Briefing by Russian Defence Ministry

March 16, 2022      

The grouping of troops of the Lugansk People's Republic, continuing offensive operation, is fighting inside Severodonetsk city limits in the north-west, north-east and east.

Units of the Donetsk People's Republic, developing the offensive, took control of Mikhaylovka, Stavka, Botmanka, Vasilevka and are fighting for Verkhnetoretsk.

During the day, aviation and air defenсe means of the Russian Aerospace Forces shot down: 2 Ukrainian Su-25 aircraft near Chernihov, 1 MiG-29 near Novaya Bykovka, as well as 4 unmanned aerial vehicles.

Operational-tactical and army aviation hit 128 military assets of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Among them: 1 Buk-M1 air defence system, 1 Osa air defence system, 4 radar detection and targeting stations, 4 command posts, 7 armament and ammunition depots and 68 areas of military equipment concentration.

In total, 111 Ukrainian aircraft, 68 helicopters, 160 unmanned aerial vehicles, 159 anti-aircraft missile systems, 1,353 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 129 multiple launch rocket systems, 493 field artillery and mortars, as well as 1,096 units of special military vehicles were destroyed during the operation.