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LIVE UPDATES: Over 40 Ukrainian Soldiers Voluntarily Laid Down Arms in DPR - Rights Envoy

Earlier on Friday, Volodymyr Zelensky suggested to Russian President Vladimir Putin that they sit down at the negotiation table. The Kremlin said Putin is ready to send a delegation to Minsk for talks with a Ukrainian delegation. Kiev later suggested holding talks in Warsaw, and then stopped responding, according to the Kremlin.
Russia announced a special military operation on 24 February with the goal of protection of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics (DPR and LPR) from the Ukrainian forces, as well as demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine and bringing the puppet regime in Kiev to justice for the crimes it has committed. Moscow said the military operation does not pose a threat to civilians and only targets the military infrastructure.
According to the Russian Ministry of Defence, Russia does not need the territory of Ukraine and it does not intend to stay in Ukraine, will withdraw its troops after the special operation is complete.
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18:53 GMT 26.02.2022
UN Readout of Zelenskyy-Guterres Call Has No Mention of Genocide, Russia's Voting Rights
UN (Sputnik) - The official statement of the office of the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres about his conversation with Volodymyr Zelenskyy does not mention the topics of depriving Russia of the right to vote in the UN Security Council or recognizing Moscow's actions in Ukraine as genocide, as Kiev claimed earlier.
"This afternoon the Secretary-General spoke with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine. The Secretary-General conveyed to the President the determination of the United Nations to enhance humanitarian assistance to the people of Ukraine. He informed the President that the United Nations would launch on Tuesday an appeal to fund our humanitarian operations in Ukraine," the readout says.
Guterres himself also did not mention genocide or Russia's UNSC voting rights.
"I spoke today with @ZelenskyyUa and conveyed the determination of the @UN to enhance humanitarian assistance to the people of Ukraine. Respect for international humanitarian law and the protection of civilians are now paramount," Guterres tweeted.
18:32 GMT 26.02.2022
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18:25 GMT 26.02.2022
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18:13 GMT 26.02.2022
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"It is our duty to do our best to support Ukraine in its defense against Putin's invading army. That's why we're delivering 1,000 anti-tank guns and 500 Stinger missiles to our friends in Ukraine," the country's government announced on Saturday.
18:13 GMT 26.02.2022
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"Our diplomats fought to ensure that all European countries agree on the decision to cut Russia off from the international interbank network. We also have this important victory. This is billions and billions of damages to Russia," he said in a recorded public address.
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Over 40 Ukrainian Soldiers Voluntarily Laid Down Arms in DPR - Rights Envoy
DONETSK (Sputnik) - More than 40 Ukrainian soldiers voluntarily laid down their arms and joined the Donetsk People's Republic, those injured were given medical assistance, Daria Morozova, the DPR's human rights envoy, said on Saturday.
"We are talking about more than 40 people who took part in the hostilities in the south and were abandoned by their commanders in positions without communication and support. Including women and those wounded. While talking to them, I became convinced that their decision to surrender was voluntary," Morozova said in a statement.
Those wounded were provided with full medical assistance, she noted.
Morozova confirmed that all Ukrainian soldiers who had voluntarily surrendered can return
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