Russia destroys the “Black Hundred” nationalist formation

Russia destroys the “Black Hundred” nationalist formation

 Hundreds of Ukrainian militiamen located in the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) were killed after a high-precision strike by the Russian military. The statement was made by the Russian Ministry of Defense (Kemhan) in a daily press conference on Friday (22/7/2022). The Russian Defense Ministry said Russian troops destroyed the deployment point while the "Black Hundred" nationalist formation used ground-based high-precision weaponry. 

The Ukrainian-backed militia are suspected of hiding in a school building in the city of Kramatrosk in the Donetsk People's Republic. "Up to 300 militia and more than 40 units of special equipment were eliminated as a result of the attack," the announcement said. In addition, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported taking the ammunition depot of the Ukrainian Armed Forces located in the eastern part of the city of Nikolaev, about 100 kilometers from the port city of Odessa. The attack also killed up to 30 Ukrainian servicemen and six armored vehicles and cars, as well as more than 2,000 rounds for the GRAD MLRS double-launch rocket system and about 1,000 rounds for the Akatsuya self-propelled howitzer.

 On Wednesday, the Russian Defense Ministry reported destroying the supply depot of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in Soledar, located in the DPR, along with 40 nationalist fighters and about 19 armored vehicles. The latest news from the Russian Ministry of Defense shows Russian forces have so far destroyed 260 Ukrainian aircraft, 144 helicopters, 1,589 drones, 357 anti-aircraft missile systems, 4,141 tanks and other armored fighting vehicles, 762 MRLS systems, 3,176 field artillery and mortars, as well as 4,453 military special vehicles. Russia sent troops to Ukraine on February 24, citing Kiev's failure to implement the Minsk agreement, which was designed to give the Donetsk and Lugansk regions special status within the Ukrainian state. 

The protocol, brokered by Germany and France, was first signed in 2014. Former Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has since acknowledged Kiev's main goal is to use the ceasefire to buy time and "create a strong armed force." In February 2022, the Kremlin recognized the Republic in Donbass as an independent state and demanded that Ukraine formally declare itself a neutral nation that would never join any Western military bloc. Kiev insists the Russian attack was completely unwarranted.

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