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The Russian Defence Ministry has repeatedly warned that Ukrainian forces and nationalist battalions have been preparing dangerous provocations in order to blame Moscow for them. The West has so far ignored Russia's concerns and warnings.
For over two weeks now, Russian forces have been targeting Ukrainian military infrastructure with precision weapons: according to the Russian defence ministry, around 3,500 military objects have been disabled since the op was launched.
At the same time, the Donbass militia is continuing its counteroffensive against Kiev's forces, liberating the city of Volnovakha, and tightening its encirclement of the city of Mariupol.
Russian President Vladimir Putin green-lighted a special military operation in Ukraine on 24 February after the Donbass republics appealed for help in defending themselves against continued attacks by Kiev. Demilitarisation and "denazification" are among the key goals of the op. Ukrainian forces have been waging an eigh-year military campaign in the Donbass region, which declared independence following a coup in 2014, that resulted in over 13,000 deaths.
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04:17 GMT 13.03.2022
Ukrainian Military Shelled 3 Settlements in LPR, Damaged School, Authorities Say
03:06 GMT 13.03.2022
Medics: Retreating Kiev Forces Fired at Volnovakha Hospital With 'Grad' Rocket Launchers, Tanks
A fighter of the People's Militia of the DPR near the building of the city hospital, which was destroyed as a result of shelling in Volnovakha. - Sputnik International, 1920, 13.03.2022
At Least Six Killed, Several Injured After Kiev Forces Fire on Volnovakha Hospital - Medics
00:11 GMT 13.03.2022
Zelensky Alleges That Humanitarian Corridors Worked Out on Saturday
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky claims that all humanitarian corridors announced on Saturday in Ukraine worked out and thousands of people were able to take advantage of them.

"All the humanitarian corridors that were agreed upon, they worked. We managed to take out 12,729 people today. The humanitarian cargo for Mariupol should arrive tomorrow afternoon," Zelenskyy said in a video address.

Meanwhile, the head of the Russian National Defense Control Center, Mikhail Mizintsev, said on Saturday that Ukraine had rejected multiple attempts by Russia to conduct humanitarian evacuation of civilians from Mariupol to Russia.

The general accused Ukrainian troops of violating arrangements on humanitarian corridors and "hunting" those who try to flee eastward. Ukraine’s national security agency SBU has been tracking phone calls and conducting mass searches and arrests to stop people from going to Russia, Mizintse said.
20:36 GMT 12.03.2022
Serbia Under Pressure After Opting to Keep Air Links With Russia – Vucic
Serbia has been pressured about its decision to double flights between Belgrade and Moscow after the European Union closed its airspace to Russian planes, President Aleksandar Vucic said on Saturday.

"They are telling us that we are making money on the blood of Ukrainians and so on and we’ve been flying two planes instead of one," Vucic told TV Pink.

He pointed to Turkey, which he said had been flying 30 times more flights to Moscow than Serbia, and to Persian Gulf countries that had 15 times as many Moscow flights as the small Balkan nation.
Vucic also remarked during the Saturday interview that he would accept the price of $400 per 1,000 cubic meters of Russian natural gas after the delivery contract expires in June.

"Back when I was negotiating with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin I did not agree to the price of $400 per 1,000 cubic meters. I would have signed up to it now by both hands," he told TV Pink.

Serbia has been paying Russia $270 per 1,000 cubic meters, with shipments of 6 million cubic meters a day contracted until June 1. Serbia hopes to negotiate a 10-year deal next.
19:16 GMT 12.03.2022
Russian Military: Ukrainian Far-Right Holding 6,900 Foreigners Hostage
More than 6,900 foreign nationals are being held by Ukrainian far-right forces to be used as a human shield, the head of the Russian National Defense Control Center said on Saturday.

"More than 6,900 citizens from 16 foreign countries are still being held hostage as a ‘human shield’ by Ukrainian neo-Nazis," Mikhail Mizintsev said.

Foreign crews of more than 50 foreign-flagged vessels have been stranded in Ukrainian seaports, the general added.

The foreigners hail from Azerbaijan, Greece, Georgia, Egypt, India, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, the Philippines and Jamaica, among others. Russia is in contact with their respective diplomatic missions.
18:51 GMT 12.03.2022
Ukraine Violated Agreements On Humanitarian Corridors – Russian Military
18:47 GMT 12.03.2022
NATO to Help Croatia Investigate Drone Crash – Stoltenberg
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - NATO will work with Croatia, a member state, to investigate a recent crash of a Soviet-made military drone in Zagreb, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Saturday.
"Spoke with Croatia's PM Andrej Plenkovic on yesterday's drone incident in Zagreb. We agreed to stay in close contact and work together to establish the facts," he tweeted.
Plenkovic called for closer NATO cooperation earlier in the day after a Tu-141 spy drone dropped down in a parking lot after flying undetected through Romania and Hungary from Ukraine. No party to the conflict admitted to having launched it.
18:46 GMT 12.03.2022
Ukrainian Far-Right Forces Using 6,900 Foreigners From 16 Countries As Human Shield – Russian Defense Ministry
18:19 GMT 12.03.2022
Ukrainian Hostilities Left 167 Civilians Injured in Donetsk People’s Republic Since February 17 - Officials
“A total of 167 civilians, including 11 children, have sustained various degrees of injuries. Three people were wounded during the past 24-hour period,” the center said, adding another 26 civilians had been killed in the past three weeks.
18:19 GMT 12.03.2022
Brazilian Novelist Coelho Calls Ukraine Crisis ‘Convenient Excuse’ for Russophobia
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho said on Saturday that the crisis in Ukraine was being used as a pretext for peddling anti-Russia sentiment.
"Ukraine crisis a convenient excuse for Russophobia," he tweeted.
The author of the international bestseller "The Alchemist" said he had been to Lviv, Kyiv, Odessa, Yalta and Chernobyl and crossed 10,000 km by train from Moscow to Vladivostok.
"Yes, there is a war: but don’t blame the common people," he added.
17:22 GMT 12.03.2022
Ukrainian border guards patrol the Sea of Azov off the city of Mariupol on April 30, 2021 - Sputnik International, 1920, 12.03.2022
Russian Cargo Ship Catches Fire After Ukrainian Shelling in Sea of Azov - Investigative Committee
17:15 GMT 12.03.2022
Russian Warplanes Hit 79 Ukrainian Military Assets on Saturday – Defense Ministry
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian warplanes and combat drones hit 79 assets of the Ukrainian military infrastructure on Saturday alone, a spokesperson for the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said this included four command and communication units, two surface-to-air missile systems, three multiple rocket launchers, an electronic warfare target, six ammunition, fuel and lubricant depots, and 54 clusters of armored vehicles.

Russian planes and air defense systems downed a Ukrainian Mi-24 helicopter and three drones, including a Turkish combat drone Bayraktar.

Konashenkov estimated that 3,593 enemy assets had been destroyed since the special operation began in Ukraine more than two weeks ago.
16:59 GMT 12.03.2022
Russia-Ukraine Talks Continue Non-Stop via Video Link - Zelensky's Aide
16:56 GMT 12.03.2022
Russian Forces Take Out 3,593 Military Targets in Ukraine During Special Op - MoD
16:53 GMT 12.03.2022
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16:52 GMT 12.03.2022
A Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 drone is seen shortly after its landing at an airport in Gecitkala, known as Lefkoniko in Greek, in Cyprus, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019 - Sputnik International, 1920, 12.03.2022
Russian Forces Down Ukrainian Mi-24 Helicopter, Three UAVs, Including Bayraktar Drone, MoD Says
16:27 GMT 12.03.2022
US Ready for Diplomatic Efforts Kiev Deems Would be Useful for Ukraine Crisis Settlement
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States is ready to engage in diplomacy with Russia to promote peace process in Ukraine as long as Kiev sees it as helpful, the State Department said on Saturday.
"We remain clear eyed about Russia’s intentions given what’s happening on the ground," a State Department spokesperson told RIA Novosti.
The spokesperson said that Washington was "broadly supportive" of diplomacy aimed at reaching a ceasefire between Ukraine and Russia and was working to put the Ukrainians in the strongest possible negotiating position by piling sanctions pressure on Moscow and supplying Kiev with weapons.
"We have consistently stated that sovereign nations have the right to choose their own alliances and make their own decisions about their security. And we have said throughout this war that we are not going to pressure Ukraine or any other country into agreeing to join or not to join NATO," they added.
16:06 GMT 12.03.2022
Russian Prime Minister OKs Plan to Resettle Ukrainian Refugees
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin signed a decree on Saturday to resettle refugees from Ukraine and the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics across the country.

Regional authorities will accept people fleeing the conflict in Donbass within the agreed quotas, giving priority to relatives of Russian citizens and residents already living in those regions. The decree put the total number of refugees at 95,909.

Russian President Vladimir Putin officially recognized the Donetsk and Lugansk people's republics as independent states in a speech on February 21 and ordered a special operation to protect locals three days later.

The UN refugee agency estimated on Friday that almost 2.6 million had been displaced by fighting, with a majority fleeing to Poland and over 105,000 to Russia.
16:05 GMT 12.03.2022
A view of a drone crash site in Zagreb, Croatia, March 11, 2022. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic - Sputnik International, 1920, 12.03.2022
Croatia’s Prime Minister Calls Zagreb Drone Crash 'Threat to NATO Countries'
15:43 GMT 12.03.2022
Biden Signs Memo on $200 Mln Worth of Military Aid to Ukraine – White House
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