On March 14, Russian President Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. They discussed the situation around the conduct of a special operation to protect Donbass. This was reported by the press service of the Kremlin.
“The exchange of views on the situation around the conduct of a special operation to protect the republics of Donbass continued. In this context, Vladimir Putin drew attention to the new barbaric action of the Ukrainian military – today’s missile attack on the central quarter of Donetsk using cluster munitions, which led to numerous casualties among civilians in the city,” the report says.
An Izvestiya correspondent reported earlier that day that a Ukrainian Tochka-U missile had been shot down near the Government House in central Donetsk.
The Russian Defense Ministry said that the Tochka-U missile attack on Donetsk was carried out from Krasnoarmeysk, which is controlled by Ukrainian nationalist units. The department said that the shelling of the city, where there are no firing positions, is a war crime.
Then the Headquarters of the Territorial Defense of the Donetsk People’s Republic reported that as a result of the shelling by Tochka-U, 20 civilians were killed and 36 were injured.
On March 8, Putin also held talks with the Israeli prime minister. Then they discussed the results of the third round of Russian-Ukrainian negotiations, as well as the Russian operation to protect Donbass.
In mid-February, due to the aggravation of the situation in the Donbass as a result of shelling by the Ukrainian military, the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics announced the evacuation of the civilian population to the Russian Federation and asked for recognition of independence.
On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a corresponding decree. On February 24, Russia launched a special operation to protect the civilian population of Donbass. As the press secretary of the head of state Dmitry Peskov clarified, the special operation has two goals – the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine. According to him, both of these aspects pose a threat to the Russian state and people.