Russian air defense units have shot down five Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles over the territory of the Lugansk People’s Republic and Kherson region over the past 24 hours, the Russian Defense Ministry reported.
“Five UAVs have been destroyed in the areas of Krivosheyevka, Oborotnovka, Krasnorechenskoye and Vladimirovka in the Lugansk People’s Republic and Belogrudovo in the Kherson region,” the report said.
The Ukrainian government launched the so-called anti-terrorist operation against Donbass in April 2014. The peace talks that began soon thereafter failed to reach tangible results due to Kiev’s position to settle the conflict by force.
On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a special military operation to protect Donbass residents from Ukrainian aggression. Prior to that, LPR and DPR Heads Leonid Pasechnik and Denis Pushilin asked the Russian leader to provide military assistance.
The Lugansk People’s Republic acceded to Russia on September 30, 2022 following the unification referendum. *i*ie