Ukraine says Russian troops ‘trying to strengthen the first line of defense’ in Donetsk and Zaporiyia

The Armed Forces of Ukraine said Thursday that Russian troops “intend to strengthen the first line of defense” in the regions of Donetsk and Zaporiyia, including the transfer of “reserves”, in the face of the latest counteroffensives launched by Ukrainian forces, which would have resulted in the death of 200 Russian servicemen during the last day.

The General Staff of the Ukrainian Army has said in a message on its account on the social network Twitter that “due to the Defense Forces’ affectation of logistical support to the occupants, units of the Russian Armed Forces carrying out tasks on the line of contact have problems due to the lack of certain types of ammunition for rocket launchers and artillery.”

Thus, he stressed that “the Defense Forces continue to successfully repel enemy attacks” and added that “the enemy continues to attack positions on the line of contact and to take measures to regroup troops in various directions.” “There remains the threat of shelling and missile attacks on the whole territory of Ukraine,” he assessed.

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“The enemy continues to focus its efforts on attempts to fully occupy the Donetsk region, hold the captured territories and disrupt the active actions of our troops in certain areas,” he has stated.

On the other hand, he has put at “about 53,850” the number of Russian servicemen killed in combat since the beginning of the war and has outlined that in addition 2,193 battle tanks, 1,295 artillery systems, 167 anti-aircraft defense systems and 311 self-propelled and armored multiple rocket launchers have been destroyed.

Along these lines, he has said that 250 aircraft, 215 helicopters, 908 drones, 15 ships, 3,522 vehicles and fuel tanks and 120 pieces of special equipment have also been destroyed, while 233 cruise missiles have been shot down since the start of hostilities, which broke out on February 24 on the orders of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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“The Russian enemy suffered the heaviest losses during the last day in the direction of Krivói Rog and Mikolaiv,” he has detailed, while stressing that this data on casualties and destroyed material “is being updated.” “Hit the occupant. Let’s win together. Our strength is in the truth,” added the General Staff of the Ukrainian Army.

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