On Monday, July 4, Izvestia correspondent Dmitry Zimenkin shared footage taken from the copter from the city of Lisichansk liberated by the Russian military.
The footage clearly shows the consequences of strikes by the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU): some of the buildings are seriously damaged, some are almost completely destroyed. Despite this, the city is gradually returning to peaceful life.
The day before, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin on the liberation of the LPR. As the press service of the Ministry of Defense reported, as a result of the successful military operations of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and units of the People’s Militia of the LPR, full control was established over the city of Lisichansk, as well as nearby settlements.
Shoigu also spoke about the Russian military demining the territory of the liberated Lisichansk and providing medical assistance to civilians.
The head of the LPR, Leonid Pasechnik, called the operation to liberate Lisichansk almost lightning fast. He pointed out that the enemy had fled, abandoning his equipment and defensive lines.
On July 3, residents of Lisichansk showed the Izvestia film crew how they bottled water from puddles, and then learned how to boil and disinfect it so that it would be edible.
On February 24, Russia launched an operation to protect civilians in the Donbass. Moscow explained that the tasks of the special operation included demilitarization and denazification, the implementation of which is necessary to ensure the security of Russia.
The decision was made against the backdrop of aggravation in the region as a result of shelling by the Ukrainian military. The authorities of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics announced the evacuation of residents to the Russian Federation, and on February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognizing the independence of the DPR and LPR.
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