Ukrainian military transport plane destroyed in Odessa – Russian Defense Ministry
MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – June 04, 2022) Russian air defense systems shot down a Ukrainian military transport plane and 17 drones in the past 24 hours, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor said on Saturday. Konashenkov.
“Russian air defense systems near Odessa shot down a Ukrainian Air Force military transport plane that was delivering weapons and ammunition,” Konashenkov said during a briefing, adding that 17 drones, including Bayraktar TB2s, had also been destroyed in the People’s Republic of Lugansk, in Kharkiv. and Mykolaiv regions over the past 24 hours.
Russian artillery, in turn, destroyed 33 control centers, 131 firing positions and hit 542 centers with Ukrainian troops and equipment, according to the briefing. Additionally, Russian high-precision missiles hit an artillery training center in Ukraine’s Sumy region, where foreign instructors were training Ukrainian soldiers to use US M777 155mm howitzers.
“As a result of the strikes, more than 400 nationalists were killed, 20 tanks and armored fighting vehicles, four BM-21 Grad missiles and 29 multi-purpose vehicles were destroyed,” the spokesperson said.
In total, more than 3,400 units of Ukrainian special military vehicles have been destroyed since the start of the Russian special military operation in Ukraine, Konashenkov added.
“A total of 187 aircraft, 129 helicopters, 1,104 unmanned aerial vehicles, 328 anti-aircraft missile systems, 3,406 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 466 multiple rocket launcher systems, 1,769 artillery guns and mortars from campaign, as well as 3,405 special weapons units military vehicles have been destroyed since the start of the special military operation,” Konashenkov said.
Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine on February 24 in response to calls from the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics for protection from Ukrainian troops. The Russian Defense Ministry said the aim of the operation, which targets Ukrainian military infrastructure, is to “demilitarize and denazify” Ukraine and completely liberate Donbass.