Briefing by Igor Konashenkov, official spokesman of the Russian Defense Ministry, June 18, 2022, on the progress of the special operation in Ukraine

Briefing by Igor Konashenkov, official spokesman of the Russian Defense Ministry, as of 1 p.m. June 18, 2022, on the progress of the special operation in Ukraine

The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continue a special military operation in Ukraine.

▪️High-precision air and ground weapons in the areas of Kremenchug and Lysychansk have destroyed oil refining facilities and fuel storage facilities intended for supplying Ukrainian military equipment in Donbas.

▪️High-precision airborne missiles hit 12 firing positions of AFU artillery and mortar units, including four platoons of Grad multiple-launch rocket systems in the Avdeevka, Keramik, Zhelannoye areas and four platoons of M777 155-mm howitzers in the Lastochkino, Ocheretino, Vodyanoye, and Zhelannoye areas of the Donetsk People’s Republic.

▪️Operational-tactical and army aviation struck 62 areas where AFU manpower and military equipment were concentrated during the day.

As a result of air strikes, more than 160 nationalists, a Buk-M1 surface-to-air missile system near the village of Kamyshevakha in the Luhansk People’s Republic, five Grad multiple rocket launcher vehicles, six tanks and other armoured combat vehicles, eight field artillery guns, six special vehicles and three ammunition depots in the areas of Tsapovka in the Kharkiv region and Lysychansk in the Luhansk People’s Republic were destroyed.

▪️Russian air defence assets shot down: a Ukrainian Su-25 aircraft near the village of KAMYSHEVAKHA and an Mi-24 helicopter of the Ukrainian air force near ARKHANGELSKY of the Donetsk People’s Republic,

Also during the day: eight Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles were shot down near the settlements of Borovenka in the Lugansk People’s Republic, Chernobayevka in the Kherson region, Sukhaya Kamenka, Malaya Kamyshevakha, Zabavnoye in the Kharkiv region, Guliaipole in the Zaporozhye region, including a Bayraktar-TB2 unmanned aerial vehicle in the Kherson region.

In addition, intercepted: Four Ukrainian Tochka-U ballistic missiles in the areas of STAKHANOVA, KALINOVO, ALMAZNA of the Donetsk People’s Republic, as well as 24 missiles of the Uragan multiple rocket launcher system over the settlements of DONETSK, Yasinovataya, Verkhnetoretskoye, Luhanskoye, Novoaleksandrovka of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Zolote, Popasnaya of the Luhansk People’s Republic, Izyum, Russkie Tishki and Maliye Prokhody of the Kharkiv region.

▪️Missile troops and artillery struck: 180 areas where manpower and military equipment are concentrated, 16 control points, and 32 firing positions of artillery and mortar units of the AFU.

The strikes destroyed more than 310 nationalists, 10 tanks and other armored fighting vehicles, three Grad multiple rocket launcher vehicles, nine field artillery guns and 14 special vehicles.

▪️Total since the start of the special military operation destroyed: 206 aircraft, 132 helicopters, 1,241 unmanned aerial vehicles, 343 surface-to-air missile systems, 3,613 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 547 multiple rocket launcher combat vehicles, 2,032 field artillery and mortar guns, and 3,687 special military vehicle vehicles.

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