Smoke rises after shelling in Donetsk, amid the ongoing Russian special military operation in Ukraine, on 13 June, 2022. - Sputnik International

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Russia launched its special military operation in Ukraine on 24 February, after the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) appealed for help in defending themselves against Ukrainian provocations. Russia said that the aim of its special operation is to demilitarize and “de-Nazify” Ukraine.

Earlier this month, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told Russia’s President Vladimir Putin that the Lugansk People’s Republic had been completely liberated from Ukrainian forces.

Russian armed forces, along with combat units of the LPR forces, took full control of the city of Lisichansk and a number of nearby settlements.

However, Ukrainian forces continue to shell the territory of the DPR and LPR, aiming at Donetsk and other Donbass cities.

On Wednesday, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and the UN discussed all details regarding the safe passage of ships loaded with grain during a meeting in Istanbul.

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