February 20, 2024

Russian Ministry of Defense:  1,175 Ukrainian troops killed or wounded in 24 hours

Russian Defense Ministry

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

In Kupyansk direction, as a result of active actions by units of the Zapad Group of Forces, units of 30th and 32nd mechanised brigades  of the AFU have been eliminated, four enemy counterattacks have been repelled close to Sinkovka (Kharkov region).

The enemy losses were up to 45 Ukrainian servicemen and two pick up trucks.

In addition, in the course of counter-battery warfare, one German-manufactured Panzerhaubitze 2000 self-propelled artillery system, three Gvozdika self-propelled artillery units, as well as one U.S.-manufactured M119 gun.

In Donetsk direction, units of the Yug Group of Forces have improved positions along the front line, Russian troops have inflicted a fire defeat on units of the AFU 28th Mechanised Brigade and the 241st Brigade of the Territorial Defence of Ukraine near Kurdyumovka and Krasnoye (Donetsk People’s Republic), and also repelled an attack by assault groups of the 42nd Mechanised Brigade of the AFU close to Bogdanovka (Donetsk People’s Republic).

The enemy losses were over 395 servicemen, three tanks, including German-manufactured Leopard tanks, three U.S.-manufactured M113 armored personnel carriers, four armoured fighting vehicles, and nine motor vehicles.

In addition, during counter-battery warfare, one Polish-manufactured Krab self-propelled artillery system, one D-20 howitzer, one Gvozdika self-propelled artillery system, and one D-30 howitzer have been destroyed.

In Avdeevka direction, units of the Tsentr Group of Forces continued to occupy more advantageous lines and positions and also defeated manpower and hardware concentration areas of 24th and 53rd mechanised brigades of the AFU.

In addition, four counterattacks by assault groups of 59th mechanised and 3rd assault brigades of the AFU have been repelled near Lastochkino and Pervomayskoye (Donetsk People’s Republic).

The enemy losses were up to 425 troops, one tank, four armoured fighting vehicles, and five motor vehicles killed and wounded.

In South Donetsk direction,units of the Vostok Group of Forces have inflicted a fire defeat on the formations of the 108th Territorial Defence Brigade near Lugovskoye (Zaporozhye region). In addition, one counterattack by an assault group of the 58th Mechanised Brigade of the AFU has been repulsed near Shevchenko (Zaporozhye region).

The enemy losses were up to 190 troops, one tank, and four motor vehicles.

In the course of counter-battery warfare, one U.S.-manufactured M777 artillery system, one UK-manufactured FH-70 howitzer, one MT-12 Rapira anti-tank gun, and one Bukovel-AD electronic warfare station.

In Kherson direction, as a result of coordinated actions by units of the Dnepr Group of Forces, in cooperation with artillery, a comprehensive fire defeat has been inflicted on units of 65th, 118th mechanised, and 82nd air assault brigades of the AFU near Rabotino, Orekhov, and Verbovoye (Zaporozhye region).

The enemy losses were up to 120 servicemen, three pickup trucks, one U.S.-manufactured M777 artillery system, one U.S.-manufactured M109 Paladin self-propelled artillery system, one Gvozdika self-propelled artillery system, and one D-30 howitzer.

Operational-Tactical Aviation, unmanned aerial vehicles, Missile Troops and Artillery of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation have neutralised manpower and military hardware in 117 areas.

Air defence facilities have shot down one MiG-29 aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force near Belozyorka (Kherson region).

During the day, seven British-manufactured Storm Shadow cruise missiles, one U.S.-manufactured Patriot surface-to-air guided missile, and three U.S.-manufactured HIMARS multiple-launch rocket system projectiles have been intercepted.

In addition, 124 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles have been hit close to Mirnoye (Zaporozhye region), Lozovoye, Klyuchevoye (Donetsk People’s Republic), Podgornoye, Novogorovka, and Kremennaya (Lugansk People’s Republic).

In total, 572 airplanes and 266 helicopters, 12,943 unmanned aerial vehicles, 471 air defence missile systems, 15,123 tanks and other armoured combat vehicles, 1,222 combat vehicles equipped with MLRS, 8,118 field artillery cannons and mortars, as well as 18,860 units of special military equipment have been destroyed during the special military operation.

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