"In the course of armed hostilities, all attempts of the terrorists to attack the Ukrainian military near Nikishyne, Ridkodub, Novoivanivka, Novohryhorivka, Popasna direction and in Vodiane, Opytne, Mariinka and Maiorsk have been repulsed. The terrorists suffered heavy losses in manpower and equipment," the statement reads.
According to the ministry, over the past 24 hours (26-27 Jan.), the Ukrainian military destroyed four combat vehicles, five SP-guns and 7 vehicles of the terrorists.
"The Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed four tanks, nine armored combat vehicles, four MLRS Smerch, 12 MLRS Grad, 18 vehicles, one aircraft L-39, two AN-2, one Yak-52, two Yak-50 and four Mi-24 helicopters," the Defense Ministry added.
The information was confirmed by the General Staff. Acting head of the press center of the General Staff Vladyslav Selezniov confirmed the information to Ukrainska Pravda, Censor.NET reports.
"As a result of a special operation in the ATO area the militants' aircraft were destroyed. This is the same equipment which they boasted saying they have aviation which they planned to use against our forces in the ATO area," Selezniov said.
He did not specify the location of the airfield, noting that this information is classified.
"This is enemy equipment. Mi-24 is military equipment," he said.