September 1, 2023

Russian Ministry of Defense: Up to 5,380 Ukrainian casualties from Aug 25-Sept 1

Russian Defense Ministry

Russian Defence Ministry report on the progress of the special military operation

▫️ From 25 August to 1 September 2023, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation launched 5 group long-range naval and airborne high-precision strikes at AFU command posts, radio electronic reconnaissance centres, port infrastructure, ammunition and western weaponry depots, as well as military airfields.

▫️ The strikes disrupted AFU strategic radio interference system control, wiped out workshops of uncrewed surface vehicles used by the Kiev regime to launch terrorist attacks, air defence systems, MLRS, hardware, as well as Western-made air-launched weapons.

▫️ Over the past week, the combat enviroment was the most tense and complicated in Donetsk and Zaporozhye directions.

▫️ In Zaporozhye direction, the Armed Forces of Ukraine attempted to launch 44 attacks at positions of the Russian Forces to no avail.

▫️ To reinforce efforts to break through Russian Forces defences, one of the last formation of AFU strategic reserve, namely 71st Jaeger Brigade, is deployed in this direction.

▫️ As a result of committed and competent actions of the Zaporozhye Group of Forces units, all AFU attacks have been successfully repelled

▫️ Over the past week, more than 960 Ukrainian troops, 24 armoured fighting vehicles of different modifications, 28 motor vehicles, and 45 field artillery guns have been neutralised

▫️ Severe AFU manpower losses in the course of so-called ‘counteroffensive’ are caused by the Russian Forces effective strikes at Ukrainian armoured hardware at distant approaches

▫️ AFU formation command purposefully throws manpower in assaults as cannon fodder to cross Russian Forces minefields on foot with no fire support. 

▫️ In South-Donetsk direction, the most intensive battles took place south of Staromayorskoye (Donetsk People’s Republic).  

▫️ Professional command and control, cohesive actions of the Russian troops with support of aviation and artillery thwarted the enemy’s offensive plans.

▫️ Combined strikes and committed actions of the Vostok Group of Forces repelled all AFU attacks

▫️ Over the past week, the enemy has suffered losses of up to 1,025 Ukrainian troops, 13 armoured fighting vehicles, 26 motor vehicles, as well as 26 field artillery guns.

▫️ In Donetsk direction, numerous attempts of the Ukrainian Soledar Group of Troops to break through Russian Forces defences near Klescheevka and Maloilyinovka (Donetsk People’s Republic) have been foiled.

▫️ During the week, the Russian Forces repelled 36 attacks in which the enemy has lost up to 2,385 Ukrainian troops, 30 tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles, 75 motor vehicles, and 21 field artillery guns.

▫️ In Kupyansk direction, the Zapad Group of Forces improved tactical situation by seizeing enemy strongholds and key heights.

▫️ AFU units suffered heavy damage due to skillful use of weapons. 

▫️ Over the past week, the enemy has suffered losses of up to 470 Ukrainian troops, 22 armoured fighting vehicles, 21 motor vehicles, as well as 18 field artillery guns.

▫️ In Krasny Liman direction, the Tsentr Group of Forces repelled 14 AFU attacks over the past week. 

▫️ Over the past week, the enemy has suffered losses of up to 540 Ukrainian troops, 22 armoured fighting vehicles, 13 motor vehicles, as well as 10 field artillery guns.

▫️ In Kherson direction, the main goal of Russian troops was to deliver strikes at AFU manpower, engage in counterbattery warfare, search and eliminate sabotage and reconnaissance groups, as well as impede enemy amphibious assaults on islands.

▫️According to the data provided by prisoners of war from the 123rd Territorial Defence Brigade, the majority of AFU personnel waive to cross the Dnieper River as they are afraid of inevitable death from Russian strikes.

▫️In this direction, the enemy has lost up to 230 Ukrainian troops, 31 motor vehicles, and 19 field artillery guns over the past week.

▫️The Black Sea Fleet monitors the situation round the clock in the Black Sea waters by all means of reconnaissance

▫️On 29-30 August, the Black Sea naval aircraft managed to foil AFU special operation detachment’s attempt to land on Crimean coast to launch terrorist attacks. Russian naval aircraft neutralised four boats and up to 50 Ukrainian troops.

▫️Russian Aerospace Forces fighter jets and air defence units have shot down four Ukrainian Air Force aircraft and one helicopter over the past week.

▫️Air defence and electronic warfare systems have downed 35HIMARS MLRS shells, sixJDAM guided bombs, five U.S.-made HARM anti-radiation missiles, as well as one Neptune anti-ship cruise missile, and one S-200 missile converted into a strike version over the past week. 

▫️In addition, 281 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles, including Tu-141 Strizh drone, as well as 29 fixed-wing drones were shot down in western regions of the Russian Federation.

In total, 466 airplanes and 247 helicopters, 6,293 unmanned aerial vehicles, 434 anti-aircraft missile systems, 11,587 tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles, 1,147 combat vehicles equipped with multiple launch rocket systems, 6,162 field artillery cannons and mortars, as well as 12,602 units of special military hardware have been destroyed during the special military operation.

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