A man demonstrates shell fragments. Archival photoDONETSK, May 18. Since the beginning of the day, Ukrainian troops have fired more than 140 shells and mines, including from Grad multiple launch rocket systems, at eight settlements of the Donetsk People's Republic, the People's Militia of the DPR reported “Since the beginning of the current day, the enemy has fired more than 140 shells and mines from 122-mm BM-21 Grad multiple launch rocket systems, 122-mm cannon artillery, and 120-mm mortars. Eight settlements of the Republic were fired at,” the statement says. in a message on the Telegram channel of the People's Militia. It is noted that as a result of shelling by Ukrainian troops, three civilians were injured. In addition, eight residential buildings and three civilian infrastructure facilities were damaged. Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on February 24. President Vladimir Putin called its goal “the protection of people who have been subjected to bullying and genocide by the Kyiv regime for eight years.” For this, according to him, it is planned to carry out “demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine”, to bring to justice all war criminals responsible for “bloody crimes against civilians” in Donbass. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the Armed Forces strike only at military infrastructure and Ukrainian troops and , on March 25, completed the main tasks of the first stage – significantly reduced the combat potential of Ukraine. The main goal in the Russian military department was called the liberation of Donbass.
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