- 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 Shelled Residential Area in Mariupol to Blame Russia, Eyewitness Says

© Sputnik / Ivan Rodionov / Go to the mediabankServicemen of militia of Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) walk along a street in Berdyanskoye settlement outside Mariupol, Ukraine.
Servicemen of militia of Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) walk along a street in Berdyanskoye settlement outside Mariupol, Ukraine.  - Sputnik International, 1920, 04.03.2022
NOVOAZOVSK (Sputnik) - The Ukrainian forces shelled residential area of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol with heavy weapons to blame it on Russia, a resident who managed to flee the surrounded city said.
"At first, when there was less of their equipment in our area, they [Ukrainian forces] were massively shelling our block, saying that it was the Russians who were shelling. But we could see where everything was coming from, we understood what was going on," the man said.
He said he and his family stayed awake day and night for nearly ten days, being under massive artillery fire.
"They just shelled residential neighborhoods for days at first. They were just pounding them," the man said.
Answering the question as to why the Ukrainian military was firing on their own city, he claimed that the goal was to "show a picture to the entire world how Russia and the DPR [Donetsk People's Republic] are killing civilians."
The Russian Defence Ministry has repeatedly stressed that its forces are only targeting Ukraine's military infrastructure and have been doing everything possible to avoid civilians casualties. Russia and militia forces from the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics launched a special military operation in Ukraine on 24 February, aimed at "demilitarising and denazifying" the country following a breakdown in negotiations and continued Ukrainian artillery and mortar attacks on the Donbass republics. The operation has provoked a backlash from the US and its allies across the globe who have introduced an unprecedented package of sanctions against Russia in the past eight days.
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