Russian Defense Ministry: Russia accuses Ukraine forces of attacking a bus full of civilians fleeing the Kherson region

August 2, 2022

 

Russian Defence Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu holds teleconference with leadership of Armed Forces. Sergei Shoigu spoke about the special military operation, the participation of the Russian Armed Forces in establishing peaceful life in the liberated regions of DPR, LPR and Ukraine, and preparations for the International Anti-Fascist Congress, ARMY IMTF and the International Army Games.

 

Russian Defence Ministry has recorded and is taking into account for the future an official admission by General Skibitsky, deputy head of the Chief Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, that Washington directly coordinates each target for Kiev before strikes from US-made HIMARS MLRS.

 

 Militants of Ukrainian armed formations have carried out another bloody provocation in Kherson Region. Nationalists shot up a bus with civilians evacuating to Kiev-controlled territory on a stretch of road near Dolgovoye. At the same time, photo and video recordings of allegedly indiscriminate Russian strikes on civilians were carried out by specialists of the AFU Centre for Information and Psychological Operations.

 

 High-precision weapons of the Russian Aerospace Forces struck on a temporary deployment point of the Ukrainian Foreign Legion near Nikolaev city. The attacks have resulted in the elimination of up to 250 nationalists and 20 units of military equipment.

 

Last month alone, 34 Ukrainian aircraft were shot down, 39 Tochka-U missiles were intercepted, as well as 226 shells of multiple rocket launchers, including foreign-made. Thousands of civilians were saved by this.

 

A total of 33 US M777 howitzers, 5 launchers of Harpoon anti-ship missile systems, as well as 6 launchers and over 200 rockets of HIMARS multiple rocket launchers were destroyed by Russian strikes against military facilities of AFU.

 

Over the past two weeks, AFU has lost 396 Javelin and NLAW anti-tank missile systems and 125 Stinger portable anti-aircraft missile systems.

 

Russian servicemen are actively involved in the work to establish peaceful life in the liberated areas and settlements of DPR, LPR and Ukraine. 

 

In the liberated territories, military builders are restoring civilian infrastructure at a fast pace. Vital facilities are being erected and reconstructed as planned. 

 

In the current political and military situation, it is especially important to consolidate the international community's efforts to combat neo-Nazism. In this regard, the Ministry of Defence has decided to hold the First International Anti-Fascist Congress.

 

As of today about 50 foreign defence agencies have expressed their desire to attend the ARMY 2022 International Military-Technical Forum. About 1,500 enterprises and organizations, including foreign ones, are planning to exhibit their products. It is planned to sign and award 36 state contracts worth over 522 billion roubles with enterprises of the Russian military-industrial complex.

 

This year for the first time the forum will be held simultaneously with the Moscow Conference on International Security which traditionally gathers military professionals and authoritative specialists in the field of defence from all over the world. Heads of foreign defence departments, heads of international organisations, experts and academics from 109 countries are invited to attend.

 

Preparations continue for the 8th International Army Games which will be held from 13 to 27 August on the territory of 12 states. More than 270 teams from 37 countries will take part, including two new ones, Niger and Rwanda.

 

The international events listed have proven to be of practical benefit. All of them undoubtedly contribute to enhancing interaction, military and technical cooperation opportunities, maintaining dialogue with our foreign partners on a wide range of issues.