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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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In February, Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine after receiving calls for help from the breakaway people's republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. Western countries have responded by imposing comprehensive sanctions against Moscow, and ramping up their financial and military support for Kiev.
Precision strikes against Ukrainian infrastructure have been carried out by Russia since 10 October, two days after the terrorist attack on the Crimean Bridge, plotted and carried out by Kiev.
The strikes are aimed at power, defense industry, military command and energy infrastructure facilities throughout Ukraine. Since then, air raid alerts have been sounded in Ukrainian regions every day, sometimes all through the country. As a result, Ukraine faces massive power cuts.
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Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
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14:49 GMT 27.11.2022
Vatican Ready to Host Peace Talks on Ukraine - Top Diplomat
The Holy See is ready to provide a venue for peace negotiations on Ukraine, top Vatican diplomat Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher said on Sunday.

"The Holy See and the Pope himself have always been open to this [hosting the talks] since the beginning of the conflict, but no definite response has been received yet. Nevertheless, the Holy See always remains at their disposal," Gallagher told Italy's broadcaster Mediaset.

Pope Francis would welcome a request to provide a venue for negotiations, as the Vatican did in the past, if both sides approached them with good intentions, seeking peace, dialogue and an end to hostilities, the Holy See said.

In late October, French magazine Le Point said that French President Emmanuel Macron had asked the pontiff to call Russian and US leaders, Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden, in order to resolve the crisis in Ukraine. Macron also reportedly spoke of the need for the United States to sit down at the negotiating table to advance the settlement process.

A source in the Vatican also told Sputnik that the Holy See was ready to do everything possible to achieve peace in Ukraine. If both sides asked the Vatican for mediation, it would not back down, according to the source.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, commenting on these reports, that Russia was open to all contacts, but Ukraine "codified the non-continuation of negotiations."

In late September, Putin said that Moscow was still open to talks with Kiev and called on Ukraine to stop the hostilities. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, in turn, stated that Kiev was ready for dialogue with Moscow, but only if another president came to power in Russia, a demand he later dropped.
14:46 GMT 27.11.2022
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14:46 GMT 27.11.2022
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Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
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10:10 GMT 27.11.2022
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08:26 GMT 27.11.2022
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08:26 GMT 27.11.2022
Electricity, Water, Heat and Communications Almost Restored in Kiev - Local Authorities
Electricity, water, heat supply and communications have been almost completely restored in Kiev, with repair work in the power grid system at the final stage, the regional military administration said on Sunday.

"Electricity, water, heat supply, communications have been almost completely restored in the capital. Repair work in the power grid system is at its final stage. As of morning, most of the city's residents not only have electricity, but are also not affected by emergency or even stabilization outages. Within the capital, water supply, heat supply, communications — everything is working normally. Only local emergencies are possible," the administration said on Telegram.

At the same time, Kiev Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko said that the city might switch to scheduled power outages already on Sunday, November 27, as around 25% of residents had been left without electricity. DTEK — the utility servicing the Ukrainian capital and some other regions — also said that emergency power outages had been scheduled in Kiev. In particular, the lights will be alternately turned off in such a way that citizens are left without power for a maximum of five hours in a row.
06:35 GMT 27.11.2022
Air Raid Alert Declared in Five Regions of Ukraine - Authorities
An air alert went off on Sunday in the Poltava, Dnepropetrovsk, Cherkasy, Kropovnitski regions of Ukraine and the Kiev-controlled part of the Zaporozhye region, according to an online alert map of the Ministry of Digital Transformation.

The first alarm went off in the Dnepropetrovsk region. A few minutes later it was also sounded in the Poltava, Cherkasy, Kropovnitski regions and the Kiev-controlled part of the Zaporozhye area.

Ukrainian energy, defense, military and communications infrastructure has been periodically facing attacks by the Russian armed forces since October 10. Moscow launched strikes using precision-guided weapons against Ukraine two days after the terrorist attack on the Crimean Bridge, which, Russia believes, was carried out by the Ukrainian special services. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that through its continued terrorist activities Kiev put itself on par with the most odious terrorist groups, and vowed to harshly respond to such crimes.

Following attacks on November 15, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said that about 50% of Ukraine's energy infrastructure had been damaged.
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