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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.
This handout picture taken and released on April 9, 2022 by Ukrainian Presidential Press Service shows Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (2R) speaking with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) during their meeting in Kiev. - Sputnik International

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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 forces.
According to confirmed data, Kiev is preparing a provocation to accuse Russia of an alleged mass murder of civilians in Irpen in the Kiev region, Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

"I draw your attention to the fact that units of the Russian Armed Forces left this settlement more than a week ago", Konashenkov said.

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) plans to bring the bodies of those killed by Ukrainian shelling to Irpen for a staged incident, while the SBU is also organising another staged incident in the Pushcha-Voditsa forest involving the "destruction" of a “Russian reconnaissance group”, Igor Konashenkov said.
"SBU officers plan to bring the bodies of local residents killed by Ukrainian artillery shelling from the morgue to the basement of one of the buildings on the eastern outskirts of Irpen. Then, a staged action will be organised in the Pushcha-Voditsa forest area with staged ‘shooting’ and the ‘destruction’ of a ‘Russian intelligence group’ that arrived in Irpen ‘to kill witnesses of Russian war crimes’”, the general said.
He specified that "the bodies of captured Russian servicemen, previously killed by nationalists under torture, will be presented in the forest as "indisputable evidence."
Konashenkov added that a provocation in Irpen has been organised in order to distribute video material through Western media.
On 8 April, the Russian defence ministry said that the Ukrainian forces had fired a Tochka-U missile at Kramatorsk train station from Dobropilya settlement located 45 kilometres (28 miles) southwest of Kramatorsk. The purpose of Kiev's attack on railway station in Kramatorsk was to disrupt mass evacuation to use residents as a human shield, the ministry added. In order to accuse Russia of an alleged missile attack on Kramatorsk railway station, Kiev uploaded to social networks photos of Tochka-U launchers from the Allied Resolve 2022 Russia-Belarus joint military exercises, which were hosted in February, the defence ministry said.
Earlier, Kiev accused Russian troops of killings hundreds in Bucha distributing photos of bodies of alleged victims in the western media. In turn, Russian Defence Ministry rejected the accusations and stated that the photos and videos had been staged pointing at the fact that the footage emerged only four days after Russian troops' withdrawal from the city.
The Russian Defence Ministry had repeatedly noted that similar provocations will take place in the future.
On 24 February, Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine after the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Lugansk appealed for help in defending themselves against Ukrainian provocations. The Russian Ministry of Defence said the operation is targeting Ukrainian military infrastructure only and the civilian population is not in danger.
In response, Western countries and their allies rolled out a comprehensive sanctions campaign against Moscow, which includes airspace closures and restrictive measures targeting numerous Russian officials and entities, media and financial institutions.
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03:48 GMT 10.04.2022
Tochka-U Missile That Hit Kramatorsk Part of Ukrainian Troops’ Armaments - Reports
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The serial number of the Tochka-U missile that hit the Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk, which is under the control of Ukrainian troops, shows that the tactical missile comes from a batch of weapons used by the Ukrainian forces, media report.

On April 8, the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) headquarters announced that Ukrainian troops used a Tochka-U missile in an attack on the railway station in Kramatorsk. According to DPR data, at least 50 people were killed, while 87 others were injured. The Russian Defense Ministry has refuted claims of a Russian strike on the Kramatorsk train station, stressing that judging by the photos of missile fragments shared by witnesses, such missiles are only used by Ukrainian troops.

The Union Donetsk TV channel said on Telegram that the Tochka-U missile used in the Kramatorsk attack "was on the balance sheet of the Armed Forces of Ukraine - its serial number has been deciphered." Union said that Ukrainian troops had used several other missiles from the same batch in Donbas - twice in 2015 and twice this year.
21:07 GMT 09.04.2022
Italy Opposes NATO Intervention in Ukraine – Di Maio
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Italy will not support a NATO intervention in Ukraine for fear it could tip the conflict into the third world war, Foreign Minister Luigi di Maio said on Saturday.

"We will oppose a military intervention by NATO in the war in Ukraine because this would lead to a military world war," he was quoted as saying by TGCom24 on the sidelines of an event near Naples.
20:56 GMT 09.04.2022
Donetsk People's Republic Outlaws OSCE Special Monitoring Mission
"The operation of the OSCE SMM is declared unlawful in the territory of the Donetsk People's Republic and the presence of its officials — undesirable," a directive of the republic's militia read.
19:13 GMT 09.04.2022
Ukraine Bans 77 Foreign Vessels From Leaving Ports – Russia
"Ukrainian nationalists continue to hold 6,362 foreign citizens from 13 countries hostage to use them as a human shield, while 77 foreign vessels from 18 countries continue to be blocked in Ukrainian ports," Mikhail Mizintsev told a briefing.

The military official suggested that the International Maritime Organization and ship owners should put pressure on Kiev to allow the vessels to leave. Russia keeps a maritime humanitarian corridor in Ukrainian waters open every day from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Moscow time (5:00 to 16:00 GMT).
18:48 GMT 09.04.2022
Rally in Support of Russia Takes Place in Cyprus - Video
18:36 GMT 09.04.2022
Russian MoD: Ukraine Confirms 10 Evacuation Corridors, None of Them to Russia
18:34 GMT 09.04.2022
Russian MoD: 26,676 Civilians Evacuated From DPR, LPR Eastward During the Day
18:34 GMT 09.04.2022
Russia Evacuates 716 People From Mariupol Eastward on Sat, In Total - 134,299 Since Start of Op, Russian MoD Says
Russia evacuated 716 civilians eastward from the flashpoint Ukrainian city of Mariupol in the past day, bringing the total number of evacuees up to 134,299, Russian Defence Ministry official Mikhail Mizintsev said.

The number of civilians evacuated to Russia from the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics since the start of the special military operation rose to 704,434 on Saturday after 26,676 people were brought to safety over the past day.

Ukraine did not assist in the evacuations, Mizintsev said. Kiev has confirmed 10 humanitarian corridors but none of them to Russia. Ukraine has never guaranteed safety to people fleeing Mariupol to the port city of Berdiansk to the west, he added.

"Ukraine has never guaranteed the safety of this humanitarian corridor and has been intentionally slowing down humanitarian efforts," he told a briefing.
17:26 GMT 09.04.2022
Russian Border Checkpoint in Kursk Region Attacked by Ukraine's Mortars, Region's Governor Says
Ukrainian troops fired mortar rounds on Saturday at a border post near the Russian town of Elizavetovka in the Kursk region, the regional governor said.

"A border post near the town of Elizavetovka in the Glushkovsk district was attacked this evening from the direction of Ukraine. No one was hurt and no damage was done," Roman Starovoit said on Telegram.

The area is not far from the eastern Ukrainian city of Sumy.

Russian border guards shot back at the firing nest and suppressed it, the governor added. He said the Russian military had been alerted to the firefight.
17:23 GMT 09.04.2022
UK Will Deliver 120 Armoured Vehicles and Anti-Ship Missile Systems to Ukraine, Downing Street Said Following PM Johnson's Meeting With Zelensky
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday promised Volodymyr Zelensky additional military assistance of 120 armored vehicles and an extra $500 billion in World Bank loans.

"The Prime Minister set out new military assistance of 120 armoured vehicles and new anti-ship missile systems, to support Ukraine in this crucial phase while Russia’s illegal assault continues," Johnson’s office said on the heels of his trip to Kiev.

The military aid is in addition to 100 million pounds ($130 million) worth of military equipment announced on Friday. It includes more Starstreak anti-aircraft missiles, 800 anti-tank missiles and loitering munitions for precision strikes.
15:55 GMT 09.04.2022
Kiev Continues Attempts to Evacuate Leaders of Nationalist Azov Battalion & Foreign Mercenaries From Mariupol, Russian MoD Says
15:52 GMT 09.04.2022
Russian MoD: Ukrainian 'Apache' Cargo Ship Changes Course, Attempts to Break Into Mariupol Seaport Blocked by Russian Black Sea Fleet
Radar systems aboard vessels of the Russian Black Sea Fleet as they dock in their home base in Sevastopol. - Sputnik International, 1920, 09.04.2022
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Ship Attempted to Break Through Russian Naval Blockade of Mariupol to Rescue Azov Commanders: MoD
15:48 GMT 09.04.2022
Borrell Calls for Military Resolution of Ukrainian Conflict
A handout photo released by Ukrainian Presidential Press Service shows European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (L) shaking hands with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (C) as they attend a joint press conference with European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell (R) in Kiev on April 8, 2022. - Sputnik International, 1920, 09.04.2022
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EU Top Diplomat Calls for Military Resolution of Ukrainian Conflict
15:45 GMT 09.04.2022
Tank With Nitric Acid Explodes on LPR's Territory, Local Authorities Blame It On Ukraine's Forces
Ukrainian troops detonated a tank of nitric acid in the contested eastern Ukrainian city of Rubezhnoye on Saturday, an officer with the Lugansk People’s Republic militia said.

"A tank of nitric acid was detonated in Rubezhnoye. The wind is coming from the southwest at a speed of 9-14 meters per second, so the cloud [of fumes] will go northeast," Lt. Col. Andrey Marochko said on Telegram.

Rubezhnoye is located some 85 kilometers northwest of Lugansk. The nearest village to it is militia-controlled Kudryashovka.

Marochko said on Tuesday that Ukrainian forces blew up a tank of what appeared to be hydrochloric acid as they prepared to pull back from the contested region. He accused Ukrainians of planning attacks on acid tanks so that the wind carried toxic fumes to Kudryashovka.
15:39 GMT 09.04.2022
Russian Forces Destroy Ukraine Army's Munitions in Controlled Explosion - Video
15:36 GMT 09.04.2022
Orban's Spokesman: Hungary Backs Independent Probe Into What Happened in Ukraine's Bucha
The spokesman of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Saturday that the government supports an independent investigation into what happened in the Ukrainian town of Bucha.

"Prime Minister Viktor Orban condemns the Bucha massacre. Hungary fully supports an international investigation to identify the perpetrators in this bloodshed," Bertalan Havasi was quoted as saying by the MTI news agency.

The Russian Defence Ministry has dismissed accusations of committing atrocities in Bucha, saying scenes of bodies strewn in the streets were staged. Russian President Vladimir Putin told Prime Minister Orban in a phone conversation this week that the alleged Bucha massacre was a blatant provocation orchestrated by Ukraine.
14:06 GMT 09.04.2022
UK PM Johnson is Currently in Kiev Talking to Ukraine's President, Deputy Head of Zelensky's Office Says
13:48 GMT 09.04.2022
Russian Ambassador to US: West Should Stop Pumping Kiev Regime With Weapons, Adding Fuel to Fire of Conflict
A Ukrainian serviceman carries large caliber ammunitions for armored fighting vehicles mounted weapons during an exercise in a Joint Forces Operation controlled area in the Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Feb. 10, 2022. - Sputnik International, 1920, 09.04.2022
Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
Top Russian Diplomat in US Urges West to Stop Funneling Weapons to Ukraine
13:11 GMT 09.04.2022
DPR: 178 More Civilians, Including 34 Children, Evacuated From Mariupol on Saturday
12:46 GMT 09.04.2022
German Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht arrives for a budget session of Germany's lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, in Berlin, - Sputnik International, 1920, 09.04.2022
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German Defence Minister Says Berlin Reached Limit in Arms Supplies to Kiev
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