Russian Defense Ministry: Ukraine Lost Over 1,700 Soldiers in 2 Days of Counterattack
14:15 GMT 31.08.2022 (Updated: 20:58 GMT 19.10.2022)
© Sputnik / РИА НовостиA serviceman from a howitzer battery of Russian Airborne Forces stands next to a Giatsint 152 mm howitzer at combat positions in the course of Russia's military operation in Ukraine, at the unknown location
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Ukrainian troops lost 1,700 people in two days during attempts to resume counteroffensive on the Nikolayev-Kryvoi Rog and other directions, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.
"During the two days of unsuccessful attacks on the Nikolayev-Krivoy Rog and other directions, Ukrainian troops lost four combat aircraft — two Su-25s, one Su-24 and one MiG-29. Three Ukrainian Mi-8 helicopters were shot down in the air. Russian troops destroyed 63 Ukrainian tanks, 59 infantry fighting vehicles, 48 other armored fighting vehicles, 14 pickup trucks with large-calibre machine guns and over 1,700 Ukrainian soldiers," the ministry said in a statement.
The 57th Motorized Brigade of the Ukrainian ground forces was defeated near the Sukhoy Stavok village, the statement read.
On February 24, Russia launched a special military operation to demilitarize and de-Nazify Ukraine after the country's breakaway republics of Donetsk and Lugansk appealed for help in defending themselves against Kiev's aggression.