Russian forces, which have completely captured the Luhansk Oblast in eastern Ukraine, focus their firepower on neighboring Donetsk Oblast.
According to AFP/Reuters news agency, Vadim Riak, mayor of Slaviak, Donetsk Province, wrote on Facebook on the 5th (local time), “Slaabysk! There is a huge bombardment in the center and north of the city. Everyone should evacuate.” .
At least one person was killed and three others were injured when a Russian shell fell on the market, police said on Sunday.
“Russian forces are focusing their efforts on Luhansk and Donetsk Oblast,” Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokeswoman Oleksandr Motzanik said at a briefing on the same day.
“Ukrainian forces are working to deter the Russian attack on Slavysk,” he added.
With its many industrial facilities, Donetsk has served as a center for the supply of Ukrainian military equipment and troops.
It is also a place where Russian President Vladimir Putin paid attention to since it is rich in mineral resources.
In particular, Slavabsk was the place where the gunshots of the 2014 Donbass (region encompassing Donetsk and Luhansk) war first sounded.
April 12, 2014, when the pro-Russian separatist rebels (DPR) in Donetsk occupied Slavak City Hall, officially opened the Donbass War.
The Russian army, which had suffered a hardship after rushing in its troops on the northern front, including the capital Kiiu, is using a tactic of devastating the city with concentrated artillery fire and then deploying troops on the Donbass Front.
As the overwhelming tactics using the artillery power vehicle became effective in Luhansk, the Russian Army continues the tactic of advancing little by little with artillery firepower in Donetsk as well.