Donetsk, Mar 18 – DAN. Former Ukrainian policemen in the liberated areas are willing to join the DPR police force, the Ministry of Interior said.

"DPR police has promptly organized its work in the liberated areas. The main tasks are to help the population, prevent looting and preserve public order. Many former Ukrainian policemen join the DPR police force," the interlocutor said.

The aide of the police office of the Volodarskiy district said that 90 pc of staff remain in the town, as they are locals and have no intention to leave.

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