Russian Defence Ministry

Briefing by Russian Defence Ministry on 8 October

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

The Russian Defence Minister has appointed Army General Sergey Surovikin as commander of the combined group of troops (forces) in the area of the special military operation.

The enemy with the help of two reinforced battalions has attempted an offensive towards Kupyansk near Pershotravnyevoe and Yagodnoe (Kharkov region). All attacks by the Armed Forces of Ukraine have been successfully repelled by Russian troops. More than 100 Ukrainian servicemen, 2 tanks, 5 infantry fighting vehicles and 4 motor vehicles have been destroyed.

As a result of massive strikes on advancing enemy reserves near Petropavlovka (Kharkov region), more than 110 Ukrainian servicemen of the 14th Mechanized Brigade and the 19th Territorial Battalion of the AFU troops near Petropavlovka have been destroyed.

In another unsuccessful attempt by two reinforced companies of the AFU to cross the Zherebets River, Russian troops destroyed over 30 Ukrainian servicemen, 3 infantry fighting vehicles and 5 pick-up trucks towards Krasniy Liman.

The provisional bases of the 17th Tank Brigade and the 92nd Mechanized Brigade of the AFU have been destroyed by Russian Aerospace Forces near Seversk, Novoye and Yampolovka of the Donetsk People’s Republic, over 100 Ukrainian servicemen and 12 units of military equipment have been eliminated.

An attempted counterattack by units of the 115th Mechanized Brigade and the 1st Ukrainian Presidential Regiment of the AFU has been repelled towards South of Donetsk. More than 90 Ukrainian servicemen, 2 tanks, 8 armoured fighting vehicles and 6 motor vehicles have been eliminated.

A temporary foreign mercenary position has been eliminated by high-precision weapons of Russian Aerospace Forces towards Zaporozhye. The attack has resulted in the elimination of over 160 militants.

The enemy attempted to launch an offensive by three battalion tactical groups, a tank battalion and a National Guard battalion from western Ukraine towards Sukhanovo, Pyatikhatki, Sadok, Ischenko, Bruskinskoye, Karlo-Marksovskoye and Malaya Seideminukha (Kherson region).
All the attacks by the AFU have been repelled.

More than 240 Ukrainian servicemen, 12 tanks, 14 armoured combat vehicles, 8 vehicles and 4 artillery pieces have been destroyed by Russian units.

54 artillery units in firing positions, manpower and military equipment in 174 areas have been hit by operational-tactical and army aviation, missile forces and artillery. Four munition depots have been eliminated near Grigorovka (Donetsk People’s Republic), Uspenovka (Zaporozhye region), Nova Kamenka (Kherson region) and Nikolayev. A signal node of a Ukrainian group of troops has been destroyed near Vysshee Solyonoye (Kharkov region).

Air defence means destroyed 12 unmanned aerial vehicles, including one Bayraktar TB2, near Novy Bug (Nikolayev region), Bruskinskoye, Vysokoye, Karlo-Marksovskoye, Charivnoye (Kherson region), Ivanovka, Yasnoye, Zelenyi Gai and Yevgenovka (Donetsk People’s Republic), Berestovoye (Kharkov region) and Novoyegorovka (Lugansk People’s Republic).

21 shells of the US HIMARS multiple-launch rocket system were shot down near Ilovaysk (Donetsk People’s Republic), Novaya Kakhovka, Nikolskoye and Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station, as well as a Tochka-U ballistic missile near Chervonyi Mayak (Kherson region).

In total, 316 airplanes and 158 helicopters, 2,176 unmanned aerial vehicles, 379 air defence missile systems, 5,494 tanks and other armoured combat vehicles, 866 combat vehicles equipped with MLRS, 3,457 field artillery cannons and mortars, as well as 6,395 units of special military vehicles have been destroyed during the special military operation.

Despite the presence of IAEA representatives at Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, Kiev regime continues provocations aimed at posing a threat to create a technological disaster.

Energodar and the area adjacent to the nuclear power plant were shelled twice by the AFU using Grad multiple rocket launchers.

A total of 15 rockets were fired by Ukrainian troops from the Marganets (Dnepropetrovsk region).

As a result of Ukrainian rockets hitting near the industrial zone, a power line supplying the plant’s own needs and power supply to Energodar was knocked out.

Enemy firepower has been neutralised by Russian artillery’s counter-attack. Backup diesel generators are in place to ensure the operation of the nuclear power plant.

Repair work to restore power supply to the nuclear power plant and the city of Energodar is currently being completed. The radiation environment at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant remains normal.





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