18.27.09.2022 regarding the Russian invasion
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Oleksandr Shtupun, spokesman of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Glory to Ukraine! The two hundred and sixteenth day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian nation to the Russian military invasion continues. The enemy continues to focus its efforts on holding the captured territories, attempts to fully occupy the Donetsk region, as well as disrupting the active actions of the Defense Forces in certain areas. It fires at the positions of our troops along the contact line, conducts aerial reconnaissance, and in some areas tries to restore lost positions.
The enemy continues to destroy civilian infrastructure and peaceful residential buildings. There remains the threat of air and missile strikes on the entire territory of Ukraine. During the day, the enemy carried out 2 missile and 6 air strikes, carried out more than 20 attacks from rocket salvo systems on military and civilian objects, violating the norms of International Humanitarian Law, laws and customs of warfare. More than 15 settlements were damaged by enemy fire. In particular, Zaporizhzhia, Mykolaiv, Ochakiv, Avdiivka, Krasnohorivka, Poltavka and Marinka.
The situation in the Volyn and Poliske directions has not changed significantly. In other directions, the enemy fired from tanks, mortars and barrel artillery: in the Seversky direction – in the areas of the settlements of Huta-Studenetska, Mykhailove, Sosnivka and Starosillia of the Chernihiv region and Prohody and Nova Huta of the Sumy region; in the Slobozhansk direction – in the areas of Veterinarne, Udy, Vovchansk, Hoptivka and Strelecha settlements; in the Kramatorsk direction – Golubi Ozera, Siversk, Verkhnokamianske, Dvorichne, Dronivka, Zakitne and Minkivka;
in the Bakhmut direction – Bakhmut, Bakhmutske, Vesela Dolyna, Soledar, Yakovlivka, New York and Rozdolivka; in the Avdiiv region – Avdiivka, Berdychi, Opytne, Vodyane, Krasnohorivka, Maryinka and Novomykhailivka; in the Novopavlivskyi direction – Yehorivka, Vugledar, Prechistivka, Bogoyavlenka and Pavlivka. More than 20 settlements were shelled in the Zaporozhye direction. Among them are Novosilka, Stepnohirsk, Shevchenko, Novopil, Vremivka, Poltavka and Uspenivka.
More than 35 settlements along the contact line were hit by fire from tanks, mortars, and barrel artillery in the South Buz direction. In order to conduct reconnaissance, adjust fire and strike at civilian infrastructure objects, the enemy made more than 50 UAV sorties, in particular, the Iranian-made “Shahed-136”. To replenish personnel losses, the military-political leadership of the Russian Federation is trying to organize the forced mobilization of Ukrainian citizens in the temporarily occupied territories.
During the current day, units of the Defense Forces of Ukraine repelled enemy attacks in the areas of the settlements of Soledar, Mayorsk, Kurdyumivka, Zaitseve, Bakhmut, Bakhmutske, Vyimka, Spirne, Pervomaiske and Kamianka. To support the actions of the ground groups, the Air Force of the Defense Forces carried out 10 strikes. It was confirmed that 7 areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment of the enemy and 3 positions of anti-aircraft missile systems were damaged.
In addition, our air defense units destroyed 1 Su-25 aircraft and 5 UAVs of various types. Missile troops and artillery hit 5 control points, up to 15 areas of concentration of enemy manpower and equipment, 2 air defense positions and 3 ammunition warehouses. Losses are being verified. Let’s keep our weapons strong! We believe in victory! Glory to Ukraine!