Ukrainian forces have lost more than 40 servicemen on the Kupyansk axis over the past 24 hours, the Russian Defense Ministry reported.
“On the Kupyansk axis, “West” task force warplanes and artillery inflicted damage on Ukrainian army units in the areas of Dvurechnoye and Berestovoye in the Kharkov region and Artyomovka in the Lugansk People’s Republic,” the report said. “Enemy losses on this axis amounted to more than 40 servicemen, one armored combat vehicle, two cars and an ammunition dump of 113th Territorial Defense Brigade.”
The Ukrainian government launched the so-called anti-terrorist operation against Donbass in April 2014. The peace talks that began soon thereafter failed to reach tangible results due to Kiev’s position to settle the conflict by force.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a special military operation to protect Donbass residents from Ukrainian aggression on February 24, 2022. 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*v