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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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LIVE UPDATES: New US Military Package for Ukraine Includes Ammunition for HIMARS, Howitzers

Russia started a special military operation in Ukraine in February 2022 at the behest of the people's republics of Donetsk and Lugansk to protect their citizens amidst increased attacks from Ukraine.
Russian armed forces have been targeting Ukraine's military and energy infrastructure in high-precision strikes since October 10, 2022 in response to Ukrainian terrorist attacks on Russian territory, particularly the bombing of the Crimean Bridge carried out by Ukrainian intelligence.
The strikes are carried out on power, defense industry, military command and communications facilities across Ukraine.
After Russia started its special military operation in Ukraine, Western countries boosted military aid to Kiev.
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UK Embassy Sought to Pay Sudanese Students to Protest Against Russia, Report Says
23:54 GMT 03.03.2023
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'Very Important Year': Biden, Scholz Recommit to Ukraine Aid Despite Growing Public Concern
19:41 GMT 03.03.2023
US Attorney General Makes Unannounced Ukraine Visit
US Attorney General Merrick Garland made an unannounced visit to Ukraine on Friday, the Justice Department said.
"On Friday, March 3, the Attorney General made an unannounced trip to Lvov, Ukraine, at the invitation of the Ukrainian Prosecutor General to join President [Volodymyr] Zelensky and international partners at the 'United for Justice Conference," the Justice Department said in a statement, as quoted by ABC.
During the trip, Garland held a number of meetings and reaffirmed Washington’s determination to "hold Russia accountable," it added.
18:50 GMT 03.03.2023
US 'Would Love to See' China Trying to Take Steps to Help Ukraine in Terms of Self-Defenxe, Kirby Says
17:34 GMT 03.03.2023
US Announces New $400Mln Military Package for Ukraine: Blinken
The Biden administration announced a new $400 million military package, which includes ammunition for HIMARS, Howitzers and Bradley fighting vehicles, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Friday.
“Pursuant to a delegation of authority from President Biden, I am authorizing our 33rd drawdown of U.S. arms and equipment for Ukraine since August 2021, valued at $400 million. This military assistance package includes more ammunition for U.S.-provided HIMARS and howitzers, which Ukraine is using so effectively to defend itself, as well as ammunition for Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles, Armored Vehicle Launched Bridges, demolitions munitions and equipment, and other maintenance, training, and support,” Blinken said in a statement.
More specifically, the United States will provide Ukraine with additional 155mm and 105mm artillery rounds, 25mm ammunition and testing and diagnostic equipment to support vehicle maintenance and repair, according to a press release published by the Defense Department.
With the new package, the United States has also moved to a new practice of not disclosing the amount of ammunition and other military aid supplied to Ukraine.
Since January 2022, the United States has supplied Ukraine with military equipment worth more than $50 billion, excluding other types of assistance for tens of billions of dollars.
17:33 GMT 03.03.2023
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Serbian Defense Ministry Says Did Not Supply Ammunition to End Users in Ukraine
17:33 GMT 03.03.2023
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US Congresswoman Greene Says Still Committed to ‘No Money to Ukraine’
15:56 GMT 03.03.2023
US Announces New Russia-Related Sanctions
The United States targeted six Russian nationals, including judges in the case of opposition activist Vladimir Kara-Murza, with Global Magnitsky sanctions, the Treasury Department said on Friday.
"Today, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned Elena Anatolievna Lenskaya, Andrei Andreevich Zadachin, and Danila Yurievich Mikheev for their involvement in serious human rights abuse against human rights defender, prominent opposition leader, author, and historian Vladimir Kara-Murza (Kara-Murza)," the Treasury said in a statement.
In addition, the Treasury sanctioned Russian Deputy Justice Minister Oleg Sviridenko; Diana Mishchenko, the judge who "issued the initial ruling approving Kara-Murza's arrest and sentenced him to 15 days in jail;" and Ilya Kozlov, the judge who denied Kara-Murza’s appeal of Mishchenko’s administrative arrest ruling, according to the statement.
14:38 GMT 03.03.2023
Biden, Scholz to Explore Joint Ammunition Production for Ukraine – Reports
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is expected during his White House visit on Friday to explore the possibility of jointly producing ammunition with the United States to boost supplies for Ukraine, Bloomberg reported on Friday.
As Ukrainian forces are facing a shortage of artillery shells, Germany is considering relocating some production to the United States, where there is more manufacturing capacity than in the EU, the report said. Bureaucracy in Brussels may also slow production in the EU.
The supply of weapons by the US and its European allies to Ukraine is expected to be a decisive factor as the Russia-Ukraine conflict enters its second year.
US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said Thursday that the two leaders will likely discuss the Ukraine conflict, the upcoming NATO summit, and relations with China during their meeting in the Oval Office.
14:35 GMT 03.03.2023
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German Defense Ministry Confirms Request Sent to Switzerland to Buy Leopard 2 Tanks
13:31 GMT 03.03.2023
Russia's MoD Briefing on Progress of Special Military Operation in Ukraine
11:31 GMT 03.03.2023
German Defense Ministry Confirms It Sent Switzerland Request for Purchase of Leopard 2 Tanks
11:22 GMT 03.03.2023
Head of Wagner Group Urges Volodymyr Zelensky to Surrender Artemovsk and Allow Ukrainian Forces to Leave
11:18 GMT 03.03.2023
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FSB Unveils Footage Showing Aftermath of Ukrainian Terrorist Attack in Russia’s Bryansk Region
08:41 GMT 03.03.2023
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Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
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08:32 GMT 03.03.2023
Fighters of Vagner Group Have Almost Completely Surrounded Artemovsk
08:11 GMT 03.03.2023
Germany Sent Switzerland Request for Purchase of Leopard 2 Tanks: Swiss Defense Ministry
Germany has sent a request to Switzerland for the purchase of Leopard 2 tanks, Swiss Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sport spokesman Lorenz Frischknecht told RIA Novosti on Friday.

"Switzerland indeed received an application from Germany for the purchase of Leopard 2 tanks," Frischknecht said.
07:22 GMT 03.03.2023
Air Raid Warnings Issued Across Ukraine
06:04 GMT 03.03.2023
US to Assign 25 New Prosecutors to Monitor Bypassing of Russia Sanctions, Reports Say
The US Department of Justice is expanding the staff of federal prosecutors investigating violations of the sanctions and export controls against Russia by 25 new personnel, US media reported, citing top officials.

The newspaper cited Assistant Attorney General Matt Olsen as saying that the Justice Department will add new prosecutors to its counterintelligence and exports control section to ensure that companies and other third parties follow the sanctions regime against Russia.

The officials specified that some of these prosecutors are new employees, while some have been assigned from different sections. They will work with corporations to investigate cases of circumventing sanctions against Russia, as well as bring criminal charges against companies in case of violations.
05:54 GMT 03.03.2023
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