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Russian Precision Strikes on Ukraine
On 10 October, Russia conducted precision strikes against Ukrainian infrastructure, which was later confirmed by the country's President Vladimir Putin. The strikes came in the wake of a terrorist attack against the Russian Crimean Bridge by the Ukrainian special services.
U.S. Secretary for Defense Lloyd J. Austin III speaks during a media conference after a meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels - Sputnik International

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So far, Ukraine has reported airstrikes and explosions in Kiev and the Kiev Region, in Kharkov, Odessa, Lvov and its vicinity, Ivano-Frankovsk, Ternopol, Khmelnitsky, Konotop and the Poltava region among other territories.
Since 10 October, Russia has been conducting precision strikes on infrastructure facilities across Ukraine as Moscow goes ahead with its military operation to "denazify and demilitarize" the country.
The strikes followed a terrorist attack by the Ukrainian special services against the Crimean Bridge that took place last week.
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02:42 GMT 14.10.2022
Russia Ready for Dialogue on Cybersecurity With US, But Will Not Ask for It - Moscow
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Moscow is ready for a dialogue on cybersecurity with Washington but without concession on the part of Russia, Andrei Krutskikh, the special representative of Russian President Vladimir Putin for international cooperation in the field of information security, has told Sputnik.
"We are open to dialogue, and we are always ready for it, but we will not be asking and begging for it, especially under the condition of some concessions on our part... It should be an honest, serious, practical dialogue, dictated by a mutual concern to preserve the planet," Krutskikh said.
Krutskikh said that there are no signals from Washington on cybersecurity dialogue yet.
In May, Russian Security Council Deputy Secretary Oleg Khramov said that the US unilaterally ceased interaction with Russia and refused to further discuss cybersecurity issues as Washington was not ready to work together to create a global cybersecurity system.
00:21 GMT 14.10.2022
SpaceX Tells Pentagon Can No Longer Donate Costly Starlink Services to Ukraine - Reports
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - SpaceX notified the US Defense Department in September that it can no longer donate its Starlink services to Ukraine and requested that the US government fund it instead, CNN reported.
SpaceX is not in a position to further donate terminals to Ukraine or fund the existing terminals for an indefinite period of time, a company official said in a letter to the Defense Department as quoted by the report on Thursday.
The report said that SpaceX will end up spending more than $120 million donating its Starlink services to Ukraine this year and expects it could cost about $400 million to continue providing those services next year.
The Pentagon did not immediately respond to Sputnik's request for comment on this matter.
The report noted that Ukraine's commanding general, Gen. Valeril Zaluzhniy, requested 8,000 more Starlink terminals in July, especially since about 500 Starlink terminals were destroyed in the battlefield each month. However, a consultant for SpaceX advised him that request could not be met because of the financial burden to the company.
Moreover, the report, citing sources, said wide-ranging outages of Starlink's services on the frontlines of the conflict in Ukraine are affecting the Ukrainian armed forces' ability to make further advances.
Sources told CNN that Starlink is the main way Ukraine's armed forces communicate on the battlefield, and the Ukrainian government and its military efforts are entirely dependent on it.
SpaceX founder Elon Musk said previously via Twitter, in response to these outages, that what is happening on the battlefield is classified.
20:52 GMT 13.10.2022
Portugal to Send Ukraine 6 Russian-Made Firefighting Helicopters - Defense Minister
MADRID (Sputnik) - Portugal will send six firefighting helicopters developed by the Russian Kamov design bureau to Ukraine, the country's Defense Minister Elena Carreiras said on Thursday.
"At the request of Ukraine and in conjunction with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, we will provide Ukraine with our fleet of Kamov helicopters, which, due to the current scenario, and the sanctions imposed on Russia, we are no longer able to operate, in fact they do not have their airworthiness certificates and we will not even be able to repair them," the minister said, as quoted by the Diario de Noticias newspaper.
Speaking in Brussels after the meeting of NATO defense ministers, Carreiras noted that six helicopters need repair, and one of them is inoperable, according to the newspaper.
Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on February 24 in response to calls by the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Luhansk for protection from Ukrainian troops. In April, Russia sent a diplomatic note to all countries on the issue of arms supplies to Ukraine, saying that it adds fuel to the fire. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned that any arms shipments on the Ukrainian territory would be "legitimate targets" for Russian forces.
18:05 GMT 13.10.2022
US, Allies to Discuss Impacts of Sanctions on Russia’s Defense Industry
S officials and representatives of more than 30 countries participating in the global coalition implementing sanctions and export controls against Russia will convene in Washington on October 14 to discuss the impact of the restrictive measures on Russia’s defense industry, the US Treasury Department announced on Thursday.
"On Friday, October 14, Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo, along with Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves and Deputy Director of National Intelligence Morgan Muir, will convene top officials … from over 30 members of the global coalition imposing sanctions and export controls against Russia," the Treasury Department said in a press release.
The US officials will provide new information and analysis to counterparts on the impacts of sanctions and export controls on Russia’s military-industrial complex and defense supply chains, the release said.
17:53 GMT 13.10.2022
Explosions Heard in Kharkov, Ukrainian Media Report
17:44 GMT 13.10.2022
Spain to Deliver Additional Hawk Air Defense Systems to Ukraine
Spain will deliver additional Hawk air defense systems to Ukraine following the meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group earlier in the week, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Thursday.
"We met yesterday in the Ukraine Defense Contact Group... and just today, one of our allies came back one day later and said that they're going to put in additional Hawk systems, which the Ukrainians had asked for, so we thank Spain for it is very, very rapid response," Austin said after a NATO defense ministerial in Brussels.
16:31 GMT 13.10.2022
NATO to Deliver Anti-Drone Equipment to Ukraine Soon
NATO will soon deliver counter-drone equipment to Ukraine, including hundreds of drone jammers, as part of the alliance's comprehensive assistance package, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday.
"We are also providing fuel, winter clothing, medical supplies as part of NATO's comprehensive assistance package. Under this package, NATO will shortly deliver counter-drone equipment to Ukraine with hundreds of drone jammers," Stoltenberg said at the press conference after the NATO Defense Ministers' meeting at the alliance's headquarters in Brussels.
The secretary general also noted that during the meeting, the ministers agreed to increase NATO's stockpiles, munitions and equipment to provide the industry with the long-term demand that they need to boost their production amid growing military support for Ukraine.
16:25 GMT 13.10.2022
Austin Declines to Speculate About What Would NATO Do if Russia Uses Nuclear Weapon
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Thursday declined to speculate on the issue of how NATO would respond should Moscow use a nuclear weapon in Ukraine, but added that the Western military alliance poses no threat to Russia.
"In terms of what we're planning for any potential event that could happen, I never speculate on what could happen and so I won't, I won't bother to walk down the road of trying to answer a hypothetical question," Austin said after the NATO defense ministerial in Brussels.
Austin added that NATO does not pose any threat to Russia, but will defend every inch of the territory belonging to the countries that make up the alliance.
16:04 GMT 13.10.2022
Air Raid Alert Repeatedly Announced in Kiev, Odessa and Nikolayev Regions, Local Authorities Say
15:58 GMT 13.10.2022
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Says NATO Will Not be Dragged Into Ukraine Conflict
The NATO military alliance will not be dragged into the Russia-Ukraine conflict, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Thursday.
"NATO continues to make clear that we will not be dragged into Russia's war of choice but we will stand by Ukraine as it fights to defend itself," Austin said after a NATO defense ministerial meeting in Brussels.
On Wednesday, White House National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby said the risk of NATO being dragged into the Ukraine conflict is high.
15:57 GMT 13.10.2022
US Defense Secretary & NATO Chief Hold Press Conference in Brussels - Sputnik International, 1920, 13.10.2022
US Defense Secretary & NATO Chief Hold Press Conference in Brussels
15:38 GMT 13.10.2022
Ukrainian Forces Have Fired Six GRAD Rockets at Donetsk, JCCC in DPR Says
15:32 GMT 13.10.2022
15:12 GMT 13.10.2022
Russian MoD Shares Footage Showing Use of Modernized Lancet UAV During Ukraine Op
14:44 GMT 13.10.2022
NATO Chief Promises ‘Severe Consequences’ if Russia Uses Nukes Against Ukraine
Previously, NATO officials said that the alliance or allies will almost certainly respond in the case of a Russian nuclear attack on Ukraine. NATO head Jens Stoltenberg did not clarify what this “response” might look like, and if it would include force.
"There will be severe consequences if Russia uses any kind of nuclear weapon against Ukraine. This is something Russia knows and something NATO and NATO allies have communicated in different ways to Russia," NATO head Jens Stoltenberg said.
He added that there's no exact answer on how the organization will respond, but that such a move would fundamentally change the conflict.
The EU and NATO have been ramping up their rhetoric about the threat of a Russian nuclear attack in recent months. This is seen in Moscow as part of the anti-Russian policy and nuclear blackmail against the country.
13:44 GMT 13.10.2022
Latest Updates on Special Op in Ukraine From Russian Defense Ministry
13:38 GMT 13.10.2022
Explosions Heard in Four Ukrainian Regions, Local Media Reports
13:23 GMT 13.10.2022
World Bank to Disburse Up to Another $530Mln to Ukraine by End of This Month
The World Band will disburse another $530 million to Ukraine by the end of October, World Bank President David Malpass said on Thursday.
“We've disbursed so far $11 billion to the Ukrainian government. And there will be another $530 million by the end of this month,” Malpass told reporters.
13:22 GMT 13.10.2022
Kremlin Denies Zelensky's Remark on Russia's Alleged Plans to Attack Gas Infrastructure
Russia does not have a habit of "shooting itself in leg," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday, commenting on the remark by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that Moscow allegedly plans to strike at its gas transport infrastructure.
"We do not tend to shoot ourselves in the leg," Peskov told reporters.
13:22 GMT 13.10.2022
UNGA Resolution on Ukraine Aims at Prolonging Conflict: Russian Foreign Ministry
The adoption of the UN General Assembly resolution not recognizing the accession of new territories to Russia demonstrated that the West is solving its geopolitical tasks, with this confrontational initiative aimed at prolonging the conflict, the Russian foreign ministry said on Thursday.
"The adoption of the resolution reaffirmed that the West is trying, first of all, to solve its own geopolitical tasks as opposed to Russia, to maintain an elusive monopoly in world affairs, and to split a number of member states of the General Assembly. It is also obvious that this confrontational initiative is not aimed at finding ways for a peaceful settlement, but at prolonging the conflict in Ukraine," the ministry said in a statement.
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