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Special military operation: December 18 events

The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continue to conduct a special military operation. Up to 25 Ukrainian servicemen, an armored personnel carrier and two vehicles were destroyed in the Kupyansk direction as a result of fire damage in the area of ​​​​the settlement of Kislovka, Kharkiv region. This is reported by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.

In the Krasno-Limansky direction in the area of ​​​​the settlement of Stelmakhovka of the Lugansk People’s Republic, as a result of a fire raid by Russian artillery, enemy reserves were defeated. In addition, preemptive fire on assault groups of the Armed Forces of Ukraine thwarted enemy attempts to conduct reconnaissance in force in the direction of the settlements of Golikovo and Kremennaya of the Luhansk People’s Republic. The losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in this direction per day amounted to 60 Ukrainian servicemen killed and wounded, one tank and two pickup trucks.

In the Donetsk direction, as a result of the offensive actions of Russian units, the settlement of Yakovlevka of the Donetsk People’s Republic was taken under control. At present, its cleansing from the remnants of Ukrainian troops is being completed. In the areas of the settlements of Podgorodnoye, Kleshchievka, Kurdyumovka of the Donetsk People’s Republic, the enemy made unsuccessful attempts to regain lost positions by counterattacks. As a result of artillery strikes and the actions of Russian assault groups, counterattacks were repelled. The enemy suffered losses and was driven back to their original positions. More than 40 Ukrainian servicemen, two armored combat vehicles and three vehicles were destroyed.

In the South-Donetsk direction, accumulations of manpower and military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were defeated in the areas of the settlements of Shevchenko and Dorozhnyanka, Zaporozhye region. In the area of ​​​​the settlement of Vremevka of the Donetsk People’s Republic, an enemy repair and evacuation group was destroyed by artillery fire and active actions of Russian troops. Three sabotage and reconnaissance groups of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were destroyed in the areas of the settlements of Novomikhailovka, Vladimirovka of the Donetsk People’s Republic and Novoselivka of the Zaporozhye region. Enemy losses in this direction per day amounted to 50 Ukrainian servicemen killed and wounded, an armored combat vehicle, a tank tractor and two pickup trucks.

Operational-tactical aviation, missile forces and artillery hit the command post of the 113th territorial defense brigade in the area of ​​​​the settlement of Krasny Liman of the Donetsk People’s Republic, as well as 109 artillery units in firing positions, manpower and military equipment in 144 districts.

In the area of ​​\u200b\u200bthe settlement of Konstantinovka of the Donetsk People’s Republic, a position was opened and a US-made AN / TPQ-36 counter-battery radar was destroyed.

Air defense systems shot down a Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicle in the area of ​​the settlement of Yelenovka in the Donetsk People’s Republic, and also intercepted nine rockets of the HIMARS multiple launch rocket system in the areas of the settlements of Chaplinka in the Kherson region, Artemovsk, Yenakiyevo of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Popasnaya, Beloye of the Luhansk People’s Republic .

In total, since the beginning of the special military operation, the following have been destroyed: 344 aircraft, 184 helicopters, 2,676 unmanned aerial vehicles, 398 anti-aircraft missile systems, 7,149 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 931 combat vehicles of multiple launch rocket systems, 3,691 field artillery pieces and mortars, as well as 7650 units of special military vehicles.

Photo by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation

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