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Since the beginning of the military op, Russian forces have eliminated 253 Ukrainian warplanes, 137 helicopters, 1,534 drones, as well as 4,060 tanks and other armored vehicles.
Russian forces and Donbass militia continue to advance, pressing Ukrainian forces back after earlier this month they liberated the Lugansk People's Republic territory from Kiev's troops, seizing control over the city of Lisichansk.
However, Ukrainian military continues to target the Donbass cities, including Donetsk.
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01:48 GMT 17.07.2022
Air Defense Activated in Luhansk, Six Anti-Aircraft Missiles Fired
Air defense was activated west of Luhansk in the early hours of Sunday, a Sputnik correspondent reports.

At around 04:10 local time on Sunday (01:10 GMT) at least six anti-aircraft missiles were fired west of Luhansk to intercept air targets.

There are currently no signs of falling debris or any destruction on the ground, according to the Sputnik correspondent.
01:01 GMT 17.07.2022
Citizens of Ukraine, DPR and LPR must undergo fingerprinting when settling their status in the Russian Federation
22:08 GMT 16.07.2022
Ukrainian Troops Fire Two HIMARS Missiles at LPR City
Ukrainian troops have shelled the city of Alchevsk in the Luhansk region using the US-supplied High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), the Luhansk People’s Republic’s (LPR) mission to the Joint Center for Control and Coordination on the ceasefire regime (JCCC) said.
"Shelling was recorded from the side of the armed formations of Ukraine: 21:30 [18:30 on Saturday] in the direction of Alchevsk, with the use of MLRS [Multiple Launch Rocket System] HIMARS (2 missiles)," the LPR mission said in a statement on Telegram.
Meanwhile, the Donetsk People’s Republic’s (DPR) mission to the JCCC said on Telegram that Ukrainian troops shelled the city of Donetsk on Saturday night, using BM-21 "Grad" rockets and 152mm and 120mm artillery. The village of Olenivka was also shelled.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday that the United States had provided intelligence to Ukraine for shelling Donbas cities using HIMARS missiles. According to Zakharova, with the supply of such heavy arms, the artillery attacks of Ukraine's armed forces have become more active and it appears that Ukrainian troops have received an order from Kiev to use such systems against civilians without hesitation.
Earlier this week, Russian Deputy Envoy to the United Nations Dmitry Polyansky condemned the deadly strike on the city of Nova Kakhovka in the Kherson region carried out by Ukrainian forces using HIMARS and called it a direct consequence of Washington’s policy on the supply of weapons to Kiev.
Earlier this month, US President Joe Biden authorized a new $400 million drawdown of additional military assistance to Ukraine. The Defense Department said the aid package includes four HIMARS, 1,000 rounds of 155mm artillery munitions with greater precision capabilities, counter battery systems and other equipment. So far, the United States committed 12 and delivered eight HIMARS systems to Ukraine.
19:40 GMT 16.07.2022
Trolleybus depot and dispensary destroyed in Alchevsk due to shelling by Ukrainian Armed Forces
19:20 GMT 16.07.2022
Ukrainian troops fired 10 rockets from "Grad" at Yasinovataya
16:59 GMT 16.07.2022
16:41 GMT 16.07.2022
Zaporozhye Region Authorities Say IAEA Director General Can Visit Via Crimea, DPR
Vladimir Rogov, a member of the military-civilian administration of the Zaporozhye region, has outlined two routes for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Grossi to come to the region, the one through Crimea and the other via the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR).
"We are open for the inspection visit of IAEA Director General, but this is impeded by the regime of [Ukrainian President Volodymyr] Zelensky, who is afraid that his illegal experiments at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plan will become know to the international public. We propose that Grossi comes to Russia and then travels to the Zaporozhye region either through Crimea or the DPR. Both routes are safe," Rogov told Sputnik.
12:30 GMT 16.07.2022
Political Crisis in Italy May Halt Arms Deliveries to Ukraine, Foreign Minister Says
Ukrainian servicemen unpack Javelin anti-tank missiles, delivered as part of the United States of America's security assistance to Ukraine, at the Borispol airport, outside Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, Feb. 11, 2022 - Sputnik International, 1920, 16.07.2022
Political Crisis in Italy May Halt Arms Deliveries to Ukraine, Foreign Minister Says
11:33 GMT 16.07.2022
Kharkov Region Signs Friendship Treaty With Lugansk People's Republic
The head of the Kharkov region's administration, Vitaly Ganchev, and the head of the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR), Leonid Pasechnik, on Saturday signed a treaty of friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance.
The treaty stipulates over 20 articles in various areas of integration: from humanitarian assistance to cooperation in trade, culture and youth policy, the administration told Sputnik.
In addition, the parties pledged to mutually protect each other from external aggression and recognize all official documents issued by the authorities of the two entities.
Lugansk pharmacy chains will soon start to work in the liberated territories of the Kharkov region.
A similar agreement with the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) is expected to be signed in the near future by the Kharkov region's administration.
07:53 GMT 16.07.2022
Russian Defense Minister Orders to Boost Offensive to Prevent Ukrainian Strikes Against Civilians
Military hardware accompanies the logistics column of the Russian Armed Forces in the course of Russia's military operation in Ukraine, at an unknown location - Sputnik International, 1920, 16.07.2022
Russian Defense Minister Orders to Boost Offensive to Prevent Ukrainian Strikes Against Civilians
06:25 GMT 16.07.2022
Ukrainian Shelling Killed Seven People in DPR Over Past Day, Authorities Say
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