September 21, 2023

Russian Ministry of Defense: up to 500 Ukrainian combat casualties in 24 hours

Russian Defense Ministry

Last night, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation carried out a group strike with long-range airborne precision weapons and strike drones against military industrial facilities, as well as centres for radio-technical reconnaissance and the training of sabotage groups of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The goal of the strike has been achieved. All the targets have been engaged.

◽In Zaporozhye direction, two attacks of AFU 71st Jaeger and 47th Mechanised brigades near Novopokrovka and Rabotino (Zaporozhye region) were repelled by actions of the Russian Group of Forces units, air strikes and artillery fire.

▫️️ Also, a cluster of manpower of the 46th Airmobile Brigade of the AFU near the locality of Verbovoye (Zaporozhye region) was hit by fire.

▫️ ️Up to 50 Ukrainian personnel, two armoured fighting vehicles, including Bradley IFV, and three motor vehicles were eliminated.

▫️ Also, two U.S.-made M777 artillery systems, three D-30 howitzers, and one U.S.-made M119 gun were hit during counter-battery warfare.

▫️ In Donetsk direction, units of the Yug Group of Forces, in cooperation with aviation and artillery, repelled five attacks by Ukrainian Armed Forces near Orekhovo-Vasilyevka Kurdyumovka, Klescheevka, Veseloye, and Khimik (Donetsk People’s Republic).

▫️ Up to 300 Ukrainian troops killed and wounded, two armoured fighting vehicles, five motor vehicles, one Olkha MLRS, as well as one Polish-manufactured Krab self-propelled artillery system have been eliminated.

▫️In Kupyansk direction, the Zapad Group of Forces units supported by aviation and artillery inflicted fire damage on the enemy near Sinkovka (Kharkov region) and Novosyolovskoye (Lugansk People’s Republic). 

▫️ The enemy’s losses were up to 20 Ukrainian troops, two motor vehicles, and one U.S.-made M109 Paladin self-propelled artillery system.

▫️ In Krasny Liman direction, coordinated actions of the Tsentr Group of Forces, as well as helicopters strikes and artillery fire repelled three attacks launched by AFU assault groups near Chervonaya Dibrova and Shipilovka (Lugansk People’s Republic).

▫️ In addition, strikes were delivered at clusters of enemy manpower and hardware near Grigorovka, Torskoye (Donetsk People’s Republic) and Serebryansky forestry.

▫️ The AFU losses amounted to more than 75 Ukrainian troops, two armoured fighting vehicles, two pickup trucks, as well as one D-30 howitzer.

▫️In South Donetsk direction, the Vostok Group of Forces, supported by helicopters and artillery inflicted fire damage on AFU units near Prechistovka (Donetsk People’s Republic) and repelled one enemy attack close to Priyutnoye (Zaporozhye region).

▫️ Up to 110 Ukrainian troops, one armoured fighting vehicle, four motor vehicles, one Uragan MLRS, as well as one Gvozdika self-propelled artillery system have been eliminated. 

◽In Kherson direction, over 45 Ukrainian servicemen, three motor vehicles, and one U.S.-made M777 howitzer have been neutralised.

▫️ One sabotage and reconnaissance group of the AFU 126th Territorial Defence Brigade has been obliterated close to Pereyaslavsky Island.

▫️ Operational-Tactical and Army aviation, Missile Troops and Artillery of the Russian Groups of Forces have engaged AFU manpower and hardware in 102 areas during the day.

◽️ In addition, one U.S.-made AN/TPQ-50 counterbattery radar station was destroyed near Kalinovo (Donetsk People’s Republic).

◽️ Air defence systems have intercepted five Storm Shadow cruise missiles, four HIMARS MLRS projectiles, and one HARM anti-radiation missile.

▫️ In addition, 75 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles were obliterated in the areas of Mirnoye, Tokmak, Chervonogorka, Pologi (Zaporozhye region), Volnovakha, Artyomovsk, Zolotarevka (Donetsk People’s Republic), Golikovo, Lisichansk (Lugansk People’s Republic), Olshana (Kharkov region), as well as Novaya Sburyevka, Sagi, Geroyskoye (Kherson region).

📊 In total, 475 airplanes and 249 helicopters, 7,020 unmanned aerial vehicles, 438 air defence missile systems, 12,016 tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles, 1,154 combat vehicles equipped with MLRS, 6,473 field artillery cannons and mortars, as well as 13,281 units of special military equipment have been destroyed during the special military operation.

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