Donetsk, Aug 24 — DAN. Ukrainian armed formations fired more than 170 rounds on the DPR in the past 24 hours, the Republic’s Mission to the JCCC said.

The enemy used heavy artillery, including of NATO calibres and HIMARS systems, and mortars to target at least seven townships.

Five civilians were killed in Donetsk and Gorlovka, 14 were injured in Donetsk. 

Thirty-five houses and 9 infrastructural facilities sustained damage.

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