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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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On 23 October, Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu made several calls to his foreign counterparts to express Russia's concern that Kiev was preparing a provocation related to the detonation of a "dirty bomb" on its own territory so that it could then blame Moscow for the use of weapons of mass destruction.
On October 28, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Grossi said the IAEA will be conducting a “very detailed work” in several places across Ukraine, including in the southern part, in search of nuclear materials that can be used to develop a so-called “dirty bomb.”
A "dirty bomb" is a container with radioactive isotopes and an explosive charge. When the charge is detonated, the container is destroyed, and the radioactive substance is sprayed into the air by a shock wave. As a result, radioactive pollution occurs in large areas. If Kiev blows up a "dirty bomb," radioactive isotopes will spread in the atmosphere at a distance of up to 1,500 kilometers (932 miles) and could even reach Poland, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.
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23:37 GMT 29.10.2022
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UN Coordinator Informed About Russia’s Concerns Regarding Grain Initiative - Spokesperson
22:12 GMT 29.10.2022
Air Raid Sirens Sound Off Across Ukraine - Authorities
18:52 GMT 29.10.2022
Ukrainian Forces Fire 12 HIMARS Missiles at Antonovsky Bridge in Kherson, Three Missiles Reach the Target - Emergency Services
18:00 GMT 29.10.2022
Russia Calls for UNSC Meeting on Monday Over Kiev's Attack on Russian Ships
Russia has requested a United Nations Security Council meeting on Monday to discuss Ukraine's drone attack on ships and infrastructure of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol that pushed Russia to suspend its participation in the grain deal, Russian deputy envoy to the United Nations Dmitry Polyansky said on Saturday.

"Besides sending today relevant official notification to @antonioguterres we also called for the UN Security Council meeting on Monday 31 October to discuss Ukrainian attack that caused suspension of our participation in #graindeal," Polyansky tweeted.
17:59 GMT 29.10.2022
Russia Notifies UN Chief About Suspension of Participation in Grain Deal
Russia has officially notified the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the suspension of the grain deal following a Ukrainian drone attack, according to a letter obtained by Sputnik.

"Against the backdrop of this attack by the Ukrainian Armed Forces Russia can not guarantee safety of civilian ships travelling under the abovementioned Initiative. Therefore, starting as of today, the Russian side suspends the Initiative for an indefinite term," the letter signed by Russia's permanent representative to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia read.
14:55 GMT 29.10.2022
Russia Suspends Participation in Grain Deal, MoD Says
A harvester collects wheat in Semikarakorsky District of Rostov-on-Don region near Semikarakorsk, Southern Russia, Wednesday, July 6, 2022. - Sputnik International, 1920, 29.10.2022
Russia Suspends Participation in Grain Deal, MoD Says
14:49 GMT 29.10.2022
Air Alert Declared in All Regions of Ukraine, Local Media Reports
14:44 GMT 29.10.2022
Air Raid Alert Announced in Kiev
13:10 GMT 29.10.2022
MoD Holds Briefing on Military Operation in Ukraine
13:01 GMT 29.10.2022
MoD Publishes Clip Showing Russian Lancet UAVs Destroy Ukrainian M777 Howitzers
12:25 GMT 29.10.2022
Kiev Threatening ZNPP Staff With Repressions if It Gains Control Over Plant - Official
The employees of the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) have received threats from Kiev that they would be subjected to repressions in case the Ukrainian troops take control over the facility, Vladimir Rogov, a member of the main council of the Zaporozhye administration, told Sputnik on Saturday.

"The Kiev regime is continuing to prove its barbaric and criminal nature. Attempting to paralyze the operation of the ZNPP, it began to threaten the NPP's employees with prison and reprisals," Rogov said.

He added that so far, 70% of the Zaporozhye region were liberated from the Ukrainian troops, which still control the regional center and the city of Zaporozhye.
The official went on to say that a group of combatants from Russia's Chechen Republic, who were fighting on the Ukrainian side, has been eliminated.
10:53 GMT 29.10.2022
MoD: Ukraine Sent 16 Drones to Attack Russian Ships in the Black Sea
08:14 GMT 29.10.2022
Ukrainian Troops Attempt to Land Near Zaporozhye NPP, Retreat After Suffering Heavy Losses, Local Authorities Say

"Last night, an attempt was made by Ukrainian troops to land on the left bank of the Dnieper River in Enerhodar near the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. The attempt was prevented. The enemy suffered losses and retreated," Rogov said.

07:55 GMT 29.10.2022
US Reconnaissance Drone Spotted Over Black Sea Near Crimea, Flightradar Shows
The US reconnaissance drone Northrop Grumman RQ-4B Global Hawk, which took off from an air base on the Italian island of Sicily, circled on Saturday for several hours at an altitude of 17 kilometers (55,800 feet) over the neutral waters of the Black Sea near Crimea, according to Flightradar24.
The reconnaissance drone took off from the Catania airfield at 05.44 Moscow time (02:44 GMT). It gained an altitude of more than 15 kilometers and proceeded through the airspace of Greece and Bulgaria to the Black Sea.
According to the service, the aircraft belongs to the US air force and has registration number 11-2046.
07:23 GMT 29.10.2022
Sevastopol Air Defense Repelled Drone Attacks for Several Hours, All Enemy UAVs Shot Down, Governor Says
The governor of the Crimean city of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozhayev, said on Saturday that air defense systems repelled drone attacks for several hours, and all enemy drones were shot down.

"Today, starting at 04:30 [01:30 GMT] in the morning, for several hours, various air defense systems in Sevastopol repelled attacks by drones. All drones were shot down. As for the current situation, in addition to UAVs, our military, according to preliminary information, destroyed a surface drone in the water area," Razvozhayev said on Telegram.

He added that all services of the city were in readiness, and civilian infrastructure facilities were not damaged.
According to him, in one of the residential buildings, which is located near the water area, one window was broken due to a loud sound but no one was hurt.
07:17 GMT 29.10.2022
Ukraine Bombards Donetsk 91 Times Over Past Day, Authorities Say
05:05 GMT 29.10.2022
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Republicans Reportedly Oppose Funding Ukraine With Seized Russia's Assets
04:40 GMT 29.10.2022
Sevastopol Roadstead Blocked After Drone Attack on Russian Black Sea Fleet, Local Authorities Say
The Sevastopol roadstead has been temporarily blocked, ferries and boats cannot go through the bay after the morning drone attack on the ships of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, the Sevastopol city authorities said.
Governor of the Crimean city of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozhayev, said on Telegram on Saturday morning that ships of the Black Sea Fleet were repelling a drone attack in the waters of the Sevastopol Bay, but no facilities were hit in the city.
"The roadstead has been temporarily blocked - ferries and boats are not running," the Sevastopol city authorities said on Telegram later on Saturday morning.
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