Russian armed forces have killed up to 150 Ukrainian servicemen on the Kupyansk and Krasny Liman axes over the past 24 hours, the Russian Defense Ministry reported.   “On the Kupyansk axis, Task Force “West” aircraft and artillery inflicted damage on Ukrainian army units in the areas of Dvurechnoye, Novomlynsk, Kislovka and Berestovoye in the Kharkov region,” the report said. “Three Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance groups were thwarted in the areas of Sinkovka and Timkovka in the Kharkov region and Rozovka in the Lugansk People’s Republic. Enemy losses over the past 24 hours amounted up to 65 servicemen, two vehicles and one “Gvozdika” self-propelled howitzer.”   On the Krasny Liman axis, Task Force “Center” warplanes, artillery and heavy flamethrower systems inflicted damage on enemy units in the areas of Nevskoye and Chervonaya Dibrova in the Lugansk People’s Republic and Grigorovka in the Donetsk People’s Republic. Ukrainian army losses on this axis over the past 24 hours amounted up to 85 servicemen, three armored fighting vehicles, one “Msta-B howitzer and one D-30 howitzer,” the 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*v