On June 24, I went with journalist Roman Kosarev to Popasnaya, a Lugansk People's Republic front line city that had been liberated a month prior but was still being pounded by Ukrainian shelling, including when we were there.
We also went to Stakhanov, a city to the east, where many refugees from Popasnaya and other regions being shelled by Ukraine have taken shelter.
Ukraine is targeting that city, too. So, these fleeing civilians find no peace and continue living a nightmare of endless bombing.
On July 3, Russia's Ministry of Defence announced that all of the Lugansk People's Republic has been liberated from Ukrainian forces.
After 8 years of Ukraine's war on the people of the Lugansk & Donetsk republics, the liberation of the LPR is a victory which corporate owned media will downplay or ignore, but for the people it means a massive step towards a return to peace and stability.
But even with this positive development, the tragic reality is that Ukraine continues to bomb civilian areas, with no military target, the only purpose being to kill and maim more people in the Donbass republics.