January 2, 2024

Russian Ministry of Defense:  Up to 695 Ukrainian troops were killed or wounded in the past 24 hours

Russian Defense Ministry

 The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation delivered a group strike with high-precision long-range weapons and unmanned aerial vehicles on enterprises of the military-industrial complex of Ukraine that carried out orders for the production of missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles, and repair of weapons and military hardware in Kiev and its suburbs, as well as storage sites for missiles, ammunition, and aircraft weapons supplied to the Kiev regime by Western countries. The purpose of the strike has been achieved. All the targets have been engaged.

▫️ In Kupyansk direction, the Zapad Group of Forces, ground-attack aircraft, helicopters, and artillery repelled six attackslaunched by the assault groups of the 21st, 60th, 115th mechanised, and 95th air assault brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine close to Sinkovka and Terny (Kharkov region).

The units of the 4th tank, 14th, 44th mechanised brigades and the 103rd Territorial Defence Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were hit close to Petropavlovka, Vishnyovoye, and Peschanoye (Kharkov region).

As a result, over 115 troops, three tanks, nine motor vehicles, one U.S.-made M777 artillery system,and one D-30 howitzer were neutralised.

▫️ In Krasny Liman direction, the Tsentr Group of Forces supported by artillery and aviation inflicted fire damage on clusters of manpower and military hardware of the 63rd Mechanised Brigade, 5th National Guard Brigade, 100th and 125th Territorial Defenсe Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine close to Chervonaya Dibrova (Lugansk People’s Republic), Torskoye (Donetsk People’s Republic), as well as Serebryansky forestry.

The enemy’s losses amounted to 90 troops, one tank, oneinfantry fighting vehicle, 12 motor vehicles, as well as one D-30 howitzer.

▫️ In Donetsk direction, the coordinated actions of the Yug Group of Forces, strikes of Operational-Tactical Aviation, and artillery fire repelled the enemy’s attack close to Artyomovskoye (Donetsk People’s Republic).

Units of the 42nd mechanised, 46th airmobile, 80th air assault brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the 112th Territorial Defence Brigade were hit close to Andreyevka, Bogdanovka, Georgiyevka, Kurdyumovka, and Kleshcheyevka (Donetsk People’s Republic).

The total enemy losses amounted to 300 troops killed and wounded, three tanks, one infantry fighting vehicle, threepick-up trucks, and 19 motor vehicles.

In addition, during the counter-battery warfare, the Russian troops struck one U.S.-made M109 Paladin self-propelled artillery gun, one Akatsiya self-propelled howitzer, twoGiatsint-B howitzers, one D-20 gun, one D-30 howitzer, one U.S.-made M119 towed howitzer, and one Rapira ATGM system.

Ammunition depots of the 27th rocket artillery and 47th mechanised brigades of the Ukrainian Armed Forces were obliterated close to Lysovka and Zhelannoye (Donetsk People’s Republic).

▫️ In South-Donetsk direction, units of the Vostok Group of Forces, supported by air strikes and artillery fire, struck the manpower and military hardware of the 79th Air Assault Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the 128th Territorial Defence Brigade close to Novomikhailovka and Staromayorskoye (Donetsk People’s Republic).

The daily losses of the enemy in this direction amounted to 140 troops, three motor vehicles.

During the counter-battery warfare, the Russian troops hit two U.S.-made M777 artillery systems, three self-propelled artillery systems (two U.S.-made M109 Paladin, and one Polish-made Krab), one Akatsiya self-propelled artillery system, and one D-20 gun.

▫️ In Zaporozhye direction, units of the Russian Group of Forces repelled one attack launched by assault groups of the 117th Mechanised Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine north of Novoprokopovka (Zaporozhye region), and also inflicted fire damage on the 33rd, 65th Mechanised, 82nd Air Assault, and 128th Mountain Assault brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine close to Verbovoye and Rabotino (Zaporozhye region).

The enemy’s losses amounted to more than 50 troops, two armored fighting vehicles, two motor vehicles, two D-30 howitzers, and one D-20 howitzer.

▫️ In Kherson direction, as a result of coordinated actions of the Dnepr Group of Forces and systematic fire exposure, up to 20 troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, three motor vehicles, as well as one D-30 howitzer were neutralised during the day.

Operational-Tactical and Army aviation, attack unmanned aerial vehicles, Missile Troops and Artillery of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation have hit 112 AFU artillery units at their firing positions, enemy manpower and hardware in 137 areas.

Russia’s air defence systems have intercepted 11 HIMARS and OlkhaMLRS projectiles during the day.

▫️ Moreover, 34 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles were shot down close to Pologi, Gulyai Pole, Basan (Zaporozhye region), Lisichansk, Kremennaya, Svatovo (Lugansk People’s Republic), Vodyanoye and Panteleymonovka (Donetsk People’s Republic).

📊In total, 565 airplanes and 263 helicopters, 10,352 unmanned aerial vehicles, 445 air defence missile systems, 14,434 tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles, 1,194 combat vehicles equipped with MLRS, 7,611 field artillery cannons and mortars, as well as 16,976 units of special military equipment have been destroyed during the special military operation.

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