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Russian forces hit Ukrainian positions hard with missiles and artillery

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The Russian Defense Ministry said in a briefing today that it was hitting Ukrainian positions hard with missiles and artillery.

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The images were obtained from the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Thursday, June 2, and the MoD showed them during a briefing given by Major General Igor Konashenkov, 56, the MoD’s chief spokesman.

The footage purports to show missiles hitting ground targets in Ukraine after being fired into the sky by Russian forces. They would also show artillery fire on Ukrainian positions.

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The briefing, which also included the release of a statement from the Ministry of Defense, covered how “the armed forces of the Russian Federation are continuing the special military operation in Ukraine”, what Russia calls the launched war by its President Vladimir Putin against its neighbor on Thursday. , February 24.

The Russian Defense Ministry said that “high-precision air missiles hit 21 areas of the AFU [Armed Forces of Ukraine] manpower and military equipment, including the command posts of the Ukrainian Nazi formations Kraken and Azov” near the city of Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine.

The Kremlin regularly calls Ukrainian forces “Nazis” and says its invasion, deemed illegal by the United Nations and a violation of international law, is aimed at “denazifying” the country.

The Russian Defense Ministry also said that “operational and tactical aviation, army and unmanned aviation hit 15 areas of Ukrainian military manpower and equipment”.

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They also said ammunition and fuel depots belonging to the Ukrainian Armed Forces had been “destroyed” near Dolyna and near Slaviansk in the separatist-controlled so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DPR) in the Donetsk Oblast region in the east of the country. Ukraine.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the “attacks led to the elimination of up to 240 nationalists and up to 39 weapons and military equipment, including an Osa-AKM anti-aircraft missile system, 10 tanks and combat vehicles infantry, three BM-21 Grad multiple rocket launchers, seven artillery and mortar mounts and 17 special vehicles.

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Russian armed forces hit Ukrainian positions with missiles and artillery. (Ministry of Defense of Russia/Zenger).

The Russian Defense Ministry also said its forces “shot down a Ukrainian Air Force Su-25 plane” near Lyubomyrivka in the Mykolaiv region.

They added that Russian air defense systems hit ‘seven Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles’ near Odessa, as well as in Komyshuvakha, Popasnaya, Zolote and Kudryashovka in the breakaway so-called Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR). , and in Yarova, in the Kharkiv region, as well as Verkhnotoretske in the DPR last night.

Russian missile and artillery troops hit 131 command posts, 146 artillery and mortar batteries at firing positions, as well as 579 areas with AFU military personnel and equipment, according to the Ministry of Defense. Russian Defense.

The Ministry of Defense claimed that “a total of 186 Ukrainian aircraft and 129 helicopters, 1,084 unmanned aerial vehicles, 327 anti-aircraft missile systems, 3,373 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 460 multiple rocket launcher systems , 1,752 pieces of artillery and field mortars, as well as 3,350 units of special military vehicles were destroyed during the operation”.

The Defense Ministry also said that “the influx of foreign mercenaries into Ukraine to participate in combat operations against the Russian armed forces has practically dried up since the beginning of May”, the Defense Ministry added that “the total number of foreign mercenaries in Ukraine has now almost halved, from 6,600 to 3,500.”

The Russian Defense Ministry said that “the number of mercenaries in the combat units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and National Guard in the Donbass has decreased by several orders of magnitude”.

Russian authorities went on to say that “hundreds of foreign mercenaries in Ukraine were eliminated by Russian long-range precision weapons shortly after their arrival while still undergoing pre-training and unit coordination. tactics.

“But most mercenaries are destroyed in the war zone due to their low level of training and lack of real combat experience.”

Russian armed forces hit Ukrainian positions with missiles and artillery. (Ministry of Defense of Russia/Zenger).

The statement from the Ministry of Defense also said that “the commanders of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and National Guard units, which included mercenaries, do not spare foreigners in their efforts to reduce the losses of their servicemen.

“Captured mercenaries tell interrogators that they are the first to be sacrificed. Because of [Kyiv] the regime’s silence on the losses and the absence of remains, the relatives of the mercenaries in their countries of residence are simply not aware of their deaths.

“Faced with a real combat situation and heavy losses among the AFU, National Guard and foreign servicemen, a significant number of mercenaries prefer to leave the territory of Ukraine as soon as possible, but the [Kyiv] regime prevents them from traveling abroad in every possible way.

The Ministry of Defense also stated that “under international humanitarian law, mercenaries are not combatants and the best that awaits them is criminal responsibility.

“The [Kyiv] the regime’s urgent attempts to ensure the legal protection of mercenaries by including them in the military units of the AFU or the National Guard, or by issuing them new Ukrainian passports, will not save any of them.

Russian troops invaded Ukraine on February 24. June 2 marks the 99th day of the campaign.

From February 24 to June 2, the total combat losses of Russian troops amounted to about 30,850 men, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The Ukrainian army claims that Russia lost 1,363 tanks, 3,354 armored fighting vehicles, 661 artillery systems, 207 multiple rocket launcher systems, 95 anti-aircraft systems, 210 combat aircraft, 175 helicopters, 2,325 vehicles motor and tankers, 13 ships, 521 unmanned aerial vehicles, 51 special equipment units and 120 cruise missiles.

Analysts say up to 70% of the city is now controlled by invading Russian forces, with almost all essential infrastructure and housing destroyed.

Russian armed forces hit Ukrainian positions with missiles and artillery. (Ministry of Defense of Russia/Zenger).

Russia’s Defense Ministry said in a statement Wednesday, June 1 at 6 a.m. that its Yars mobile missile systems, which can carry nuclear warheads and have a reported range of more than 10,000 kilometers (6,200 miles) , were carrying out “intensive maneuver operations on combat patrol routes in the Ivanovo region”, east of the Russian capital Moscow.

It comes after US President Joe Biden said he would send more advanced rocket systems to Kyiv that will help hit enemy forces at longer ranges. These rocket systems have double the range of the rocket systems used by Russian forces and are said to be much more accurate.

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