“Regarding these shelling: As I understand it, the attacks are directly targeting the residential areas of Donetsk, right?” he asked. Pushilin confirmed that the Ukrainian military is in fact targeting civilian targets.
“There is rolling and determined work in the squares. Bombing specifically in Donetsk, in Makiivka, in Grlovka,” he said. According to him, only in Donetsk from December 2 to 18, 21 people were killed, 94 people were injured. “Are they all civilians?” Putin asked. “These are absolutely civilians. This, of course, causes a very serious reaction on our part and the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation are doing everything possible,” Pushilin confirmed.
He asked Putin to increase the number of modern air defense systems and strengthen counter-battery work in the republic in order to stop the shelling of cities and push the enemy back.