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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.
Servicemen from the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) militia sit on armoured vehicles on a road outside Mariupol. On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a military operation in Ukraine following the recognition of independence of the breakaway Donetsk and Lugansk republics. - Sputnik International

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Russia has declared a ceasefire in Ukraine from 07:00 GMT on Saturday in order to let civilians evacuate via humanitarian corridors. This was previously agreed upon with Kiev during the second round of negotiations in Belarus earlier this week.
During its daily briefing, the Russian Defence Ministry said that since the start of the country's special military operation in Ukraine on 24 February, Russian forces have destroyed over 2,000 military facilities, including command and communication centres, anti-missile systems, anti-aircraft systems, and radars.
The ministry added that the Russian army together with militia groups of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics (DPR, LPR) have been advancing on all fronts.
Earlier this week, Russian President Putin said that his country's operation was going according to plan, which is about protecting the population in Ukraine's breakaway republics of Donetsk and Lugansk and to "demilitarise and de-Nazify" Ukraine. Moscow and Kiev have had two rounds of negotiations in Belarus in the past week, with a third round reportedly expected on 5 or 6 March.
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07:18 GMT 06.03.2022
Russian forces in Kherson - Sputnik International, 1920, 06.03.2022
Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
Russian Military Has Destroyed 2,203 Targets of Ukrainian Military Infrastructure During Special Op
06:57 GMT 06.03.2022
LPR Establishes Full Control Over 54 Settlements, People's Militia Says
06:42 GMT 06.03.2022
Eight More People Evacuated Via Humanitarian Corridor From Mariupol and Its Suburbs, DPR Says
06:40 GMT 06.03.2022
US Studying Proposals for Integration of Baltic States Into NATO Air Defence System
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States has placed a preliminary request for proposals on how to send air defence systems to Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and integrate them into the NATO air defence network, according to a website where government contracts are published.
The proposed air defence systems are expected to be able to counter drones.
06:25 GMT 06.03.2022
Donetsk People's Republic: Fifteen Civilians Injured in Ukrainian Shelling Over Past 24 Hours
06:24 GMT 06.03.2022
In this photo taken Wednesday, March 23, 2016, a worker checks the radiation level on barrels in a storage of nuclear waste taken from the 4th unit destroyed by explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Chernobyl, Ukraine - Sputnik International, 1920, 06.03.2022
Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
US Could Have Helped Kiev in Its Work Toward Nuclear Weapon Development, Source Says
06:24 GMT 06.03.2022
Belarusian Defenсe Ministry Dismisses Reports About Sending Paratroopers to Ukraine
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Belarusian Defenсe Ministry on Sunday dismissed reports about its paratroopers fighting in Ukraineю
"Let's disappoint the community of backseat drivers. Paratroopers like all the armed forces are in Belarus and carry out tasks in accordance with the mission defined by the commander-in-chief of the armed forces," the ministry said in Telegram.
The ministry said that in the past several days media and social networks have been spreading false information that the Belarusian paratroopers were near the Ukrainian cities of Zhitomir and Kharkov, Kiev and Chernigov.
06:08 GMT 06.03.2022
Clashes at Zaporozhskaya NPP Could Have Erupted Over Kiev's Docs on Nuclear Weapons, Source Says
MOSCOW (Sputnik) -The recent clashes at the administrative buildings near the Zaporozhskaya nuclear power plant (NPP) could be a result of Ukraine storing documents on perspective developments of nuclear weapons there, a Russian source familiar with the industry told Sputnik.
"Certain documentation was also available at the Zaporozhskaya NPP. Clashes with Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance groups in administrative buildings adjacent to the NPP were apparently related to this fact," the source said.
He added that Ukrainian authorities had partially destroyed and evacuated majority of documents on the issue from Kiev and Kharkov to Lvov.
"Amid increasing tension in relations with Russia, the Ukrainian leadership decided to destroy all valuable documentation stored in the scientific centers in Kiev and Kharkov or evacuate it to the Lviv Polytechnic National University," the source said.
The source noted that it has been done so Ukraine could "avoid accusations of the Kiev regime that there was a weapons component in Ukraine's peaceful nuclear program."
The source also noted that Ukrainian authorities used the Chernobyl NPP for making of a dirty bomb and for the work on plutonium separation.
"According to the available information, the work on both the dirty bomb production and the plutonium extraction were conducted there. The elevated radiation background in the Chernobyl zone concealed such work," the source said.
04:57 GMT 06.03.2022
Ukrainian Forces Fire 7 120mm Mortars at Veseloye Settlement, DPR Says
02:59 GMT 06.03.2022
Canada Advises Citizens to Leave Russia Amid ‘Restrictions on Financial Transactions’
The Canadian government is advising its citizens to refrain from visiting Russia and to leave the country as soon as possible amid the impacts of the Russian military operation in Ukraine.

"Avoid all travel to Russia due to the impacts of the armed conflict with Ukraine, including limited flight options and restrictions on financial transactions. If you are in Russia, you should leave while commercial means are still available," the Canadian government said in a Saturday travel advisory.
01:44 GMT 06.03.2022
Scholz, Bennett Discuss Israeli Prime Minister's Talks With Putin - German Government
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has talked with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett for over one hour, discussing the latter’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, German government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said.

Bennett discussed the situation in Ukraine with President Putin on Saturday, during a meeting in the Kremlin. The Israeli prime minister then headed to Germany.

"Chancellor Olaf Scholz met with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in the evening [on Saturday]. The focus of the 90-minute conversation was the results of the talks that the Prime Minister had with Russian President Putin in Moscow on Saturday," Hebestreit said in a Sunday statement.

According to the German government, Scholz and Bennett agreed to remain in close contact and pledged to work on ending the Ukraine conflict "as quickly as possible."
01:31 GMT 06.03.2022
White House: Biden Held Saturday Call With Zelensky
23:47 GMT 05.03.2022
Humanitarian Corridor Possible in Kharkov on Sunday - Member of Ukrainian Delegation
A humanitarian corridor from the Ukrainian city of Kharkov could be established as early as Sunday, member of the Ukrainian delegation at the talks with Russia, Davyd Arakhamia, said.
"God willing, a corridor will work out in Kharkiv tomorrow," Arakhamia said on Facebook on Saturday.

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk told the Strana.ua outlet on Saturday that Ukraine was preparing humanitarian corridors from Sumy, Kharkov, and Kherson, as well as an evacuation from the suburbs of Kiev.

The third round of Russia-Ukraine negotiations is expected to take place within the next few days, according to adviser to the Ukrainian presidential office Mykhailo Podolyak.
22:34 GMT 05.03.2022
Visa, Mastercard Move to Suspend All Operations in Russia
Visa and Mastercard logos are seen in front of Russian flag in this illustration taken March 1, 2022.  - Sputnik International, 1920, 05.03.2022
Visa, Mastercard Suspend All Operations in Russia Effective Immediately Over Ukraine Crisis
21:58 GMT 05.03.2022
Royal Flight Airlines Suspends Flights From Russia Due to EU Sanctions
Royal Flight airlines is suspending flights from Russia amid the latter’s military operation in Ukraine.

"We regret to inform you that due to restrictive measures, introduced by the European Union, air transportation of passengers from Russia is stopped starting from 00:00 LT 05.03.22y. ROYAL FLIGHT Airlines continues the exportation of its tourists from foreign airports," the air carrier said on its website.

On Tuesday, the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya) recommended people to refrain from non-official trips to foreign countries in the near future as Russia's special military operation in Ukraine continues.

The European Union agreed to completely close its airspace to all Russian planes, including private jets, last Sunday. Rosaviatsiya said that Russia was introducing restrictions on flights operated by airlines of 36 countries in a reciprocal move.
20:56 GMT 05.03.2022
Ukrainian Defense Ministry Confirms Death of Kiev Negotiator
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry confirmed on Saturday the death of a member of the first Ukrainian delegation in negotiations with Russia, Denis Kireev, who was previously reported to have allegedly been killed by the Ukrainian armed forces.

"While performing special missions, three intelligence officers have died — the officers of the main directorate of the Defense Intelligence of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry ... Kireev Denis Borisovich," the intelligence agency said on Telegram.
20:01 GMT 05.03.2022
Russia Streamlines Entry for Foreign Nationals, Those Without Citizenship Coming From Ukraine, DPR, LPR - Decree
19:39 GMT 05.03.2022
Foreign Ministry: Kuleba and Blinken Discussed Urgent Strengthening of Ukraine Defenses, Specifically Air Defenses
18:36 GMT 05.03.2022
DPR Head Says Kiev Regime is Agonising
18:26 GMT 05.03.2022
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