Escalation in Donbas once again demonstrates Russia ‘doesn’t need peace,’ says Donetsk governor

17 February 2022, 10:59 PM

Russia has once again demonstrated that it does not need peace after its proxy forces shelled several civilian areas in the Donbas in the morning of Feb. 17, said Donetsk governor Pavlo Kyrylenko.

In particular, Russian occupying forces shelled the towns of Vrubivka and Stanytsia Luhanska in Luhansk Oblast.

“Russia once again demonstrates that it does not need peace – it needs death and destruction,” Kyrylenko said.

“But we are able to hold fast and fight back.”

Kyrylenko noted that the towns of Maryinka, Krasnohorivka, and the villages of Taramchuk, Stepne and Solodke in Donetsk Oblast have also come under fire.

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In Maryinka, shell fragments reached the town’s School No. 2. The students were forced to hide in a bomb shelter.

Additionally, a 65-year-old female resident of Maryinka received a shrapnel wound as she was standing at a bus stop during the shelling. The woman was taken to hospital.

Krasnohorivka has been left without power as a result of the shelling. Repair crews will start restoring electricity as soon as it is safe, Kyrylenko said.

He added that the villages of Taramchuk, Stepne, and Solodke were also left without power.

Currently there is no information about casualties in those villages. However, one serviceman has been taken to a hospital after being wounded near the town of Avdiyivka.

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