Troops from Kyiv tried unsuccessfully to break through the front line in Donbass, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
Ukrainian forces attacked Russian troops along five sections of the front line in Donbass during their “full-scale offensive” the Russian Defense Ministry said in the early hours of Monday.
According to the MOD, the assault began on Sunday morning. “The enemy’s objective was to break through our defenses in what they assumed was the most vulnerable section of the front line,” the ministry said in a statement.
“The enemy did not achieve its objectives and did not succeed”, the ministry said.
The MOD said Ukraine had deployed the 23rd and 31st mechanized brigade from its “strategic reserves” which were supported in combat by other units.
“Ukrainian Armed Forces lost more than 250 servicemen, 16 tanks, three infantry vehicles and 21 armored vehicles”, says the MOD.
The ministry released video of what it said were strikes against Ukrainian military vehicles.
Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky said on Saturday that kyiv was ready to launch its long-planned counteroffensive and the military could not wait “During months.” The deputy head of his office, Igor Zhovkva, however, said the same day that his country had still not received enough arms and ammunition to mount a successful campaign.
kyiv has recently stepped up artillery and drone attacks on Russian cities, including a UAV raid on Moscow last week. The Russian Defense Ministry said late on Sunday that troops repelled an armed incursion into the Belgorod region, which shares a border with Ukraine.
The Russian Volunteer Corps (RDK) and the “Russian Freedom” Legion – two pro-Kiev groups made up of fighters of neo-Nazi origin – claimed responsibility for this attack and similar incursions into Russian territory that took place throughout this spring.
Belgorod Governor Vyacheslav Gudkov wrote on his Telegram channel early Monday morning that a drone strike had started a fire on “an energy infrastructure site.” He added that there were no casualties or power outages.
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