- 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.

Four Ukrainian Su-27 Jets, Bayraktar Drone Downed West of Kiev, Russian MoD Says

© Sputnik / Stringer / Go to the mediabankUkrainian Su-27 (NATO reporting name: Flanker-B) fighter jets
Ukrainian Su-27 (NATO reporting name: Flanker-B) fighter jets - Sputnik International, 1920, 05.03.2022
Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine on 24 February, citing Kiev's failure to implement the Minsk agreements and threats to withdraw from the Budapest Memorandum. The Russian Armed Forces destroyed a significant portion of Ukraine’s military airfields, as well as military aircraft, during the first day of the operation.
Four Ukrainian Su-27 (NATO reporting name: Flanker-B) fighter jets, one Mil Mi-8 (NATO reporting name: Hip) helicopter, and a Turkish-made Bayraktar TB-2 drone were shot down in the area around Zhytomir on 5 March, the Russian Defence Ministry has stated.
Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said that the four jets were downed in an aerial fight, while air defences on the ground took down the Mi-8 helicopter, Bayraktar drone, as well as an Su-25 (NATO reporting name: Frogfoot) fighter jet. Additionally, the Russian Armed Forces destroyed five Ukrainian radars and two Buk M-1 air defence systems, Konashenkov said.
A significant part of the Ukrainian Air Force was destroyed during the first days of Russia’s special operation, which was launched on 24 February by President Vladimir Putin. 69 jets were destroyed on the ground in airstrikes on military airfields, the Defence Ministry said. Another 21 jets were shot down in the air, the ministry noted.
Apart from that, the Russian military has shot down 59 Ukrainian drones, destroyed 748 tanks and other armoured vehicles, 76 multiple launch rocket systems, and 274 units of artillery since the start of the operation, Konashenkov revealed.
Russia launched the special operation citing Kiev's failure to fulfil the Minsk agreements and stop shelling the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics (DPR and LPR). President Vladimir Putin said that the goals of the operation are the demilitarisation of Ukraine via the removal of weapons that endanger Russia and assuring its neutrality, as well as the de-Nazification of the country.
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