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LIVE UPDATES: Over 200 Ukrainian Nationalists Have Been Eliminated, Russian MoD Says

Russia launched its special military operation in Ukraine on 24 February, targeting Ukraine's military infrastructure in order to stop the eight-year-long war in Donbass, as thousands had been killed in the region by Kiev's troops. The main aim of the op is the "denazification and demilitarisiation" of Ukraine, president Vladimir Putin stressed.
Russian forces and Donbass militia continue their advance amid the special operation in Ukraine, pressing against the Ukrainian military.
In the meantime, tensions are also escalating on Ukraine's western border, where the self-proclaimed state of Transnistria has accused Kiev of staging explosions near arm depots in Cobasna.
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18:46 GMT 29.04.2022
Russia's MoD delivers statement on Ukraine:
The Kiev regime has prepared in advance another sophisticated provocation to discredit the Russian Armed Forces before the international community;
An artillery battery (consisting of three D-30 howitzers) has been deployed near a water intake in the Donetsk People's Republic by the Ukrainian Armed Forces to provoke retaliatory fire from the Russian Armed Forces. The destruction of the water intake would leave 27 settlements with a total population of over 15,000 without water supply;
Kiev plans to use this provocation in the near future to accuse Russian servicemen of committing atrocities against civilians. These claims would be picked up by Ukrainian and Western media;
Such actions by Kiev once again demonstrate an inhuman attitude towards the fate of its own citizens and show a complete disregard for all norms of morality and international humanitarian law.
18:07 GMT 29.04.2022
State Department: US Aware of Reports That American Citizen Was Killed Fighting in Ukraine
17:36 GMT 29.04.2022
US Starts Training With Ukrainian Armed Forces on Key Systems at Military Installations in Germany, Pentagon Says
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States has commenced training with Ukraine armed forces today on key systems at military installations in Germany, Defense Department spokesperson John Kirby said on Friday.
"Today, I can announce that the United States has commenced training with Ukrainian armed forces on key systems at US military installations in Germany," Kirby said during a press briefing.

At the same time, Kirby claimed, Washington has no plans to train forces inside Ukraine, but has the option of virtual training for forces in the country.
16:56 GMT 29.04.2022
NYT: EU Nations Likely to Approve Phased Embargo on Russian Oil as Early as Next Week
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - EU countries are likely to approve a phased embargo on Russian oil as early as next week, the New York Times reported, citing sources.
The permanent representatives of EU countries will meet on Wednesday, and the final approval of the new package of measures is expected by the end of next week.
The oil embargo is the most significant measure in the sixth package of sanctions against Russia, the newspaper said.
The package of measures will also include sanctions against Russia's largest lender Sberbank, which has not been affected so far, as well as additional measures against high-ranking Russians, the newspaper said.
16:55 GMT 29.04.2022
Kherson Region Administration's New Head Unaware of Plans to Hold Referendum
KHERSON (Sputnik) - Volodymyr Saldo, the new head of the administration of the Kherson region, which is now controlled by Russian forces, said that he was unaware of the plans for a referendum and to create some kind of republics in the region.
According to Saldo, "the territory of the Kherson region remains the territory of the Kherson region, which is under the control of the military, therefore the appointment of civilians to the military-civilian administration, those who are currently working, is made by the military commandant."
During the special operation to demilitarize and de-Nazify Ukraine, the Russian military took control of the entire Kherson region in the south of the country and the Azov part of the Zaporozhye region. Civil-military administrations have been formed in the regions, broadcasting of Russian TV channels and radio has resumed, and trade ties with Crimea are being restored.
16:48 GMT 29.04.2022
Russian MoD: Missile Forces Destroy Ukrainian Buk-M1 Missile System, Mi-24 Helicopter
16:47 GMT 29.04.2022
Russian Aviation Hits 22 Ukrainian Military Objects, Including Warehouse of Missile and Artillery Weapons - MoD
16:46 GMT 29.04.2022
MoD: Russian Forces Destroy 38 Ukrainian Military Targets, Including Fuel Depot, in High-Precision Strikes
16:44 GMT 29.04.2022
Six Ukrainian Drones and Three Tochka U Missiles Intercepted by Russian Air Defences - MoD
16:43 GMT 29.04.2022
Over 200 Ukrainian Nationalists Have Been Eliminated, Russian MoD Says
16:09 GMT 29.04.2022
Danish Mercenary Reportedly Killed in Ukraine
A Danish mercenary fighting on the side of the Ukrainian troops was killed, reports the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, citing Ukraine's Embassy in Copenhagen.
According to the embassy, ​​the mercenary arrived in Ukraine in March, having registered with them beforehand. At the time of his death he was 25 years old.
The Danish Foreign Ministry told the publication that it could not yet confirm the death on its part, adding that it is now in dialogue with the Ukrainian authorities "to study the information received."
The Ukrainian Embassy said that the Danish side was ready to take upon itself the transportation of the mercenary's body after the death is confirmed.
15:32 GMT 29.04.2022
First Batch of Phoenix Drones for Ukraine to Arrive in Region Friday - Official
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The first batch of the Phoenix drones for Ukraine will get in the region today, a senior defense official told reporters on Friday.

"There hasn't been training on the Phoenix ghost [drones] yet. Again, we believe that a first tranche of those drones should be arriving in the region today. Not all 121, but the first tranche of them will be arriving in the region today," the official said. "Again, we're still working out how the specific training is going to be done on this."
14:13 GMT 29.04.2022
South Korea Considering Returning Embassy to Kiev
SEOUL (Sputnik) - Seoul is considering relocating its embassy back to the Ukrainian capital city of Kiev after two months of evacuation, the South Korean Foreign Affairs Ministry said on Friday.
"Given that the situation in the Kiev Region is stabilizing, our embassy is going to return to Kiev in the nearest future to better facilitate cooperation with the Ukrainian government and protect South Korean citizens," the ministry said in a statement.
The ministry noted that there is no specific date yet for the relocation of the embassy, adding that it will depend of the security situation in the region and with regard to the safety of the mission.
Seoul evacuated the embassy from Kiev in late February and established two temporary liaison offices in the Ukrainian cities of Lvov and Chernivtsi, and one in Romania soon after Russia launched its military operation in Ukraine. The Lvov office was closed on March 18.
14:01 GMT 29.04.2022
Return of Russian Artworks From Europe Going as Planned - Presidential Envoy
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The return of Russian art collections after exhibits in European countries is going as planned, with the resolution of a controversy around two privately-owned paintings seized in France being in progress, Russian presidential representative for international cultural cooperation, Mikhail Shvydkoy, told Sputnik on Friday.
"The return of artworks, which were provided for exhibitions in European countries, is going as planned. There should be no contingencies and no additional complications," Shvydkoy said.
With regard to two art objects from the Morozov Collection, which France precluded from being returned to Russia as part of sanctions covering luxury goods, Shvydkoy said that they "belong to somewhat different legal milieu" due to being owned by private individuals, not the state.
"We are currently considering all legal opportunities for the resolution of this issue," the envoy added.
"The Morozov Collection. Icons of Modern Art" exhibition in Paris ran from September 22 to April 3.
The exhibition included works of art from Russia's most prominent museums, including the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, and the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts and the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. The collection features works by celebrated European artists such as Paul Gaugin, Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, as well as such Russian artists as Natalia Goncharova, Kazimir Malevich, Ilya Repin and Valentin Serov.
13:51 GMT 29.04.2022
Russian Foreign Ministry Tightens Communication With Foreign Diplomats
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Russian Foreign Ministry has tightened communication between foreign diplomats and government agencies, the ministry told Sputnik on Friday.

Earlier in the day, several Telegram channels reported that all communication between diplomats and Russian government agencies will be made via the ministry.

"This is done as a response to similar actions of the respective countries - the principle of reciprocity," the ministry said.
13:42 GMT 29.04.2022
DPR Head Pushilin Hopes Azovstal Siege Will Come to an End Soon
13:39 GMT 29.04.2022
Moscow Takes Retaliatory Measures Against Anti-Russia Sanctions by Iceland, Norway, Greenland, and Faroe Islands
13:37 GMT 29.04.2022
Hungarian FM Says Some Western Companies 'Agreed' on Russian Terms for Gas Payments, But Don't Announce it Publicly
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Several European exporters of Russian gas have agreed to new terms of payments in rubles, but are hushing this up and spread false information about Hungary's stance on the issue, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Friday.
"I would ask you not to spread the false information that there is ostensibly a common stance of the European Union, which we, Hungarians, shy away from. This is a lie, it is untrue, the only [problem is that] others are not honest enough, and the international liberal media turn a blind eye to their devious approach. We don't want to be sly, we are being open about this issue. It is natural for us to pay for gas to ensure it is supplied," Szijjarto said at a press conference.
The foreign minister exposed the hypocrisies of western companies that agreed on Russia's terms but did not disclose this decision.
"And we will keep doing this [buying Russian gas], like others, I would like to emphasize, like others, meaning that it is not true that others have refused, they just do not talk about it so openly for various reasons," the foreign minister added.
13:09 GMT 29.04.2022
German Employers' Union Boss Says Ban on Russian Gas Would Paralyse Economy
Gas cooker - Sputnik International, 1920, 29.04.2022
German Employers' Union Boss Says Ban on Russian Gas Would Paralyse Economy
12:50 GMT 29.04.2022
Russia Makes Dollar Payments on Sovereign Eurobonds With Due Dates of 2022 and 2042
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