The groups of the DPR and LPR troops continue counter-offensive actions against the AFU units with fire support of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.
Currently, mainly armed nationalist detachments are resisting in the area of hostilities.
The servicemen of the Ukrainian Armed Forces try to evade military clashes and agree on corridors for leaving the operation zone without weapons.
The Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu, gave special orders to all unit commanders to treat Ukrainian servicemen with respect.
The order emphasizes, “taking into account the fact that the servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU), unlike the nationalists, took an oath to the Ukrainian people and obeyed orders, treat them with respect. To work out the creation of safe corridors for the exit of Ukrainian servicemen who have laid down their arms from the areas of the operation to their families.”
The grouping of troops of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), advancing in the direction of the settlement of Volnovakha, advanced to a depth of up to 7 kilometers.
During the fighting, 14 servicemen of AFU surrendered. They will all be released to their families after signing a pledge of renunciation of armed resistance.
The grouping of the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) in the area of the settlement of Stepovoye, despite the fierce resistance of the nationalist battalions, advanced another kilometer.
Russian military strikes have disabled 74 Ukrainian ground-based military infrastructure facilities. Including 11 airfields of the air force, 3 command posts, a base of the naval forces of Ukraine, as well as 18 radar stations of the S-300 and Buk -M1 anti–aircraft missile defence systems.
A combat helicopter and four Bayraktar TB-2 attack unmanned aerial vehicles were shot down.
I would like to emphasize once again that strikes by the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation are not carried out either on Ukrainian cities or on social facilities in military garrisons. That is, the houses of officers, residential buildings and barracks, in order to avoid losses among Ukrainian servicemen and their family members.
In the Russian Aerospace Forces, as a result of an error in piloting techniques, a Su-25 attack aircraft crashed.
The pilot ejected safely and is already at the location of his military unit.