The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation claimed that the cumulative losses of the Ukrainian armed forces in their counteroffensive actions on June 5 amounted to more than 1,500 soldiers killed, 28 tanks destroyed, and 109 armored fighting vehicles.
In its emergency press release, the Russian Defense Ministry claimed that among the 28 destroyed tanks were eight German-made Leopard 2 tanks and three French-made AMX-10 wheeled tanks.
At this time, Kyiv has not confirmed the losses. Kyiv warned two days ago that it might not report the counteroffensive actions of the Ukrainian armed forces. At the same time, however, Kyiv announced that “similar messages” from Moscow are possible, which should not be accepted as true. The very statement of Kyiv in this direction says that Ukraine is clearly starting counteroffensive actions.
Russia partially distributes materials from the June 5 front. At least two French AMX-10 warplanes have now been confirmed to have been in the range of Russian kamikaze drones.
Leopard tanks have been delivered to Ukraine since the beginning of the year. After pressure from Washington, Berlin agreed to allow a license to re-export these war machines. In addition to Germany, Britain also authorized the delivery of its Challenger 2 tanks to Ukraine [14 in total so far].
At the same time, Washington allowed the re-export of Abrams tanks to Ukraine. According to the latest data, 31 Abrams tanks are located in Europe and a training process for Ukrainian tank crews has begun on them.
The announcement of destroyed Leopard tanks is not the first since the beginning of the war. Although Kyiv has not yet been confirmed, according to Russian sources, at least two tanks have been destroyed in a wide period in the Donetsk region since the beginning of the year.
According to the Ministry of Defense of Russia, on June 5, Kyiv reorganized the 23rd and 31st mechanized brigades into separate consolidated units. The reorganization was necessary to make up for losses since June 4, when the same two brigades launched a counteroffensive at five points on the southern Donetsk front line. It was reported that the settlements of Novodarovka and Levadnoye were attacked by Ukrainian soldiers.
At the same time, the Ukrainian troops began an offensive in the direction of Sovkhoz Oktyabrskyi and Novodonetskoe with the forces of the 37th Marine Brigade with reinforcements, which were based on units of the 68th Mountain Jaeger Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
This part of the Ukrainian armed forces was inflicted a complex fire defeat by the forces of the Russian army, attack, and operational-tactical aviation, missile troops and artillery, as well as heavy flame-throwing systems. It is reported that Russian Army Group Vostok was actively involved in these battles, and it was they who inflicted the defeat of Ukrainian troops in the region.
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
On 21 February 2022, Russia claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility. Russia claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers. They tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.
On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR. According to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole. Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.
On 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering via the Belarus border.
Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, a “special military operation” can only take place after a UN resolution. There is no such resolution. So this is an invasion and war against Ukraine.
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