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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.
US President Joe Biden (3R) addresses a press conference while (L-R) European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi and European Council President Charles Michel listen, during the G7 Summit at Elmau Castle, southern Germany, on June 26, 2022. - Sputnik International

LIVE UPDATES: G7 Pledges Indefinite Defense Support to Ukraine, Draft Statement Reportedly Says

Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine in February after the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Lugansk (DPR and LPR) requested help in defending themselves from intensifying attacks by Ukrainian troops.
Russian armed forces and Donbass troops continue to advance amid the special operation, as they have liberated multiple cities in the DPR and LPR over the past weeks.
During the special operation Russian armed forces and Donbass troops took control of the Kherson Region in the south of the country and part of the Zaporozhye Region.
At the same time, the Ukrainian military is targeting territory belonging to the DPR and LPR, shelling Donbass cities.
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01:30 GMT 27.06.2022
Japan to Freeze Assets of 70 Russian Individuals, Entities - Reports
Japan will expand its sanctions list against Russia and will freeze the assets of an additional 70 people and entities and ban exports to 90 structures tied to the defense industry, the NHK broadcaster reports citing Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
Japan will also support a ban on the import of Russian gold, and will stop the provision of audit services, Kishida said at the G7 summit in Germany.
Earlier this month, Japan decided to ban the export of trucks, dump trucks and bulldozers to Russia.
These latest restrictions are part of a broad range of sanctions that the Japanese government has introduced against Russia in connection with the special military operation in Ukraine, launched in February.
Overall, Japan has targeted more than 500 Russian individuals, 11 Russian banks and over 200 Russian companies with sanctions since February 24.
23:09 GMT 26.06.2022
US to Announce Purchase of Advanced Missile Defense System For Ukraine - Reports
The United States is expected to announce the purchase of an advanced, medium to long range surface-to-air missile defense system for Ukraine this week, CNN reports citing a source familiar with the announcement.
Other military assistance to Kiev, likely to be announced by Washington this week, includes additional artillery ammunition and counter-battery radars, the source said.
Ukrainian officials have asked the US for the NASAMS medium to long range surface-to-air missile defense system, the source specified, adding that Ukrainian troops would need training if they are provided with NASAMS.
18:36 GMT 26.06.2022
Erdogan's Spokesman: Turkey Won't Join Anti-Russia Sanctions, Relies on Its Economic Interests
18:28 GMT 26.06.2022
Donetsk: Air Defense Systems On - Video
16:08 GMT 26.06.2022
G7 Commits to Providing 'Indefinite' Defense Support to Ukraine, Draft Statement Reportedly Says
“We will continue to provide financial, humanitarian, military and diplomatic support and stand with Ukraine for as long as it takes,” according to the text of a draft statement on support for Ukraine. “As we do so, we commit to demonstrate global responsibility and solidarity through working to address the international impacts of Russia’s aggression, especially on the most vulnerable," the draft text of the declaration reads, according to Bloomberg.
14:42 GMT 26.06.2022
The flags of the G7 countries. File photo - Sputnik International, 1920, 26.06.2022
G7 States to Try Preserve 'Unity' on Ukraine at Summit as Anti-Russia Sanctions Bite
14:41 GMT 26.06.2022
Russian PM Vladimir Putin on vacation in Tyva Republic   - Sputnik International, 1920, 26.06.2022
G7 Leaders Propose Giving 'Bare-Chested Horseback Riding Display' to Show Putin How 'Tough' They Are
14:23 GMT 26.06.2022
Blinken: US Expects Effect From Russia Sanctions to Build Up Over Time
The United States is counting on the cumulative effect of sanctions imposed on Russia since February, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Sunday.

"Russians [are] no longer being able to buy what they used to buy. The standard of living for Russians is dropping. All of this is having an effect immediately. But it's also having a cumulative effect," he said in Germany ahead of the G7 summit.

"We've seen a brain drain from Russia. Two hundred thousand Russians among the most educated, working in some of the most important industries, have left, many foreigners working in those same industries have left. All of this over time accumulates, accumulates, accumulates," he continued.

G7 leaders are expected to announce a new round of sanctions on Russia. US President Joe Biden said on Sunday that his administration had already imposed "unprecedented costs" on the Russian economy in a bid to deny it the revenue it needs to fund the military operation in Ukraine.
14:07 GMT 26.06.2022
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his official visit to India - Sputnik International, 1920, 26.06.2022
US Wants India to Pressure Russia over Ukraine Conflict, John Kirby Says
13:58 GMT 26.06.2022
LPR Militia Evacuated About 250 More People From Azot Chemical Plant in Severodonetsk
Soldiers of the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) have evacuated about 250 more civilians, including children, from the Azot chemical plant in the city of Severodonetsk, LPR ambassador to Russia Rodion Miroshnik said on Sunday.

"Fighters of the LPR People's Militia have evacuated about 250 more people, including children, from the territory of the Azot plant in Severodonetsk. About 200 civilians were evacuated from Azot yesterday," Miroshnik said on Telegram.

On Saturday, the head of Russia's Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, said that Russian forces have liberated the territory of the Azot plant, adding that as many as 800 civilians have been evacuated from underground facilities of the plant, where they had been held hostage to serve as a "human shield" by Ukrainian militants.

The Azot chemical plant occupies almost the half of Severodonetsk's territory. The plant had been under the control of Ukrainian militants for several weeks after they were pushed and encircled there when the city went under the control of Russian and LPR forces. Last week, the Russian military offered safe exit to militants at Azot who agree to surrender. It also called on them to let civilians leave the plant and evacuate via a humanitarian corridor to a non-combat area in the LPR.
13:35 GMT 26.06.2022
Planned Ban on Gold Imports Will Cost Russia $19Bln A Year, Blinken Says
The ban on Russian gold imports, expected to be announced at the summit of the Group of Seven advanced economies, will deprive Moscow of $19 billion worth of annual revenue, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Sunday.

"Well, first, let's take gold. The thing that we're just announcing that is the second most lucrative export that Russia has after energy, it's about $19 billion a year. And most of that is within the the G7 countries so cutting that off, dying access to about $19 billion of revenues a year, that's significant," Blinken told CNN.
12:59 GMT 26.06.2022
US, Germany Agree on Need to Reach Diplomatic Solution to Ukraine Conflict - White House
Berlin and Washington stick to the stance that the conflict in Ukraine should be settled diplomatically, a White House official said on Sunday.

"There was a continued commitment by both President [Joe] Biden and [German] Chancellor [Olaf] Sholz to continue providing security assistance to Ukraine... I think both of us have the same broad approach to the diplomatic solution," the official told a briefing after Scholz and Biden's meeting ahead of the G7 summit.
12:59 GMT 26.06.2022
Spanish Foreign Minister Says NATO Never Considered Ukraine's Accession
The issue of Ukraine's possible NATO accession has never been discussed and is not being raised at the moment, Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares said on Sunday.

"It [Ukraine's possible NATO accession] was never discussed … We have never talked about it and we do not do it now," Albares told Spanish newspaper El Pais.

The foreign minister confirmed that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will participate in the NATO summit in Madrid from June 28-30 via videolink.

The summit's agenda is expected to include adoption of a new strategic concept outlining the alliance's policies and priorities for the next decade, a new deployment of forces in Europe, and an aid package for Ukraine.

Last week, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the participating leaders would announce that Russia is no longer a partner country to the alliance.
12:59 GMT 26.06.2022
US 'Doing Everything Possible' to Allay Turkey's Concerns Over Finland, Sweden's NATO Bid
10:32 GMT 26.06.2022
These Sanctions will Apply to Gold Mined After the Ban Was Imposed
Russian gold bullions - Sputnik International, 1920, 26.06.2022
Joe Biden: G7 Will Ban Gold Imports From Russia Over Ukraine Op
10:29 GMT 26.06.2022
Here are the Latest Updates on Russian Operation in Ukraine From Russia's MoD
10:11 GMT 26.06.2022
The New York Times: US Spies Coordinate Arms Supplies to Ukraine
Ukrainian servicemen unpack Javelin anti-tank missiles, delivered as part of the United States of America's security assistance to Ukraine, at the Borispol airport, outside Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, Feb. 11, 2022 - Sputnik International, 1920, 26.06.2022
Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
'Stealthy Logistics & Training': US Special Ops Cell Reportedly Coordinates Weapons Flow to Ukraine
10:09 GMT 26.06.2022
Turkey Working to Remove Hurdles Ahead of Russian-Ukrainian Grain Talks
Turkey is working to address concerns ahead of the Russian-Ukrainian talks on grain exports that it hopes to host before it is "too late," Vice President Fuat Oktay said on Sunday.

Sea exports of grain and fertilizers from Ukrainian ports in the Black Sea have been stalled since the start of hostilities, with Kiev and Moscow blaming the hunger-threatening halt on one another. Turkey suggested holding talks in Istanbul.

"There are details that we need to work through. Russia and Ukraine have concerns and we are looking into them. We say we should figure it all out in Istanbul," Oktay told CNN Turk.

Turkey has proposed creating a security zone in neutral waters outside Ukraine's Black Sea ports to speed up grain export to the global market.

"I hope it will not be too late. The entire world has been affected. We have no such problems because this year was bountiful but we do not want other countries in the region to have difficulties [buying food]," Oktay said.

The United Nations has repeatedly warned that a lack of access to Ukrainian grain and Russian crops and fertilizers threatens to unleash an unprecedented food crisis.
09:54 GMT 26.06.2022
Russian Forces Repel Ukrainian Attack on Snake Island - MoD
The Ukrainian military has failed yet again to attack Snake island after Russia's anti-aircraft missile and cannon complex "Pantsir-S" shot down an enemy Su-25 aircraft and 12 rockets, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Sunday.
09:48 GMT 26.06.2022
Russian MoD Shares Video of the Uragan MLRS in Action During Op in Ukraine
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