According to the Russian Defence Ministry, the Russian army managed to destroy two Ukrainian Leopard tanks and two towed 2A65 Msta-B 152 mm artillery pieces in the direction of Kupiansk.
More specifically, and according to last-minute information, the West troop group of the Russian armed forces is said to have destroyed two German-made Leopard main battle tanks of the Ukrainian army in the direction of Kupiansk. In the same sector of the front, the Russians also neutralized two 2A65 Msta-B 152 mm caliber Soviet-made artillery pieces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. This was reported by the head of the Russian group's press center, Sergei Zibinski.
"In the course of the fighting, personnel of the West Group of Forces destroyed two Leopard tanks, two towed 152mm 2A65 Msta-B guns and a mortar crew in the areas of Stelmakhovka, Krinichi, Persianoye and Petropavlovka," Zibinsky said.
According to him, in the defense zone of the 1st Armored Combat Tank Army of the Russian Armed Forces, Ukrainian forces tried to move units of the 25th Airborne Brigade of the Ukrainian Army to forward positions in the Berestovoe region. The artillery of the Russian group managed to disrupt this Ukrainian mission with its fire.
The total losses of the Kiev army amounted to an entire group of manpower, two semi-trucks and an unmanned aerial vehicle.
In addition, and always according to Zibinsky, in the direction of Kupiansk, the Russian operational-tactical air force of the West force group launched an air strike against temporary deployment points of units of the 44th Mechanized Brigade and the 68th Jaeger Brigade in the areas of Kopanki and Persotravneve.
In other news, the Russian state news service TASS reported a few minutes ago that air raid sirens sounded in two regions of southern and central Ukraine.
In particular, an alarm is said to have been activated in the country's Kirovograd and Nikolaev regions. A little earlier TASS had informed us of the sounding of air raid sirens in the Ukrainian region of Odessa as well, but it does not appear that Russian fire has hit these areas of the country, at least not yet.
This was probably a false assumption by the Ukrainian authorities, which was intended to warn the population of these settlements and towns.