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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.
On Saturday, the Russian Defence Ministry released video footage of the Russian armed forces destroying Ukrainian intelligence, subversion units with precision weapons - Sputnik International

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Russian forces and the Donbass militias continue to advance in Ukraine. On Saturday 19 March, the Russian Air Force targeted 59 Ukrainian military infrastructure objects and downed 5 UAVs, the Defence Ministry said.
Russia launched an operation in Ukraine on 24 February, after Kiev intensified attacks in Donbass, prompting the mass evacuation of civilians from the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics. President Vladimir Putin stressed that the op was started to stop the genocide of the people in the region, adding that Russia's goal is the demilitarisation and denazification of Ukraine.
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17:26 GMT 20.03.2022
Russian Air-Defences Down Seven Ukrainian UAVs, Defence Ministry Says
17:19 GMT 20.03.2022
Russian Defense Ministry Reports 89 Ukrainian Military Objects Destroyed Over a Day
16:55 GMT 20.03.2022
Deputy Commander of Russian Black Sea Fleet Died in Battle for Mariupol - Senator
SIMFEROPOL (Sputnik) - Deputy Commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, first rank captain Andrey Paliy died in the battle for Mariupol, a member of the upper chamber of the Russian parliament from Sevastopol, Ekaterina Altabayeva, said on Sunday.
"Sevastopol suffered a heavy, irreparable loss. During the special operation in Ukraine in the battle for the liberation of Mariupol from the Nazis, deputy commander of the Black Sea Fleet, first rank captain Andrey Nikolayevich Paliy died," Altabayeva wrote on Telegram.
The senator expressed her condolences to the family and friends of the deceased, noting that Paliy was a just man that had the love and respect of his subordinates.
14:22 GMT 20.03.2022
13:56 GMT 20.03.2022
Zelensky Extends Martial Law in Ukraine 30 Days Starting From 26 March
"As of March 20, 2022, the President of Ukraine has signed the laws of Ukraine... the law approving the decree of the President of Ukraine 'On the extension of martial law in Ukraine' No. 2119-IX (reg. No. 7168). This law extends the wartime period in Ukraine from 05:30 on March 26, 2022 for a period of 30 days," the statement said.
13:50 GMT 20.03.2022
NATO Stepping Up Military, Humanitarian, and Financial Support for Ukraine, Stoltenberg Says
13:35 GMT 20.03.2022
US Won't Send Troops to Ukraine to Avoid War With Russia, Envoy to UN Says
13:23 GMT 20.03.2022
Biden is Not Planning to Visit Ukraine at the Moment - American Envoy to UN
12:52 GMT 20.03.2022
Turkish FM: President Erdogan to Attend NATO Summit in Brussels on 24 March

"Next week, the President will participate in the extraordinary NATO summit," Cavusoglu said, speaking to members of the Turkish ruling Justice and Development Party in Antalya.

11:31 GMT 20.03.2022
Vandals Strip Russian Flag From Embassy Building in Tartu, Estonia
Unidentified people took down the Russian flag from the building of the Russian embassy's chancellery in the second-largest Estonian city of Tartu, the embassy in Tallinn said on Sunday, expressing hope that those responsible will be punished.

"On March 19, another act of vandalism was committed against the Russian embassy in Estonia - the Russian flag was torn off the building where the embassy's chancellery is located in the city of Tartu," the Russian embassy in Tallinn said on Telegram.

11:30 GMT 20.03.2022
Russian National Guard Has Captured Ukrainian Radicals and Conspirators Amid Liberation of Kharkov Region
11:17 GMT 20.03.2022
Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Says 7 Humanitarian Corridors Negotiated for Sunday
The Ukrainian authorities negotiated seven humanitarian corridors in the regions of Donetsk, Kiev and Kharkiv for Sunday for the evacuation of citizens and delivery of aid, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said.

"For today, seven humanitarian corridors have been agreed," Vereshchuk said in a video statement.

One of the corridors will run from the city of Mariupol of the Donetsk region to the city of Zaporizhzhia, she said.

"Buses for Mariupol residents will be waiting on the square in front of the local sports complex in Berdyansk from 9:30 a.m. [07:30 GMT], departure to Zaporizhzhia is planned at 11 a.m. [09:00 GMT]. Private cars of Mariupol residents who move to Zaporizhzhia will continue to be refueled in Berdyansk," Vereshchuk said.

11:15 GMT 20.03.2022
Over 490,000 Ukrainian Refugees Enter Romania Since February 24 - Border Police
More than 490,000 Ukrainians have entered Romania since the beginning of Russia's special military operation in the country, with over 10,000 refugees having arrived in the past 24 hours, the Romanian Border Police said on Sunday.

"At the national level, 491,165 Ukrainian citizens have entered Romania since February 24, 10,699 Ukrainian citizens have entered over the past 24 hours", the border police said in a statement published on the official website.

11:15 GMT 20.03.2022
Russia Delivers Over 75 Tonnes of Humanitarian Aid to Ukraine's Kherson
The Russian military has delivered over 75 tonnes of humanitarian aid, in particular food rations, to residents of Kherson and nearby settlements amid the suspension of salary payments by the Ukrainian authorities, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Sunday.

"Humanitarian aid with a total volume of over 75 tonnes was delivered on trucks, accompanied by Russian military personnel, to the regional capital for residents of Kherson and nearby settlements," the ministry said.

It added that the Russian military had provided people with food rations, which included cereals, pasta, sugar, canned goods, potatoes and fruits.
10:57 GMT 20.03.2022
Russian Investigative Committee to Probe Shelling of School in LPR by Ukrainian Military
10:47 GMT 20.03.2022
Two Civilians Killed in Alexandrovka Amid Ukrainian Shelling, DPR Says

"As a result of shelling by Ukrainian armed formations in Alexandrovka, two civilians who lived on Shkolnaya Street were killed. Details are being specified", a statement said.

10:23 GMT 20.03.2022
WATCH: Russian Forpost Drones Destroying Ukrainian Military Equipment
10:21 GMT 20.03.2022
Over 12,000 Refugees From Donbass Have Crossed Into Russia Over Past Day, Border Service Says
"Over the past 24 hours, more than 12,000 citizens have crossed the border to enter Russia through checkpoints located in the Rostov region," the authority said.

"Over the past 24 hours, more than 12,000 citizens have crossed the border to enter Russia through checkpoints located in the Rostov region," the Border Directorate of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) for the Rostov Region said.

The DPR and LPR began evacuating civilians to Russia on 18 February, after reporting an increase in shelling by the Ukrainian troops. This past Monday, acting Russian Minister for Emergency Situations Alexander Chupriyan said that the total number of Donbass evacuees in Russia neared 250,000.
08:13 GMT 20.03.2022
Russian Drones Use High-Precision Missiles to Destroy Ukrainian Self-Propelled Gun Battery
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