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  • Situation update of General Staff of UAF regarding russian invasion as of 6 a.m., October 20, 2023
    Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, posted 20 October 2023 07:17

    Day 604 of the russian full-scale military aggression against Ukraine has begun.

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

    The Ukrainian Defense Forces continue to defend in the east and the south of Ukraine, conduct the offensive on Melitopol axis, and offensive operations on Bakhmut axis. As they destroy the enemy, they liberate the temporarily occupied territories and consolidate new positions.

    During the day of October 19, the occupiers cynically launched yet another missile attack with 1x Iskander-M ballistic missile on a civilian facility in the city of Mykolaiv. On top of that, the invaders used Shahed-136/131 attack UAVs against targets in southern Ukraine, most of the UAVs were shot down by the air defense.

    During the day of October 19, there were 90x combat engagements. The enemy launched a total of 12x missile and 60x air strikes, 53x MLRS attacks at the positions of Ukrainian troops and various settlements. Unfortunately, the russian terrorist attacks have killed and wounded civilians. Residential apartment blocks and private residence buildings as well other civilian infrastructure were destroyed or damaged.

    Air strikes hit Petropavlivka, Podoly, Pishchane (Kharkiv oblast), Bilohorivka (Luhansk oblast), Spirne, Vyimka, Vesele, Klishchiivka, Kurdyumivka, New York, Avdiivka, Berdychi, Oleksandropil, Novomykhailivka, Vuhledar, Pavlivka (Donetsk oblast), Robotyne, Novodanylivka (Zaporizhzhia oblast), Beryslav, and Vesele (Kherson Oblast).

    About 150x settlements in Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson 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 soldiers repelled more than 30x enemy attacks in the vicinities of Synkivka, Ivanivka (Kharkiv oblast), as well 12x attacks near Nadiya (Luhansk oblast).

    Lyman axis: the Ukrainian Defense Forces prevented the loss of positions in the vicinity of Makiivka (Luhansk oblast).

    Bakhmut axis: the enemy made unsuccessful attempts to regain the lost position in the vicinity of Klishchiivka (Donetsk oblast). In turn, the Ukrainian Defense Forces continue assault operations south of Bakhmut (Donetsk oblast), inflict losses in manpower and equipment on the enemy, and consolidate their new positions.

    Tavria operational-strategic group, Avdiivka axis: the enemy resumed its advance and keeps trying to encircle Avdiivka. The Ukrainian soldiers are standing their ground, inflicting numerous losses on the enemy. Thus, during the day of October 19, enemy losses amounted to almost 900x killed and wounded occupants, almost 50x tanks and more than 100x armored vehicles of the adversary were destroyed or damaged. The enemy’s offensive in the vicinities of Novokalynove, Stepove, and Sjeverne (Donetsk oblast) was also unsuccessful.

    Maryinka axis: the enemy conducted unsuccessful assault operations with air support in the vicinities of Maryinka (Donetsk oblast). The Ukrainian Defense Forces repelled 16x attacks of the adversary in that area.

    Shakhtarske axis: the Ukrainian troops repelled enemy attacks in the vicinities of Zolota Nyva and Staromaiorske (Donetsk oblast).

    Zaporizhzhia axis: the Ukrainian defenders prevented the loss of positions in the vicinity of Verbove (Zaporizhzhia oblast).

    Odesa operational-strategic group, Kherson axis: the Ukrainian Defense Forces conduct counter-battery fire and strike behind the enemy lines.

    The Ukrainian defense forces continue their offensive operation on Melitopol axis, inflicting losses in manpower and equipment on the occupation forces, exhausting the enemy all along the front line.

    During the day of October 19, Ukrainian Air Force launched an air strike on 1x command post, 13x air strikes on the concentrations of troops, weapons, and military equipment, and 4x air strikes on the anti-aircraft missile systems of the adversary. Also, the Ukrainian defenders shot down 4x operational-tactical level reconnaissance UAVs of the enemy.

    The Ukrainian missile troops hit 1x command post, 2x concentrations of troops, weapons, and military equipment, 2x TOS-1A “Solntsepyok” heavy flamethrower systems, and 13x artillery systems of the occupiers.

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