18.05.10.2022 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 twenty-fourth day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian nation to the large-scale Russian invasion continues. The enemy is trying to hold the temporarily captured territories, concentrates efforts on attempts to disrupt the active actions of the Defense Forces in certain directions, does not stop attempts to conduct offensive actions in the Bakhmut and Avdiiv directions. The enemy is regrouping units of his troops in separate directions.
The enemy continues shelling the positions of our troops along the contact line, carries out remote mining of the territory in separate directions and conducts aerial reconnaissance. Strikes civilian infrastructure and civilian homes, violating international humanitarian law, laws and customs of war. There remains the threat of air and missile strikes on the entire territory of Ukraine. During the current day, the occupiers launched three rocket and two air strikes, launched more than fifteen attacks from rocket salvo systems.
Objects and civilian population of more than 20 settlements were damaged by enemy strikes. Among them are Bila Tserkva, Ridkodub, Siversk, Soledar, Biloghirka, Karlivka, Zaporizhzhia, Nikopol, Kryvyi Rih and Myrne. The situation in the Volyn and Poliske directions has not changed significantly. The enemy fired in other directions: in the Seversky direction – in the areas of Golyshivske and Pysarivka settlements of the Sumy region;
in the Slobozhansk direction – in the areas of the settlements of Ivashki, Gur’iv Kozachok, Udy, Ridkodub, Vovchansk and Dvorichna; in the Kramatorsk direction – in the areas of the settlements of Kivsharivka, Kam’yanka, Novolyubivka, Terny, Torske, Ivanivka, Serebryanka, Spirne and Bilogorivka; in the Bakhmut direction – in the areas of Rozdolivka, Bilogorivka, Yakovlivka, Soledar, Bakhmutske, Bakhmut, Opytne, Ivangrad, Zaitseve, Odradivka, New York and Yuryivka settlements;
in the Avdiivka direction – in the areas of Avdiivka, Pervomaiske, Vodyane, Krasnohorivka, Maryinka and Novomykhailivka settlements. The enemy did not conduct active offensives in the Novopavlovsk and Zaporizhzhya directions. Fired in the areas of Volodymyrivka, Novosilka, Vremivka, Shakhtarske, Zolota Niva, Prechistivka, Pavlivka, Vesele, Chervone, Dorozhnyanka and Mala Tokmachka settlements.
In the South Buz direction, the enemy continues to take measures to regroup and withdraw his units. Fired more than 25 settlements along the contact line. In particular, Velike Artakove, Biloghirka, Blagodativka, Andriivka, Novohredneve, Sukhy Stavok, Luch, Stepova Dolyna, Soldatske, Pravdyne and Myrne. During the current day, units of the Defense Forces of Ukraine repelled the attacks of the occupiers in the areas of the settlements of Vyimka, Bakhmutske, Bakhmut, Mayorsk and Novomykhailivka.
In the temporarily occupied city of Energodar, the occupiers continue to exert moral and psychological pressure on the workers of the Zaporizhzhya NPP. Thus, according to available information, employees are forced to obtain Russian passports and enter into employment contracts with the state atomic energy corporation Rosatom through threats.
As a result of the successful actions of the Defense Forces in the Kherson direction, enemy units suffered losses and are trying to evacuate the wounded and equipment to the nearest crossings across the Dnipro River. In particular, the enemy moved up to 150 wounded servicemen and about 50 units of damaged military equipment to the settlement of Vesele, near the Kakhovskaya HPP.
In the temporarily occupied territory of the Luhansk region, due to the large number of wounded and the overloading of local medical institutions, the enemy has equipped and is using a school as a military hospital. According to preliminary information, up to 200 wounded servicemen are there.
The command of units of the Russian occupation forces continues to recruit prisoners in order to replenish the losses of personnel. According to preliminary information, more than 650 prisoners from the strict-regime correctional colonies of the Stavropol region agreed to take part in combat operations on the territory of Ukraine.
During the day, the aviation of the Defense Forces carried out more than ten strikes. The defeat of nine areas of concentration of weapons and military equipment, as well as two anti-aircraft missile systems of the enemy, was confirmed. In addition, our air defense units shot down seven enemy UAVs. Six of them are of Iranian production.
Missile troops and artillery during the current day hit two control points, twelve areas of concentration of manpower, weapons and military equipment, as well as ten other important enemy facilities. We believe in the Armed Forces! Together we will win! Glory to Ukraine!