A special military operation to protect the civilian population of Donbass has been carried out by Russia since February 24. You can track the progress of the advance of the joint troops of Russia, the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR), as well as see the map of hostilities on August 16 in the Izvestia article.
According to the official representative of the Russian Defense Ministry, Lieutenant-General Igor Konashenkov, as a result of strikes with precision-guided weapons of the Russian Aerospace Forces, more than 20 nationalists were killed and up to 30 were wounded in the Kherson region.
In addition, according to the Ministry of Defense, the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) violated the Geneva Convention. After their retreat from positions near Artyomovsk in the Donetsk People’s Republic, French-made EMP F2 anti-tank mines were found by allied forces, which cannot be removed or defuse once placed in a combat position.
In total, since the beginning of the special military operation, the following have been destroyed: 267 aircraft, 148 helicopters, 1,743 unmanned aerial vehicles, 365 anti-aircraft missile systems, 4,328 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 799 combat vehicles of multiple launch rocket systems, 3,307 field artillery pieces and mortars, as well as 4902 units of special military vehicles.
On February 24, Russia announced the start of a special operation to protect the civilian population of Donbass. It began against the backdrop of the situation in the region that worsened in mid-February. Then the authorities of the DPR and LPR reported on the increased shelling by the Ukrainian troops, announced the evacuation of the civilian population in the Russian Federation and asked for recognition of independence. On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the relevant decrees.
For more up-to-date videos and details about the situation in Donbass, watch the Izvestia TV channel.