Putin Thanks Members of National Guard Taking Part in Spec Military Op

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Russian President Vladimir Putin - Sputnik International, 1920, 26.03.2022
On February 24, Russia began a special military operation in Ukraine, responding to calls for help from the republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, shelled by Ukrainian forces.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has released a video address on the occasion of National Guard Day, celebrated in Russia on March 27, thanking Rosgvardiya members who are participating in the special military operation in Ukraine.

"Today, I would like to specifically and separately address the servicemen and employees of Rosgvardiya (National Guard) units who are participating in the special military operation on the territory of Donbas and Ukraine. Dear comrades, yes, the real combat situation is associated with increased risk. I know well how you act in such a situation - with the utmost courage and professionalism, skillfully, resolutely and fearlessly. Demonstrating personal heroism, you competently and clearly solve all the most difficult tasks," Putin said.

The president congratulated Russian National Guard members and veterans on their professional holiday, wishing them and their families good health and success.
"Our entire vast country is rightfully proud of each of you. I want to thank you. Thank you for your steadfastness and impeccable service to Russia," Putin said.
He also pointed to the significant contribution of the National Guard in the fight against terrorism, extremism, and organized crime.

"Created six years ago, Rosgvardiya has become an integral, reliable link in the unified state system for ensuring law and order, protecting the rights and interests of our citizens," Putin said.
A Russian serviceman stands in front of a Pantsir-S1 air defence missile system during the Russian military operation in Ukraine - Sputnik International, 1920, 25.03.2022
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The Russian president earlier stressed that the operation does not aim to occupy any Ukrainian territory. The main goal was said to be the “demilitarization” and “denazification of the country” and to bring to justice all war criminals responsible for "bloody crimes against civilians" in the Donbass. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the Armed Forces target only military infrastructure and Ukrainian troops.
According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the goal is to protect the people of Donbas, "who have been subjected to abuse, genocide by the Kiev regime for eight years."
In response to the special operation, some countries and enterprises have imposed large-scale sanctions against Russian officials, businesses and citizens.
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