- 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.

Russian MoD: Key Neo-Nazi Forces in Mariupol Residential Areas Destroyed

© Sputnik / Vladimir Rodionov / Go to the mediabankServicemen of the DPR People's Militia ride a T-72 tank in Mariupol region, Donetsk People's Republic
Servicemen of the DPR People's Militia ride a T-72 tank in Mariupol region, Donetsk People's Republic - Sputnik International, 1920, 14.03.2022
The residents of Mariupol have been unable to leave the city despite humanitarian corridors being announced several times because of attacks carried out by radical Ukrainian nationalists.
The militia of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) with the support of Russian armed forces have eliminated practically all combat facilities occupied by neo-Nazi rebels in the residential areas of the city of Mariupol, the Russian Defence Ministry said.
According to the ministry, the successful operation aimed to stop the city's blockade has resulted in the opening of humanitarian corridors after 15:00 local time, allowing civilians to evacuate.
200 buses were deployed to Mariupol to pick up the evacuees, and 50 of the buses have already arrived in the city. Humanitarian trucks carrying 450 tonnes of medicines and food, including baby formula, were dispatched to Mariupol, and the first vehicles have already arrived.
A view shows cars and a building of a hospital destroyed by an aviation strike in Mariupol, Ukraine, in this handout picture released March 9, 2022 - Sputnik International, 1920, 10.03.2022
Russian MoD Blasts Claims of Mariupol 'Airstrike' as 'Provocation' Aimed to Fuel Anti-Russian Hype
Earlier this month, the head of the Russian National Defence Control Centre Mikhail Mizintsev said that Mariupol and several other Ukrainian cities have been facing "a humanitarian crisis of catastrophic proportions." He stressed that in Mariupol, neo-Nazis were firing at people trying to flee the city through humanitarian corridors. According to him, hundreds of thousands of people, including foreign nationals, are being held hostage.
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