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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.
In this June 30, 2010 file photo, a Russian Buk-M2 air defense system is displayed at a military show at the international forum Technologies in machine building 2010 in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow - Sputnik International

LIVE UPDATES: Ukrainian Drones Downed in Southern Russia After Attempted Attack, MoD Says

A special military operation which Russia has been carrying out in Ukraine came in response to the request of the people's republics of Donetsk and Lugansk to protect their citizens amidst increased attacks from the Kiev regime.
After Russia's operation "to demilitarize and de-Nazify Ukraine" began, the United States and its allies ramped up their military support for Kiev. Recently, the US and several Western countries announced new military supplies to Ukraine, including battle tanks, armored infantry vehicles and artillery systems.
In April 2022, Moscow sent a note to NATO member states condemning their military assistance to Kiev, noting that pumping Ukraine with weapons was not conducive to peace talks and would have a detrimental effect on the conflict.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned that any arms shipments on Ukrainian territory would be "legitimate targets" for Russian forces.
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Germany's Rheinmetall Starts Supplying Automated Reconnaissance Systems to Ukraine
Germany's largest defense company Rheinmetall said on Tuesday that it had started to supply automated reconnaissance systems to Ukraine to monitor areas of concentration of forces participating in the Ukrainian conflict.
The systems delivered to Kiev consist of mobile surveillance towers with day and night-capable camera equipment, autopiloted mini drones, a control system and transport vehicles, Rheinmetall said. The company was cooperating with Estonia's DefSecIntel on this project, according to the statement.
The representative of the company added that Germany had delivered two air defense systems to Ukraine - Skynex and Skyranger, leaving Berlin unprotected from air attacks.
14:27 GMT 28.02.2023
DPR Head Aide Says Leopard 2 Battle Tanks Spotted Near Artemovsk
German-made Leopard 2 battle tanks have been spotted near Artemovsk (Bakhmut), Yan Gagin, adviser to acting head of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Denis Pushilin, said on Tuesday. Gagin stressed that they will be targeted by Russian forces like any other enemy military equipment, adding that the liberation of Artemovsk is only a matter of time.
14:01 GMT 28.02.2023
Russian Mod Briefing on Progress of Special Military Operation in Ukraine
13:55 GMT 28.02.2023
NATO Chief: Bloc Relations With Russia Will Not Return to Normal Even After End of Ukraine Conflict
The bilateral relations between Russia and NATO will not return to normal even after the end of the Ukraine conflict, since the parties have already passed a point of no return, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday.
13:39 GMT 28.02.2023
Ukraine Shelled Bridge in Donetsk, That Connects City Districts
Residential building and a bridge in Donetsk were damaged in course of shelling by Ukrainian troops, Mayor Aleksey Kulemzin said.
12:39 GMT 28.02.2023
Putin Instructs FSB to Step Up Work Along Russian-Ukrainian Border
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12:33 GMT 28.02.2023
MoD: About 350 Ukrainian Troops Eliminated Near Donetsk Over Past Day

"On the Donetsk direction... some 350 Ukrainian military, two armored combat vehicles, four vehicles, a D-20 and two D-30 howitzers were eliminated," the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

10:43 GMT 28.02.2023
Ukrainian Drones Downed in Southern Russia After Attempted Attack on Civilian Infrastructure, MoD Says
Russia's defense ministry stated on Tuesday that electronic warfare forces suppressed Ukrainian drones attempting to target civilian infrastructure in Russia's Krasnodar and Adygea regions.
10:21 GMT 28.02.2023
US Plans to Carry Out False-Flag Op in Ukraine Using Toxic Agents, Russian Military Says
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10:17 GMT 28.02.2023
Russia Won't Give Up Its new Territories, Kremlin Stresses
Russia will not give up on the territories that joined the nation, and will stick to its constitution, as well as to the goals of the special military operation, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday, commenting on a possibility of Moscow-Kiev talks.

"There are certain realities, realities that have already become internal to Russia, I mean new Russian territories. There is the constitution of Russia, which cannot be ignored by anyone and which the Russian side will never be able to give up. This is a very important reality," Peskov told reporters.

The goals of Russia's special operation are a priority for the country, but the conflict can also be decided at a negotiating table, the official added.
US Coordinator for Strategic Communications at the National Security Council John Kirby said in an interview with Bloomberg earlier in the day that Washington wants Kiev to win in the conflict, noting that "it is going to be up to them [Ukrainians] to determine what the victory looks like."
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