- Sputnik International, 1920, 25.02.2022
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On 24 February, Russia launched a special military operation amid Kiev's ongoing shelling of the DPR and LPR. President Vladimir Putin stated that the op is meant to protect the people of Donbass, and its goal is the complete demilitarisation and denazification of Ukraine.

Shopping Malls on Outskirts of Kiev Were Used by Nationalists to Store Ammunition, Russian MoD Says

© GENYA SAVILOVA Ukrainian serviceman aims a 122 mm MLRS BM-21 Grad looks throw a device during military exercises of Ukrainian army on shooting range in Kiev region on October 28, 2016. (Photo by GENYA SAVILOV / AFP)
A Ukrainian serviceman aims a 122 mm MLRS BM-21 Grad looks throw a device during military exercises of Ukrainian army on shooting range in Kiev region on October 28, 2016. (Photo by GENYA SAVILOV / AFP) - Sputnik International, 1920, 21.03.2022
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Earlier, videos emerged on social media appearing to show that a parking lot at a shopping mall in Kiev, which was destroyed last night, was used to deploy Ukrainian Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS).
Russian troops destroyed a Ukrainian Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) battery and a warehouse for MLRS ammunition set up by nationalists in a defunct shopping mall on the outskirts of Kiev, the Russian Defence Ministry has stated. According to the ministry, the Russian military used high-precision weapons to eliminate the nationalist base there on 21 March.
The Defence Ministry's spokesman Igor Konashenkov said that the location of the Ukrainian MLRS base was received by intelligence from several sources.
"The footage clearly shows a Ukrainian multiple rocket launcher driving into a shopping mall on the outskirts of Kiev to take cover after launching a salvo and reload the launchers", Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.
The spokesman noted that this is just more proof of criminal actions by the regime in Kiev, which has been using civilian objects in densely populated areas to deploy artillery and MLRS batteries.
Earlier, videos emerged on social media allegedly showing Ukrainian artillery moving in the vicinity of the Retroville shopping mall in Kiev and a Grad MLRS (NATO reporting name M1964) firing rockets from what looked like a parking lot at the same mall. Retroville suffered massive damage from the strike conducted overnight on 21 March.
The Russian Defence Ministry has repeatedly condemned the tactic of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and nationalist battalions to deploy artillery and MLRS batteries in densely populated areas in apparent attempts to draw Russian fire onto civilians and blame Moscow for the casualties later. At the same time, the ministry stressed that it would only target military infrastructure during the special operation in Ukraine, which was launched on 24 February.
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