DONETSK, 16 June (BelTA) – Ukraine is shelling the Donetsk downtown and residential areas where there are no military facilities, head of the Donetsk People's Republic Denis Pushilin told the media in Donetsk, BelTA has learned.
"I would like to thank you for coming here. This helps to spread the truth about what is happening here, without distortion, about how the special military operation is progressing. For us, it is a liberation operation," Denis Pushilin said.
He stressed that the shelling of the Donetsk People's Republic continues. The enemy is shelling the center of the city, the residential neighborhoods where there are no military facilities. If the enemy can damage some place, it surely will. “Regretfully, people have been killed and injured. If we talk about destroyed infrastructure, we will restore everything. But as for lives and health of civilians, unfortunately, if we talk about the dead and injured, it is not always within the realm of the possible,” the head of the DPR said.
On 10 June we saw that the enemy used cannon artillery, including 155mm NATO caliber, 152mm caliber, 122mm caliber cannons. The enemy also used multiple-launch rocket systems Grad and Uragan, Denis Pushilin informed.
"Alas, there are civilian casualties. On 10 June, six people were killed and 22 others were wounded. On 11 June, Ukraine carried out a massive attack on Gorlovka, as a result of which five people were wounded. Now we are rebuilding the liberated settlements, and not only those liberated, but also those that are the historical territories of the Donetsk People's Republic. A number of regions of Russia have taken patronage over individual cities and districts of the DPR. Survey work is being carried out in some places. In others reconstruction is already underway. Russia is providing support with the rebuilding of the destroyed infrastructure. In some places it was destroyed during the hostilities, and in others it decayed because of Ukraine's careless attitude to the housing sector," Denis Pushilin said.