Russia’s Defense Ministry says its troops have repulsed a large-scale attack by Ukrainian troops in parts of the Donetsk and Zaporozhye regions. The Russian Ministry of Defense claims that the armed formations and military units of Kiev suffered significant losses.
“After suffering heavy losses the day before, the Kiev regime reorganized the remnants of the 23rd and 31st mechanized brigades into separate combined units, which continued offensive operations near Novodarovka and Levadnoye,” said Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Lieutenant General Igor. Konashenkov as quoted from Russia Today, Tuesday (6/6/2023).
According to Konashenkov the new attack was mainly focused on the village of Vremevka in the Donetsk Region, but was stopped by missile, artillery and rocket-propelled flamethrower attacks. “The total losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the south of Donetsk are more than 1,500 troops, 28 tanks, including eight German-made Leopard tanks and three French-made AMX-10 wheeled tanks, as well as 109 other armored fighting vehicles,” the Russian military spokesman said.
It was unclear whether the tally included losses from Sunday’s botched offensive, which the Russian military described as “large-scale” but “unsuccessful”. In that effort alone, according to the Russian Defense Ministry, Kiev lost more than 250 troops, 16 tanks, three infantry vehicles and 21 armored vehicles.
Several videos circulated by military bloggers on Telegram show some abandoned French AMX-10 light tanks, but do not include visual confirmation of the German-made Leopard tank reportedly losing the battle. The Russian Ministry of Defense has not released footage of the latest attack on Ukrainian military vehicles.
On Monday, the ministry published video of Ukrainian heavy equipment, supplied by Western countries, being destroyed by a Russian strike the day before.
Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Anna Maliar confirmed that Kiev’s forces were moving to “offensive actions” in several areas, but made no comment on the failed offensive and claimed that Moscow’s remarks about the mistake of the Kiev “counterattack” were an attempt to distract from its own alleged failure.