18.00, 16.10.2022 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 thirty-fifth 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, is concentrating its efforts on trying to restrain the actions of the Defense Forces in certain directions, and at the same time is trying to conduct offensive actions in the Bakhmut and Avdiiv directions.
The enemy is shelling the positions of our troops along the entire contact line, carrying out engineering equipment of defensive positions and lines in separate directions and conducting aerial reconnaissance. Violating the norms of International Humanitarian Law, the laws and customs of war, it strikes critical infrastructure and the homes of the civilian population. During the current day, the enemy launched one missile and ten air strikes, carried out eight attacks from rocket salvo systems. Areas of more than ten settlements were hit by Russian occupiers. In particular, Strilecha and Terny in the Kharkiv region, Pavlivka and Novosilka in the Donetsk region, and Pravdyne and Biloghirka in the Kherson region.
The situation in the Volyn and Poliske directions has not changed significantly. A planned rotation of units of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus involved in the protection of the state border is being carried out. The threat of missile and airstrikes, as well as the use of “Shahed-136” attack UAVs from the territory of the Republic of Belarus, remains. The enemy fired in other directions: in the Seversky direction – from artillery of various types, in the areas of the settlements of Senkivka, Hasychivka, Mykolaivka and Progress of the Chernihiv region and Bachivsk, Sosnivka and Pokrovka of the Sumy region;
in the Slobozhansk direction – from tanks, mortars, barrel and jet artillery, in the areas of Kozacha Lopan, Strilech, Ohirtseve, Gatishche, Vovchanski Khutory, Zybyne, Liptsi, Zarichne, and Kupyansk-Vuzlovy settlements of the Kharkiv region; in the Kramatorsk direction – from tanks and artillery along the contact line. In particular, in the areas of Grekivka and Bilogorivka settlements in Luhansk region and Zarichne, Rozdolivka, Serebryanka and Yakovlivka in Donetsk region; in the Bakhmut and Avdiiv directions, the enemy fired from tanks, mortars, barrel and rocket artillery along the entire line of contact.
On the Novopavlivskyi and Zaporizhzhya directions, the enemy shelled more than twenty-five settlements. Among them are Vilne Pole, Vremivka, Velyka Novosilka, Novopil, Zolota Niva and Ugledar of the Donetsk region and Zeleniy Gai, Shcherbaki, Orikhov and Charivne of the Zaporizhia region. In the South Buz region, more than thirty-five settlements along the contact line were hit by fire. In particular, Biloghirka, Novooleksandrivka, Suhy Stavok in the Kherson region and Shiroke, Kiselyvka, Ternovi Pody and Stepova Dolyna in the Mykolayiv region.
The occupiers are intensifying filtering measures in the Kherson region and have begun the process of evacuating so-called “state” institutions. According to available information, employees and property of banks and a pension fund are being taken from Kherson to the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea. The level of the moral and psychological state of the population in the border regions of the Russian Federation has significantly decreased. In particular, this is caused by the lack of medical care for civilians. According to available information, due to the mobilization of medical workers and an increase in the flow of wounded, civilians are being denied medical services in hospitals of the Belgorod region.
Our defenders continue to hold back the enemy and cause him losses in manpower and equipment. During the current day, the aviation of the Defense Forces made more than twenty strikes. Seventeen areas of concentration of weapons and military equipment, as well as four positions of the enemy’s anti-aircraft missile systems, were confirmed to have been hit. In addition, our air defense units shot down one enemy UAV. Units of missile troops and artillery hit one enemy command post during the current day. We believe in the Armed Forces! Together we will win! Glory to Ukraine!