March 22, 2024

Russian Ministry of Defense:  Up to 8,745 Ukraine troops killed or wounded between March 16-22; one Mi8 helicopter shot down

Russian Defense Ministry

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

(16–22 March 2024). 

Today, the Russian Armed Forces carried out a massive long-range air-launched, sea-launched, ground-based and unmanned aerial attack against power facilities, military industrial complex, rail-road hubs, arsenals, deployment areas of AFU troops and foreign mercenaries.

The strike disrupted the functioning of the manufacturing enterprises involved in issuing and repairing weapons, military hardware and ammunition.

In addition, foreign military equipment and weapons delivered to Ukraine from NATO countries have been destroyed, the transfer of enemy reserves to the front line has been disrupted, and AFU and mercenary units have been neutralised in reconstitution areas. 

All the targets have been achieved.

From 16 to 22 March 2024, in response to shelling of Russian territory, attempts to break through, and capture Russian border settlements, the Russian Armed Forces carried out 49 air high-precision strikes, including Kinzhal hypersonic missiles, missile systems, and unmanned aerial vehicles.

The strikes hit AFU decision making centres, airfield infrastructure, an armament and military hardware repair workshop, UAV storage depots, and uncrewed surface vehicles, logistics support bases, as well as temporary deployment areas of special operations forces and foreign mercenaries.

(Kharkov region) and Terny (Donetsk People’s Republic) have been repelled.

The AFU losses amounted to up to 400 Ukrainian troops, three tanks, three armoured fighting vehicles, 25 motor vehicles, and 19 field artillery guns.

Over the past week, Ukrainian fighters attempted to breach the border areas of Belgorod and Kursk regions. All the attacks have been repelled by the coordinated actions of the Russian State border covering force.

▫️ In Belgorod direction, more than 3,000 Ukrainian servicemen and militants of terrorist formations, seven tanks, 15 armoured vehicles, and 17 motor vehicles of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have been eliminated during the week.

▫️ In Donetsk direction, the Yug Group of Forces has liberated the Alebastrovaya railway station (Donetsk People’s Republic) and improved the situation along the front line.

One airborne assault brigade, one tank brigade, two airmobile brigades, four mechanised brigades, and three assault brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as well as three territorial defence brigades have been hit close to Razdolovka, Krasnoye, Andreyevka, Kleshcheyevka, Kurdyumovka, Konstantinovka, and Georgiyevka (Donetsk People’s Republic).

Ten counter-attacks of the AFU 46th and 81st airmobile brigades have been repelled near Belogorovka, Krasnogorovka, and Novomikhailovka (Donetsk People’s Republic).

The enemy losses amounted to more than 1,885 Ukrainian troops, six tanks, 13 armoured fighting vehicles, 41 motor vehicles, 17 field artillery guns, and nine field ammunition depots.

▫️ In Avdeyevka direction, the Tsentr Group of Forces liberated Orlovka and Tonenkoye (Donetsk People’s Republic) in cooperation with aviation and artillery.

▫️ Strikes were delivered at manpower and hardware of seven brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine close to Berdychi, Netaylovo, Semenovka, Pervomayskoye, Novogorodskoye, Umanskoye, and Ocheretino (Donetsk People’s Republic).

Forty-two counter-attacks of the AFU’s 47th Mechanised, 59th Motorised Infantry, 78th Air Assault, and 3rd Assault brigades have been repelled close to Leninskoye, Novobakhmutovka, Orlovka, and Vodyanoye (Donetsk People’s Republic).

Over 2,195 Ukrainian troops, two tanks, 21 armoured fighting vehicles, 65 motor vehicles, and 28 field artillery guns have been eliminated during the week.

▫️ In South Donetsk direction, the Vostok Group of Forces liberated Mirnoye (Zaporozhye region) and improved its tactical position along the front line.

In addition, strikes were delivered at units of the 1st of Ukrainian National Guard Brigade, 127th and 128th territorial defence brigades close to Shakhterskoye, Rovnopol, and Urozhaynoye (Donetsk People’s Republic).

Five counter-attacks of the AFU 72nd mechanised, 58th motorised infantry brigades have been repelled close to Urozhaynoye and Vladimirovka (Donetsk People’s Republic).

The AFU losses amounted to more than 935 Ukrainian troops, three tanks, 11 armoured fighting vehicles, 25 motor vehicles, and seven field artillery guns.

▫️ In Kherson direction, the Russian troops inflicted fire damage on the 28th, 65th mechanised, 128th assault brigades, the 121st and 126th territorial defence brigades, the 35th marine brigades close to Rabotino, Stepnogorsk, Shcherbaki, Stepnoye (Zaporozhye region), Ivanovka, and Nikolskoye (Kherson region).

The AFU losses amounted to more than 330 Ukrainian troops, 22 motor vehicles, and 11 field artillery guns.

During the week, the Groups’ Missile Troops and Artillery and unmanned aerial vehicles have neutralised nine Czech-made Vampire MLRS launchers, one German-made IRIS-T air defence battery, two U.S.-made AN/TPQ-50 and AN/TPQ-36 counter-battery warfare stations, as well as four Ukrainian Anklav-N, Nota, and Bukovel-AD electronic warfare stations.

▫️ Russian air defence systems have shot down one Mi-8 helicopter of the Ukrainian Air Force during the week, along with two Tochka-U tactical missiles, two S-200 converted surface-to-surface guided missiles, 156 projectiles of HIMARSVampireGradOlkha, and Uragan MLRS, and 992 unmanned aerial vehicles.

📊 In total, 577 airplanes and 270 helicopters, 16,565 unmanned aerial vehicles, 487 air defence missile systems, 15,572 tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles, 1,252 combat vehicles of multiple rocket launcher systems, 8,490 field artillery cannons and mortars, as well as 20,057 units of special military equipment have been destroyed during the special military operation.

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