In an exclusive field report from Ukraine, Republic Media Network Patric Lancaster showed the extensive damage in the Central Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) caused by Ukrainian artillery shelling. The report presents a contradiction to the Ukrainian account that it claimed not to have bombed the region. On Tuesday, Ukraine launched bombardments against a residential building full of people. Meanwhile, attacks by Ukrainian forces also severely damaged two vehicles parked in front of the building.
Notably, Russia recognized the independence of the breakaway regions of Ukraine, Donetsk and the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) before launching a large-scale military operation in the country. Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry claimed that its forces had launched a special military operation to protect the people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk. The ministry also alleged that Ukrainian troops continually bombed towns in breakaway regions, which resulted in several casualties in the region.
On February 22, the DPR also accused Ukraine of launching a deadly bomb attack on highways. In addition, the separatist region had declared a state of emergency last week, due to the shutdown of a pumping station and the shutdown of the central supply of drinking water as shelling continued. Breakaway regions said they would start evacuating citizens to Russia, citing fears of further violence.
European Parliament approves Ukraine’s application to join the EU
Meanwhile, the European Parliament on Tuesday approved Ukraine’s application to join the European Union, marking a turning point in the country’s history. A special admission procedure to accept Ukraine into the EU has begun, with voting set to begin at 9 p.m. India Standard Time. This development follows Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s speech to the Parliament of the European Union. In his speech, Zelenskyy underlined how united the member states of the bloc were and expressed his wish for Ukraine to be part of it.
It is relevant to mention here that after weeks of escalating tensions, Russia launched a special military operation on February 24 in Ukraine. On Tuesday, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba denounced the firing of barbaric missiles by Russian troops in Kharkiv. He also accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of war crimes and urged world leaders to “do more” to end wartime atrocities on Ukrainian soil.
Follow all the news and headlines from the Russian-Ukrainian war on Live updates from the Russia-Ukraine war