On May 12, Izvestia correspondent Dmitry Zimenkin showed the consequences of the fighting at the Zarya gunpowder factory in the city of Rubizhny, Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR). He was the first journalist to visit the territory of the enterprise, which was liberated from Ukrainian nationalists the day before.
The militants set up firing points in the building. The footage captures the aftermath of fierce fighting. Burnt-out armored vehicles, as well as unexploded shells, remained on the street.
Earlier in the day, Zimenkin spoke about the situation in the city. According to him, militants remained at the plant since morning. There were also stocks of TNT inside, which could destroy almost the entire north of the republic, so they were “careful” with the enterprise.
The journalist managed to go down to the bomb shelter. There he saw a lot of rooms littered with various rubbish and things left by the nationalists – gas masks, dry rations, uniforms and ammunition.
On the same day, the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, said that as a result of the fighting, a significant part of the enemy’s manpower had been destroyed. Several fighters of the territorial defense of Ukraine, who laid down their arms, were also taken prisoner. The rest took to flight.
On Wednesday, the Zarya plant was taken under control by the LPR servicemen together with the fighters of the Russian special unit Akhmat.
In Ukraine, the special operation of the Russian Federation to protect the Donbass continues, the beginning of which President Vladimir Putin announced on February 24. The key goals of the Russian military are the denazification and demilitarization of the Kyiv regime. This is necessary to ensure the security of the Russian state and people. Moscow also emphasized that it does not hatch plans for the occupation of Ukraine, and strikes are carried out only on military infrastructure.
The situation in the region escalated in mid-February due to shelling by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Since 2014, Kyiv has been conducting a military operation against the inhabitants of Donbass, who refused to recognize the results of the coup d’état in Ukraine.
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