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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.
A Russian serviceman guards the area of Mariupol, Donetsk People's Republic. - Sputnik International

Updates: Ukrainian Nationalists Must Lay Down Arms to Resolve Mariupol Stalemate, Putin Tells Macron

Russian forces and the Donbass militias continue to advance in Ukraine: according to the MoD, since the beginning of the campaign, Russia has destroyed 123 Ukrainian warplanes, 309 UAVs, 172, rocket launchers, 1721 tanks, and other armoured vehicles.
The operation in Ukraine was launched on 24 February, as Russian forces hit Ukrainian military objects with precision weapons. President Vladimir Putin noted it was started to stop the genocide in Donbass, where people have been suffering from an eight-year-long war waged against them by Kiev. He stressed that Russia's goal was the denazification and demilitarisation of Ukraine.
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16:57 GMT 29.03.2022
Macron Tells Putin That Paying for Russian Gas in Rubles is Not Possible - French Presidency Official
16:54 GMT 29.03.2022
German Defence Minister: 'According to My Knowledge', Germany is Second Biggest Arms Supplier to Ukraine Now
16:43 GMT 29.03.2022
Putin Tells Macron That Ukrainian Nationalists Must Lay Down Arms to Resolve Tough Situation in Mariupol - Kremlin
16:40 GMT 29.03.2022
Putin Briefs Macron on Measures Taken to Provide Humanitarian Aid and Evacuate Civilians - Kremlin
16:38 GMT 29.03.2022
Poland Withdraws Consent for Mutual Protection of Investments With Russia
WARSAW (Sputnik) - Poland has withdrawn its consent to conclude an agreement with Russia on the support and mutual protection of investments, government spokesman Piotr Muller said on Tuesday.
The government decided "to send a note informing Russia of the withdrawal of Poland's consent to conclude an agreement with the Russian Federation on the support and mutual protection of investments", Muller told reporters.
"This agreement, which was signed by the governments of Poland and Russia on October 2, 1992, did not go into effect, but Russia could make it happen at any time. We see this possibility as a threat that could follow from the norms of this agreement. It is archaic and deviates from the practice of European norms. As a precaution, we decided to send a note to the Russian government to withdraw Poland's consent to be bound by this agreement", Muller said.
15:57 GMT 29.03.2022
US Army soldiers representing units participating in the the Anaconda-16 military exercise, attend the opening ceremony, in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, June 6, 2016. - Sputnik International, 1920, 29.03.2022
Top US General Denies Biden's Claim That Americans are Training Ukrainian Troops in Poland
15:38 GMT 29.03.2022
Russian 'Izvestiya' Correspondent Injured Near Mariupol as Sniper Shoots Him in Leg, Newspaper Says
15:18 GMT 29.03.2022
Russia-Ukraine Talks in Pictures
15:14 GMT 29.03.2022
Macron and Putin Hold Phone Call, Elysee Palace Says
15:11 GMT 29.03.2022
DPR Head Pushilin Says Military Op Going as Planned
15:02 GMT 29.03.2022
Serbian Company Srbijagas Says Not Planning to Pay for Russian Gas in Rubles
BELGRADE (Sputnik) - Russian gas that is delivered to Serbia via Bulgaria will not be paid for in rubles, the head of Srbijagas energy company, Dusan Bajatovic, said on Tuesday.
"We are not going to switch to payments in rubles for the transit of Russian gas, as Bulgaria, under the agreement on the [gas pipeline] Balkan Stream, which is signed for 20 years, cannot interrupt gas transport through its territory. Russia has already paid Bulgaria in dollars for the gas transport until the end of 2023 according to the agreement. Serbia is paid in euros for gas transit [to Hungary], and if it is not possible in euros, we will take the volumes of gas that belong to Gazprom Export, and thus cover the payments as if we paid for gas in euros," Bajatovic told Serbian news agency Tanjug.
Bajatovic added that Gazprom and Gazprom Export are not on the Western sanctions list and Serbia is not on Russia’s list of unfriendly states. Serbia is filling up the Banatski Dvor underground reservoir, which currently holds 50 million cubic meters of gas belonging to Serbia and 160 million cubic meters of gas belonging to Gazprom Export.
There is no alternative to Russian gas for Europe in the coming years, and liquefied natural gas from the United States "will always be more expensive than Russian gas," according to Bajatovic.
Russia is the largest exporter of gas to Europe, supplying about 40% of the energy consumed in the region.
Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the government and the national energy giant Gazprom to switch gas contracts with countries that have imposed sanctions on Russia over Ukraine to rubles by the end of March.
14:56 GMT 29.03.2022
Russian Chief Negotiator: Moscow Will Submit Counter-Proposals to Ukraine
14:50 GMT 29.03.2022
Medinsky: There's Still a Long Way to Go to Reach Mutually Acceptable Agreement With Ukraine
14:50 GMT 29.03.2022
Ukraine's Proposals Presented at Istanbul Talks Show Kiev's Desire for Compromise, Medinsky Says
14:46 GMT 29.03.2022
De-escalation in Kiev and Chernigov Directions Does Not Mean Ceasefire, Russia's Chief Negotiator Says
14:44 GMT 29.03.2022
Over 300 People Have Been Evacuated From Mariupol to DPR on Tuesday
14:31 GMT 29.03.2022
Foreign passport of the citizen of the Russian Federation - Sputnik International, 1920, 29.03.2022
Moscow Vows Response as Belgium, The Netherlands, Ireland & Czech Republic Expel Russian Diplomats
13:39 GMT 29.03.2022
Poland to Ban Russian Coal Imports, Government Spokesman Muller Says
13:26 GMT 29.03.2022
Moscow: Poland Destroying Its Relations With Russia by Stating it May Expell Russian Ambassador from Warsaw
13:19 GMT 29.03.2022
US to Boost Stinger, Javelin Production to Refill Stock During Ukraine Supply - Reports
The Pentagon plans to accelerate production of Stinger anti-aircraft missiles and Javelin anti-tank missiles to replenish US stocks as the country continues to send the weapons systems to Ukraine, CNN reported on Tuesday, citing defense officials.
Last week, the channel reported that Ukraine was asking the US to provide it with 500 Stinger and 500 Javelin missiles daily.
The US Stinger missile production line was shut down, but has been restarted to fulfill overseas sales orders, according to the report. Several options for production capacity are now being considered to maintain efficient operation, Pentagon spokeswoman Jessica Maxwell said.
The US Department of Defense also hopes to increase production of Javelin missiles. In 2022, it expects to produce more than 6,000 Javelin missiles, according to documents seen by the channel.
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