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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.
Military vehicles and tanks of Poland, Italy, Canada and United States roll during the NATO military exercises ''Namejs 2021'' at a training ground in Kadaga, Latvia, on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. - Sputnik International

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Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine in February in response to calls by the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics (DPR and LPR) for protection from Ukrainian troops.
The Russian armed forces and the allied militia groups of the People's Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk continue their special military operation in Donbass and on Ukrainian territory.
On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an order calling up 300,000 reservists to support Russia's operation in Ukraine.
On Tuesday, the Donetsk People's Republic and the Lugansk People's Republic, as well as the Russian-controlled parts of the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions said they would stage referendums on joining Russia from 23 to 27 September.
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01:01 GMT 23.09.2022
Zelensky Urges Berlin to Set Example for Other Countries by Supplying Battle Tanks
BERLIN (Sputnik) - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has urged Berlin to provide Ukraine with battle tanks to set an example for other nations and "win a victory."
"I would like to appeal to Germany: you are independent of other countries, if you are ready to save people... then give us this equipment... If you do not want it, that is your opinion, but then do not say that the US first, and then Poland [should provide equipment] - no, everyone has to take responsibility. Battle tanks for us mean we can save more lives," Zelensky said in a video interview to German newspaper Bild.
He added that Ukraine is grateful for Germany's military and financial support, but it needs more "to win a victory."
"The United Kingdom has given us a lot, the US has given us a lot, you do not need to compare yourself with other nations. Germany has given us very good equipment, we are grateful for Mars II, for financial support... and we do not compare this support with that of other countries. On the contrary, you need to set an example for others by supplying tanks. Germany is the strongest economy in Europe, so it can also set a good example," Zelensky said.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said earlier in September that Berlin would act together with its allies rather than take unilateral action when it comes to arms supplies to Ukraine.
In late August, German media reported that Kiev had repeatedly asked Berlin to supply it with additional weapons but so far without success. The German defense ministry reportedly justified its refusal to provide heavy military aid to Ukraine, in particular, by the fact that the German armed forces needed weapons to fulfill allied obligations in NATO.
22:43 GMT 22.09.2022
EU Received Over 8.1Mln Ukrainian Refugees in Seven Months - EU Commission President
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The European Union has accepted more than 8.1 million Ukrainian refugees in seven months since Russia launched its special military operation in Ukraine, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Thursday.
"From day one on, the United States, the European Union, and many other friends have stood at Ukraine's side with weapons..., with funds, with hospitality on the European Union's side for more 8.1 million refugees in seven months," von der Leyen said in her keynote speech at Princeton University.
On August 8, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, Frontex, reported that 7.6 million Ukrainian nationals had entered the EU from Ukraine and Moldova since the beginning of Russia's special operation and 4.7 million Ukrainians had been recorded exiting the EU toward Ukraine during the same period.
22:40 GMT 22.09.2022
ROCOR Urges World Leaders to Convince Ukraine to Negotiate With Russia - Archbishop
Патриарх Московский и всея Руси Кирилл выпускает голубей после богослужения в праздник Благовещения Пресвятой Богородицы в Храме Христа Спасителя в Москве - Sputnik International, 1920, 22.09.2022
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ROCOR Urges World Leaders to Convince Ukraine to Negotiate With Russia - Archbishop
21:27 GMT 22.09.2022
West Hesitant to Provide Ukraine With Tanks Due to Training, Logistical Issues - Reports
M1 Abrams tanks. File photo - Sputnik International, 1920, 22.09.2022
Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
West Hesitant to Provide Ukraine With Tanks Due to Training, Logistical Issues - Reports
20:12 GMT 22.09.2022
Pentagon Says Has No Information on Reports of US-Provided Sea Drone Shoring in Crimea
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US Defense Department has no information to provide on reports of a possible US-provided sea drone found by Russian forces washed ashore in Crimea, Pentagon Press Secretary Pat Ryder said on Thursday.
"In terms of the reports out there about a – I think you called it a sea vehicle – I don’t have anything on that," Ryder said during a press briefing when asked about the reports.
The unmanned vessel, which resembles a kayak equipped with sensor equipment, was found on Wednesday over 150 miles from Ukrainian territory near a Russian naval base in Sevastopol, according to US media reports.
Russian forces towed the unmanned vessel out to sea and performed a controlled destruction, the reports said. It is unclear whether the drone is intended for surveillance or combat purposes.
Although the vessel has not been formally identified or claimed by the United States or Ukraine, the Pentagon in April pledged unmanned coastal defense vessels to Ukraine as part of an $800 million security assistance package.
20:10 GMT 22.09.2022
NATO Countries Condemn Referenda in DPR, LPR, Zaporozhye, Kherson Regions
BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - NATO countries jointly condemned upcoming referenda in the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics as well as in the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions, according to a statement, released on Thursday.

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms the plan to hold so-called 'referenda' on joining the Russian Federation in the Ukrainian regions partly controlled by the Russian military. Sham referenda in the Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporozhye, and Kherson regions of Ukraine have no legitimacy and will be a blatant violation of the UN Charter," the statement read.

The message also said that NATO allies would not recognize "illegal and illegitimate annexation" of the regions.
On Tuesday, the DPR and LPR, as well as the Russian-controlled parts of the Ukrainian regions of Zaporozhye and Kherson, said that they would hold referendums on accession to Russia from September 23-27.
The DPR and LPR proclaimed their independence from Ukraine in 2014 after holding self-determination referendums. In February 2022, Russia recognized the DPR and LPR and launched a military operation in Ukraine in response to calls for help from the two breakaway republics.
20:03 GMT 22.09.2022
DPR Head Sees Large Number of Kiev's Forces Grouped in Republic's North, Not Ruling Out Counteroffensive Attempt
DONETSK (Sputnik) - Ukraine has grouped serious forces in the north of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), it is possible that they will try to launch a counteroffensive, the DPR's head, Denis Pushilin, said on Thursday.

"The situation in the north of the republic is extremely difficult, there are alarming signals. The enemy has grouped quite serious forces, and it is possible that in the very near future he will try to change the situation and launch a counteroffensive," Pushilin said in a video address on Telegram.
20:01 GMT 22.09.2022
Russian Gen. Staff Says Over 10,000 Reservists Voluntarily Arrived at Recruiting Offices
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Over 10,000 reservists voluntarily showed up at the enlistment offices during the first day of partial mobilization, a spokesman for the Main Organizational and Mobilization Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Vladimir Tsimlyansky, said on Thursday.
"It should also be noted that during the first day of the partial mobilization, more than 10,000 citizens voluntarily arrived at the military registration and enlistment offices, without waiting for a summons," Tsimlyansky said.
On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered partial mobilization in the country, the day after the Donetsk and Luhansk breakaway republics, as well as the Russian-controlled parts of the Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions decided to stage referendums on joining Russia from September 23-27.
According to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, the partial mobilization in the country is prompted by the need to control the 1,000-kilometer (621-mile) contact line with Ukrainian forces and the Russian-controlled territories. The measure requires only 1% of Russia's total mobilization resource or about 300,000 reservists.
19:59 GMT 22.09.2022
Russia's Announcements Do Not Impact US Commitment to Help Ukraine – Pentagon
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Recent announcements coming from Russia do not impact the US commitment to work with allies to help Ukraine amid the ongoing conflict, Pentagon Press Secretary Pat Ryder said on Thursday.
"In terms of the statements or the announcements coming out of Russia, it does not affect the [US Defense] Department's commitment to continue working closely with our international partners and our allies on providing Ukraine with this [military] support that it needs in their fight to defend their country," Ryder said during a press briefing.
On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an order calling up 300,000 reservists to support Russia's special military operation in Ukraine. In response to Putin's address, European countries have pledged to continue to support Ukraine, with some of them vowing to increase their military assistance for Kiev.
19:58 GMT 22.09.2022
Belarus Says Events in Ukraine 'Not Sudden,' Result of West Ignoring Security Concerns
UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) – Belarus believes that the Ukraine crisis did not happen all of a sudden, but resulted from the west continuously ignoring Russia's security concerns, Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei said on Thursday.
"The events in Ukraine did not come about suddenly. They are the result of systemically ignoring the risks [to] security in the region by Western countries, and not taking into account the concerns of the countries involved," Makei told a UN Security Council.
Diplomacy and mutual understanding are the only possible way out of the conflict, Makei said, noting that Belarus knows too well what war entails.
Multiple sanctions by the West have further contributed to the devastating situation in the region, he continued.
"You cannot guarantee the security of one state by suppressing the security of another," the minister stressed.
18:13 GMT 22.09.2022
Majority of People Here Would Vote for Joining Russia, Resident of Nikolaev Says
17:47 GMT 22.09.2022
LPR is Fully Prepared to Hold Referendum on Joining Russia, Local Electoral Commission Says
17:16 GMT 22.09.2022
Erdogan: Exchange of Prisoners of War Between Moscow, Kiev Important Step Toward Peace
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that he considers the exchange of prisoners of war between Russia and Ukraine an important step toward ending the crisis in Ukraine.

"This exchange of prisoners brokered by Turkey is an important step toward ending the war. Our efforts to bring peace between Russia and Ukraine continue. I would like to thank [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and [Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelensky for the opportunity to exchange prisoners," Erdogan was quoted as saying by Turkish broadcaster A Haber.

Earlier in the day, the head of the Donetsk People's Republic, Denis Pushilin, said that 56 people, including pro-Russian politician Viktor Medvedchuk, were released from Ukrainian captivity as a result of a prisoner exchange between Moscow and Kiev. The Ukrainian side received 215 servicemen.
17:04 GMT 22.09.2022
Resident of Mariupol Who Currently Staying in Russia as Refugee Speaks About Upcoming Referendum
16:03 GMT 22.09.2022
Lavrov Calls on UN Secretary General to Finally Publish Names of People Shown as Killed in Bucha
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, during the UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine, called on Western countries and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to publish the names of the people who were shown as killed in Bucha.

"I appeal once again in the presence of the Secretary General and respected ministers: please get the Ukrainian authorities to take an elementary step — publish the names of those people whose corpses were shown in the city of Bucha. I have been asking for this for more than one month, no one hears, no one wants to react. Dear Mr. Secretary General, at least you use your authority, please. I think it will be useful for everyone to deal with this episode," Lavrov.

In April, the Russian Defense Ministry stated that all photographs and video materials published by the Kiev regime, allegedly testifying to the "crimes" of the Russian military in the city of Bucha, Kiev region, were yet another provocation. During the time this settlement was under the control of the Russian armed forces, not a single local resident suffered from any violent actions, the ministry stressed.
15:45 GMT 22.09.2022
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a meeting with his Chinese counterpart during the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. - Sputnik International, 1920, 22.09.2022
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15:45 GMT 22.09.2022
Western Countries are Becoming Party to Conflict in Ukraine - Lavrov
Western countries are becoming party to the conflict in Ukraine by sending weapons there, wishing to prolong the conflict as much as possible, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Thursday.

"The position of the countries, which are pumping up Ukraine with weapons and military equipment and training military forces of this country, is especially cynical. The goal is obvious and they do not hide it, declaring to prolong the fighting as much as possible, despite casualties and damage, so as to pull apart and weaken Russia," Lavrov told the United Nations Security Council meeting, adding that such policy means direct involvement of the West in the conflict, making them party to it.
15:44 GMT 22.09.2022
Lavrov: Referendums in Donbass, Zaporozhye and Kherson Regions is Response to Zelensky's Call For Russians to Leave Ukraine
Referendums in Donbass, Kherson and Zaporozhye Regions are response to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s call on Russians to leave Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Thursday.

"The apotheosis was an interview with Mr. Zelensky on August 5 last year, who advised everyone who feels Russian for the sake of their children, their grandchildren to get out to Russia," Lavrov told the United Nations Security Council meeting, adding that the current decisions on referendums "are response to his [Zelensky’s] desire."
15:09 GMT 22.09.2022
No Phone Conversation With Erdogan on Putin's Schedule Yet - Kremlin
The schedule of Russian President Vladimir Putin does not yet have a phone conversation with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Earlier, a diplomatic source in Ankara told Sputnik that Erdogan would talk to Putin by phone in the coming days.

"Not on schedule yet," Peskov said.
14:47 GMT 22.09.2022
Residents of Donetsk Talk About Their Ordeal of Living in Fear Day and Night - VIDEO
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