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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.
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UPDATES: 14 Killed, 24 Wounded as Result of Ukrainian Missile Strike on Novoaydar Hospital - MoD

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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, particularly the bombing of the Crimean Bridge carried out by Ukrainian intelligence services.
Earlier this month, fierce battles in Donetsk took place, with Russian forces successfully liberating the strategic town of Soledar.
When Russia started its special military operation in Ukraine to protect the people of Donbass from Ukrainian aggression, Western countries boosted military aid to Kiev. Ukraine has long been asking for M1 Abrams and Leopard 2 battle tanks, but the Western countries were reluctant, fearing possible escalation. However, now the US and Germany have finally decided to send these military vehicles to Kiev.
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14:43 GMT 28.01.2023
T-90M Proryv tank at a repetition of the 77th Victory Day Parade in Moscow, May 2022. - Sputnik International, 1920, 28.01.2023
What is Russia’s T-90M Tank and How Does It Stack Up Against NATO’s Top Armor?
14:34 GMT 28.01.2023
Russian MoD: 14 People Killed, 24 Wounded as Result of Ukrainian Missile Strike on Medical Facility in Novoaydar, LPR
On January 28, Ukrainian troops launched a deliberate strike using the US-made HIMARS on a hospital in Novoaydar, the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR), the Russian Defense Ministry said on Saturday. As a result, 14 patients of the hospital and medical personnel were killed and 24 others injured.
The MoD stressed that all those involved in the planning and execution of the attack will be found and held accountable for the war crime of the Kiev regime.
"The deliberate missile attack on a known active civilian medical facility is a grave war crime of the Kiev regime," the ministry stated.
The ministry explained that civilian and military doctors at the hospital have been providing the necessary medical assistance to the local population and military personnel for months.
11:41 GMT 28.01.2023
Russian Forces Destroyed Over Nine Ukrainian Drones in 24 Hours - MoD
01:32 GMT 28.01.2023
Russia’s Latest Pantsir Air Defense Systems to Be Used in Special Operation Zone - Source
Russia’s air defense system in the zone of the special military operation in Ukraine will soon be reinforced with the latest Pantsir-SM systems, an informed source told Sputnik.

"It is planned that, in the near future, a batch of Pantsir anti-aircraft missile and artillery systems in the latest modification - the Pantsir-SM - will be sent to the zone of the special military operation to strengthen the air defense system. Such systems will be able to hit drones and missiles launched by Ukrainian militants, including rockets of the American HIMARS MLRS [multiple rocket launcher], at a significantly greater range," the source said.
01:31 GMT 28.01.2023
Air Raid Alerts Issued in Several Regions in Ukraine - Ministry Data
22:44 GMT 27.01.2023
Infrastructure Damaged in Ukraine-Controlled Zaporozhye - Authorities
18:23 GMT 27.01.2023
Brazil Reportedly Turned Down Germany's Request to Supply Ammunition for Leopard Tanks
MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) - Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has turned down a request from the German government to supply ammunition for Leopard tanks, a local newspaper reported.
Lula vetoed the supply of ammunition from Brazil for tanks in Ukraine in order to remain neutral and "not provoke the Russians," the publication said.
17:00 GMT 27.01.2023
Zelensky Says It Will Be 'Too Late' If US Abrams Tanks Arrive in Ukraine Only in August
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Friday that it would be "too late" if the delivery of US main battle tanks M1 Abrams delayed until August.
16:16 GMT 27.01.2023
Fighter Jet Delivery to Ukraine is Out of Question, Germany Claims
15:46 GMT 27.01.2023
Russian MLRS's Destroyed an Ukrainian Battery of D-20 Howitzers and an Ammunition Depot Located Next to It
15:29 GMT 27.01.2023
French Foreign Ministry: Weapon Deliveries to Ukraine Not Indicating Participation in Conflict, France Not At War With Russia
Russia has repeatedly stated that Ukrainian crisis only escalates due to West pumping Kiev with weapons.
14:42 GMT 27.01.2023
Foreign Ministry: Switzerland Has No Legal Grounds for Transferring Frozen Russian Assets to Kiev
Switzerland respects human rights and currently has no legal grounds for transferring frozen Russian assets to Ukraine, Swiss Secretary of State Livia Leu said on Friday.
"Switzerland respects human rights, and the right to property is one of them. At the moment, we have no legal grounds for transferring frozen Russian assets in the country to Ukraine," Leu told a briefing.
14:21 GMT 27.01.2023
EU Extends Economic Sanctions Against Russia Until July 31, 2023
The Council of the European Union on Friday extended by six months, until July 31, 2023, economic sanctions initially imposed on Russia over Crimea in 2014 and expanded further in response to the country's special military operation in Ukraine in 2022.
Permanent representatives of the EU member states agreed on a scheduled extension of the measures at a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday.
"The Council today decided to prolong by six months, until 31 July 2023, the restrictive measures targeting specific sectors of the economy of the Russian Federation," a statement by the Council read.
The economic sanctions target Russia's economic, energy and defense sectors and include restrictions on trade, finance, technology and dual-use goods, as well as industry, transport and luxury goods. The measures also cover a ban on supplies of Russian seaborne crude oil and certain petroleum products, a de-SWIFTing of a number of Russian banks, and the suspension of the broadcasting activities and licenses of Russia's several news outlets, the statement added.
14:04 GMT 27.01.2023
Russian Tyulpan Mortar Crew Launches Strike Against Ukrainian Positions
13:20 GMT 27.01.2023
White House: Biden Willing to Visit Ukraine at 'Whatever Appropriate Time,' But Not Right Now
US President Joe Biden is willing to visit Ukraine at "whatever appropriate time," but there are no such plans right now, White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said on Friday.
"I think the president would certainly at whatever appropriate time would be willing to do that, but we're not at that point right now," Kirby told American media.
12:39 GMT 27.01.2023
White House: Delivery of Abrams Tanks to Ukraine Will Take 'Months'
11:52 GMT 27.01.2023
Belgium Announces 92mln Euro Military Aid Package To Ukraine
The package includes rockets, grenade launchers, small arms and vehicles.
11:46 GMT 27.01.2023
Russia Struck Kiev's Weapon Delivery to Front Line, Including NATO Arms, MoD Says
Russian armed forces inflicted a massive missile and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) strike on Ukraine, in particular, against the transportation of weapons and ammunition to the front line, including those from NATO countries, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Friday.
"As a result of the strike, the transportation of weapons and ammunition to combat areas, including those supplied by NATO countries, was disrupted," the ministry said.
The strike also successfully targeted Ukraine's energy system facilities that ensured the functioning of enterprises of the military-industrial complex and the transport system of Ukraine, the ministry added.
11:09 GMT 27.01.2023
European Commission Proposes Price Caps for Russian Oil Products, Sanctions Against Minsk
The European Commission has submitted a proposal on price limits for Russian oil products to EU countries and another one on additional trade sanctions against Belarus, an EU commission representative told Sputnik on Friday.
The commission proposed a structure for marginal prices for Russian oil products, the representative said, adding that this measure is closely coordinated with G7 partners.
The EU body also proposed a number of additional trade sanctions against Belarus to bring these measures to the level of EU sanctions against Russia. These include additional export restrictions, service bans, import restrictions and further measures.
These proposals now have to be approved by EU member states.
11:01 GMT 27.01.2023
US Seeking to Audit Ukraine Aid in Pre-Election Frenzy, Moscow Says
“The United States is raising the issue of audit of Ukraine aid in a pre-election frenzy in order to give this system at least some transparency, orderliness, at least some kind of report to write. Elections are looming, people will be wondering where [all the money] went," Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the foreign ministry, said at a Friday briefing.
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