In the area of Mariupol left after the battles with Ukrainian militants, on the embankment one can see broken windows of buildings and smoke from blown up cars. Izvestia correspondent Rodion Severyanov visited the epicenter of hostilities and showed how Russian soldiers liberate the city from nationalists on Tuesday, March 22.
“As you can see, there are cut branches of trees behind my back. There was a very heavy fire. Not only branches are lying around, but even trunks. It is difficult to determine exactly where we are – there are not even signs on the houses. It is not clear which street. We imagine that this is an embankment, but it is difficult to determine which houses are here, because they look like this now … Shops on the first floors were broken, burned, the upper floors were also damaged, ”he said.
According to the journalist, the bodies of Ukrainian militants found in the surveyed area do not have equipment and ammunition, which means that the Azovites are running out of weapons. In addition, they often carry away the bodies so that it is impossible to determine the identity of the militants, among whom there are foreign mercenaries.
In the course of the reporter’s story, a strong roar is heard, similar to an explosion, then another, and another.
“In such conditions, it is better to cling closer to the building, from fragments. Artillery landed without ceasing. It will be dangerous to go further, snipers work almost everywhere on the roofs,” he continues.
At the end of the video, the journalist shows a projectile smoking in the distance with black smoke, which arrived at the time of recording the video.
“Behind me is the Sea of Azov. If you look closely, somewhere on the very horizon you can see a small black dot. It is possible that this is a warship, and it is working on the positions of the “Azov”, our correspondent concluded the report.
On the morning of March 22, residents of Mariupol told a correspondent of the Izvestia TV channel that they could not escape from the blockade for more than three weeks. They hid from the shelling of Ukrainian militants in basements, many civilians got pneumonia and frostbite.
Later that day, the troops of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), together with the Russian Armed Forces, liberated about 50% of the area of Mariupol. This was stated by the First Deputy Minister of Information of the DPR Daniil Bezsonov. He added that attempts by Ukrainian nationalists to leave the city under the guise of civilians were established.
On March 21, the Ministry of Defense said that Kyiv refused the proposals of the Russian Federation to create corridors for the exit of civilians and nationalists without weapons from Mariupol, but instructed the nationalists to leave the city under the guise of civilians. According to the agency, Ukrainian nationalists are depriving civilians of the opportunity to escape by blocking exit corridors and leaving them in the war zone as human shields.
In mid-February, due to the aggravation of the situation in the Donbass as a result of shelling by the Ukrainian military, the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics announced the evacuation of the civilian population to the Russian Federation and asked for recognition of independence.
On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a corresponding decree. On February 24, Russia launched a special operation to protect the civilian population of Donbass. As the press secretary of the head of state Dmitry Peskov clarified, the special operation has two goals – the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine. According to him, both of these aspects pose a threat to the Russian state and people.
For more up-to-date videos and details about the situation in Donbass, watch the Izvestia TV channel.
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