06.00, 20.10.2022 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-ninth day of the Ukrainian nation’s heroic resistance to the Russian large-scale invasion has begun. During the day, units of the Defense Forces repelled the attacks of the occupiers in the areas of settlements of Bilogorivka, Luhansk region; Bakhmut, Bakhmutske, Klishchiivka, Krasnohorivka, Novomykhailivka, Nevelske, Opytne and Maryinka of the Donetsk region.
During the day, the enemy launched eleven missile and twenty-eight air strikes, carried out more than sixty-five attacks from rocket salvo systems.
Areas of more than twenty-five settlements were hit by the enemy. These are, in particular, Burshtyn in the Ivano-Frankivsk region, Ladyzhyn in the Vinnytsia region, Zelenodolsk in the Dnipropetrovsk region, Siversk, Sloviansk and Terny in the Donetsk region, Znachkovo in the Zaporizhia region, and Davidiv Brid in the Kherson region. For their crimes, the occupiers used cruise, aviation and anti-aircraft guided missiles. In addition, the enemy launched more than ten Iranian-made Shahed-136 unmanned aerial vehicles, more than half of which were from the territory of the Republic of Belarus.
The situation has not changed significantly in the Volyn, Polis and Siver directions. The enemy shelled in other directions: in the Slobozhansk direction – from artillery of various calibers, in the areas of the settlements of Hoptivka, Hryanikyvka, Kolodyazne, Krasne, Ohirtseve and Strelecha of the Kharkiv region; in the Kupyansk and Lymansk directions – from barrel and rocket artillery, in the areas of the settlements of Berestov, Kislivka, Pershotravneve of the Kharkiv region; Kovalivka, Novoyehorivka, Novolyubivka in the Luhansk region and Zarichne, Terny and Torske in the Donetsk region;
in the Bakhmut direction – from tanks and artillery, in the areas of Andriivka, Bakhmut, Bakhmutske, Bilogorivka, Zelenopilya, Klishchiivka, Kurdyumivka, Severnye, Mayorsk, New York, Soledar and Yakovlivka settlements of the Donetsk region; in the Avdiivsk direction – from tanks, mortars, barrel and jet artillery, in the areas of Avdiivka, Vodyane, Pervomaiske, Opytne, Krasnohorivka, Maryinka, and Novomykhailivka settlements of the Donetsk region.
The enemy did not conduct active offensive actions in the Novopavlovsk and Zaporizhzhya directions. Fired in the areas of more than 20 settlements along the entire contact line. Among them are Velyka Novosilka, Vremivka, Vugledar, Zolota Niva of the Donetsk region and Mykilske, Orihiv and Chervone Zaporizhzhia. The enemy continues to set up defensive positions in the South Buz direction. To deter a counteroffensive, our troops are shelling populated areas along the entire contact line.
According to available information, reinforcements from the number of mobilized persons have arrived in the temporarily occupied territory of Luhansk region. Numerous cases of robberies and looting are noted. It is possible that a significant number of the mentioned contingent arrived from places of deprivation of liberty. According to preliminary information, the leaders of Iran and the Russian Federation have agreed to send advisers and instructors on the use of attack UAVs to the territory of the Russian Federation. In particular, it is known about the training of the operators of the existing “Shahed-136” UAVs and the promising “Arash-2” UAVs.
There is a high probability that the Russian occupiers will fire on the civilian population of the Kherson region. Thus, on the morning of October 19 of this year, in the temporarily occupied territory, messages were sent out calling for the evacuation of the population of Novaya Kakhovka, allegedly in connection with the preparation of shelling by units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to detailed information, as a result of the strikes of the Defense Forces during the last few days, it was confirmed that enemy personnel and equipment were damaged in Zaporizhzhya region – up to 150 servicemen were injured and about 15 units of weapons and military equipment were destroyed.
Air Defense Forces have carried out ten strikes during the past day. The defeat of six areas of concentration of weapons and military equipment, as well as four positions of the enemy’s anti-aircraft missile systems, was confirmed. Air defense units shot down six cruise missiles, one Ka-52 helicopter and sixteen UAVs, fourteen of them “Shahed-136”. Iranian production.
Units of missile troops and artillery hit three control points, six areas of concentration of manpower, weapons and military equipment, one ammunition depot, a EW station and six other important objects, including a bridge and an enemy pontoon crossing. We work for victory! We believe in the Armed Forces! Glory to Ukraine!