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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.
Russian serviceman is seen in the southern sector in the course of Russia's military operation in Ukraine, at the unknown location - Sputnik International

LIVE UPDATES: Russian Defense Minister Shoigu Inspects Vostok Group in Special Operation Zone

Russia started its special military operation in Ukraine in February 2022 following a request from the people's republics of Donetsk and Lugansk to protect their citizens in the wake of increased attacks from the Kiev regime.
Russia has been targeting infrastructure which aids the Ukrainian military since 10 October in retaliation for Ukraine's terrorist attacks, including the bombing of the Crimean Bridge, carried out by Ukrainian intelligence services.
The United States and its allies ramped up their military support for Ukraine after Russia launched a special military operation. Recently, the US and several Western countries announced new military supplies to Kiev, including battle tanks, armored infantry vehicles and artillery systems.
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16:06 GMT 04.03.2023
Power Blackout Hits Parts of Ukraine-Held City of Zaporozhye
Power was cut to parts of the southern city of Zaporozhye, under Ukrainian control, on Saturday, just after local residents heard loud explosions, Ukrainian media reported.
13:53 GMT 04.03.2023
Zelensky Meets With European Parliament Chief in Ukrainian City of Lvov
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has met with European Parliament President Roberta Metsola in the western Ukrainian city of Lvov to discuss support provided by the European Union to Kiev and the country's accession to the bloc, Zelensky's press service said on Saturday.
13:35 GMT 04.03.2023
Air Raid Alerts Issued in Several Regions in Ukraine
12:17 GMT 04.03.2023
Russia's MoD Briefing on Progress of Special Military Operation in Ukraine
▪️️ The Russian Army eliminated up to 150 Ukrainian servicemen and destroyed a Grad multiple rocket launcher in the Krasny Liman direction;
▪️️ Ukrainian losses in the Kherson direction amounted to up to 70 servicemen, with a US-made M777 howitzer destroyed;
▪️️ Russian troops continued to advance in the Donetsk direction, where Ukrainian losses amounted to almost 500 servicemen;
▪️️ Russian forces eliminated more than 90 Ukrainian servicemen in the Kupyansk direction;
▪️️ Ukrainian losses in the South Donetsk and Zaporozhye directions amounted to more than 80 servicemen, with a tank and two D-20 howitzers destroyed;
▪️️ Ukrainian troops lost a tank, three infantry fighting vehicles, two Msta-B, three D-30, and one US-made M-777 howitzers in the Donetsk direction;
▪️️ Russian air defense systems shot down a Ukrainian Mi-8 helicopter, 12 HIMARS MLRS rockets, and destroyed 11 Ukrainian UAVs;
▪️️ The Russian Aerospace Forces shot down two Ukrainian Mi-8 helicopters.
10:36 GMT 04.03.2023
Another UK National Dies in Ukraine in February: Foreign Ministry
Another UK national, who was supplying arms to the Ukrainian front-line troops, died last month, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office said.

"We are supporting the family of a British man that died in Ukraine, and are in touch with the local authorities," a Foreign Office spokesperson said on Friday, as quoted by media.

The news outlet specified that the unnamed Briton, known by his nickname 'Scouse,' had been from the Liverpool area. He reportedly went to the combat zone in April and was engaged in delivering weapons and supplying the front lines.

Western countries ramped up their military support for Ukraine after Russia launched a special military operation there on February 24, 2022. Since then, over 7,000 mercenaries from more than 60 countries have arrived in Ukraine, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.
09:09 GMT 04.03.2023
Rallies in Support of Russia Were Held in Sydney
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08:52 GMT 04.03.2023
Ukrainian Drone Attacked Village in Donetsk Republic: DPR
06:44 GMT 04.03.2023
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EU Defense Industry Should Switch to Wartime Economy, European Commissioner Insists
06:33 GMT 04.03.2023
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'F**k This Guy': Ex-Bernie Supporters Slam US Lawmaker for Spouting ‘Neocon Propaganda’ About Russia
06:14 GMT 04.03.2023
Ukraine’s Defense Minister Says Kiev Needs 250,000 Artillery Shells Per Month, Reports Say
Kiev is asking the European Union to provide Ukraine with 250,000 artillery shells a month, US media reports, citing a letter written by Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov to his counterparts in EU member states.

Reznikov says that, on average, Ukraine fires 110,000 155mm-caliber shells per month. According to the defense minister, Ukrainian troops only fire a fifth of the rounds they could because of a lack of supplies, and this shortage is limiting Kiev’s progress on the battlefield.

"If we were not limited by the amount of available artillery shells, we could use the full ammunition set, which is 594,000 shells per month," Reznikov said in his letter, as quoted by media on Friday. He added that "for the successful execution of battlefield tasks, the minimum need is at least 60 per cent of the full ammunition set, or 356,400 shells per month."
06:13 GMT 04.03.2023
Russian Defense Minister Shoigu Inspects Vostok Group in Special Operation Zone
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