Donetsk, Nov 16 — DAN. The attempts by Ukrainian armed formations to counterattack the advancing Russian troops on Donetsk axis have been unsuccessful, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Wednesday in comments on the frontline situation over the past 24 hours.

“Ukrainian forces counterattacked in unsuccessful attempts to stop the advance of Russian troops in the areas of Kurdyumovka, Avdeyevka, Staromikhailovka and Georgiyevka of the Donetsk People’s Republic, ” Konashenkov said adding that the enemy had been stopped and scattered.

Ukrainian manpower was destroyed and several tanks and armored vehicles were burnt, he said.

An attack by Ukrainian armed formations in the direction of the Stepnoye village was rebuffed on South Donetsk axis.

On Kupyansk axis, the Russian Air Force foiled the attempts by three company task groups of the Ukrainian army’s 14th and 92nd Mechanized Brigades to advance towards Berestovoye, Kolesnikovki and Novoselovskoye (Lugansk People’s Republic). On Krasny Liman axis, two attempts by Ukrainian company task groups to attack Russian positions on Kolomyichikha axis in the LPR were rebuffed with aimed artillery fire and active actions of Russian units.

Russian air strikes destroyed a Ukrainian army control center in the Kirovo area and an enemy drone was shot down in the Petrovskoye area .*jk