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Vagner PMC assault units: Russian Defense Ministry says two Artemivsk neighborhoods liberated

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The Russian Defense Ministry said that the Vagner PMC assault squads took control of two neighborhoods in Artemivsk.

“In the Donetsk direction, two quarters in the northwestern and southeastern parts of Artemivsk were liberated by assault detachments of the Wagner PMC in the course of the offensive,” the ministry said.

Earlier in the day, the Russian Defense Ministry also reported taking control of two blocks of this city, located on the northern and southern outskirts.

The Defense Ministry added that airborne troops units were restraining the enemy on the flanks of the assault units.

Meanwhile, the aviation, missile forces and artillery of the Yuzhnaya Group of Forces struck units of the 77th Airmobile Brigade of the AFU, which were trying to counterattack Russian troop positions, as well as the 54th Mechanized Brigade of the AFU. Over the course of the day, aviation flew six sorties in the area. The group’s missile troops and artillery carried out 43 firing missions.

In total, the enemy lost up to 145 AFU personnel, two tanks, an infantry fighting vehicle, two armored fighting vehicles, three pickups, two vehicles, a Msta-B howitzer, two D-20 howitzers, and an Uragan MLRS launcher in this area.

At the same time, air and artillery strikes of the Vostok Group of Forces in the Southern Donetsk and Zaporizhzhya directions hit Ukrainian armed forces units near Ugledar and Novoselka (DPR). In addition, the activity of an enemy sabotage and reconnaissance group was also suppressed.

During the day, the enemy lost over 45 Ukrainian servicemen, two vehicles, and a D-30 howitzer in these directions. In addition, a US-made AN/TPQ-37 counter-battery radar station was destroyed in Zaporizhzhia region.

In the Kherson direction, the enemy suffered losses of over 30 Ukrainian servicemen, three vehicles, and one Gvozdika self-propelled howitzer.

In the Kupyan direction, artillery fire of the Western Group of Forces hit AFU units in the areas of settlements located in the Luhansk People’s Republic. In addition, the actions of three Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance groups were suppressed in the LNR and Kharkiv Region.

During the day, up to 35 Ukrainian servicemen, two vehicles and a D-20 howitzer were destroyed in these areas.

In turn, in the Krasnoliman direction, strikes by assault and army aviation, as well as artillery and heavy flamethrower systems of the Center Group of Forces hit Ukrainian armed forces units in the LNR and DNR populated areas.

In total, the enemy lost up to 80 Ukrainian soldiers, an armored fighting vehicle, two vehicles, as well as a D-30 howitzer and three ammunition depots in this area.

The aviation, missile forces and artillery of the Russian Armed Forces’ grouping hit 92 AFU artillery units in firing positions, manpower and equipment in 127 areas.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the command posts of the 125th and 102nd Territorial Defense Brigades in the DNR and Zaporizhzhya region were hit.

In turn, the air defense forces intercepted ten HIMARS and Smerch multiple-launch rockets, as well as three HARM anti-radar missiles. In addition, four Ukrainian drones were destroyed.

correspondent Murad Gazdiyev prepared a story about the use of drones in the air defense zone. He noted that the Russian military has successfully used kamikaze drones to strike at samples of Western equipment, which continue to be supplied to Kiev.

As Gazdiyev noted, the conflict in Ukraine provoked the drone arms race.

He also chatted with Russian servicemen about Ukrainian drones made from commercially available components. The military said that the cost of such a machine could range from 20,000 to 35,000 rubles.

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