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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.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken. - Sputnik International

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Russia launched its special military operation in Ukraine in February 2022 after the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics appealed for help in defending themselves against Ukrainian attacks.
Since 10 October, Russia has been targeting Ukrainian military infrastructure in retaliation for Kiev's terrorist attacks, including an assault on the Crimean Bridge, executed by Ukrainian intelligence services.
Recently, the US and several Western countries announced a new injection of military supplies to Kiev, including battle tanks, armored infantry vehicles and artillery systems.
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02:58 GMT 02.03.2023
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Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
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00:19 GMT 02.03.2023
Ukrainian soldiers move a U.S.-supplied M777 howitzer into position to fire at Russian positions in Ukraine's eastern Donbas region Saturday, June 18, 2022 - Sputnik International, 1920, 02.03.2023
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13:48 GMT 01.03.2023
Blinken Says China's Peace Plan on Ukraine Has 'Some Positive Elements'
The United States sees "some positive elements" in China’s peace plan on Ukraine, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday.

"In terms of the proposal that China put forth ... there're some positive elements there, including things that China itself has said several times in the past, very similar to elements that are in Ukraine's own proposal that President Zelenskyy put out some time ago," Blinken said at a press conference in Uzbekistan.

He added, however, that "if China was genuinely serious about this, the very first principle that it put out - sovereignty - it would have been spending all of last year working in support of the restoration of Ukraine’s full sovereignty."
13:22 GMT 01.03.2023
Ukrainian Forces Shell Donetsk
12:36 GMT 01.03.2023
Ukraine Accuses NBC News of Illegal Filming in Crimea, Journalist Added to Notorious 'Kill List'
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Ukraine has accused NBC News of violating its law after the US broadcaster had its crew cross into the Crimea peninsula from mainland Russia.
"Attending Crimea from the territory of Russia is a violation of the legislation of Ukraine, for which responsibility is provided - in particular, foreigners are also prohibited from entering for such actions. We are very much concerned about the tv plot of @NBCNews," Ukrainian Minister of Culture and Information Policy Oleksandr Tkachenko tweeted on Wednesday.
Moreover, Keir Simmons, the journalist behind the report, has been added to the notorious Ukrainian "kill list," the Mirotvorets website. He was accused of entering the Crimean peninsula through mainland Russia and "participating in propaganda activities against Ukraine."
On Tuesday, NBC News broadcast a report from Crimea where Simmons traveled on train from mainland Russia via the landmark bridge damaged by a deadly blast last October that was orchestrated by Ukrainian special services. The bridge has since been repaired. The reporter interviewed local people on camera who turned out overwhelmingly in support of their 2014 accession to Russia.
The spokesman for Ukraine's foreign ministry said that Ukraine was investigating the circumstances of the NBC News reporter's visit to Crimea and that he might end up prohibited from entering Ukrainian territory.
11:00 GMT 01.03.2023
Russia Thwarts Kiev's Attempt to Launch Massive Drone Attack on Crimea
Russian air defense systems have repelled a massive Ukrainian drone attack on Crimea over the past 24 hours, the Russian Defense Ministry announced on Wednesday.
According to the ministry, six drones were intercepted, while four others were disabled.
There are no casualties or destruction on the ground as a result of the attempted attack, the MoD added.
10:40 GMT 01.03.2023
Kremlin Says Disbelieves Kiev's Words That It Did Not Strike Russian Territory
Moscow does not believe the statement of Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak, that Kiev does not strike on the territory of Russia, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday.
"We do not believe him," Peskov told a briefing, commenting on Podolyak's statement.
Earlier in the day, Podolyak said that Kiev is not involved in the drone attacks against infrastructure facilities in Russia.
09:44 GMT 01.03.2023
Ukraine Denies Involvement in Drone Attacks in Russia: Presidential Adviser
07:49 GMT 01.03.2023
Air Raid Alerts Issued in Several Regions in Ukraine
06:45 GMT 01.03.2023
Ports of Odessa and Chernomorsk Participating in Grain Deal Could Be Used to Deliver Radioactive Materials to Ukraine: Russian Foreign Ministry
The ports of Odessa and Chernomorsk participating in the grain deal could be used to deliver radioactive materials to Ukraine, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday.

"It cannot but cause concern that such events are taking place in the immediate vicinity of Transnistria, around which the Kiev regime deliberately escalates tension. We must also not forget that the mentioned ports of Ukraine participate in the grain deal ... are these harbors and the humanitarian corridor in general being used for some other purpose?" Zakharova said.
Moscow has taken note of reports circulating in a number of Ukrainian media, internet resources and social networks about the delivery of radioactive materials to the ports of the Odessa region, the diplomat said in a statement.
06:45 GMT 01.03.2023
Ukraine May Engage in Nuclear Provocation Near Transnistria, Russia Warns
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