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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.

Russian Security Council's Chairman: US and NATO De Facto Involved in Ukraine Conflict

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Moscow repeatedly warned NATO countries against meddling with the course of the special military operation in Ukraine, including by sending weapons to Kiev. While the alliance troops refrained from sending their soldiers, they decided to send dozens of billions of dollars in military assistance.
Head of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev has dismissed western claims that NATO is not involved in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, accusing them of waging a proxy war against Russia at the hands of Ukrainians.
"The US and NATO are now practically embroiled in this conflict. They wage a proxy war against Russia making sure that the conflict [in Ukraine] never stops, supplying offensive weapons, ranging from small arms to multiple rocket launch systems, such as HIMARS," Medvedev said.
Medvedev also dismissed fears of a Third World War erupting but noted that some of the first signs of potential global conflict could have already been witnessed. He added that the Russian special military operation in Ukraine serves exactly the point of preventing such a conflict.
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The Security Council chairman also assured that Russia will not resort to an unwarranted use of nuclear weapons in the conflict and recalled that the country has clearly established transparent rules for using its strategic weapons. He noted that Moscow's response to any threats will be consistent with the magnitude of that threat.
"But our response will be consistent with the size of the threats that are put forward against our country. Now the Russian Federation is conducting this operation precisely as a defensive operation," he said.
Medvedev recalled the four justifications for the use of nukes by Russia, which are limited to: other countries' use of such weapons; a launch of a nuclear missile targeting Russia; a strike against infrastructure controlling Russian strategic weapons; and an imminent threat to the country's existence.
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