MOSCOW, April 5. /TASS/. Since the beginning of the special operation in Ukraine, the Russian military has destroyed 398 drones, 214 multiple rocket launchers, and 1,969 tanks and other armored vehicles, official representative of the Russian Defense Ministry Igor Konashenkov told reporters about this on Tuesday.
"In total, since the beginning of the special military operation, 125 aircraft, 91 helicopters, 398 unmanned aerial vehicles, 226 anti-aircraft missile systems, 1,969 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 214 multiple rocket launchers, 852 field artillery vehicles and mortars, as well as 1,873 special military vehicles," he said.
At the same time, Russian Aerospace Forces have struck 134 Ukrainian military targets overnight, including eight command posts, a S-300 SAM guidance radar and the Tochka-U complex, Konashenkov said.
"During the night, the tactical aviation and missile forces hit 134 Ukrainian military facilities, among them eight command posts, a fire control/illumination and guidance radar of the S-300 anti-aircraft missile system, the Tochka-U missile system, six ammunition and two fuel depots, as well as 85 strongholds and a military equipment concentration area," he said.
According to him, during the night, Russian air defense systems downed four Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles near the settlement of Chernobayevka, Industrialnoye, Gurty and Nizhnyaya Krynka.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a televised address on February 24 that in response to a request by the heads of the Donbass republics he had made a decision to carry out a special military operation in order to protect people "who have been suffering from abuse and genocide by the Kiev regime for eight years."The Russian leader stressed that Moscow had no plans of occupying Ukrainian territories, noting that the operation was aimed at the denazification and demilitarization of Ukraine.