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Russian and Donbass troops continue to advance amid the special operation, liberating settlements in the region while the Ukrainian troops retreat.
Russia launched its special military operation in Ukraine in February, after Ukrainian troops ramped up shelling in the region, prompting mass evacuations of civilians, and thus forcing the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics to ask Moscow for protection.
The Russian armed forces targeted Ukrainian military infrastructure with high-precision weapons, with Moscow stressing that the operation's goal is the "demilitarisation and denazification" of Ukraine.
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03:28 GMT 02.06.2022
Peskov: There Are Virtually No Contacts Between Kremlin, Biden Administration at Present
There are virtually no contacts between the Kremlin and the US administration now, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Sputnik.

"Now all contacts are next to none," Peskov said when asked whether the Kremlin and the Biden White House are in communication.
02:24 GMT 02.06.2022
Over 18,800 People Evacuated From Ukraine, Donbas to Russia in Past Day - Defense Ministry
More than 18,800 people have been evacuated to Russia over the past 24 hours from dangerous areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics (DPR and LPR) and Ukraine, head of the Russian National Defense Control Center, Col. Gen. Mikhail Mizintsev, who also leads Russia's humanitarian response coordination headquarters, said.

"Despite all the difficulties created by the Kiev regime, over the past day, without participation of the Ukrainian authorities, 18,886 people, including 2,663 children, were evacuated to the territory of the Russian Federation from dangerous areas of the Donbas republics and Ukraine," Col. Gen. Mizintsev said at a briefing.

He added that since the start of Russia's special military operation, more than 1.5 million people, including over 250,000 children, have been evacuated to Russia.
01:55 GMT 02.06.2022
Conflict in Ukraine Threatens 13-15 Mln People Globally With Starvation This Year - FAO
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) predicts that due to the conflict in Ukraine, about 13-15 million people in the world may get to the verge of starvation this year, Oleg Kobyakov, director of the FAO Office for Liaison with Russia, told Sputnik.

“If we take the statistics of hunger in dynamics, then in 2019, the last pre-pandemic year, 690 million people were starving in the world. The next year, this figure reached 811 million. That is, 120 million crossed the 'red line'... to the state of hunger. This year, according to our forecast, the situation in connection with hostilities in Ukraine will lead another 13-15 million people beyond this line," Kobyakov said.
01:05 GMT 02.06.2022
MQ-1C Gray Eagle UAV - Sputnik International, 1920, 02.06.2022
Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
US to Sell Gray Eagle Combat Drones to Ukraine, Capable of Carrying Hellfire Missile - Report
18:31 GMT 01.06.2022
Kiev Regime Plans to Attack Russia Using US Rocket Systems, MoD Warns
According to the Russian Defence Ministry, the Kiev regime is planning to attack Russia using the HIMARS rocket systems, which the US has decided to supply to Ukraine. The attack will be launched from the city of Shostka, Sumy region, the MoD warns. The Kiev authorities seek to use Ukrainian and foreign journalists to create fakes, namely photos and videos about "Russians killing civilians", the defence ministry stated. These photos and videos would be picked up by Western media in an instant, the ministry added.

The Defence Ministry also confirmed that Ukrainian nationalists had blown up a tank with nitric acid in Severdonetsk, as they were retreating. A toxic cloud has moved from the site of the explosion to Kremennaya and Rubezhnoye. Numerous civilians have been hurt, the ministry revealed.
17:45 GMT 01.06.2022
Norway Stops Funding of Nuclear Safety Cooperation With Russia Over Ukraine
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Norway decided to stop the funding of projects on nuclear safety cooperation in Northwestern Russia as a response to Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, Per Strand, the head of the Norwegian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (DSA) said.
Strand announced this decision on Tuesday during the 25th meeting of the Norwegian-Russian nuclear commission.
"The ministry has decided that we should put cooperation on hold," Strand told Norwegian newspaper High North News.
However, he noted that Norway would continue to cooperate with Russia in the field of monitoring and mutual information in case of nuclear incidents, the newspaper added.
"We will continue our dialogue with Russian authorities about the issue of nuclear safety where it is important for our own nuclear preparedness, and to reduce the risk of incidents and nuclear pollution," Strand said, as quoted by the newspaper.
17:20 GMT 01.06.2022
US Pre-Positioned HIMARS for Ukraine in Europe to Rapidly Deliver Rocket Systems - Pentagon
16:56 GMT 01.06.2022
Kazakhstan Ready to Host Russia-Ukraine Peace Talks, Ambassador to Moscow Says
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Kazakhstan is hoping for the resumption of peace talks between Russia and Ukraine and is ready to host the negotiations, Kazakh Ambassador to Moscow Yermek Kosherbaev said on Wednesday.
"We welcome any steps toward the beginning of the negotiation process," Kosherbaev told the Rossiya 24 broadcaster.
He noted that Kazakhstan is urging the warring sides to cease hostilities and is calling on the international community to support the peace process.
"I wish that these solutions could be found so that the negotiation process be resumed as soon as possible," the ambassador said.
He added that Kazakhstan was ready to provide any assistance and host the negotiations.
"Like a number of other countries, we expressed our willingness to act as the appropriate negotiating platform should the parties be interested," Kosherbaev said.
16:47 GMT 01.06.2022
Biden Announces New Ukraine Military Aid Package
US President Joe Biden has officially announced a new Ukraine military aid package, which will include advanced missile systems. The Himars multiple launch rocket system that Washington will be providing to Ukraine has a range of about 50 miles.
"Today, I am announcing a significant new security assistance package to provide timely and critical aid to the Ukrainian military," Biden said in a statement. "This new package will arm them with new capabilities and advanced weaponry, including HIMARS with battlefield munitions, to defend their territory from Russian advances."
The package also includes helicopters, Javelin anti-tank weapon systems, tactical vehiclea, spare parts, and more.
Biden has agreed to send the medium-range rocket systems to Ukraine, after refusing to supply Kiev with long-range missile systems that could be used to attack targets in Russia. The Biden administration made the decision, claiming that Volodymyr Zelensky "assured" Ukraine would not use American weapons against Russia. The Kremlin stressed that it had no confidence in Kiev's pledges.
16:11 GMT 01.06.2022
UNSC to Convene on 6 June to Discuss Ukraine
16:09 GMT 01.06.2022
Three DPR Servicemen Dead, 12 Injured Over Past 24 House - People's Militia
15:42 GMT 01.06.2022
Blinken Says US Looking at 'Many More Months of Conflict' in Ukraine
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday that he believes the Ukraine confict will last "many more months" based on what the situation at present.
"As best we can assess right now, we are still looking at many months of conflict," Blinken said during a press briefing.
The Secretary of State reiterated the US position that the conflict could be over right away if Russia ends its military operation in Ukraine, but added "We don't see any signs of that right now."
Blinken underscored that the United States will support Ukraine as long as the conflict lasts and ensure that the country has everything it needs to defend itself against Russia.
15:01 GMT 01.06.2022
Blinken: Ukraine Assured It Would Not Use US-Provided Missiles to Strike Russia
"Specifically with regard to weapons systems we’ve provided, the Ukrainians have given us assurances that they will not use these systems against targets on Russian territory. There is a strong trust bond between Ukraine and the United States, as well as with our allies and partners," Blinken said when asked about the risk of escalating the Ukraine conflict should the weapons hit Russian soil.
14:42 GMT 01.06.2022
Ransomware attacks global IT systems - Sputnik International, 1920, 01.06.2022
Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
US Cyber Command Chief Says Military Hackers Conducted Offensives 'to Support Ukraine'
14:40 GMT 01.06.2022
DPR Head Pushilin Dismisses Rumours About Him Being Wounded That Were Spread by Ukrainian Media
14:28 GMT 01.06.2022
Russia's Special Op in Ukraine Will Continue Until All Goals Are Achieved, Medvedev Says
13:58 GMT 01.06.2022
West Silent About Sanctions on Russian Ships Carrying Grain - Lavrov
The West is silent about the fact that Russian ships carrying grain were sanctioned, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.

"There is a problem with the export of Russian grain. Although the West very loudly reminds that grain was not subject to sanctions, for some reason they bashfully keep silence about the fact that ships importing Russian grain were sanctioned. They are not accepted in European ports, they are not insured, and, in principle, all logistics, financial chains that are associated with the supply of grain to global markets, were under the sanctions of our Western colleagues," he said at a press conference following his visit to Saudi Arabia.

Lavrov stressed that otherwise Russia had no problems with ensuring a stable supply of grain markets.

"As far as Russia is concerned, there are no problems with ensuring a stable supply of grain to world markets. The problem lies primarily in the lack of free exit from Ukrainian ports through minefields that were planted by Ukrainian military personnel," he added.

13:53 GMT 01.06.2022
Object Intercepted by Russian Air Defence in Kherson is Bayraktar Drone Not Missile, Authorities Say
13:43 GMT 01.06.2022
Lavrov Slams Kiev's Demands for Foreign MLRS as 'Direct Provocation'
Members of the 17th Fires Brigade from Ft. Lewis fire two High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) rockets simultaneously in a training exercise at Yakima Training Center Nov. 1, 2007 in Yakima, Wash. - Sputnik International, 1920, 01.06.2022
Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
Lavrov Slams Kiev's Demands for Foreign MLRS as 'Direct Provocation'
13:37 GMT 01.06.2022
Lavrov: Turkey Promised to Help With Demining of Ukrainian Ports

"Following a conversation with [Turkish] President [Recep] Tayyip Erdogan, an agreement was reached that Turkish colleagues will try to help organise the demining of Ukrainian ports in order to free ships that are seized there, in fact, from there," Lavrov told reporters.

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