Kiev forces have lost up to 40 servicemen over the past 24 hours, Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia spokesman Ivan Filiponenko said.
“The enemy has suffered huge losses of manpower and equipment during the LPR militia offensive over the past 24 hours, amounting up to 40 servicemen, five armored personnel carriers, one artillery piece and six special purpose vehicles,” Filiponenko said.
On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a special military operation to protect Donbass residents from Ukrainian aggression. Earlier, LPR and DPR Heads Leonid Pasechnik and Denis Pushilin asked the Russian leader to provide military assistance. On July 3, the LPR militia and Russian armed forces fully liberated the LPR territory from Ukrainian armed formations.
The Ukrainian government launched the so-called anti-terrorist operation against Donbass in April 2014. The Donbass peace talks participants have announced ceasefire more than 20 times since the autumn of 2014. Kiev forces regularly violated the truce opening fire with large caliber artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn from the contact line under the accords. *i*ie