Russian forces kill up to 600 Ukrainians in 24-hour period

Russian Defense Ministry

High-precision, long-range sea-based missiles hit a deployment point of the 383rd Separate UAV Regiment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine near the town of Khmelnitsky and an artillery ammunition depot near the Grechany railway station (Khmelnitsky region).

In Kupyansk direction, active actions by units and artillery fire of the ‘Zapad’ Group of Forces inflicted a fire damage on enemy manpower and equipment in the areas of Dvurechoye, Krakhmalnoye (Kharkov region) and Novoselovskoye (Lugansk People’s Republic).

During the day, up to 70 Ukrainian servicemen, two armoured fighting vehicles, a motor vehicle, and a Grad MLRS vehicle have been destroyed in this area.

In Krasny Liman direction, Operational-Tactical Aviation strikes, fire of artillery and heavy flamethrower systems and offensive actions by the ‘Tsentr’ Group of Forces hit the AFU manpower and equipment in the areas of Terny (Donetsk People’s Republic), Stelmakhovka, Chervonopovka, Chervonova Dibrova (Lugansk People’s Republic) and Serebryansky forestry.

During the day, the enemy’s losses in Krasny Liman direction amounted to over 200 troops killed and wounded, an infantry fighting vehicle, five armoured fighting vehicles, a Gvozdika self-propelled howitzer, and a D-20 howitzer.

In Donetsk direction, up to 250 Ukrainian servicemen, three armoured fighting vehicles, six motor vehicles, D-20 and D-30 howitzers, as well as a Polish-made Krab self-propelled artillery unit have been neutralised within the offensive of the ‘Yug’ Group of Forces.

A camouflaged position near Pervomayskoye (Donetsk People’s Republic) has been revealed, and a self-propelled launcher of the Ukrainian Buk-M1 surface-to-air missile system has been obliterated.

Two US-made AN/TPQ-50 and AN/TPQ-36 counter-battery radar stations have been eliminated in the areas of Chasov Yar (Donetsk People’s Republic), and Demurino (Dnepropetrovsk region).

An ammunition depot of the Ukrainian Armed Forces has been destroyed near Mariynka (Donetsk People’s Republic).

In South Donetsk and Zaporozhye directions, artillery and heavy flamethrower systems of the ‘Vostok’ Group of Forces have hit Ukrainian Armed Forces in the area of Ugledar (Donetsk People’s Republic).

The enemy suffered losses of up to 70 men killed and wounded, one tank, an infantry fighting vehicle, two armoured fighting vehicles, two D-30 and one D-20 howitzers.

In addition, two depots of the 72nd Mechanised Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces storing ammunition and fuel for military equipment were destroyed near Vodyanoye.

In Kherson direction, the fire damage has neutralised up to 15 Ukrainian servicemen, five motor vehicles, an Akatsiya self-propelled howitzer, a Gvozdika self-propelled howitzer, and an Msta-B howitzer during the day.

Moreover, four ammunition depots were hit near the city of Kherson and the village of Mykhailovka (Kherson region).

Army Aviation, Missile Troops and Artillery of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation have neutralised 92 AFU artillery units at their firing positions, enemy’s manpower and hardware in 118 areas during the day.

The command posts of the 102nd Territorial Defence Brigade and the 72nd Mechanised Brigade of the AFU were hit in the areas of Malinovka (Zaporozhye region), and Ugledar (Donetsk People’s Republic).

Six Ukrainian UAVs were destroyed by anti-aircraft defence forces in the areas of Berestovoye (Donetsk People’s Republic), Golikovo, Kuzmino, Rubezhnoye, Zhitlovka (Lugansk People’s Republic), and the city of Kherson.

In total, 385 airplanes and 210 helicopters, 3,178 unmanned aerial vehicles, 405 anti-aircraft missile systems, 7,935 tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles, 1,029 combat vehicles equipped with multiple launch rocket systems, 4,144 field artillery cannons and mortars, as well as 8,458 units of special military hardware have been destroyed during the special military operation.

The Russian Defence Ministry denies reports of some sources claiming that officers of the 1st Army Corps (Donetsk) and 2nd Army Corps (Lugansk) were allegedly dismissed after they joined the Russian Armed Forces.

On 1 January 2023, the personnel of the 1st Army Corps (Donetsk) and the 2nd Guards Army Corps (LuganskÔÇôSeverodonetsk) in full strength with equipment, weapons, and materiel joined the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.

At the same time, we emphasise that the information about the alleged dismissal of officers of these army corps after they joined the Russian Armed Forces has nothing common with the reality.

No order of the Russian Defence Ministry has ever been issued to dismiss the military personnel of the 1st Army Corps (Donetsk) and the 2nd Guards Army Corps (LuganskÔÇôSeverodonetsk).

All servicemen of these formations who joined the Russian Armed Forces on 1 January 2023 are carrying out combat missions in the special military operation with dignity and self-sacrifice.