MoD of Russia Report for June 18, 2023…

Russian Defence Ministry report on the progress of the special military operation (18 June 2023)

Over the past 24 hours, the AFU continued to attempt offensive actions in Zaporozhye, South Donetsk and Donetsk directions.

The most active actions took place in  Zaporozhye direction.

The enemy with up to three battalion tactical groups, reinforced with tanks and armoured fighting vehicles, under a smoke cover made unsuccessful offensive attempts in several waves close to Novopokrovka, Novodanilovka and Malaya Tokmachka (Zaporozhye region).

The competent and decisive actions of the Vostok Group of Forces, aviation and artillery have repelled all the enemy attacks.

In addition, as a result of a complex shelling of four AFU reserves’ convoys near Malaya Tokmachka (Zaporozhye region), nine tanks, ten infantry fighting vehicles and up to ten other armoured fighting vehicles were destroyed.

In Zaporozhye direction, the enemy losses were over 200 Ukrainian servicemen, 33 tanks, 30 infantry fighting vehicles and 35 armoured fighting vehicles.

In South Donetsk direction, close to Vremevka salient, as a result of decisive actions by Russian troops, aviation and artillery, four enemy attacks with a battalion tactical group have been repelled by Russian forces close to Novodonetskoye, Rovnopol (Donetsk People’s Republic) and Novodovarovka (Zaporozhye region).

The enemy losses were up to 380 Ukrainian servicemen, 35 tanks, 33 infantry fighting vehicles, including two Bradley vehicles, as well as 38 armoured fighting vehicles, including Striker armoured personnel carrier, as well as one D-20 howitzer.

In Donetsk direction, as a result of the active actions of the units of the Yug Group of Forces, eight enemy attacks have been repelled close to Kirovo, Pervomayskoye, Krasnogorovka, Nevelskoye and Maryinka (Donetsk People’s Republic).

The aircraft have hit the units of the 79th Airborne Assault Brigade, the 110th Mechanised Brigade and the 129th Territorial Defence Brigade near Novgorodskoye, Avdeevka and Pobeda (Donetsk People’s Republic).

The enemy losses were up to 210 Ukrainian servicemen, one infantry fighting vehicle, one armoured personnel carrier, three motor vehicles, two pickup trucks and one Grad multipl-launch rocket system.

One ammunition depot of the AFU 109th Territorial Defence Brigade has been destroyed near Sukhaya Balka (Kherson region).

In Kupyansk direction, the attacks, launched by Operational-Tactical and Army aviation, as well as artillery of the Zapad Group of Forces, have resulted in the neutralisation of the enemy manpower and hardware close to Figalyovka, Masyutovka, Kislovka, Timkovka (Kharkov region), and Stelmakhovka (Lugansk People’s Republic).

The actions of two Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance groups have been suppressed close to Berestovoye (Kharkov region), and Novosyolovka (Lugansk People’s Republic).

The enemy losses were up to 60 Ukrainian servicemen, three pickup trucks, one Msta-B howitzer and one Polish-manufactuted Krab self-propelled artillery system.

In Krasny Liman direction, aviation and artillery of the Tsentr Group of Forces have hit enemy units near Nevskoye, Chervonopopovka, Kuzmino, (Lugansk People’s Republic), Serebyanka (Donetsk People’s Republic).

The activities of two Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance groups have been suppressed close to Chervonaya Dibrova (Lugansk People’s Republic) and Grigorovka (Donetsk People’s Republic).

The enemy losses were up to 70 Ukrainian servicemen, one infantry fighting vehicle, two motor vehicles, one Akatsiya self-propelled artillery system, as well as one D-30 howitzer.

In Kherson direction, the enemy losses were over 30 servicemen, two motor vehicles, one U.S.-manufactured M777 artillery system, one Msta-B howitzer, as well as one Giatsint-B gun.

One ammunition depot of the AFU 123th Brigade of the Territorial Defence of Ukraine has been destroyed near Kizomys (Kherson region).

Operational-Tactical and Army aviation, Missile Troops and Artillery of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation have neutralised 113 AFU artillery units at their firing positions, manpower and hardware in 124 areas.

One U.S.-manufactured AN/TPQ-50 counterbattery warfare radar has been destroyed near Maksimilyanovka(Donetsk People’s Republic).

Air defence facilities intercepted one Storm Shadow long-range cruise missile and two HIMARS multiple-laucnh rocket system projectiles.

In addition, 18¬†Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles have been shot down close to Egorovka, Vladimirovka, Spornoye, Rovnopol (Donetsk People’s Republic), Topolevka, Rubezhnoye, Melovatka (Lugansk People’s Republic), Peschanoye (Kherson region), Marfopol, Pshenichnoye, Removka and Podgornoye (Zaporozhye region).

In total, 444 airplanes, 239 helicopters, 4,686 unmanned aerial vehicles, 426 air defence missile systems, 10,156 tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles, 1,125 fighting vehicles equipped with MLRS, 5,149 field artillery cannons and mortars, as well as 11,028 special military motor vehicles have been destroyed during the special military operation.

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