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Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
On February 24, 2022 Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine, aiming to liberate the Donbass region where the people's republics of Donetsk and Lugansk had been living under regular attacks from Kiev's forces.
Surveillance camera footage shows a flare landing at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant during shelling in Energodar, Ukraine, March 4, 2022, in this screengrab from a video obtained from social media - Sputnik International

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On Thursday, Russian and Ukrainian delegations held a second round of talks in Belarus which resulted in an agreement to jointly organise humanitarian corridors to ensure evacuation of civilians and deliveries of food and medicines. Also, the sides agreed to continue negotiations as soon as possible.
After Russia's special military operation in Ukraine entered its second week on 3 March, Russian President Vladimir Putin held another meeting with the Security Council members to say that the operation was going according to plan and all tasks were being implemented successfully.
Putin repeatedly stressed that the Russian army was doing everything possible to prevent civilian casualties and was targeting only military infrastructure.
On 24 February Russia started a special military operation in Ukraine to protect civilians in the Donbass People's Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, whose authorities appealed to Moscow for assistance following repeated shelling of their territories by Ukrainian forces. President Putin explained that a key goal of the operation is to "demilitarise and de-Nazify" Ukraine and thus eliminate a threat to Russia's national security.
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08:26 GMT 04.03.2022
Ex-Ukrainian PM: NATO Plotted to Start Third World War Using Nuclear Weapons Against Russia, With Kiev Expected to Play Key Part
08:21 GMT 04.03.2022
WATCH Water Fill the North Crimean Canal After Dam Earlier Built by Ukraine Dismantled
08:10 GMT 04.03.2022
Canadian Prime Minister Discusses Zaporozhskaya NPP Fire With Zelensky
Canadian Prime Justin Trudeau has discussed with Volodymyr Zelensky the fire outbreak near the Zaporozhskaya nuclear power plant in Ukraine, which occurred overnight, the prime minister’s office said.

The Ukrainian State Emergency Service said that the fire erupted outside the nuclear site, prompting one of its blocks to be switched off. According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, the fire did not affect the essential equipment of the plant. The fire has been extinguished in the morning, with no casualties reported.

“Tonight, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland spoke with the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, to discuss the fire and damages at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine caused by Russian attacks,” the office said in a statement.

Zelensky voiced concern for the lives of Ukrainians and Europeans due to the fire, while Trudeau called on Russia to suspend any military activities in the area, the statement read.

Zelensky and Trudeau also discussed further assistance from Canada to Ukraine, it added.
07:56 GMT 04.03.2022
Beijing Accuses US of Trying to Shift Responsibility for Ukraine Crisis Onto China
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Beijing: US Trying to Dodge Responsibility for Ukraine Crisis by Blaming China
07:23 GMT 04.03.2022
Chinese Foreign Ministry Urges Safety of Nuclear Facilities
07:14 GMT 04.03.2022
Roscosmos: Launch of Soyuz-2.1B Rocket Carrying UK's OneWeb Communication Satellites Cancelled
07:07 GMT 04.03.2022
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., talks about the the Build Back Better bill during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Dec. 10, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 04.03.2022
Russian Embassy Demands Explanation From US as Senator Graham Urges to 'Take Out' President Putin
07:04 GMT 04.03.2022
RIA Novoti Correspondent Shares Video of Abandoned Ukrainian Tanks in the Town of Avdeevka
06:36 GMT 04.03.2022
Zaporozhye Region's Military Administration Says Russian Forces are at Nuclear Power Plant
06:29 GMT 04.03.2022
Russian Media Watchdog Restricts Access to Meduza, Radio Liberty, BBC News Russian
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russian media regulator Roskomnadzor has restricted access to media outlets Meduza, Radio Liberty (both recognized as foreign agents in Russia), and the BBC Russian Service, according to the watchdog’s registry.
The reason for the restriction is Article 15.3 of the Law on Information, Information Technologies and Information Protection, the watchdog said. The outlets were included in the register of Internet resources "containing calls for mass riots, extremism and participation in illegal mass actions," it added.
06:14 GMT 04.03.2022
Ukrainian Forces Shell DPR 26 Times in 24 Hours - DPR Mission to JCCC
05:53 GMT 04.03.2022
Roscosmos: Elimination of Ukraine Cybercenters Reduced Hacking Attacks on Agency
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Cyberattacks from the Ukrainian territory targeting the digital infrastructure of Russia's space corporation Roscosmos and its enterprises have decreased after a series of strikes by the Russian armed forces on Ukrainian cyberoperation centers, while attacks from other parts of the world are still continuing, Roscosmos said on Friday.
"Roscosmos has recorded a decline in the intensity of cyberattacks targeting the digital infrastructure of the state corporation and enterprises of the rocket and space industry from the territory of Ukraine after a series of attacks on cyberoperation centers. Attacks from other regions of the world still continue," the statement said.
On Wednesday, Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin said that the security system of the space corporation automatically repulsed hacker attacks on its mission control center and satellites. He added that disabling satellites is casus belli.
05:50 GMT 04.03.2022
Japan's Security Council Reportedly Decides to Supply Bulletproof Vests to Ukraine
TOKYO (Sputnik) - The Security Council of Japan has decided to provide Ukraine with bulletproof vests and other items owned by the Self-Defense Forces, the Jiji Press news agency reported on Friday.
The supplies will likely be transported to Poland by a Japanese government aircraft due to difficulties using airports in Ukraine, the news agency added.
05:48 GMT 04.03.2022
US Department of Commerce Adds Over 90 Organizations and Individuals to List of Export Restrictions Against Russia
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US Department of Commerce has added more than 90 organizations and individuals to the list of export restrictions against Russia in connection with the situation in Ukraine, according to a document filed to the Federal Register.

The department has updated the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), adding 91 new entities to the list, the document that will be officially published and enacted on March 9 said.

Organizations and individuals from Estonia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Malta, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, the UK and Russia have been added to the list.
05:01 GMT 04.03.2022
Indian Student Injured While Trying to Escape Kiev, Ukraine - Federal Minister
A student was wounded while trying to escape the Ukrainian capital, according to the minister. He was reportedly taken back to the city and is in hospital.
"We heard reports that a student leaving Kiev was shot. He was taken back into Kiev and immediately taken to hospital. This is happening in the fighting", General (Retd) V.K. Singh told the Indian news agency ANI on Thursday night.
04:44 GMT 04.03.2022
Fire Near Europe's Largest Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine Extinguished
04:28 GMT 04.03.2022
Fire Near Zaporozhskaya NPP Localised to Over 21,000 Square Feet
"At 5:55 a.m. [03:55 GMT], the fire at a training center (with the size of 60 by 40 meters) of the Zaporizhzhia NPP in the city of Enerhodar was localized to 2,000 square meters. Preliminarily, no people have been killed or injured," the service said in a statement.
04:25 GMT 04.03.2022
Airbnb Suspends Activities in Russia and Belarus Over Ukraine
03:34 GMT 04.03.2022
IAEA Puts Incident and Emergency Center in 24/7 Mode Over Situation at Zaporozhskaya NPP
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said it had put its Incident and Emergency Center in full 24/7 response mode over the situation around the Zaporzhskaya nuclear power plant (NPP).

Hours earlier, the Zaporozhskaya NPP reported about a fire on its territory but later the Ukrainian State Emergency Service said that the blaze had erupted outside the plant, with one of its units having been switched off.
"IAEA puts its Incident and Emergency Centre (@IAEAIEC) in full 24/7 response mode due to serious situation at #Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in #Ukraine," the IAEA tweeted.
02:50 GMT 04.03.2022
UK to Call Emergency UNSC Meeting Over Zaporozhskaya Fire in 'Next Several Hours', Says Boris Johnson
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has held a phone conversation with Volodymyr Zelensky, vowing to call an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council within the next several hours over the situation at the Zaporozhskaya nuclear power plant (NPP), the Downing Street said.
"The Prime Minister spoke to Ukrainian President Zelensky in the early hours of this morning about the gravely concerning situation at Zaporozhskaya nuclear power station. Both leaders agreed that Russia must immediately cease its attack on the power station and allow unfettered access for emergency services to the plant," the Downing Street said in a statement.

"The Prime Minister said he would be seeking an emergency UN Security Council meeting in the coming hours, and that the UK would raise this issue immediately with Russia and close partners. Both leaders agreed a ceasefire was crucial," the statement added.
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