DONETSK, April 3. /TASS/. Eleven civilians were wounded as a result of Mariupol’s districts controlled by the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) being shelled by the Ukrainian army, the DPR’s mission at the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of ceasefire (JCCC) reported on Sunday.
It was reported that four men and seven women were wounded.
"Those injured were taken to the republic’s medical facilities where they are receiving the necessary medical aid," the mission’s statement said, noting that it is currently impossible to establish the exact number of victims among the civilians.
The situation at the Donbass engagement line flared up on February 17. The self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) reported the most massive bombardments by the Ukrainian armed forces over the past months. On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a decision to recognize the sovereignty of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. The treaties on friendship, cooperation and mutual aid were signed with their leaders. On February 22, the State Duma and the Federation Council ratified both documents and Putin signed the respective laws on the same day.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a televised address on February 24 that in response to a request by the heads of the Donbass republics he had made a decision to carry out a special military operation in order to protect people "who have been suffering from abuse and genocide by the Kiev regime for eight years." The Russian leader stressed that Moscow had no plans of occupying Ukrainian territories, noting that the operation was aimed at the denazification and demilitarization of Ukraine.