Thursday, December 21, 2023

UKRainian Forces Repel 78 Attacks in 6 Sectors; UKR on Defensive in Most Areas, Hold Positions in Kherson Oblast; 92 Combat Clashes at Front Over Last Day, Most on Avdiivka Front; RU Losses 1,000 Soldiers, 60 Armoured Combat Vehicles, 44 Tanks, 38 Artillery Systems, OVER PAST DAY, LIVE UPDATES and MORE

War update: Ukrainian forces repel 78 enemy attacks in six sectors:
In the past 24 hours, Ukraine’s Defense Forces have repelled 78 Russian attacks in the Kupiansk, Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka, Marinka and Zaporizhzhia directions.
The relevant statement was made by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Facebook, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
Ukrainian forces continue holding positions on the left bank of the Dnipro River in the Kherson region and inflicting fire damage on Russian occupiers.
Ninety-two combat engagements have occurred on the front over the past day. The operational situation is remaining challenging in eastern and southern Ukraine, according to the General Staff.
During the day, the Ukrainian military intercepted one enemy Kh-59 guided missile.
Meanwhile, Russian troops launched one missile strike and six air strikes, and opened fire with multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) 33 times on Ukrainian positions and settlements.
Following Russian terrorist attacks, casualties among civilians were reported, as well as the damage caused to residential houses and other civil infrastructure.
In the Volyn and Polissia directions, the operational situation remained rather unchanged. No enemy offensive groupings were detected. Certain Belarusian units are completing tasks within the areas bordering with Ukraine.
In the Siverskyi and Slobozhanskyi directions, Russian invaders are maintaining military presence within the border areas, conducting sabotage activities and shelling border settlements from Russia’s territory. Over 25 settlements were affected by Russian artillery and mortar strikes in the Sumy and Kharkiv regions.
In the Kupiansk direction, Ukrainian forces repelled four enemy attacks near the Kharkiv region’s Synkivka and to the east of Petropavlivka. About 10 settlements were affected by enemy artillery and mortar strikes. --->READ MORE HERE
Photo: General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
Ukrainian forces on defensive in most areas, hold positions in Kherson Oblast – General Staff:
Ukrainian defenders are "exhausting" the Russian army on the Melitopol front, consolidating their positions on the Bakhmut front, leading counter-battery actions on the Dnipro River's left (eastern) bank in Kherson Oblast, and repelling Russian attacks on most fronts.
Source: General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Facebook, information as of 06:00 on 18 December
Details: The Ukrainian General Staff reported 64 combat engagements over the past 24 hours. The Russians launched a total of two missile strikes and 29 airstrikes and bombarded the positions of Ukrainian forces and populated areas 47 times using multiple-launch rocket systems.
The Russian occupying forces attacked Ukraine once again overnight, using five Shahed-136/131 kamikaze UAVs. Ukrainian air defence forces destroyed all of them.
Russian airstrikes targeted the following settlements: Petropavlivka (Kharkiv Oblast); Terny, Zvanivka, Novobakhmutivka, Avdiivka, Novomykhailivka and Paraskoviivka (Donetsk Oblast); and Krynky and Olhivka (Kherson Oblast).
Russian artillery fire affected more than 100 settlements in Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, Kherson and Mykolaiv oblasts.
The situation on key fronts: --->READ MORE HERE
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