⚡️ Statement by Russian Defence Ministry
❗️ Today, on July 3, 2022, the Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation General of the Army Sergey Shoigu reported to the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Federation Armed Forces, V.Putin, on the liberation of the Lugansk People’s Republic.
▫️ According to the report, the successful operations of the Russian Federation Armed Forces in coordination with the units of People’s Militia of the Lugansk People’s Republic, have resulted in establishing the total control in Lisichansk and various nearby settlements; the largest of them are Belogorovka, Novodruzhesk, Maloryazantsevo and Belaya Gora. The total area of the settlements liberated over the past 24 hours is 182 square kilometres.
This will have an impact throughout the battlegrounds. Allied fighters will move to other parts of the front line as administrative functions are established and implemented throughout the region and local defense will take over.
The Ukronazis, rather their NATO command and control structure, tried to hit back.
The Russian MoD states:
▫️ Tonight, from 03.00 AM to 03.30 AM (Moscow time), the Kiev regime launched an intentional attack by Tochka-U ballistic missiles with cluster munitions and Tu-143 Reys unmanned aerial vehicles at the residential areas of Belgorod and Kursk that have no military facilities.
❗️ I emphasise that this missile attack had been intentionally planned and was launched at civilian population of Russian cities.
▫️ Russian air defence means have destroyed all the 3 Tochka-U ballistic missiles launched by Ukrainian nationalist at Belgorod. Fragments of one of the destroyed Ukrainian missiles fell down at a residential buildings in the city.
▫️ In addition, Russian air defence means have destroyed 2 Ukrainian Tu-143 Reys unmanned aerial vehicles charged with explosives while approaching Kursk.
We have waited a long time for Ukrainians to welcome the Russian soldiers with flowers. At last, in Lisichanks, after full liberation, we did not see flowers, but we saw copious tears of thankfulness and joy, as well as iconic photos.