Russian air defense downs 16 Ukrainian drones in special operation zone over 24 hours

Military&Defence 
Russian air defense units have shot down 16 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles in the special military operation zone including the territory of the Lugansk People’s Republic over the past 24 hours, the Russian Defense Ministry reported.
 
“Air defense units intercepted two high mobility artillery rocket system (HIMARS) projectiles,” the report said. “Sixteen Ukrainian drones were eliminated in the  areas of Kupyansk in the Kharkov region, Lisichansk in the Lugansk People’s Republic, Artyomovsk and Volnovakha in the Donetsk People’s Republic, and Orekhov and Gulyaipole in the Zaporozhye region.”
 
On the Kupyansk axis, four attacks and counterattacks by four Ukrainian army mechanized brigades were repelled in the areas of Novosyolovskoye in the LPR and Sinkovka and Mankovka Tract in the Kharkov region. Enemy losses amounted to more than 165 servicemen, two armored fighting vehicles, two pickups, one Polish-made “Krab” self-propelled howitzer and two US-made AN/TPQ-50 counterfire radars.
 
“On the Krasny Liman axis, Task Force “Center” units supported by aircraft, artillery and heavy flamethrower systems repelled two attacks by Ukraine’s 68th Infantry Brigade and 42nd Mechanised Brigade in the areas of Novoyegorovka and Kremennaya in the Lugansk People’s Republic. Enemy losses on this axis over the past 24 hours amounted up to 115 servicemen, three armored fighting vehicles and one D-20 howitzer," the Defense Ministry said.
 
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The Ukrainian government launched the so-called anti-terrorist operation against Donbass in April 2014.  The peace talks failed to reach tangible results due to Kiev’s position to settle the conflict by force.
 
President Vladimir Putin announced a special military operation on February 24, 2022 to protect Donbass residents from Ukrainian aggression. Prior to that, LPR and DPR Heads Leonid Pasechnik and Denis Pushilin asked the Russian leader to provide military assistance.  *i*ie

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