Russian armed forces have thwarted the operations of four groups of Ukrainian saboteurs on the Kupyansk axis, the Russian Defense Ministry reported.
“Four Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance groups were thwarted in the areas of Novomlynsk and Sinkovka in the Kharkov region and Rozovka in the Lugansk People’s Republic,” the report said. “On the Kupyansk axis, Task Force “West” delivered air- and artillery strikes at Ukrainian army units in the areas of Masyutovka, Timkovka and Kotlyarovka in the Kharkov region and Stelmakhovka (Svatovo district of the Lugansk People’s Republic). Enemy losses on this axis over the past 24 hours amounted up to 190 servicemen, three cars and one D-30 howitzer.”
“On the Krasny Liman axis, Task Force “Center” warplanes, artillery and heavy flamethrower systems inflicted damage on enemy units in the areas of Yampolovka in the Donetsk People’s Republic, Raigorod in the Svatovo district (LPR) and Chervonaya Dibrova in the Kremennaya district (LPR).
“Ukrainian army losses on this axis amounted up to 65 servicemen, three pickups,” one “Gvozdika” self-propelled howitzer and D-20 and D-30 howitzers.
“Also, air defense units shot down 28 Ukrainian drones in the areas of Tokarevka in the Kharkov region, Chervonaya Dibrova, Kremennaya, Zhitlovka, Zatishnoye and Novokrasnyanka in the Lugansk People’s Republic, Svetlodarskoye, Yevgenovka and Zelyony Gai in the Donetsk People's Republic, Chubarevka in the Zaporozhye region and Kairy in the Kherson region,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.
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.
The Lugansk People’s Republic acceded to Russia on September 30, 2022 following the unification referendum.*i*ie