Volnovakha as a city is no more, local authorities say

12 March 2022, 04:21 PM

Volnovakha in Donetsk Oblast no longer exists as a city with infrastructure, said the head of the Donetsk Oblast military administration Pavlo Kyrylenko during a TV interview on March 12.

“The city of Volnovakha with its infrastructure, as such, no longer exists. The fight is now over the territory itself, in order to prevent the enemy from closing the ring and achieving their tactical and strategic plans,” he explained.

Kyrylenko recalled that before the war, the Volnovakha district was home to over 100,000 inhabitants. Most of them have now been evacuated.

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He also added that as things stand, it would be wrong to say that Volnovakha is under the control of the Ukrainian government.

At 0500 on Feb. 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he had decided to launch a "special operation" in the Donbas following a request from the puppet authorities in the non-government-controlled Luhansk and Donetsk territories. In fact, Russian forces launched a full-scale invasion, though this is being concealed from the Russian public.

Previously, the Russian government repeatedly stated that it would not attack Ukraine, while for months it massed troops and equipment next to its border with Ukraine.

March 12 is the 17th day of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Russia is advancing from the north, east and south.

From the first days of the war, the situation has been most difficult in Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Sumy, in Kyiv and its outskirts.

The invaders are also trying to seize those territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts that were under the control of Ukraine before the war.

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