The Russian Defense Ministry said early Tuesday that it had thwarted all attempts by Ukrainian forces to advance in the Donetsk region, inflicting heavy casualties on Ukrainian forces and destroying eight Leopard tanks, as Ukrainian forces continued to fight.
The ministry also said on its Telegram channel: “The armed forces, offensive and tactical aviation, missile and artillery forces, as well as flamethrower systems inflicted a major defeat on the Ukrainian forces.”
The ministry added that the Russian forces destroyed 28 tanks, including eight Leopard tanks, and 109 armored vehicles.
Also, it added that the total number of Ukrainian soldiers killed reached 1,500.
Repelling raids in Kyiv
On the other hand, the military administration of the Ukrainian capital said on the Telegram application that air defense systems intervened to repel air strikes on the Kiev region early on Tuesday.
Vitaly Klitschko, mayor of Kiev, said via the Telegram application that the explosions heard in the Ukrainian capital today, Tuesday, were caused by the intervention of air defense systems to repel an attack.
Yesterday, Monday, Ukraine announced gains near the city of Bakhmut, which witnessed great destruction in the east of the country, while reducing the volume of “offensive actions” that were launched in other places on the front, while Russia confirmed that it had repelled major attacks.
From Bakhmut (AFP)
For months, the Ukrainian authorities have confirmed their readiness to launch a major counterattack aimed at forcing the Russian forces to withdraw from the areas they occupy.
While the Bakhmut sector is still, according to Kiev, the “axis of combat operations,” after it was the scene of the longest and bloodiest battle in this war, and Moscow said it took control of it in May.
Also, two weeks ago, attacks and explosions escalated in the Russian region of Belgorod, on the border with Ukraine, during battles between the Russian army and pro-Ukrainian Russian fighters. The strikes, which hit the area, killed a number of civilians and injured dozens.