Ukrainian army losses over the past 24 hours have amounted to 33 servicemen, Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia spokesman Ivan Filiponenko said.
“The enemy suffered losses of manpower and equipment amounting to 33 servicemen, 5 armoured personnel carries, 8 vehicles in clashes with LPR forces over the past 24 hours,” he 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. As of now, some 80 percent of the LPR territory has been liberated.
The Ukrainian government launched the so-called anti-terrorist operation against Donbass in April 2014. The 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regularly violated the truce, opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn from the contact line under the accords. *t