The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continue to conduct a special military operation. On Friday, December 16, the systems of military command and control, the military-industrial complex and the energy facilities of Ukraine that provide them were dealt a massive strike with high-precision long-range air and sea-based weapons. The target has been reached. All assigned objects are hit. As a result of the strike, the transfer of weapons and ammunition of foreign production was disrupted, the advancement of reserves to the areas of hostilities was blocked, and defense enterprises of Ukraine for the production and repair of weapons, military equipment and ammunition were stopped. This is reported by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.
In the course of repulsing the strike by Ukrainian and Western air defense systems, a significant resource was spent on specially launched decoys. At the same time, positions were opened and four radar stations of the Ukrainian S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems were destroyed in the areas of the settlements of Andrusovka, Prydniprovske, Dnepropetrovsk region, as well as Novotavricheskaya and Mykola-Pole, Zaporozhye region. As a result of unprofessional actions of Ukrainian air defense crews, damage was caused to civilian infrastructure on the ground.
In the Kupyansk direction, fire damage was inflicted on units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the areas of the settlements of Petropavlovka and Timkovka in the Kharkov region. Up to 40 Ukrainian servicemen, an armored combat vehicle and four vehicles were destroyed.
In the Krasno-Limansky direction, preemptive actions of Russian troops inflicted a complex defeat on enemy reserves in the area of the settlement of Kolodezi of the Donetsk People’s Republic. The losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine amounted to 30 Ukrainian servicemen killed and wounded, two armored combat vehicles and two pickup trucks.
In the Donetsk direction, Russian troops continued offensive operations, as a result of which advantageous lines and positions were taken. The units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine made unsuccessful attempts to counterattack the Russian units in the areas of the settlements of Bakhmutskoe and Opytnoe of the Donetsk People’s Republic. The enemy was stopped and dispersed by artillery strikes and the actions of assault groups. More than 30 Ukrainian servicemen and seven cars were destroyed.
In the South-Donetsk direction, active actions of Russian troops and artillery fire destroyed up to 35 Ukrainian servicemen and two armored personnel carriers per day. In addition, two sabotage and reconnaissance groups of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were discovered and destroyed in the areas of the settlements of Novomayorskoye and Shevchenko of the Donetsk People’s Republic.
Operational-tactical aviation, missile forces and artillery hit the temporary deployment point of the 14th mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine near the city of Kupyansk, Kharkiv region, as well as 53 artillery units in firing positions, manpower and military equipment in 89 districts.
In the area of the settlement of Krasny Liman of the Donetsk People’s Republic, the point of temporary deployment of foreign mercenaries was hit.
During the day, air defense systems shot down two Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles in the area of the village of Zaliman in the Luhansk People’s Republic.
In addition, three missiles of the Uragan multiple launch rocket system were intercepted in the area of the settlement of Tokmak, Zaporozhye region, and four missiles of the HIMARS multiple launch rocket system in the areas of the settlements of Rozovka and Barannikovka, Luhansk People’s Republic.
In total, since the beginning of the special military operation, the following have been destroyed: 344 aircraft, 184 helicopters, 2,675 unmanned aerial vehicles, 398 anti-aircraft missile systems, 7,140 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 931 combat vehicles of multiple launch rocket systems, 3,691 field artillery pieces and mortars, as well as 7638 units of special military vehicles.
Photo by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation