MOSCOW, November 19. /TASS/. Russian forces thwarted an attempt by Ukrainian troops reinforced by mercenaries to advance in the Kupyansk area, eliminating over 60 militants, Defense Ministry Spokesman Lieutenant-General Igor Konashenkov reported on Saturday.
"In the Kupyansk direction, active operations by Russian troops thwarted attacks by Ukrainian company tactical groups reinforced by mercenaries from the areas of the settlements of Pershotravnevoye, Kislovka and Krakhmalnoye in the Kharkov Region," the spokesman said.
During the combat, Russian forces destroyed enemy manpower and military equipment, the general said.
"As a result of damage inflicted by artillery fire and strikes by assault and army aviation aircraft, over 60 Ukrainian troops and mercenaries, three tanks, one infantry fighting vehicle and two armored personnel carriers were destroyed," Konashenkov reported.