Among the targets were “31 command posts and communication centers; 81 S-300, Buk M-1 and Osa anti-aircraft missile systems, as well as 75 radar stations.
Operationally, tactical aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces hit six columns of armored vehicles of the Ukrainian armed forces,” he said.
Additionally, “311 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 42 aircraft and helicopters (including on the ground), 51 multiple launch rocket systems, 147 field artillery pieces and mortars, 263 units of special military vehicles were destroyed,” Konashenkov added.
Konashenkov also said troops have advanced further in both pro-Moscow regions in eastern Ukraine destroying various military installations.
“The grouping of troops of the Luhansk People’s Republic during the day continued to conduct offensive operations in the direction of the settlement of Kremennoye, moving forward for another 3 kilometers. In the past day, the units of the Armed Forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic advanced 16 kilometers and captured the settlement of Zamozhnoye,” Konashenkov said.
Over the past 24 hours, another 110 Ukrainian servicemen have voluntarily laid down their arms, the Russian Ministry of Defense spokesman concluded.
“We have decided at the request of the President of the Republic to transfer our embassy; which until now has been in Kiev; and because of the risks and the threats on the Ukrainian capital; the embassy is transferred to Lviv towards the west. The ambassador remains in Ukraine to support our nationals and also the Ukrainian authorities,” said Le Drian.
“Threats were important enough to relocate,” the French foreign minister added.
After Russian President Vladimir Putin put deterrence forces; including Russian nuclear forces, on alert; Le Drian said, “It’s a useless, disproportionate threat.”
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“It’s a threat that he had already made on Feb. 24 when he announced the first operations. It’s a threat that he has just renewed,” he said. “It’s a threat of escalation which makes no sense; and that goes against the commitments made very publicly by Russia; to measure major strategic risks at the beginning of 2022.”