A soldier from the unit participating in the attack told Sputnik: "In the direction of southern Donetsk, in order to take fortified positions, a huge artillery bombardment was carried out, the men successfully completed the mission, and the attack was carried out without losses." Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed that Russia does not plan to occupy Ukrainian territory, explaining that Russia's goal is to protect the population, which has been subjected for 8 years, to persecution and genocide, by the Kiev regime.