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LIVE UPDATES: Russia Ready to Resume Full-Scale Talks With Ukraine, But Kiev Unwilling, FM Says
According to data from the Russian Ministry of Defense, since the beginning of the special operation in Ukraine, Russian forces have destroyed 260 Ukrainian warplanes, 144 helicopters, 1,600 drones,763 rocket launchers, 4,146 tanks and other armored vehicles, and 3,185 artillery pieces.
Earlier this month, Russian forces and Donbass militias liberated the territory of the Lugansk People’s Republic from Kiev’s troops, seizing the city of Lysychansk.
On February 24, Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine following requests from the then newly-recognized Donetsk and Lugansk republics, which have been suffering from an eight-year-long war, waged by Kiev.
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