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Ukraine’s military shells Svatovo in LPR with three HIMARS rockets

The country is clarifying information about the victims and damage

LUGANSK, December 1. /TASS/. The Ukrainian military shelled the town of Svatovo in the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) with three HIMARS rockets, the LPR mission to the Joint Ceasefire Control and Coordination Center reported on Thursday.

According to the mission, the Ukrainian military fired four rockets targeting Svatovo at 1:53 a.m. Moscow time. Information about possible casualties and inflicted damages is being verified, the mission added.

Defense Ministry Spokesman Lieutenant-General Igor Konashenkov reported on Wednesday that Russian air defense systems intercepted eight rockets of HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems in the areas of the communities of Mostki in the Lugansk People’s Republic, Melitopol in the Zaporozhye Region, Amvrosiyevka and Debaltsevo in the Donetsk People’s Republic, and also an Olkha rocket near the settlement of Pokrovka in the Donetsk People’s Republic.

Developments in Ukraine

The situation along the line of engagement in Donbass escalated on February 17. The Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) reported the most massive bombardments by the Ukrainian military back then, which damaged civilian infrastructure and caused civilian casualties.

On February 21, President Vladimir Putin announced that Moscow was recognizing the sovereignty of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. Russia signed agreements on friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance with their leaders. Moscow recognized the Donbass republics in accordance with the DPR and LPR constitutions within the boundaries of the Donetsk and Lugansk Regions as of the beginning of 2014.

Russian President Putin announced on February 24 that in response to a request by the heads of the Donbass republics for assistance he had decided to carry out a special military operation in Ukraine. The DPR and the LPR launched an operation to liberate their territories under Kiev’s control.