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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 military operation in Ukraine in February after the people's republics of Donetsk and Lugansk (DPR and LPR) appealed for help to defend themselves against Ukrainian forces.
As the Russian special military operation continues, the United States and its allies have been supplying Kiev with weapons. On Thursday, the Biden administration authorized another $600Mln in military assistance for Ukraine.
The US Defense Department said that, among other equipment, the new aid package to Ukraine includes ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), precision-guided artillery rounds, and anti-drone systems.
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02:38 GMT 17.09.2022
US HARM Missiles Demonstrate Zero Effectiveness in Ukraine - Source
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - US AGM-88 HARM (High-speed Anti-Radiation Missile) anti-radar missiles showed zero effectiveness in Ukraine, as most of them were shot down in the air, a source told Sputnik on Saturday.
In mid-August, Washington supplied AGM-88 HARM missiles to Ukraine. According to open sources, the missiles are used by the Ukrainian MiG-29 and Su-27 aircraft.
"These missiles showed actually zero effectiveness in the framework of the hostilities in Ukraine - most of them were shot down by Russian anti-aircraft missile systems, another part was suppressed or set aside by means of electronic protection of air defense systems," the source said, adding that some of these missiles also failed or missed the target.
The source noted that the low efficiency of HARM missiles is due to their mediocre maximum speed, which is a little over 600 meters per second (1342 miles per hour), and high visibility.
According to the source, Ukrainian aviation uses these missiles from a long range to avoid destroying the aircraft, which allows the Russian military to detect missiles long before they approach the area where Russian air defense systems are located.
At the same time, the source added that HARM missiles create certain difficulties in time-coordinated combined strikes because air defense systems are automatically redirected to them as a priority threat.
"However, Ukrainian troops have not yet been able to hit a single radar of the Russian air defense system, as well as illumination and engagement radars in the area of ​​the special military operation with HARM missiles," the source said.
The HARM missile was adopted by the US air force in 1983. The maximum speed of the missile is declared at 2,280 kilometers per hour or 630 meters per second, while the launch the range is up to 100 kilometers when used from high altitudes. For comparison, the maximum speed of the Russian AS-17 Krypton and AS-11 Kilter anti-radar missiles exceeds 1,000 and 1,100 meters per second respectively, and the launch range is over 200 kilometers.
02:02 GMT 17.09.2022
Biden Meets Families of Griner, Whelan Detained in Russia - White House
President Joe Biden finishes speaking at the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, Va., Friday, July 8, 2022, where he thanked the workforce and commemorated the agency's achievements over the 75 years since its founding. - Sputnik International, 1920, 17.09.2022
Biden Meets Families of Griner, Whelan Detained in Russia - White House
01:33 GMT 17.09.2022
Biden Says Russia Should Not Mull Using Chemical, Nuclear Weapons in Ukraine
UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) - US President Joe Biden during an interview with 60 Minutes said there will be consequences if Russia decides to use chemical or tactical nuclear weapons against Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin recently said that there could be no winners in a nuclear war and it should never be unleashed, noting that the Russia Federation consistently follows the letter and spirit of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).
"Don't. Don't. Don't. It would change the face of war unlike anything since World War II," Biden said when asked what his response would be if Russia is considering using chemical or tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine.
Biden said the United States' response would depend on the extent of what Russia does, but it would be consequential.
However, Biden declined to disclose details about what the United States' contingency plans are if Russia uses chemical or nuclear weapons in Ukraine.
01:04 GMT 17.09.2022
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Says Kiev Did Not Use US Weapons for Attacks on Crimea
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Ukraine did not use US weapons to attack Crimea, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Friday, adding that Kiev and Washington are discussing the supply of long-range missiles.
At the end of August, the authorities of Crimea reported on the work of air defense in a number of cities.
"No," Kuleba said in an interview with US broadcaster PBS when asked if US weapons were used to shell Crimea.
Kuleba added that Ukraine is discussing with the United States the supply of long-range missiles, despite Washington's statements that the US is not going to supply these missiles to Kiev. According to him, Ukraine needs this type of weapon.
"And our generals have excellent line of communication with American generals. They are discussing this issue," Kuleba said, adding that he does not exclude the option that "the United States will make a positive decision on this specific type of weapon."
On Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that possible US deliveries of long-range missiles to Ukraine would make Washington a direct party to the conflict, in which case Moscow reserves the right to defend its territory by all available means.
23:50 GMT 16.09.2022
Mexican President Says West Aggravating Conflict in Ukraine
MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) - Western countries that seek ways to satisfy their interests in the conflict in Ukraine are exacerbating it and causing additional suffering around the world, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Friday.
"Interest groups in government or economic positions do their best to bring politics into armed conflict. And once they have made this mistake, instead of correcting it, they prefer to make it worse, not caring about the suffering they cause to humanity or about the damage they cause to the stability of nations and the well-being of societies. This is how the war between Russia and Ukraine was born. The subsequent sanctions and the massive supply of weapons to the attacked country contributed to the ongoing confrontation," Lopez Obrador said during a parade on the occasion of Mexico's independence day.
According to Lopez Obrador, the United Nations and the leading powers have neglected their duty to promote peaceful dialogue.
"Even more reprehensible is the behavior of great powers that openly or tacitly position themselves in conflict only to serve their hegemonic interests," Lopez Obrador noted, adding that the Ukrainian conflict, like many others in the world, can be inspired by the interests of the military industry.
Lopez Obrador said that in the coming days, at a meeting of the UN General Assembly, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard will present a proposal to urgently find a solution to stop hostilities in Ukraine and establish a general truce for at least 5 years.
22:59 GMT 16.09.2022
Ukraine Continues to Push for Patriot Air-Defense Missiles, F-16s Behind Scenes - Reports
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Ukraine continues to push the United States to provide it with Patriot air defense systems and F-16 fighter jets behind the scenes despite ending public calls for the weapons, Politico reported, citing sources familiar with discussions.
Washington and Kiev are in talks about what weapons the United States could provide to help Ukrainian forces amid Russia’s special military operation, including Patriot systems, F-18 jets and Gray Eagle drones, the report said on Friday, citing Ukrainian government, Pentagon officials and defense industry executives.
Advisors to Ukrainian's Volodymyr Zelensky have led the campaign to tone down Kiev’s calls for the air defense system and fighter jets. The Biden administration encouraged Ukraine to focus more on its immediate needs for their ongoing counteroffensive, the report said.
The relative scarcity of the Patriot surface-to-air missile systems make it challenging to provide them to Ukraine, according to the report. The Pentagon is also concerned about the challenge the F-16’s complex maintenance needs could pose to Ukraine, the report said.
However, US officials continue to discuss whether to deliver Patriots to Ukraine in the longer term, the report said.
Complex systems such as the F-16 jets are likely to be delivered once the conflict is over, the report added, citing a congressional staffer with knowledge of talks.
The Biden administration has given approximately $15.8 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since taking office, including High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), ammunition, armored vehicles, drones and other military equipment.
20:38 GMT 16.09.2022
Spanish Police Warn of Increased Security Risks Due to Ukrainian Arms Smuggling - Reports
MADRID (Sputnik) - Spanish police believe that the conflict in Ukraine has and will further increase risks for ordinary Spaniards, primarily by fueling illicit arms trade in Europe, Spanish newspaper El Pais reported on Friday, citing the National Police Strategic Plan 2022-2025.
According to the newspaper, the first challenge the Spanish community is already facing is uncontrolled illicit arms traffic from Ukraine, which fuels criminal activities all over Europe and undermines security of Spanish citizens.
The media also said that Spain must be prepared for an increase in cyber-attacks by state and semi-state actors, adding that the problem of human trafficking from Ukraine stands out as the third key security threat to Spain.
Spain and other Western countries have ramped up their military support for Ukraine since the start of Russia's Military operation in the country on February 24.
Moscow has repeatedly denounced the continuous flow of weapons to Ukraine from its Western allies, saying that it adds fuel to the fire. In April, Russia sent a note to NATO member states, condemning their military assistance to Ukraine. In July, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that foreign weapons supplied by the West to Ukraine ended up in illegal markets, not only in Europe but also in the war-torn Middle East.
According to Software security firm Kaspersky, since the start of Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, the number of DDoS attacks against national resources and international organizations worldwide have increased 5 times in the first quarter this year compared to the second quarter of 2021.
19:37 GMT 16.09.2022
US Not Ruling Out Modifying Existing Sanctions on Russia to Increase Impact – White House
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The United States does not rule out imposing new sanctions against Russia or modifying existing ones to make them more effective amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, White House Strategic Communications Coordinator John Kirby said on Friday.
"We are constantly revisiting the sanctions regime to make sure that it is having the desired effect on [Russian President] Mr. [Vladimir] Putin and his economy and we have never taken off the table additional sanctions and we haven't taken off the possibility of changing the sanctions regime to, again, impact him in a much more costly way," Kirby told CNN in an interview.
Commenting on those US officials who are reportedly frustrated that sanctions have had a less severe impact on the Russian economy than expected, Kirby noted that the Biden administration has said from the beginning that some sanctions could take time to have any effect.
17:18 GMT 16.09.2022
Pentagon: Two NASAMS Expected to Be Delivered to Ukraine in 2 Months or So
The United States expects to send two National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS) to Ukraine in the next “two months or so” amid Russia’s special military operation in the country, Defense Department Press Secretary Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder said on Friday.

“Two NASAMS are expected to be delivered [to Ukraine] within the next two months or so. These defensive systems will further contribute to protecting Ukrainians from enemy air threats to include aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, and missiles,” Ryder said during a press briefing.
16:05 GMT 16.09.2022
Putin: Attempts of Terrorist Attacks Near Russian Nuclear Facilities Prevented
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday there were attempts to carry out terrorist attacks in Russia, including on the territory of Russian nuclear facilities, but assured that the situation was under control.

"As for terrorist attacks, yes, this is such a serious thing, it is essentially the use of terrorist methods. We see this in the killings of officials in the liberated territories. We see this even in attempts to carry out terrorist attacks on the territory of the Russian Federation. Including even attempts carrying out terrorist attacks, if not at the facilities themselves, then around our nuclear facilities, nuclear power plants, on the territory of the Russian Federation, not to mention the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant," Putin told reporters.

Putin stressed that Russia was doing everything to prevent negative developments.

"The answer will follow if they do not eventually understand that such methods are unacceptable. They are essentially no different from the methods of terrorism," the president added.
15:57 GMT 16.09.2022
US Discussions at UNGA Will Not Focus on Ukraine But Will Not Ignore It Either - Envoy
The US delegation' discussions at the 77th UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York next week will not be focused on Ukraine, but will not ignore it either, US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield said on Friday.

"We are gonna be focused on climate change, health, building and supporting the commitment on the UN Charter," Thomas-Greenfield said.

The discussions will not be focused solely on Ukraine, but "we won't ignore Ukraine," she added.

The 77th UN General Assembly, which is running from September 13-27, marks the first in-person gathering of that body since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
15:48 GMT 16.09.2022
Putin Calls Europe's Decision to Limit Exports of Russian Grain to Developing Countries 'Disgusting'
15:40 GMT 16.09.2022
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the meeting in expanded format of the 22nd Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Heads of State Council (SCO-HSC) Summit, in Samarkand, Uzbekistan - Sputnik International, 1920, 16.09.2022
SCO Summit in Samarkand
Russian President Putin Holds Press Conference After SCO Summit in Samarkand
15:39 GMT 16.09.2022
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaking to journalists at the conclusion of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Friday, September 16, 2022. - Sputnik International, 1920, 16.09.2022
SCO Summit in Samarkand
West Has Cultivated Idea of Russia’s Collapse for Decades But Won’t Live to See It Transpire: Putin
14:54 GMT 16.09.2022
Death Toll From Ukrainian Strike at Kherson Administrative Building Rises to 3
The death toll from a Ukrainian strike at a building housing Kherson’s regional administration in the country’s south on Friday rose to three, authorities said.

"Three people died, including two bypassers," an emergency service spokesperson told Sputnik.

The regional social affairs minister said earlier that her driver had been killed in the strike.

The regional health authority said three people had been hospitalized in grave condition, while 10 others were being treated for moderate injuries.

A Sputnik correspondent in the city of Kherson, the province's administrative center, said parts of US-supplied HIMARS missiles had been recovered from the site after Ukrainian troops fired five projectiles at the building.
14:52 GMT 16.09.2022
Russia Adds 41 Citizens of Australia in Travel Ban List
Russia has added 41 citizens of Australia in its travel ban list over Canberra’s sanctions policy against Moscow, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

"In response to politically motivated sanctions against Russian individuals and legal entities by the Australian government, introduced as part of the Russophobic campaign of the ‘collective West’, entry into our country is closed indefinitely for an additional 41 Australians from among the military-industrial complex contractors, journalists and municipal deputies who form the anti-Russian agenda in this country," the ministry said in a statement.
13:30 GMT 16.09.2022
EU Needs to Set Up Training Mission for Ukrainian Forces - Ministers
The European Union needs to set up a training mission for Ukrainian forces and help with maintenance of military equipment, foreign ministers of France, Germany and Poland said on Friday in a joint statement.

"We recognize that helping sustain Ukrainian forces in the long run entails going beyond the provision of equipment, notably by setting up a dedicated European training and assistance mission in the EU for Ukrainian forces that would also ensure maintenance and repair of military equipment," the statement read.
12:53 GMT 16.09.2022
LPR Says Detects Arrival of NATO Personnel in Kiev-Controlled Part of Kharkov Region
Intelligence service of the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) detected the arrival of the NATO officers in the Kiev-controlled part of the Kharkov region, an officer with the LPR People's Militia told Sputnik on Friday.

"Our intelligence agencies have detected the arrival of NATO personnel officers in the Kharkov region. The purpose of their trip to this area is to organize cooperation between foreign and Ukrainian units," Lt. Col. Andrei Marochko said.
12:24 GMT 16.09.2022
At Least One Person Killed, Several Injured as Kiev's Forces Shell Center of Kherson
At least one person was killed and several others injured as a result of Ukrainian shelling of the center of Kherson on Friday, a Sputnik correspondent reported from the scene.

Ukrainian forces struck at the center of Kherson. At least five missiles hit the area near the administration building. The regional administration said only civilian staff and no military personnel were inside. The blasts also damaged nearby residential blocs.

"There were no casualties among government members. The majority of victims of the missile strike were civilians who were passing by," the administration of Kherson region said further.

Kherson Deputy Governor Kirill Stremousov said missiles had been fired by US-supplied HIMARS systems. He told Rossiya 1 television channel that some of the missiles had been shot down.

Alla Barkhatnova, the regional minister for social policy, told reporters that her driver, Ivan Kravchenko, had been killed in the strike. She said she was shielded from missile fragments by a ministerial worker who was injured.

The regional administration called the attack an act of terrorism. Ukrainian political and military leaders will be held responsible for the aggression, it said in a statement.
12:04 GMT 16.09.2022
Ukrainian Forces Shell Energodar, Several Houses Caught Fire - Mayor
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