Ukrainian forces on counter offensive in the Donbass forced to retreat by Russian forces after failing to breakthrough defence lines
Russian forces have successfully repelled a “large-scale offensive” by Ukrainian troops along five sections of the front line in Donbass, the Russian Defense Ministry said in the early hours of Monday.
According to the ministry, the assault began on Sunday morning. “The enemy’s goal was to breach our defenses in what they assumed was the most vulnerable section of the frontline,” it said in a statement.
“The enemy has failed to reach its goals and was unsuccessful,” the ministry added.
Russian officials said Ukraine had deployed the 23rd and the 31st mechanized brigades from its “strategic reserves,”which were supported in battle by other units.
“The Ukrainian Armed Forces have lost more than 250 service members, 16 tanks, three infantry vehicles, and 21 armored vehicles,” the Defense Ministry claimed.
“Yesterday, the units of the Russian Armed Forces and the Border Guard of the Federal Security Service have thwarted an attempt by 2 groups of Ukrainian terrorists to enter Belgorod region close to Novaya Tavolzhanka (Belgorod region).” The Russian MOD stated.
“At around 1pm Moscow, under the cover of heavy shelling of civilian facilities, the terrorists attempted to cross the Seversky Donets River and land on the outskirts of Novaya Tavolzhanka (Belgorod region).
“The terrorist formations of the Kiev regime have been eliminated by air strikes and artillery fire of the Western Military District State Border protection cover units.” It added.
“As a result of the fire damage, the enemy losses were 10 terrorists, 2 boats and 1 armoured vehicle. In addition, in the course of counter-battery warfare, 5 Ukrainian mortar platoons and Grad MLRS vehicle have been suppressed close to Volchansk (Kharkov region), as well as two Polish-manufactured Krab self-propelled artillery systems that were striking at the Russian territory have been destroyed.” The Russian military spokesman said.
“In Kupyansk direction, the attacks, launched by aviation and artillery of the Zapad Group of Forces, have resulted in the neutralisation of the AFU manpower and hardware close to Sinkovka, Kotlyarovka, and Krakhmalnoye (Kharkov region). 5 Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance groups have been foiled close to Novosyolovskoye (Lugansk People’s Republic), Molchanovo, Olshana, Berestovoye and Orlyanka (Kharkov region).
“The enemy losses were 90 Ukrainian servicemen, 3 armoured fighting vehicles, 2 Polish-manufactured Krab self-propelled artillery systems and 1 D-20 howitzer. 1 ammunition depot of the AFU 60th Motorised Infantry Brigade has been destroyed near Malinovka (Kharkov region).”
“In Krasny Liman direction, the attacks, launched by Operational-Tactical and Army aviation, as well as artillery of the Tsentr Group of Forces, have resulted in the neutralisation of the AFU units close to Nevskoye (Lugansk People’s Republic), Yampolovka and Serebryanka (Donetsk People’s Republic).
1 Ukrainian reconnaissance and sabotage group has been eliminated close to Kuzmino (Lugansk People’s Republic).
The enemy losses were 65 Ukrainian servicemen, 2 armoured fighting vehicles, 2 pickup trucks, 1 Akatsiya self-propelled artillery system, Msta-B and D-20 howitzers, and 1 Nona-S self-propelled artillery system.”
“In Donetsk direction, the active combat operations were carried out by the Akhmat special forces in the central part of Maryinka, as well as the units of the 1st Army Corps near Avdeevka (Donetsk People’s Republic).
Operational-Tactical and Army aviation, as well as artillery of the Yug Group of Forces inflicted a fire damage on the enemy units close to Berdychi, Khimik, Pervomayskoye and Kurakhovo (Donetsk People’s Republic).”
“The enemy losses were up to 425 Ukrainian servicemen, 1 infantry fighting vehicle, 14 motor vehicles, 1 German-manufactured Panzerhaubitze 2000 self-propelled artillery system, Msta-B and D-30 howitzers.
2 ammunition depots of the 24th Mechanised Brigade of the AFU has been destroyed near Dzerzhinsk (Donetsk People’s Republic).”
“In Kherson direction, as a result of the fire damage by Russian artillery, the enemy losses were up to 20 Ukrainian servicemen, 2 pickups, 1 Grad MLRS, as well as 1 D-30 howitzer.
1 ammunition depot of the AFU 126th Brigade of the Territorial Defence of Ukraine has been destroyed near Nikolskoye (Kherson region).” The Russian military noted.
“Operational-Tactical and Army aviation, Missile Troops and Artillery of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation have neutralised 98 artillery units of the AFU at their firing positions, manpower and military hardware at 104 areas.
Air defence facilities have shot down 1 Su-27 airplane of Ukrainian Air Force near Zakotnoye (Donetsk People’s Republic).” Lieutenant-General Igor Konashenkov the RuMOD spokesman stated in a Monday briefing.
“8 HIMARS and Uragan rocket-propelled projectiles have been intercepted. In addition, 13 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles have been intercepted close to Shevchenko, Olshana (Kharkov region), Zolotaryovka, Kremennaya (Lugansk People’s Republic), Vladimirovka, Kirillovka, Staromlynovka (Donetsk People’s Republic) and Zabarino (Kherson region).” He added.
In total according to RuMOD since the start of the special military operation Ukraine has lost 433 airplanes, 236 helicopters, 4,486 unmanned aerial vehicles, 424 air defence missile systems, 9,431 tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles, 1,114 fighting vehicles equipped with MLRS, 5,009 field artillery cannons and mortars, as well as 10,688 special military motor vehicles.”
Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky claimed on Saturday that Kiev was ready to launch its long-planned counteroffensive. However, the deputy head of his office, Igor Zhovkva, stated the same day that Ukraine had still not received enough weapons and ammunition to mount a successful campaign.
Kiev has recently stepped up artillery and drone attacks on Russian cities, including a UAV raid on Moscow last week.