ARussian marines brigade has been almost completely wiped out by Ukraine’s Armed Forces, Kyiv said Monday.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine posted on Monday its daily assessment on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, which began more than 200 days ago.
The update, posted on its Facebook page, said that the Ukrainian military destroyed almost 85 percent of Russia’s 810 marine infantry brigade, which is based in the city of Sevastopol in the Russian-occupied Crimean Peninsula
“After the successful actions carried out by the Defense Forces in the Kherson direction, the enemy suffered significant losses in manpower,”
Ukraine said the rest of the servicemen have an extremely low morale and psychological state, and “massively refuse to return to the combat zone.”
Newsweek has been unable to verify the claims and has contacted Russia’s Foreign Ministry for comment.
It comes as Ukraine is waging a counteroffensive to retake the southern Kherson region, which was seized by Russia in March.
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Russia put on hold a planned referendum on joining Russia amid Ukraine’s counteroffensive in the region.
Kirill Stremousov, deputy head of the Russian-appointed military-civilian regional administration told state television on September 5 that local officials were focusing on protecting Kherson residents.
Ukraine has also had major operational success in Kharkiv, which Russia also seized in the early days of the war.
The Institute for the Study of War (ISW), a U.S. think tank, said in its assessment on Sunday that Ukrainian forces have recaptured almost all of the Kharkiv region, located in the eastern part of the country, in a rapid counteroffensive.
On Sunday, the head of the Kharkiv region, Oleg Sinegubov, said that the Ukrainian military had liberated more than 40 settlements in the region.
“Kyiv’s long discussion and then an announcement of a counter-offensive operation aimed at Kherson Oblast drew substantial Russian troops away from the sectors on which Ukrainian forces have conducted decisive attacks in the past several days,” the ISW’s daily report said.
The ISW said Ukraine’s armed forces employed Washington-supplied High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), and that other Western systems played a huge role in attacking Russian ground lines of communication in the Kharkiv and Kherson regions.
This set conditions for the success of Kyiv’s counteroffensive, the think tank’s report said.
“Ukrainian leaders discussed the strikes in the south much more ostentatiously, however, successfully confusing the Russians about their intentions in Kharkiv Oblast,” the ISW added.
“Western weapons systems were necessary but not sufficient to secure success for Ukraine. The Ukrainian employment of those systems in a well-designed and well-executed campaign has generated the remarkable success of the counter-offensive operations in Kharkiv Oblast.”