According to RT’s interlocutor, many residents of Avdeevka did not want to leave, but Ukrainian troops made it almost impossible to stay in the city.

“They (APU -


) first of all started bombing stores, then ATMs, substations, gas pipes,” she said.

She added that her family had been waiting for two years for the Russian Armed Forces to oust Ukrainian troops from Avdiivka.

“When they told us that the Ukrainian Armed Forces were leaving, we couldn’t believe it,” the woman noted.

Earlier, the Ministry of Defense stated that Russian troops liberated the village of Lastochkino in the Avdeevsky direction.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu noted that the Russian military continues offensive operations after the capture of Avdievka.