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Moscow launched its special operation in Ukraine on February 24, in response to intensifying attacks against Donbass perpetuated by Kiev's troops. President Vladimir Putin stated that Russia aimed to stop the eight-year-long war, waged by Kiev against Donestk and Lugansk, calling Ukraine's actions a genocide.
Russian forces and the Donbass militias are advancing amid the special operation, driving the Ukrainian military out of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics. The clashes continue in the city of Lisichansk in the LPR.
At the same time, Ukrainian forces continue shelling Donbass cities, including Donetsk, which results in civilian casualties.
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02:34 GMT 03.07.2022
A screenshot from a social media video showing a house on fire allegedly in Belgorod, Russia, on July 3, 2022. - Sputnik International, 1920, 03.07.2022
Governor: Three Dead, Four Injured in Russia's Belgorod After House Fire & Popping Sounds Heard
22:13 GMT 02.07.2022
Russia Evacuates 29,000 Civilians From Donbass, Ukraine Combat Zones
More than 29,000 civilians were evacuated in the past day from war zones in Donbass and southern Ukraine, senior Russian military official Mikhail Mizintsev said on Saturday.

"Despite all the trouble we have had from official Kiev, we evacuated 29,252 people, including 3,922 children, from dangerous areas in Ukraine and Donbass republics in the past 24 hours without Ukrainian assistance," he told a news briefing.

A total 2.3 million civilians have been brought to safety in western Russia since the start of the military operation in Ukraine in February, more than 356,884 of them minors. Russian troops have cleared 9,000 acres of land from landmines, defusing 44,758 explosive devices.

Russia has supplied Ukrainians with 38,985 tonnes of humanitarian aid since early March, including essentials, food, medicines and medical goods. More than 42,000 tonnes are waiting to be sent westward from Russia, Mizintsev added. Nearly 422 tonnes of aid was delivered to Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics and the Zaporizhzhia region over Saturday.
18:47 GMT 02.07.2022
Allied Forces Hope to Free Belogorovka on Saturday
LYSYCHANSK (Sputnik) - A spokesperson for a regiment of the allied armed forces fighting Ukrainian troops for control of the town of Belogorovka in the Lugansk People’s Republic told Sputnik on Saturday that the operation would likely be over by the end of the day.
"Fighting is on in Belogorovka. Our allied units are carrying out tasks toward the goal of liberating Belogorovka. I think this question will be settled by the end of the day," the spokesperson for the 6th Platov Cossack Regiment said.
The town is on the western outskirts of Lisichansk, where Russian and Lugansk People’s Republic’s forces raised a victory flag over the city hall earlier in the day. A Sputnik correspondent said that Ukrainian troops blew up many administrative buildings before retreating.
17:11 GMT 02.07.2022
Biden Sends Letters to Congress on Sweden and Finland's Accession to NATO
16:11 GMT 02.07.2022
Lisichansk Under Control of Allied Forces, Sputnik Correspondent Reports
15:31 GMT 02.07.2022
Lugansk Authorities Accuse OSCE of Pro-Regime Propaganda
LUGANSK (Sputnik) - The foreign minister of the Lugansk People’s Republic said on Saturday that the Organization for Security and Co-operation (OSCE) mission in Ukraine ran a propaganda campaign in the region over the past eight years of conflict.
The OSCE sent a special monitoring mission to Ukraine in March 2014 after a new government was intalled in power in Kiev following a coup. The new government soon launched a military operation to quash an uprising in the east.
LPR Foreign Minister Vladislav Deinego said on social media that the mission had "successfully imitated efforts to end the conflict in Donbass only to actively distribute propaganda in support of the criminal neo-Nazi Ukrainian regime."
The special mission’s only purpose, he said further, was to present a "distorted account of events and mislead the international community."
Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau, who holds the rotating chairmanship of OSCE, announced this week that the organization would close the office of the Project Coordinator in Ukraine on Friday. The project was established in 1999 to enhance the country’s security and develop its legislation and institutions.
15:29 GMT 02.07.2022
UK Condemns DPR’s New Charges Against British Citizens Fighting in Ukraine
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The UK Foreign Office has denounced new charges pressed by the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) against two other British citizens who have been accused of mercenarism while participating in combat operations in Ukraine.
"We condemn the exploitation of prisoners of war and civilians for political purposes and have raised this with Russia… We are in constant contact with the government of Ukraine on their cases and are fully supportive of Ukraine in its efforts to get them released," the statement by the UK Foreign Office was quoted as saying by Sky News.
On Friday, the DPR prosecution initiated criminal proceedings and brought charges of mercenarism against British nationals Dylan Healy and Andrew Hill. The defendants refused to testify and cooperate with the investigation.
People close to the defendants claim that Hill and Healy are not mercenaries, but volunteers who went to Ukraine to fight on Kiev's side. UK non-profit Presidium Network, an organization assisting the families of the defendants, claims that the accusations are "politically motivated" and entirely fabricated by the DPR.
On Wednesday, Moroccan citizen Saadoun Brahim and UK citizens Shaun Pinner and Aiden Aslin pleaded guilty to attempting to seize power in Donetsk by force and were sentenced to death by the DPR Supreme Court. Aslin also pleaded guilty to receiving training to carry out terrorist activities. The investigation established that the foreign mercenaries had taken part in Ukraine's armed aggression for a fee with a view to stage a coup.
UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss condemned the sentencing of Aslin and Pinner as illegitimate and regarded them prisoners of war, to whom the norms of Geneva conventions must be applied.
12:22 GMT 02.07.2022
Lisichansk Completely Surrounded by Russian, LPR Forces , Chechnya Head Kadyrov Says

"The trap has closed, Lisichansk is completely surrounded by allied troops", Kadyrov wrote on Telegram, adding that all entrances and exits from the city have been blocked.

10:25 GMT 02.07.2022
Reporters Without Borders: Kiev Pressures Media to Show Ukrainian Troops as Victims, Not Attackers
Ukrainian soldier armed with US Javelin ride along Khreshchatyk Street, during a military parade to celebrate Independence Day in Kiev, Ukraine. File photo - Sputnik International, 1920, 02.07.2022
Reporters Without Borders: Kiev Pressures Media to Show Ukrainian Troops as Victims, Not Attackers
09:35 GMT 02.07.2022
Russian Forces Eliminate 39 Ukrainian Command Points, Multiple Troops and Equipment in 302 Districts, MoD Says
07:58 GMT 02.07.2022
WHO Says Its Office Continues to Work in Russia, Collaborate on Previously Agreed Topics

"The WHO Office in the Russian Federation operates on the basis of the agreement concluded between the Russian Federation and the WHO, the office continues to function and cooperate on all the topics that were jointly agreed upon. WHO adheres to the principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence", head of the WHO office in Russia Melita Vujnovic said in an interview.

06:14 GMT 02.07.2022
Two Civilians Killed and 20 More Injured by Ukrainian Shelling in DPR Over Past Day
05:08 GMT 02.07.2022
Western Leaders Concerned Public Grows Tired of Ukrainian Crisis, Report Suggests
According to politico, the coalition of western leaders is now concerned that the public interest shifts from the situation in Ukraine to the economic issues, including high fuel prices, spiking inflation, and ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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