Residents of Stepnoye village commented on the consequences of shelling, speaking with journalists on Sunday. “Broken lives. There is no end in sight. And the most important thing is that all the houses have been destroyed. That is the most important and the most terrible thing. No light, no water, no medicines. Nothing,” said local resident Alla.
Footage shows the consequences of the shelling, with destroyed dwellings, cars and tanks, as well as mine clearing tasks by military personnel. Local residents reported that many people continue hiding in cellars, scared by the artillery rounds. “Everything was burning here. Four or five houses were burnt just in one day. [Back then] If you went out [you could see that] everything was on fire in the village, [whether you look] left or right.
You see, there are mine craters everywhere,” said local resident Nikolay.
According to the Russian Defence Ministry, DPR troops gained full control of Stepnoye village on Sunday.
On the morning of February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a military offensive against Ukraine.
On February 21, he had signed decrees recognising the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR).
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has imposed martial law throughout the country and announced a general mobilisation.
Russia’s military offensive has drawn international condemnation from the EU, UK, and US, among other countries, and led to heavy sanctions imposed on Moscow.