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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.
A view shows a classroom of the school №7 damaged by a recent Ukrainian shelling in Kalinin district of Donetsk, Donetsk People's Republic, Russia. - Sputnik International

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Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine in February after the republics of Donetsk and Lugansk appealed for help in defending themselves against Ukrainian forces. The West has since ramped up arms supplies to Ukraine, with Moscow warning that it only prolongs the conflict, while the weapons become a legitimate target for Russian forces.
Russia has been delivering air strikes on Ukraine's military and energy infrastructure since October 10, two days after the bombing of the Crimean bridge, which Moscow has determined was plotted and carried out by the Ukrainian special services.
The high-precision strikes are aimed at power, defense industry, military command and energy infrastructure facilities across Ukraine. Since then, air raid alerts have been issued in Ukrainian regions every day, sometimes throughout the country. As a result, Ukraine faces massive power outages.
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12:32 GMT 26.11.2022
On 26 November, After a Series of Negotiations, Nine Russian Servicemen Who Had Been in Mortal Danger in Captivity Were Returned - Russian MoD
12:11 GMT 26.11.2022
Russia's MoD Briefing on Progress of Special Military Operation in Ukraine
11:42 GMT 26.11.2022
Belgian Prime Minister Arrives in Ukraine for Talks on Military Aid, Grain Exports
Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo arrived in Kiev on Saturday in a show of support for Ukraine and met with President Volodymyr Zelensky for talks on military assistance and grain exports.

"Arrived in Kiev. After the heavy bombing of recent days, we stand with the people of Ukraine. More than ever before. With the cold winter months ahead, Belgium is releasing new humanitarian and military aid," De Croo said on social media.

Zelensky published a video of his meeting with De Croo on Telegram. He said the talks focused on the grain export deal and the release of assistance funding to Ukraine.

Belgium's Defense Minister Ludivine Dedonder said on Friday that the government had approved a new military support package for Ukraine that included underwater drones and mobile laboratories. The small European nation, a member of NATO, has spent 76 million euros ($79 million) on weapons for Ukraine.
09:33 GMT 26.11.2022
Russia's MoD Releases Footage of Mi-35 Multipurpose Helicopters in Action During Special Military Operation
07:57 GMT 26.11.2022
Ukrainian soldiers move a U.S.-supplied M777 howitzer into position   - Sputnik International, 1920, 26.11.2022
Western-Supplied Guns Burning Out From Overuse in Ukraine as Pentagon Faces Maintenance Headache
07:33 GMT 26.11.2022
Possible Strike on Spent Fuel at Zaporozhye NPP May Lead to 'Dirty Bomb' Effect - IAEA
A potential artillery strike on concrete containers with spent fuel, if any, at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant (NPP) may lead to a "dirty bomb" effect, Mikhail Chudakov, the deputy director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told Sputnik.

"If there is spent fuel in dry storage in concrete containers at the site, it is enough for an artillery shell to land there to get a 'dirty bomb.' There is no need to look for a bomb in the form of a bomb," Chudakov, who is also the head of the IAEA Department of Nuclear Energy, said.

The protective hermetic shell — a three-meter concrete wall — will not withstand an artillery strike, the official explained.

"I once saw a hole two meters [6.6 feet] in diameter in the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant [in Iran], and by that time there was no fuel there. Then it was hit by a missile, which easily pierced and melted a containment wall," Chudakov told Sputnik.

In late October, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu called his counterparts in several Western countries to share Moscow's concerns about the preparation of a dirty bomb in Ukraine.

The IAEA decided to send its experts to several locations in Ukraine to investigate Kiev's activities in connection with Russia's warnings. However, Russia's permanent representative to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia told IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi on October 27 to consider that Kiev could quite possibly be developing a dirty bomb at other sites than those the IAEA mission had been invited to visit.

On November 3, the IAEA said its inspectors had completed inspections at three sites in Ukraine and had not identified any undeclared activity there. Grossi said the agency was ready to continue conducting inspections in Ukraine to make sure there were no undeclared activities.

Mikhail Ulyanov, the Russian permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna, said the IAEA investigation was rather superficial, lasted only several hours, and nobody should have expected "dirty bombs" to be stored in plain sight.
04:24 GMT 26.11.2022
Ukrainian Forces Shell Donetsk - DPR
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