The developments of June 13-17 on frontlines in Ukraine were marked by tactical successes of Russian forces in the region of Donbass amid the stabilization of the frontline in other sectors. In general, the most intense fighting is ongoing in the Severodonetsk-Lysichansk area and around Slavyansk. The situation is also tense in the Kharkiv region, where isolated clashes are ongoing in the north of the provincial capital, and in Mykolaiv and Kherson Regions. The rest of the contact line remains mostly stable. Despite this, the Russian Armed Forces continue their campaign of pinpoint strikes on military infrastructure and equipment gatherings of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
The following is an overview of statements of the Russian Defense Ministry on strikes in Ukraine in this period:
June 13. Rocket strikes in the DPR destroyed shipments of weapons and military equipment, including those from the United States and European countries. In addition, 1 LPR foreign mercenary temporary deployment point was destroyed, as well as 2 batteries of multiple rocket launchers in Kharkiv and LPR areas. Army aviation destroyed one command post, one radar station of the Buk-M1 surface-to-air missile system in the LPR, as well as 63 areas of concentration of AFU manpower and military equipment. Air strikes destroyed more than 120 AFU soldiers, two tanks, seven field artillery guns and 11 special vehicles. Rocket and artillery forces hit 247 areas of concentration of AFU manpower and military equipment, 13 command posts, 63 firing positions of AFU artillery units, including 7 multiple rocket launchers, as well as one electronic warfare station in the DPR area. Total, 120 soldiers, 29 pieces of equipment, 17 military positions.
June 14. The Kalibr launcher destroyed 1 arsenal of artillery weapons and ammunition of the AFU. In addition, high-precision air-launched missiles hit 11 areas of concentration of Ukrainian manpower and military equipment, 8 firing positions of AFU artillery units, including 3 platoons of Grad multiple-launch rocket systems, as well as 2 ammunition depots on the southern outskirts of Kharkiv and in the LPR. Operational and tactical aviation and army aviation hit 101 areas where AFU manpower and military equipment were concentrated. As a result of air strikes, more than 350 AFU soldiers, 3 command posts, 13 tanks and other armored fighting vehicles, 6 Grad multiple rocket launchers, 14 field artillery guns and 22 special vehicles were destroyed. Russian air defense assets shot down one MiG-29 and one Mi-24 helicopter during the day. Nine Ukrainian UAVs were also shot down. Rocket and artillery forces hit 280 areas where AFU manpower and military equipment are concentrated, 18 command posts, 59 firing positions of artillery and mortar units, and one fuel depot. Total, 350 soldiers, 66 pieces of equipment and 28 military positions.
June 15. The Kalibr missiles near Lviv destroyed one ammunition depot for foreign weapons transferred to Ukraine by NATO countries. In addition, high-precision airborne missiles struck 11 areas where Ukrainian manpower and military equipment were concentrated and eight firing positions of artillery units, including three platoons of Grad multiple-launch rocket systems. As a result of the strikes, one LPR air control radar station, one Buk-M1 surface-to-air missile system in the DPR, two ammunition depots in the DPR, as well as two AFU command posts and one communications center in the DPR were destroyed. Army aviation struck 24 areas where AFU manpower and military equipment were concentrated. Air strikes destroyed more than 300 Ukrainians, one electronic warfare station, 10 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, three Grad multiple rocket launchers, 18 special vehicles, three mortars, as well as 11 field artillery guns and one aircraft. Also, six Ukrainian UAVs near Donetsk were shot down. Rocket troops and artillery struck 313 areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment, 43 unit control points, as well as 62 firing positions of artillery units of the AFU during the day. Total, 300 soldiers, 57 pieces of equipment, and 8 military posts.
June 16. As a result of high-precision airborne missile strikes, two AFU command posts, one electronic warfare station near Kharkiv Region, one Tochka-U launcher and one Uragan fighting vehicle were destroyed. Operational-tactical, army and unmanned aerial vehicles hit 57 areas where AFU manpower and military equipment were concentrated. Three control points and one Buk-M1 surface-to-air missile system near Sumy region, as well as one repair and recovery point for AFU armored vehicles near Kharkiv were destroyed. Air strikes also destroyed more than 280 Ukrainians, 2 ammunition depots near Donetsk, 5 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 6 field artillery guns and 11 special vehicles, 1 aircraft and 7 UAVs. Rocket troops and artillery hit 34 control points. As a result of strikes by rocket troops and artillery more than 200 Ukrainians, 1 radio-electronic warfare station, 3 ammunition depots, 6 tanks and other armoured combat vehicles, 1 Grad multiple rocket launcher, 4 field artillery guns, 18 special vehicles, and 2 UAV control posts were destroyed. Total 480 soldiers, 62 vehicles and 14 military posts.
June 17. During the day, high-precision airborne missiles hit 18 areas where manpower and military equipment were concentrated, as well as 10 firing positions of Ukrainian artillery and mortar batteries, including six batteries of Grad MLRS. As a result of air strikes, more than 200 Ukrainian soldiers, 2 launchers of Buk-M1 and Osa-AKM surface-to-air missile systems, an ammunition depot near Lisichansk, 10 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 6 field artillery guns, 4 launchers of multiple rocket launchers and 9 special vehicles, one aircraft and 15 UAVs were shot down. Artillery rounds destroyed 350 Ukrainians, an AFU UAV control post near Mykolaiv region, 8 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 3 Grad combat vehicles, 3 field artillery guns and 11 special vehicles. Total, 550 soldiers, 77 pieces of equipment and 2 military posts.
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry has announced for the first time the figures of the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ losses in equipment. Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Volodymyr Karpenko named the country’s losses in equipment. According to him, which is cited by National Defence, they are 50% since the start of the special operation.
He said: “We lost about 50%. It is about 1,300 BMPs, 400 tanks, 700 artillery systems.”
According to the briefings of the Russian Defense Ministry, it is clearly evident that the main areas of combat operations are Kharkiv, Lisichansk, DPR, LPR, Lviv and Mykolaiv. If we add up the losses of the AFU, according to the Russian version, it appears that 1,800 AFU soldiers, 291 pieces of military equipment, and 69 objects of military infrastructure were destroyed in five days.
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