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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.
U.S. Marines with 10th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, fire a reduced range practice rocket from a M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System during Exercise Rolling Thunder 22-2 on Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, April. 4, 2022. - Sputnik International

LIVE UPDATES: Russian Forces Take Ugledar City in DPR in Semicircle - DPR Head's Adviser

Russia started a special military operation in Ukraine on February 24, 2022, following the request from the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics to protect their citizens in the wake of increased attacks from Kiev.
Since October 2022, the Russian military has been performing precision strikes on Ukrainian military and energy infrastructure in response to Ukrainian terrorist attacks on Russian territory, particularly the bombing of the Crimean Bridge carried out by Ukrainian intelligence services.
Over the past months, air raid alerts have been sounded in regions of Ukraine every day, with many parts of the country experiencing power cuts.
The United States and western countries ramped up their military support for Ukraine after Russia launched a special military operation.
Last week, Germany pledged to send 14 Leopard 2A6 tanks to Ukraine, after being repeatedly urged to do so by some of its EU and NATO allies. The United States said it would send Ukraine 31 Abrams tanks and eight M88 recovery vehicles, noting that the delivery would take considerable time.
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03:19 GMT 03.02.2023
Ruins in Makeevka after Ukrainian strike  - Sputnik International, 1920, 03.02.2023
Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
Russian Forces Take Ugledar City in DPR in Semicircle, DPR Head's Adviser Says
00:29 GMT 03.02.2023
Russian Forces Close to Taking Outskirts of Artemivsk Under Control - DPR Head's Adviser
The Russian military is close to taking the outskirts of the city of Artemivsk (also known as Bakhmut) under fire control as soldiers have hunkered down in the east of the city, and the Russian artillery is controlling all approaches to the city, Igor Kimakovsky, adviser to acting head of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Denis Pushilin, has told Sputnik.
"The biggest success is looming in Artemivsk: the allied forces there are close to taking fire control of the ring around the city, that is, we are getting closer to the encirclement of the city," Kimakovsky said.
He added that Russian troops have gained a foothold in the east of Artemivsk, and the Russian artillery is controlling all approaches to the city.
18:21 GMT 02.02.2023
UN Chief to Speak at General Assembly Session on Ukraine February 24
UN Secretary-General Antonio Gueterres will be speak during the General Assembly session with a focus on Ukraine scheduled for February 24, United Nations spokesperson Florencia Soto Nino said on Thursday.
"I think there is a General Assembly meeting scheduled and he [Antonio Guterres] will be speaking there," Nino said.
The Secretary-General has no trips to announce, Nino said in response to a question about whether Guterres plans to travel to the region.
17:58 GMT 02.02.2023
Wagner Group Chief Says Mykolayevka in DPR Taken Under Control
The founder of the Wagner group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, announced that the settlement of Mykolayevka in the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) had been taken under control.
"During the fighting, units of the Wagner PMC captured the settlement of Mykolayevka," Prigozhin was quoted as saying by his press service on Telegram.
15:47 GMT 02.02.2023
Russia Destroys 2 US Missile Launchers in DPR, Including 1 HIMARS
Russian aviation and artillery have destroyed two US missile launchers near the city of Kramatorsk in the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) during the day, the Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday.
"US-made M142 HIMARS [High Mobility Artillery Rocket System] and M270 MLRS [Multiple Launch Rocket System] missile launchers were destroyed near the city of Kramatorsk in the Donetsk People's Republic," the statement read.
The ministry noted that operational-tactical aviation, missile and artillery troops of the Russian armed forces hit a total of 78 artillery units at firing positions, as well as manpower and military equipment in 105 areas.
Three missile and artillery weapon depots of the Ukrainian military in the areas of Malynovka and Avdeyevka in the DPR and Druzhelyubovka in the Zaporozhye region were also struck, the ministry added.
15:46 GMT 02.02.2023
Switzerland Has 96 Leopard 2 Tanks, But None Requested to Be Bought Yet: Defense Ministry
Switzerland has 96 Leopard 2 tanks in stock, but no state has applied to Bern with a request to purchase them, which can only be allowed by a governmental decree, the Swiss Defense Ministry told Sputnik on Thursday.
"Switzerland has not yet received a single application from Germany for the resale to Rheinmetall manufacturer of a part of 96 decommissioned Leopard battle tanks. At the moment there are no pending applications from other states. If such an application is submitted, it will be considered," the ministry said.
15:46 GMT 02.02.2023
Ukraine and European Union flags hang together on the exterior of the building prior to an extraordinary plenary session on Ukraine at the European Parliament in Brussels, Tuesday, March 1, 2022 - Sputnik International, 1920, 02.02.2023
Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
Council of EU Adopts New Military Aid Package for Ukraine Worth Almost $600Mln
13:12 GMT 02.02.2023
EU's Borrell Vows to Double Number of Ukrainian Troops in Training
The European Union will ramp up its training mission for Ukraine from the initial 15,000 soldiers to 30,000, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said during a trip to Kiev.
"Glad to announce to PM Denys Shmyhal that EU Military Assistance Mission EUMAM will train additional 15,000 Ukrainian soldiers, taking the total number of EUMAM trained personnel to 30,000," he said on social media.
The EU will also provide Ukraine with an extra 25 million euros ($27.5 million) in funding for its "demining efforts in endangered areas," Borrell added. This comes on top of the 50 million euros the bloc has paid to Ukraine since the start of the conflict last February.
12:48 GMT 02.02.2023
EU to Introduce 10th Sanctions Package Against Russia on February 24, Von Der Leyen Says
Russia has been conducting special military operation in Ukraine since 24th February 2022. The aim of the special op is to protect people of the Donbass region from Ukrainian aggression.
When Russia started its special military operation, Western countries boosted military aid to Kiev and introduced several packages of anti-Russian sanctions.
12:31 GMT 02.02.2023
Russian Mod Briefing on the Progress of the Special Military Operation in Ukraine
12:30 GMT 02.02.2023
Russian Mod Briefing on the Progress of the Special Military Operation in Ukraine
09:30 GMT 02.02.2023
Pentagon Skeptical on Kiev's Chances to Regain Control Over Crimea, Media Reports
The US Defense Department believes that Kiev is unlikely to oust Russian troops from Crimea and regain control over the peninsula in the near future, the American newspaper reported on Thursday, citing four anonymous sources familiar with the the content of a closed-door briefing.
09:01 GMT 02.02.2023
Ukrainian Troops Fired 13 Shells at the Petrovsky District of Donetsk, the DPR Said
Ukrainian military fired twice in one hour at the Petrovsky district of Donetsk with 13 NATO 155 millimeter shells, the DPR representatives said.
08:48 GMT 02.02.2023
More Long-Range Arms Supplied to Kiev, Further They Should Be Moved Away From Russia: Lavrov
Ukrainian servicemen load a truck with the FGM-148 Javelin, American man-portable anti-tank missile provided by US to Ukraine as part of a military support, upon its delivery at Kiev's airport Borispol on February 11,2022 - Sputnik International, 1920, 02.02.2023
The More Long-Range Arms Supplied to Kiev, The Further They Should Be Moved From Russia: Lavrov
06:55 GMT 02.02.2023
Ukraine Needs Another $10Bln Financial Aid to Cover Budget Deficit
Kiev needs another $10 billion in international financial assistance from other countries and organizations to cover its budget deficit and ensure stable economic development, Ukrainian Deputy Finance Minister Olga Zykova said.
06:17 GMT 02.02.2023
’Twenty Minutes of Fighting and We Surrendered’, Says UK-Trained Ukrainian Conscript
A Ukrainian recruit speaks with instructors during a five-week combat training course with the UK armed forces near Durrington in southern England on October 11, 2022 - Sputnik International, 1920, 02.02.2023
Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
’Twenty Minutes of Fighting and We Surrendered’, Says UK-Trained Ukrainian Conscript
06:17 GMT 02.02.2023
UK Defense Secretary Not Ruling Out Delivery of Military Aircraft to Ukraine
This photo taken on September 22, 2016 shows a British soldier walking by a Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jet at Royal Air Force's Akrotiri base in Cyprus, before taking off for a coalition mission over Iraq.  - Sputnik International, 1920, 02.02.2023
UK Defense Secretary Not Ruling Out Delivery of Military Aircraft to Ukraine
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