Russian Defence Ministry spokesperson, Igor Konashenkov on Wednesday said airstrikes hit 73 military targets in Ukraine overnight.
“As a result of the impact of high-precision missiles in the Novovorontsovka and Kyselivka areas, up to 40 soldiers of the Ukrainian troops, as well as seven armoured vehicles, were destroyed,” said Mr Konashenkov.
Independent sources could not confirm the information.
Mr Konashenkov, in his daily morning briefing, said the attacks were mainly directed against tactical targets.
In addition to the air force attacks, Russian missile forces and artillery also shelled 1,053 military objects, said the defence ministry.
He did not give any details on the Russian ground offensive. He also left open whether Ukrainian localities were captured.