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Address by the President of the Russian Federation 

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Citizens of Russia, friends, I consider it necessary today to speak again about the tragic events in Donbass and the key aspects of ensuring the security of Russia. I will begin with what I said in my address on February 21, 2022. I spoke about our biggest concerns and worries, and about the fundamental threats which irresponsible Western politicians created for Russia consistently, rudely and unceremoniously from year to year. I am referring to the eastward expansion of NATO, which is moving its military

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Ukraine cuts diplomatic ties with Russia – Decision announced by President Volodymyr Zelensky as Moscow continues special op in Ukraine

Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky has announced in a televised statement on Thursday that his nation had cut diplomatic relations with Russia. He asked the public to support the national armed forces, including by taking up arms and preparing for a fight. He promised to lift personal sanctions, which he had imposed previously, from anyone willing to defend Ukraine. Zelensky said

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“It’s not an ideal situation for us to be in, but I can assure [the public] we’re moving as quickly as possible to fix this issue” Police Minister Lisa Neville

The Victorian Government is drafting legislation to fix an error arising from amendments to the Victoria Police Act in 2013 that resulted in a number of graduating police officers being sworn in under incorrect delegation. Between July 2014 and August 2021 Deputy Commissioners appointed acting Assistant Commissioners without the required delegation, with those acting Assistant Commissioners swearing in some graduating

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Russia closes airspace as Moscow confirms strikes against Ukraine 

Moscow suspends flights from 12 airports in the south of the country. Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency has suspended all flights to and from 12 airports in the south of the country. The move comes after Moscow revealed that it had launched airstrikes in Ukraine. “The airports temporarily suspended are Rostov (Platov), Krasnodar (Pashkovsky), Anapa (Vityazevo), Gelendzhik, Elista, Stavropol, Belgorod,

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Ukrainian troops laying down weapons – Moscow says its forces are not attacking cities

Ukrainian soldiers are abandoning their positions in the face of a Russian offensive, Moscow has claimed, insisting that its armed forces are not striking cities and pose “no threat” to civilians. Moscow says its forces are not attacking cities In a statement issued on Thursday morning, defense officials said that “intelligence shows that units of the Ukrainian army and servicemen are

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Russia denies warplane downed over Ukraine 

Moscow’s Ministry of Defense has released a statement denying reports that a Russian warplane was downed in Ukraine, insisting that it has taken out all the eastern European nation’s air defenses, after the Kremlin ordered a “special military operation” across the border. In an official announcement on Thursday, the Ministry wrote, “The Ukrainian Border Service is providing no resistance to Russian divisions. The

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Ukraine’s air defense destroyed – Russia 

Russia has taken out Ukraine’s air defenses and airforce with a series of precision attacks, the country’s Defense Ministry has said in a statement, after airports and runways across the country were rocked by explosions. Officials also claimed on Thursday morning that Ukrainian border guards are not resisting advancing Russian troops, who have moved in after President Vladimir Putin signed an order to begin

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Russia reveals strike targets

Ukrainian military facilities are being hit by Russian precision weapons, the defense ministry said The Russian Defense Ministry stated that the Russian military is attacking Ukrainian military facilities as part of an ongoing operation in Ukraine. Precision weapons are used against military infrastructure, air defense sites, military airfields and aircraft, a statement cited by RIA Novosti said. The military said

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‘Explosions’ reported across Ukraine as Russia orders ‘special operation’ 

A series of explosions have been reported across Ukraine, with eyewitnesses saying blasts have occurred near a number of major cities as Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an order authorizing a “special military operation” in the Donbass region.  The report came moments after Putin announced the military operation on behalf of the newly recognized breakaway republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, where

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President Putin announces ‘special operation’ in Donbass 

The special military operation will be aimed at “defending” people living in the newly-recognized republics of Donetsk and Lugansk> Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced he ordered the Russian military to conduct a special operation in Donbass after the leaders of the breakaway republics asked Moscow for military assistance against what they claimed was an increase in “Ukrainian aggression.” Circumstances require

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Volodymyr Zelensky claims he tried to reach President Putin over Donbass, but was met with silence 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky appealed to Russian citizens against a war in Donbass in a televised speech shortly after midnight on Thursday. Zelensky claimed he had tried calling Russian President Vladimir Putin but received no response. “Today I initiated a call with the president of the Russian Federation. The result was silence. But silence ought to be in the Donbass,” Zelensky

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