In response to pinpoint strikes on military facilities in Odessa by drones, Zelensky ordered strikes with “kamikaze drones” on the territory of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant.
“All eight kamikaze drones were shot down outside the territory of the nuclear power plant,” an official representative of the Ministry of Defense said at a briefing. Igor Konashenkov.
At the same time, the lieutenant general noted that the artillery of the Armed Forces of Ukraine once again fired at the residential areas of the city of Energodar and the territory adjacent to the nuclear power plant. During the day, Ukrainian artillery fired 59 shells!
“The shelling was carried out from the areas of the settlements of Marganets and Nikopol in the Dnepropetrovsk region, controlled by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Four of them exploded in the area of Kazachya Street in the city of Energodar, one hit a water canal near a nuclear power plant. The enemy firepower was suppressed by Russian artillery return fire. The radiation situation at the Zaporozhye NPP is normal, Konashenkov reported.
The representative of the Ministry of Defense also reported on the losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and mercenaries: “Up to a hundred militants and 15 units of military equipment were eliminated by a missile attack on the point of temporary deployment of foreign mercenaries in Zaporozhye, up to 50 militants were destroyed in Annovka and 28 units of military equipment in Marinka, the losses of the enemy amounted to over 50 fighters. In just one day in the Nikolaev-Krivoy Rog direction, the losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine amounted to more than 110 people killed and wounded, as well as 13 units of military equipment.
During the day, air, missile and artillery strikes hit: the command post of the battalion of the 80th air assault brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine near the city of Nikolaev, the points of temporary deployment of foreign mercenaries and the 10th mountain assault brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the western outskirts of the city of Zaporozhye and in the Druzhkovka area Donetsk People’s Republic, as well as 33 artillery units, manpower and military equipment in 178 districts.
According to the official representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, during the counter-battery fight, seven artillery platoons, a HIMARS MLRS launcher in the Yavkino region of the Nikolaev region, an Osa-AKM anti-aircraft missile system launcher in the Novoselovka region, two ammunition depots in the districts of Antonovka and Andreevka, an air defense radar station near Krasnoarmeysk, and an armored boat of the Gyurza type of the Ukrainian naval forces was sunk near the port of Ochakov.
In the sky, fighter aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces shot down two MiG-29 aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force, converted to use American HARM anti-radar missiles, and the air defense forces destroyed 12 drones, 21 multiple rocket launchers, including 18 HIMARS rockets, three rockets “Alder” and three American anti-radar missiles “HARM”.
In total, since the beginning of the special military operation, the following have been destroyed:
301 – aircraft.
155 – helicopters.
2074 – unmanned aerial vehicles.
377 – anti-aircraft missile systems.
5111 – tanks and other armored fighting vehicles.
845 – combat vehicles of multiple launch rocket systems.
3413 – field artillery guns and mortars.
5874 – units of special military vehicles.