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Russia plans to occupy complete Donbas region, southern Ukraine: Military official

Russia plans to seize the Donbas region and southern Ukraine, a military official said, explaining the latter move was a “way to Transnistria”, the Russia-backed breakaway region in Moldova. Rustam Minnekaev, deputy commander of Russia’s central military district, made the announcement on Friday at a meeting in Sverdlovsk, according to Russian media. He said capturing […]

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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has begun a new phase

Russia says it has begun a new phase of the invasion of Ukraine as fighting raged in the Donbas region and officials urged civilians to flee. “Another phase of this operation is beginning and I am sure it will be a very important moment in this entire special operation,” Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said […]

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Russia bombs Mariupol theater sheltering hundreds of people

A theater where hundreds of people had taken shelter in Mariupol was bombed on Wednesday, according to local authorities, as hundreds of thousands of people remain trapped in the coastal Ukrainian city that has been encircled for weeks by Russian forces. Mariupol City Council, who shared an image of the destroyed building, said Russian forces […]

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Ukraine halts world’s 50% supply of neon output needed for making chips amid Russian invasion

Ukraine’s two leading suppliers of neon, which produce about half the world’s supply of the key ingredient for making chips, have halted their operations as Moscow has sharpened its attack on the country, threatening to raise prices and aggravate the semiconductor shortage. Some 45%-54% of the world’s semiconductor grade neon, critical for the lasers used […]

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Twitter removes Russian claims on Ukrainian hospital attack by Russian forces

Twitter has removed two posts by the Russian embassy in London which claimed the bombing of a Ukrainian hospital by Russian forces had been faked. The Mariupol hospital was attacked on Wednesday, leaving three people dead. But the embassy’s tweets made unfounded claims the hospital was not operational at the time, and that injured women […]

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Air strike hits maternity hospital in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol

A maternity hospital in the southern port city of Mariupol has been hit by a Russian air strike, Ukraine says. President Volodymyr Zelensky said people were trapped under the wreckage, and called on Western leaders to impose a no-fly zone. He also posted footage apparently from inside the hospital, which appears badly damaged. A regional […]

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Russia’s Invasion Of Ukraine: Mariupol evacuation halted for second day after ceasefire collapses

A second attempt to evacuate civilians from the besieged port city of Mariupol, in southern Ukraine, has collapsed as both Ukrainians and Russians blame each other for violating a previously agreed ceasefire. “Amid devastating scenes of human suffering in Mariupol, a second attempt today to start evacuating an estimated 200,000 people out of the city […]

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Ukraine’s port city of Mariupol encircled by Russian troops, under constant attack

Russian forces continued to bombard the besieged city of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine, a strategic port city, cutting it off electricity, food, water, heating and transport, officials said. Mayor Vadym Boychenko said Mariupol has been encircled and under constant attack over the previous 24 hours. “They are trying to create a blockade here, just like […]

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Russian ambassador to Greece summoned after bombing kills 10 nationals

At least 10 Greek nationals have been killed and six wounded by Russia’s bombing in Ukraine, Greece’s foreign ministry said, adding that it has summoned the Russian ambassador to Greece. Six people were killed in the Sartana village and four others in Buhas, located about 15km and 65km respectively north of Mariupol, the ministry said […]