Donetsk, Mar 21 – DAN. Ukrainian armed formations shelled the DPR territory 16 times over the past 24 hours, the JCCC said.

"A total of 132 rounds were fired," the report reads.

The enemy used Grad MLRS, tanks, heavy artillery and mortars.

Twenty-eight civilians sustained injuries, including a child; twenty-five of them are residing in liberated areas. Thirteen houses and eight infrastructural facilities have been damaged.

In the previous reporting period, the enemy shelled the Republic 32 times.

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