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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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Russia launched a special military operation to "demilitarize and de-Nazify 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 NATO 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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03:37 GMT 07.03.2023
Russian Ambassador's Contacts With State Dept. Do Not Happen As Often As Needed - Embassy
The Russian Embassy to the United States confirmed that Ambassador Anatoly Antonov had recent meetings with US State Department officials but added that such contacts do not happen as often as needed as US diplomats tend to deny requests for meetings.

US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said Monday that Antonov has recently had contacts with US State Department officials.

"The State Department spokesperson... does not say everything about the nature of such interaction. Confirming the very conversations of the Russian ambassador that took place, he, however, forgets that such contacts are isolated," Russian Embassy spokesman Igor Girenko told reporters.

"Not always can Antonov quickly fulfill Moscow's instructions. The State Department leaders either refuse to receive him or redirect him to low-level officials," Girenko said.
20:54 GMT 06.03.2023
Too Soon for New START Renewal Talks, US Focused on Russian Return to Treaty - State Dept.
It is too early to begin speaking about a potential renewal of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with Russia due to the United States being focused on a return to compliance by Moscow after their decision to suspend participation in the treaty, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said on Monday.

"Before we start talking about what happens in 2026 and a potential renewal of the New START treaty, we want to focus on bringing Moscow back into compliance with the treaty," Price said during a press briefing. "There is a very uncomplicated way for Russia to come back into compliance: it needs to take part in inspections. That’s something that can happen fairly quickly."

Last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the Kremlin’s decision to suspend participation in New START amid the US’s support for Ukraine.
20:52 GMT 06.03.2023
Kremlin view - Sputnik International, 1920, 06.03.2023
Western Sanctions Policy Against Russia 'Not Understood' by Many Countries, Austrian Ministry Admits
19:52 GMT 06.03.2023
White House: F-16s for Ukraine Not on Table, Stance Unchanged
The delivery of F-16 fighter jets for Ukraine is not on the table, and the United States' position on the issue has not changed, White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre said on Monday.

"The president has already spoken to F-16s, as you all know, and nothing has changed. What the president has said, it is not on the table for now," Jean-Pierre told reporters.
18:40 GMT 06.03.2023
Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto  - Sputnik International, 1920, 06.03.2023
Hungarian Foreign Minister Warns Europe Against Competing With US in Arms Supplies to Kiev
16:56 GMT 06.03.2023
Ukraine Lost Up to 225 in Donetsk Direction Over Past Day, Russian MoD
Ukraine lost up to 225 soldiers in the Donetsk direction over the past day after active military actions, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday.
"In the Donetsk direction during the active actions of the South group of troops and artillery fire over the past day there were destroyed up to 225 Ukrainian soldiers, five armored vehicles, nine combat infantry vehicles, five pickup trucks, four cars, a multiple-launch rocket system BM-27 Uragan and a 122-mm howitzer D-30," the ministry said in a statement.
In the Krasny Liman direction Kiev lost over 160 soldiers, one tank, three combat infantry vehicles, five armored vehicles and multiple-launch rocket system BM-21 Grad, the ministry added.
16:54 GMT 06.03.2023
Australia to Send Powder to France for Production of Shells Supplied to Ukraine
France has reached an agreement with Australia on the supply of powder for the production of ammunition for Caesar howitzers in order to replenish stocks of weapons depleted by supplies to Ukraine, Emmanuel Chiva, the head of the French Directorate General of Armaments, said on Monday.
"We recently signed an agreement with Australia for the production of 155 mm shells, which are used for Caesar howitzers. Our partnership with Australia is being concretized. For example, the Nexter plant in France will produce shells for which powder will be supplied by Australia," Chiva told French broadcaster.
Chiva noted that France had already switched to a military economy, in accordance with the instructions of French President Emmanuel Macron, and would increase the production of weapons and ammunition.
"We are organizing to speed up the production of ammunition. It is true that the situation with raw materials is now difficult, as well as with the localization of various production facilities, especially for the powder. We are moving on to the formation of stocks, which we have not done before," Chiva added.
16:53 GMT 06.03.2023
France's AMX-10RC Armored Vehicles to Arrive in Ukraine This Week
French-produced AMX-10RC armored fighting vehicles, sent by Paris to Kiev, will arrive in Ukraine within the next few days, Emmanuel Chiva, director of the General Directorate for Armament, said on Monday.
"France has announced the supplies of AMX-10RC light wheeled tanks. They are currently on their way and will arrive in the next few days," Chiva told a French broadcaster.
The official avoided naming the exact number of vehicles supplied to Kiev, saying that this information was confidential.
12:19 GMT 06.03.2023
Russian MoD Briefing on Progress of Special Military Operation in Ukraine
The Russian Army eliminated up to 45 Ukrainian soldiers, two armored combat vehicles and three pickups close to Kupyansk;
Russian troops destroyed up to 160 Ukrainian soldiers, one tank, three infantry fighting vehicles, five armored fighting vehicles, three other vehicles and a Grad MRLS close to Krasny Liman;
In Donetsk region, the Russian Armed Forces destroyed up to 225 Ukrainian troops, five infantry fighting vehicles, nine armored fighting vehicles, five pickups, four other vehicles, a Uragan MLRS rocket and a D-30 howitzer. In addition, an ordnance depot and US-manufactured AN/TPQ-37 counterbattery warfare radar was destroyed;
Russian artillery neutralized up to 65 Ukrainian personnel, two armored fighting vehicles, two pickups, as well as the fighting vehicles equipped with Uragan and Grad MLRS in South Donetsk direction and Zaporozhye direction;
In Kherson direction, Russian troops destroyed three armored fighting vehicles, eight motor vehicles, and an Akatsiya self-propelled howitzer;
A self-propelled launching ramp of Ukrainian Buk-M1 air defense missile system was destroyed in the Donetsk People's Republic. In addition, a guidance radar of the Ukrainian S-300 air defense missile system was destroyed near Andreyevka in DPR;
A US-manufactured AN/TPQ-37 counterbattery warfare radar was destroyed in Zaporozhye direction;
Russian Aerospace Forces has shot down a Su-27 airplane of Ukrainian Air Force in Zaporozhye region. In addition, one Ukrainian Mi-8 helicopter has been shot down in the DPR;
Russian air defense facilities shot down a MiG-29 airplane of the Ukrainian Air Force in the DPR;
Russian troops destroyed 15 rocket-propelled projectiles, launched by HIMARS and Uragan MLRS, as well as nine unmanned aerial vehicles in Kharkov region in the LPR, in DPR, Zaporozhye region and Sumy regions.
12:00 GMT 06.03.2023
Russian 152mm Giatsint-S Self-Propelled Gun Crews in Combat Action as Part of Special Military Operation
11:55 GMT 06.03.2023
Combat Work of Russian Assault Group of Airborne Forces in Area of Special Operation
11:52 GMT 06.03.2023
Two Senior Members of Ruling Social Democratic Party of Germany Arrive in Kiev
Two senior members of the ruling Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) – the co-chairman, Lars Klingbeil, and the head of the parliamentary group, Rolf Mutzenich – arrived in Kiev with an official visit, German media reported on Monday.
09:17 GMT 06.03.2023
Brussels Seeks to Prod Non-EU Countries into Buying Weapons for Ukraine, Media Reports
This photograph taken in eastern Ukraine on December 28, 2022 shows a CAESAR self-propelled howitzer - Sputnik International, 1920, 06.03.2023
Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
EU Plans to Involve Third States in Joint Munition Purchases for Ukraine, Media Reports
08:29 GMT 06.03.2023
Ukraine Militants Shell Russia's Kursk Region, Governor Says
07:28 GMT 06.03.2023
Russian FSB Unmasks Organizer of Terror Attack on Bryansk Region
Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB). - Sputnik International, 1920, 06.03.2023
Video: Kiev-Controlled Russian Neo-Nazi Unit Ringleader Behind Bryansk Region Attack, FSB Says
07:21 GMT 06.03.2023
Air Raid Alerts Sound All Over Ukraine
06:41 GMT 06.03.2023
Ukrainian Troops Fired Six 155-mm Shells at Gorlovka, DPR Says
06:40 GMT 06.03.2023
Ukrainian Militants Fire Barrage of Shells at Kherson Region Towns Overnight
06:20 GMT 06.03.2023
Ankara: West Unlikely to Facilitate Exports of Russian Grain Under Istanbul Grain Deal
A harvester collects wheat in Semikarakorsky District of Rostov-on-Don region near Semikarakorsk, Southern Russia, Wednesday, July 6, 2022. Russia is the world's biggest exporter of wheat, accounting for almost a fifth of global shipments. It is expected to have one of its best ever crop seasons this year. Agriculture is among the most important industries in Russia, accounting for around 4% of its GDP, according to the World Bank. (AP Photo) - Sputnik International, 1920, 06.03.2023
Istanbul Grain Deal
West Unlikely to Lift Obstacles for Russian Supply Under Grain Deal, Ankara Says
06:10 GMT 06.03.2023
Shoigu Inspects Reconstruction of Donbass
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu inspected the reconstruction of the infrastructure of Donbass, praising the work of the Military Construction Complex, the Russian MoD said.
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