Donetsk, Aug 12 — DAN. DPR and LPR People’s Militia assisted by the Russian army has liquidated up to 70 members of Ukrainian armed formations over the last day, DPR Defence’s deputy chief of staff Eduard Basurin said.

“Over the last day, DPR service members liquidated up to 20 Ukrainian personnel, destroyed three vehicles, two armoured personnel carriers,” he said.

LPR forces liquidated up to 50 Ukrainian militants, six armoured personnel carriers, two artillery pieces and four vehicles.

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