Moscow, SANA- Russian forces continued their offensive operations in the southern Donetsk and Zaporozhye areas over the past day during the special military operation in Ukraine, Defense Ministry Spokesman Lieutenant-General Igor Konashenkov reported on Thursday.
“In the southern Donetsk and Zaporozhye areas, units of the eastern battlegroup continued offensive operations and inflicted damage on the Ukrainian forces by firepower in areas near the settlements of Ugledar in the Donetsk People’s Republic, Pavlovka and Levadnoye in the Zaporozhye Region,” the spokesman said.
“In the Kupyansk area, artillery of the western battlegroup inflicted damage by firepower on amassed personnel of the Ukrainian army’s 14th and 92nd mechanized brigades in areas near the settlements of Sinkovka and Timkovka in the Kharkov Region and Novosyolovskoye in the Lugansk People’s Republic,” the spokesman said.
The strikes eliminated the Ukrainian forces manpower and equipment, the general said.
“Over 20 Ukrainian troops, an armored combat vehicle, a pickup truck and a D-20 howitzer were destroyed,” Konashenkov reported.
“In the Krasny Liman direction, operational-tactical, army aviation aircraft and artillery of the central battlegroup struck units of the Ukrainian army’s 25th airborne and 95th air assault brigades near the community of Yampolovka in the Donetsk People’s Republic and in the area of the Serebryansky forestry,” the spokesman said.
Russian forces struck two Ukrainian army brigades in the Krasny Liman area, killing and wounding about 70 militants, two armored combat vehicles and destroying four American M777 howitzers over the past 24 hours, he said.
Russian forces gained more advantageous positions in their Donetsk advance, eliminating over 40 Ukrainian troops in the past day, Konashenkov reported.
In the past 24 hours, Russian forces destroyed over 40 Ukrainian troops, an infantry fighting vehicle, two Grad multiple rocket launchers, a US-made M109 Paladin self-propelled artillery gun, two D-20 and Giatsint-B howitzers, and also a US-manufactured AN/TPQ-50 counter-battery radar in that area, the general specified.
Russian air defense forces shot down a Ukrainian Su-25 ground attack plane near Ugledar in the Donetsk People’s Republic over the past day, Konashenkov reported.
“Russian air defense capabilities shot down a Ukrainian Air Force Su-25 aircraft near the community of Ugledar in the Donetsk People’s Republic. They also destroyed eight Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles in areas near the settlements of Kremennaya, Zhitlovka and Novokrasnyanka in the Lugansk People’s Republic, Nikolskoye in the Donetsk People’s Republic, Novoprokopovka and Dorozhnyanka in the Zaporozhye Region,” the spokesman said.
In the past 24 hours, Russian air defense systems intercepted seven Olkha, Uragan and HIMARS rockets near the communities of Kremennaya in the Lugansk People’s Republic, Kuibyshevo and Valeryanovka in the Donetsk People’s Republic, Novouspenovka in the Zaporozhye Region and Chaplinka in the Kherson Region, the general said.
In addition, a US HARM anti-radiation missile was shot down near the community of Kostogryzovo in the Kherson Region, Konashenkov reported.
In all, the Russian Armed Forces have destroyed 379 Ukrainian warplanes, 204 helicopters, 2,956 unmanned aerial vehicles, 402 surface-to-air missile systems, 7,634 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 990 multiple rocket launchers, 3,921 field artillery guns and mortars and 8,180 special military motor vehicles since the start of the special military operation, the general specified.
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