🇷🇺 🇺🇦 Briefing by Russian Defence Ministry spokesperson Major General Igor Konashenkov (February 24, 2022, 1:00 p.m.)
▪️ In accordance with the decision of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, on February 24, the Russian Armed Forces started special military operation to protect Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics.
▪️ In the morning, the people's militia of Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, after hostilities to repel the aggression of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the territory of the republics, mobilized and created groupings of troops. At present, they have launched a counteroffensive with fire support of the Russian Armed Forces. They have broken through the front line of the echeloned, well-equipped defence of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
▪️ The grouping of troops of the Donetsk People's Republic, advancing on Volnovakha, advanced up to 3 kilometers, and the grouping of the Lugansk People's Republic, advancing in the direction of Shchastia settlement , crossed Seversky Donets and advanced one and a half kilometers. Now Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics troops are fighting and inflicting fire damage to the enemy.
▪️ The units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine continue shelling the peaceful cities of Donbass. There are casualties among the civilian population of the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics.
▪️ Russian Armed Forces do not carry out any missile, air or artillery strikes on Ukrainian cities.
▪️ The servicemen of the border service of Ukraine did not resist the Russian units.
▪️ Reconnaissance data show that separate units and servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are leaving their positions, abandoning their weapons. The positions of the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine that laid down their arms are not target to strike.
▪️ The Russian Armed Forces high-precision weapons disable only military infrastructure, air defence facilities, military airfields, and aircraft of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
▪️ We draw attention of the media that the Security Service of Ukraine is preparing and is already implementing provocations according to the well-known patterns of the White Helmets.
▪️ In Ukrainian cities, staged video filming was made with so called "mass casualties" among the civilian population of Ukraine. Prepared videos are distributed through controlled telegram channels and social networks.
▪️ Their goal is to accuse Russia of supposedly non-selectivity and disproportionate strikes to intimidate the civilian population and broadcast on Western TV channels.
▪️ I want to emphasize that the Russian Armed Forces do not strike at the cities of Ukraine. Nothing threatens the civilian population.