Kiev forces fire 15 HIMARS rockets on Lugansk and Stakhanov in 24 hours


Ukrainian forces fired 15 HIMARS rockets on Lugansk and Stakhanov on Tuesday, Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia spokesman Ivan Filiponenko said.

"Over the last 24 hours, Ukrainian armed formations shelled Lugansk and Stakhanov using US-made M142 HIMARS systems, and firing 15 rockets," he said.

Two civilians were killed in Stakhanov, two others sustained injuries, 11 houses were damaged, as well as a school and a kindergarten.

Earlier, the representative of the LPR People's Militia Lt Col. Andrey Marochko said that a massive rocket barrage had hit an Air Defence military unit that is responsible for protecting Lugansk.

There was no immediate threat to the population, he added, as other units are protecting the LPR airspace.

Ukraine has been carrying out a military crackdown against Donbass since 2014. Multiple announcements of ceasefires failed to stabilize the situation. The simmering armed conflict escalated rapidly in February this year, and sent Donbass barrelling towards an unprecedented bloodshed.

Russia intervened on February 24 by launching a special military operation to demilitarize Ukraine and bring peace back to Donbass. *t

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