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It's hell here: Ukrainian Armed Forces fighter on situation in Zaporizhzhia direction

20 September, 2023 Wednesday

Legion of Freedom fighter Kostiantyn Denysov noted that fierce battles continue on the Zaporizhzhia front, with Russian artillery and aviation complicating the advance

He said this on Espreso TV channel.

"We are in the Zaporizhzhia direction, it's hell here. The Russians have gone crazy. They are firing from all the weapons they have. They are firing at our infantry with grenade launchers, Uragan MLRS, and Soncepyok flamethrower systems. It is very difficult to advance. Russian artillery is firing non-stop. We are responding qualitatively, but they have parity in artillery," emphasized Denysov.

According to the fighter, the Ukrainian army desperately needs more long-range weapons that have proven to be effective.

"Long-range weapons allow us to knock out Russian launchers and destroy enemy logistics. We need aviation, because Russian helicopters are hunting for our equipment and dropping bombs from airplanes," Denysov added.

The situation at the front: the latest news

On September 14, Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar said that the Ukrainian military had liberated the village of Andriivka near Bakhmut, Donetsk region. However, the 3rd Separate Mechanized Brigade denied the statement and called it false.

On September 14, the Ukrainian Defense Forces successfully advanced in the area of Klishchiivka, Donetsk region. According to the Ukrainian General Staff, as of the morning of September 15, it became known that the Ukrainian Armed Forces had liberated Andriivka.

On September 16, the American Institute for the Study of War noted that after the Ukrainian military liberated Andriivka, they continued offensive operations near Bakhmut and in the western Zaporizhzhia region. At the same time, the tactical situation south of Bakhmut worsened for the Russian army.

On September 17, the Ukrainian Defense Forces completely liberated Klishchiivka, south of Bakhmut in the Donetsk region, but the enemy continued to try to capture the town.

On September 18, the AFU General Staff reported that the Ukrainian military repelled Russian attacks near Bila Hora in the Bakhmut direction, and in the area of Klishchiivka in the Donetsk region, they continue to conduct assault operations, inflicting significant losses in manpower and equipment on the enemy, and consolidate the achieved positions.

Subsequently, the deputy commander of the 3rd separate assault brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Major Rodion Kudryashov, noted that after the successful advance of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the possibility of liberating Bakhmut opened up for Ukraine.

On September 18, the commander of the Ukrainian Army, Colonel General Oleksandr Syrskyi, visited the positions of the brigades and battalions that liberated Klishchiivka and Andriivka in the Bakhmut direction.

The day before, Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar reported that during another week of full-scale war, Ukrainian defenders liberated 2 square kilometers in the Bakhmut direction and 5.2 square kilometers of Ukrainian territory on the southern front.

As of September 18, the liberated area near Bakhmut amounts to 51 square kilometers, and on the southern front, the Ukrainian Armed Forces have already liberated 261.7 square kilometers since the beginning of the counteroffensive.

On September 19, the ISW stated that the recent advance of Ukrainian troops south of Bakhmut had degraded Russian defense units in the area, as the Ukrainian Armed Forces destroyed the combat capability of elite Russian units during the liberation of Andriivka and Klishchiivka.

On September 19, the UK Ministry of Defense reported that Russian occupation forces had concentrated their forces to advance in the Kherson direction, while they began to withdraw their units from the south and east.

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