Russia: We destroyed a warehouse containing 300 HIMARS missiles

Russia: We destroyed a warehouse containing 300 HIMARS missiles

Russia said yesterday that its forces had destroyed a warehouse storing American “HIMARS” missiles and howitzers, in central Ukraine, and clarified that the total number of Ukrainian combat aircraft that had been shot down since the start of the war in Ukraine amounted to 264.

The Russian Defense Ministry announced that the Russian forces managed to destroy up to 300 missiles designated for the US “HIMARS” launchers, according to what was quoted by the Russian RIA Novosti news agency.

The spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, Lieutenant-General Igor Konashenkov, said that long-range high-precision naval weapons bombed a large ammunition depot near the village of Uman in the Cherkasy region, where more than 300 HIMARS missiles were destroyed, in addition to a large amount of Ammunition for the American M777 howitzer.

Konashenkov added that as a result of active offensive operations by the Russian armed forces, the 2nd mechanized battalion of the 14th mechanized brigade lost its combat capability, after losing more than 340 dead and wounded personnel, while the rest of the personnel left their positions randomly.

A spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry also announced the downing of a Ukrainian MiG-29 fighter plane in the village of Turetskoye in the Donetsk People’s Republic during the past 24 hours.

The Russian Defense Ministry indicated that the total number of Ukrainian combat aircraft that have been shot down since the start of the special military operation in Ukraine has reached 264.

On the other hand, Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov announced the control of the “Knauf” plant in the city of Soledar, northeast of Bakhmut in Donetsk.

He added that “Ahmed’s special forces and the forces of the 2nd Corps in the Lugansk Republic succeeded in clearing the areas controlled by the (Stepan) Bandera group,” noting that “the allied forces took control of the Knauf factory in the city of Soledar.”

Later, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that a munition exploded yesterday at an air base in the Crimea, which Moscow annexed, without causing any casualties. “Several munitions” belonging to the Air Force “exploded” near the base in Novovoodorovka, the ministry said in a statement published by the official Russian media, adding that “no one was injured as a result of the explosion.”

On the other hand, the Ukrainian army said that it repelled ground attacks in the direction of the cities of Bakhmut and Avdiivka and eliminated Russian reconnaissance units, including units near Bakhmut.

British military intelligence, which helps Ukraine, said Russia’s push into the city of Bakhmut was its most successful operation in the Donbass in the past 30 days, but added that it had advanced only about 10 km. She said that Russian forces in other areas advanced only three kilometers during the same period.

US Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Colin Kahl said yesterday that Russia has suffered between 70,000 and 80,000 deaths and injuries since President Vladimir Putin sent tens of thousands of troops to Ukraine on February 24.

Intensifying its financial aid and military spending for Ukraine, Washington announced that it would send $4.5 billion in budget support and $1 billion in weapons, including long-range missile munitions and armored medical transport vehicles.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in an interview with the Washington Post that he wants the West to impose a blanket ban on all Russians, including those who have fled Russia since February 24.

“Whatever these Russians are,” Zelensky was quoted as saying. Let them go to Russia.”

“They will understand then and say this (war) has nothing to do with us,” he added. The entire population cannot be held responsible, can it?”

Yesterday, the Kremlin denounced Zelensky’s invitation, describing it as provocative, saying that Europe must ultimately decide whether it wants to pay the bills for Zelensky’s “whims”.

In addition, two other ships have left the Ukrainian port of Chornomorsk, carrying corn and sunflowers, raising hopes of easing the global food crisis caused by the war in Ukraine.

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