January 8, 2023

Russian forces killed over 700 Ukrainian troops in a 24-hour period

Russian Defense Ministry

Within the ceasefire, the AFU continued to conduct heavy shelling of residential areas and Russian positions.

️In Kupyansk and Krasniy Liman directions, the AFU has fired 78 artillery and mortar shells.

️In Soledar, Avdeyevka and Maryinka directions, the enemy used large-calibre artillery fire 155 times.

️More than AFU 160 large-calibre shells and 20 multiple-laucnh rockets have been fired at residential areas of Donetsk.

️The enemy opened artillery fire 89 times in Zaporozhye region.

️In Kherson and Krivoy Rog directions, Ukrainian artillery has been used 55 times.

Russian forces’ return fire suppressed AFU artillery that had been firing on residential areas.

After the end of the ceasefire in Kupyansk direction, Russian troops have attacked concentration areas of the AFU manpower and equipment near Novosyolovskoye (Lugansk People’s Republic) and Sinkovka (Kharkov region).

More than 30 Ukrainian servicemen, 1 infantry fighting vehicle, 1 armoured personnel carrier and 2 motor vehicles have been eliminated.

In addition, 2 enemy sabotage and reconnaissance groups have been eliminated near Kotlyarovka (Kharkov region), and Novosyolovskoye (Lugansk People’s Republic).

️In Krasniy Liman direction, after the end of the ceasefire regime, Russian units have carried out artillery strikes against 2 attack groups of the AFU near Chervonaya Dibrova (Lugansk People’s Republic) and Serebryanka (Donetsk People’s Republic), as well as against concentration areas of enemy troops and equipment near Makeyevka and Stelmakhovka (Lugansk People’s Republic). As a result of the strikes, more than 50 Ukrainian servicemen, 3 armoured fighting vehicles, 1 pick-up truck and 1 motor vehicle have been eliminated. In addition, the AFU sabotage and reconnaissance groups have been destroyed near Artyomovka and Serabryanka.

️In Donetsk direction, Russian artillery strikes have thwarted the enemy’s attempt to counterattack Russian positions with a company of up to the 54th Mechanised Brigade of the AFU in the direction Svornoye (Donetsk People’s Republic). Up to 70 Ukrainian personnel, 2 armoured fighting vehicles, and 1 pick-up truck have been eliminated.

️In South Donetsk direction, the actions of the AFU’s sabotage and reconnaissance groups have been prevented near Novomikhaylovka, Vladimirovka, Pavlovka and Neskuchnoye (Donetsk People’s Republic). 

More than 40 Ukrainian servicemen, 1 armoured personnel carrier and 3 motor vehicles have been eliminated.

Operational-tactical and army aviation, missile troops and artillery have neutralised munition depots of the AFU 95th Airborne Assault Brigade and the 60th Mechanised Brigade near Krasniy Liman and Konstantinovka (Donetsk People’s Republic), as well as 84 artillery units in firing positions, manpower and military equipment in 117 districts.

In the course of the counter-battery fight, artillery crews of the howitzer battery of the 59th Mechanised Infantry Brigade and Grad MLRS at firing positions have been eliminated near Karlovka and Konstantinovka (Donetsk People’s Republic).

The Russian Aerospace Forces’ fighter aircraft has shot down five Ukrainian Air Force’s aircraft. 

️1 Ukrainian Su-27 fighter has been shot down near Lozovoye (Kharkov region).

️1 AFU Su-24 aircraft has been shot down near Izyum (Kharkov region).

️2 Ukrainian Su-25 aircraft have been shot down near Nikolaypolye and Novyy Donbass.

️1 Ukrainian MiG-29 aircraft has been shot down near Vesyoloye (Donetsk People’s Republic).

Air defence facilities have destroyed 5 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles near Patalakhovka, Kuzyomovka, Kuzmino, Kremennaya and Pshenichnoye (Lugansk People’s Republic).

In addition, 10 HIMARS and Uragan multiple-launch rockets have been intercepted near Kremennaya (Lugansk People’s Republic), Orekhov (Zaporozhye region), Stepnoye (Donetsk People’s Republic) and Donetsk.

1 U.S.-manufactured HARM anti-radar missile has been shot down near Kurdyumovka (Donetsk People’s Republic).

In total, 365 airplanes and 199 helicopters, 2,848 unmanned aerial vehicles, 400 air defence missile systems, 7,449 tanks and other armoured combat vehicles, 972 combat vehicles equipped with MRLS, 3,787 field artillery cannons and mortars, as well as 7,965 units of special military equipment have been destroyed during the special military operation.

️As a result of the criminal attack of Kiev regime, in the first minutes of January 2023, against the location of temporary deployment of Russian military personnel near Makeyevka (Donetsk People’s Republic), the command of the combined group of troops carried out a retaliatory operation.

️Over the past 24 hours, Russian reconnaissance assets have uncovered and reliably confirmed through several independent channels the temporary deployment points of the AFU in Kramatorsk.

️There were over 700 Ukrainian servicemen in dormitory №28 and over 600 servicemen in dormitory №47.

More than 600 Ukrainian servicemen have been eliminated as a result of a massive missile strike on these locations of temporary deployment of the AFU units.

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