- Sputnik International, 1920, 25.02.2022
Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
On February 24, 2022 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.

Russian FSB Border Service Agent Injured in Provocation By Ukrainian Nationalists

© Sputnik / Yevgeny Biyatov /  / Go to the mediabankA bulletproof vest and a walkie-talkie of an FSB agent
A bulletproof vest and a walkie-talkie of an FSB agent - Sputnik International, 1920, 26.02.2022
Earlier, Russia began a special operation to demilitarise and "denazify" Ukraine, responding to calls from the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics for help in countering the aggression of Ukrainian forces.
In the course of suppressing the provocation of Ukrainian nationalists, an officer of the FSB border department in the Belgorod and Voronezh regions was wounded, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said.
"While preventing an armed provocation, an agent of the border service of the Russian FSB in Belgorod and Voronezh was injured," the FSB said.
According to the security service, Ukrainian nationalists on the Ukrainian side of the border shot at a Ukrainian soldier who was seeking refuge on the Russian side.
On 21 February, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed decrees on recognising the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics and early on the morning of 24 February, Russia launched a military operation to demilitarise Ukraine. In a televised address to citizens, Putin said that circumstances “require decisive and immediate action,” as the Donbass republics asked for help.
In turn, the Russian Defence Ministry stressed that the Russian Armed Forces did not launch any strikes on the cities of Ukraine: military infrastructure was disabled by high-precision means. The civilian population, according to the ministry, is not in danger.
Russia’s decision to recognise the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics comes after a significant deterioration of the situation along the line of contact, as Ukrainian forces intensified the shelling of Donbass territory.
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