- Sputnik International, 1920, 25.02.2022
Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
On February 24, Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine, aiming to liberate the Donbass region where the people's republics of Donetsk and Lugansk had been living under regular attacks from Kiev's forces.

'Thank You Macron!' French Politician Slams Ukraine for Abandoning Howitzers to Russian Forces

CAESAR self-propelled howitzer - Sputnik International, 1920, 25.06.2022
A Russian factory which is currently studying the seized French weapons also sarcastically thanked French President Emmanuel Macron for the "gifted" artillery, asking him to send more for disassembly.
French politician and far-right National Rally candidate for the 2022 general election, Jean-Michel Cadenas, has criticized the Ukrainian military for abandoning two Paris-originated Caesar self-propelled howitzers on the battlefield. Cadenas also blasted French President Emmanuel Macron for sending them in the first place.
"Russia has recovered, among other things, two of the first six Caesar howitzers sent by France [to Ukraine]! They were in perfect working order. The Ukrainians withdrew [from their positions] so quickly that they did not have time to either destroy or booby-trap them!" Cadenas wrote on his Twitter account.
The politician went on to recall that following their capture, the howitzers were sent to a Russian defense lab. Cadenas, who is a former army officer himself, alleged that the weapons will be "dissected, studied, copied and improved" by Russia, adding sarcastically, "Thank you, Macron!"
The Uralvagonzavod Russian defense lab which is studying the Caesars also sent its regards to the French president.
"[We] send out gratitude to President Macron for [the] gifted howitzers. We can't say that they are good howitzers, nothing like our MSTA-S [NATO codename: M1990 "Farm"]. Nonetheless, we will find a good use for them. Please send more for disassembly!" Uralvagonzavod wrote.
Moscow has repeatedly advised western countries against sending weapons to Ukraine, warning that Kiev might not exercise control over where they end up, possibly including in the hands of third-party terrorists looking to compromise European security. The Kremlin also stressed that these shipments unnecessarily prolong the conflict in Ukraine and added that it shows how the West wants to fight "until the last Ukrainian standing" to oppose the Russian special military operation.
Russian self-propelled 240 mm mortars Tyulpan. File photo - Sputnik International, 1920, 13.04.2022
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These words of caution were hardly heeded by western countries, which continue to send new weapons and ammunition.
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