Russian air defense units have shot down 20 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles in the special military operation zone including the territory of the Lugansk People’s Republic over the past 24 hours, the Russian Defense Ministry said.   “Over the past 24 hours, air defense units destroyed 20 Ukrainian UAVs in the areas of Olshana in the Kharkov region, Zolotaryovka and Nikolayevka in the Lugansk People’s Republic, Artyomovsk in the Donetsk People’s Republic, Golaya Pristan and Velikaya Lepetikha in the Kherson region, and Komsomoslkoye and Tokmak in the Zaporozhye region,” the report said.   “On the Krasny Liman axis, Task Force “Center” aircraft and artillery inflicted damage on enemy manpower in the areas of Kuzmino (LPR and Yampolovka (DPR).  Enemy losses over the past 24 hours amounted to more than 60 servicemen, two armored fighting vehicles, two pickups, one “Akatsiya” self-propelled howitzer and D-20 and D-30 howitzers,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.   ***   The Ukrainian government launched the so-called anti-terrorist operation against Donbass in April 2014.  The peace talks failed to reach tangible results due to Kiev’s position to settle the conflict by force.   President Vladimir Putin announced a special military operation on February 24, 2022 to protect Donbass residents from Ukrainian aggression. Prior to that, LPR and DPR Heads Leonid Pasechnik and Denis Pushilin asked the Russian leader to provide military assistance.   The Lugansk People’s Republic acceded to Russia on September 30, 2022 following the unification referendum.*i*ie