Donetsk, May 6 - DAN. Yasinivataya has been subjected to the most severe shelling in the entire history of the Donbass armed conflict, the local administration head Dmitriy Shevchenko told journalists on Friday.

"Considering the number of victims and casualties, and the extent of destruction, it can't be compared even to the 2014 situation. Now it is by far more complicated," he said.

This morning Yasinovataya was barraged with heavy artillery and MLRS. A woman was killed in the Zorka district. 

At least 15 civilians have been killed, two dozen injured since February escalation. More than 700 buildings have sustained damage. 

Russia started a special military operation to denazify and demilitarize Ukraine on February 24. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the decision was made after the DPR and LPR Heads addressed him asking for help.

The Russian leader said that Moscow is not planning to occupy Ukrainian territory, the only goal is to protect people who have been continuously shelled and subjected to other forms of genocide by Ukraine for eight years. *ot