The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation on May 9, with some delay, presented a report on the successes of the pro-Russian forces and the Russian army waging war against Ukraine. Recall that in the Russian Federation this war, which continues for the 75th day, is called a “military special operation.”
“Traditionally” the text of the report of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation begins with the words “high-precision missiles.” The Russian side claims that it is delivering precise strikes against Ukraine’s military infrastructure, denying the obvious facts: Russian missiles often fall on civilian objects and residential buildings.
“During the night, high-precision air-based missiles of the Russian Aerospace Forces destroyed two command posts and a Ukrainian battery of multiple launch rocket systems “Grad” in the area of the village of Popasnaya, in the area of \u200b\u200bLysichansk 18 areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment, in the area of \u200b\u200bZolotoye, a radar station of counter-battery combat production U.S.A. In the vicinity of the settlement of Artsyz in the Odessa region, high-precision Onyx missiles from the Bastion coastal missile system destroyed Ukrainian helicopters at the jump site. 8 command posts, 26 artillery units in firing positions, as well as 211 areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment, were hit by missile forces and artillery units. military equipment. Also in the Bogodukhov area, four Ukrainian Smerch multiple rocket launchers and one launcher of the S-300 anti-aircraft missile system were destroyed. During the night, Russian air defense systems shot down three Ukrainian air force aircraft: two MiG-29s in the Iverskoye and Novodonetskoye regions of the Donetsk People’s Republic, as well as one Su-25 in the Pogonovka region of the Kharkiv region. Three Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles, including two Bayraktar-TB2s, were destroyed in the vicinity of Zmeiny Island. In addition, 12 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles were shot down in the air in the areas of the settlements of Balakleya, Shiykov, Goptovka, Tsupovka, Small and Large Passages of the Kharkiv region, Kamenka of the Cherkasy region, Bryanka and Avdiivka of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Pavlovka of the Luhansk People’s Republic. Also, in the areas of the settlements of Izyum and Snezhkovka, three Smerch MLRS rockets were intercepted,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.
“In total, since the beginning of the special military operation, the following have been destroyed: 160 aircraft, 118 helicopters, 783 unmanned aerial vehicles, 299 anti-aircraft missile systems, 2949 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 342 installations of multiple launch rocket systems, 1423 field artillery and mortar guns, as well as 2,769 units of special military vehicles,” the official statement of the Russian Defense Ministry says.
According to many military experts, the number of “destroyed” Ukrainian military equipment, indicated in the reports of the Russian Ministry of Defense, in a number of parameters exceeds the real military potential of Ukraine at the beginning of the war. However, both the Pentagon and independent military experts say that today Ukraine has more weapons than it had before the war, thanks to supplies from a number of countries. Among other things, Turkey, according to the Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT), has carried out additional deliveries of Bayraktar-TB2 strike UAVs to Ukraine. Experts agree that both the Russian and Ukrainian sides overestimate the losses of the enemy.
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation has not published new information about the losses of the Russian military for a long time.