Russia thwarts a new major offensive by Ukrainian forces in Donetsk and launches air strikes on the Kiev region

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The Russian Defense Ministry said early on Tuesday it had thwarted a major Ukrainian offensive in the Donetsk region, inflicting heavy casualties on Ukrainian forces and destroying eight Leopard tanks as Ukrainian forces continued to fight.

“The armed forces, offensive and tactical aviation, missile forces and artillery, as well as flamethrower systems, inflicted a major defeat on Ukrainian forces,” the Russian Defense Ministry said on its Telegram channel.

The Russian Defense Ministry added that the Russian forces destroyed 28 tanks, including eight Leopard tanks.

From Kiev side, there was no immediate comment on the Russian allegations.

In addition, the military administration of the Ukrainian capital said on the Telegram application that air defense systems intervened to repel air strikes on the Kiev region in the early hours of Tuesday.

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