Russian troops, waging war against Ukraine in the Donbas, continue to bear significant losses. According to the Main Directorate of Intelligence of Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense, eight Russian servicemen were killed earlier this week.
“On the 5th of July, eight Russian servicemen of the 3rd Independent Motorized Rifle Brigade (Horlivka), the 11th Independent Motorized Rifle Regiment (Makiivka), the 9th Independent Assault Motorized Rifle Regiment of the Naval Infantry (Novoazovsk) and the Independent Reconnaissance Battalion (Donetsk) were killed and 9 wounded,” the statement said.
The greatest losses were sustained by the Russian troops stationed in Novoazovsk. These Russian units have recently intensified sabotage, reconnaissance missions and the shelling of Ukrainian forces in Mariupol. At the same time their morale, as well as that of the 1st Army Corps (Donetsk) of the Russian Armed Forces, remains extremely low.
On the 5th of July, eight separatists left the front lines in eastern Ukraine and expressed their unwillingness to continue their combat service after witnessing five bodies and four seriously injured fellow soldiers being transported off the front line, the Main Directorate of Intelligence of Ukraine reported.