February 21, 2023

Russia kills up to 500 Ukraine troops in 24-hour period

Russian Defense Ministry

In Kupyansk direction, the active operations, conducted by the units of the ‘Zapad’ Group of Forces, supported by Army Aviation and artillery, have resulted in the neutralisation of the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) near Tabayevka, Sinkovka (Kharkov region), and Novosyolovskoye (Lugansk People’s Republic).

️ Up to 70 Ukrainian personnel, 1 tank, 2 armoured fighting vehicles, 3 motor vehicles, 1 fighting vehicle equipped with Grad multiple-launch rocket system (MLRS), 1 D-20 howitzer, as well as 1 U.S.-manufactured M-777 artillery system.

In Krasny Liman direction, the units of the ‘Tsentr’ Group of Forces have launched a complex fire attack against the enemy manpower near Stelmakhovka, Chervonaya Dibrova (Lugansk People’s Republic), and Yampolovka (Donetsk People’s Republic).

️ Over 200 Ukrainian personnel, 3 armoured fighting vehicles, 1 fighting vehicle equipped with Grad MLRS, 1 Gvozdika self-propelled howitzer, 1 D-30 howitzer, as well as 2 U.S.-manufactured M101 howitzers.

In Donetsk direction, the offensive operations of the ‘Yug’ Group of Forces continue with the support of Ground-Attack Aviation, heavy flamethrower systems, and artillery.

️ The enemy has lost over 170 Ukrainian personnel, 5 armoured fighting vehicles, 4 motor vehicles, 1 fighting vehicle equipped with Grad MLRS, 1 Akatsiya self-propelled howitzer, 1 Gvozdika self-propelled howitzer, and 2 D-30 howitzers.

️ 2 launching ramps of U.S.-manufactured HIMARS MLRS, and 1 ordnance depot have been destroyed near Kramatorsk (Donetsk People’s Republic).

In South Donetsk and Zaporozhye directions, the artillery and heavy flamethrower systems of the ‘Vostok’ Group of Forces have launched a complex fire attack against the AFU units near Ugledar, Prechistovka, and Zolotaya Niva (Donetsk People’s Republic).

️ The firepower operation has resulted in the elimination of up to 70 Ukrainian personnel, 2 tanks, 2 armoured fighting vehicles, 1 fighting vehicle equipped with Grad MLRS, and 1 D-20 howitzer.

️ 1 AFU ordnance depot has been neutralised near Ugledar.

In Kherson direction, the counterbattery warfare operations have resulted in the destruction of 1 Akatsiya self-propelled howitzer, 2 Gvozdika self-propelled howitzers, and 1 U.S.-manufactured AN/TPQ-37 counterbattery warfare radar near Tomina Balka (Kherson region).

️ 1 AFU ordnance depot has been destroyed near Kherson.

Army Aviation, Missile Troops and Artillery of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation have neutralised 94 AFU artillery units at their firing positions, as well as manpower and hardware in 128 areas.

Air defence facilities have destroyed 10 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles near Liman Vtoroy, Tavolzhanka, Grakovo (Kharkov region), Ploshchanka, Kremennaya (Lugansk People’s Republic), Panteleymonovka, Kirillovka (Donetsk People’s Republic), and Peremozhnoye (Zaporozhye region).

️ 2 rocket-propelled projectiles, launched by HIMARS and Uragan MLRS, as well as 2 Tochka-U tactical missiles have been shot down near Bolshetroitskoye and Karaichnoye (Belgorod region).

In total, 386 airplanes, 210 helicopters, 3,203 unmanned aerial vehicles, 405 air defence missile systems, 7,960 tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles, 1,037 fighting vehicles equipped with MLRS, 4,171 field artillery guns and mortars, as well as 8,472 units of special military vehicles have been destroyed since the beginning of the special military operation.

️ Russian Defence Ministry has commented on the exalted statements, published on several sources, that the munition supplies to volunteers of the assault detachments, involved in the liberation of Artyomovsk (Donetsk People’s Republic), are allegedly blocked.

️ The Command of the Joint Group of Forces pays special, constant, and prioritised attention to providing volunteers and servicemen of assault detachments with all the necessary means within the special military operation.

️ Over the past 48 hours, the assault detachments have advanced a total of over 2.5 kilometres towards the prepared defensive positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine near Artyomovsk. The successful operations would have been impossible without entire fire support, provided to the offensive by the artillery, armoured hardware, and other firepower of the ‘Yug’ Group of Forces. Despite the difficult weather conditions near Artyomovsk, the Ground-Attack Aviation has performed 18 sorties to support the assault detachments’ offensive operations over the recent days. This is why all the statements on the lack of ordnance, allegedly made by the assault detachments, have nothing to do with the reality.

️ Thus, within the 48 hours from 18 to 20 February, the volunteers of the assault detachments have been provided with: 1,660 rocket-propelled projectiles for multiple-launch rocket systems, 10,171 projectiles for large-calibre cannon artillery systems and mortars; 980 projectiles for tanks.

️ All the requests for resupplying assault detachments are implemented in the shortest time possible. This is the way it has been and will be.

️ In the next few days, all the ordnance requests, applied for February, will be implemented for all the assault detachments. Since 25 February, all the range of ordnance will be delivered in accordance with the request, applied for March. In total, over the last year, the assault detachments’ ordnance demands had been satisfied 140 percent of the requests received. This is our priority.

️ We want to reiterate that both volunteers, and servicemen of assault detachments are bravely and selflessly liberating Donbass from the Kiev regime’s militants. The attempts to split the mechanism of close cooperation and support between the units of the Russian Group of Forces are counterproductive, and only benefit the enemy.

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