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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.
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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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08:18 GMT 05.03.2022
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07:52 GMT 05.03.2022
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07:48 GMT 05.03.2022
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07:46 GMT 05.03.2022
Ukraine's Ex-Prime Minister Says Kiev Will Not Agree to Neutrality, Recognition of DPR, LPR
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Ukrainian authorities will not agree to the neutral status of Ukraine and the recognition of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk people's republics as the United States will not allow it, ex-Ukrainian Prime Minister Nikolay Azarov has told Sputnik.
"I think it is impossible, the Americans will not allow it. Of course, the Americans have achieved their main goal - a bloodshed between Russia and Ukraine has begun, and the longer this bloodshed continues, the longer the human, material, financial resources are spent on this conflict, the better for the Americans. They got opportunities, let's say, economic opportunities, causing enormous difficulties to Russia, and that is not a concern at all. So they are unlikely to allow [Volodymyr] Zelensky to make this sort of a decision," Azarov said.
According to Azarov, Zelensky is under pressure from "a number of gangs of Nazis and nationalists, the so-called radicals," who will not allow him to make any decisions.
The former prime minister said that Zelenskyy is "a puppet incapable of making his own decisions."
07:41 GMT 05.03.2022
Ukrainian Nationalists Blow Up Bridge to Town of Schastye Near Lugansk
07:37 GMT 05.03.2022
Ceasefire in Mariupol to Last From 10:00 Until 17:00 Local Time, Evacuation of Civilians to Begin at 12:00
According to local authorities, the humanitarian route will be Mariupol-Nikolskoye-Rozovka-Pologi-Orekhov-Zaporozhye.
06:54 GMT 05.03.2022
DPR: Ukrainian Forces Fired 2 120mm Mortars at Donetsk
06:48 GMT 05.03.2022
Brazil Has No Intentions of Censoring Russian Media, Russian Ambassador Says
MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) - Censorship of the Russian media is out of the question in Brazil as the country denies the possibility of imposing unilateral sanctions, Russian Ambassador in Brazil Alexei Labetsky has told Sputnik.

"I have not heard about any plans about blocking anything, and we assume that the Brazil'sofficial position, which has been voiced repeatedly, is that Brazil denies the very possibility of unilateral and illegal sanctions," Labetsky said.

The ambassador added that he has not experienced any issues with connection to the Russian media. However, he noted, the information war among Brazilian media against Russia can be felt.
"The rampant campaign of the Western media, which is sometimes picked up by the Brazilian media as well, is the problem of information warfare, which is really unfolding in the media space," the ambassador concluded.
06:30 GMT 05.03.2022
Zelensky Wanted to Use Nuclear Plant Provocation to Make West Impose No-Fly Zone - Ex-Ukrainian PM
06:26 GMT 05.03.2022
Residents of Mariupol in the center of temporary accommodation of refugees in the secondary school of the village of Mitkovo-Kachkari in the DPR - Sputnik International, 1920, 05.03.2022
Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
Russia Declares Ceasefire in Ukraine From 07:00 GMT to Open Humanitarian Corridors for Civilians
06:08 GMT 05.03.2022
Dutch Brewing Company Heineken Stops Beer Exports to Russia, Its Factories in the Country Will Continue to Work
06:05 GMT 05.03.2022
Kiev Has Technical Capabilities for Nuclear Development, Ex-Ukrainian Prime Minister Says
05:37 GMT 05.03.2022
DPR: Ukrainian Forces Fire 5 122mm Shells at Donetsk
05:37 GMT 05.03.2022
Restrictions on Flights in Southern Russia Extended Until March 14 - Operator
SOCHI (Sputnik) - The restrictions on the use of airspace within the airports of southern Russia have been extended until 14 March, 00:45 GMT, the press office of the Kuban airports Aerodynamika said on Saturday.
The office added that Sochi international airport will continue to operate in the routine mode as a temporary hub.
The restrictions were introduced on 24 February due to the beginning of the Russian special military operation in Ukraine. Initially, the restrictions on air traffic at airports in southern Russia were due to expire on 2 March, but were extended until 8 March, 3:45 GMT.
Last week, Russia began a special operation to demilitarize and "de-Nazify" Ukraine, responding to calls for help from the Donetsk and Lugansk People's republics in countering the aggression of Ukrainian troops. The Russian Defence Ministry said the special operation is targeting Ukrainian military infrastructure only and the civilian population is not in danger. Moscow has repeatedly stressed that it has no plans to occupy Ukraine.
05:29 GMT 05.03.2022
Ukrainian Forces Fire 10 122mm Shells at Donetsk, DPR Says
03:05 GMT 05.03.2022
Singapore Bans Its Financial Institutions From Transactions Allowing Fundraising by Russian Central Bank, Government
Singapore has introduced sanctions on the Russian Central Bank and some other Russian banks as well as imposed restrictions on the exports to the country over the Russian military operation in Ukraine, the Singaporean Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.

"Financial institutions in Singapore will be prohibited from the following: ... entering into transactions or arrangements, or providing financial services that facilitate fund raising by: the Russian government; the Central Bank of the Russian Federation; any entity owned or controlled by them or acting on their direction or behalf. The prohibitions apply to buying and selling new securities, providing financial services that facilitate new fund raising by, and making or participate in the making of any new loan to the above entities," the ministry said in a statement.

The sanctions targeted four Russian banks: VTB, Vnesheconombank, Promsvyazbank and Bank Rossiya.

"In order to constrain Russia’s capacity to conduct its war in Ukraine and cyber aggression, all permit applications to Russia involving (a) all items on the List of Military Goods under the SGCO; and (b) all category codes under Category 3 - Electronics, Category 4 - Computers and Category 5 – Telecommunications and “Information Security” on the List of Dual-Use Goods under the SGCO will be rejected," the statement added.
02:16 GMT 05.03.2022
ABC and CBS TV-Channels Stop Broadcasting From Russia - Reports
The US TV-channels of ABC and CBS have stopped broadcasting from Russia amid the latter's military operation in Ukraine, media reported.

According to the Deadline news outlet, the decision was made after Russian President Vladimir Putin had signed a federal law criminalizing the spread of disinformation about the country’s armed forces, their defamation, as well as the calls for sanctions against Russia.
01:39 GMT 05.03.2022
Samsung Suspends Exports of Smartphones and Chips to Russia - Reports
Samsung Electronics Co. has decided to suspend exports of all its products, including smartphones and chips, to Russia over the latter's military operation in Ukraine, the Bloomberg news agency reported.

“Our thoughts are with everyone who has been impacted and our priority is to ensure the safety of all our employees and their families,” Samsung said in a statement, as quoted by Bloomberg.

The company added that it would donate $6 million, including $1 million in electronic products, to humanitarian efforts in the region.
23:31 GMT 04.03.2022
Macron Concerned Over Nuclear Risks After Incident at Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia NPP
French President Emmanuel Macron has expressed concern over nuclear risks after the incident at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (NPP), the Elysee Palace said.

"The president of the republic strongly condemns any encroachment on the integrity of Ukrainian civilian nuclear installations by the Russian forces during their external aggression against Ukraine. It is highly important to guarantee their reliability and safety ... [Macron] is very concerned over the nuclear security risks," the Elysee Palace said in a statement on late Friday.
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