MOSCOW, March 8. /TASS/. The Russian Armed Forces destroyed 2,482 military infrastructure facilities in Ukraine, official representative of the Russian Defense Ministry, Major General Igor Konashenkov.
"In total, 2,482 military infrastructure facilities in Ukraine were destroyed during the operation, including 87 command posts and communication centers of the Ukrainian armed forces, 124 S-300, Buk-M1 and Osa anti-aircraft missile systems, as well as 79 radar stations," he said.
According to him, 866 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 91 multiple rocket launchers, 317 field artillery guns and mortars, 634 units of special military vehicles, as well as 81 unmanned aerial vehicles were also destroyed.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said earlier 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.