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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.
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Russia announced in July that the territory of the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) was liberated and the army was focusing on pushing Ukrainian forces out of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) and liberate the entire Donbass region.
As Russian armed forces along with militia from the DPR and LPR continue to advance in Ukraine, Russian security officers said they have uncovered a group of Ukrainian agents who leveled Ukrainian missile and artillery fire on the Russian military in and around Kherson.
Earlier, the Kherson region and part of the neighboring Zaporozhye region came under the control of Russian forces, with the local administrations' leaders announcing plans to hold a referendum on joining Russia.
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03:38 GMT 29.07.2022
Defense Ministers of 13 American States Refrain From Strongly Condemning Russian Operation
Defense ministers of 13 out of 21 American nations have decided to refrain from strongly condemning the Russian military operation in Ukraine.
The Brazilian capital of Brasilia hosted the conference of defense ministers of 21 American countries. The final declaration of the conference stressed that the conflicts in Ukraine and Haiti should be resolved by peaceful means.
Three countries — Argentina, Brazil and Mexico — pointed out that the Ukrainian crisis could not be a subject of the conference as it should be considered by the United Nations.
Defense ministers of eight countries made a separate statement to condemn the Russian military operation in Ukraine. These countries are Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, the United States, Guatemala, Haiti, Paraguay and the Dominican Republic.
00:05 GMT 29.07.2022
US, Allies Invoke OSCE Mechanism to Review Human Rights Situation in Russia - State Dept.
The US and dozens of partner countries invoked an OSCE mechanism to establish an expert mission to review the human rights situation inside Russia, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement.
"The United States and 37 other countries invoked the OSCE Moscow Mechanism," Price said on Thursday. "This most recent invocation will establish an expert mission to review the human rights situation within Russia itself."
This mission, Price added, will release a report in September after assessing allegations that Russian authorities restrict peaceful assembly and other human rights issues.
Moscow has repeatedly refuted the accusations as an attempt to distract from the human rights violations the US and its allies commit around the world.
21:41 GMT 28.07.2022
Russia-Controlled Zaporizhzhia Region Authorities Says Repelled Attack of Ukrainian Drones
Air defense systems have repelled an attack of Ukrainian drones on the city of Melitopol in the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia Region, Vladimir Rogov, a member of the main council of the military-civil administration established after Russia took control of the region from Ukraine, told Sputnik.
"Ukrainian militants made an attempt at night to attack civil infrastructure of the city of Melitopol with assault drones. The air defense system was activated and the attack was repelled," Rogov said.
About two-thirds of the Zaporizhzhia Region and the neighboring Kherson Region went under the control of Russian forces during Russia's military operation in Ukraine. They are now connected to Russian-supplied internet and cellular connection, Russian television and radio broadcasting.
The new authorities have announced plans to hold referendums for accession to Russia.
21:13 GMT 28.07.2022
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Netherlands Will Not Stop Delivering Arms to Ukraine This Summer - Prime Minister
18:33 GMT 28.07.2022
US Made Clear to Russia It Seeks Conversation Between Blinken, Lavrov - State Dept.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States has made it clear to Russia that it seeks holding a telephone conversation between Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, US State Department spokesperson Ned Price told reporters on Thursday.
"We have expressed interest, we have made clear to the Russian Federation, that we are seeking a conversation between Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Lavrov," Price said. "Before the Secretary spoke yesterday, we had made contacts with the appropriate Russian counterparts to put in a call request.
Price said the Russian government acknowledged yesterday the request for a telephone conversation, but noted, "We have continued to go back and forth."
17:57 GMT 28.07.2022
US Treasury Chief Says Russian Oil Cap Will Help Fight Inflation
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The West’s price cap on Russian oil is one of the most powerful options to address inflation around the world, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said on Thursday.
"A price cap on oil is one of the most powerful tools we have to address inflation by preventing future spikes in energy costs," Yellen said during a press conference.
17:57 GMT 28.07.2022
Poland Backs Ban on Schengen Visas for Russians
WARSAW (Sputnik) - Poland would back Estonia's motion to ban Russians from traveling to the EU's Schengen area, government spokesman Piotr Muller said Thursday.
"I will say in general, because I don't know details of the proposal, but Poland is absolutely supportive of far-reaching sanctions. So we would back such actions, especially initiated by our partners from central and eastern Europe," he said.
Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said this week that the Baltic state would propose the ban to Brussels. Russia does not rule out that restrictions on travel to the EU could materialize.
17:17 GMT 28.07.2022
US Senate Asks Biden to Impose Secondary Sanctions on Russia, Limit Dual Export Items, Waive Sovereign Immunity for Suing Russia
16:32 GMT 28.07.2022
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EU Commission Says Impossible to Completely Stop Issuing Visas to Russians
16:03 GMT 28.07.2022
Russia Ready to Resume Gas Supplies to Bulgaria, Contract Valid - Ambassador
MOSCOW, July 28 (Sputnik) - Moscow is ready to resume gas supplies to Bulgaria if Sofia wishes, Gazprom's contract is valid, Russian Ambassador to Sofia Eleonora Mitrofanova said.

"The contract is valid until the end of this year. Therefore, at any moment when the Bulgarian side decides to pay according to the scheme demanded by Gazprom, deliveries will resume," Mitrofanova told the Rossiya 24 broadcaster. "I think everything is possible, everything just depends on political will and on a serious share of pragmatism."

"As a person who is optimistic in life, I still have hope that pragmatism will prevail, although we have not yet received big signals about this," she said.
15:27 GMT 28.07.2022
Estonia Suspends Issuance of Visas, Residence Permits for Russian Students
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Tallinn on Thursday rolled out another package of sanctions against Moscow banning Russian citizens from obtaining visas and residence permits for studying purposes and applying for short-term employment without a valid Estonian visa, the Government Communication Unit said.
"The Estonian government approved the sanction, which limits Russian citizens from applying for temporary residence permits or visas for the purpose of studying in Estonia. In addition, the sanction, established by the regulation, specifies that citizens of Russia and Belarus can register short-term employment only if they have a valid visa issued by Estonia," the unit said on the website.
Citizens of Russia and Belarus will no longer be able to apply for short-term employment while holding a visa issued by another member country to the European Union, and will no longer be able to apply for a long-term visa for employment.
"With this amendment, we will eliminate scenarios where a short-term Schengen visa is applied for, for tourism purposes, for example, from another member state in order to bypass the current sanction," Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said in the statement.
He noted that "the continuation of sanctions against Russia is essential to ensuring relentless pressure on the country" to stop the Ukraine conflict and ensure the security of Estonia.
15:22 GMT 28.07.2022
Russia to Respond to Threats Linked to Accession of Finland, Sweden to NATO - Medvedev
SORTAVALA, Russia (Sputnik) - Russia will provide a mirror response to threats emanating from the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO, Deputy Chairman of Security Council Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday.
Medvedev also said that Russia should revise its relations with Finland and Sweden after the Nordic countries decided to join NATO.
Earlier in the day, Medvedev arrived to Finland-bordering Karelia region to conduct a security meeting and inspect a border checkpoint.
14:56 GMT 28.07.2022
Turkey Ready to Host Meeting of Russian, Ukrainian Foreign Ministers, Cavusoglu Says
Turkey is ready to offer a platform for a meeting between the foreign ministers of Russia and Ukraine to achieve a ceasefire, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday.

"We are ready to organize a meeting with the consent of the parties. Turkey's mediation to achieve a ceasefire will continue," Cavusoglu told a press conference.

On February 24, Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine after the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Lugansk appealed for help in defending themselves against Ukrainian forces. In response, Western countries have rolled out a comprehensive sanctions campaign against Moscow.

Turkey has emerged as the lead mediator between Russia and Ukraine, hosting several rounds of negotiations since Russia launched the operation. Talks hit a roadblock after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russian troops must give up the territories under their control.
14:53 GMT 28.07.2022
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EU Headed Towards 'Harsh Recession' Amid Sanctions Against Russian Energy Supplies, Professor Says
14:49 GMT 28.07.2022
UN Would Like to See 5 Million Tons of Grain Moved Each Month From Ukrainian Ports as Before Conflict - UN Humanitarian Envoy
14:47 GMT 28.07.2022
UN: First Ship With Ukrainian Grain May Sail to Somalia
13:53 GMT 28.07.2022
UN Hopes First Ship Movement Under Grain Deal to Take Place Within Few Days, Official Says
13:19 GMT 28.07.2022
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12:46 GMT 28.07.2022
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US Senate Approves Resolution Urging Blinken to Label Russia 'State Sponsor of Terrorism'
11:22 GMT 28.07.2022
Austrian Chancellor: EU Embargo on Russian Gas Impossible, It Will Hurt Union More
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