Live updates: Russia’s war in Ukraine

One of Ukraine’s most senior military officers said there have been nearly 400 clashes between Ukrainian and Russian forces in Ukraine’s eastern regions this week.

Brig. January Oleksiy Hromov, deputy head of the Ukrainian military’s Main Operational Directorate, said Russia continues to launch missile and artillery strikes along a wide front.

“Since December 8, the enemy has launched 41 missile strikes,” including 38 S-300 missile strikes, on Ukrainian civilian infrastructure and troop positions.

Russia has also launched 32 explosive-laden drones at energy facilities, including 15 self-detonating drones at civilian infrastructure in Kyiv, he said. Almost all Iranian-made drones were intercepted.

Hromov said that “388 military clashes with the enemy took place in eastern Ukraine this week” and claimed that the Russians had suffered heavy casualties.

“During December 1 and 2, up to 500 wounded were taken to hospitals in Luhansk, most of them mercenaries from the private military company Wagner,” he said.

“In total, until December 4, more than 3,600 wounded Russian servicemen from the so-called special contingent were in hospitals in the occupied territories,” Hromov said. There is no way to verify the estimate.

Hromov also said that Ukrainian attacks on Russian positions and facilities behind the front line continued.

“During the week, artillery units hit 309 enemy targets, including 34 checkpoints, 24 warehouses with ammunition and fuel,” he said.

In addition, he said, the high-precision weapons had targeted 58 locations, including five ammunition depots.

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