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Despite military aid from Western countries: Shoigu announced the loss of over 15,000 men by the AFU in a month

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Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoygu has said that Ukraine’s losses in the zone of a special military operation exceeded 15,000 people in April. The minister cited such figures in his opening remarks at a topical conference call with the leadership of the Russian Armed Forces.

“Despite unprecedented military aid from Western countries, the enemy is suffering significant losses. In the past month alone, they have lost more than 15,000 people,” Shoigu said.

He also stated that during this period the Russian military destroyed eight aircraft, 277 drones, 430 tanks and other armored fighting vehicles, 18 multiple rocket launchers, 225 field artillery guns and mortars of the enemy.

The minister stated that the Russian Armed Forces continue to eliminate weapons supplied by the West for the needs of the Kiev regime.

Shoigu paid special attention to the issues of re-supply of weapons, military equipment and means of destruction in the Russian groupings of troops in the zone of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. According to him, all stages of the implementation of the state defense order are monitored around the clock.

“As a result, as compared to the beginning of 2022 the number of major armament items purchased increased 2.7-fold and the number of especially demanded items increased sevenfold. This year the Armed Forces have already been supplied with enough ammunition to inflict effective fire strikes on the enemy,” the defense minister noted.

According to him, another important issue is increasing the capabilities of repair and restoration agencies. According to the data cited by the minister, the daily number of repaired weapons exceeds the damaged weapons by a ratio of three to two.

Along with this, due to the adopted organizational measures the number of defective hardware to be repaired was reduced by 1.5 times, emphasized Shoigu. He added that work in all these areas must continue and increase its pace.

A new report by the Defence Ministry on the special operation shows that aircraft and artillery strikes of the Western Group of Forces in the Kupyansk direction hit enemy units near a number of settlements in the Kharkiv Region. Also, the actions of two Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance groups were suppressed.

Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov said that up to 60 AFU servicemen, two armored combat vehicles, three vehicles, a D-20 howitzer, a Gvozdika self-propelled artillery unit and an ammunition depot of the 14th AFU mechanized brigade were destroyed in this sector during the day.

On the Krasnoliman direction, aviation and artillery fire of the Group of Forces “Center” hit the AFU manpower and equipment. During the day, up to 65 Ukrainian military personnel, two armored vehicles, two vehicles, as well as two D-20 howitzers were destroyed. An ammunition depot of the 81st Air Mobilization Brigade of the Ukrainian armed forces was hit near the village of Hryhorivka (DPR).

In the Donetsk direction, assault detachments continue fighting in the western part of Artemivsk. During the day, Russian aviation flew seven sorties in the area, and the group’s artillery carried out 74 firing tasks.

Air, artillery and heavy flamethrower systems of the Southern Group of Forces struck enemy units in the settlements of Chasov Yar, Bogdanovka and Grigorovka (DPR). According to the Defense Ministry, airborne troops carried out tasks to restrain AFU units on the flanks of the assault units.

Over the past 24 hours in this sector up to 290 Ukrainian military and foreign mercenaries, one tank, four armored fighting vehicles, six vehicles and a D-20 howitzer were destroyed.

On the South Donets and Zaporizhia directions aircraft and artillery strikes of Vostok Group of Forces hit the Ukrainian armed forces units in the areas of a number of settlements of the DNR and Zaporizhia region. The enemy lost more than 50 men, two armored vehicles, four vehicles and a D-30 howitzer.

In the Kherson direction, up to 30 AFU servicemen, three vehicles and an ammunition depot of the 124th Territorial Defense Brigade were destroyed during the day.

Aircraft, missile forces and artillery of the RF Armed Forces groups of troops hit 92 artillery units of the AFU in firing positions, manpower and equipment in 124 areas during the day.

Russian air defense forces shot down three Ukrainian Air Force aircraft during the day: two MiG-29 fighters and a Su-25 attack aircraft.

In addition, eight HIMARS rockets and two HARM anti-radar missiles were intercepted during the day. Additionally, six Ukrainian drones were destroyed.

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