- 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.

'Kraken' Nationalists Gun Down 100 Ukrainian Servicemen Who Fled Amid Russian Forces' Advance - MoD

© Sputnik / Kirill Norton / Go to the mediabankA checkpoint of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation at the entrance to a settlement in the Kharkov region in the zone of a special military operation.
A checkpoint of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation at the entrance to a settlement in the Kharkov region in the zone of a special military operation. - Sputnik International, 1920, 19.08.2022
A commander of the 'Kraken' regiment has previously admitted to seizing homes in a private sector, after the Russian Defense Ministry stated that the nationalists set up firing positions in residential buildings, thus endangering civilians.
Nationalists from Ukraine's 'Kraken' regiment have gunned down 100 Ukrainian servicemen, who fled their positions amid the Russian Armed Forces' advance in the Kharkov region, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Friday.
The said servicemen were part of the 58th Motorized Infantry Brigade, whose divisions were eliminated by the Russian forces. The remaining servicemen fled their positions, the ministry added.
"As a result of the offensive actions of the allied forces in the Kharkov region, on August 14, 2022, units of the 58th Motorized Infantry Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the area of ​​the settlement of Udy were defeated. Amid the onslaught of Russian troops, the remnants of the unit fled from their positions and left the settlement. In order to suppress panic and intimidate personnel of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the nationalists of the armed group "Kraken" demonstratively gunned down 100 servicemen of the 58th Motorized Infantry Brigade, who left their positions," the Russian MoD elaborated.
During the Friday briefing, the ministry added that the Russian forces had destroyed more than 100 Ukrainian servicemen of the 14th Mechanized Brigade in the area of ​​Stary Saltov in the Kharkov region.
In addition, the Russian forces conducted a precision strike targeting a warehouse storing weapons and military equipment of the 65th Mechanized Brigade, destroying more than 15 units of armored and motorized vehicles.
A destroyed house near the Azovstal plant in Mariupol. - Sputnik International, 1920, 12.06.2022
Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
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The ministry then added that the Russian forces had destroyed the positions of Azov* and Aidar Battalions in Nikolaev and the Donetsk People's Republic, killing over 50 nationalists.
As for the Kherson region, the Russian air defense systems have intercepted 12 HIMARS MLRS shells over the past day, the Russian Defense Ministry stated.
"A Tochka-U ballistic missile was intercepted near the village of Yubileinoye, 12 shells of the HIMARS multiple rocket launcher system were repelled in the area of ​​Novaya Kakhovka in the Kherson region, two shells of the multiple launch rocket system were destroyed near the settlements of Topolskoye and Suligovka in the Kharkov region, as well as two anti-radar missiles manufactured by the United States were intercepted in the area of ​​​​the settlements of Alchevsk and Stakhanov of the Lugansk People's Republic."
In addition, Russian air defenses shot down 13 Ukrainian drones in Kharkov and Nikolaev regions over the past day.
A total of 1,770 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as 267 warplanes, 148 helicopters, 366 anti-aircraft missile systems, 4,347 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 807 MLRS, 3,315 field artillery guns and mortars, and 4,958 units of special military vehicles have been destroyed since the launch of the special military operation in February.
*The Azov Battalion is a terrorist organization banned in Russia.
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