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Situation in Ukraine
On 24 February, Russia launched a special military operation amid Kiev's ongoing shelling of the DPR and LPR. President Vladimir Putin stated that the op is meant to protect the people of Donbass, and its goal is the complete demilitarisation and denazification of Ukraine.
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Russia kicked off a special military operation in Ukraine on 24 February, in order to stop an eight-year war in Donbass waged by Kiev that had claimed 13,000 lives.
For over two weeks now, Russian forces have been targeting Ukrainian military infrastructure with precision weapons: according to the Russian Defence Ministry, over 3,593 military objects have been disabled since the op was launched.
At the same time, the Donbass militia is continuing its counteroffensive against Kiev's forces, liberating the city of Volnovakha, and tightening its encirclement of the city of Mariupol.
Moscow launched a special military operation in Ukraine on 24 February after the Donbass republics appealed for help due to continued attacks by Kiev. Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed that demilitarisation and "denazification" are among the key goals of the operation.
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02:15 GMT 14.03.2022
Australia Introduces Sanctions Against 33 Russian Businessmen - Including Chelsea Owner Roman Abramovich
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00:46 GMT 14.03.2022
Retreating Ukrainian Battalions Caused Fire, Toxic Fumes at Avdiivka Coke Plant - Source
Retreating militants from Ukrainian far-right nationalist battalions staged a provocation at the Avdiivka Coke and Chemical Plant on Sunday, causing a fire and toxic smoke that is spreading to civilian areas, a source in the Russian Defense Ministry told Sputnik.

"On March 13, the retreating militants of the nationalist battalions carried out sabotage at the Avdiivka coke plant in the Donetsk region," the source said.

This provocation resulted in a fire at the chemical facility and toxic smoke is now spreading to adjacent settlements, the source added.

"Due to the ongoing hostilities, it is impossible to extinguish the fire," the source told Sputnik.
00:29 GMT 14.03.2022
Macron Discussed Ukraine, Sanctions During Phone Talks With Biden, Zelensky - Elysee Palace
French President Emmanuel Macron has held separate phone talks with US President Joe Biden and Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky, with Biden and Macron agreeing to strengthen anti-Russia sanctions, the Elysee Palace informs.

The talks were held on Sunday evening, "with a view to reaching a ceasefire and the opening of negotiations to end the war in Ukraine," the Elysee Palace said in a Sunday statement.

Macron expressed his condolences to Biden over the death of US journalist Brent Renaud while he was covering the conflict in Ukraine.

According to the Elysee Palace, Macron and Biden "agreed to strengthen the sanctions already taken against Russia, to support Ukraine and to jointly take all useful initiatives to stop the fighting."

The two leaders agreed to maintain close contact on these issues. Macron also agreed, during separate phone talks with Zelenskyy, to continue coordinating with Kiev.

"He expressed his full support and detailed the additional aid that the European Union decided to provide him at the Versailles Summit. The two heads of state discussed the continuation of negotiations between Russia and Ukraine. They will continue to coordinate in the coming days," the Elysee Palace said.
23:10 GMT 13.03.2022
Zelensky Wants Talks With Russia to Result in Effective Guarantees
Volodymyr Zelensky says that the aim of the Ukrainian delegation at talks with Russia is to get certain guarantees that would work, and to try to arrange a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"Our goal is that in this struggle, in this complex negotiation work, Ukraine gets the needed result, which is necessary for us. For peace, for security. So that we have guarantees, normal and effective. Not like in Budapest, not like in our skies. And such that the Ukrainians could say - this works, these are guarantees indeed," Zelensky said in a video address.

He added that talks with Russia are necessary and have already contributed to the creation of multiple humanitarian corridors in Ukraine.

"Representatives of our delegations, the delegations of our countries, talk in video format every day. Our delegation has a clear task - to do everything so that a meeting of the presidents takes place, a meeting that, I am sure, people are waiting for," Zelensky said.
22:29 GMT 13.03.2022
Russia-Ukraine Talks to Begin on Monday Morning, Via Video Link - Ukrainian Delegation
Talks between Ukraine and Russia will begin at 10:30 am on Monday, in virtual format, a member of the Ukrainian delegation at the talks, Davyd Arakhamia, said.

"Tomorrow, March 14, we will have the talks via video link," Arakhamia told the Strana Ukrainian news outlet.
22:00 GMT 13.03.2022
Russia Will Not Ask for Western Sanctions to Be Lifted - Foreign Ministry
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20:34 GMT 13.03.2022
Over 5,550 Flee Ukraine Conflict Zones Via Humanitarian Corridors – Minister
Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said on Sunday that more than 5,550 civilians had fled conflict in her country via 14 humanitarian corridors throughout the day.

"We successfully evacuated more than 5,550 people today from areas under constant fire," she said in a video shared on Telegram.

Ukrainian media cited her as saying that a total of 140,000 civilians had been evacuated since the fighting broke out more than two weeks ago.

A humanitarian convoy with aid for Mariupol will try to reach the southeastern port city on Monday, Vereshchuk also said. She added that the convoy, which will attempt to evacuate people by buses, left western Ukraine on Saturday.
20:21 GMT 13.03.2022
Zelensky’s Aide Confirms Russia-Ukraine Peace Talks Set for Monday
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's top aide Mykhailo Podolyak has confirmed that peace talks between Ukraine and Russia would resume on Monday.

"A large number of issues require constant attention. On Monday, March 14, a negotiating session will be held to sum up the preliminary results," he tweeted.

He said that negotiations had been continuing non-stop in the video conference format and that working groups were "constantly functioning."

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Sputnik earlier on Sunday that Russian and Ukrainian negotiators were set to resume talks on Monday. He denied reports that there were negotiations over the weekend.
19:52 GMT 13.03.2022
Ukraine’s Zelensky Asks Microsoft, Oracle to Stop Product Support in Russia
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday urged big US tech companies Microsoft and Oracle and German software maker SAP to halt support of their products in Russia.

"Now can be no 'half' decisions or 'halftones'! There is only black and white, good or evil! You are either for peace or support the bloody Russian aggressor to kill Ukrainian children and women. Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, stop supporting your products in Russia, stop the war," he tweeted.

The three tech giants have paused their operations in Russia and all sales of services and products to the country after Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on February 24 to "demilitarize" the neighbor.
18:47 GMT 13.03.2022
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18:21 GMT 13.03.2022
Joint Center for Control and Coordination Says 26 Civilians Killed Over Past 25 Days in Donetsk People’s Republic
DONETSK (Sputnik) - A total of 26 civilians were killed and 174 others injured during 25 days of fighting in the Donetsk People’s Republic, the republic’s mission to the Joint Center for Control and Coordination said on Sunday.
"Twenty-six civilians have been killed in the 25 days of escalated hostilities by the Ukrainian armed forces, while 174 civilians have received various injuries, including 12 children," the mission said on Telegram.
It estimated that 1,077 residential buildings and some 300 assets of civilian infrastructure had been damaged. The Joint Center for Control and Coordination recorded 1,053 attacks.
17:54 GMT 13.03.2022
Kremlin Spokesman Denies Claim of Ongoing Russia-Ukraine Talks, Says They Will be Held on Monday
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A Russian presidential spokesman denied reports on Sunday that Russian-Ukrainian negotiations were already underway, saying they were set to resume on Monday.
"No, the negotiations are planned for tomorrow," Dmitry Peskov told Sputnik.
Sputnik sought confirmation from the Kremlin after Reuters cited Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych as saying in an interview on national television on Sunday that talks between Ukraine and Russia were continuing "right now."
Russian and Ukrainian negotiations have held three rounds of in-person meetings in Belarus and have been talking by video around the clock, Volodymyr Zelenskyy's top aide Mykhailo Podolyak said on Saturday.
17:39 GMT 13.03.2022
EU to Finalize New Sanctions Package Against Russia On Monday – France
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Council of the European Union's permanent representative committee will finalize and approve a new sanctions package against Russia on Monday, the French mission said.
"The finalization and approval is expected tomorrow at COREPER," the mission, which holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU, said on Twitter.
COREPER is the Council's main preparatory body composed of each country's deputy permanent representatives.
16:45 GMT 13.03.2022
Power Supply to Chernobyl Nuclear Plant Restored - Ukraine's Energoatom
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Electricity supply to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant has been restored, Ukrainian nuclear power plant operator Energoatom said Sunday.
On Wednesday, the Russian Defense Ministry said that Ukrainian military struck the facilities that supported power supply to Chernobyl station. Russian specialists transferred the station to reserve generators.
The power supply line was repaired by Ukrenergo specialists, Energoatom said in Telegram.
15:50 GMT 13.03.2022
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15:50 GMT 13.03.2022
LPR Doesn't Rule Out Some May Have Survived Mass Shooting Carried Out by Ukrainian Forces in Donbass
LUGANSK (Sputnik) – The Ukrainian military may have left survivors after they organised a mass shooting of civilians in the area of the Popasnyanskyi railway, Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) militia spokesman Ivan Filiponenko said on Sunday.
Earlier in the day, LPR forces said they had discovered sites of a massacre during their offensive. In particular, Ukrainian soldiers are believed to have used civilians as human shields while retreating, or simply shot them, LPR forces said.
"These are not burials, these are in fact shot bodies, according to our units, there are still survivors there", Filiponenko told reporters.
In the meantime, intense fighting has erupted in the area, he added.
15:15 GMT 13.03.2022
IMF Sees No Threat Global Financial Crisis Amid Ukrainian Conflict
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) believes that the Ukrainian crisis and sanctions against Russia will not lead to a worldwide crisis, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said on Sunday.

Russia, however, is expected to experience deep recession due to sanction pressure, she also said in an interview with CBS. The IMF does not consider a default in Russia as an impossible scenario, given its funds to pay the state debt are frozen, Georgieva added.

Earlier in the day, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said that Moscow remained committed to its obligations on the state debt and will continue to pay it in rubles until the West unfreezes its gold and foreign currency reserves.
15:11 GMT 13.03.2022
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