SubscribeInternationalIndiaOn February 24, Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine following requests from Ukraine’s breakaway people’s republics of Donetsk and Lugansk to protect them amid intensified attacks by the Kiev forces. According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the key goal of the operation is to “demilitarize and de-Nazify” Ukraine and liberate the predominantly pro-Russian population of Donbass who have been subject to “genocide” during eight years since the Western-backed coup in Kiev in 2014. Since the start of the operation, the US and its allies in NATO and the EU have been providing military support to Kiev worth billions of dollars. Moscow has repeatedly stressed that all foreign equipment as well as foreign mercenaries fighting against Russia in Ukraine would be considered legitimate targets for the Russian army. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov recently said in an interview with Sputnik and RT that the geographical area of the Ukraine operation has changed in light of the supply of weapons systems such as the US-made HIMARS to Kiev. He explained that Russia won’t tolerate the presence of weapons that might pose a threat to its territory and to the territory of “those republics that have declared their independence, those who want to define their future themselves”.Follow Sputnik’s live feed and Telegram channels to get the latest updates:Sputnik News US — News India — firstOld first14:13 GMT 22.07.2022UN Chief Announces Establishment of Joint Coordination Center to Monitor Implementation of Black Sea Initiative14:12 GMT 22.07.2022Antonio Guterres Urges All Sides to Spare No Effort to Implement Their Commitments Under Newly Reached Grain Deal13:47 GMT 22.07.2022Paris: EU to Discuss Ending Dependence on Russian Energy on July 26EU energy ministers will discuss the issue of reducing dependence on Russian gas, oil and coal at a meeting on July 26, a French Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Friday.

“The European Union has decided to gradually get rid of dependence on imports of Russian gas, oil and coal as soon as possible… This will be one of the main issues at a meeting of EU energy ministers next Tuesday [July 26],” the spokesperson said at a press briefing.

On Tuesday, European Commission spokesman Eric Mamer said that the EU’s preparations for the winter period of 2022-2023 were based on the “worst” case scenario, according to which Russian energy giant Gazprom would no longer supply gas to Europe.

On February 24, Russia began a military operation in Ukraine, responding to calls for help from the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The West and its allies have responded by imposing comprehensive sanctions against Russia, with the EU pledging to end its dependence on Russian energy supplies. The bloc has already approved seven packages of sanctions against Moscow, including a gradual phase-out of Russian oil.

Western sanctions have resulted in disruptions of supply chains and a spike in energy prices worldwide. Russia’s Gazprom has been forced to significantly reduce its Nord Stream 1 gas supplies due to delays in maintenance work on turbines by German and Canadian companies and technical malfunctions of engines. As a consequence, EU countries had to tap into their winter gas reserves.13:42 GMT 22.07.2022The Ceremony to Sign the Grain Deal Between Russia, Turkey, UN and Ukraine Begins

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13:17 GMT 22.07.2022This is Where the Grain Deal is Going to Be Signed – Video12:45 GMT 22.07.2022Ukraine Reportedly Signs Its Part of Food Deal With Turkey, UNUkraine has signed its part of the so-called food deal with Turkey and the United Nations in Istanbul, the news portal reported on Friday.

The document was signed by Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure Alexander Kubrakov, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the news outlet added.11:44 GMT 22.07.2022Grain squashed during crop harvesting - Sputnik International, 1920, 22.07.2022Ukrainian Presidential Adviser Says Russia Will Not Escort Ships Under Grain Deal11:08 GMT 22.07.2022Shoigu Arrives in Istanbul to Sign Grain Deal, Plans to Meet With AkarRussian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu arrived in Istanbul on Friday to sign a document on the so-called grain issue, a Sputnik correspondent reported.

Shoigu plans to hold a meeting with his Turkish counterpart, Hulusi Akar, in Istanbul, the Russian Defense Ministry said. 11:01 GMT 22.07.2022Russian Fighter Jets Perform Flights During Special Op in Ukraine – Video10:00 GMT 22.07.2022Kremlin: Listing States as Unfriendly to Russia Will Entail Decline in Level of ContactsThe inclusion of countries in the list of states unfriendly to Russia will entail a decrease in the level of contacts for them, and other consequences are possible, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.

Earlier in the day, Moscow added Greece, Denmark, Slovenia, Croatia and Slovakia to the list of “unfriendly” countries.

“Naturally, the inclusion into the list of unfriendly countries entails a decrease in the level of contacts. You know that this is a matter of the government, it is the government that makes such a decision. And this is connected … with the unfriendly manifestations of these states,” Peskov told reporters.09:54 GMT 22.07.2022Russian Defense Minister Goes to Turkey Where Agreement on Grain Supplies From Ukraine is Expected to be SignedRussian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu went to Turkey on Friday where an agreement to solve the “grain issue” is expected to be signed, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

“Yes, we can confirm that Defense Minister Shoigu went to Turkey. We can confirm that the signing is being prepared today. But let’s wait. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves yet,” Peskov told reporters, adding that additional details will be revealed if the agreement is signed.09:32 GMT 22.07.2022WATCH Russian TOS-1 Heavy Flamethrower System in Combat Action09:06 GMT 22.07.2022UK Would Stick to Johnson’s Hawkish Policy on Russia Under Truss, Expert SaysThe United Kingdom will continue Boris Johnson’s hawkish foreign policy on Russia under Liz Truss if she is elected prime minister, former European Commission civil servant Francis Cole said.

Truss, the British foreign secretary and Conservative leadership candidate, will face off with ex-Chancellor Rishi Sunak in runoff vote to replace Johnson in the coming weeks. The party’s rank and file will select the winner in a ballot that concludes on September 2.

Even before the crisis in Ukraine, Truss has been the closest ally of US President Joe Biden and NATO this side of the Atlantic, the Brussels-based political analyst said.

“One thing is certain, she will continue urging NATO allies to remain steadfast in demanding a total withdrawal by Moscow,” Cole said.

Truss has been piling sanctions on Russia from day one of its military operation, Cole pointed out. She is very close to Poland on its stance on Russia, famously saying in February that she would back any Brit who went to fight in Ukraine.

She has also been very critical and bullish towards Brussels but she actually stepped up on the world stage thanks to Ukraine, the expert suggested. She had a leading role in NATO’s drive to send weapons to Ukraine and train its military, claiming London was doing more for Ukraine than continental Europe.08:50 GMT 22.07.2022Latest Updates on Op in Ukraine From Russian MoD:-Russian forces have destroyed four US-made M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) in the past 15 days-Weapons depot in Nikolayev destroyed, up to 30 Ukrainian troops killed there-Up to 300 Ukrainian nationalists eliminated as a result of attack on their headquarters in a school in Kramatorsk in DPR-Six Ukrainian control points, five warehouses with rocket and artillery weapons and ammunition were destroyed in the past 24 hours08:16 GMT 22.07.2022Google Will Be Blocked in DPR, Republic’s Head Pushilin Says07:44 GMT 22.07.2022Since Start of Russian Op, 262 Civilians Killed, Over 2,700 Injured in DPR as a Result of Ukrainian Forces’ Attacks, Joint Centre for Control and Coordination on Ceasefire Says07:09 GMT 22.07.2022IAEA Head Says Maintains Dialogue With Russia on Situation With NPP in UkraineInternational Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Grossi said in an interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais that he maintains a dialogue with Russia on the situation in Ukraine, noting that it is important to do this with those who have control over a nuclear facility.

Earlier this month, the agency wanted to send a delegation to the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. While local authorities granted them permission, Kiev opposed the visit.

“I maintain a dialogue with the Russian authorities. It is extremely important to maintain an open dialogue with those who have effective control over a nuclear facility, going beyond the bounds of legality,” Grossi said, commenting on the situation with the nuclear power plant in Ukraine.07:08 GMT 22.07.2022Russia Adds Greece, Denmark, Slovenia, Croatia, Slovakia to ‘Unfriendly’ States ListThe Russian government has expanded the list of “unfriendly” foreign states to include Greece, Denmark, Slovenia, Croatia and Slovakia, the cabinet said on Friday.

“The government has updated the list of foreign states that commit unfriendly actions against Russian diplomatic and consular missions abroad. The list includes Greece, Denmark, Slovenia, Croatia and Slovakia,” the cabinet said in a statement.

The list also indicates the number of individuals located on the territory of Russia with whom diplomatic missions of unfriendly countries and their consular offices can conclude employment contracts. According to the update, Greece has a limit of 34 people, Denmark — 20, Slovakia — 16. Slovenia and Croatia will not be able to hire employees in their diplomatic missions and consular offices.

The list is not final and may be further expanded, the statement said.07:07 GMT 22.07.2022Russian Government Expands List of ‘Unfriendly’ Foreign States



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