Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu
MOSCOW, January 9 (Sputnik) – The Russian military is continuing its operations to reduce the combat effectiveness of Ukraine’s military, and maintains the strategic initiative in the special military operation zone, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has announced. “Groupings of Russian troops are methodically reducing the combat potential of the Ukrainian armed forces. Over the past year, enemy losses exceeded 215,000 servicepeople and 28,000 weapons systems. We maintain the strategic initiative along the entire line of combat contact,” Shoigu said at a working meeting with military leaders on Tuesday.Summarizing the situation at the front, the defense minister pointed to signs of Ukraine’s military formations experiencing a depletion of manpower, and failing to achieve any of their stated objectives on the battlefield against Russian forces.
But in spite of this situation, "the United States is cold-bloodedly trying to achieve its ambitions for global leadership at the expense of Ukrainian lives. At the instigation of its Western curators, the Kiev regime continues to drive its soldiers to slaughter, and is searching for any opportunities to replenish the ranks of the Ukrainian Army," Shoigu said. "This will not change the situation on the line of combat, but only prolong the military conflict," he added.
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