Residential buildings in Mariupol, UkraineMOSCOW, Mar 8 as a “human shield” of 4.5 million civilians, the head of the National Center for Defense Control of the Russian Federation, Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, said on Tuesday. as well as about 2,000 foreigners who have already expressed a desire to evacuate to safe places from the horrors and arbitrariness arranged by nationalists,” he said. Kyiv does not allow attempts to evacuate residents to Russia, the Ministry of Defense saidAccording to the general, information continues to be received about cases of discrimination against human rights on racial grounds by neo-Nazis. Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on February 24. President Vladimir Putin called its goal “the protection of people who have been subjected to abuse and genocide by the Kiev regime for eight years.” To this end, according to him, it is planned to carry out “demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine” bloody crimes against civilians” of Donbass. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the Armed Forces strike only at military infrastructure and Ukrainian troops, nothing threatens the civilian population. With the support of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, the DPR and LPR groups are developing an offensive. But there is no talk of the occupation of Ukraine, the President of Russia emphasized.