Russian Defence Ministry

Briefing by Russian Defence Ministry on 17 March


The grouping of troops of the Lugansk People’s Republic conducted successful hostilities against Ukrainian nationalists from several directions inside Severodonetsk and Rubezhnoye during the night.


Units of the Donetsk People’s Republic are continuing offensive to capture Maryinka, Slavnoye and Sladkoye. The advance was 4 kilometers.


On the evening of March 16, high-precision missiles delivered an air strike on ammunition storage in Sarny, Rovnenskaya region. Storage facilities with missiles and ammunition, including missiles for the Tochka-U tactical complex, were destroyed.


In total, over the past day, aviation and air defence of the Russian Aerospace Forces shot down1 Ukrainian helicopter Mi-24 and 1 Mi-8, as well as 12 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles, including 3 Bayraktar TB-2.


Operational-tactical and army aviation hit 46 military assets of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Among them: 11 anti-aircraft missile systems, including S-300 division, 1 multiple launch rocket system, 3 command posts, 1 electronic warfare station, 7 ammunition depots and 18 areas of military equipment concentration.


In total, 181 Ukrainian aircraft and helicopters, 172 unmanned aerial vehicles, 170 anti-aircraft missile systems, 1,379 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 133 multiple launch rocket systems, 514 field artillery and mortars, as well as 1,168 units of special military vehicles were destroyed during the operation.


The Russian Defence Ministry continues to study documents received from employees of Ukrainian laboratories on the implementation of military biological programs by the United States and its NATO allies on the territory of Ukraine. ▫️Russian specialists of nuclear, biological and chemical protection troops have studied original documents revealing details of the implementation of a secret project by the United States in Ukraine to study ways of transmitting diseases to humans through bats at a laboratory in Kharkov.


I want to emphasize that according to the documents, these studies were carried out in Kharkov on a systematic basis and under the direct supervision of specialists from the United States for many years.


Within the American project, the Kharkov Institute of Veterinary Medicine studied wild birds as way for the transmission of highly pathogenic avian influenza. At the same time, the conditions were assessed under which the transmission processes can become uncontrollable, cause economic damage, and create food security risks.


New documents on the export of a large amount of human biomaterials from the territory of Ukraine to the UK and other European countries will be presented.


In the near future, we will show another set of documents received from Ukrainian employees of biological laboratories and present the results of their assessment.






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