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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.
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The humanitarian operation to evacuate civilians from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol concluded on Saturday due to unprecedented measures by Russia with 51 people, including 11 children, having been rescued, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense.
On March 7, the Donetsk People’s Republic and Russian forces surrounded Mariupol and began a liberation campaign, as fighters from the nationalist Azov battalion hid in the underground tunnels of the Azovstal plant, taking hostage their own civilians.
Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine in February, amid intensifying attacks of Kiev's troops against the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR). According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the goal is to protect the people of Donbass, "who have been subjected to abuse, genocide by the Kiev regime for eight years."
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19:02 GMT 08.05.2022
Russian Defense Ministry Says Almost 20,000 People Evacuated From Ukraine, Donbass
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Almost 20,000 people, including nearly 1,000 children, have been evacuated to Russia from dangerous regions of Ukraine and Donbas over the last 24 hours, the head of the Russian National Defense Control Center, Mikhail Mizintsev, said on Sunday.
"Despite all the difficulties and hurdles caused by Kiev, in the past 24 hours, without involvement from the Ukrainian authorities, 19,834 people, including 970 children, have been evacuated to the Russian Federation from dangerous areas of the people's republics of Donetsk and Lugansk and Ukraine," Mizintsev said, adding that a total of 1,185,791 people, including 206,610 children, have been evacuated since the beginning of the special operation.
Mizintsev added that over 9,500 temporary accommodation facilities for arriving refugees are open in Russia.
17:14 GMT 08.05.2022
US Ambassador to UN Says Russians 'Have Nothing to Celebrate' Ahead of May 9 Celebrations
MOSCOW, May 8 (Sputnik) - US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield made disparaging remarks about Victory Day celebrations in Russia on Sunday, claiming that Russians “have nothing to celebrate” on May 9.
"They have nothing to celebrate tomorrow. They have not succeeded in defeating the Ukrainians. They've not succeeded in dividing the world or dividing NATO and they have only succeed in isolating themselves internationally and becoming a pariah state around the globe. So what they are celebrating tomorrow is their own lack of success," Thomas-Greenfield told CNN.
This is not the first time senior US officials verbally attack Victory Day, one of the most important national holidays in Russia commemorating the defeat of Nazism and end of World War 2. On Saturday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that Russian President Vladimir Putin is allegedly trying to “manipulate historical memory” to make a case for Russia's special military operation in Ukraine.
16:33 GMT 08.05.2022
White House: G7 Countries Committed to Phasing Out or Banning Russian Oil Imports
The US announced on Sunday the G7 states have agreed to reduce or ban Russian oil imports, as well as ensure stable global energy supplies.
The leaders of the G7 countries met virtually earlier in the day to discuss the latest developments in Russia's special military operation in Ukraine and its global impact, as well as efforts to support Ukraine.

"Today, the entire G7 committed to phasing out or banning the import of Russian oil," a senior Biden administration official told reporters on Sunday.

"The G7 also committed to work together to ensure stable global energy supplies, while accelerating our efforts to reduce dependence on fossil fuels," he added.
16:30 GMT 08.05.2022
US Suspends Export Licenses for Source, Special Nuclear Material to Russia
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States has moved in its latest sanctions package to suspend general licenses for exports of special nuclear material, byproduct material and deuterium to Russia, the Fact Sheet released by the White House said on Sunday.
"The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will also suspend general licenses for exports of source material, special nuclear material, byproduct material, and deuterium to Russia."
16:27 GMT 08.05.2022
US Slaps Sanctions on Eight Executives From Sberbank, Twenty-Seven Executives From Gazprombank

"The United States also sanctioned eight executives from Sberbank– the largest financial institution in Russia and uniquely important to the Russian economy, holding about a third of all bank assets in Russia; twenty-seven executives from Gazprombank – a prominent Russian bank facilitating business by Russia’s Gazprom, one of the largest natural gas exporters in the world; and Moscow Industrial Bank and its ten subsidiaries," the White House announced in its Fact Sheet on Sunday.

16:26 GMT 08.05.2022
G7 Pledges Continuous Military, Economic, Energy Support of Ukraine
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Group of Seven (G7) will continue providing military assistance to Ukraine, as well as support its economic, energy and cyber security, G7 leaders said in a joint statement on Sunday.
"Today, we, the G7, reassured President Zelenskyy of our continued readiness to undertake further commitments to help Ukraine secure its free and democratic future, such that Ukraine can defend itself now and deter future acts of aggression," the statement read.
"To this end, we will pursue our ongoing military and defence assistance to the Ukrainian Armed Forces, continue supporting Ukraine in defending its networks against cyber incidents, and expand our cooperation, including on information security. We will continue to support Ukraine in increasing its economic and energy security," the statement added.
16:19 GMT 08.05.2022
Blinken Informs Ukraine Of US Diplomatic Visit Ahead Of American Embassy Reopening – State Department
“The Secretary informed Foreign Minister Kuleba that our Charge d’Affaires Kristina Kvien and a small group of diplomats, accompanied by State Department security, traveled to Kyiv to conduct diplomatic engagement in advance of the planned resumption of Embassy Kyiv operations,” the statement reads.
16:19 GMT 08.05.2022
Medvedev: Russia Won’t Tolerate ‘West's Blindness’ That Ignores Neo-Nazism in Ukraine
13:55 GMT 08.05.2022
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau Makes Unannounced Visit to Ukraine, Reports Suggest
13:41 GMT 08.05.2022
Jill Biden Makes Unannounced Visit to Ukraine
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - US first lady Jill Biden paid an unannounced visit to Ukraine, her press pool said on Sunday.
"The motorcade drove through Uzhhorod and arrived at a public school here called School 6. The school is now being used as temporary housing and shelter for 163 displaced Ukrainians, including 47 children," the press pool said.
The first lady also met with her Ukrainian counterpart, Olena Zelenska, for whom this was the first public appearance since the beginning of Russia's special operation in Ukraine, according to the statement.
13:40 GMT 08.05.2022
EU COREPER's Meeting Ends With No Agreement on New Russia Sanctions, Source Says
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EU COREPER's Meeting Ends With No Agreement on New Russia Sanctions, Source Says
11:07 GMT 08.05.2022
WATCH: Russia Eliminates River Crossing of Ukrainian Military With High-Precision Weapons
09:12 GMT 08.05.2022
Putin Says DPR, LPR Military Fight for Liberation From Nazis as Did Their Ancestors
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Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
Putin Says DPR, LPR Military Fight for Liberation From Nazis as Did Their Ancestors
09:01 GMT 08.05.2022
DPR: Ukrainian Forces Target Gorlovka With 122 mm Calibre Shells
07:40 GMT 08.05.2022
Russian Aerospace Forces Eliminate Ukrainian Corvette Near Odessa With High-Precision Weapons
07:18 GMT 08.05.2022
Total of 182 Civilians Evacuated From Azovstal Plant in Mariupol, DPR Says
A total of 182 civilians were evacuated from the Azovstal plant in Mariupol during the Russian-led humanitarian initiative facilitated by the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Donetsk People's Republic's (DPR) Territorial Defense Headquarters said on Sunday.

"A total of 182 people, including the elderly, women and children, were evacuated from the territory of the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol," the DPR defense headquarters said on its Telegram channel. "All the released civilians were taken to the village of Bezimenne, where they were offered accommodation, food and medical assistance".

The statement noted that those who wished to leave for Kiev-controlled areas were handed over to the representatives of the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
02:45 GMT 08.05.2022
UK to Allocate Additional $1.6 Billion in Aid to Ukraine - Reports
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - British Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has confirmed an additional funding package for Kiev in the amount of 1.3 billion pounds ($1.6 billion), The Sunday Times reports.

The funds will be taken from the Treasury’s emergency reserves and will come in addition to the United Kingdom’s existing 1.5 billion-pound support to Ukraine, the newspaper said on Sunday.
22:41 GMT 07.05.2022
Ukrainian Troops Shell City of Donetsk - DPR
The Petrovsky city district was targeted using 122-mm caliber artillery at 23:55 local time (20:55 GMT) on Saturday, the DPR mission said on its Telegram channel.
The Petrovsky district in the city of Donetsk has been regularly shelled by Ukrainian troops since 2014, when DPR declared independence from Kiev.
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