Biden disregards civilian population in Donbass: Zakharova
"The most monstrous thing is not a word about the true state of affairs of the civilian population in the Donbass," said Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said US President Joe Biden did not mention - not even a word - the situation of the civilian population in Donbass, eastern Ukraine.
Furthermore, commenting on Biden's statements regarding the situation in Ukraine, Zakharova wrote on Telegram, sarcastically, that Biden should've added that "Russia has moved dangerously closer to NATO borders.”
"The most monstrous thing is not a word about the true state of affairs of the civilian population in the Donbass. No people, no problems?"
Biden accused the Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics of "violating the ceasefire in Donbass," and Putin of deciding to "launch an attack on Ukraine." He also threatened to impose sanctions on Russia in that case.
The United States and Western countries have been accusing Russia of preparing a military attack against Ukraine, which Moscow has denied on several occasions, saying that the accusations are a pretext to increase NATO presence in Ukraine borders.
O Friday, Zakharova revealed in an interview with the Russian NTV channel that the message addressed to the United States regarding security guarantees clearly indicated "Russia does not intend to attack Ukraine."
Moscow demands that Kiev fulfill the Minsk agreements and stop arms supplies to Ukraine.
Kiev shells Donbas with mortars banned by Minsk accord
Today, the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics (DPR and LPR) accused Kiev of repeatedly shelling the Donbas region with 120mm mortars which are banned by the Minsk accord.
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's Special Monitoring Mission (OSCE SMM) reported 222 ceasefire violations in Ukraine's Donetsk area and 648 in the Lugansk region in the last 24 hours.
On its part, the DPR Ministry of Emergency Situations said on Saturday that Donetsk has already evacuated 6,600 people, including nearly 2,500 children, over a dramatic escalation of tensions with Ukraine.
"As of 06:30 [04:30 GMT] on February 19, 2022, the number of evacuated people amounted to 6,603, of which 2,436 were children," the ministry said.
The ministry also stated that life support points for the evacuated population had been deployed at checkpoints like Uspenka, Marynivka, Ulyanovsk, and Novoazovsk.
"We have to note that at the checkpoints, in addition to hot meals, citizens are also provided with psychological and medical assistance," the ministry added.