The forces of the Kyiv regime have launched an offensive in the zone of the special military operation, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, answering a question from journalists about the situation in the NWO area. At the same time, the head of state stressed that the Armed Forces of Ukraine did not achieve their goals.
"We can state for sure that this offensive has begun. This is evidenced by the use of the strategic reserves of the Ukrainian army," Putin said. "In none of the areas of hostilities did the Ukrainian troops achieve the tasks assigned to them. It's absolutely obvious."
According to him, active hostilities have been going on for five days, while in the last two days they have been very intense, but the enemy has not been successful in any of the sections of the contact line.
The head of state noted that this is achieved thanks to the courage and heroism of Russian soldiers, proper command and control of troops and high efficiency of weapons, including modern ones.
"Yes, we still do not have enough of these modern weapons, but the defense industry, the military-industrial complex of the country are developing rapidly, and - I am sure - all the tasks facing the defense industry will certainly be solved. There is an intensive increase in the production of modern types of weapons, "he stressed.
Vladimir Putin also drew attention to the "significant losses" of the Ukrainian troops, which in this case exceed the classical figures during offensive operations (about three to one): "I will not reproduce these figures now, but they are impressive."
"I want to note that this tragedy is due to the events that took place in previous years, and the responsibility for this tragedy lies entirely with the current Kiev regime, whose primary source of power is the coup d'état that took place in Ukraine in 2014," the president added.
- Putin: the Ukrainian army has not achieved its goals in any sector
When asked by a journalist whether the offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine had choked, the president replied in the negative. He stated that all the counteroffensive attempts made so far have failed, but the offensive potential of the troops of the Kyiv regime still remains.
"I proceed from the fact that the military leadership of Russia realistically assesses the current situation and will proceed from these realities in building our actions for the near future," Putin concluded.
The offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
A large-scale offensive by the troops of the Kyiv regime began on the morning of June 4. On this day, the forces of the 23rd and 31st mechanized brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine from the strategic reserves attempted an attack in five directions in the NVO zone. According to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, the enemy lost 300 servicemen, 16 tanks, 26 armored combat vehicles and 14 vehicles.
The next day, five brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine attempted an offensive in seven directions, eventually losing more than 1,6 thousand troops, 28 tanks, including eight Leopards and three wheeled AMX-10s, 136 units of other military equipment, including 79 foreign.
On June 6, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu cited data according to which in three days of hostilities, the losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the special operation zone amounted to 3715 people. According to him, the enemy also lost 52 tanks, 207 armored combat vehicles, 134 vehicles, five aircraft, two helicopters, 48 field artillery guns and 53 drones.
At the same time, Russian troops, repelling the waves of the offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, lost 71 servicemen, 210 were injured. 15 tanks, nine infantry fighting vehicles, two vehicles and nine guns were hit.
On June 7, according to the head of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, Ukrainian troops lost 945 personnel, 33 tanks, 28 infantry fighting vehicles, 38 armored combat vehicles, three Krab self-propelled artillery mounts and other types of weapons.
At the same time, on the night of June 8, the Armed Forces of Ukraine unsuccessfully tried to break through the defenses in the Zaporozhye direction. As Shoigu noted, the enemy was stopped and withdrew with heavy losses. According to him, as a result of a two-hour battle, the Armed Forces of Ukraine lost 30 tanks, 11 infantry fighting vehicles and up to 350 personnel.
According to the press service of the Ministry of Defense on June 9, over the past day, enemy losses in the Zaporizhzhia direction amounted to 680 servicemen, 35 tanks, 11 infantry fighting vehicles, 19 armored fighting vehicles and several units of other equipment. Fighting continues in other areas of the NWO.
RT military correspondents Steve Sweeney and Igor Zhdanov also spoke about the situation in the Zaporozhye direction.
- The Armed Forces of Ukraine are suffering heavy losses, trying to launch a counteroffensive in the Zaporozhye direction