The Russian Ministry of Defense announced that it shot down two Mi-8 helicopters and caused many losses to the Ukrainian army in the past day.
In an update on the military situation issued on December 5, Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, said that the Russian soldiers, along with the separatist militias, had caused many problems. damage to the Ukrainian army.
“Our air defenses shot down two Mi-8 helicopters of the Ukrainian Air Force in the settlement of Maryinka in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic. In addition, in the past 24 hours, Russian air defenses have brought down 10 Ukrainian drones over the settlements of Vishnyovoye, Kirillovka, and Stepnoye in Donetsk as well as Krasnosyolovka and Tokmak in Zaporizhia,” Konashenkov said, confirming at least two missiles from multiple rocket launchers. Ukraine’s HIMARS was intercepted over Donetsk airspace.
Also in Donetsk, within the past 24 hours, the Russian military claimed to have destroyed 70 Ukrainian soldiers, 2 tanks, 4 armored vehicles, and 4 pickup trucks. Kiev’s counterattacks in the area were also stopped by pro-Moscow forces. More than 30 Ukrainian soldiers and 2 armored vehicles were removed from the fighting after these failed counter-attack attempts.
In addition, in the past day, pro-Russian forces have carried out many raids on Ukrainian troop concentration points in Kharkov.
“At the Kupyansk front in Kharkov, the Russian army hit a concentration point of troops and military equipment of a Ukrainian tactical assault unit. 64 soldiers, 2 armored personnel carriers, and 2 semi-trucks. Ukraine’s payload has been removed from combat,” a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry said.
Lieutenant General Konashenkov confirmed that the counterattacks of the Ukrainian army in the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic did not achieve the expected results. Accordingly, in the direction of the Krasny Liman offensive, two assault groups of the Ukrainian army were detected and prevented near the settlements of Chervonopopovka and Zhitlovka. In addition, the Russian military claimed to have destroyed three Ukrainian infantry fighting vehicles, one armored vehicle, and four Ukrainian military vehicles in Lugansk.
Recently, the Donetsk and Lugansk regions in eastern Ukraine have become a hotbed of Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine. The Ukrainian army is trying to regain territories in this area before winter arrives, affecting combat operations. However, along with the main Russian army, the separatist militias in Donetsk and Lugansk repelled most of the counterattacks and caused much damage to the Ukrainian army.