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Moscow (The Times Groupe)- Russia said Thursday it shot down three more Ukrainian fighter jets in overnight operations.

Russian air defense systems shot down three Ukrainian aircraft — a Su-24, a Su-25 and a Su-27 — the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said during a press briefing in Moscow.

A total of 14 unmanned aerial vehicles and two rockets of the Smerch multiple rocket launcher were also destroyed, declared Igor Konashenkov.

Ukraine’s Kanatovo military airfield, a large ammunition depot, and a fuel depot were targeted with high-precision missiles, the spokesman said.

According to the spokesman, Russian forces struck 93 locations where Ukrainian troops and military equipment were stationed, as well as multiple command posts and other strategic targets.

The artillery units hit 32 control points, five ammunition depots, 403 strong points, areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment, and 51 positions of Ukrainian artillery. More than 600 nationalists and 61 units of military equipment were destroyed,” Konashenkov said.

“In total, since the beginning of the special military operation, 149 aircraft, 112 helicopters, 726 unmanned aerial vehicles, 288 anti-aircraft missile systems, 2,834 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 325 multiple rocket launchers, 1,306 field artillery and mortars, as well as 2,646 units of special military vehicles have been destroyed,” he said.

UN estimates that 3,238 civilians have been killed and 3,397 injured in Ukraine since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24. The true death toll is believed to be much higher.

UNHCR says over 5.7 million people have fled to other countries, with some 7.7 million more internally displaced.

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