DONETSK, May 6. /TASS/. More than 100 civilians of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) have been killed due to shelling by the Ukrainian army since February 17, when Kiev began another escalation of the conflict in Donbass, the DPR’s mission at the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of ceasefire (JCCC) reported on Friday.
"As of May 6, 2022, 105 civilians were killed, including three children, on the territory of the DPR before the start of the special military operation, during 79 days of escalation of conflict. Wounds of various degree of severity have been sustained by 460 civilians, including 39 children," the report said.
The situation on the line of contact in Donbass escalated on the morning of February 17. The DPR and LPR reported the most intense shelling from Ukraine in recent months. Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 21 announced the recognition of the sovereignty of the Donetsk and Lugansk people's republics. Putin on February 24, in response to a request by the heads of the Donbass republics, made a decision to conduct a special military operation. The Russian leader stressed that Moscow had no plans of occupying Ukrainian territories; the goal is demilitarization and denazification of the country. The DPR and LPR began an operation to liberate their territories, which were under Kiev's control.