06.00 18.05.2022 regarding the Russian invasion

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spokesman for the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Oleksandr Stupun The eighty-fourth era of the heroic opposition of the Ukrainian people to the Russian military invasion began. The enemy is firing along the entire line of contact and in the depths of the defense of our troops in the Donetsk operational area and in the Slavic direction, taking measures to strengthen the offensive group.

In other areas, the enemy’s main efforts are focused on maintaining the previously occupied frontiers, conducting reconnaissance, engineering equipment positions, replenished stocks, and trying to improve its tactical position. Russian invaders continue to launch missile strikes on military and civilian targets throughout Ukraine.
In the Volyn, Polissya and Seversky directions, units of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus are carrying out tasks to strengthen the Ukrainian-Belarusian border in the Brest and Gomel regions. The threat of missile and air strikes on the objects of our State from the territory of Belarus remains. To demonstrate the presence and restraint of units of the Defense Forces of Ukraine, the enemy continues to maintain units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in the border areas of Bryansk and Kursk regions. In some areas, the enemy strengthens the system of air defense and engineering equipment positions.
The enemy continues to shell artillery positions of our troops and civilian infrastructure in the border settlements of Chernihiv and Sumy regions. In the Kharkiv direction, the enemy focused on maintaining its positions and preventing the further advance of our troops. The aggressor is carrying out artillery shelling of the settlements of Tsyrkuny, Ruski Tyshky, Cherkasy Tyshky and Pitomnyk. In the Slavic direction, the enemy is attacking the village of Dovgenke. To support the offensive in a certain area deployed jet and artillery units.
In order to provide logistical support and replenish the units that suffered casualties, the aggressor moved weapons and military equipment from the territory of the Russian Federation. In the Donetsk direction, the enemy continues to attack in the Lyman, Severodonetsk, Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Kurakhiv directions. In the Lyman direction, the enemy launched an offensive in order to establish full control over the settlement of Drobysheve and blockade the Lyman from the north.
In the Bakhmut and Severodonetsk directions, the aggressor concentrated up to fifteen helicopters in the Luhansk region to support the offensive. In Mariupol, the enemy is focusing its efforts on blocking our units near the Azovstal plant. Continues to inflict artillery and air strikes. In the Novopavlovsk and Zaporizhzhya directions, the enemy reinforces groups of troops to conduct an offensive in the direction of Polohy – Orikhiv.
In the South Bug direction, the enemy focuses its main efforts on maintaining the occupied frontiers, conducting reconnaissance, and engineering equipment of positions. Exercises fire on units of our troops. In the Nikolaev direction for fire defeat of our armies the Russian occupiers deployed on fire positions to ten batteries of jet and to eight – barrel artillery. In the Kryvyi Rih direction, Russian troops conducted demonstrations to bind Ukrainian troops, improve engineering equipment and replenish supplies.
In the Bessarabian direction, the situation in the Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova remains tense and has not undergone significant changes. Ships of the Black Sea Fleet in the Black and Azov Seas continue to perform tasks to isolate the area of ​​hostilities, reconnaissance and fire support in the coastal direction.
In the previous day, the air defense units of the Land Forces hit ten UAVs of operational and tactical level, anti-aircraft missile units of the Air Force destroyed one UAV and four cruise missiles. Twelve enemy attacks were repulsed in the Donetsk and Luhansk directions over the past 24 hours, three tanks, three artillery systems, six units of armored combat vehicles and seven enemy vehicles were destroyed. About the total losses of the enemy a day later. Let’s win together! Glory to Ukraine!