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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.
Damaged car as a result of shelling in the center of Donetsk. According to the headquarters of the territorial defense of the DPR, twenty people were killed, nine were injured due to the attack of Ukrainian troops on Donetsk using the Tochka-U missile - Sputnik International

Live Updates: Moscow Urges West to Stop Arming Kiev Following Ukraine' Strike at Kramatorsk

On Thursday, the permanent representatives of EU member states agreed on a fifth package of anti-Russian sanctions in connection with the special military operation in Ukraine.
The UN General Assembly on Thursday adopted a resolution suspending Russia's work in the UN Human Rights Council. In turn, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that the restriction of Russia's membership in the UN body was unlawful.
Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine in February after the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Lugansk appealed for help to defend themselves against Ukrainian provocations. The Russian Defence Ministry said the operation targets Ukrainian military infrastructure only, but later accused Ukrainian forces of using terrorist methods, such as hiding behind civilians and positioning weapons systems in civilian areas.
Since 28 February, the sides held several rounds of envoy-level peace talks.
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21:07 GMT 08.04.2022
Ukrainian Neo-Nazis Plan to Blow Up Chemical Depots in Avdiivka - Russian Defense Ministry
18:53 GMT 08.04.2022
Le Pen Not Supporting Sanctions Against Russian Raw Materials, Gas
French presidential candidate and leader of the right-wing National Rally party, Marine Le Pen, said on Friday that she opposes sanctions against Russian raw materials and embargo on Russian gas, oil and coal, since they will have serious consequences both for the French and world economy.

"I agree with sanctions, including those against [Russian] oligarchs. The only thing I don't want is sanctions against raw materials, which will have dire consequences for the French and the rest of the world," Le Pen told France Info radio network.

She also opposed the embargo on Russian gas, oil and coal.

"I am against everything that will result in increased payments for the French. My priority is the French and their purchasing power," Le Pen said.

In addition, the presidential candidate noted that France must prevent Russia, the largest country in the world, from rapprochement with China, the most populous country in the world, since this would be a serious problem for Paris.

Restrictions on imports of Russian oil and gas are expected to be discussed in the EU later in April.

The first round of the presidential election in France will be held on Sunday and the second round is scheduled for 24 April. Besides Le Pen, 11 other candidates announced their bids, including incumbent President Emmanuel Macron. Macron and Le Pen are considered the frontrunners.
18:33 GMT 08.04.2022
EU Publishes Fifth Package of Sanctions Against Russia, They Come Into Effect
17:43 GMT 08.04.2022
Dutch journalist Sonja van den Ende in Donbass - Sputnik International, 1920, 08.04.2022
Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
Dutch Journo: 'We are Here, in Donbass, to Awaken Westerners Deluded by MSM Propaganda'
17:15 GMT 08.04.2022
Mariupol Will Be Liberated by DPR Forces and Russian Army 'Without Any Doubt', Russian MoD Says
17:14 GMT 08.04.2022
Kramatorsk Attacked by Same Ukrainian Brigade That Hit Donetsk in March, DPR Says
The city of Kramatorsk in Kiev-controlled DPR territory was attacked by the same Ukrainian military brigade that fired missiles at the centre of Donetsk in mid-March, DPR People's Militia spokesman Eduard Basurin said.

"This is the same brigade that fired then at Donetsk, along Universitetskaya [Street]. The launch was north of Krasnoarmeysk, in principle, the same area," Basurin said on the air of the Rossiya 1 broadcaster.

According to Basurin, the current provocation is aimed at forcing Russia to sign a peace agreement.

The Ukrainian military involved in the provocation in Kramatorsk will answer for it, Basurin said.
17:13 GMT 08.04.2022
Russian Air Defence Systems Shot Down Ukrainian Su-27 Jet, Russian MoD Says
17:11 GMT 08.04.2022
Russian Air Forces Hit 54 Ukrainian Military Targets, Moscow Says
17:10 GMT 08.04.2022
Russian MoD: Using High-Precision Missiles, Russian Army Destroys Ukrainian Arms Depot in Odessa Region
17:06 GMT 08.04.2022
View of Mariupol after heavy fighting for the city. 3 April, 2022. - Sputnik International, 1920, 08.04.2022
Radio Communications Indicate 'Significant Numbers' of Foreign Mercs Stuck in Mariupol: Russian MoD
16:18 GMT 08.04.2022
Kiev Won't Escape Responsibility For Kramatorsk Attack, Russian Foreign Ministry Says
Kiev will not be able to evade responsibility for the Tochka-U tactical missile attack on Kramatorsk, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

"We are confident that the Kiev authorities will not be able to evade responsibility," the ministry said.

"There is evidence of the guilt of the Armed Forces of Ukraine — it is they who are armed and use the Tochka-U missiles, the fragments of which were found at the site of the tragedy," it said.

"Such inhuman actions of the Kiev regime confirm the validity of the tasks of the special military operation to demilitarise and denazify Ukraine," the ministry stressed.

In connection with the strike of Ukrainian troops on Kramatorsk, Moscow calls for a halt in the supply of weapons to Kiev.

"We call on the international community to give an impartial assessment of the crimes of Ukrainian formations, to stop supplying them with weapons and to encourage Kiev to abandon unacceptable methods of warfare," the ministry said.
16:17 GMT 08.04.2022
Moscow Urges to Stop Arms Supplies to Kiev in Connection With Ukrainian Forces' Strike at Kramatorsk
16:05 GMT 08.04.2022
US troops from the 5th Battalion of the 7th Air Defense Regiment emplace a launching station of the Patriot air and missile defence system at a test range in Sochaczew, Poland - Sputnik International, 1920, 08.04.2022
US to Deploy One Patriot Missile System in Slovakia, Pentagon Chief Announces
15:19 GMT 08.04.2022
US Excludes Norway, Switzerland From Certain Export Controls on Russia
The United States has added Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland to the list of excluded countries from certain export controls imposed on Russia, a document in the US Federal Register revealed on Friday.

“To recognize partner countries implementing substantially similar export controls on Russia and Belarus, the Department of Commerce published a list of countries excluded from certain US export controls related to foreign-produced items. In this rule, the Department of Commerce adds Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland to the list of excluded countries,” the document, scheduled to be published on 12 April, said.
15:10 GMT 08.04.2022
Russian Investigative Committee Opens Criminal Investigation Into Spreading of Fake News About Russian Army in Wake of Ukrainian Forces's Attack on Kramatorsk
14:51 GMT 08.04.2022
Scholz: Germany Will Continue to Deliver Weapons to Ukraine
The German Chancellor also said that his country's strategy is to inflict dramatic costs on Russia.
14:45 GMT 08.04.2022
UK Will Send High Grade Military Equipment Worth $130 Mln to Ukraine, PM Says
The United Kingdom will send Ukraine 100 million pounds ($130 million) worth military equipment to Ukraine, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday.

"Today, I can announce that the UK will send further 100 million pounds’ worth high-grade military equipment to Ukraine's armed forces, including more Starstreak anti-aircraft missiles which fly 3 times the speed of sound and another 800 anti-tank missiles and precision munitions capable of lingering in the sky until directed to their target," Johnson told a press conference following his meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
14:17 GMT 08.04.2022
Russia's UN Envoy in Geneva: West Has Declared Diplomatic War Against Moscow
14:06 GMT 08.04.2022
Medvedev Calls West's Sanctions Declaration of Economic War, Warns Russia Has Right to Individual and Collective Defence
13:44 GMT 08.04.2022
Russian Foreign Ministry Confirms Moscow is Expelling 45 Polish Embassy Employees
Russia is expelling 45 employees of the Polish diplomatic mission as a response to the actions of Warsaw, they must leave the country by the end of 13 April, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"On April 8, the Polish Ambassador to Moscow, Krzysztof Krajewski, was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry. A strong protest was expressed to him over the unjustified declaration of 45 employees of Russian foreign missions in the Republic of Poland personae non gratae on March 23 of this year," the ministry said.

The ambassador was told that Moscow regarded such a move as confirmation of Warsaw's conscious desire to finally destroy bilateral relations, and the responsibility for this lies entirely with the Polish side.

"As a response to Poland's unfriendly actions to expel Russian diplomats, based on the principle of reciprocity, 45 employees of the embassy of the Republic of Poland and the consulates general of the Republic of Poland in Irkutsk, Kaliningrad and St. Petersburg have been declared personae non gratae. They must leave the territory of the Russian Federation before the end of the day on April 13. The corresponding note was handed over to the Ambassador of Poland in Russia," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
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