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Special military operation: events of December 16

The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continue to conduct a special military operation. Rocket troops and artillery hit the command posts of units of the 1st Territorial Defense Brigade near the city of Berislav, Kherson Region, the 102nd and 108th Territorial Defense Brigades near the city of Gulyaipole, Zaporozhye Region, 64 artillery units in firing positions, manpower and military equipment in 93 districts, according to the RF Ministry of Defense.

Up to 20 Ukrainian servicemen, two armored combat vehicles and three pickup trucks were destroyed in the Kupyansk direction as a result of fire damage by units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the areas of the settlements of Berestovoe and Kislovka in the Kharkiv region.

Over 50 Ukrainian servicemen, two infantry fighting vehicles and three pickup trucks were destroyed in the course of offensive operations in certain directions and artillery strikes in the Krasno-Limansky direction in a day. In addition, three sabotage and reconnaissance groups of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were discovered and destroyed in the areas of the settlements of Terny in the Donetsk People’s Republic and Chervonaya Dibrova in the Luhansk People’s Republic.

In the Donetsk direction, Russian troops continued offensive operations, knocking out the enemy from their positions. Three enemy counterattacks were repelled in the areas of the settlements of Artemovsk and Shumy of the Donetsk People’s Republic, as well as Belogorovka of the Luhansk People’s Republic. As a result of the fire damage, the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were dispersed and thrown back to their original positions. Enemy losses per day amounted to more than 40 Ukrainian servicemen killed and wounded, three armored combat vehicles and two cars.

In the Yuzhno-Donetsk direction, as a result of preemptive actions by Russian troops and a complex fire engagement, an attempt to attack a reinforced company of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the direction of the settlement of Sladkoe in the Donetsk People’s Republic was thwarted. Two sabotage and reconnaissance groups of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were destroyed in the areas of the settlements of Novomayorskoye and Shevchenko of the Donetsk People’s Republic. During the day, up to 50 Ukrainian servicemen and three vehicles were destroyed in this direction.

In Kharkov, the warehouse of rocket and artillery weapons of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was destroyed. The radar station of the S-300 anti-aircraft missile system was destroyed near the village of Ray-Aleksandrovka in the Donetsk People’s Republic.

During the day, air defense systems shot down four Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles in the areas of the settlements of Novaya Tarasovka, Kharkiv region, Novoukrainskoe, Grafskoe and Sladkoe of the Donetsk People’s Republic. In addition, two Haimars rockets were intercepted near the city of Pervomaisk in the Luhansk People’s Republic.

In total, since the beginning of the special military operation, the following have been destroyed: 344 aircraft, 184 helicopters, 2,673 unmanned aerial vehicles, 396 anti-aircraft missile systems, 7,134 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 931 combat vehicles of multiple launch rocket systems, 3,689 field artillery guns and mortars, as well as 7625 units of special military vehicles.

Photo by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation

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