The Ukrainian armed forces have said weapons supplied by the West have enabled them to launch successful strikes against a number of Russian targets this week.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said their forces had hit more than 10 enemy checkpoints during the week using the US-produced M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems and Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS), supplied by partner countries.
Ukraine has greeted the latest delivery of HIMARS, the range of which has helped their troops hit Russian command centers and ammunition depots.
“Our missile forces and artillery have hit about 15 warehouses and logistics bases,” Brigadier General Oleksiy Gromov, deputy head of the armed forces’ main operational division, said on Thursday, according to a translation by Ukrainian news channel Novi Narnia.
The attacks hit “ammunition as well as fuel and lubricants … three of the aggressor’s radar reconnaissance and electronic warfare stations were hit, including the modern Pidlit radar station,” he said.
He also said the Ukrainian Air Force carried out 38 strikes against weapons, military equipment and troops during the week.
At the same time, damage was done to 11 platoon strongholds, a company stronghold, two tactical checkpoints and seven ammunition depots.
Ukraine’s defense ministry quoted a Beatles song in its latest update on Russian military losses. It tweeted Friday that another 150 Russian troops had been killed in the past 24 hours, bringing their total troop losses to 41,650.
“With a little help from my friends John Lennon and Paul McCartney,” the ministry tweeted Friday alongside an image showing Russian losses, including 1,792 tanks, 4,032 armored fighting vehicles and 223 jets.
These figures have not been independently verified and Ukraine’s allies estimate losses to Russian troops to be much lower than Kiev’s claims. News week still trying to verify the claims.
It comes as the British Ministry of Defense expressed concerns about the safety of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, which is under Russian control.
In their daily evaluation of the war, British defense officials said on Friday: that Russia’s intentions regarding the plant “remain unclear” and that their actions at the site “probably undermined the security and safety of the plant’s normal operations”.
They said Russian forces are likely near the power station and have used artillery units to attack Ukrainian territory on the western bank of the Dnipro River.
“Russian troops likely used the larger facility area, particularly the adjacent town of Enerhodar, to rest their troops,” the review said. This allowed Russia to use the plant’s protected status to protect its equipment and troops from Ukrainian attacks.
News week has contacted the Russian Defense Ministry for comment.