This is the moment pro-Russian DPR fighters do battle with Ukrainian soldiers and claim to inflict huge losses on the enemy.
The People’s Militia of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) said they killed 34 Ukrainian nationalists, and destroyed three firing positions, three armoured vehicles, and four trucks during fighting on 16th May.
The DPR also claimed that Ukrainian troops attacked eight civilian settlements, adding that they are collecting evidence “for inclusion in criminal cases initiated against the command of the Ukrainian nationalists”.
The People’s Militia said in a statement on 17th May: “Over the past day, the enemy fired 194 shells and mines from 122-mm BM-21 Grad multiple launch rocket systems, 122-mm cannon artillery, and 120-mm mortars.
“The areas around eight settlements in the People’s Republic were attacked. As a result of the Ukrainian aggression, three civilians were injured. Twelve residential buildings were damaged as well as civilian infrastructure.
“Evidence related to the wounding of civilians and damage to infrastructure was sent to the Prosecutor General’s Office of the DPR for inclusion in criminal cases initiated against the command of the Ukrainian nationalists.”
The DPR claimed: “Military personnel of the Donetsk People’s Republic, together with the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, continue to liberate settlements in our Republic from the Ukrainian invaders, so another settlement Drobyshevo, Donetsk region, has been liberated. Over the past day, our servicemen destroyed 34 Ukrainian nationalists, three firing positions for 120-mm mortars, three armoured vehicles and four trucks. One BMP and two armoured vehicles were captured.”
Russian troops invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 84th day of the campaign.
From 24th February to 17th May, the total combat losses of Russian troops stand at around 27,900 personnel, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian military also claims that Russia has lost 1,235 tanks, 3,009 armoured fighting vehicles, 578 artillery systems, 198 multiple launch rocket systems, 90 anti-aircraft systems, 201 warplanes, 167 helicopters, 2,109 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, 13 vessels, 436 unmanned aerial vehicles, 43 units of special equipment and 97 cruise missiles.
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