June 23, 2023

Russian Defense Ministry: 380 Ukrainian troops killed in 24 hours; Russia denies attacking Wagner mercenaries

Russian Defense Ministry

All the messages and videos speaded in social networks on behalf of E. Prigozhin about the alleged ‘strike of the Russian Ministry of Defense against the ‘rear camps of the Wagner PMC’ are untrue and are an informational provocation.

The Deputy Commander of the Joint Group of Forces General of the Army Sergei Surovikin to the leadership, commanders and fighters of the Wagner PMC:

▫️’I have just come from the frontline, where our troops, our commanders, our soldiers, our fighters, volunteers are carrying out the task, fighting the enemy to the death, with the superior forces of the enemy, suffering losses, but standing on their positions.

▫️I appeal to the leadership, to the commanders and fighters of the Wagner PMC. Together with you we have passed a difficult, hard way, we have fought together, taken the risks, suffered losses, we have won together. We are the same blood, we are warriors.

▫️I call you to stop. The enemy is only waiting for our domestic political situation to deteriorate. We must not play into the hands of the enemy at this difficult time for the country.

▫️Before it is too late, we must do something – we must obey the will and order of the President of the Russian Federation, who was elected by the people, we must stop the columns, return them to their permanent bases and areas of concentration, and solve all the problems only peacefully, under the leadership of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation’

◽️The Russian Armed Forces have launched a long-range air-based high-precision weaponry strike against AFU missile storages, including foreign-manufactured ones. The goals of the strike have been reached. All the assigned targets have been neutralised.

◽️The most active AFU offensive attempts were in South Donetsk, Zaporozhye and Donetsk directions.

️In South Donetsk direction, as a result of competent and self-sacrificing actions of the Vostok Group of Forces units, aviation and artillery, three attacks by AFU combined units have been repelled close to Vremevka salient. 

️In Pologi tactical direction, the activities of 2 Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance groups have been disrupted close to Marfopol (Zaporozhye Region).

◽️The enemy losses were over 130 Ukrainian servicemen, 5 tanks, 3 infantry fighting vehicles, 3 armoured fighting vehicles, 4 motor vehicles, 2 D-20 howitzers, and Polish-manufactured Krab self-propelled artillery system.

️In Donetsk direction, the active actions of the Yug Group of Forces have successfully repelled 4 enemy attacks close to Pervomayskoye, Berdychi and Maryinka (Donetsk People’s Republic).

◽️The enemy losses were over 90 Ukrainian servicemen, 2 armoured fighting vehicles, 3 pickup trucks, D-20 and Msta-B howitzers.

️1 ammunition depot of the AFU 118th Territorial Defence Brigade has been destroyed near Chasov Yar (Donetsk People’s Republic).

️In Kupyansk direction, as a result of the attacks launched by Army Aviation and artillery, as well as the active operations of the Zapad Group of Forces, the enemy has lost up to 30 Ukrainian servicemen, 2 armoured fighting vehicles, 3 motor vehicles and Polish-manufactured Krab self-propelled artillery system.

◽️In addition, the actions of 2 Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance groups have been disrupted close to Timkovka (Kharkov region).

️In Krasny Liman direction, aviation and artillery of the Tsentr Group of Forces have hit enemy units near Ploshchanka (Lugansk People’s Republic), and Serebryansky forestry.

◽️The activities of 2 Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance groups have been disrupted close to Yampolovka (Donetsk People’s Republic) and Chervonaya Dibrova (Lugansk People’s Republic). 

◽️The enemy losses were up to 90 Ukrainian servicemen, 2 infantry fighting vehicles, 2 armoured fighting vehicles, 2 pickup trucks, 2 Gvozdika self-propelled artillery systems, as well as D-20 and D-30 howitzers.

️In Kherson direction, the enemy losses were over 40 Ukrainian servicemen, 4 motor vehicles and 1 U.S.-manufactured M777 artillery system.

️Operational-Tactical and Army aviation, Missile Troops and Artillery of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation have neutralised 93 AFU artillery units at their firing positions, manpower and hardware in 102 areas.

️Air defence facilities have intercepted 4 Tochka-U tactical missiles, as well as 15 HIMARS multiple-laucnh rocket system projectiles and U.S.-manufactured JDAM guided aerial bombs.

◽️In addition, 11 Ukrainian drones have been destroyed close to Spornoye, Lipovoye, Krasnaya Polyana (Donetsk People’s Republic), Akimovka and Kopani (Zaporozhye region).

📊In total, 444 airplanes, 240 helicopters, 4,751 unmanned aerial vehicles, 426 air defence missile systems, 10,297 tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles, 1,129 fighting vehicles equipped with MLRS, 5,204 field artillery cannons and mortars, as well as 11,126 special military motor vehicles have been destroyed during the special military operation.

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