Video footage showed Russian troops firing high-precision missiles into the air and reportedly destroying the Motor Sich engine plant in south-eastern Ukraine.
The Russian Defense Ministry (MoD) said in a May 25 statement: “Mine clearance and demilitarization operations in the Mariupol seaport, liberated by Ukrainian militants, in the Donetsk People’s Republic have been completed and are now running on a normal basis.
“High-precision long-range air and sea-launched missiles at Zaporozhye (Zaporizhzhia) destroyed the production facilities of the Motor Sich plant, which manufactured engines for combat aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force, including UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles].”
“In addition, reserve units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, which were deployed to reinforce the formations of Ukrainian troops in Donbass, were eliminated near the Pokrovskoe railway station in the Dnepropetrovsk region.
“High-precision airborne missiles hit 3 command posts, including 1 command post of the 14 infantry brigade near Soledar, 2 fuel bases in Kovyagin and Bezlyudovka, Kharkiv region, 2 air defense radar posts and military equipment in a storage base near Bakhmut and 16 areas with concentrated AFU manpower and military equipment during the day.
The Russian military said: “The operational-tactical and army aviation have two weapons and ammunition depots for rocket artillery near Dolina in the Kharkiv region and Posad-Pokrovskoye in the Mykolaiv region, the headquarters of the territorial defense in Soledar and 46 areas with concentrated Manpower and military met equipment.
“The attacks resulted in the elimination of over 300 nationalists and up to 46 armored and motorized vehicles.
“Russian air defense fighters shot down a Mi-8 helicopter of the Ukrainian Air Force over Barmashovo in the Mykolaiv region.
“Also, 11 Ukrainian UAVs were shot down in the air near Snake Island, Glubokoe, Pershotravnevoe, Bolshie Prokhody, Kharkiv Krai and Verhnetoretskoe, Stavki, Terny, including 1 Bayraktar TB-2 near Shandrigolovo, Donetsk People’s Republic.
“Missile troops and artillery hit 51 command posts, 385 areas with concentrated AFU manpower and military equipment, and 53 artillery and mortar batteries in firing position.”
Russian troops invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin still calls a “military special operation”.
May 26th is the 92nd day of the war.
From February 24 to May 26, the total combat losses of Russian troops amounted to around 29,600 men, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian military also claims that Russia lost 1,315 tanks, 3,235 armored fighting vehicles, 617 artillery systems, 201 multiple missile systems, 93 anti-aircraft systems, 206 combat aircraft, 170 helicopters, 2,225 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, 13 ships, 502 unmanned aerial vehicles, 47 units with special equipment and 114 cruise missile.
The Russian Defense Ministry claimed on Wednesday: “A total of 178 Ukrainian aircraft, 126 helicopters, 1,006 unmanned aerial vehicles, 322 anti-aircraft missile systems, 3,258 tanks and other armored fighting vehicles, 430 multiple-launch missile systems, 1,671 field artillery and mortars, as well as 3,155 units of special military vehicles were used during the operation destroyed.”
In other developments, Ukrainian officials said Russian forces had attacked more than 40 towns in the eastern Donbass region.
They added that five civilians died, 12 were injured and 47 civilian facilities were destroyed or damaged in the latest attacks.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday signed a decree making it easier for Ukrainians in the occupied territories to become citizens of Russia.
Russia has also eliminated the upper age limit for contract service in its military.
Ukraine has described Russia’s offer to unblock its Black Sea ports in exchange for lifting some sanctions as “blackmail”.
The blockade has led to shortages of wheat and cooking oil worldwide.
This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.
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