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  • Situation update of General Staff of UAF regarding russian invasion as of 6 a.m., December 17, 2023
    Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, posted 17 December 2023 07:35

    Day 662 of the russian full-scale military aggression against Ukraine has begun.

    The adversary continues to ignore the laws and customs of warfare, using the terror tactics, launching missile and air strikes, and firing multiple launch rocket systems not only at the military, but also at numerous civilian targets across Ukraine. 

    During the day of December 16, there were 89 combat engagements. The enemy launched a total of 4 missile and 72 air strikes, more than 92 MLRS attacks at the positions of Ukrainian troops and various settlements. Unfortunately, the russian terrorist attacks have killed and wounded civilians. Private residential buildings and other civilian infrastructure were destroyed or damaged. 

    During the day of December 16, the occupiers launched yet another attack on Ukraine, using 34 Shahed-136/131 strike UAV. The Ukrainian air defense forces and means destroyed all of the strike UAVs. 

    Also, during the day of December 17, the russian occupiers launched yet another air strike on Ukraine using 7 Shahed-136/131 UAVs. All of the enemy drones have been destroyed. 

    Air strikes hit Bolohivka, Synkivka, Petropavlivka, Ivanivka, Pishchane, Berestove (Kharkiv oblast), Serebryanske forestry (Luhansk oblast), Terny, Minkivka, Druzhba, Pivnichne, New York, Oleksandropil, Ocheretyne, Novobakhmutivka, Avdiyivka, and Novomykhailivka (Donetsk oblast). 

    More than 110 settlements in Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, Kherson, and Mykolayiv oblasts came under artillery fire.

    Pivnich operational-strategic group, Volyn and Polissya axes: no significant changes.

    Sivershchyna and Slobozhanshchyna axes: the adversary maintains its military presence in the areas of russia bordering Ukraine. The enemy troops conduct active subversive activities in order to prevent the deployment of Ukrainian troops to threatened axes. The adversary increases the density of minefields along the state border in Belgorod oblast (russia).

    Khortytsia operational-strategic group, Kupyansk axis: Ukrainian defenders repelled 14 enemy attacks near Synkivka (Kharkiv oblast) and Stelmakhivka (Luhansk oblast). 

    Lyman axis: the Ukrainian defenders repelled 6x occupiers’ attacks in the vicinity of Serebryanske forestry (Luhansk oblast) and east of Terny (Donetsk oblast).

    Bakhmut axis: the Ukrainian troops repelled 12 attacks of the adversary near Bohdanivka, Ivanivske, Klishchiyivka, and Andriyivka (Donetsk oblast). The Ukrainian Defense Forces continue inflicting losses in manpower and equipment on the enemy, and consolidate their new positions.

    Tavria operational-strategic group, Avdiyivka axis: the Ukrainian defenders continue to hold back the enemy who keeps trying to encircle Avdiyivka. The Ukrainian soldiers are standing their ground and inflicting major losses on the invaders. The Ukrainian Defense Forces successfully repelled 17 enemy attacks east of Novobakhmutivka, Stepove, Avdiyivka, and 13 more attacks in the vicinities of Nevelske and Pervomaiske (Donetsk oblast). 

    Maryinka axis: the Ukrainian soldiers continue to hold back the enemy in the vicinities of Maryinka, Pobjeda, and Novomykhailivka (Donetsk), and successfully repelled 12 attacks in that area. 

    Shakhtarske axis: the enemy did not conduct any offensive (assault) operations.

    Zaporizhzhia axis: the Ukrainian Defense Forces repelled 12 adversary attacks west of Novopokrovka and Robotyne (Zaporizhzhia oblast).

    At the same time, the Ukrainian Defense Forces continue their active operations on Melitopol’ axis to inflict losses in manpower and equipment on the occupation forces, and exhaust the enemy all along the front line. 

    Odesa operational-strategic group, Kherson axis: the Ukrainian Defense Forces maintain their positions held on the left bank of the Dnipro River, conduct counter-battery fire, as they strike behind the enemy lines.

    During the day of December 16, the Ukrainian Air Force launched air strikes on 21 concentrations of troops, weapons, and military equipment of the adversary.

    The Ukrainian missile troops hit 7 concentration of troops, weapons, and military equipment, 1 command post, 2 air defense systems, 13 artillery systems, 1 ammunition depot, and 1 fuels and lubricants depot of the russian invaders.

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