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Ukrainian major names number of tanks deployed by Russia along frontline

18 December, 2023 Monday
18:39

Reserve Major with Ukraine's National Guard Oleksii Hetman says that the Russian forces have concentrated over 3,000 tanks along the entire front line, 1,000 of which are in the Kupyansk sector

He said this on the Espreso TV channel

"The Russian forces have concentrated more than 40,000 personnel in the Avdiivka sector. This is a very significant force. However, despite the fourth wave of the offensive, they have not made significant progress. Very heavy fighting continues there. The defence forces are trying to hold back Russian enemy," said Hetman.

The  major provided an estimate of the number of troops that Russia has concentrated in the Kupyansk sector.

"The enemy has concentrated a large group of troops in the Kupyansk sector. In particular, 130,000 personnel, 2,000 pieces of heavy equipment, including 1,000 tanks. In total, the Russian forces have concentrated more than 3,000 tanks along the entire front line. One third of them are in the Kupyansk sector.  Russia has also reinforced their artillery units, concentrating more than 800 artillery systems in the Kupyansk sector. The entire group will try to reach the Oskil River. However, even if they succeed, it will be difficult for them to force the river," he added.

  • On December 14, the General Staff reported that Ukrainian defenders repelled 13 enemy attacks in the Kupyansk sector, and that the Ukrainian Defence Forces repelled an enemy attack east of Terny in the Donetsk region.
  • On December 15, the General Staff reported that Ukrainian troops had repelled Russian attacks in the Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka, Kupyansk, Mariinka and Zaporizhzhia directions over the course of a day. The Armed Forces also neutralised 1,090 soldiers.
  • On December 18, the General Staff reported that 64 combat engagements took place on the frontline over the past day. Ukrainian defenders repelled most of the attacks of Russian troops, particularly in the Avdiivka, Bakhmut and Kupyansk directions, and eliminated more than a thousand soldiers.
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