Donetsk, Aug 19 — DAN. The Russian Aerospace Forces eliminated more than 50 militants of the Azov and Aidar armed groups banned in the DPR in the DPR northern occupied territories, the official representative of the Russian Defence Ministry Igor Konashenkov said.

“High-precision weapons of the Russian Aerospace Forces hit the temporary deployment locations of units of the Azov nationalist formations in the area of   Nikolaevka and the Aidar nationalist formations in the Soledar area of   the Donetsk People’s Republic. Over 50 nationalists were liquidated, as well as 12 pieces of military equipment, ” he said.

Konashenkov added that the Russian army also hit six command posts of the Ukrainian armed formations, including the 115th mechanized brigade in the Artemovsk region, in 24 hours. The personnel and military equipment of the enemy was destroyed in another 247 areas.

Russia started a special military operation to denazify and demilitarize Ukraine on February 24. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the decision had been 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