OLHA HLUSHCHENKO – FRIDAY, 9 SEPTEMBER 2022, 02:34
On southern fronts, the Armed Forces of Ukraine struck Russian positions 271 times on 8 September, both from the air and on the ground.
Source: Operational Command Pivden (South) on Facebook
Quote: "The enemy continues to focus their efforts on maintaining their positions. They are actively deploying unmanned aerial vehicles to conduct aerial reconnaissance. However, our units have skilfully put two drone ‘spies’ out of action, destroying all of the photo and video footage they gathered.
The enemy is attempting to find ways to improve the supply logistics of their troops, [for example] by raising pontoon crossings over the rivers Dnipro and Inhulets. Meanwhile, [Russian forces] are also using aircraft and rocket artillery to carry out strikes on the positions of our [Ukrainian] troops and peaceful civilian towns and villages.
Over the course of the past 24 hours, the enemy conducted 30 airstrikes and one missile strike on our positions and launched four R-27 missiles on our aircraft as they were conducting airstrikes on the enemy."
Details: Ukrainian aircraft carried out six successful airstrikes, while the country’s rocket artillery units successfully struck Russian forces 265 times; these strikes targeted Russian multiple-launch rocket systems (MLRS), areas where Russian military personnel and equipment were amassed, and pontoon crossings in the vicinity of Nova Kakhovka.
"[The Ukrainian Armed Forces] are continuing to maintain control over the bridges without giving [the Russians] a chance to repair or use them," the Operational Command reports.
Russia’s total combat losses in southern Ukraine on 8 September comprised 59 military personnel, three Uragan MLRS and their transport-charger, two Pion self-propelled artillery guns, one Msta-S self-propelled howitzer, three self-propelled artillery and mortar systems, a T-72 tank and six armoured vehicles. Two Russian ammunition storage points have also been destroyed in the Beryslav district, as well as a pontoon crossing in Nova Kakhovka.
Russia continues to maintain a fleet of 19 ships in the waters of the Black Sea; three of those ships are armed with a total of 24 Kalibr cruise missiles.
"There is an ongoing and entirely realistic threat of a missile strike [on civilian infrastructure]," the Operational Command Pivden (South) concludes.