06.00 24.04.2022 regarding the Russian invasion
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spokesman for the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Oleksandr Stupun
The sixtieth era of the heroic opposition of the Ukrainian people to the Russian military invasion began. The full-scale armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine continues. The enemy continues to conduct offensive operations in the Eastern Operational Zone in order to defeat the Allied forces, establish full control over the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions and ensure a land route between these territories and the occupied Crimea.
The enemy is regrouping and expanding missile and artillery units to support the offensive, and continues to launch missile and bomb strikes on military and civilian infrastructure. In the Volyn and Polissya directions, the enemy did not take active action. Certain units of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus continue to carry out tasks to cover the Ukrainian-Belarusian border in Brest and Gomel regions. In the areas of the settlements of Grabovka, Hlybotske and Kalinino, Gomel region, engineering equipment of positions was carried out.
In the northern direction without significant changes. The FSB Border Service of the Russian Federation continues to provide enhanced protection of the Ukrainian-Russian border in the Bryansk and Kursk regions. The enemy is increasing the engineering and fortification equipment of positions in the Bryansk region at a distance of up to 3 km from the state border of Ukraine.
In the Slobozhansky direction, the enemy increased the grouping of troops by transferring and concentrating additional units in the Belgorod region. Thus, according to available data, 60 km from the state border of Ukraine deployed launchers OTRK “Iskander-M”. The enemy continues to partially blockade Kharkiv, firing on units of our troops and critical infrastructure. In order to complicate the movement of units of the Defense Forces in the area of the village of Korotichi, the enemy conducted remote mining.
The occupiers are firing on the positions of our troops in the areas of Kurulka and Nova Dmytrivka, conducting air reconnaissance of the positions of units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with the help of the Orlan-10 UAV in the areas of Barvinkove, Kurulka and Husarivka. In the Donetsk and Tavriya directions, the enemy fires on the positions of our troops with the use of mortars, artillery and rocket-propelled grenades along the entire line of contact. Intensified offensive and assault operations on Severodonetsk, Kurakhiv and Popasnyansky directions. There are battles in the areas of Zarichne, Rubizhne and Popasna. In the Severodonetsk direction, the enemy launched pontoon crossings across the Krasna River. It is increasing the air defense system in the Avdiivka direction. In the Mariupol direction, the enemy continued to fire and blockade our units in the Azovstal area of Mariupol. Inflicts air strikes, including from long-range aircraft. Using the railway connection, the enemy makes attempts to establish logistical support for troops.
In the South Buz direction, the enemy continues to hold positions, in some areas it tries to improve the tactical position, exerts fire on the positions of units of our troops and civilian infrastructure of Ukrainian settlements. The Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, along with other anti-aircraft units of the Defense Forces, destroyed seventeen air targets the previous day: nine UAVs, three planes and five cruise missiles.
Twelve attacks by the Russian occupiers were repulsed in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts over the past 24 hours, four tanks, fifteen armored and four units of motor vehicles, and five artillery systems were destroyed. We believe in the Armed Forces of Ukraine! Win together! Glory to Ukraine!