- Sputnik International, 1920, 25.02.2022
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.

Dutch Finance Minister Says EU Concerned About Macroeconomic Impact of Conflict in Ukraine

© Sputnik / Виктор Антонюк / Go to the mediabankOutskirts of Mariupol amid the Russian special operation in Ukraine
Outskirts of Mariupol amid the Russian special operation in Ukraine - Sputnik International, 1920, 14.03.2022
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The European Union is concerned about the macroeconomic impact of the Russian military operation in Ukraine and anticipates that the economic consequences will outlast the conflict, Dutch Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Sigrid Kaag said.
"We are all concerned about the macroeconomic impact of the war. First of all we are concerned about the violation of the territorial integrity of Ukraine, we swiftly acted politically to the extent possible, while at the same time we are concerned about the macroeconomic consequences; we will have to deal with this situation probably for a longer period, much longer than the conflict may last," Kaag said, arriving for a Eurogroup meeting.
Among other items on the agenda, the Eurogroup ministers will discuss the EU's fiscal policy coordination for 2023 and preparations for the Euro Summit, expected to take place on 24-25 March.
Spasskaya tower of the Moscow Kremlin and Pokrovsky Cathedral. - Sputnik International, 1920, 13.03.2022
Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
Russian FM: Moscow Will Not Ask Western Sanctions to Be Lifted, Pressure Will Not Change Its Course
On 24 February, Russia began a special operation to demilitarize and "denazify" 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.
In response, the United States, the United Kingdom, members of the European Union and several other countries imposed comprehensive sanctions against Russia, including closing airspace to Russian flights and restricting the operations of Russian financial institutions.
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