- 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.

Ukrainian Troops Blown Up By Their Own Mines – Russian Military

VOLNOVAKHA DISTRICT, DPR (Sputnik) — A group of Ukrainian infantry troops were taken out their own mines while attempting an attack in the direction of Ugledar in the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), a Russian soldier with the call sign "Buka" from the 2nd Dmitry Donskoy Rifle Battalion told Sputnik.
"Just a few days ago, there was another attempt by the Ukrainian forces to launch an offensive in the direction of Ugledar. A group of infantry accompanied by three units of heavy equipment tried to advance, but the attempt was unsuccessful as they couldn't reach our positions; instead, they triggered their own mines."
"In addition, our Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) quickly responded with additional air strikes, once again thwarting their offensive," the source said.
He emphasized that the Ukrainian armed forces are constantly trying to launch offensives against the Russian positions, but to no avail.
Last Thursday, the Russian Defense Ministry reported the elimination of Ukrainian troops and equipment in the area of Ugledar and Makarovka.
Screengrab of Russian Defense Ministry video showing Ukrainian tank destroyed by Russian strikes over the course of Kiev's attempted counteroffensive.  - Sputnik International, 1920, 20.07.2023
Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
Scott Ritter: Ukrainian Counteroffensive Stumbles Over Russian Minefields
Yesterday, on the sidelines of the Second Russia-Africa Summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin commented on the intensification of Ukrainian Armed Forces activity in the special operation zone, saying that Russian forces had stopped their counteroffensive attempts and pushed Ukrainian troops back, causing them heavy losses.
Kiev's main attack was in Zaporozhye Region. In just one day of the counteroffensive, Ukraine lost 39 pieces of military equipment, including 26 tanks, and over 200 men in battles in the region. Despite much hype, the Ukrainian counteroffensive, which began in June, has failed to achieve any meaningful objectives and resulted in significant losses of troops and equipment.
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