Donetsk, May 23 — DAN. Eight members of Ukraine’s 25th airborne brigade have surrendered, the DPR Defence’s deputy chief of staff Eduard Basurin said.

«Eight members of Ukraine’s 25th airborne brigade have laid down arms voluntarily and defected to the DPR, » he said.

Russia started a special military operation to denazify and demilitarize Ukraine on February 24. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the decision was made after the DPR and LPR Heads addressed him asking for help.

The Russian leader said that Moscow is not planning to occupy Ukrainian territory, the only goal is to protect people who have been continuously shelled and subjected to other forms of genocide by Ukraine for eight years. *ot