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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 handout photo taken from video released by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022, Russian paratroopers are seen on a mission on the Nikolaev-Krivoy Rog direction in Ukraine. - Sputnik International

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Russia launched its special military operation in Ukraine in February 2022 following a plea from the people's republics of Donetsk and Lugansk to protect their citizens in the wake of increased attacks from Kiev.
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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18:45 GMT 05.03.2023
Ukraine Loses Over 210 Troops in Donetsk Direction Over Past 24 Hours
Ukraine lost more than 210 servicemen and the US-made M109 Paladin self-propelled howitzer in the Donetsk direction over the past 24 hours, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Sunday.
"In the Donetsk direction, during the continuation of the active operations of the southern group of [Russian] troops, as well as air strikes and artillery fire, over 210 Ukrainian servicemen, one infantry fighting vehicle, four armored combat vehicles, seven vehicles, the M777 howitzer, the US-made M109 Paladin self-propelled howitzer, the Gvozdika self-propelled howitzer, the Tyulpan self-propelled mortar, the Smerch self-propelled multiple rocket launcher, and the D-30 howitzer were destroyed over the past 24 hours," the ministry said in a statement.
The Russian armed forces also destroyed the US-made AN/TPQ-36 counter-battery radar system near ​​the settlement of Nikolayevka in the Donetsk People's Republic, and the AN/TPQ-37 counter-battery radar system close to ​​the settlement of Varvarovka in the Zaporozhye Region, the statement read.
In addition, in the Kupyansk and Liman directions, the Russian military eliminated about 220 Ukrainian soldiers, the ministry added.
In total, since the start of Moscow's military operation in Ukraine on February 24, 2022, the Russian armed forces destroyed 394 Ukrainian military aircraft, 216 helicopters, 3,336 drones, 409 anti-aircraft missile systems, 8,162 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 1,050 multiple launch rocket systems, 4,282 units of field artillery and mortars, as well as 8,746 special military vehicles.
16:16 GMT 05.03.2023
Saudi Arabia Sends Another 30 Tonnes of Humanitarian Aid to Ukraine - Reports
Saudi Arabia has sent a third aircraft with humanitarian aid to Ukraine, carrying construction materials, electrical generators and medicines worth a total of 30 tonnes, local media reported on Sunday.
The plane departed from King Khalid International Airport on Saturday, the report specified.
15:40 GMT 05.03.2023
Hungarian Lawmaker Says Lethal Aid Makes EU, NATO Nations Party to Ukraine Conflict
Ukrainian servicemen walk in front of armoured cars at Kiev airport on March 25, 2015 during a welcoming ceremony of the first US plane delivery of non-lethal aid, including 10 Humvee vehicles. - Sputnik International, 1920, 05.03.2023
Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
Hungarian Lawmaker Says Lethal Aid Makes EU, NATO Nations Party to Ukraine Conflict
15:22 GMT 05.03.2023
Scholz: West is Ready to Provide Certain Security Guarantees to Ukraine After the End of Conflict, But Time Has Not Yet Come For This
13:55 GMT 05.03.2023
Biden Pressures Leaders of Baltic States Over Frequent Calls for Russia's Defeat
During his recent visit to Warsaw in February, US President Joe Biden put pressure on leaders of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in connection with their frequent calls for the defeat of Russia in Ukraine — a gesture that made the Baltic states question Washington's faith in the feasibility of this goal, America media reported, citing sources.
In addition, a senior European official told American media that Kiev's allies in Eastern Europe were concerned about efforts by leading Western countries to persuade Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to resume negotiations with Moscow.
13:31 GMT 05.03.2023
Russian MoD Briefing on Progress of Special Military Operation in Ukraine
Russian troops destroyed up to 180 Ukrainian soldiers near Krasny Liman during the day;
In the DPR, the Russian Armed Forces destroyed over 210 military units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine;
In the Kharkov region, Russian troops eliminated up to 40 Ukrainian soldiers;
The Russian Armed Forces destroyed the control posts of Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles and electronic warfare equipment in the Avdeevka area;
Losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the DPR and Zaporozhye region per day amounted to 80 troops;
Russian troops destroyed ammunition depots of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the areas of Tonenkoe and Avdeevka in the DPR;
The Russian Armed Forces hit the command post of the nationalist "Azov" regiment (recognized as a terrorist organization and banned in Russia) in the Zaporozhye region;
Russian troops hit the command and observation posts of units of the brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the territorial defense in the DPR and Zaporozhye region;
In the Zaporozhye region, the Russian Armed Forces destroyed the warehouse of rocket and artillery weapons of the 110th Brigade of Territorial Defense of the Armed Forces of Ukraine;
Russian air defense systems destroyed 12 UAVs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in a day.
11:22 GMT 05.03.2023
Ukrainian Forces Strike Town in DPR With HIMARS
10:39 GMT 05.03.2023
Turkiye Works on Extension of Istanbul Grain Deal
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Istanbul Grain Deal
Turkiye Working Hard to Get Russia-Ukraine Grain Export Deal Extended
06:35 GMT 05.03.2023
Air Raid Warnings Issued Across Ukraine
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