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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.
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UPDATES: US Sending GLSDB Bombs to Ukraine But It's Up to Kiev Whether to Attack Crimea - Pentagon

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Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine on February 24, 2022, following the plea from the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics to protect their citizens amid 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.
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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03:24 GMT 04.02.2023
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Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
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22:34 GMT 03.02.2023
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21:56 GMT 03.02.2023
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20:33 GMT 03.02.2023
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18:30 GMT 03.02.2023
Kremlin Spokesman Comments on Pentagon's Move to Send Long-Range Weapons to Ukraine
"It's important not to forget Putin's statement yesterday in Volgograd," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Sputnik after the US announced a $2.2 billion military aid package for Ukraine.
Delivering a speech to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Soviet victory in the Battle of Stalingrad on Thursday, Putin said the powers which try to wage an undeclared war against Russia will receive a tough response to their actions.
"We do not send tanks to their borders," the Russian president said, adding, however, that Russia still has means to retaliate.
The latest US military assistance package for Ukraine includes long-range rockets for HIMARS and long-range Ground Launched Small Diameter Bombs (GLSDB). The Pentagon said that it was up to Kiev whether to use the longer-range projectiles to attack Crimea.
18:16 GMT 03.02.2023
Former US Marine Killed Fighting in Ukraine - Reports
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - A former US Marine fighting in Ukraine was killed in the country on February 2, US media reported on Friday.
US citizen Pete Reed was killed working as a "volunteer" in Ukraine, the report said, citing Reed’s family. Reed’s death comes following the killing or capture of numerous other US and western fighters working with Ukrainian forces since the beginning of Russia’s special military operation.
The Biden administration has urged US citizens, including servicemembers and veterans, not to travel to Ukraine to act as foreign fighters.
The Russian Defense Ministry has also warned that mercenaries who arrive in Ukraine are not considered official combatants and risk death or imprisonment.
17:51 GMT 03.02.2023
France, Italy to Send Ukraine Missile Systems
According to the French defense ministry, France and Italy have agreed to supply Ukraine with mobile surface-to-air missile systems.
The systems, called MAMBA or SAMP, are a vehicle-mounted battery of medium-range missiles designed to offer protection from airborne threats such as missiles and manned or unmanned aircraft.
17:44 GMT 03.02.2023
EU is Investing Not Into Ukraine Settlement, But Into Prolongation of the Conflict - Moscow
17:43 GMT 03.02.2023
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17:33 GMT 03.02.2023
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17:33 GMT 03.02.2023
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Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
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17:32 GMT 03.02.2023
Pentagon: Decision on Whether to Use US-Supplied Ground Launched Small Diameter Bombs Against Crimea is Up to Ukraine
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States will provide Ukraine with Ground Launched Small Diameter Bombs (GLSDB) in the newly announced military aid package but Kiev will decide whether it will use the weapons to target Crimea, Defense Department spokesperson Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder said on Friday.
"I'm not going to talk about or speculate about potential future operations," Ryder added.
17:08 GMT 03.02.2023
Pentagon Announces $2.2 Billion Military Aid Package to Ukraine
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The latest US military assistance package for Ukraine includes long-range rockets, Department of Defense spokesperson Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder said on Friday.
"The Department of Defense announced today a significant new package of security assistance for Ukraine," Ryder said. "This includes the authorization of a presidential of security assistance valued of up to $425 million as well as $1.75 billion in Ukraine security assistance initiative funds.
Ryder specified that today’s announcement "includes critical air defense capabilities to help Ukraine defend its people as well as armored infantry vehicles and more equipment that Ukraine is using so effectively including Javelins anti-tank missiles, artillery ammunition and conventional and long-range rockets for the US-provided HIMARS."
14:55 GMT 03.02.2023
Von Der Leyen: EU 10th Sanction Against Russia to Amount $10.8Bln, Target Drone Technology
14:25 GMT 03.02.2023
MoD: Russian Troops Take More Advantageous Positions in Donetsk Direction
14:23 GMT 03.02.2023
MoD: Russia Destroys First Western-Supplied NASAMS in Ukraine
12:49 GMT 03.02.2023
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12:27 GMT 03.02.2023
German Government Approves Exports of Leopard 1 Tanks to Ukraine
The German government has approved exports of Leopard 1 tanks to Ukraine, German cabinet spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said on Friday, commenting on earlier media reports about such plans.
"I confirm [the government's approval to send Leopard 1 tanks to Ukraine]," Hebestreit told journalists.
The spokesman, however, refused to give any details on how many tanks will be supplied, adding that necessary information would be given later.
11:24 GMT 03.02.2023
Air Raid Alert Declared in All Regions of Ukraine
10:01 GMT 03.02.2023
Kremlin Says Crimea Secured, But Donbass Not Yet so Russia's Special Operation Continues
"Donbass is not fully protected yet, and therefore the special military operation continues. We have to protect the people who live there. Currently this goal is not fully achieved. This is yet to be done. Crimea, like Donbass, is Russia's region, therefore, the security of Crimea is fully guaranteed," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
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