Donetsk, Apr 20 – DAN. Russia-led coalition has taken 30 townships under control, the DPR Territorial Defence HQ said.

"As of April 20, the DPR forces with assistance of the Russian armed forces liberated and established total control over 167 towns," the report reads.

Among the liberated towns are Rovnopol, Novosyolka, Makarovka, Storozhevoye.

Over the past day, DPR liberated Novoandreyevka, Stepnoye, and Kropivnitskoye in the Volnovakha district.

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.