May 18, 2023

Russian Ministry of Defense: Up to 520 Ukraine troops killed or wounded in 24 hours

Russian Defense Ministry

May 18, 2023

ūü핬†Last night, the Russian Armed Forces launched group strikes by high-precision long-range sea- and air-based weapons against the enemy’s reserves and full-sized depots storing foreign armament and hardware.¬†

The purpose of the strike has been achieved. All the assigned targets have been engaged.

ūü핬†As a result of the strikes, significant stockpiles of AFU weapons and ammunition were¬†destroyed, and the movement of reserves into combat areas was¬†thwarted.

‚óĹÔłŹ In Kupyansk direction, aviation and artillery of the Zapad Group of Forces¬†have engaged the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU)¬†close to Novomlynsk and Kotlyarovka (Kharkov region).

‚óĹÔłŹ The actions of two sabotage and reconnaissance parties¬†were foiled by active operations¬†by units of the 138th and 27th Motorized Rifle Brigades. During the day, the enemy lost¬†60¬†Ukrainian military personnel,¬†two¬†armored fighting vehicles,¬†two¬†motor vehicles, and¬†a¬†D-20 howitzer¬†in this direction.

‚óĹÔłŹ In Krasny Liman direction, Operational-Tactical and Army aviation and artillery of the Tsentr Group of Forces¬†engaged the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine¬†close to Ploshchanka and Kuzmino (Lugansk People’s Republic).

ūü핬†Two¬†sabotage and reconnaissance groups have been¬†eliminated¬†by units of the 98th Airborne Division near Chervonaya Dibrova (Lugansk People’s Republic).

ūü핬†During the day, more than¬†75¬†Ukrainian troops,¬†one¬†tank,¬†four¬†armored fighting vehicles,¬†two¬†pick-up trucks, and¬†a D-30 howitzer¬†were¬†neutralized.

‚óĹÔłŹ¬†In Donetsk direction, assault detachments fought to liberate Artyomovsk with active support of the Airborne Troops.

‚óĹÔłŹ Operational-Tactical and Army aviation and artillery of the Yug Group of Forces have¬†inflicted a fire damage on the enemy’s manpower and hardware¬†close to Chasov Yar and Bogdanovka (Donetsk People’s Republic).

‚óĹÔłŹ The Russian aviation have made¬†7¬†sorties in this area during the day. The Group’s artillery have performed¬†72¬†firing missions.

ūü핬†The enemy has suffered losses of up to¬†200¬†Ukrainian troops,¬†one¬†tank,¬†three¬†armored fighting vehicles,¬†five¬†motor vehicles, and¬†two¬†Gvozdika self-propelled artillery systems in this direction in the past 24 hours.

‚óĹÔłŹ In South Donetsk and Zaporozhye directions, aviation and artillery of the Vostok Group of Forces¬†inflicted a fire damage¬†on the AFU units close to Ugledar (Donetsk People’s Republic).

ūü핬†The enemy’s losses in this direction during the day have amounted to up to¬†150¬†Ukrainian troops killed and wounded,¬†five¬†motor vehicles,¬†one¬†Strela-10 surface-to-air missile vehicle,¬†one¬†FH70 howitzer, and¬†one¬†U.S.-made M777 artillery system.

‚óĹÔłŹ In Kherson direction, over¬†35¬†Ukrainian troops,¬†one¬†armored fighting vehicle, and¬†three¬†motor vehicles have been¬†destroyed.

ūü핬†Operational-Tactical and Army aviation, Missile Troops and Artillery of the Russian Group of Forces have engaged¬†68¬†AFU artillery units, manpower and hardware in¬†97¬†areas during the day.

‚óĹÔłŹ One U.S.-made¬†AN/TPQ-37 counter-battery radar station¬†has been destroyed near Krivaya Luka (Donetsk People’s Republic).

ūü핬†Fighter aviation of Russian Aerospace Forces has shot down¬†one Su-24 aircraft¬†of Ukrainian Air Force near Slavyansk (Donetsk People’s Republic).

ūü핬†Russian air defense facilities have¬†shot down one Mi-8 helicopter¬†of Ukrainian Air Force near Novopavlovka (Zaporozhye region).

ūüí•In addition,¬†four¬†HIMARS and¬†one¬†Uragan projectiles have been intercepted during the day.

ūü핬†Moreover,¬†11¬†Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles were shot down close to Pologi, Romanovskoye (Zaporozhye region), Gorlovka, Peski, Blagodatnoye, Volodino (Donetsk People’s Republic), Nikolayevka, Novovodyanoye, and Kremennaya (Lugansk People’s Republic).

ūüď䬆In total,¬†428¬†airplanes and¬†234¬†helicopters,¬†4,208¬†unmanned aerial vehicles,¬†423¬†air defense missile systems,¬†9,218¬†tanks and other armored combat vehicles,¬†1,100¬†combat vehicles equipped with MRLS,¬†4,843¬†field artillery cannons and mortars, as well as¬†10,284¬†units of special military equipment have been destroyed during the special military operation.

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