December 17, 2023

Russian Ministry of Defense:  up to 545 Ukrainian troops killed or wounded in the past 24 hours

Russian Defense Ministry

The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continue the special military operation.

▫️ In Kupyansk direction, units of the Zapad Group of Forces supported by aviation, artillery, and heavy flamethrower systems repelled nine attacks of AFU 115th mechanised, 95th air assault brigades near Sinkovka and Terny (Kharkov region).

The AFU losses amounted to more than 50 Ukrainian troops, one infantry fighting vehicle, and two armoured fighting vehicles. 

In the course of the counter-battery warfare, two Gvozdika self-propelled artillery systems and two D-30 howitzers were destroyed. 

▫️ In Krasny Liman direction, units of the Tsentr Group of Forces and artillery repelled one attack of the AFU 12th Special Forces Brigade close to Kuzmino (Lugansk People’s Republic). 

Ground-Attack aircraft and helicopters inflicted losses on manpower and hardware of AFU 67th109th mechanised brigades near Serebryansky forestry and Rozovka (Lugansk People’s Republic).

Up to 90 Ukrainian troops, one armoured fighting vehicle, and three motor vehicles were destroyed.

▫️ In Donetsk direction, units of the Yug Group of Forces supported by artillery and heavy flamethrower systems repelled four attacks launched by assault groups of AFU 24th mechanised, 5th assault, and 79th air assault brigades near Krasnoye, Kirovo, Maryinka (Donetsk People’s Republic). 

Aviation and artillery launched attacks at manpower and hardware of AFU 30th67th mechanised, 57th mechanised infantry, 3rd assault, 79th air assault, and 112th territorial defence brigades close to Vesyoloye, Artyomovskoye, Krasnoye, Kleshcheyevka, Kurdyumovka, and Andreyevka (Donetsk People’s Republic).

The enemy has lost up to 250 Ukrainian personnel, one tank, three armoured fighting vehicles, and five motor vehicles.

In the course of the counter-battery warfare, one U.S.-made M777 artillery system, one U.S.-made M119 gun, and one Gvozdika self-propelled artillery system were eliminated.

▫️ In South Donetsk direction, units of the Vostok Group of Forces, Operational-Tactical aircraft, helicopters, artillery, and heavy flamethrower systems repelled two attacks of the AFU 79th Air Assault Brigade near Novomikhailovka (Donetsk People’s Republic). 

Manpower and hardware of AFU 58th mechanised infantry, 127th128th territorial defence brigades suffered losses close to Urozhaynoye, Staromayorskoye (Donetsk People’s Republic), and Priyutnoye (Zaporozhye region).

Up to 100 Ukrainian troops, one tank, and three pickups were destroyed. 

In the course of the counter-battery warfare, one U.S.-made M777 artillery system, one D-20 howitzer, one Gvozdika self-propelled artillery system, and one U.S.-made AN/TPQ-50 counter-battery radar station.

▫️In Zaporozhye direction, the Russian Group of Forces’ units, aviation, and artillery inflicted losses on AFU 65th33rd mechanised, 128th mountain assault brigades near Rabotino and Pyatikhatki (Zaporozhye region). 

The enemy lost up to 50 servicemen killed and wounded, one tank, and three motor vehicles. 

In addition in the course of the counter-battery warfare, one French-made Caezar artillery system, one Msta-B howitzer, and one D-20 howitzer were destroyed. 

▫️In Kherson direction, as a result of the Group’s units, artillery, and aviation strikes the enemy losses were up to 95 troops, one tank, and 12 motor vehicles. 

In the course of the counter-battery warfare, one Msta-B howitzer, one D-20 gun, one Gvozdika self-propelled artillery system, and one Nota electronic warfare station were eliminated.

▫️Operational-Tactical and Army aviation, unmanned aerial vehicles, and Missile Troops and Artillery of the Russian Groups of Forces have engaged the AFU 47th Mechanised Brigade’s command post. 

One HIMARS MLRS launcher was eliminated near Konstantinovka (Donetsk People’s Republic), as well as fuel depots and aircraft warehouses close to Kanatovo airfield in Kirovograd region and Starokonstantinov airfield in Khmelnitsky region, and manpower and hardware of the AFU in 132 areas during the day.

▫️Air defence systems shot down two MiG-29 and one Su-25 aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Forces near Yelizavetovka (Nikolaev region), Druzhkovka and Dobropolye (Donetsk People’s Republic). 

Two HIMARS MLRS projectiles and one JDAM guided aerial bomb were intercepted. 

In the past 24 hours, 91 unmanned aerial vehicles were eliminated close to Staromikhailovka, Berestovoye, Belogorovka, Spornoye (Donetsk People’s Republic), Zmiyevka, Krovosheyevka, Novodruzhesk, Zolotoryovka (Lugansk People’s Republic), Pershotravnevoye (Kharkov region), Novoye, Mirnoye (Zaporozhye region).

📊 In total, 553 airplanes and 259 helicopters, 9,836 unmanned aerial vehicles, 442 air defence missile systems, 14,135 tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles, 1,189 combat vehicles equipped with MLRS, 7,369 field artillery guns and mortars, as well as 16,407 units of special military equipment have been destroyed during the special military operation.

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