- 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.

MoD: Russian Forces Will Hit 'Decision-Making Centres' in Ukraine if Attacks Against Russia Continue

© Photo : Russian Defense MinistryTwelve O'Clock High: Russian Aerobatic Teams Perform Stunts
Twelve O'Clock High: Russian Aerobatic Teams Perform Stunts - Sputnik International, 1920, 13.04.2022
Earlier, the governor of the Kursk region in Russia reported several attacks at border crossings perpetrated on the Ukrainian side of the crossing. The attacks with mortars and small firearms have not yet caused any casualties, the governor said.
Russia's Defence Ministry has warned that Russian armed forces will launch strikes on Ukrainian "decision-making centres", including Kiev, if Ukraine doesn't stop trying to hit objects on Russian territory. The ministry added that, so far,Moscow had avoided hitting these centres, but this policy might change.
Russia announced its decision drastically to scale down its military activities near Kiev after making such progress in the last in-person bilateral talks with Ukraine, which took place in Istanbul on 29 March. Moscow explained that key decision-makers, who can make the final call in peace talks, live in Kiev and hence the city should be spared any hostilities in the near future.
The defence ministry's announcement comes in the wake of several incidents, in which the Ukrainian Armed Forces carried out attacks on Russian territory. Governor of the Kursk region, Roman Starovoit reported that a border crossing was shelled from the Ukraine side on 9 April and that the mortar position was suppressed when the Russian side returned fire. Starovoit also said that a group of Russian border guards came under small arms fire from the Ukrainian side on 13 April. There were no casualties among Russians in both incidents.
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Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
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In a separate incident, two Ukrainian Mi-24 (NATO reporting Name: Hind) combat helicopters violated Russian airspace flying extremely low and hit a fuel depot located near the city of Belgorod, not far from the border on 1 April. Moscow condemned the attack, noting that it complicates the ongoing peace talks with Kiev that might bring about the end of the Russian special military operation in Ukraine.
Russia launched its special military operation on 24 February after a request from the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics (DPR and LPR), which had been shelled by Ukrainian armed forces for eight years. President Vladimir Putin described the goals of the operation as the protection of Donbass citizens - who were being subjected to "genocide" by Kiev's forces - as well as the demilitarisation and "de-Nazification" of Ukraine.
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