Donetsk, Aug 24 — DAN. The Russian armed forces delivered strikes on the positions of five Ukrainian brigades, liquidating 680 militants, the official representative of the Russian Defence Ministry Igor Konashenkov said.

“As a result of the offensive of the allied forces, the losses of the Ukrainian 68th infantry-jaeger, 66th mechanized and 56th motorized infantry brigades operating on the Donetsk direction amounted to more than 600 people”.

Konashenkov added that approximately 160 militants of the 66th brigade refused to take part in the military action, the command withdrew three units from frontline areas.

High-precision weapons of the Russian Aerospace Forces hit the temporary deployment locations of units of the 72nd brigade. Nearly 80 nationalists were liquidated, as well as 8 pieces of military equipment, ” he said.

Russian aviation destroyed more than half of the 20th batallion of the 93rd brigade, the remaining troops defected.

Seven command posts, including ones of the 66th brigade and 15th regiment, were destroyed outside Kurdyumovka.

Russia started a special military operation to denazify and demilitarize Ukraine on February 24. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the decision had been made after the DPR and LPR Heads addressed him asking for help.

The Russian leader said that Moscow is not planning to occupy Ukrainian territory, the only goal is to protect people who have been continuously shelled and subjected to other forms of genocide by Ukraine for eight years. *ot