Russian Defence Ministry

Briefing by Russian Defence Ministry on 26 March

  • Units of the Russian Armed Forces are fighting for the capture of Novomikhailovka.
  • During the day’s fighting, more than 30 servicemen of the Ukrainian Armed Forces of 54th Mechanised Brigade, 6 armoured vehicles and 2 field artillery mounts of 46th Separate Assault Battalion were destroyed.
  • The offensive continues against the well-fortified concrete fortifications in Novoselovka and Novobakhmutovka settlements.
  • The defending units of the 25th Ukrainian Separate Airborne Brigade are suffering significant losses. Most of the fortifications have already been destroyed.
  • During the day, up to 50 Ukrainian servicemen were destroyed, 7 long-term firing points and 5 armoured targets in protected shelters were suppressed.
  • Operational-tactical and army aviation hit 91 military assets of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Among them: 2 command posts, 11 field depots with arms and ammunition, 2 electronic warfare stations, as well as 20 strongholds of Ukrainian Armed Forces units and 52 areas of military equipment concentration.
  • Russian air defence means shot down Ukrainian Mi-24 helicopter over Staraya Basan’. During the day, 4 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles were destroyed over Balakleya, Kiev, Chernigov. During the day, four Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles were destroyed over Balakleya, Kiev, Chernigov. 1 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicle approaching Sevastopol in the airspace over the Black Sea was also destroyed.
  • In total, 271 unmanned aerial vehicles, 1,627 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 167 multiple launch rocket systems, 669 field artillery and mortars, as well as 1,474 units of special military vehicles of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were destroyed during the operation.
  • In recent days, many Russian male citizens have received fake phone calls in which an answer-back unit informs them of a call to the military commissariat.
  • I want to emphasize, all such fake calls are made from the territory of Ukraine, are completely untrue and are a provocation by the Ukrainian special services.
  • I officially declare that the Russian Defence Ministry does not planning to call any citizens in reserve to military commissariats.






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