Donetsk, Dec 8 — DAN. Russian forces have destroyed two enemy high mobility artillery rocket systems (HIMARS) in the Ilyichevka village outside Krasny Liman, Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Thursday.

Air defense units shot down a Ukrainian Mi-8 helicopter in the Yakovlevka area near Soledar and a counterbattery radar was destroyed outside Artyomovsk, Konashenkov said.  In the Shevchenkovskoye and Grigorovskoye settlements of the Zaporozhye region, Russian troops destroyed five MARS and MARS-II multiple rocket launchers. In the Kharkov region, Polish mercenaries in Borovskoye and a Tochka-U tactical missile system in Pechenegi were destroyed.

On Donetsk axis, Russian troops repelled all enemy counterattacks at Spornoye and Berestovoye.

On South Donetsk axis, Russian army units repelled the Ukrainian attacks at Nikolskoye destroying enemy manpower and materiel.

Russian troops continue the offensive on Krasny Liman axis. A large group of enemy troops and armored vehicles were destroyed by artillery fire.

On Kupyansk axis, Russia delivered strikes at Ukrainian forces concentration areas.*jk