Espreso. Global

Ukraine's army repulses 24 attacks in Kupyansk area, Russians try to encircle Avdiivka – General Staff

18 October, 2023 Wednesday

The Ukrainian Defense Forces hold defense in the east and south of the country, as well as launch offensive operations in the Melitopol and Bakhmut directions

This is stated in the morning report of the General Staff for October 18.

“In the region protected by the Tavria group of forces, situated in the Avdiivka area, the enemy continues its attempts to encircle Avdiivka. Ukrainian forces successfully repelled five enemy attacks,” as reported.

In the Kupyansk region, Ukrainian troops thwarted more than 15 Russian attacks near the settlements of Synkivka, Ivanivka, and Kyslivka in the Kharkiv region. Additionally, they defended against nine attacks in the vicinity of Nadiya in the Luhansk region.

Ukrainian defense forces are actively engaged in both defensive and offensive actions, focusing on the eastern and southern regions of the country. In the Melitopol and Bakhmut directions, Ukrainian forces are conducting an offensive. Meanwhile, Russia has launched missiles and airstrikes targeting the civilian population, resulting in casualties and destruction.

The situation at the frontline

Russia carries out airstrikes on populated areas of the Sumy, Luhansk, Donetsk, and Kherson regions. Russia is also shelling about 100 settlements in the Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson regions with artillery.

  • In the area of the northern border with Belarus, the operational situation has not changed. 
  • In the northeastern border area, the Russian forces maintain a military presence, conduct active sabotage activities to prevent the deployment of Ukrainian troops to dangerous areas and increase the density of minefields along the state border in the Belgorod region.
  • Russia did not conduct any offensive (assault) actions in the Lyman direction.
  • In the Bakhmut direction, Ukrainian defenders repulsed Russian attacks near Klishchiivka, Donetsk region. Ukrainian defense forces continue assault operations south of Bakhmut, Donetsk region, consolidating their positions and inflicting losses in manpower and equipment on the Russian enemy.
  • In the Marinka and Shakhtarsk directions, Ukraine's military repelled more than 20 Russian attacks in the vicinity of Marinka and Novomykhailivka in the Donetsk region and another 2 attacks south of Zolota Nyva and south of Prechystivka in the Donetsk region.
  • In the Zaporizhzhia direction, Ukrainian forces held their positions southwest of Robotyne in the Zaporizhzhia region.
  • In the Kherson direction, the Defense Forces are engaged in counter-battery combat, successfully hitting Russian depots and rear areas.

The Ukrainian Defense Forces continue their offensive operation in the Melitopol direction and have partial success in the area west of Robotyne (Zaporizhzhia oblast). Ukrainian soldiers inflicted losses in manpower and equipment on the occupation forces, exhausting the enemy all along the front line. 

Ukrainian army’s strikes against the Russian forces

The military aircraft from the Defense Forces conducted 15 airstrikes on the enemy's forces and equipment, and 3 strikes on their anti-aircraft missiles.

Additionally, the missile units of the Defense Forces eliminated five enemy command centers, an area where enemy soldiers, weapons, and equipment were located, a storage facility holding enemy ammunition, and enemy artillery.

Russian losses 

The total combat losses of the enemy from 24.02.22 to 18.10.23 were approximately:

  • personnel – about 290,050 (+620) 
  • tanks ‒ 4981 (+2) 
  • armored personnel vehicles ‒ 9420 (+15) 
  • artillery systems – 6944 (+8) 
  • MLRS – 814 (+0) 
  • anti-aircraft warfare systems ‒ 547 (+0)
  • aircraft – 319 (+1) 
  • helicopters – 323 (+6) 
  • UAVs operational-tactical level - 5301 (+10)
  • cruise missiles ‒ 1534 (+1)
  • ships/boats ‒ 20 (+0) 
  • submarines - 1 (+0) 
  • vehicles and fuel tanks – 9303 (+10) 
  • special equipment ‒ 982 (+0)

Air assaults on the Ukrainian territory

In the last 24 hours, there were 69 combat clashes. The enemy launched rockets three times and conducted 35 aerial bombings. They also fired on our positions and civilian areas 39 times using jet systems. Additionally, Russia targeted Ukraine with a Kh-59 missile, S-300 missiles, and six Shahed-136/131 drones. Our anti-aircraft defenses successfully intercepted one Kh-59 missile and six Shaheds. These Russian attacks resulted in civilian casualties, as well as damage to private homes and civilian infrastructure.

  • During the night of October 18, the Russian military carried out six missile strikes on Zaporizhzhia. These strikes hit a multi-story building, causing the death of two people, injuring four, and leaving three others missing.
Read also:
  • News
2023, Friday
8 December
UAVs, grenade launchers and ammunition: Germany hands over new aid package to Ukraine
map of fighting near Avdiivka
Russian forces are increasingly using 'meat assaults' in Avdiivka sector
Russia prepares mobilization after Putin's re-election - expert Stupak
Russia stops providing medical care to Ukrainians without its passports in Luhansk region
Ukrainian parliament adopts law on national minority rights
What about US aid? Has everyone abandoned us? Are we all going to die?
Four EU trade unions call for boycott of Polish carriers due to Ukrainian border blockade
Potential impact of freezing war in Ukraine: Analysis by military expert Kovalenko
Ukrainian counteroffensive: achievements and setbacks in summer-autumn campaign
German bank will provide over EUR 24 million to create energy-efficient housing for internally displaced Ukrainians
Scandalous and dangerous decision: Ukrainian MP comments on Poland’s investigation into Operation Vistula 
Russian shelling damages frontline thermal power plant
Putin announces his intention to run for president in 2024
Russia attacks Ukraine with cruise missiles, resulting in casualties: one person killed, 8 injured in Dnipropetrovsk region
Finland refuses to extradite Petrovsky, one of leaders in Russian Rusich Group, to Ukraine
Without Kyiv's membership in NATO, civilized world will lose
Russia fears expansion of Ukrainian bridgehead on left bank of Kherson region - military expert Zgurets
Apache and Black Hawk: helicopters price and waiting time 
In Ukraine, almost 500 settlements without power due to weather, hostilities and technological failures
Destroys targets at distance up to 8 km: Zgurets tells about US VAMPIRE anti-missile system
Russia holds about 500 medics in captivity - Ukraine to OSCE
"British special forces fought near Bucha": Russian fakes compilation for December 7
Russia uses new close assault strategy in Avdiivka sector. Serhiy Zgurets' Column
Gas pipeline catches fire in temporarily occupied Crimea
Russia launches 6 missile strikes on Kharkiv: 1 civilian killed, 2 injured
Russia tries to break through to Petropavlivka and Senkivka, Kharkiv region - Kupyansk Military Administration
Border blockade: Ukrainian railway company dispatches first trucks from Poland to Ukraine
Ukrainian Navy reveals Russian plans for Zalyv plant in Kerch, built before Crimea’s annexation
Russia loses 990 soldiers, 26 armored vehicles and 12 artillery systems in one day of war in Ukraine — General Staff
2023, Thursday
7 December
Victorious news of 652nd day of war: Russia’s losses near Avdiivka reach 15,000, Ukraine to receive Vampire counter-drone systems
Stormer: British invisible systems with super-fast missiles that massively destroy Russian drones
Switzerland's largest provider starts broadcasting Espreso TV channel
Enough explosives to ­destroy Russia’s Black Sea navy: The Times shows Ukrainian sea drones base
FrankenSAM is air defense revolution: what technologies US is transferring to Ukraine
28,000 civilian Ukrainians are held in Russian captivity — Commissioner for Human Rights
Russian troops are pulling up tanks: where Russia plans to launch new offensive?
Ukrainian authorities learn from their mistakes. And this is important
Russia deploys all available equipment near Avdiivka - AFU officer Tsekhotskyi
Russians announce 'evacuation' from occupied Nova Kakhovka - Ukraine's official
Russian hackers interfere with political processes in UK
More news