Putin's army reports alleged successes in the Ukraine war: Moscow wants to speed up weapons production
Created: 01/10/2023, 17:25
By: Bedrettin Bölükbasi
Vladimir Putin at the parade on May 9, 2019 (archive image).
© Pavel Golovkin / dpa
Since the start of the Ukraine war, Vladimir Putin's army has shot down hundreds of Ukrainian military helicopters and planes.
Munich – In the Ukraine war, the Russian leadership reports again and again that everything is going according to plan.
Although Kremlin boss Vladimir Putin's war of aggression is currently faltering, his soldiers are fighting with inadequate equipment and the Ukrainian military is beating down Russian troops, the Russian population rarely hears bad news in the midst of the propaganda.
Military successes are better dealt with on a large scale.
Moscow reports successes: 200 helicopters and 367 airplanes destroyed
The Russian Ministry of Defense has now reported alleged Ukrainian military losses.
Since the start of what Moscow calls a “special military operation”, around 367 aircraft and 200 helicopters belonging to the Ukrainian army have been destroyed, ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov claimed at his recent briefing, according to the state news agency Tass.
He also reported high destruction figures for other military objects, which, however, cannot be independently verified.
400 surface-to-air missiles
972 Multiple Rocket Launcher
3,793 field artillery pieces and mortars
7,978 military vehicles
Putin Ministry speaks of "advance" in Donetsk - and claims high Ukrainian losses
Konashenkov also spoke in his daily briefing about allegedly high casualties among Ukrainian soldiers in northeastern and eastern Ukraine.
More than 50 Ukrainian soldiers were killed in attacks near Kupyansk in Kharkiv Oblast.
A little further south, near Lyman in Donetsk Oblast, more than 60 Ukrainian soldiers were "eliminated" and three armored vehicles and three pick-ups were destroyed.
Most recently, Kyiv had rejected claims from Moscow that 600 Ukrainian soldiers had been killed in an attack on Kramatorsk.
In doing so, the Russian military leadership may have aimed to produce an answer to the Ukrainian army's heavy New Year's Eve strike.
The Russian military is advancing in Donetsk, Konashenkov also claimed.
More than 80 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in the last 24 hours.
In the south of the Donetsk region alone, Russian troops "eliminated" more than 40 Ukrainians, the ministry said.
In addition, two American radar stations were destroyed in the course of the past day and a Su-25 fighter jet, a Mig-29 fighter jet and a Mi-8 helicopter were shot down.
In the middle of the Ukraine war: Moscow wants to expand its weapons inventory - including nuclear weapons
Amid the war of aggression against Ukraine, Russia is now also taking increasingly vigorous steps towards increased production of arms and military equipment.
The deputy head of the Russian Security Council, former president and Putin friend Dimitri Medvedev announced that a new working group would be set up to control the production of weapons and equipment.
He has already signed the necessary resolution for this, he said according to Tass.
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Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu also announced steps.
According to the state news agency Ria Novosti, he announced Russia's intention to expand the inventory of offensive weapons.
In view of the tasks imposed by Putin, a priority for the ministry is to develop the capabilities of the Russian military, he stressed.
This apparently includes Putin's nuclear weapons.
The Kremlin minister assured that Russia will continue to develop nuclear land, air and sea forces and maintain their combat capability "since the nuclear shield is and remains the main guarantor of our state's sovereignty and territorial integrity."