Donetsk, Mar 4 – DAN.  DPR People's Militia has advanced by 8 km today, Russia's Ministry of Defence spokesperson Igor Konashenkov said.

"DPR group of forces has made an 8-km advance and have established control over Nazarovka, Kuibyshevo, Kalinovka, Novogrigoryevo, and the Plant named after Lenin in Mariupol," he said.

Earlier DPR said that Volnovakha would be fully liberated within days.

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