In the past 24 hours, Ukraine has continued its offensive efforts in the south of Donetsk, Donetsk, Zaporizhia, and Krasny Liman, but all failed with the loss of more than 700 soldiers, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
Ukrainian forces lost more than 700 soldiers in 4 directions in the last 24 hours
Russia’s armed forces repelled nine attacks by the Ukrainian army in the direction of Donetsk near the towns of Druzhba, Severoe, Marinka, and Pervomaiskoe, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
“Total losses of Ukrainian troops [in the direction of Donetsk] amounted to 500 killed and wounded, three tanks, six infantry fighting vehicles, four armored vehicles, two motor vehicles,” the Russian Defense Ministry said. world, two US-made M109 Paladin self-propelled howitzers as well as the D-30 howitzer were destroyed.”
In addition, the Russian army eliminated more than 170 Ukrainian servicemen from the battle, destroying 1 Caesar self-propelled howitzer made by France, 1 M777 howitzer made by the US, 2 Msta-B cannons, and 2 D-20 cannons. , a Gvozdika self-propelled howitzer in South Donetsk and towards Zaporizhia in the last 24 hours.
In the direction of Krasny Lyman, the Russian army destroyed more than 60 Ukrainian soldiers, destroyed 3 armored vehicles, and 2 D-30 howitzers with air strikes and artillery fire.
Russian troops prevent the attack of Ukrainian forces in the direction of Zaporizhia
The commander of a unit of the Russian Armed Forces said that on July 8, his unit disrupted an enemy attack, destroying a mortar that was providing fire support to the assault groups. of Ukraine in the direction of Zaporizhia.
“When the Ukrainian forces were trying to attack our positions, by means of aerial reconnaissance, we detected the enemy mortar field firing. After receiving the target coordinates, Russian artillery fired accurately. Mortars went silent. Ukraine’s attack was neutralized,” the commander of the Russian forces said.
On the opposite side, in an interview on the Politeka YouTube channel, Denis Yaroslavsky – commander of the Ukrainian reconnaissance unit, said that the 47th Ukrainian brigade had breached Russia’s first line of defense and is promoting its victory moving forward. Tokmak City to control the most important logistics routes.
However, Mr. Yaroslavsky admitted that the offensive was very difficult due to the way Russia’s defense was organized scientifically, closely, with 3 lines. In, line 1 mainly consists of minefields, line 2 is fortified defense areas, while line 3 has many underground bunkers, and reinforced concrete fortifications with tanks and armored personnel carriers here.
The Ukrainian counter-offensive south of Donetsk, Zaporizhia as well as at Artemovsk (Bakhmut) began on June 4, focusing the main effort on the Zaporizhia region by launching NATO-trained, equipped brigades with Western weapons, including Leopard tanks, into the attack.
On July 3, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said that in a month of unsuccessful attacks, Ukrainian forces lost 18 planes and helicopters, and 920 armored vehicles, including 16 Leopard tanks, near such as 100% of tanks of this type supplied by Poland and Portugal.
Shoigu added that Ukraine had failed to achieve its goals in any direction, and the Kyiv leadership, under heavy Western pressure, demanded that the offensive continue, regardless of losses.