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Oleksandr Shtupun, spokesman of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Glory to Ukraine! The two hundred and twelfth day of heroic resistance of the Ukrainian nation to the large-scale Russian invasion continues. The enemy continues to focus its efforts on attempts to fully occupy the Donetsk region and hold the captured territories, as well as disrupt the active actions of the Defense Forces in certain areas. Fires at the positions of our troops along the entire contact line, tries to restore lost positions, conducts aerial reconnaissance.
The enemy does not stop striking civilian infrastructure and homes, terrorizing the civilian population. The threat of air and missile strikes remains for the entire territory of Ukraine. During the current day, the enemy launched 1 missile and 2 air strikes, carried out more than 15 attacks from rocket salvo systems on military and civilian objects on the territory of Ukraine, violating the norms of international humanitarian law, laws and customs of warfare. More than 10 settlements were affected by enemy strikes, in particular, Pechenygi, Yatskivka, Yarova, Maryinka, Krasnohorivka, Belogorivka, Myrolyubivka, Mykolaiv, Sukhy Stavok, and Novogrigorivka.
The enemy used an attack UAV against an infrastructure object in the city of Odesa. In the Volyn and Poliske directions, the situation remains without significant changes. In other directions, the enemy fired from tanks, mortars and artillery, namely: in the Seversky direction – in the areas of Gremyach and Khotiivka settlements of Chernihiv region and Novovasylivka, Nova Huta, Studenok, Shalygine, Andriivka, Khotin, Myropilske and Yzdetske of Sumy region;
in the Slobozhansk direction – in the areas of Veterinarne, Kudiivka, Hoptivka, Strelecha, Krasne, Hlyboke, Vovchansk, Budarky, Dvorichna, Kup’yansk and Kamianka settlements; in the Kramatorsk direction – Bogorodichne, Prishyb, Mayaki, Shchurove, Raihorodok, Stary Karavan, Dibrova, Ozerne, Kryva Luka, Mykolaivka, Siversk, Spirne, Rozdolivka, Vesele and Bilogorivka; in the Bakhmut direction – Vyimka, Yakovlivka, Soledar, Bakhmutske, Bakhmut, Vesela Dolyna, Odradivka and Zaitseve;
in the Avdiyivka direction – New York, Kamianka, Yuryivka, Orlivka, Avdiivka, Vodyane, Opytne, Krasnohorivka, Maryinka and Novomykhailivka; in the Zaporozhye region – Novomykolaivka, Zelene Pole, Vremivka, Velyka Novosilka, Novoukrainka, Zolota Niva, Vugledar, Neskuchne, Pavlivka, Gulyaipilske, Mali Shcherbaki and Mala Tokmachka. In the South Buzka direction, the enemy was shelling along the entire contact line. More than 30 settlements were shelled. Among them are Nikopol, Myrolyubivka, Ukrainka, Shiroke, Dobra Nadiya, Ternovy Pody, Lymany, Stepova Dolyna and Myrne.
In the temporarily captured and occupied territory of Ukraine, the occupying power started holding so-called “referendums”. Employees of the so-called “election commissions” conduct an active campaign to attract the maximum number of local residents to fake voting. Residents of most settlements in the temporarily occupied territories were restricted from leaving, with the aim of their participation in the so-called “referendums” and further training of men of conscription age for forced mobilization into the occupation forces.
In connection with the forced mobilization of workers of the Alchevsk metallurgical plant in the Luhansk region, production at the enterprise has been completely stopped. Damage to the enemy’s facilities in the previous days has been confirmed. Namely: the ammunition warehouse in the area of Borozenskoe settlement of Kherson region and three areas of concentration of enemy personnel in Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions. The losses of the Russian occupiers are up to 110 dead and over 120 wounded.
During the day, units of the Defense Forces repelled enemy attacks in the areas of Spirne, Soledar, Bakhmutske, Odradivka, Kurdyumivka, Zaitseve, Mayorsk, Kamianka, Avdiivka and Opytne settlements. During the current day, in order to support the actions of ground groups, the aviation of the Defense Forces made 10 strikes. Damage to 6 areas of concentration of enemy manpower and military equipment and 4 positions of anti-aircraft missile systems was confirmed.
In addition, our air defense units destroyed the occupiers’ helicopter. Missile troops and artillery continue to inflict fire damage on the enemy’s facilities, the losses of manpower and equipment of the invaders are being specified. We support the Armed Forces! Together to victory! Glory to Ukraine!