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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.
FILE - Ukrainian servicemen prepare to fire at Russian positions from a U.S.-supplied M777 howitzer - Sputnik International

Updates: One Dead, Two Injured in Russia's Belgorod Region After Ukrainian Shelling

In February, Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine, after the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) appealed for help in defending themselves against Ukrainian attacks.
The Russian army and allied forces of the DPR and LPR continue their special military operation in Ukraine, while Kiev's troops persist in shelling the territory of the Donbass republics, targeting not only military and industrial facilities, but also residential areas and infrastructure.
The situation remains tense in the Zaporozhye region, where Europe's largest nuclear power plant has come under repeated shelling from Ukrainian troops.
On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin and United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres on Wednesday discussed the situation concerning the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant, including the International Atomic Energy Agency's mission to the facility.
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01:43 GMT 16.09.2022
One Dead, Two Injured in Russia's Belgorod Region After Ukrainian Shelling - Governor
MOSCOW/BELGOROD (Sputnik) - Belgorod Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said on Friday that two civilians sustained injuries and one died after Ukrainian troops shelled the town of Valuyki in Russia's Belgorod region.
"The Ukrainian Armed Forces shelled Valuyki. Air defense systems are activated, but there is destruction on the ground. A substation was damaged. and the city's power supply was disrupted. Eight detached houses on Shkolnaya Streets and three cars were engulfed by fire. According to preliminary information, one civilian was killed. Medical assistance is being provided to two injured people at the site," Gladkov said on Telegram.
The governor added that social facilities are being connected to backup power sources.
The press office of the Belgorodenergo regional energy supplier told Sputnik on Friday that the power supply in Valuyki and the neighboring villages was disrupted after the shelling of the substation, adding that the company personnel at the substation was not injured.
The company added that engineers are rerouting power supply to backup sources, with socially critical facilities being connected to backup power grids first and foremost.
01:01 GMT 16.09.2022
European Commission President Says EU Should Supply Ukraine With Tanks
BERLIN (Sputnik) - European countries should take Kiev's requests to deliver tanks seriously, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Thursday.
"If they say that they [the Kiev authorities] they need tanks, then we have to take it seriously and supply these to them," von der Leyen told German tabloid Bild.
She added that it is necessary to provide Ukraine with "any" weapons it needs, as well as to support Kiev with 5 billion euros ($5 billion) in funds.
On February 24, Russia began the military operation in Ukraine, responding to calls for help from the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Luhansk. The United States and its allies responded by imposing comprehensive sanctions against Russia while also ramping up their military support for Ukraine.
In April, Russia sent a note to NATO member states condemning their military assistance to Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned that any arms shipments on the Ukrainian territory would be "legitimate targets" for Russian forces.
01:00 GMT 16.09.2022
Trudeau, Zelensky Discuss Sending More Military Aid to Ukraine Before Winter - PMO
WASHINGTON 16 (Sputnik) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky discussed sending more military assistance to Kiev before the winter, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said in a press release.
"The Prime Minister... reiterated Canada’s strong ongoing support for Ukraine, including military assistance. The leaders also discussed the need for increased support as the winter approaches," the release said on Thursday.
Canada has provided Ukraine $473 million in military assistance since February 2022.
Earlier on Thursday, the Biden administration authorized another $600 million in military assistance to Ukraine, which brings the US total to $15.8 billion since President Joe Biden took office. The new package includes ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), precision-guided artillery rounds, and anti-drone systems, among other equipment.
01:00 GMT 16.09.2022
Pentagon Says New Ukraine Aid Package Includes Ammo for HIMARS, Precision-Guided Artillery
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US Defense Department said the new $600 million aid package to Ukraine includes ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), precision-guided artillery rounds, and anti-drone systems, among other equipment.
"Capabilities in this package include: Additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS).... 36,000 105mm artillery rounds," the Pentagon said in a press release on Thursday. "1,000 precision-guided 155mm artillery rounds... Counter-Unmanned Aerial Systems."
The list also includes four counter-artillery radars, Claymore anti-personnel munitions, night vision devices, cold weather gear, among other equipment.
23:24 GMT 15.09.2022
Biden Authorizes Another $600Mln in Military Aid for Ukraine - Statement
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The Biden administration has authorized another $600 million in military assistance for Ukraine, President Joe Biden said in a memorandum.
"I hereby delegate to the Secretary of State the authority...to direct the drawdown of up to $600 million in defense articles and services of the Department of Defense, and military education and training, to provide assistance to Ukraine and to make the determinations required under such section to direct such a drawdown," Biden said on Thursday evening.
22:53 GMT 15.09.2022
US Awards $14.6Mln Contract to Procure Patrol Boat Weapons for Ukraine - Pentagon
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States is awarding a $14.6 million contract to Safe Boats International for the procurement of four Gun Weapon Systems for Mark VI patrol boats pledged to Ukraine, the Pentagon said in a contract update.
The Pentagon in June announced a drawdown of equipment for Ukraine that included 18 coastal and riverine patrol boats such as the Mark VI.
"Safe Boats International LLC, Bremerton, Washington, is awarded a $14,562,238 firm-fixed-price modification… for the procurement and installation of four Gun Weapon Systems onto Mark VI boats with spares and training," the Pentagon said on Thursday. "Foreign Military Sales (Ukraine) funds... will be obligated."
The modification to the contract, which also includes construction, outfitting and training for Mark VI boats, brings its cumulative value up to $92,320,737, the Pentagon added.
The work will be performed in Tacoma, Washington and is expected to be completed by January 2025, according to the Pentagon.
21:10 GMT 15.09.2022
Pope Francis Says Arms Supplies to Ukraine May Be Morally Acceptable
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Pope Francis said on Thursday that weapon supplies to Ukraine could be morally acceptable if it concerns defending one's own country, which is legitimate and manifests one's love for their homeland.
"It is a political decision that could be acceptable from the moral standpoint, if it is done on terms of morality, which [terms] are numerous. It could be immoral, if there is an intention to provoke war escalation or sell weapons or send the ones that you no longer need," Pope Francis told journalists after his three-day apostolic visit in Kazakhstan.
Francis also said that it was legal to defend yourself, as those who defended their homeland demonstrated their love for it. He added that in this sense it was "worth reflecting on the concept of a just war."
The Pope criticized arms industry, noting that resources spent on its production could be spent on education or eradication of poverty. He stated that any war in and of itself was a mistake, however, one had a right to self-defense.
The issue of arms supplies to warring parties has become more widely discussed after NATO has been increasing its military support for Kiev in response to Russia's military operation in Ukraine, launched in February.
19:32 GMT 15.09.2022
US Doesn't Think Prisoner Exchange Talks With Russia Stalled - State Dept.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States does not think prisoner exchange talks with Russia are stalled, but the process is not moving at the speed it would like, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said on Thursday.
"I wouldn't characterize this process as stalled, it certainly hasn't moved with the speed we would like," Price said during a press briefing when asked about US talks with Russia to release Americans Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan.
17:29 GMT 15.09.2022
Ukraine Attacks City of Novaya Kakhovka With US-Supplied HIMARS - Authorities
Ukrainian troops on Thursday attacked the Russian-controlled city of Novaya Kakhovka in the Kherson region using US-supplied HIMARS multiple rocket launchers, as a result of which a school, a stadium and a park were damaged, Ruslan Agayev, a representative of the Novaya Kakhovka administration, said.

"At 16:40 [13:40 GMT], the Ukrainian armed formations attacked Novaya Kakhovka with HIMARS. As a result of the strike, the secondary school No. 6 of Novaya Kakhovka, a stadium and a park used for walking with children were damaged," Agayev told reporters.

Vladimir Leontyev, the head of the Kakhovka district administration, also confirmed to Sputnik that a missile had landed in the park near the school, adding that the authorities had fragments and empennage remains proving that it had been nothing more than US-supplied HIMARS.

By a happy coincidence, no one was killed or injured, though windows in the school were broken and the building was damaged, Leontyev said.

"The residential areas continue to be shelled. This is another war crime of the Kiev regime," the official added.
17:07 GMT 15.09.2022
Soldiers during the Rapid Trident-2021 joint exercises of Ukraine and NATO countries at the Yavorovsky training ground in the Lvov Region. - Sputnik International, 1920, 15.09.2022
Kiev Utilizing Strategy ‘Wargamed’ by Pentagon in Southern Ukraine, Security Analyst Tells Sputnik
16:48 GMT 15.09.2022
US Imposes Export Controls on Russian Products Useful for Chemical, Biological Weapons Production, Advanced Manufacturing, US Commerce Dep't Says
The United States has imposed export controls on Russian products which it says are potentially useful for chemical and biological weapons production and advanced manufacturing, the Commerce Department said on Thursday.

"The Department of Commerce is expanding the existing sanctions against Russia and Belarus by imposing new export controls, including expanding the scope of the Russian industry sector sanctions to add lower-level items potentially useful for Russia’s chemical and biological weapons production capabilities and items needed for advanced production and development capabilities to enable advanced manufacturing across a number of industries," the statement said
16:42 GMT 15.09.2022
NATO Working With Defense Industry to Replenish Arms Stocks Sent to Ukraine - Stoltenberg
NATO is working closely with defense industry so as to replenish arms stocks, which have been reduced due to the bloc's weapons supplies to Ukraine, while still trying to further provide military support to Kiev, NATO Secretary General said on Thursday.

"NATO is working closely with defense industry in order to replenish stocks for the military equipment the allies have sent to Ukraine," Stoltenberg said on the sidelines of a forum organized by US magazine Foreign Policy, adding that NATO countries were also asking defense companies to rump up their production.

At the same time, the secretary general stated that there was still urgent need for further support to Ukraine and it was important to ensure that the bloc had enough weapons and other equipment to fill its own stocks and provide military assistance to Kiev.

Last week, German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht announced that Germany, one of the NATO countries actively supplying weapons to Ukraine, had reached its limit in terms of the arms exports to Kiev.

Since February 24, NATO has been increasing its military support for Kiev in response to Russia's military operation in Ukraine launched after calls for help from the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Lugansk.

In April, Russia sent a note to NATO member states condemning their military assistance to Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned that any arms shipments on the Ukrainian territory would be "legitimate targets" for Russian forces.
15:50 GMT 15.09.2022
US Sanctions Target Russian ‘MIR’ System CEO Komlev, Securities Chief Zhidkov
New sanctions announced by the United States on Russia target officials including "MIR" payment system CEO Vladimir Komlev and head of the central securities depository Viktor Zhidkov, the Treasury Department said on Thursday.

The US is sanctioning Komlev, who runs the MIR global payment system that could be used to circumvent international sanctions on Russia, the Treasury Department said in a statement. Komlev is CEO of NSPK, a central bank-owned entity that operates the MIR network.

The sanctions also target Zhidkov, who serves as chairman of the National Settlement Depository, Russia’s central securities depository, according to the Treasury Department.

The US will also target supporters of Russian sanctions evasion, including efforts to use or expand the MIR payment system outside Russia, the Treasury Department added.
15:36 GMT 15.09.2022
Resolution Adopted by IAEA Board of Governors Does Not Say a Word About Systematic Shelling of ZNPP, Russian Permanent Mission Says
Russia, China voted against the IAEA resolution on the situation at Ukraine's Zaporozhye NPP.
Earlier on Thursday, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) board passed a resolution calling on Russia to withdraw its forces from the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, Reuters reported, citing diplomats.

According to Reuters, the text calls on Russia to "cease all actions against, and at, the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant and any other nuclear facility in Ukraine."
15:30 GMT 15.09.2022
US Prohibits Sale or Export of Quantum Computing Services to Any Person Located in Russia - Treasury
15:26 GMT 15.09.2022
US Imposes Russia-Related Sanctions on More Than 30 Companies
The United States imposed new sanctions targeting more than 30 Russian entities, the US Treasury Department announced on Thursday.

The Treasury Department sanctioned the Federal Research Center Institute of Applied Physics, Federal Institute of Spectroscopy and the Lebedev Physical Institute - all three belonging to the Russian Academy of Sciences - among other entities.
15:21 GMT 15.09.2022
US Imposes Sanctions on Head of Chechen Republic Kadyrov and His Family
14:48 GMT 15.09.2022
Estonia Preparing for Deployment of NATO Division on Its Territory
Estonian President Alar Karis said on Thursday that the country is preparing for the deployment of a NATO division with necessary funds already allocated for the preparation of military infrastructure.

Karis held a meeting with Admiral Rob Bauer, Chair of the NATO Military Committee, to discuss Estonia’s preparations for the deployment of a NATO division, expansion of the alliance and situation in Ukraine, the president’s office said.

"The government has allocated additional funding for the rapid development of new military capabilities. Our aim is to establish the framework for a division that enables allied forces to seamlessly work with and serve alongside the Estonian Defence Forces," Karis said.

It is important to Estonia that NATO units are ready to defend the country from the very first moment of any military conflict, according to the president.

"Among other things, that means specific units must be in place for just such an event," Karis said.

NATO has been boosting its presence in eastern Europe following the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine. Moscow views this military build-up as a threat saying this may result in a further escalation.
14:36 GMT 15.09.2022
Ukraine Could Receive About $1.4Bln in Emergency Aid Almost Immediately if IMF Board Approves New 'Food Shock Window', IMF Spokesman Says
14:04 GMT 15.09.2022
US Army Awards Raytheon, Lockheed $311Mln Contract for 1,800 Javelins to Replenish Stocks Sent to Ukraine - Pentagon
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