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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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Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine on February 24 in response to calls by the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics for protection from Ukrainian troops.
As the Russian army and the allied forces of Donetsk and Lugansk continue to complete the liberation of the Donetsk People's Republic, Ukrainian forces continue to carry out attacks against civilians in the Donbass region.
Russia has taken Kherson region under full control and captured most of Zaporozhye region.
Earlier this month, the head of Zaporozhye Region signed a decree on holding a referendum to join Russia.
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03:39 GMT 19.08.2022
UK to Donate Some $43Mln in Humanitarian Aid for Ukraine, Syria, Africa - Foreign Office
The United Kingdom will spend 36 million pounds (some $43 million) on humanitarian aid for Ukraine, Syria and Eastern African nations, the Foreign Office said.

"£36 million in UK funding committed to provide emergency care to those enduring conflict in Ukraine and Syria and food shortages in East Africa," the Foreign Office said in a statement.

The announcement was made on Thursday which is the United Nation’s World Humanitarian Day.

"The UK continues to be a global leader supporting vulnerable people experiencing devastating conflict, extreme weather and lasting impacts of the pandemic," the statement added.
03:15 GMT 19.08.2022
Regional Authorities: Zaporozhye NPP's Security System Boosted Over Threats of New Attacks
01:04 GMT 19.08.2022
Ukraine Has Not Requested for Zelensky-Putin Meeting at G20 Summit -Indonesian Ambassador
Ukraine has not yet requested a meeting between Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the upcoming G20 Summit on Bali, Indonesian Ambassador to Russia Jose Tavares told Sputnik.

"Ukraine has not requested for that but Indonesia would be very glad to assist in holding such a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit," the ambassador said.
23:00 GMT 18.08.2022
Zaporozhye NPP Not Damaged During Night Shelling, Radiation Level Normal - Authorities
The Zaporozhye nuclear power plant (NPP) has not been damaged during the night shelling, Vladimir Rogov, a member of the Zaporozhye regional administration's main council, told Sputnik, adding that the radiation level is normal.

On late Thursday, the authorities of the Russian-controlled part of the Zaporozhye Region accused Ukraine of shelling the city of Enerhodar where the nuclear power plant is located.

"No shells hit the NPP territory ... The situation at the station is calm, the staff is working. The radiation level is normal," Rogov said.
22:27 GMT 18.08.2022
Biden Administration to Announce $800Mln More in Security Aid for Ukraine Soon - Reports
The Biden administration is set to announce approximately $800 million in additional security aid to Ukraine as early as this Friday, Reuters reported, citing three sources familiar with the matter.

The $800 million would be authorized using the Presidential Drawdown Authority, which allows for the transfer of excess military equipment from US stocks, the sources said on Thursday.

Earlier in August, Biden announced up to $1 billion in security aid to Ukraine for military equipment, including High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), surface-to-air missile systems and munitions.
20:27 GMT 18.08.2022
Ukrainian Troops Shell Energodar With Heavy Artillery - Zaporozhye Region Authorities
Ukrainian troops began shelling the city of Energodar, located near the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, from heavy artillery at 22:50 local time, Vladimir Rogov, a member of the Zaporozhye regional administration's main council, said.

"Zelensky’s militants opened massive fire from heavy artillery on the city of Energodar from 22.50," Rogov said on Telegram.

The city authorities confirmed the information about the shelling and asked the residents to move to a safe place. Information about the places of shell explosions, as well as casualties and damage to civilian infrastructure is being specified, the city administration said in a statement.
20:02 GMT 18.08.2022
Air Defense Systems Shot Down Drone Near Sevastopol - Governor
According to preliminary data, an unmanned aerial vehicle was shot down near the Belbek airport north-west of Sevastopol by means of air defense, Sevastopol Governor Mikhail Razvozhaev said on Thursday.

"Recently, according to preliminary data, an unmanned aerial vehicle was shot down near the Belbek airport by means of air defense. There is no damage," Razvozhaev said on Telegram, adding that there are no casualties either.
17:48 GMT 18.08.2022
Guterres Says Brazil's Military Officer to Lead Fact-Finding Mission to Elenovka
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Thursday that he will appoint Brazil's Carlos dos Santos Cruz to lead a fact-finding mission to investigate a strike on a detention facility in Elenovka (Olenivka) in the Russian-controlled Donetsk region.
Guterres made his remarks at a press conference with Volodymyr Zelensky and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Lvov.
"I decided to establish a Fact-Finding mission. The Terms of Reference of the mission were shared with Ukraine and the Russian Federation, as well as the make-up of the team. It is my intention to appoint General Carlos dos Santos Cruz of Brazil to lead this mission," Guterres said.
17:03 GMT 18.08.2022
UN Says No Plans at This Stage for Guterres to Visit Russia
There are no plans at the current moment for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to visit Russia, UN spokesman Farhan Haq said on Thursday.
Guterres is on a visit to Ukraine, with stops in Lvov and Odessa. On Saturday, Guterres will visit the Joint Coordination Center (JCC) in Istanbul. The JCC is in charge of overseeing the shipments of Ukrainian grain via the country's Black Sea ports.
"There is nothing in terms of travel to Russia at this stage," Haq told reporters.
16:26 GMT 18.08.2022
Erdogan Intends to Discuss With Putin Results of His Talks in Lvov
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he intends to discuss with Russian President Vladimir Putin the results of his talks in Lvov.
Erdogan arrived in Lvov on Thursday to meet with Volodymyr Zelensky and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. According to Turkish media, which cited diplomatic sources, during his visit to Lvov, Erdogan intended to offer Zelensky to arrange a meeting with Putin.
"We will evaluate the results of all our meetings today with Mr. Putin," Erdogan said at a press conference.
Erdogan said Zelensky and Guterres agreed with him that the situation in Ukraine should be settled at the negotiating table.
"I maintain my belief that the war will eventually end at the negotiating table. Mr. Zelensky and Mr. Guterres agree on this issue," he said.
16:20 GMT 18.08.2022
If Zaporozhye NPP Stops, Energy Crisis in Ukraine Inevitable - Region's Authorities
If the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant is stopped, an energy crisis will begin in Ukraine, it will take years to start the reactors again, Vladimir Rogov, a member of the regional administration's main council, said on Thursday.
"If we talk about the territories controlled by Zelensky, then an energy crisis will immediately begin for them, because the ZNPP produced from 25% to 32% of all electricity used by this territory. Now this share is even higher, until recently, the amount of electricity supplied from the nuclear power plant every day reached 70-72 million rubles daily," Rogov said on the air of the Rossiya 1 broadcaster.
"This electricity solved all the current problems, plus the territories controlled by Zelensky are today exporters of this energy, on which a lot of money is earned by the top leadership of this regime," he added.
As Rogov noted, today the nuclear power plant operates at only 17-20% of its total capacity, but so far it has not been mothballed.
"Shutting down the reactor is not a problem, it's 5-10 seconds. But then it will have to be cooled down for 2 years, and these are millions of cubic meters that will have to be driven away so that a dangerous process does not occur. In fact, then an energy crisis will begin in Ukraine," he emphasized.
16:02 GMT 18.08.2022
Guterres Says Sees Signs That Global Food Markets Beginning to Stabilize
This photograph taken on June 14, 2022, shows wheat grain ears on a field near Izmail, in the Odessa region - Sputnik International, 1920, 18.08.2022
Guterres Says Sees Signs That Global Food Markets Beginning to Stabilize
15:35 GMT 18.08.2022
Turkey to Help Ukraine to Restore Infrastructure, Sides Signed Memorandum, Kiev Says
Turkey plans to help Ukraine to restore its infrastructure, and the sides signed a relevant memorandum, the Ukrainian Infrastructure Ministry said on Thursday.
"Today in Lviv Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kurbanov and Turkish Trade Minister Mehmet Mus signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the restoration of infrastructure, which envisages participation of the Turkish side in the restoration of Ukraine," the ministry wrote on its Telegram channel.
14:18 GMT 18.08.2022
Zelensky Says Guterres Informed Him About Work to Send UN Mission to Elenovka
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Thursday that UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres informed him about preparations to send a UN mission to the town of Elenovka (Olenivka), where a detention facility hosting prisoners of war was attacked.
"Antonio Guterres informed about the work on sending a UN fact-finding mission to Olenivka," a statement on the Zelenskyy’s website read.
The Elenovka detention center hosting prisoners of war from the Azov regiment (designated as a terrorist organization in Russia) was shelled by Ukrainian troops in late July, the Russian Defense Ministry said. According to the DPR territorial defense, the death toll from the strike has reached 53, and the number of wounded has surpassed 130.
14:02 GMT 18.08.2022
Zelensky Says Agreed With Guterres Parameters of Possible IAEA Mission to Zaporozhye NPP
Volodymyr Zelensky said that during a meeting with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in Lviv, he had agreed on the parameters of a possible mission of the United Nations to the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant (ZNPP).
"The President and the UN Secretary General agreed on the parameters of a possible IAEA mission to the Zaporizhzhia (Zaporozhye) nuclear power plant. It must be carried out in a legal way through the territory free from the invaders," Zelenskyy's office said.
13:43 GMT 18.08.2022
Zelensky Says Discussed Situation Around Zaporozhye NPP, Grain Deal with Guterres
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that he discussed the situation around the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant (NPP) and the grain initiative implementation with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres during a meeting on Thursday.

"I had a meeting with UN Secretary-General António Guterres in Lvov. We agreed to continue the coordination of the grain initiative implementation …Particular attention was paid to the topic of Russia's nuclear blackmail at the Zaporozhye NPP … Therefore, the UN must ensure the security of this strategic object, its demilitarization and complete liberation from Russian troops," Zelensky wrote on his Telegram channel.
12:46 GMT 18.08.2022
Moscow Not Ruling Out Ban on Issuance of Visas to Russians on EU Level
Russia is not ruling out that the European Union may decide to suspend issuance of Schengen visas to Russians, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ivan Nechaev said on Thursday.

"We cannot rule out the full-scale adoption of such discriminatory decisions both at the EU level and by individual states, even in the absence of a pan-European consensus. I repeat once again - these steps will not remain without a due reaction from the Russian side. You will hear about them soon," Nechaev told a briefing.
12:18 GMT 18.08.2022
Ukraine Receives $350Mln in Concessional Loan From Canada - Finance Ministry
The Ukrainian Finance Ministry received on Thursday a loan worth 450 million Canadian dollars ($349 million) from Ottawa for the purchase of fuel as part of financial aid provided by West to Kiev.

"The state budget of Ukraine received CAD [Canadian dollars] 450 million (equivalent – USD [US dollars] 350 million) concessional loan from Canada. The funds were provided through the mechanism of the Administrated Account of the IMF," the ministry said in a statement, adding that "the total amount of the loan from Canada is CAD 1.45 billion".

On Wednesday, Ottawa said it would allocate 450 million Canadian dollars in a loan to Ukraine as the country needed funding to purchase heating fuel before winter.
11:44 GMT 18.08.2022
More Than 622,000 Metric Tons of Grain Shipped From Ukrainian Ports in August - Turkish Defense Ministry
10:57 GMT 18.08.2022
EU to Discuss Visas Issuance to Russians During Informal Meeting in Prague - Brussels
The European Union countries continue holding consultations on issue of visas to Russians and are about to discuss this topic at the informal meeting in Prague on August 30-31, European Commission Spokeswoman for Home Affairs, Migration and Internal Security Anitta Hipper said on Thursday.

The commission is promoting a coordinated response at EU level with discussions taking place with member states to update on the latest developments and also to ensure a coordinated approach, Hipper said during the midday briefing.

"I would also like to remind that on the 30th and 31th of August we have the informal meeting of Foreign Affairs ministers, which will take place in Prague, and the discussions there will also cover the issuance of visas for Russians traveling to EU," Hipper added.
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