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Situation in Donetsk Region - Sputnik International

LIVE UPDATES: Explosions Heard in Kiev Reportedly Believed to Be Missile Strikes

The situation in Donbass remains uneasy, as Kiev continues to carry out attacks in the region. According to Lugansk, on Tuesday alone Ukrainian forces violated the ceasefire regime at least 114 times. Mass evacuation is ongoing in the DPR and LPR due to shellings by the Ukrainian armed forces.
On Monday, following an appeal from the Donetsk People's Republic and Lugansk People's Republic Russia recognised both as independent countries in a bid to stop the eight-year-long war in Donbass. Moscow also ratified friendship and cooperation treaties with both republics and promised to provide military assistance to DPR and LPR in case of a threat.
In response, the US, Britain, and European countries introduced sanctions against Moscow, claiming that the recognition of the Donbass republics violated the sovereignty of Ukraine.
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04:10 GMT 24.02.2022
Explosions Reported in Odessa, Ukraine
04:05 GMT 24.02.2022
Russian Military Operation in Donbass Not War - Russian Envoy to UN
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Russia is conducting a special military operation in Donbas, not a war against Ukraine, Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzia said during a UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine.

"This isn't called a war, this is called a special military operation in the Donbas," Nebenzia said.

Ukraine's ambassador to the UN later called on Nebenzia to state on record that Russian troops would not shell and bomb Ukrainian cities and not move into Ukrainian territory.
04:04 GMT 24.02.2022
Aim of Russian Special Operation in Donbas to Protect People From Kiev Regime - Nebenzia
UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) - The aim of the Russian special operation in the Donbas region of Ukraine announced by President Vladimir Putin is to protect people who have been suffering under the Ukrainian government, Russian Ambassador to the UN Vassily Nebenzia told the UN Security Council.

"During this meeting, the President of Russia, Putin, spoke and said that he made a decision for a special military operation in the Donbas. The aim of this special operation is to protect the people who, for over eight years, have been suffering genocide from the Kiev regime," Nebenzia said late on Wednesday.
03:57 GMT 24.02.2022
Sputnik Correspondent: Quiet in Donetsk, Mobile Communications And Internet Are Working
03:55 GMT 24.02.2022
Distant Explosions Heard in Lugansk - Sputnik Correspondent
03:49 GMT 24.02.2022
Explosion Reportedly Heard in Kiev, Kramatorsk, Odess, Kharkhov, Berdyansk & Near Boryspil Airport
Citing the Ukrainian Interior Ministry, CNN reported that the explosions near Kiev were missile strikes.
03:41 GMT 24.02.2022
Biden Condemns Russia's Special Op as 'Unprovoked and Unjustified Attack'
U.S. President Joe Biden provides an update on Russia and Ukraine during remarks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., February 22, 2022. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque - Sputnik International, 1920, 24.02.2022
Biden Warns Russia of 'Further Consequences' After Launch of Special Military Operation in Donbass
03:40 GMT 24.02.2022
Putin Authorizes Special Military Operation in Donbass
Russian President Vladimir Putin, 21 February 2022 - Sputnik International, 1920, 24.02.2022
Putin Authorises Special Military Operation in Donbass, Vows Immediate Response to External Threats
02:44 GMT 24.02.2022
UN Secretary General Calls on Putin to ‘Give Peace a Chance’ in Opening Remarks of UNSC Meeting
02:25 GMT 24.02.2022
UNSC to Consider Draft Resolution on Donbass Conflict, Says France's Permanent Representative
02:19 GMT 24.02.2022
Ukrainian Army Shelled Lugansk People's Republic 177 Times Within Past 24 Hours - Official
LUGANSK (Sputnik) - The Ukrainian Armed Forces have shelled the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) 177 times within the past 24 hours, a spokesperson for the LPR mission to the Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC) of the ceasefire regime in Donbas told reporters on Friday.

"The Ukrainian armed forces have shelled 26 settlements of the republic 177 times," the spokesperson said.
02:17 GMT 24.02.2022
Civilian Flights Over Ukraine Restricted Over Possible Threats - NOTAM
00:53 GMT 24.02.2022
UN Security Council Emergency Session on Ukraine Set for 2:30 a.m. GMT - Russian Mission
UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) - An emergency session of the UN Security Council on the situation in Ukraine will begin at 2:30 a.m. GMT, Russia's Permanent Mission to the UN told reporters.

"The UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine is scheduled today for 21:30 New York time and will be held in the format of an open briefing," the mission said.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba earlier said the government of Ukraine requested an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council after the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics (DPR and LPR) requested military assistance from Russia.
00:48 GMT 24.02.2022
Blinken Claims Russia May Be Engaged in Full-Blown Invasion of Ukraine Before Night Is Over
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the Biden administration believes Russia may engage in a full invasion in Ukraine before the night is over.

"I do, unfortunately Russia has positioned its forces at the final point of readiness across Ukraine's borders, to the North, to the East, to the South, everything seems to be in place for Russia to engage in a major aggression against Ukraine," Blinken told NBC News on Wednesday when asked if he believes Russian forces will be engaged in something akin to a full invasion of Ukraine.
However, when Blinken was asked to confirm whether a so-called "invasion" would actually take place "tonight," the state secretary remarked that he could not put an "exact date or time."
23:37 GMT 23.02.2022
EU Sanctions Against Russian Officials Go Into Force
European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen attend the EU Parliament plenary session in Brussels, Belgium April 26, 2021 - Sputnik International, 1920, 23.02.2022
Russian Defence Minister, Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Put on EU Sanction List
23:14 GMT 23.02.2022
Request From DPR, LPR for Russia's Assistance Step Against Ukraine's Sovereignty - Borrell
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said requests from the Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics (DPR and LPR) for Russia's military assistance announce another dangerous step against the sovereignty of Ukraine.

"The request for assistance by Moscow from the so-called DPR/LPR breakaway regions announces a very dangerous additional step against #Ukraine’s sovereignty that would put thousands of lives at risk," Borrell wrote on Twitter.

"The EU strongly urges #Russia to refrain from any further escalatory actions," he said.
23:08 GMT 23.02.2022
Zelensky Announces Ukraine Ready for Talks With Russia in Various Formats, on Any Platforms
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks with US President Joe Biden over the telephone in his office in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, 9 December 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 23.02.2022
Zelensky: Ukraine Ready for Talks With Russia in Various Formats
22:29 GMT 23.02.2022
Ukraine Requests Urgent UNSC Meeting After DPR, LPR Heads Request Military Help From Russia - Kuleba
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The government of Ukraine has requested an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council after the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics (DPR and LPR) requested military assistance from Russia, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said.
"Ukraine has requested an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council due to the appeal by Russian occupation administrations in Donetsk and Lugansk to Russia with a request to provide them with military assistance, which is a further escalation of the security situation," Kuleba said via Twitter on Wednesday.
22:04 GMT 23.02.2022
Ukraine President Zelensky Says Asked France for Macro-Financial Assistance
KIEV, February 24 (Sputnik) -Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky said that he had asked France, which is chairing the Council of the European Union, for micro-financial assistance.

"As a follow-up to the dialogue with @EmmanuelMacron. Thanked for the decision to provide individual defense equipment & demining systems to [Ukraine]. Urged [France] as the country presiding the [EU] Council to provide macro-financial support. Appreciate [France] for staying with [Ukraine] in hard times," Zelenskyy wrote on his Twitter page on late Wednesday.
22:04 GMT 23.02.2022
Latvian President Calls for Ban on Russian TV Channels' Rebroadcasts in Country
RIGA (Sputnik) - Latvian President Egils Levits said rebroadcasting of Russian TV channels in Latvia should be banned.

"Incitement of hatred towards Ukraine and disinformation are unacceptable in the Latvian information space. I call to stop the broadcasting of Russian propaganda channels," Levits wrote on Twitter. Earlier, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics made the same call.

All major Russian federal TV channels are rebroadcast in Latvia. They are traditionally within the top most popular channels in the country.

The authorities of the Baltic countries have repeatedly obstructed the work of the Russian media.
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