New Delhi, March 14: Russian forces “completely destroyed” the East Ukrainian town of Volnovakha following a days-long bombing campaign – but fighting continues for territory to prevent a Russian encirclement as citizens refuse to accept Moscow’s rule, Daily Mail reported.
Donetsk Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko confirmed the city had been destroyed on Sunday evening, saying Volnovakha “no longer exists” after Moscow’s “war of annihilation” which left the smoldering remains of the city “between the hands of Russian-backed separatists”.
Images and videos posted on social media showed Russian forces, with the telltale Z markings on their vehicles, entering the burnt-out city that now consists mostly of rubble.
Troops from Moscow are continuing to use indiscriminate shelling to encircle major Ukrainian cities and are reportedly heading towards kyiv for an “all-out assault” in the coming days, the Daily Mail reported.
Satellite images taken on Saturday morning showed extensive damage to civilian infrastructure and residential buildings in the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, a private US company said.
Maxar Technologies said fires were seen in the western part of the Black Sea port city and dozens of apartment buildings were badly damaged.