Russia flattened the HIMARS rocket warehouse, shot down Ukraine’s Su-27 fighter

Russia said it destroyed Ukraine’s weapons and fuel depots in the past 24 hours and shot down enemy Su-27 fighters.

On July 8, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that in the Donetsk region, Russia destroyed Ukraine’s 3 tanks, 6 infantry fighting vehicles, 1 US-made M109 Paladin self-propelled artillery system, and a howitzer. D-30.

Russia claims that the attacks of its forces have cost Ukraine 500 servicemen, an ammunition depot dedicated to the US-made HIMARS multiple-launch rocket system.

Russia announced that its air defense shot down a Ukrainian Su-27 fighter jet in Novogrigorovka, Kherson, intercepted 6 enemy HIMARS rockets, and 17 drones.  

To the south of Donetsk and Zaporizhia, Russia says it has intercepted attacks by groups of Ukrainian forces, removing 170 servicemen, three infantry fighting vehicles, one US-made M777 artillery system, and one artillery piece. French-made CAESAR self-propelled howitzer, 1 Gvozdika self-propelled howitzer, 2 Msta-B and 2 D-20 howitzers and an ammunition depot.

In Kupyansk, Russia said that Ukraine lost 30 soldiers, a US-made AN/TPQ-50 anti-aircraft radar station, a D-20 howitzer, an M777 artillery system, and an Akatsiya self-propelled howitzer.

In Kherson’s direction, Russia said 40 Ukrainian soldiers had been eliminated, along with tanks and self-propelled guns Gvozdika. A fuel depot in the city of Zaporizhia was also destroyed.

The situation on the front lines is still very tense as Ukraine is launching a counter-offensive operation on the whole front, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Meanwhile, Mykhailo Podoliak, an adviser to the Office of the President of Ukraine, believes that the war in Ukraine cannot last for many years due to reasons related to resources.

According to him, Ukraine’s resource potential is increasing. Although the West has not yet fully met Kiev’s weapons needs, defense industries are increasing production. He said that in the future, Ukraine will receive all the weapons they want.

On the other hand, Ukrainian officials say that Russia’s resources are dwindling. “War is good and bad. Russia has spent a lot on this conflict,” he said, suggesting that Russia would be able to face the challenge economically.

According to Podoliak, freezing the conflict is the best scenario for Russia to give Moscow time to consolidate and strengthen its military capabilities, but Ukraine will not let this happen. 

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