On Friday, March 25, the Russian Ministry of Defense spoke about the tasks of the private army. operations RF in Ukraine and how it progressed.
Recall that a month ago, on February 24, the special operations itself began, announced Russian President Vladimir Putin. In announcing his decision, he pointed out that “people who have been subjected to harassment and genocide by the Kyiv regime for eight years should be protected”. According to him, this required “demilitarization and gentrification of Ukraine, bringing to justice all war criminals responsible for bloody crimes against civilians in Donbass”.
During today’s briefing, the Ministry of Defense reported that “the presence of Russian troops in the territory of the blockaded cities of Ukraine hinders the Kyiv forces, does not allow the reinforcement of the group in the Donbass until the Russian army has completely liberated the Russian army.” DPR and LPR zones.”
“Initially, we did not plan to attack them to prevent destruction and minimize casualties among personnel and civilians. Although we do not exclude such a possibility, as individual groupings complete the set tasks and are successfully solved, our forces and vehicles will focus on the main thing – the complete liberation of Donbass, ”says.
In addition, for the first time since March 2, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reported missing. According to official data, 1,351 soldiers have been killed and 3,825 injured since the start of the special operations.
The ministry also reported that “the Ukrainian air force and air defense system were almost completely destroyed, the existence of the country’s navy ceased to exist.”
“The 16 main military airfields, where combat sorties of Ukrainian aviation were carried out, were defeated, 39 arsenals were destroyed, in which up to 70% of all Ukrainian military equipment stocks were stored. The Ukrainian army has no organized reserves left. The losses of the Ukrainian troops are replenished by mobilized and territorial defenses that do not have the necessary training, which increases the risk of massive losses.
During the month, the losses of the Ukrainian troops amounted to about 30 thousand people, of which more than 14 thousand – irrevocable, and about 16 thousand – sanitary. As of February 24, 1,587 of 2,416 tanks and other combat armored vehicles serving in the Ukrainian army were destroyed, 112 of 152 military aircraft remained, 75 of 149 helicopters, 35 of 36 Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles were destroyed. operations lost 16 thousand or 26% of 59 thousand people, ”says the Russian Ministry of Defense.
The ministry added that the Russian military will “immediately appropriately respond to attempts to close the airspace over Ukraine.”
First Deputy Chief of the General Staff Sergei Rudskoy said that the Russian Armed Forces initially considered two options for conducting a special military operation in Ukraine.
According to him, the first scenario assumed that the operation would be limited to the territory of the DPR and LPR, only within the administrative boundaries of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which are specified in the constitutions of the republics.
“But then we will face the constant renewal by the Ukrainian authorities of the group involved in the so-called operation of the combined forces,” said the Colonel General. TASS.
Therefore, it was decided to choose the second option, which, as Rudskoy explained, provides for actions throughout Ukraine “with the implementation of measures of demilitarization and gentrification of the country.”
Russian attitude to special operations
According to the results of the study, the decision of Russia to conduct a special military operation in Ukraine is supported by 74% of the citizens of the Russian Federation. VTsIOM.
“Compared to February 25, the share of fans increased by 9 people. On the contrary, 17% do not support the operation (8 percentage points less than on February 25). Another 9% also found it difficult to respond,” the release notes say.
According to sociologists, the idea of the objectives of Special Military Operation has remained unchanged over the past two weeks. “The main thing is to protect Russia, disarm Ukraine and prevent the deployment of NATO military bases on its territory (46% of respondents). In addition, targets are read – to change the political course of Ukraine, to clear it of the Nazis (19%), to protect the population of Donbass (17%). It was reported by 5% of the respondents that the purpose of the special military operation was to invade Ukraine and annex it to Russia.