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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.
An Ukrainian recruit holds a Javelin anti-tank weapon during a five-week combat training course with the UK armed forces near Durrington in southern England on October 11, 2022.  - Sputnik International

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Russia launched its special military operation in Ukraine in February, after Ukraine increased attacks against the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics. Since Russia launched a military operation, western countries have been providing Ukraine with humanitarian, military and financial aid.
Energy facilities across Ukraine have been targeted by Russia since 10 October in retaliation for Ukrainian attacks on Russian infrastructure and the bombing of the Crimean bridge, which, according to Moscow, was carried out by Ukrainian special services.
Earlier, on Friday, Ukraine's Prime Minister Denis Shmygal said that almost half the country's energy system has not been able to operate because of Russia's missile strikes. Authorities have urged people to reduce their use of electricity and have implemented rolling black-outs.
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01:34 GMT 29.11.2022
Italy's Ruling Parties Drafting Resolution to Keep Supplying Arms to Kiev in 2023 - Sources
23:05 GMT 28.11.2022
Air Raid Warnings Issued in Three Regions of Ukraine - Ministry
19:33 GMT 28.11.2022
US Encouraged by Recent Calls With Russians Through Deconfliction Line - Pentagon
The United States is encouraged by recent calls with Russian counterparts through a deconfliction line and believes continued dialogue is critical, a Pentagon spokesperson told Sputnik on Monday.
The spokesperson responded to media reports claiming a deconfliction line between the US and Russian militaries has been used once since the start of Russia's special military operation in Ukraine in February.
"The US retains several channels to discuss critical security issues with the Russians during a contingency or emergency for the purposes of preventing miscalculation, military incidents, and escalation," the spokesperson said. "We are encouraged by recent senior DoD [Defense Department] calls with Russian counterparts and believe continued dialogue is critical."
18:43 GMT 28.11.2022
Reservists called up under Russia's partial mobilization in September, on a training ground in Sevastopol, Crimea. September 30, 2022. - Sputnik International, 1920, 28.11.2022
Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
Ukrainian Commander Blabs About Kiev’s Plans to Try to Seize Crimea in 2023
17:18 GMT 28.11.2022
Pope Francis Wants to Visit Both Kiev and Moscow
Pope Francis said on Monday that he would not go to the Ukrainian capital of Kiev without visiting Russia's Moscow as well.

"I also thought of traveling, but I made the decision: If I travel, I go to Moscow and to Kiev, to both, not to one place only," the pontiff told Jesuit magazine America.

Pope Francis stated that after the beginning of the Russian special military operation in Ukraine in February, he expressed his readiness to visit Russia but received a letter from Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov saying that there was no need for such a visit yet.

During his pastoral trip to Bahrain earlier in November, Pope Francis confessed his love for the Russian and Ukrainian peoples and confirmed that the Holy See is "doing what it has to do" to peacefully resolve the Ukrainian crisis. He also repeatedly urged people to pray for peace in Ukraine.
17:01 GMT 28.11.2022
German Government Mulls Allocating $20.8Bln to Curb Ammunition Shortages - Spokesman
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will hold a meeting on Monday with ministries and advisers on the issue of ammunition shortages, with the federal government potentially spending $20.8 billion of public funds to replenish supplies, German cabinet spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said on Monday.

Last week, German media reported that the country's chancellor will convene an emergency meeting early this week to address ammunition shortages in the German army, caused in part by supplies to Ukraine and budget problems.

"Of course, there will be a substantive discussion of the ammunition issue that is occupying us. It is in the perspective that the federal government and the Bundestag want to spend 20 billion euros [$20.8 billion] of the budget to replenish supplies," the spokesman said during the briefing, commenting on today's governmental meeting.

Since Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on February 24, Western countries have been providing Kiev with humanitarian, military and financial aid. Moscow has denounced the flow of weapons to Ukraine from its Western allies, saying it adds fuel to the fire. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov noted that any cargo containing weapons for Ukraine would become a legitimate target for Russia.
14:33 GMT 28.11.2022
FILE - Ukrainian servicemen prepare to fire at Russian positions from a U.S.-supplied M777 howitzer - Sputnik International, 1920, 28.11.2022
Boeing Offers to Supply Ukraine With High-Precision Ammunition for Missile Systems, Reports Say
14:32 GMT 28.11.2022
Progress and results of Russian special operation in Ukraine - Sputnik International, 1920, 19.12.2022
Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
Progress and Results of Russia's Special Military Operation in Ukraine
14:32 GMT 28.11.2022
Soldiers load a High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS ) from a US Special Operations MC-130J aircraft during military exercises at Spilve Airport in Riga, Latvia, on Sept. 26, 2022. - Sputnik International, 1920, 28.11.2022
How Did US Weapons Ordered by Taiwan Wind Up in Ukraine?
12:19 GMT 28.11.2022
Russia's MoD Briefing on Progress of Special Military Operation in Ukraine
12:07 GMT 28.11.2022
Fragment of the stele at the entrance to the territory of the Zaporozhye NPP in Energodar. - Sputnik International, 1920, 28.11.2022
Kremlin Denies Media Reports About Russia's Alleged Plans to Leave ZNPP
12:02 GMT 28.11.2022
Combat Firing of Russian Artillery During Special Military Operation
09:49 GMT 28.11.2022
Kremlin on Vatican's Idea of ​​Mediation Between Moscow and Kiev: We Welcome Such Will, But Such Sites Cannot Be in Demand By Ukraine Now
Russia welcomes Vatican's intention to mediate between Moscow and Kiev, but such platform is not in demand for Ukraine now, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.

"We know that a number of foreign officials and countries declare their readiness to provide such platforms [for talks]. And of course, we welcome such political will, but in the situation that we de facto and de jure have now, such platforms are not in demand from the Ukrainian side," Peskov told a briefing, adding that there are currently no contacts between Russia, Ukraine and Vatican on this issue.
On Sunday, top Vatican diplomat Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher said that the Holy See is ready to provide a venue for peace negotiations on Ukraine.
08:47 GMT 28.11.2022
Energodar Authorities Deny Allegations About Russia's Plans to Withdraw From City, NPP
Media reports about Russia's alleged plans to withdraw troops from the city of Energodar and the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant (NPP) are fake, the local Russia-appointed administration said on Monday.

Earlier in November, Western and Ukrainian media reported about Russia's alleged intention to withdraw from the region. Last week, Petro Kotin, the head of Ukrainian energy enterprise Energoatom, told a national television that there were signs of Russian troops preparing to leave the Zaporozhye NPP.
"Recently, the Kiev-controlled media have been actively spreading fake information about Russia allegedly planning to withdraw from Energodar and leave the Zaporozhye NPP. This information is not true," the city administration said on Telegram.

The Zaporozhye NPP remains under Russian control, with the operational safety of the facility fully ensured, the administration added.
08:24 GMT 28.11.2022
Donetsk Pensioner Shows Scars After She Was Wounded by Ukrainian shelling
08:17 GMT 28.11.2022
Emergency Electricity Black-Outs Introduced Throughout Ukraine - Authorities
05:57 GMT 28.11.2022
UK Military Aid to Kiev Could Increase Next Year - Reports
The United Kingdom intends to continue providing Kiev with the current amount of military support in 2023, or even boost it, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is expected to say in his Monday speech.

"Be in no doubt. We will stand with Ukraine for as long as it takes. We will maintain or increase our military aid next year. And we will provide new support for air defence, to protect the Ukrainian people and the critical infrastructure that they rely on. By protecting Ukraine, we protect ourselves," Sunak is expected to say in his first major foreign policy speech since becoming prime minister, as quoted by UK media.

On Friday, the British government said that, during his visit to Kiev, UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly announced an additional $3.6 million aid package to rebuild Ukraine’s critical infrastructure.
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