- 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.

Ukraine Uses Arms Supplied by West to Attack Civilians, Donetsk Mayor Says

© Sputnik / Sergey Averin / Go to the mediabankThe view shows the houses in Donetsk destroyed as a result of shelling by the Ukrainian Armed Forces
The view shows the houses in Donetsk destroyed as a result of shelling by the Ukrainian Armed Forces - Sputnik International, 1920, 13.03.2023
DONETSK (Sputnik) - The weapons that Ukraine receives from Western countries are all used against civilians in Donetsk, the city mayor, Alexey Kulemzin told Sputnik.
"NATO heavy artillery and MLRS [Multiple Launch Rocket Systems] of various modifications are used. It has long been not only about ‘Hurricanes’ [guided rocket systems] and ‘Grads’ - now it’s also the Vampire [rocket launcher], and HIMARS [High Mobility Artillery Rocket System], and all the rest. Everything that America and its henchmen supply [to Ukraine] - everything gets here," Kulemzin said.
He added that civilians in Donetsk wish for nothing but for the attacks of Ukrainian troops to end.
A view shows a classroom of the school №7 damaged by a recent Ukrainian shelling in Kalinin district of Donetsk, Donetsk People's Republic, Russia. - Sputnik International, 1920, 18.12.2022
Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
Hospital Catches Fire After Ukrainian Troops Shell Donetsk - Mayor
"We need to drive the enemy back to a distance where they can no longer hurt our civilians," the Donetsk mayor told Sputnik.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the end of last month that weapon supplies to Ukraine free-of-charge by NATO countries is what makes them an accomplice, albeit indirectly, to crimes committed by Kiev against civilians in Donetsk and other eastern regions.
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