Russian Defence Ministry

Briefing by Russian Defence Ministry on 8 May

The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continue the special military operation in Ukraine.

High-precision air-based missiles of the Russian Air Force have destroyed weapons and military equipment from the USA and Western countries, as well as personnel of the AFU reserve units, delivered to Sol railway station near Soledar.

In addition, 19 areas of manpower and military equipment concentration, 1 pontoon crossing for Ukrainian troops near Chuguyev and 6 missile and artillery weapon depots near Krasnaya Gora, Verkhnekamenka, Mayaki in Donetsk People’s Republic, Novodruzhevsk in Lugansk People’s Republic, Resnikovo and Nikolaevka in Kharkov Region have been destroyed.

Operational-tactical and army aviation have hit 77 areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment.

The attacks have resulted in the elimination of more than 380 nationalists and up to 38 armored and motor vehicles.

Missile troops have destroyed 1 Osa-AKM anti-aircraft missile launcher near Nikolaev, 1 Smerch multiple rocket launcer near Soledar, and 1 air target detection radar station near Velyka Korenikha, Nikolaev region.  

Artillery units have hit 6 command posts, 28 Ukrainian artillery units at firing positions, 179 areas of AFU manpower and military equipment concentration, as well as 2 ammunition depots.

Russian air defence means have shot down 1 Bayraktar-TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles near Zmeinyi Island.

1 Su-25 of the Ukrainian Air Force has been shot down near Pogonovka, Kharkov Region.

In addition, 2 Ukrainian UAVs have been destroyed over Mandrykino in Donetsk People’s Republic and Peremozhnoe in Lugansk People’s Republic.

In total, 157 aircraft and 116 helicopters, 768 unmanned aerial vehicles, 298 anti-aircraft missile systems, 2,933 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 336 multiple launch rocket systems, 1,411 field artillery and mortars, as well as 2,758 units of special military vehicles of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were destroyed during the operation.





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