On 18 February, the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics announced the evacuation of their citizens to Russia over an escalation of tensions along the line of contact and the possibility of a full-fledged offensive by the Ukrainian army.

Ukrainian forces shelled multiple settlements in DPR in Ukraine’s southeast, using 120-mm caliber mortars prohibited by the Minsk agreements, the DPR mission to the Joint Center for Control and Coordination on the ceasefire regime (JCCC) said.

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Earlier in the night, the DPR mission said that Kiev forces had fired twelve 120-mm caliber mortars at the city of Donetsk and four 122-mm shells at the Donetsk suburb of Oleksandrivka.

The outskirts of Donetsk were also targeted later in the night, with the DPR reporting that Kiev forces had fired four 120-mm caliber mortars at the settlement of Staromykhailivka and twenty four 120-mm caliber mortars at Spartak, another suburb of Donetsk.

The settlement of Zaitseve in the DPR was also shelled.

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On 19 February, the authorities of the DPR and the LPR started the evacuation of civilians to Russia. They also announced a general mobilization in the region.

On 17 February, the Ukrainian army launched an attack against the DPR and LPR, with Donbass authorities warning that Ukrainian President Zelensky could order a full-scale offensive against the republics at any time.

Sputnik / ABC Flash Point WW III News 2022.

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