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Over 600 Russian military killed in Belgorod, Kursk regions - Freedom of Russia Legion

18 March, 2024 Monday
18:14

During the raid in the Belgorod and Kursk regions, pro-Ukrainian battalions made up from recruits from Russia, destroyed and damaged hundreds of pieces of Russian equipment and killed over 600 soldiers

The Freedom of Russia Legion reported this on Telegram.

"The Kremlin soldiers are demoralized by the mass deaths of their fellow soldiers, who became senseless victims of Putin's sick ambitions," the message says.

According to their data, as of the morning of March 18, the Russian army's losses in the Belgorod and Kursk regions amounted to:

Personnel:

  • irrecoverable losses: 613 servicemen;
  • sanitary losses: 829 servicemen;
  • captured: 27 servicemen.

Destroyed equipment:

  • 7 tanks (including three T-72, one T-72BZ)
  • 20 infantry fighting vehicles (including BMP-2, BMP-3)
  • 6 D-30 howitzers
  • 4 armored personnel carriers
  • 4 mortars
  • 2 MT-12 Rapier
  • 2 2S19 Msta-S
  • 2 ZALA UAVS
  • 1 BM 21 Grad
  • 1 LNG system
  • 1 Murom complex
  • 1 electronic warfare station
  • 2 units of armored vehicles
  • 2 units of engineering equipment (excavators)
  • 57 units of various automotive equipment (heavy and light).

Damaged equipment:

  • 1 T-80 PVM tank
  • 1 T-72 tank
  • 1 armored personnel carrier
  • 1 BM 21 Grad
  • 2 MT-LB
  • 1 Msta-B
  • 1 TOS-2
  • 1 BM 21 Grad
  • 1 2C1 Carnation
  • 1 electronic warfare station
  • 1 armored vehicle

20 units of various automotive equipment (heavy and light).

"Also, places of concentration of personnel, ammunition depots, dugouts, towers with antenna complexes, fortifications, video surveillance cameras, a cellular communication station, a bridge in the village of Gorky, etc. were destroyed or damaged," the statement says.

According to the Freedom of Russia Legion, amid the successful raid into the territory of the Russian Federation, “Putin's image as a figure who can allegedly keep the situation in the country under control has suffered the most damage.”

Raids by Ukraine-based Russian military volunteers

On the morning of March 12, members of the Freedom of Russia Legion from the Russian-Ukrainian border announced that they were going to liberate Russia from dictator Vladimir Putin. Soldiers of the Siberian Battalion reported fierce fighting on Russian territory, and the Freedom of Russia claimed to have taken control of the village of Tetkino, Kursk region.

Oleksiy Hetman, a reserve major of the National Guard of Ukraine and a veteran of the Russian-Ukrainian war, believes that the raid by the Freedom of Russia Legion is a challenge to Putin and his entourage. In his opinion, if at least one battalion of the Russian Federation goes over to the side of the Russians fighting against Putin, a chain reaction could start throughout the army.

On March 13, Russian volunteers continued their raid on Russian territory, calling on residents of the Kursk and Belgorod regions to evacuate.

Later, Alexei Baranovsky said that in the Kursk region, fighting was already taking place outside the village of Tetkino.

Yevhen Dykyi, a former platoon commander of the Aidar battalion, believes that Russians may move combat-ready units from the Kupyansk direction to the Kursk region.

On the morning of March 14, the Russian Defense Ministry accused Ukraine of allegedly attacking two regions with 14 drones. Later, Belgorod reported a second attack.

On March 14, a volunteer of the Freedom of Russia Legion, Alexei Baranovsky, said that the Russian army had moved reserves to Belgorod and Kursk regions and was actively trying to displace Russian volunteer units. The Freedom of Russia Legion warned the locals about the beginning of active attacks.

Russian leader Vladimir Putin accused Ukraine of trying to disrupt 'elections' in Russia and promised retaliation.

On March 16, the Russian Volunteer Corps denied fake information about the alleged destruction of the group. The RDC also said they captured more than two dozen Russian soldiers.

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