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On 24 February, Moscow launched a special military operation in Ukraine to "demilitarise and de-Nazify" the country following an appeal from the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk for help in defending themselves against Ukrainian forces.
Russian forces and Donbass militias continue to advance amid the special operation in Ukraine. In the meantime, Russia has delivered a new batch of humanitarian aid for the people of Donbass and Ukraine, sending 665 tonnes of food, building materials, and items to cover basic needs.
In total, Russia has delivered around 11,000 tonnes of humanitarian aid in the region amid the operation.
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03:46 GMT 04.04.2022
U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price speaks during a news conference in Washington, U.S. March 10, 2022. - Sputnik International, 1920, 04.04.2022
Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
US 'Likely' to Ramp Up Sanctions Pressure Against Russia After Zelensky's Pleas
02:46 GMT 04.04.2022
Soldiers walk amid destroyed Russian tanks in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, April 3, 2022. - Sputnik International, 1920, 04.04.2022
US Deliberately Silent on Kiev Forces' Shelling of Bucha After Russian Pullout - Antonov
02:15 GMT 04.04.2022
Johnson to Discuss Ukraine With Polish, German Leaders, Calling For More Sanctions
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will meet with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Polish President Andrzej Duda in London this week to discuss the situation in Ukraine, Downing Street informs.

According to the British government, as a NATO member, the United Kingdom will continue supporting Kiev. Downing Street said that Johnson has named his international affairs adviser and Deputy National Security Adviser David Quarrey as the UK's new permanent representative to NATO.

The Times said on Monday that Scholz is expected to meet with Johnson in London on Friday and that the prime minister is expected to urge the German chancellor to boost anti-Russia sanctions and to intensify diplomatic, economic, and military pressure on Russia.
23:02 GMT 03.04.2022
Russian Foreign Ministry: Events in Bucha Aim to Disrupt Peace Talks
The purpose of the crime committed by Ukrainian radicals in Bucha is to disrupt the peace talks, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said on Sunday.

"Russia requested a meeting of the UN Security Council on 4 April 2022 in connection with the provocation of the Ukrainian military and radicals in the town of Bucha. The essence of another crime of the Kiev regime is the disruption of peace talks and escalation of violence", Zakharova wrote on Telegram.
22:03 GMT 03.04.2022
Russia Requests UN Security Council Meeting on Kiev's 'Provocation in Bucha' - Envoy to UN
Russia has requested a UN Security Council meeting for Monday in light of the "blatant provocation of Ukrainian radicals in Bucha," Russian First Deputy Envoy to the UN Dmitry Polyansky said on Sunday
"In light of the blatant provocation by Ukrainian radicals in Bucha, Russia has demanded a UN Security Council meeting be convened on Monday afternoon, April 4", Polyansky said on Telegram.

Moscow will expose "the Ukrainian instigators and their Western patrons", he added.
18:02 GMT 03.04.2022
UK Prime Minister Vows to Do Everything in His Power to 'Starve Putin's War Machine'
16:58 GMT 03.04.2022
Russian Armed Forces Destroy Large Fuel Depots of Ukrainian Troops in Nikolaev, Donetsk Regions, Defence Ministry Says
13:31 GMT 03.04.2022
NATO to Allow Finland and Sweden to Join Swiftly, If They Want to, Stoltenberg Says
13:24 GMT 03.04.2022
Stoltenberg: Tens of Thousands of Ukrainian Troops Fighting Against Russia Were Trained by NATO
12:42 GMT 03.04.2022
Turkish Military Taking Every Precaution Against Mine Threat in Black Sea - Ministry
The Turkish Defence Ministry said on Sunday that a mine squadron and an elite military diving team are making every effort to deal with stray naval mines in the Black Sea.

"Our mine squadron command and our SAS teams, the elite unit of our naval forces, are taking every precaution against the mine threat that may occur in our seas… Mines are destroyed with great caution after they are detected and analysed", the ministry said on social media.

Russia said Ukraine laid over 400 mines at the entrance to northern Black Sea ports after Moscow launched its military operation. They broke off and drifted south toward the Bosphorus Strait, a key waterway in northwestern Turkey connecting the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara.
12:37 GMT 03.04.2022
Russian Military Clearing Mines in Sumy Region
12:28 GMT 03.04.2022
Slovak Economy Minister Says Country Will Pay in Rubles for Russian Gas

"Gas supplies cannot be stopped. That's why I say, although this may be too pragmatic for some. If there is a condition to pay [for Russian gas] in rubles, then we'll pay in rubles", Economy Minister Richard Sulik said on TV.

12:25 GMT 03.04.2022
WATCH: Russian Ka-52 Helicopter Eliminates Concealed Positions of Ukrainian Army
A screenshot of a video depicting a Ka-52 attack helicopter hitting Ukrainian positions. - Sputnik International, 1920, 03.04.2022
WATCH: Russian Ka-52 Helicopter Eliminates Concealed Positions of Ukrainian Army
12:05 GMT 03.04.2022
Kremlin Spokesman Says Russian, Ukrainian Negotiators Striving for Agreement

"I hope that painstaking efforts taken during the Russian-Ukrainian negotiations will allow us to sign a document that will serve as an important step toward normalising the situation", Dmitry Peskov told a Rossiya 1 show.

11:42 GMT 03.04.2022
Hospital in Donetsk Damaged by Ukrainian Shelling, DPR Says
10:53 GMT 03.04.2022
Ruble Payment Scheme Russia Uses With Gas Will Be Extended to New Groups of Goods in Future - Peskov
The Spasskaya Tower of the Moscow Kremlin and the building of the business center Arms in Moscow. - Sputnik International, 1920, 03.04.2022
Ruble Payment Scheme Russia Uses With Gas Will Be Extended to New Groups of Goods in Future - Peskov
09:46 GMT 03.04.2022
Situation in Ukraine Threatens Welfare of Germans - Finance Minister
The situation in Ukraine will lead to lower standards of living for Germans, German Finance Minister Christian Lindner said on Sunday.

"The events in Ukraine will make us all poorer, for example, because we have to pay more for energy imports. Even the state will not be able to stop this decline in prosperity. But you can mitigate the worst shocks, that's what we do", Lindner said in an interview with Bild.

According to Lindner, the authorities intend to support people and businesses that are at risk, but due to limited funds, support measures can only be temporary.

"In the long term, new foundations for well-being need to be laid", Lindner added.

Lindner also expressed concern about the economic development of Germany amid rising prices and a slowdown in economic growth.
07:27 GMT 03.04.2022
Russia Uses Precision Missiles to Eliminate Ukrainian Oil Refinery and 3 Fuel Storage Facilities Near Odessa
07:24 GMT 03.04.2022
Around 13,000 Refugees From DPR and LPR Entered Russia Over Past Day
07:18 GMT 03.04.2022
Gazprom Continues Pumping Natural Gas to Europe Through Ukraine, Providing Over 100 Mln Cubic Metres
Russian energy giant Gazprom says it is meeting supply requests for natural gas from European buyers, providing more than 108 million cubic metres through Ukraine on Sunday.

"Gazprom is supplying Russian gas for transit through Ukraine as usual, based on requests from European consumers. That is 108.4 million cubic metres delivered on 3 April", a statement read.

Gazprom's contract with Ukraine caps the daily amount of gas traversing Russia's neighbour at around 109.6 million cubic metres a day, or 40 billion metres by the end of 2022.
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