MOSCOW, October 20. /TASS/. Russian troops fully restored the forward edge of the Kherson defenses after the Ukrainian army’s failed attempt to break through the defense line, Defense Ministry Spokesman Lieutenant-General Igor Konashenkov reported on Thursday.
"In the area of the settlement of Sukhanovo in the Kherson Region, the enemy managed to wedge into the defense of Russian troops. The Russian military command committed a tank reserve to action and carried out ambush operations, inflicting heavy damage on the enemy, as a result of which Ukrainian army units fled the battlefield chaotically," the spokesman said.
The Ukrainian military also attempted to break through the Russian troops’ defenses in the area of the settlements of Novaya Kamenka and Chervony Yar, engaging up to three battalions, including a tank unit, at the front’s narrow section. The situation at the forward edge of the defense line was fully restored, the general added.
Russian forces thwarted the Ukrainian army’s attempts to cross the Zherebets River in the Krasny Liman area, pushing the enemy back to its initial positions, Konashenkov reported.
"In the Krasny Liman direction, Russian troops thwarted by concentrated fire the Ukrainian army’s attempts to cross the Zherebets River in the areas of the communities of Nadiya, Stelmakhovka and Makeyevka in the Lugansk People’s Republic and Yampolovka in the Donetsk People’s Republic," the spokesman said.
Russian artillery and army aviation aircraft pushed the enemy back to its initial positions, the general said.
"Over 40 Ukrainian troops, two combat armored vehicles and three pickup trucks were destroyed," Konashenkov reported.