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Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
On February 24, 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 Ukrainian drone loaded with explosives was intercepted by pro-independence militia, a militia representative from the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) said Sunday - Sputnik International

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Russia launched a special military operation last month with the stated goal of putting an end to war crimes committed by Ukrainian troops against civilians during an eight-year offensive against Donbass.
Almost 20,000 people, including nearly 1,000 children, have been evacuated to Russia from dangerous regions of Ukraine and Donbas over the last 24 hours, the head of the Russian National Defence Control Centre, Mikhail Mizintsev, said on Sunday.
The servicemen of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics (DPR and LPR) are fighting alongside the Russian military, who have been taking part in the special military operation in Ukraine since 24 February. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Sunday that Donbass people have been subjected to the "genocide" by "Kiev's regime", which was "hijacked" by nationalists and neo-Nazis after the West-backed coup in 2014.
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18:48 GMT 09.05.2022
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Docs Found During Spec Op Reveal Concrete Plans to Strike Russia From Ukrainian Territory: UN Envoy
18:38 GMT 09.05.2022
US State Dep't is Certain Moscow Will Respond to US Sanctions on Russian TV Channels
18:36 GMT 09.05.2022
French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz observe honour guard in Berlin during Macron's visit. 9 May 2022. - Sputnik International, 1920, 09.05.2022
Scholz Calls Macron’s ‘European Political Community’ Idea Including Ukraine, UK ‘Very Interesting’
18:29 GMT 09.05.2022
Von der Leyen: EU, Hungary Make Progress on Russia Sanctions, But More Work Needed
The European Commission has clarified some issues related to anti-Russian sanctions and energy security with Hungary, but more work is still needed, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said on Monday.
"This evening’s discussion with PM Viktor Orban was helpful to clarify issues related to sanctions and energy security. We made progress, but further work is needed," she tweeted.

Additionally, von der Leyen said she will convene a video conference with regional players to strengthen regional cooperation on oil infrastructure.
18:23 GMT 09.05.2022
Pentagon: Austin, Reznikov Discuss Latest $150Mln US Military Package for Ukraine
Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin discussed latest US military assistance package for Ukraine worth $150 million with his Ukrainian counterpart, press secretary John Kirby said on Monday.

"Secretary [Austin] also continued his routine conversations with the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, Minister [Oleksii] Reznikov. They had yet another talk this morning. Secretary highlighted for Minister Reznikov the President's [Joe Biden] announcement last Friday of an additional $150 million in presidential drawdown authority to continue to provide Ukraine's armed forces with artillery, counter artillery radars and electronic jamming equipment. And the minister was grateful for this additional support," Kirby said during a press briefing.
17:10 GMT 09.05.2022
DPR Forces Put on Display Ukrainian Military Vehicles They Captured During Fighting
16:56 GMT 09.05.2022
Evening Briefing From Russian MoD
16:55 GMT 09.05.2022
UN Unable to Confirm All Civilians Have Been Evacuated From Azovstal
The United Nations is unable to confirm whether all civilians have been evacuated from Azovstal, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General Farhan Haq told reporters on Monday.

"I wouldn’t be able to make that confirmation," Haq said on whether the US can confirm if all civilians have been evacuated from Azovstal. "We certainly hope that we were able to get all the people out as we could… I certainly hope that all those who were intending to have now been able to get out."

The United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) may conduct more evacuation operations in Mariupol and will continue to work with all parties to the conflict to ensure the safety of those who want to leave, Haq added.

"There may be further operations," Haq told reporters when asked whether there will be more coordinated operations by the UN and ICRC to evacuate people from Mariupol area. "Of course, on our side, we will continue with our engagement with relative parties to the conflict to make sure that all those who want to leave, have the guarantees to do so safely."
16:33 GMT 09.05.2022
Russian MoD: 790 Ukrainian Drones Have Been Destroyed Since Start of Russian Op
Since the beginning of the Russian special military operation in Ukraine, the Russian forces have destroyed 790 Ukrainian drones, the official spokesman for the Russian Defence Ministry, Major General Igor Konashenkov said.
16:30 GMT 09.05.2022
Snake Island. File photo. - Sputnik International, 1920, 09.05.2022
Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
Russian Forces Thwart Large-Scale Ukrainian Assault to Seize Snake Island: MoD
16:30 GMT 09.05.2022
Moldova Worried by Transnistria Incidents But Sees Low Risk of Escalation, Prime Minister Says
Moldova is concerned about a series of incidents that have happened in Transnistria against the backdrop of the Ukraine crisis, but believes the risk of military escalation is low, Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita said on Monday,

"We are worried about the incidents that have happened in Transdniestria region, at the same time, as I have mentioned, we are in permanent touch with our partners, we exchange information and analysis," Gavrilita said at a joint press conference with Secretary General Antonio Guterres. "Our information indicates the low risk of escalation of military actions."

The prime minister said there is no need to announce mobilization.

"So far we have no reason to be worried and to resort to such actions," she added.
16:16 GMT 09.05.2022
Russian servicemen are pictured by military equipment captured by Russian troops during Russia's military operation in Ukraine, near the village of Huta-Mezhyhirska, in Ukraine. Ten Javelin American-made portable anti-tank missile systems, grenade launchers, man-portable air-defense systems were discovered at a base that was taken under control of the Russian Armed Forces - Sputnik International, 1920, 09.05.2022
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Iran Pledges to Make Effort in Advocating Peace in Ukraine
15:30 GMT 09.05.2022
Pentagon: US Servicemen Trained Over 300 Ukrainians How to Operate Howitzers
The United States has commenced a two-week M777 howitzer maintenance course for Ukrainians with a first class to begin later on Monday, a senior US Defence Department official said.

“We've also started a two-week M777 maintainer course and we expect that the first class will begin training today. That's the plan,” the official said during a press briefing.

More than 310 Ukrainian soldiers have so far completed their training on M777 howitzers and an additional group of 50 soldiers is currently going through another course, the official added.

The United States has committed 90 155 mm howitzers to Ukraine. To date, 85 of them have been delivered to the country, the official noted.
15:05 GMT 09.05.2022
Mariupol Resident Shares Her Feelings as She Can Now Freely Mark Victory Day
14:20 GMT 09.05.2022
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Ukraine's Zelensky Uses Image With Nazi Insignia in Celebratory WWII Victory Day Social Media Posts
13:47 GMT 09.05.2022
A Veteran Recalls How Azov Fighters Came to His House - Video
13:35 GMT 09.05.2022
Mariupol Residents Celebrate Victory Day
13:33 GMT 09.05.2022
Russian Volunteers Took Seriously Ill Child Out of Ukraine
12:46 GMT 09.05.2022
Ukraine's Accession to EU Will Take Many Years, French President Macron Said, Addressing European Parliament
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Macron Says Ukraine's Accession to EU May Take Decades
11:23 GMT 09.05.2022
Russian President Vladimir Putin lays flowers at the Alley of Hero Cities before the Grave of the Unknown Soldier in Alexandrov Park, near the Kremlin. Monday 9 May 2022. - Sputnik International, 1920, 09.05.2022
Putin: If There Was Any Possibility to Resolve Donbass Problem Peacefully, Russia Would Have Used It
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