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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.
A hole is seen in the bridge's roadway after a recent shelling by Ukrainian Armed Forces in the course of Russia's military operation in Ukraine, in Donetsk - Sputnik International

LIVE UPDATES: Kiev Loses Up to 190 Military in Donetsk Direction in 24 Hours, Russian MoD Says

Moscow started a special military operation in Ukraine on 24 February 2022 after the people's republics of Donetsk and Lugansk asked for help in protecting their citizens against increased attacks from Ukraine.
Russia has been targeting infrastructure on which the Ukrainian military relies since 10 October, in retaliation for Kiev's terrorist attacks, including an assault on the Crimean Bridge, carried out by Ukrainian intelligence services.
Over the past months, air raid alerts have sounded throughout Ukraine every day, with many parts of the country experiencing power cuts.
On 9 March, Russia's armed forces have delivered a massive missile attack on the military infrastructure of Ukraine in response to the terrorist attack organized by Kiev in the Bryansk region.
After Russia started its special military operation in Ukraine, Western countries plied Kiev with military aid.
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Estonia Willing to Play Active Role in Post-War Reconstruction of Ukraine - Prime Minister
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UN Remains 'Totally Committed' to Black Sea Grain Initiative - Spokesman
The United Nations remains "totally committed" to the grain exports agreement it brokered with Ukraine, Russia and Turkey - formally known as the Black Sea Grain Initiative - and aims to bolster Russian food and fertilizer exports, UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said on Monday.
"I can tell you right now that the United Nations remains totally committed to the Black Sea Grain Initiative as well as our efforts to facilitate the export of Russian food and fertilizer," Dujarric said during a press briefing.
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EU Extends Individual Sanctions Against Russia for Ukraine for 6 Months Without Changes
The EU Council extended individual anti-Russian sanctions in force since 2014 against almost 1,500 individuals and 205 organizations "for undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine" for six months, until September 15, the Council of the European Union said in a statement.
At the same time, the sanctions were extended without changes in the composition of the sanctions lists. The previous expiration date was March 15.
"The Council decided today to prolong the restrictive measures targeting those responsible for undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine for another six months, until 15 September 2023," the statement says.
Individual sanctions against citizens of Russia and Ukraine, whom the European Union accuses of "undermining the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine," were first introduced in March 2014 and have been regularly extended for six months since then.
14:24 GMT 13.03.2023
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Kiev’s Need for Weapons Increased Turnover of Western Manufacturers by 7.5%, Media Reports
11:39 GMT 13.03.2023
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11:39 GMT 13.03.2023
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11:38 GMT 13.03.2023
Kiev Loses Up to 190 Military in Donetsk Direction in 24 Hours - Russian Defense Ministry
Ukraine has lost more than 190 soldiers in the Donetsk direction over the past day, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday.
"In the Donetsk direction... over 190 Ukrainian servicemen, three tanks, two armored fighting vehicles, fourteen cars, as well as the Msta-B howitzer were destroyed in the past 24 hours," the ministry said.
Kiev also lost about 110 military in the Krasny Liman direction.
08:30 GMT 13.03.2023
Ukrainian Militants Fire Barrage of 155-mm Caliber Shells at Donetsk, DPR Says
08:17 GMT 13.03.2023
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06:56 GMT 13.03.2023
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05:12 GMT 13.03.2023
Ukraine Uses Arms Supplied by West to Attack Civilians, Donetsk Mayor Says
The weapons that Ukraine receives from Western countries are all used against civilians in Donetsk, the city mayor, Alexey Kulemzin told Sputnik.
"NATO heavy artillery and MLRS [Multiple Launch Rocket Systems] of various modifications are used. It has long been not only about ‘Hurricanes’ [guided rocket systems] and ‘Grads’ - now it’s also the Vampire [rocket launcher], and HIMARS [High Mobility Artillery Rocket System], and all the rest. Everything that America and its henchmen supply [to Ukraine] - everything gets here," Kulemzin said.
He added that civilians in Donetsk wish for nothing but for the attacks of Ukrainian troops to end.
"We need to drive the enemy back to a distance where they can no longer hurt our civilians," the Donetsk mayor told Sputnik.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the end of last month that weapon supplies to Ukraine free-of-charge by NATO countries is what makes them an accomplice, albeit indirectly, to crimes committed by Kiev against civilians in Donetsk and other eastern regions.
05:11 GMT 13.03.2023
One Person Wounded in Russia’s Belgorod Region, Says Governor
The governor of Russia’s Belgorod Region, which borders Ukraine, says that air defense was triggered in the city and its vicinity on Monday, and at least one person was injured.

"Our air defense system was activated over Belgorod and the Belgorod Region. Four rockets were shot down. … We already know about one victim. The ambulance team is on its way," Vyacheslav Gladkov said on Telegram on Monday morning.

He added that two private homes were damaged.

At the end of January, Gladkov told Russian President Vladimir Putin that 25 people had been killed in the region and 96 had been wounded since the beginning of shelling by Ukraine. Some 6,500 residents have been resettled from their homes and a state of emergency was in effect in 15 cities and towns in the region. Over a dozen schools have been hit by Ukrainian shelling in the Belgorod Region.
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