Denis Kulaga, a correspondent for the Izvestia TV channel, showed the main square of the city of Pervomaisk in the Luhansk People’s Republic, which was empty due to regular shelling by the Ukrainian military.
As the journalist noted, people used to gather on the square, shops worked, but now it’s hard to meet someone here.
“In recent days, there are fewer and fewer of them (people – Ed.), Now we can see only one woman passing by, and otherwise people do not get out of their shelters,” Kulaga said.
The situation in Donbass escalated on February 17. The DPR and LPR reported heavy shelling by Ukrainian security forces, including from heavy weapons. The republics announced a general mobilization and evacuation of civilians to the territory of Russia. On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed decrees recognizing the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, as well as agreements on friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance with the republics. The documents were ratified the next day.
On February 24, Russia launched a special operation to protect the civilian population of Donbass. After that, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of hitting the country’s military infrastructure and introduced martial law. He also severed diplomatic relations with the Russian Federation.
For more up-to-date videos and details about the situation in Donbass, watch the Izvestia TV channel.
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