Libanova did not rule out that by 2030 the country's population would be reduced to 35 million. At the same time, she said: "I dream that by 2030 we will be 35 million." According to her, “this may not be,” RIA Novosti reports with reference to the Ukrainian media.

As Libanova explained, for a simple restoration of generations, it is required that a woman on average give birth to “2.13–2.15 children” in her life, but in 2021 in Ukraine this figure was at the level of 1.1, in 2022 - “ even less". nine0003

Libanova, citing data from the Institute of Demography and Social Research of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, reported that the population has been declining since 1994. According to her, according to various estimates, 34-35 million people already live in the country.

Recall that according to the All-Ukrainian population census of 2001, about 48 million people lived in Ukraine. Ukrainian media and the State Statistics Service of Ukraine reported that the population of Ukraine at the beginning of 2022 ranged from 37 million (excluding Crimea, DNR and LNR) to 41 million (excluding Crimea). nine0003

In December, the number of refugees who arrived in Russia from the territory of Donbass and Ukraine exceeded 5 million people. In the summer, according to the UN, in all European countries there were about 6.3 million Ukrainian citizens who left the country (according to the same data, Russia then received almost 1.97 million people).

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The head of the American PMC Mozart Group spoke about the atrocities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine


The head of the American PMC Mozart Group, which is fighting on the side of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Andrew Milburn said that the Ukrainian side soldiers kill surrendered soldiers and commit "atrocities."

Milburn noted that Ukraine is a “corrupt society” run by people who have “traveled”, RT reports on the Telegram channel.

It is noted that the interview was held in an informal setting, so the American did not choose words and was not shy in expressions. nine0003

Earlier, videos of the murder of unarmed Russian prisoners of war appeared on the Web. The Russian Ministry of Defense accused the “Geeks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine” of killing more than ten servicemen of the Russian Armed Forces with direct shots to the head. The agency pointed out that this massacre is not the first crime of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, it is a common practice of the Ukrainian military, actively supported by the Kyiv regime and unnoticed by its Western patrons point-blank.

The Investigative Committee of Russia opened a criminal case on the fact of the mass execution of captured Russian servicemen by representatives of the armed forces of Ukraine. The HRC decided to send a video of the execution of Russian prisoners to international organizations, including the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the OSCE, the Council of Europe, Amnesty International, the International Committee of the Red Cross and other international organizations, as well as directly to politicians, ambassadors, journalists and human rights defenders.

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