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Russo-Ukrainian war, day 630: Ukraine seeks “informational silence” amid fighting for Kherson

As fierce combat continues in Russian-occupied areas of southern Ukraine’s Kherson region, Kyiv has requested an “informational silence” to conceal its military moves. Ukraine aims to maintain secrecy surrounding its ongoing counteroffensive efforts to liberate Kherson, hoping for major successes to report later.
Russo-Ukrainian war, day 630: Ukraine seeks “informational silence” amid fighting for Kherson

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Ukraine asks for “informational silence” as fighting for Kherson Oblast continues. Ukraine needs “informational silence” to report on great successes later as fighting on the Russian-occupied left bank of the Dnipro River in the southern Kherson Oblast continues, said Natalia Humeniuk, press officer for Operational Command South.

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As of 15 Nov 2023, the approximate losses of weapons and military equipment of the Russian Armed Forces from the beginning of the invasion to the present day:

 

    • Personnel: 314290 (+820)
    • Tanks: 5377 (+15)
    • APV: 10104 (+18)
    • Artillery systems: 7647 (+58)
    • MLRS: 884 (+2)
    • Anti-aircraft systems: 582 (+2)
    • Aircraft: 323 (+1)
    • Helicopters: 324
    • UAV: 5675 (+26)
    • Cruise missiles: 1562 (+1)
    • Warships/boats: 22
    • Submarines: 1
    • Vehicles and fuel tanks: 10020 (+047)
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