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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.
(File) Stryker vehicles of the US Army’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment roll down the way during the ''Dragoon Ride'' military exercise in Salociai some 178 kms (110 miles) north of the capital Vilnius, Lithuania, Monday, March 23, 2015 - Sputnik International

LIVE UPDATES: US Clears $2.5 Billion in New Ukraine Military Aid Including Bradley, Stryker Vehicles

Russia started its special military operation in Ukraine on February 24, 2022 following a request from the people's republics of Donetsk and Lugansk to protect their citizens amidst increased attacks from Ukraine.
Since October 10, the Russian military has been carrying out precision strikes on Ukrainian energy and military infrastructure in response to Ukrainian terrorist attacks on Russian territory, in particular the bombing of the Crimean Bridge carried out by Ukrainian intelligence.
Earlier this month, Russian forces successfully liberated the strategic town of Soledar in Donetsk region. The capture of the strategic settlement will make it possible to cut off supply routes used by Ukrainian forces in nearby Artemovsk.
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01:33 GMT 20.01.2023
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Report: CIA Chief Secretly Visited Ukraine Last Week to Brief Zelensky on Russian Military Plans
23:25 GMT 19.01.2023
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US Authorizes $2.5 Billion in New Ukraine Military Aid Including Bradley, Stryker Vehicles
22:06 GMT 19.01.2023
IAEA Chief: Discussed With Zelensky Creation of Security Zone Around ZNPP
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Grossi said on Thursday that he discussed with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky the creation of a security zone around the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant (NPP) during a visit to Kiev.

"I confirmed to President Zelensky the establishment of our support and assistance missions in all Ukraine’s NPPs. We also continued our discussions on the [Zaporozhye] safety and security protection zone. Work continues. The zone is essential to prevent a nuclear accident," Grossi said on Twitter.
19:30 GMT 19.01.2023
Pentagon: No Sense to Give Abrams Tanks to Kiev at Moment Due to High Maintenance Cost
The United States believes it makes no sense to provide Abrams tanks to Ukraine, considering high costs associated with their maintenance, Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh said on Thursday.

"The maintenance and the high cost that it would take to maintain an Abrams, it just doesn't make sense to provide that to the Ukrainians at this moment," Singh said during a press briefing.
14:50 GMT 19.01.2023
Scholz Tells US Lawmakers No Tanks for Kiev Until Washington Sends Its Own - Reports
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - German Chancellor Olaf Scholz told US lawmakers on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos that Berlin is not going to send or authorize the transfer of tanks to Kiev until Washington commits to giving its own, media reported on Thursday, citing three people in the know.
The German chancellor was respectful in tone, but "pretty direct," one of the participants of the meeting said.
A German newspaper earlier reported that Scholz in a conversation with US President Joe Biden on Tuesday made it clear that his country would supply Ukraine with Leopard 2 tanks, but on the condition that Washington sends its Abrams tanks.
On Wednesday, US Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Colin Kahl said that the Abrams tank is a very complicated piece of equipment, which is "expensive, hard to train on" and has a jet engine, so it will be difficult for Ukraine to maintain it.
Addressing the WEF on the same day, Scholz highlighted that Germany was among the leading countries in terms of support for Ukraine and reaffirmed that his country would continue to provide assistance. At the same time, he rejected any unilateral steps on the issue, stressing that all decisions should be made in coordination with allies, especially the United States.
12:39 GMT 19.01.2023
Lavrov: West is Pushing Kiev Into Creating Threats to Interests of Moscow, Minsk
Sergey Lavrov and Sergey Aleinik in Minsk - Sputnik International, 1920, 19.01.2023
West is Pushing Kiev Into Threatening Vital Interests of Russia and Belarus, Lavrov Says
12:38 GMT 19.01.2023
Russian D-20 Howitzer Crews Annihilate Ukrainian Artillery and Camouflaged Strongholds
Russia's MoD has published footage showing how D-20 howitzer crews of the Russian Armed Forces destroy artillery and camouflaged strongholds of the Ukrainian Armed Forces
12:25 GMT 19.01.2023
EU Believes US Unwilling to Supply Abrams Tanks to Ukraine Fearing Escalation, Report Says
M1 Abrams tanks. File photo - Sputnik International, 1920, 19.01.2023
Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
EU Believes US Unwilling to Supply Abrams Tanks to Ukraine Fearing Escalation, Report Says
11:46 GMT 19.01.2023
Pentagon Tells US Forces in Korea to Send Weapons to Ukraine, Media Reports
The United States Forces Korea (USFK) has confirmed receiving a request from the US Department of Defense to redirect excess weapons to Ukraine, South Korean news agency reported on Thursday, citing a USFK spokesman.
"The Department of Defense continues to provide military assistance from its inventories in support of Ukraine. United States Forces Korea has been requested to support this effort by providing some of its equipment," USFK spokesman Isaac Taylor said in a statement.
The spokesman did not specify what equipment or when would be shipped to Ukraine.
The American media reported earlier that USFK sent cannon artillery to Ukraine in November 2022.
Western countries have been ramping up their military support for Kiev since the beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine in February 2022. In April, Moscow sent a note to NATO member states condemning their military assistance to Kiev. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned that any arms shipments on Ukrainian territory would be "legitimate targets" for Russian armed forces.
09:54 GMT 19.01.2023
Putin's Spokesman: Words of Russian Ambassador to US About Inadmissibility of Arms Supplies to Kiev Reflect Kremlin's Position
09:53 GMT 19.01.2023
Russia Verifying Media Reports About Israel's Arms Supplies to Ukraine, Ambassador Says
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Moscow is verifying media reports about Israel's alleged arms supplies to Ukraine, Russian Ambassador to Israel Anatoly Viktorov said on Thursday, adding that not all media reports should be trusted.
"We are verifying this whole thing and will ask our Israeli colleagues via our channel to discuss this topic ... the truth is adjacent to half-truths and distortion of facts [in media]," Viktorov said at the Valdai Discussion Club.
Moscow pays great attention to all of Israel's security concerns, the ambassador said, adding that Russia counts on reciprocity in this regard from its Israeli partners.
US media reported on Wednesday that Washington had transferred US munitions — some of 300,000 155-millimeter shells — stored in Israel for use in Ukraine and intend to move the remaining amount in the coming weeks.
09:52 GMT 19.01.2023
Military Operation's End Depends on Kiev's Readiness to Take Into Account Russia's Demands - Kremlin
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The sooner Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy shows readiness to take into account Russia's demands, the sooner the special military operation will end, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday.
"In any case, the sooner the Ukrainian regime shows readiness to take into account the demands of Russia, which will be achieved one way or another, the sooner everything will end and the sooner the people of Ukraine will begin to recover from the tragedy that the Kiev regime has arranged," Peskov told reporters.
09:51 GMT 19.01.2023
West's Aim to Make Russia Lose in Ukraine May Lead to Nuclear War, Medvedev Says
09:06 GMT 19.01.2023
France is Considering Providing Leclerc Tanks to Ukraine
Leclerc tank  - Sputnik International, 1920, 19.01.2023
France Mulls Sending Leclerc Tanks to Ukraine, Media Reports
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