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Situation in Ukraine
On 24 February, Russia launched a special military operation amid Kiev's ongoing shelling of the DPR and LPR. President Vladimir Putin stated that the op is meant to protect the people of Donbass, and its goal is the complete demilitarisation and denazification of Ukraine.
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Russia launched its military operation in Ukraine on 24 February to support the people's republics of Donetsk and Lugansk to defend them from intensifying attacks by Ukrainian forces.
Russia's armed forces and the Donbass militia continue their advance as part of the special operation in Ukraine, driving back the Ukrainian military.
Earlier, Donetsk People's Republic and Russian forces surrounded Mariupol and began a liberation campaign, with the remaining fighters of the Ukrainian nationalist Azov battalion holing up in the Azovstal plant's labyrinth of tunnels.
Russia has repeatedly denounced the continuous flow of weapons to Ukraine from the West, saying that it adds fuel to the fire and derails the negotiation process.
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"According to the information received from sources in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, a group of officers of the UK Ministry of Defense was already deployed to the territory of Ukraine long before the start of the hostilities. Thus, from February 11-14, accompanied by PMC GardaWorld, UK commanders were carrying out activities to synchronize technical intelligence data received by NATO intelligence with the headquarters of the ATO group in Kramatorsk, where options for conducting military operations against the Russian armed forces were being considered," the source said.

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On 24 February, Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine after the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Lugansk requested help to defend them from intensifying attacks by Ukrainian troops. The Russian Ministry of Defence said the operation is solely targeting Ukrainian military infrastructure.

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