The Armed Forces of Ukraine converted eight schools in the DPR and four in other regions of Ukraine for military purposes. Earlier, the Ministry of Defense indicated that the Ukrainian military was firing from civilian targets, provoking the Russian army to retaliate.
According to the agency, boarding school No. 1, schools No. 17 and 9, the High Voltage Research Institute in Slavyansk, school No. 9 of Pokrovsk, lyceum No. 7 and school No. 29 of Privolye, schools No. 11 and 17 of Konstantinovka are used for military purposes in the DPR. In other cities of Ukraine, the military also occupy civilian facilities: in Nikolaev— schools No. 40 and 43, lyceum No. 25, in the Dnieper— school number 35.
As indicated by the Ministry of Defense, units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) are deployed inside the buildings of these institutions or near them, they set up roadblocks, equip firing points and strong points, place weapons and ammunition depots. In some buildings, civilians are being held “under the pretext of ensuring security,” according to the Russian military department.
On June 3, the Ministry of Defense already reported that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are using schools and other civilian facilities for military purposes. The ministry indicated that the Ukrainian military was firing from converted buildings, thereby “provoking” Russian servicemen to return fire, in order to then accuse the Russian army of destroying civilian objects.
The agency also reported that “from the dangerous regions of Ukraine and the republics of Donbass” the evacuation of residents to Russia continues, over the past 24 hours, 7.5 thousand people left from there, in total, 1 million 780 thousand people have been evacuated since the beginning of the special operation.
The Ministry of Defense indicated that 70 foreign ships from 16 countries were blocked in the ports of Kherson, Nikolaev, Chernomorsk, Ochakov, Odessa and Yuzhny. The agency recalled that in the Black and Azov Seas there are maritime humanitarian corridors for the exit of ships, but the danger remains in the Black Sea due to drifting mines.
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Humanitarian aid continues to be delivered to the Donbass and Russian-controlled territories of other Ukrainian regions: almost 30,000 have been sent there since March 2 tons of essentials, food, medicines and medical devices, another 33,000 tons have been prepared, the agency said.