Donetsk, Aug 8 — DAN. The servicemen of the DPR People’s Militia and Russian armed forces have destroyed two rocket artillery platoons and four howitzer platoons, the Russian Defence Ministry said.

“As part of the counter-battery efforts, two Grad MLRS platoons, two D-20 howitzer and D-30 howitzer platoons were destroyed outside Kirovo, Seversk and Verkhnekamenskoye,” the Ministry said.

A Ukrainian S-300 launcher was destroyed outside Kramatorsk.

A control centre of the Aidar nationalistic battalion was destroyed in Novosyolovka.

Missile and artillery weapons depots were destroyed in Nikolayevka, Fedorovka and Vyemka.

Russian forces also destroyed a depot storing 6,000 artillery rounds in occupied Krasnogorovka.

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