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Russia launched its special operation in Ukraine on February 24, after the Donbass republics asked Moscow for assistance amid attacks perpetrated by Ukrainian troops. President Putin stressed that the op was launched to end the eight-year war waged by Kiev against Donetsk and Lugansk.
Russian and Donbass troops are advancing amid the special operation, as they have liberated multiple cities in the DPR and LPR over the past weeks. However, Kiev's forces are still targeting Donetsk and other Donbass cities with their artillery, carrying out intense attacks and causing civilian casualties.
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00:47 GMT 23.06.2022
Some 24,000 People Evacuated From Ukraine, Donbas to Russia in Past Day - Defense Ministry
Some 24,000 people have been evacuated to Russia over the past 24 hours from dangerous areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics (DPR and LPR) and Ukraine, head of the Russian National Defense Control Center, Col. Gen. Mikhail Mizintsev, who also leads Russia's humanitarian response coordination headquarters, said.

"Despite all difficulties created by official Kiev, over the past day, without participation of the Ukrainian side, 23,775 people, including 3,676 children, were evacuated to the territory of the Russian Federation from dangerous areas of Ukraine and the Donbas republics," Col. Gen. Mizintsev said at a briefing.

He added that since the start of Russia's special military operation, more than 2 million people, including over 320,000 children, have been evacuated to Russia.
00:23 GMT 23.06.2022
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US to Roll Out Proposals at G7 Summit to Increase Pressure on Russia
00:20 GMT 23.06.2022
Crimea to Continue Developing Gas Fields in Black Sea Despite Ukrainian Attacks - Official
Crimea will continue to develop gas fields in the Black Sea despite the recent Ukrainian attack on the drilling platforms of the Chernomorneftegaz company, Deputy Prime Minister of the Crimean government Georgy Muradov told Sputnik.

"The Crimeans worked on gas fields in the Black Sea and will continue to work," Muradov said.

Three drilling platforms of the Crimean energy company Chernomorneftegaz were hit by Ukrainian airstrikes on Monday. Three workers were injured injured as a result of the attack, while seven others went missing.
20:51 GMT 22.06.2022
Black smoke and dirt rise from the nearby city of Severodonetsk during battle between Russian and Ukrainian troops in Donbass on 9 June, 2022. - Sputnik International, 1920, 22.06.2022
EU Deputy Director of Military Staff: Russia Using Ukraine to Oust West From Africa
16:26 GMT 22.06.2022
Poland Can Survive Without Russian Gas, Storage Facilities 100% Full, Senior Official Says
Poland is able to survive without gas supplies from Russia and its gas storage facilities are completely full while its infrastructure is ready for diversified deliveries, Polish Secretary of State and Government Plenipotentiary for Strategic Energy Infrastructure Piotr Naimski said on Wednesday.
“We can survive without Russian gas supplies,” Naimski said during an event organized by the Atlantic Council. “We can secure supplies for our purposes. We have storages 100% filled already. We have infrastructure ready to accept diversified sources and routes, supplies.”
16:04 GMT 22.06.2022
US, Allies Looking at Tariff Authorities to Impose New Consequences on Russia
The United States and its allies are looking into tariffs authorities to impose new consequences on Russia, US Trade Representative Katherine Tai said during a congressional hearing on Wednesday.

"We are continuing to engage in the administration through our conversations also with other partners and allies to look at how we can use these new authority to impose additional consequences on imports from Russia," Tai told a US Senate Appropriations subcommittee.
16:04 GMT 22.06.2022
US Raised Tariffs on 75% of Imports From Russia After Suspending Normal Trade Ties
The suspension of normal trade ties with Russia allowed the United States to increase tariff rates on more than 75% of its imports from Russia, Trade Representative Katherine Tai said on Wednesday.
"As a result of the bill that Congress passed and that the president signed into law earlier this spring, the United States has with respect to trade suspended permanent normal trade relations with Russia. And that means we've imposed non-MFN [most favored nation] tariffs on imports from Russia. That action alone has increased tariff rates on over 75% of US imports from Russia," she said.
15:53 GMT 22.06.2022
US Did Not Let Russia to Take Out Foreign Institutions' Employees
The United States did not allow the arrival of a special flight of Russian state aviation to evacuate employees of Russian foreign institutions and members of their families, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
"The US side continues to systematically destroy bilateral relations, which are already in a deplorable state. Washington marked another hostile step towards our country by not issuing permission for the arrival of a special flight of Russian state aviation to the United States, which was supposed to take employees of Russian foreign agencies and members of their families," the ministry said in a statement.
The Biden administration chose to completely ignore the fact that, in essence, it was a humanitarian action, since Russia's plane was supposed to take out people, who were previously ordered by the State Department to leave the United States by the end of this month, it added.
"Such defiant behavior by the US authorities will not go unanswered. As we previously warned, in case of refusal to admit the Russian special aircraft, countermeasures will inevitably follow, including of an asymmetric nature, which we will communicate in due course through diplomatic channels," the ministry said.
15:49 GMT 22.06.2022
Zelensky Expects Ukraine to Receive Candidate Status at June 23-24 EU Summit
"Tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, these decisive days, Ukraine will get the candidate status for the European Union. We have been going to this point of time for many years, several revolutions; that's a very crucial moment for us," Volodymyr Zelensky said in a virtual address to students of the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.
15:48 GMT 22.06.2022
USTR Says US Using Tariffs as Weapon, Punishment Against Russia
The United States is using tariffs as a weapon and punishment against Russia, Trade Representative Katherine Tai told a congressional hearing on Wednesday.
"Tariffs are like 2x4s. They can be used for lots of different purposes. With respect to Russia, these tariffs are punishment. We are using these 2x4s as a kind of a weapon," Tai told a US Senate Appropriations subcommittee.
15:39 GMT 22.06.2022
US Supports UN Efforts to Re-Open Odessa Port for Food Exports
The United States supports the United Nations efforts to re-open the ports within the city of Odessa for export of food and other products, US Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs, Ramin Toloui said on Wednesday.
“The United Nations... is working very hard to find an accommodation that will allow one of these ports to re-open, or several ports within Odessa. We in the US government are fully supportive of that,” Toloui said during a telephonic press briefing.
Toloui said the United States wants to see grain and other products coming out of those ports be able to get to markets worldwide, particularly in the Middle East in Africa.
“We will continue to have close coordination with the UN delegation and the government of Ukraine on way to mitigate the impacts on global food security of Russia’s war,” he said.
Toloui accused Russia of allegedly weaponizing food, but acknowledged that the current food crisis began well before Russia launched its special military operation and Ukraine, saying the coronavirus pandemic and climate change were some of the causes.
Russia has repeatedly said that it does not hinder the export of Ukrainian grain and has secured not one but two sea corridors for such exports, noting that Ukraine had heavily mined the Black Sea.
13:44 GMT 22.06.2022
Ukraine Must Fulfil Multiple Conditions to Join EU, Chancellor Scholz Says
13:33 GMT 22.06.2022
Woman and Her Child Killed by Ukrainian Shelling Near Volnovakha, DPR Says
12:20 GMT 22.06.2022
EU Fears Ukrainian Conflict May Trigger New Migration Waves From Africa - Reports
The European Union fears that the conflict in Ukraine could lead to catastrophic famine in Africa, which would cause new waves of protests, internal displacement and migration, including toward Europe, El Pais newspaper reported on Wednesday, citing a joint report of the European Commission and the European External Action Service.
The report, which has not been made public, was sent to all EU members earlier in week, the newspaper said. It outlines ways to respond to the consequences of the Ukrainian crisis, covering the territory from the Balkans and Turkey to Latin America. These regions are feeling the effects of a new geopolitical situation marked by high instability and growing risks of fragmentation of the international community, El Pais noted. Spain and Italy may be on the path of the new migration wave across the Mediterranean Sea, the newspaper added.
The European Commission intends to focus on assisting countries most affected by the crisis, those seeking to join the EU, the most influential players in each region or those needed to import energy and raw materials, the report said. The EU has already begun to provide urgent support to a number of countries, allocating more than $236 million to Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Syria, Tunisia, Morocco and Palestine through the so-called Food and Resilience Fund, it added.
The latest data presented in the report shows that already some 193 million people, 40 million more than last year, "are subject to severe food shortages and need urgent assistance." An extension of the conflict in Ukraine could also destabilize Latin America and the Caribbean, El Pais said.

"Higher energy and food prices will increase poverty, hunger and social tensions in a context of growing inequality, political polarization and distrust of governments," the report read, as quoted by El Pais.

11:13 GMT 22.06.2022
Moscow: Berlin's Actions Jeopardise Efforts to Overcome WWII Grudges
09:23 GMT 22.06.2022
Moscow Considers London's Request Over Convicted UK Mercenaries in Donbass
Moscow is currently considering London's request regarding the UK mercenaries, sentenced to death in the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday.
Russian Ambassador to London Andrey Kelin said on Tuesday that London had appealed to Moscow on the topic of the UK citizens and sent an "arrogant" note.

"This document is currently being considered in Moscow," Zakharova told reporters.

07:42 GMT 22.06.2022
UK Refuses to Issue Visas to Russia's OSCE Delegation to Visit Parliament Assembly
05:48 GMT 22.06.2022
Ukrainian Artillery Shells Donetsk and Other Cities of DPR, Killing at Least One and Wounding 14, Authorities Say
04:58 GMT 22.06.2022
Ukrainian Forces Shell DPR With More Than 30 Shells Overnight
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