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The enemy is being pushed to the western outskirts: Russian Defense Ministry tells of fighting in Artemivsk

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The Russian Defense Ministry reported that in the Donetsk direction, the main efforts in combat operations were concentrated near Artemivsk.

“The Wagner PMC assault units continued fighting to seize blocks in the central part of Artemivsk and push the enemy to the western outskirts of the settlement. On the flanks, the actions of the assault groups are supported by airborne units,” a news report said.

The defence ministry explained that air and fire support for the offensive is provided by the missile troops and artillery of the Southern Group of Forces, as well as operational and tactical aviation.

“Over the past 24 hours, aviation conducted 11 sorties near the town of Artemovsk for this purpose, while the missile troops and artillery carried out 48 firing missions,” Konashenkov explained.

Earlier, the acting head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Denis Pushilin, also indicated that AFU fighters trying to hold on in the western part of Artemivsk. The day before, he also reported that more than 75% of the city is under the control of Russian forces.

At the same time, according to the Telegram channel “Military Chronicle,” AFU units are preparing to retreat from Artemivsk. It is indicated that platoon and company commanders are reporting to the command that the settlement will soon be virtually encircled by Russian forces.

As indicated in the Russian Ministry of Defense, the total losses of Ukrainian troops during the day in the Donetsk direction amounted to more than 450 servicemen and mercenaries, three tanks, three infantry fighting vehicles, six armored fighting vehicles, six vehicles, D-20 and Msta-B howitzers, as well as two AN/TPQ-50 counter-battery radar stations manufactured in the USA.

On the South Donets and Zaporizhzhya directions, air strikes and artillery fire of the Vostok Group of Forces eliminated up to 30 Ukrainian fighters, one pickup truck, a Msta-B howitzer, and an Akatsiya self-propelled artillery unit.

In the Kherson direction, up to ten Ukrainian servicemen, two vehicles, two Gvozdika self-propelled artillery units, a D-30 howitzer and a Grad MLRS combat vehicle were destroyed in the course of fire attacks.

On the Kupyan direction, air strikes and artillery fire of the Western Group of Forces destroyed over 30 AFU servicemen, three tanks, two vehicles, as well as a Polish-made Krab self-propelled artillery unit.

In the Krasnoliman direction, assault aviation strikes, artillery fire and active actions of Center Group of Forces units eliminated over 90 Ukrainian servicemen, three armored combat vehicles, a pickup truck, as well as a D-30 howitzer.

In addition, operational and tactical aviation, missile troops and artillery struck 74 AFU artillery units in firing positions, manpower and equipment in 97 areas.

In addition, Ukrainian S-300 surface-to-air missile system targeting radar, artillery ammunition depot of the 110th AFU Mechanized Brigade and US-made AN/TPQ-50 counter-battery control radar were destroyed.

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Units of the Russian Armed Forces are ready for a counterattack by the Kiev regime in any direction. This was reported by Yan Gagin, adviser to the acting head of the DNR, on the air of the Rossiya 1 TV channel.

“We are ready, we have a fairly echeloned defense, ready forces and means. And I think that in all anticipated directions of this offensive we are quite ready for it,” he was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti.

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