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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 Military Prevented Ukraine's Attack on Civilian Ships in Black Sea

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Rocket launch by the Pantsir-S surface-to-air missile system  - Sputnik International, 1920, 10.02.2024
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Russian navy foiled an attempted attack on February 9 by Kiev on Russian civilian transport ships with the use of unmanned semi-submersible boats in the southwestern region of the Black Sea, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Saturday.
"On the evening of February 9, 2024, the Kiev regime carried out an attempted terrorist attack on Russian civilian transport vessels in the southwestern region of the Black Sea using semi-submersible unmanned boats," the ministry said.
Russian navy patrol boats and fleet aviation stopped the attack, the ministry said, adding that as a result, a Ukrainian unmanned boat had been destroyed and other boats had been stopped by electronic warfare systems.
At the same time, no civilian transport ships or ships of the Russian navy were damaged, the Russian military stated.
In a separate development, the Russian Armed Forces carried out 31 strikes with missiles and UAVs on facilities of the Ukrainian military-industrial complex, locations of Ukrainian troops and foreign mercenaries, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

"Aircraft production and repair facilities, reconnaissance and attack UAVs and unmanned boats, coastal and operational-tactical missile systems, as well as missiles for multiple launch rocket systems were hit," the ministry said.

Russian units inflicted more than 245 casualties on Ukrainian forces and destroyed 25 vehicles, seven boats, six field artillery guns and one HIMARS MLRS combat vehicle in the Kherson area during the week, the ministry added.
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The ministry also reported that Russian troops in the South Donetsk area improved their positions on the front line during the week, repulsing five attacks. The Ukrainian forces lost up to 1,160 servicemen and three tanks. During the week, 36 Ukrainian servicemen surrendered to Russian forces.
"In the south Donetsk direction, units of the Vostok battlegroup improved their position along the front line over the past week," the ministry said.
During this week the Russian military hit two launchers and a radar of a Ukrainian S-300 SAM system, as well as eight ammunition depots of the Ukrainian forces, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.
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