Russian air defense units have brought down a military transport plane carrying Western arms outside Odessa, Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said on Saturday.
“Near Odessa Russian anti-aircraft defense forces have shot down a Ukrainian military transport plane, which was delivering a large shipment of arms supplied to Ukraine by Western counties,” he said.
In addition, according to Konashenkov, operational and tactical aviation destroyed 67 areas of concentration of Ukrainian military personnel and hardware in the past 24 hours.
Russia’s missile troops hit 317 military facilities, including 274 strongholds and areas of concentration of the enemy’s manpower, 24 command posts and two field fuel facilities of Ukrainian troops. Two Ukrainian drones were shot down outside Lozovaya and Veselaya.
Konashenkov on Sunday also said Kiev employed more than 6,800 foreign mercenaries from 63 countries since Russia started its special operation.
“The Kiev nationalist regime has employed a total of 6,824 foreign mercenaries from 63 countries since the start of the special military operation,” he said.
Most mercenaries – 1,717 people – came from Poland, about 1,500 from the US, Canada and Romania, the spokesman said. Up to 300 people arrived from the UK and Georgia each while 193 people came from the areas of Syria that are controlled by Turkey, Konashenkov said.