Russian MoD unveils tally of 64th day in Ukraine
Russia destroys Ukrainian arms depots and intercepts a drone flying over Russian soil.
The Russian Ministry of Defense Spokesperson, Igor Konashenkov, said on Wednesday that Russia's air force launched raids on 59 Ukrainian facilities last night, resulting in the deaths of over 120 Ukrainian soldiers.
Moreover, the Spokesperson said the raids targeted 50 assembly points for Ukrainian troops and equipment, as well as four weapons depots.
Long-range, high-precision Kalibr missiles targeted depots containing a large number of weapons and ammunition given to Ukraine by the US and other countries.
Artillery forces also accomplished 573 fire missions overnight, hitting 432 assembly points, 67 artillery units, and two rocket launchers.
Russian air defenses also downed 18 Ukrainian drones, and one Tochka-U missile, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.
Ukrainian drone intercepted in Russia's Kursk region overnight
The air defenses also intercepted a Ukrainian UAV on Wednesday night in the border region of Kursk, according to the city's Governor Roman Starovoyt.
"I am giving details on the overnight incident. Preliminary information has been confirmed — a Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicle was intercepted over the Kursk region. Our air defense calculations did not fail us, they responded quickly and efficiently. Nobody was injured, and there is no damage," Starovoyt said on Telegram.
Russian Ambassador denies reports of Beijing arms supplies to Moscow
In a related context, Russia's Ambassador to Beijing, Andrey Denisov, said on Wednesday that Western media reports alleging that China has supplied weapons to Russia are not true.
"I have no idea where this came from. Apparently, someone just wanted to ... [be noticed], so they came up with a horror story. After all, as far as I remember, even the US military department ... had to back-pedal this obvious misinformation," Denisov told the Rossiya 24 broadcaster, adding that such reports have no grounds.
Russia's Embassy in Tehran also issued a statement last Sunday Sunday, saying that the information released about weapons shipments from Iran to Russia is "unrealistic and baseless storytelling."
The statement came after an article was released by The Guardian, titled "Russia using weapons smuggling by Iran from Iraq against Ukraine,” wherein the daily claimed that Russia is receiving weapons shipments sourced from Iraq by Iran for the war in Ukraine.