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Russian Special Op in Ukraine: Live From Kiev, Lugansk and Donetsk

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Donetsk update - Sputnik International, 1920, 24.02.2022
Previously, Moscow recognised Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics as independent states and urged Ukraine to stop attacks in Donbass. However, over the past days, shellings in the region escalated, prompting thousands to evacuate ti Russia.
Sputnik is live from Donetsk and Lugansk amid the beginning of the special military operation by the Russian forces in Ukraine.
The op was announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier in the day. He stressed it was launched to protect the people of Donbass, who were suffering from the eight-year-long war, waged in the region by Kiev, and noted that Russia's goal is demilitarisation and denazification of Ukraine.
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