MOSCOW, February 17. /TASS/. Ukraine would have levelled the Donbass republics a year ago if Russia had not intervened in time by recognizing the Lugansk and the Donetsk People's Republics and launching its special military operation, Former LPR ambassador to Moscow Rodion Miroshnik said on Friday.
"Exactly one year ago, the Ukrainian regime began artillery preparations before attacking Donbass! A 150,000-soldier group, armed and trained by NATO, was preparing to sweep away the Donbass. And if it were not for Russia's decision to start a special military operation, we would have simply been levelled," he wrote on his Telegram channel on the anniversary of the beginning of the escalation of the situation in the Donbass, "And neither the UN nor the OSCE would have noticed it."
Miroshnik recalled that from February 17 to 24, when the Russian Federation began its special military operation, the Ukrainian armed forces fired 551 shells on the LPR territory. At that time, he recalled, "700-800 rounds of ammunition per day flew into the republic." There were attempts to break through the defense, as well as casualties among civilians.
Also on Friday, Miroshnik drew attention to the fact that a year ago, neither the guarantors (of the Minsk agreements) - France and Germany - nor the UN General Assembly had forced Kiev to fulfill its obligations. At that time, the republics understood that the clock was ticking as the Ukrainian military could wipe out the DPR and the LPR cities, so the emergency evacuation began.
"But the world prefers not to see this and starts counting from February 24," he pointed out.