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600 Ukrainian fighters killed overnight in artillery strikes (Russian Defense Ministry)

A Ukrainian army officer shows a destroyed Ukrainian government administrative building following a bombardment, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in Mykolaiv, Ukraine April 8, 2022. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino/ File Photo

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A Ukrainian army officer shows a destroyed Ukrainian government administrative building following a bombardment, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in Mykolaiv, Ukraine April 8, 2022. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino/ File Photo

Russia said on Thursday its artillery hit several Ukrainian positions and strongholds overnight, killing more than 600 fighters.

“The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation are continuing the special military operation in Ukraine,” the Defense Ministry said. “Over 600 nationalists and 61 units of arms and military equipment were destroyed”.

The Defense Ministry also said its missiles destroyed aircraft equipment at Kanatovo airfield in Ukraine’s central Kirovohrad region and a major ammunition depot in the southern city of Mykolaiv.

Russia sent tens of thousands of troops to Ukraine on February 24 in what it called a special operation aimed at degrading the military capabilities of its southern neighbor and eliminating people it called dangerous nationalists.

Ukrainian forces mounted fierce resistance and the West imposed sweeping sanctions on Russia in an effort to force it to withdraw its forces.