Ukraine’s Donetsk region pounded by up to 2,500 Russian strikes daily: Governor

Feb 6, 2024

Donetsk region: Russia is firing between 1,500 and 2,500 shells and rockets a day into Ukraine's war-torn Donetsk region and targeting critical infrastructure to make it harder for people to live there in winter, its governor told Reuters. .
The eastern province, 57% of which is under Russian control, has been at the forefront of the war since 2014, when Russia-backed proxies captured the region's capital, also known as Donetsk, as well as several other large cities. .
As Russia launches a full-scale invasion in 2022, it is here that the bloodiest and longest fighting of the war has taken place.
“The enemy shells (the area) 1,500 to 2,500 times a day,” the governor said. Vadim Filaskin Said in an interview on Friday, he believes Moscow is still aiming to capture the entire region.
“The enemy fire is so intense, so heavy, almost every day.”
the governor said kurakhov The power plant, one of the few remaining large-scale sources of electricity generation in the area, had been forced to close a week earlier due to Russian shelling. He said that this is part of a broader campaign.
“The enemy is trying to destroy critical infrastructure objects to make it difficult for people to live in the area in winter.”
flanskin said the city of AvdiivkaHome to the largest coking plant in Europe and the target of a massive Russian attack since October last year, it was “95-98% gutted.”
“The enemy dropped (last month) about 200 guided aerial bombs on Avdiivka alone. They are completely destroying it,” he said.
Local officials say the number of civilians in the town has dropped to less than 1,000. Fylashkin said he was appealing to survivors to leave for their own safety.
After a glide bomb recently fell on an apartment block in the border town of Nieuw-York, it took 10 days to clear the ruins by hand and recover the bodies of five residents, because the shelling was too intense to bring in machinery.
“As soon as we started bringing cranes and digging equipment to help the people, the enemy started shelling.”
A tall, baritone figure dressed in black and carrying a pistol, he had a background in law enforcement before serving as deputy governor of Donetsk since 2019.
After the invasion began, he says he personally participated in about 10 evacuation operations from the town of Volnovakha until the Russians captured it less than a month after the invasion.
“There were some moments when I didn't think we'd make it out of there,” he recalled after the interview.

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