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Russian forces continue advancing 'in all directions' as Kiev refuses to hold talks******
Russian forces have been instructed to resume their advance into Ukraine "in all directions" after Kiev refused to hold negotiations, the Russian Defense Ministry said Saturday.
All units were ordered to mount an offensive in accordance with the operation plan, Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said during a briefing Saturday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday ordered a halt to military operations in light of expected negotiations with the Ukranian leadership, local media reported citing Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
The Ukrainian side said that Kiev refused to negotiate with Russia because the conditions proposed were "unacceptable," and were "an attempt to force the country to surrender."
Troops from Lugansk have advanced up to 46 km and captured the settlements of Schastia and Muratovo, while troops from Donetsk have advanced another 10 km from the frontline, according to the ministry.
The ministry also said Saturday that Russian Airborne Forces were protecting the Chernobyl nuclear power plant jointly with Ukraine's National Guard, according to local media.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday that the current sanctions against Russia could be a reason to review relations with all states that have imposed them.
Medvedev said this was a reason to end all dialogue with the West on strategic stability, and vowed that the sanctions wouldn't change Moscow's decision to conduct the ongoing military operation and protect Donbass.
He also noted that Russia may respond symmetrically to measures taken against Russian citizens and companies abroad, namely by seizing funds of foreigners and foreign companies in Russia.
Additionally, Russian aviation authorities said there would be a "mirror response" to the measures currently carried out by countries choosing to ban flights for Russian aircraft. Moscow vowed to close its airspace in retaliation.
During a phone call with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow is ready for negotiations with "all constructive forces" to resolve the Ukrainian crisis.
However, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said Saturday on Facebook that the siege of Kiev is the primary purpose of Russia's offensive against Ukraine.
The department said that Russia plans to encircle and block Kiev to "demilitarize" Ukraine and force the Ukrainian leadership to change its political course on Russian terms.
China fines companies over undeclared concentration of undertakings******
BEIJING, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- China's top market regulator on Saturday announced the decision to fine companies with over 43 cases of illegal concentration of undertakings, according to the Anti-monopoly Law.。
The cases are transactions that should have been declared in the past and mostly involve undeclared mergers and acquisitions of internet companies, according to the State Administration for Market Regulation website.。
The administration said that each of the companies involved was fined 500,000 yuan (about 78,339 U.S. dollars).。
The penalty will help create a transparent and predictable competitive environment for market entities and urge enterprises to enhance their compliance awareness and abilities, the administration said. Enditem。
Bundesliga leaders Bayern whitewash Union Berlin 5******
BERLIN, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- Bayern Munich recovered from their hammering German Cup exit and returned to winning ways after cruising 5-2 past Union Berlin at the 10th round of Bundesliga on Saturday.。
The Bavarians left no doubt that they wanted to make amends for their 5-0 knockout as the Bundesliga front runners took the reins from the staring whistle after Leroy Sane missed the target just wide with 7 minutes gone.。
Bayern was rewarded eight minutes later though as Robert Lewandowski broke the deadlock after capitalizing on a hand ball penalty.。
The Pole wasn't done with the scoring and wrapped up his brace with 23 minutes played after curling a free kick past Union goalkeeper Andreas Luthe into the top right corner.。
Although the German giants were two goals in front, they pressed frenetically forward as Lewandowski tested Luthe in a one-on-one before Sane tripled the advantage by latching onto Thomas Muller's assist in the 34th minute.。
The hosts eventually showed a sign of life in the closing stages of the first half as Niko Giesselmann beat Bayern custodian Manuel Neuer from eight meters to make it 3-1 on the scoreboards.。
Union came out highly motivated after the break and came close twice, but Neuer denied Sheraldo Becker and Timo Baumgartl in quick succession in the 51st minute.。
Becker continued to keep Bayern's defence busy, but Neuer was once again on guard to defuse Becker's shot to the far post moments later.。
Bayern responded clinically and established their three-goal lead out of thin air as Kingsley Coman danced through Berlin's defence before finishing off a counterattack into the roof of the net at the hour mark.。
Resilient Union remained unimpressed and halved the deficit four minutes later when Kevin Behrens teed up for Julian Ryerson, who made no mistake to overcome Neuer from inside the box.。
Bayern responded in style and put the result beyond doubt after Dayot Upamecano raced down the pitch before finding Muller, who made it 5-2 from 12 meters in the 79th minute.。
"We ensured a good start into the game. The two conceded goals are annoying, but we are nevertheless satisfied with the win as we have shown a reaction," Bayern goalie Manuel Neuer said.。
With the result, Bayern maintain their one-point lead atop the standings meanwhile Union Berlin slipped to the 6th spot after suffering its second loss of the season.。
Elsewhere, runners-up Borussia Dortmund remain on Bayern's heels after seeing off Cologne 2-0 on the goals from Thorgan Hazard and Steffen Tigges.。
Third placed Freiburg extended their unbeaten run to 10 games after moving 3-1 past newly promoted Greuther Furth, who suffered their 8th straight defeat.。
Wolfsburg ended their three-game losing streak and reaped a 2-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen while wasteful Mainz edged bottom side Arminia Bielefeld 2-1. Enditem。
Martin Pongracic (L) of Dortmund vies with Jan Thielmann of Cologne during a German first division Bundesliga football match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Cologne in Dortmund, Germany, Oct. 30, 2021. (Photo by Joachim Bywaletz/Xinhua)。
Marius Wolf (L) of Dortmund vies for header with Benno Schmitz of Cologne during a German first division Bundesliga football match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Cologne in Dortmund, Germany, Oct. 30, 2021. (Photo by Joachim Bywaletz/Xinhua)。
Marco Reus (L) of Dortmund vies with Timo Huebers of Cologne during a German first division Bundesliga football match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Cologne in Dortmund, Germany, Oct. 30, 2021. (Photo by Joachim Bywaletz/Xinhua)。
Marco Reus (R) of Dortmund vies with Mark Uth of Cologne during a German first division Bundesliga football match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Cologne in Dortmund, Germany, Oct. 30, 2021. (Photo by Joachim Bywaletz/Xinhua)。
Players of Wolfsburg celebrate during a German first division Bundesliga football match between VfL Wolfsburg and Bayer 04 Leverkusen in Leverkusen, Germany, Oct. 30, 2021. (Photo by Ulrich Hufnagel/Xinhua)。
Josuha Guilavogui (L) of Wolfsburg vies with Lucas Alario of Leverkusen during a German first division Bundesliga football match between VfL Wolfsburg and Bayer 04 Leverkusen in Leverkusen, Germany, Oct. 30, 2021. (Photo by Ulrich Hufnagel/Xinhua)。