- 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.

US Reportedly Delays Release of National Defence Strategy in Face of Ukraine Crisis

© REUTERS / Jason Reed An aerial view of the Pentagon building in Washington, June 15, 2005
 An aerial view of the Pentagon building in Washington, June 15, 2005 - Sputnik International, 1920, 03.03.2022
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Russia’s military operation in Ukraine has forced the Pentagon to revisit the new National Defence Strategy just before it was to be released and put the publication on hold, Politico reported on Thursday.
The Biden administration was to unveil the document in February, but has delayed it indefinitely, a Pentagon official told the news outlet.
The strategic planning document is still expected to be released ahead of Secretary Lloyd Austin’s posture hearings in Congress "sometime this spring," according to a source in the know.
Though China will still be viewed as the number one threat to the United States, the revised strategy will make a larger focus on Russia, the report said.
Russia launched an operation in Ukraine last week after the breakaway Donbass republics appealed for help in defending themselves against the Ukrainian military. The Russian Defence Ministry said the special operation is targeting Ukrainian military infrastructure only and the civilian population is not in danger.
In response, the West has rolled out still more sanctions against Moscow and moved to boost military assistance to Ukraine, with the US sending additional troops to NATO members on the eastern flank.
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