The Defense Forces of Ukraine continue to conduct defense in the east and south of Ukraine, offensive operations in the Melitopol direction and Bakhmut directions. They are successful and consolidate on the achieved frontiers. Over the past day, 25 combat clashes took place, the hottest in the Donetsk region.

This is stated in the morning report of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

"The enemy launched 16 missile and 72 air strikes, carried out 65 MLRS attacks both on the positions of our troops and on civilian objects of our state. As a result of Russian terrorist attacks, unfortunately, there are dead and wounded among the civilian population. Private residential buildings, apartment buildings, a hotel, a kindergarten and other civilian infrastructure were destroyed and damaged," the statement reads.

Airstrikes were carried out: Leonivka, Chernihiv Oblast; Popivka, Ponomarenko, Sumy Oblast; Synkivka, Ivanivka, Kislivka of the Kharkiv Oblast; Nadiya, Novoyehorivka, Nevske, Bilohorivka of the Luhansk Oblast; Spirne, Vasyukivka, Pivnichne, Avdiivka, Maryinka, Novomykhailivka, Urozhayne, Zelene Pole of the Donetsk Oblast; Verbovo, Robotine of the Zaporizhia Oblast; Beryslav, Odradokamyanka, Olhivka and Lviv of the Kherson Oblast.

About 150 settlements in Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson oblasts came under artillery fire.

The situation at the front

In the area of responsibility of the "North" Joint Task Force in the Volyn and Polissya directions, the operational situation remains without significant changes.

In the Siverskyi and Slobozhanskyi directions, the enemy maintains a military presence in the border areas, conducts active sabotage activities in order to prevent the transfer of our troops to threatening directions, and increases the density of minefields along the state border in the Belgorod region.

In the area of responsibility of the Khortytsia Joint Task Force in the Kupyansk and Lyman directions, the enemy did not conduct offensive (assault) operations.

In the Bakhmut direction, Ukrainian defenders successfully repelled 5 enemy attacks in the Klishchiivka area of the Donetsk region, where the enemy tried to restore the lost position.

In the area of responsibility of the Tavriya Joint Task Force in the Avdiivka direction, the Defense Forces repelled enemy attacks in the areas of the settlements of Avdiivka and Severne of the Donetsk oblast. Mar'yinka axis: the enemy conducted unsuccessful offensive actions in the Mar'yinka area of the Donetsk oblast, where during the day it made 10 unsuccessful attempts to displace Ukrainian units from their positions. In addition, the enemy tried to restore the lost position in the Novomykhailivka area of the Donetsk oblast, but was unsuccessful.

Defense and offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

At the same time, in the Shakhtarsk and Zaporizhzhia directions, Ukrainian defenders continue to hold the line on the occupied frontiers, protecting our land from the occupiers.

In the Melitopol direction, the defense forces continue the offensive operation, inflict losses on the occupying forces in manpower and equipment, continue to gain a foothold on the occupied frontiers and exhaust the enemy.

In the area of responsibility of the Odesa Joint Task Force in the Kherson direction, the Defense Forces continue to conduct counter-battery fighting, destroy warehouses and inflict successful damage on the enemy's rear.

The enemy continues to suffer significant losses

According to the General Staff, the 200th Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade of the 14th Army Corps of the Coastal Forces of the Northern Fleet of the Russian Federation, which takes part in hostilities between Bakhmut and Soledar, has high combat losses of personnel, both sanitary and irreversible.

"In the city of Pervomaisk, Luhansk region, a military hospital has been set up in the central city hospital, where more than 200 servicemen of the Russian occupation forces, mainly from the 200th brigade, are being treated. The personnel of the unit have a low level of morale and psychological state and lack motivation for further hostilities," the report says.

The occupiers use civilians as "human shields"

The Russian occupiers cynically continue to violate international humanitarian law. In the village of Nove, Zaporizhzhia region, Russian troops use private yards where civilians live as firing positions to accommodate military equipment and personnel.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian Air Force of the Defense Forces carried out 11 strikes on the areas of concentration of personnel, weapons and military equipment, as well as 7 strikes on the enemy's anti-aircraft missile systems. Units of missile forces inflicted damage on 9 artillery pieces, the area of concentration of personnel and military equipment, an ammunition depot and an enemy electronic warfare station.

As ISW previously reported, the Russian occupiers are preparing new troops to break through the defenses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

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