More than 1,200 Ukrainian soldiers were killed and dozens of pieces of equipment were destroyed, according to a statement from the Russian Defense Ministry, which claimed victory over the southern Ukrainian counteroffensive.
According to a statement released by the Russian Defense Ministry today, the Ukrainian army’s counterattack in Nikolaev-Krivoy Rog and other areas “failed, the enemy incurred substantial losses.” Mykolaiv and Kryvyi Rih are known in Russia as Nikolaev and Krivoy Rog, respectively.
More than 1,200 Ukrainian soldiers were killed by the Russian military, which also reportedly destroyed 48 tanks, 46 infantry fighting vehicles, 37 armoured vehicles, and 8 pickup trucks with heavy machine guns.
The 128th Ukrainian Independent Mountain Combat Brigade, which had been sent from the country’s west to take part in the counteroffensive operation in the south, was defeated, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.
In addition to intercepting three Tochka-U ballistic missiles, 44 rockets fired from the High Mobility Rocket System (HIMARS), and nine rockets fired from other complexes near Kherson city, Novaya Kakhovka, the Antonovsky Bridge, and the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station in Kherson province, Russia claims to have shot down two Ukrainian Su-25 attack aircraft close to Krasnoye Znamya, Mykolaiv Province.
Regarding the losses reported by Russia, Ukraine has not responded. However, earlier reports from the office of the president of Ukraine said that fighting started when Kiev launched a counteroffensive operation in nearly the whole Kherson province.
On August 29, the Ukrainian military started a counteroffensive to recover the province of Kherson, which Russian forces have held since the start of a special military operation. The “long-awaited” counter-offensive, according to a representative of the Ukrainian province of Kherson, marked the start of the liberation of Kherson.
Oleksiy Arestovych, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, said that on the first day of counter-attacks, the Ukrainian army broke through Russian lines in several areas near the city of Kherson. Ukrainian forces also shelled Kherson ferries that Russia uses to resupply the area they control west of the Dnieper River.
In a report on March 30, the British Ministry of Defense admitted that “it is not possible to determine the progress of the Ukrainian army” during the counter-attack, but said that the British forces “increased artillery fire in the front areas of the country”. routes throughout southern Ukraine”.