Dozens Of Russian Troops Perish In Ukrainian Counterattack

( )- Last week, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine claimed that Ukrainian forces attacked enemy positions near Chaplynka in the Kherson region last Monday, killing around 50 Russian soldiers.

Kherson was seized by Russian forces shortly after the invasion began.

In late summer, Ukraine launched a counter-offensive to retake Kherson and in November, Russian forces pulled back troops out of the region, retreating south of the Dnieper River.

Since then, the battle for Kherson has remained intense.

On Christmas eve, Russian forces shelled Kherson city, killing at least ten and injuring dozens more.

The Ukrainian Armed Forces claimed that around 500 Russian soldiers were killed or wounded in an artillery attack on Chulakivka in the Kherson region on New Year’s Eve.

Andriy Kovalev, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Army General Staff, said units from Ukraine’s defense forces launched an artillery attack on Chulakivka causing “damage to enemy military personnel and equipment.”

However, Kovalev’s figures have not been independently verified.

Throughout the conflict, both Russia and Ukraine have reported causing heavy casualties that cannot be verified.

Moscow has not commented on Ukraine’s claims.

However, this Monday, Moscow did confirm that over 60 Russian military personnel were killed in a HIMARS rocket attack by Ukrainian forces in the Russian-controlled Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine.

Russia’s Defense Ministry said in a statement that 63 were killed when Ukrainian forces fired rockets at a facility in Donetsk where Russian soldiers were stationed, making it one of the deadliest attacks by Ukraine since the invasion began.

According to the Defense Ministry statement, six rockets from a HIMARS launch system were fired, two of which were shot down. However, the statement did not say when the attack occurred.

The Ukrainian General Staff appeared to confirm the attack on Monday, reporting that Makiivka in Donetsk was hit on December 31 and ten Russian military vehicles were damaged or destroyed. However, the General Staff was still clarifying Russian personnel losses.