⚡️Briefing by Russian Defence Ministry
▫️The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continue the special military operation in Ukraine.
💥High-precision long-range Kalibr missiles near Priluki, Chernigov region, have destroyed AFU arsenal of artillery weapons and ammunition.
💥In addition, high-precision air-based missiles have hit 11 areas of concentration of Ukrainian manpower and military equipment, 8 firing positions of AFU artillery units, including 3 platoons of Grad multiple-launch rocket systems near Bakhmut and Pereezdnoe in Donetsk People’s Republic, Lisichansk in Lugansk People’s Republic, and 2 ammunition depots on the southern outskirts of Kharkov and near Gorskoe in Lugansk People’s Republic.
✈️💥Operational-tactical and army aviation have hit 101 areas of AFU manpower and military equipment concentration.
▫️The attacks have resulted in the elimination of more than 350 nationalists, 3 command posts, 13 tanks and other armored fighting vehicles, 6 Grad multiple rocket launchers, 14 field artillery mounts and 22 special vehicles have been destroyed.
💥Russian air defense means have shot down 1 MiG-29 aircraft of Ukrainian Air Force near Slavyansk in Donetsk People’s Republic and 1 Mi-24 helicopter near Snegirevka in Nikolaev region.
▫️9 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles have been shot down nnear Chervonaya Gusarovka, Bolshie Prokhody, Malaya Kamyshevakha in Kharkov region, Apostolovo in Dnepropetrovsk region, Donetsk, Levkovka, and Yakovlevka in Donetsk People’s Republic.
▫️In addition, 1 Ukrainian Tochka-U ballistic missile near Vernopol’e, Kharkov region, and 14 Smerch rockets near Donetsk, Aleksandrovka, Donetsk People’s Republic, Popasnaya, Lugansk People’s Republic, and Sukhaya Kamenka, Kharkov region, have been intercepted.
💥Missile troops and artillery have hit 280 areas of AFU concentration of manpower and military equipment, 18 command posts, 59 firing positions of artillery and mortar units, as well as 1 fuel depot near Konstantinovka in Donetsk People’s Republic.
📊In total, 202 Ukrainian airplanes and 131 helicopters, 1,205 unmanned aerial vehicles, 338 anti-aircraft missile systems, 3,548 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 521 multiple launch rocket systems, 1,947 field artillery and mortars, as well as 3,605 units of special military vehicles were destroyed during the operation.
▪️The Ukrainian army continues to suffer significant losses during the special military operation.
❗️I would like to note that in recent weeks, incidents involving the shooting of Ukrainian servicemen in the back by nationalist units have become more frequent in areas of military operations. Thus, after a fire preparation for an attack by Russian troops near Novomikhailovka in Donetsk People’s Republic, more than 30 servicemen of the 25th Battalion of the 54th Mechanized Brigade of AFU decided to lay down their arms and surrender.
▪️Ukrainian servicemen occupying a stronghold near Zvioroferma asked the Russian unit command via radio to cease fire and provide a corridor for exit.
Around 10 p.m., AFU servicemen with white flags began moving towards Russian positions.
▪️At that moment, Ukrainian nationalist barrier unit arrived at the stronghold in armored vehicles and opened crossfire in the back on the servicemen of the 54th Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. As a result of this shooting, 32 Ukrainian servicemen were fatally wounded and killed.
▪️This incident, as well as many others like it, clearly demonstrates that amid growing military failures and demoralization of Ukrainian troops, the Kiev nationalist regime is trying to stop the retreat and surrender of its units by punitive actions of barrier squads.
▪️The lives of Ukrainian servicemen and mobilized fighters of territorial defence units mean nothing to the current leadership of Ukraine.
⚡️Emergency statement by Head of the Russian Federation Joint Coordination Headquarters for Humanitarian Response – Head of the National Centre for State Defence Control of the Russian Federation, Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev:
▫️The Ukrainian side has requested a humanitarian corridor to evacuate civilians (women, children and the elderly) at Azot chemical plant in Severodonetsk to Kiev-controlled territory in Lisichansk.
▫️Taking into account that on June 13, 2022, the last bridge over the Seversky Donets River towards Lisichansk was blown up by the Ukrainian armed forces on the orders of the Kiev authorities in order to prevent the retreat of the territorial defence units, it is not possible to safely evacuate in this direction.
▫️Nationalist battalion fighters, retreating from residential areas of Severodonetsk, deliberately drove hundreds of civilians out of the city into the industrial zone of Azot chemical plant in order to use them as human shield.
▫️Understanding the hopelessness of the situation of their armed formations, we consider the appeal by the Ukrainian side for the alleged rescue of civilians to be an attempt to withdraw the surrounded surviving units. Thus, there are all signs of a repeat of Mariupol scenario.
▫️The Russian Armed Forces and formations of the Lugansk People’s Republic are ready to conduct a humanitarian operation to evacuate civilians, following humane principles.
▫️For this purpose, a humanitarian corridor is opening on June 15, 2022 from 08:00 a.m. to 08:00 p.m. (Moscow time) in the northern direction (to Svatovo, Lugansk People’s Republic).
▫️Safe evacuation of all civilians, without exception, and their transport in humanitarian convoys to temporary accommodation centres are guaranteed.
▫️We suggest that the militants of the nationalist battalions and foreign mercenaries stationed at Azot plant cease all hostilities and release the civilians they are holding through this humanitarian corridor from 08:00 a.m. (Moscow time) on June 15, 2022, as well as stop senseless resistance and lay down their arms.
▫️The Russian Federation guarantees the preservation of lives and the observance of all norms of the Geneva Convention for the treatment of prisoners of war, as has already happened to your comrades who previously surrendered in Mariupol.
▫️The actual readiness of the Ukrainian side to start a humanitarian operation is indicated by the raising of white flags.
▫️Once again, we call on the official authorities in Kiev to show prudence and give appropriate instructions to the militants to stop their senseless resistance and withdraw from the territory of Azot plant.
▫️This statement is immediately brought to the Ukrainian side through the Ukrainian deputy prime minister, Irina Vereshchuk, via the operational channels of communication.
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