Donetsk, Apr 18 – DAN. Five civilians have been injured over the past day as Ukrainian forces shelled the DPR with 227 projectiles, the Republic's Mission to the JCCC said.

The enemy used heavy artillery, MLRS systems, mortars, and grenade launchers. 
Thirty-five households were damaged as a total of ten cities and towns came under fire. Five first responders of the Ministry of Emergencies sustained injuries.

"A total of 227 rounds were fired," the report reads.
Over the previous reporting period, 338 rounds exploded on the DPR territory, injuring 11 civilians.

Urban combat is still ongoing in Mariupol, the reports on the casualties are not final and might not be accurate.

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