- Sputnik International, 1920, 25.02.2022
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.

Kiev Hoped for ‘NATO’s Direct Entry Into Ukraine Conflict’ When Staging Shebekino Terror Attack

© Sputnik / Alexey Maishev / Go to the mediabankRussian serviceman is seen in the southern sector in the course of Russia's military operation in Ukraine, at the unknown location
Russian serviceman is seen in the southern sector in the course of Russia's military operation in Ukraine, at the unknown location - Sputnik International, 1920, 04.06.2023
The goal of the Zelensky government's recent attack on Russia’s Belgorod Region was to prompt a knee-jerk reaction from the Russian military, ex-US diplomat and former senior foreign policy advisor Jim Jatras told Sputnik.
The Russian armed forces thwarted a new attempt by Kiev earlier this week to carry out a terrorist attack against the civilian population of the town of Shebekino in Russia’s Belgorod Region and violate the country’s state border.

According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, during the fighting, Ukrainian forces lost at least "30 terrorists, four armored fighting vehicles, a Grad multiple launch rocket system, and a pickup truck."

The purpose of this terrorist attack on the Belgorod Region is “to try to trick the Russians into some kind of a stupid or a hasty or an emotional response,” Jim Jatras told Sputnik.
This, he added, “would then trigger the Ukrainians’ hope for some kind of direct NATO entry into the war, which they see as their only possible lifeline.”
“I don't think it's going to work, even if they thought they'd get into the war, by the way, directly, [and] I don't think it would save the current Ukrainian state. And in any case, I don't think the Russians are going to fall for it. They realize what's going on, that this is a provocation. They're not going to fall for it. They're going to stick with whatever their plans are,” the former US diplomat pointed out.
Separately touching upon Kiev’s much-hyped counteroffensive against Russian troops, ­Jatras suggested that Ukrainian authorities “may follow through with this because they're getting political pressure from Washington and London.”
In an apparent nod to Ukrainian servicemen, Jatras said that the counteroffensive could see “a lot of guys killed for no real military advantage.”
“But at least if they can make even a few kilometers of gains, they'll say, see, we're now negotiating from a position of strength. Let's call for a ceasefire and hope we can get something out of it. I think that's what they're going to try to do. I don't think it's going to work,” he concluded.
A Russian serviceman prepares a 2S5 Giatsint-S self-propelled howitzer before firing towards Ukrainian positions in the course of Russia's military operation in Ukraine, in Donetsk People's Republic, Russia. - Sputnik International, 1920, 01.06.2023
Watch Russian Forces Obliterate Ukrainian Terrorists Who Sought to Attack Belgorod Region
While Moscow has repeatedly indicated willingness to sit down for peace talks with Kiev, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky earlier signed a law to prevent his country from negotiating with Russia. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov noted in this regard he is already tired of addressing Washington's remarks that Moscow does not want to hold a peace dialogue with Kiev.
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