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Russia-Ukraine conflict updates for Sept.1, 2022

Blinken calls Putin’s accusation that U.S. sabotaged the Nord Stream pipelines ‘absurd’

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks about US coverage in the direction of China throughout an occasion hosted by the Asia Society Coverage Institute at George Washington College in Washington, DC, on Might 26, 2022.

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated Russian President Vladimir Putin’s accusation that the U.S. purposely sabotaged the Nord Stream pipelines was an “absurd allegation.”

“That is an absurd allegation that we and our allies are accountable,” Blinken informed reporters on the State Division alongside his Canadian counterpart. “We are going to resolve what occurred,” he added.

Blinken stated that the U.S. was at present investigating the pipeline leaks and that he didn’t need to get forward of that ongoing evaluation. He did reference earlier Russian makes an attempt at weaponizing vitality however didn’t attribute the current Nord Stream leaks to Moscow.

— Amanda Macias

VIDEO: Putin levels a live performance to rejoice Ukraine annexations

Russia-Ukraine conflict updates for Sept.1, 2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin informed invited company at a patriotic pop live performance on Moscow’s Crimson Sq. that Russia would obtain victory in its conflict on Ukraine.

The live performance was held to rejoice the Russian annexation of 4 partially occupied areas of Ukraine, for which Putin had signed decrees earlier within the day.

“We have now change into stronger, as a result of we’re collectively,” Putin informed the gang. “Victory can be ours.”

— Reuters

‘Nothing modifications for Ukraine,’ Ukrainian international minister says on Russian annexation

Minister of Overseas Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba attends a joint media briefing amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in Odesa, Ukraine 14 September 2022.

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Ukrainian Overseas Minister Dmytro Kuleba stated that “nothing modifications for Ukraine,” as Russian President Vladimir Putin prepares to illegally annex extra swaths of Ukrainian territory.

“We proceed liberating our land and our individuals, restoring our territorial integrity,” Kuleba wrote in a tweet.

 “By trying to annex Ukraine’s Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson areas, Putin tries to seize territories he does not even bodily management on the bottom,” Kuleba added.

— Amanda Macias

White Home pours chilly water on Ukraine’s hopes for fast-track entry to NATO

U.S. Nationwide Safety Advisor Jake Sullivan speaks to the media concerning the conflict in Ukraine and different subjects on the White Home in Washington, U.S., March 22, 2022.

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The White Home signaled clearly that it’ll not help Ukraine’s request to quick monitor its software for membership in NATO, which Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskky had signed earlier within the day.

Simply hours after Zelenskyy introduced what he known as Ukraine’s “decisive step” in the direction of becoming a member of the alliance, Nationwide Safety Advisor Jake Sullivan stated Ukraine’s software to NATO “ought to be taken up at a unique time.”

“Our view is that one of the best ways for us to help Ukraine is thru sensible on the bottom help in Ukraine” Sullivan informed reporters on the White Home.

The remarks aren’t a brand new place for the Biden administration.

Sullivan’s assertion comes as Sweden and Finland at on the verge of being admitted to NATO. Hungary and Turkey have but to sign-off.

— Emma Kinery

Greater than 240 vessels carrying agricultural exports have left Ukraine since July

Barbados-flagged normal cargo ship Fulmar S is pictured within the Black Sea, north of the Bosphorus Strait, in Istanbul, Turkey August 5, 2022.

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The group overseeing the export of agricultural merchandise from Ukraine stated that up to now 241 vessels have left the besieged nation since ports reopened in July.

The Joint Coordination Middle, an initiative of Ukraine, Russia, the United Nations and Turkey, stated the ships transported a complete of 5.4 million metric tons of grain and different meals merchandise.

Three of Ukraine’s main ports have been reopened to exports underneath the U.N.-backed Black Sea Grain Initiative.

— Amanda Macias

European Council president: Annexation is ‘harmful and irresponsible escalation’

European Council President Charles Michel attends EU Leaders Summit on Russia-Ukraine disaster in Brussels, Belgium on February 24, 2022.

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European Council President Charles Michel condemned Russia’s annexation of 4 areas of Ukraine in a video message saying the European Union won’t ever acknowledge them.

“It’s a harmful and irresponsible escalation. It is designed as a step to accentuate the nuclear risk in opposition to the remainder of the world,” Michel stated.

“The European Union unequivocally rejects and condemns these unlawful annexations,” he added.

— Reuters

Biden’s message for Putin: U.S.will ‘defend each single inch of NATO territory’

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the Inflation Discount Act of 2022 on the White Home in Washington, U.S., July 28, 2022.

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With a steely demeanor, President Joe Biden responded to Vladimir Putin’s speech, which was laced with threats in opposition to NATO and the USA.

NATO allies “aren’t going to be intimidated by Putin and his reckless phrases and threats. He isn’t going to scare us and he does not intimidate us.”

“Putin’s actions are an indication he is struggling. “aren’t going to be intimidated by Putin and his reckless phrases and threats. He isn’t going to scare us and he does not intimidate us.”

“America is absolutely ready with our NATO allies to defend each single inch of NATO territory,” Biden stated on the White Home. “Each single inch. So, Mr. Putin, do not misunderstand what I am saying. Each inch.”

— Christina Wilkie

Russian use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine is ‘unthinkable,’ Canada’s international minister says, however allies should be prepared

Canada’s Minister of Overseas Affairs Melanie Joly addresses the 77th Session of the United Nations Normal Meeting at U.N. Headquarters in New York Metropolis, September 26, 2022.

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Canadian Overseas Minister Melanie Joly stated that her nation, together with the U.S. and G-7 members have mentioned the opportunity of Russian President Vladimir Putin escalating the conflict in Ukraine by means of the usage of nuclear weapons.

“Clearly that is unthinkable, however we now have to be prepared,” Joly informed reporters on the State Division, the place she met with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

In current weeks, the Kremlin has claimed Russia has the best to make use of nuclear weapons with a purpose to defend itself from Ukraine. Western allies have slammed the rhetoric relating to nuclear warfare, and have warned Moscow of swift and devastating penalties in the event that they have been to make use of a nuclear weapon.

— Amanda Macias

Zelenskyy vows to retake elements of Ukraine occupied by Russia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Lviv, Ukraine on August 18, 2022.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy repeated his pledge to retake all Ukrainian territory held by Russia, no matter Russia’s decree annexing 4 partlially occupied areas of Ukraine.

“The whole territory of our nation can be liberated from this enemy, the enemy not solely of Ukraine but additionally of life itself, humanity, regulation and fact,” Zelenskyy stated in a video handle. “Russia already is aware of this. It feels our energy,” he added.

The Ukrainian chief additionally stated that he’s prepared for negotiations to finish the conflict however added: “with one other president of Russia.”

— Amanda Macias

Nationwide safety advisor Sullivan speaks to NATO chief as Russia annexes elements of Ukraine

NATO Secretary Normal Jens Stoltenberg stands throughout a press convention with Ukrainian President in Kiev on July 10, 2017.

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Nationwide safety advisor Jake Sullivan spoke with NATO Secretary Normal Jens Stoltenberg as Russia makes an attempt to illegally annex Ukrainian territory by way of sham referenda.

The 2 reaffirmed their “dedication to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” in line with a White Home readout of the decision. Additionally they mentioned the obvious sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines within the Baltic Sea and methods to raised defend crucial infrastructure.

— Amanda Macias

Putin accuses U.S. and Western allies of attacking Nord Stream pipelines

Pipes on the landfall services of the ‘Nord Stream 1’ fuel pipeline are pictured in Lubmin, Germany, March 8, 2022.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the USA and its allies of blowing up the Nord Stream pure fuel pipelines.

“The sanctions weren’t sufficient for the Anglo-Saxons: they moved onto sabotage,” Putin claimed in a speech that was stuffed with false accusations in opposition to each Europe and the U.S.

“It’s exhausting to imagine, however it’s a truth, that they organized the blasts on the Nord Stream worldwide fuel pipelines,” the Russian chief alleged, with out providing any proof.

The one factor Putin and the West agree on, nevertheless, is that the Sept. 26 explosions and the holes found within the two huge vitality pipelines weren’t the results of an accident.

The European Union stated it suspected sabotage was behind the broken pipelines, that are at present leaking massive plumes of pure fuel into Swedish and Danish waters.

The White Home has dismissed Russian allegations that America was behind the assaults.

Russia’s prime spy stated that Moscow had intelligence indicating that the West was behind what he stated was a “terrorist act” in opposition to the pipelines.

— Reuters and CNBC’s Christina Wilkie

Biden slams Russian annexation, declares ‘these actions haven’t any legitimacy’

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks at an occasion on well being care prices, Medicare and Social Safety, within the Rose Backyard on the White Home in Washington, September 27, 2022.

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President Joe Biden slammed Moscow’s unlawful annexation of 4 partially occupied areas of Ukraine, and responded to them with a punishing new spherical of financial and commerce sanctions.

“Make no mistake: these actions haven’t any legitimacy,” Biden stated in an announcement, following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement that the Ukrainian areas of Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson have been now part of Russia.

“I urge all members of the worldwide group to reject Russia’s unlawful makes an attempt at annexation and to face with the individuals of Ukraine for so long as it takes,” stated Biden, vowing that America and its allies would maintain the Kremlin accountable.

Biden additionally stated the U.S. would proceed to help Ukraine with humanitarian help, along with the billions of {dollars} in safety help it has already dedicated to the battle.

— Amanda Macias

Zelenskyy says Ukraine will search ‘accelerated accession’ to NATO membership

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy attends the NATO summit by way of video hyperlink, as Russia’s assault on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine June 29, 2022. 

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated his nation is submitting an ‘accelerated’ software to hitch the NATO navy alliance. The announcement comes simply hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin held a ceremony to formalize Russia’s annexation of 4 areas of Ukraine.

“We have now already made our solution to NATO … we now have already confirmed compatibility with alliance requirements. They’re actual for Ukraine actual on the battlefield and in all elements of our interplay,” Zelenskyy stated on the Telegram messaging app.

“We’re taking our decisive step by signing Ukraine’s software for accelerated accession to NATO,” he added.

— Amanda Macias

U.S. set to announce new sanctions on Russia in response to Ukraine annexation

U.S. President Joe Biden pictured in London on September 18, 2022. Biden stated in an interview broadcast on Sunday that U.S forces would defend Taiwan within the occasion of a Chinese language invasion, his most express assertion up to now on the problem.

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The Biden administration is anticipated to impose new sanctions in opposition to Russia in response to the Kremlin’s unlawful annexation on Friday of 4 areas of Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a speech by which he railed in opposition to America and Europe, earlier than signing a decree formally annexing Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson.

Putin’s handle comes on the heels of referendums within the territories that have been extensively seen as rigged and illegitimate.

“There are 4 new areas of Russia,” Putin stated from the Kremlin in Moscow, in line with a translation.

— Amanda Macias

Nord Stream fuel leaks sees methane spewing into the ambiance

Local weather scientists described the stunning photos of fuel spewing to the floor of the Baltic Sea as a “reckless launch” of greenhouse fuel emissions that, if deliberate, “quantities to an environmental crime.”

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Local weather scientists described the stunning photos of fuel spewing to the floor of the Baltic Sea this week as a “reckless launch” of greenhouse fuel emissions that, if deliberate, “quantities to an environmental crime.”

Researchers acknowledge that it’s tough to precisely quantify the dimensions of the emissions and say the leaks are a “wee bubble within the ocean” in comparison with the large quantities of methane emitted around the globe day-after-day.

Nonetheless, environmental campaigners argue that the incident exhibits the danger of sabotage or an accident makes fossil infrastructure a “ticking time bomb.”

This is the story.

— Sam Meredith

Putin says Russia isn’t aiming for the return of the Soviet Union

Russia isn’t searching for the return of the Soviet Union, Vladimir Putin stated throughout his speech to Russian lawmakers saying the annexation of 4 of Ukraine’s territories.

“Individuals born after the tragedy of the tip of the Soviet Union, they needed unity in 1991,” Putin stated. “There was a call by representatives of the main social gathering to dissolve the united states. And this has destroyed the connections between completely different elements of our nation.”

Putin has lengthy held that the dissolution of the united states was a mistake and probably the most catastrophic occasion in historical past.

“The Soviet Union is now not there, and can’t return to the previous,” he stated.

“For Russia we do not want this anymore, we aren’t aiming for that. However there may be nothing stronger than the need of mission of people that determined they need to be a part of Russia. For generations they lived in a single nation and there may be nothing stronger than the need of those individuals to return to their historic roots.”

— Natasha Turak

Putin declares 4 new areas of the Russian Federation

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a gathering on agriculture points by way of video hyperlink in Sochi, Russia September 27, 2022. Sputnik/Gavriil Grigorov/Pool by way of REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin introduced the annexation of 4 areas of Ukraine underneath its occupation throughout a speech in entrance of lawmakers in Moscow.

“Individuals have made a definitive selection, in the present day we’re signing a decree on Luhansk Individuals’s Republic, Donetsk Individuals’s Republic, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson,” Putin stated. “I’m positive the Federal Meeting will help the legal guidelines of making 4 new topics of the Russian Federation as a result of that is the need of thousands and thousands of individuals.” 

“It’s the self dedication of individuals, the best that’s primarily based on the historic unity which was defended by generations of our individuals, individuals who for generations protected Russia,” he stated.

The speech follows a widely-criticized sham referendum held by Russia within the occupied territories, which make up roughly 18% of Ukraine’s land, that resulted in what Moscow stated have been overwhelming votes to hitch the Russian Federation.

— Natasha Turak

Kremlin says assaults on any a part of Ukraine that Russia is about to annex is an assault on Russia itself

Assaults on any a part of Ukraine that Russia is about to annex can be thought-about an assault on Russia itself, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov informed reporters.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is slated to formally declare the annexations of 4 Ukrainian areas throughout a ceremony in the present day, for which celebrations at Crimson Sq. are deliberate.

The classification raises the stakes for the battle as Putin has threatened the usage of nuclear weapons within the occasion of any assaults on Russian territory. And simply because the annexations are to be introduced, Ukrainian forces have surrounded hundreds of Russian troops within the strategic city of Lyman in northern Donetsk, one of many territories set for annexation.

The scenario raises the query of precisely what elements of those territories Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia Russia can truly annex and management. Altogether, they represent roughly 18% of Ukraine’s land.

Peskov stated that each one of Donetsk could be underneath Ukrainian management, however didn’t specify whether or not all of Kherson of Zaporizhzhia could be.

“We are going to make clear every part in the present day,” he stated.

— Natasha Turak

Russian forces face potential imminent defeat in Ukraine’s Lyman

Ukrainian troopers relaxation at their place close to Lyman, jap Ukraine, on April 28, 2022, amid Russian invasion of Ukraine. (

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Ukrainian forces have virtually absolutely surrounded Russian troops occupying Lyman, a city within the north of Ukraine’s Donetsk province, elevating the opportunity of one other Russian loss simply as President Vladimir Putin is about to announce the province’s annexation.

“Ukrainian troops have probably almost accomplished the encirclement of the Russian grouping in Lyman and lower crucial floor strains of communication (GLOCS) that help Russian troops within the Drobysheve-Lyman space,” a tweet from the Institute for the Examine of Conflict learn. Roughly 5,500 Russian troops are reported to be within the city, which has been occupied since Might.

The city is house to a strategic railway junction. Ukrainian forces have made speedy advances within the space in current days and are actually positioned to fireplace on the one route out of Lyman.

That is a part of the big swathe of jap and southern Ukrainian territory, encompassing 4 areas, that Putin is about to annex after holding a sham referendum fully managed by Russia that concluded in majority votes to hitch the Russian Federation.

Putin has warned that any threats to the territory of Russia would justify its use of nuclear weapons.

— Natasha Turak

Russian strikes hit civilian convoy a number of instances outdoors Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine says

Ukrainian servicemen stroll by a crater left by a missile strike close to Zaporizhzhia on September 30, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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Russian strikes hit a civilian convoy a number of instances outdoors town of Zaporizhzhia, Ukrainian officers stated.

The strikes, which hit a convoy of people that have been heading to Russian-occupied territory to select up their kin, killed no less than 23 individuals and wounded no less than 28, Zaporizhzhia Regional Governor Oleksandr Starukh stated in a submit on Telegram.

“There are lifeless and wounded. Rescuers, medics, and all related providers are at present working on the website,” Starukh wrote.

EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content material / Ukrainian policemen test vehicles broken by a missile strike on a highway close to Zaporizhzhia on September 30, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. 

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Ukraine’s Luhansk governor Serhiy Haidai wrote on Telegram, “Close to Zaporizhzhia, the Russians fired rockets at a convoy heading to the occupied territory. It ought to be famous that the departure of 34 automobiles with residents of Luhansk area was deliberate. Extra detailed details about the victims is being clarified.”

Members of the crimson cross checks our bodies of individuals killed by a missile strike close to Zaporizhzhia on September 30, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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CNBC has not been capable of independently confirm the main points. Pictures posted by Starukh and others on social media present disturbing scenes of burnt vehicles and our bodies on the highway.

A Russian-appointed chief of occupied Zaporizhzhia, Volodymyr Rogov, was quoted by Russian state information company RIA as blaming Ukrainian forces for the assault, saying “Ukrainian militants hit a convoy with dozens of civilian vehicles queuing.”

A pair hug one another close to vehicles broken by a missile strike on a highway close to Zaporizhzhia on September 30, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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Putin to formally announce Ukraine annexations throughout ceremony

A view exhibits banners and constructions forward of an anticipated occasion, devoted to the outcomes of referendums on the becoming a member of of 4 Ukrainian self-proclaimed areas to Russia, close to the Kremlin Wall and the State Historic Museum in Crimson Sq. in central Moscow, Russia September 28, 2022. Banners learn: “Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, Kherson. Collectively without end!” 

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is about to carry a ceremony in the present day formally declaring the annexation of 4 areas of Ukraine, the place sham referendums have been held by Russian-appointed authorities during the last week.

The referendum’s outcomes, which have been rejected by a lot of the worldwide group, confirmed massive majorities of every territory — Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia — voting to hitch the Russian Federation. The areas, making up the nation’s jap and southern flanks, type roughly 18% of Ukraine’s territory.

A municipal employee casts her poll throughout a referendum on the secession of Zaporizhzhia area from Ukraine and its becoming a member of Russia, within the Russian-controlled metropolis of Melitopol within the Zaporizhzhia area, Ukraine September 26, 2022. 

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Quite a few studies have surfaced of votes being compelled at gunpoint, and of votes being staged.

Authorities spokesperson Dmitry Peskov stated that Putin will signal accession paperwork on the Kremlin after which ship a speech. A music live performance can be set to happen at Moscow’s Crimson Sq..

Analysts and world leaders fear that Putin’s annexation will make him really feel justified in utilizing nuclear weapons to defend the territories from anybody trying to take them again, as he hinted as a lot in his speech final week if the “territory of Russia” got here underneath risk.

— Natasha Turak

‘The U.S. doesn’t, and can by no means, acknowledge’ Russia’s sham referenda, Blinken says

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks after viewing the “Burma’s Path To Genocide” exhibit at the USA Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, March 21, 2022.

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken slammed Russia’s “try at a land seize in Ukraine” and stated that the U.S. won’t ever acknowledge the outcomes of the Kremlin’s “sham referenda.”

“The outcomes have been orchestrated in Moscow and don’t mirror the need of the individuals of Ukraine. The USA doesn’t, and can by no means, acknowledge the legitimacy or final result of those sham referenda or Russia’s purported annexation of Ukrainian territory,” Blinken wrote in an announcement.

“This spectacle carried out by Russia’s proxies is illegitimate and violates worldwide regulation,” he added.

Biden’s prime diplomat stated that the U.S. will proceed to “help Ukraine for so long as it takes.”

The Kremlin has beforehand stated that the outcomes of the referendums held in 4 areas of Ukraine are reliable.

— Amanda Macias

‘It could nonetheless be stopped,’ Zelenskyy says of Russian makes an attempt to annex elements of Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Lviv, Ukraine on August 18, 2022.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy slammed Russia’s try to annex extra swaths of his nation.

“Russia won’t get new territory in Ukraine,” Zelenskyy stated in Russian in a nightly handle on the Telegram messaging app. “It could nonetheless be stopped,” he added.

“The value of 1 particular person in Russia eager to proceed this conflict can be that the complete Russian society can be left with no regular economic system, with no respectable life, and with out respect for any human values,” Zelenskyy stated, in line with an NBC Information translation.

“With a view to cease this, you need to cease the one in Russia who needs conflict greater than life. Your life, residents of Russia,” Zelenskyy stated with out naming Russian President Vladimir Putin.

— Amanda Macias

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