The forces of pro-Russian separatists in Donbass attacked the positions of the Ukrainian forces and the so far controlled areas of the Ukrainian army in Donetsk and Luhansk states, according to the separatists’ statements and news agency reports. They demanded that the Ukrainian army surrender. On the other hand, the separatists from the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) stated that they were launching an “operation to liberate the occupied territories of the republic”.

The separatists from Lugansk announced that they had begun an offensive against the city of Shasti, located about 30 kilometers from Lugansk. “We will storm the city of Szczegi. The offensive forces are ready– said the representative of the separatists, Vitaly Kiselov. Later, the Russian RIA Novosti agency reported that the separatists were talking about taking control of the city and Stanica Luhanskaya.

Interfax reported that The separatists in Donetsk launched a massive bombardment of Ukrainian forces. The representative of the Donetsk separatists, Eduard Basurin, announced that the fighting is taking place along the entire line of demarcation of the fighting forces in the Donbass. He added that their forces are using “all means of destruction available to them.”

The actor later said that the force was not in attack. At the same time, he added, fighting continues along the line of demarcation of combat troops in the Donbass. Separatists in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have called on the Ukrainian army to surrender.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin announced in a televised speech that He issued an order to conduct a special military operation in the Donbass.

The Russian Defense Ministry said the country’s armed forces are attacking Ukraine’s military infrastructure, aviation, anti-aircraft defense facilities and military airfields.