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Victorious news of 575th day of war: Offensive Guard advances deep into Russian defense, Ukrainian army takes road near Bakhmut uder fire control, attacks Russian airfield in Crimea

21 September, 2023 Thursday

Ukrainian defenders struck at an airfield in occupied Crimea, advanced in the southern direction. Meanwhile, the US allocated more than a billion dollars in aid to Ukraine

Bakhmut-Horlivka road is under the Ukrainian army's fire control

One of the logistics arteries of the Russian army in the Bakhmut direction, the Bakhmut-Horlivka road, is under the Ukrainian military's fire control. Ilia Yevlash, a spokesman for the Eastern Military Grouping, said this during the telethon.

"The liberation of Klishchiivka and Andriivka allows us to get even closer to one of the logistics arteries supplying the enemy's groups in this area – the Bakhmut-Horlivka road, which is already under our fire control. Mortars and anti-tank units are already being sent there. Therefore, the enemy's supply in this area has already become significantly more complicated and will become more complicated in the future," emphasized Yevlash.

According to him, the exposure of this flank allows the Ukrainian military to strike more enemy personnel and equipment.

The spokesperson emphasized that Ukrainian defenders are trying to strike where the Russian enemy least expects it. As a result, despite their dominance in the air, the Russian troops suffer 7-8 times more losses on the defensive than the Ukrainian Armed Forces on the offensive.

Offensive Guard advances deep into Russian defense in the south

In the south, the Offensive Guard units have advanced deep into the Russian army's defense, and are now repelling enemy attacks. 

In the Melitopol sector, units of the Offensive Guard brigades are pushing the occupying Russian forces out of their positions and consolidating their positions despite strong enemy resistance.

"Despite dense mining and engineering equipment, as well as strong resistance from the Russian troops, our units had partial success, advancing both into the depths of the enemy's defense and along the front," Urshalovych said.

In addition, in the east, the National Guard units as part of the Defense Forces are also involved in defensive operations in the Kupyansk and Lyman areas, as well as offensive operations in the Bakhmut area.

"In the Kupyansk and Lyman sectors, the Russian troops are reinforcing their advanced units, continue to man up assault units, including tank units. Moreover, we observe attempts of its engineer and sapper groups to covertly arrange passages in their own minefields," said the colonel.

Strike on Saky military airfield in occupied Crimea

Ukraine’s Security Service and Navy have confirmed the strike on a military airfield in Crimea. They hit the Saky military airfield.

"On the night of September 21, the Defense Forces struck at the occupying Russian forces' military airfield near the city of Saky in the temporarily occupied Crimea."

It is noted that at that time there were at least 12 combat aircraft (Su-24 and Su-30) and Pantsir missile system at the airfield. There was also a training base for Mojaher UAV operators.

"It is these drones that are used by the Russian troops to coordinate their air attacks, as well as a combat strike drone," the statement says. 

For this attack, the Ukrainian fighters used drones to overload Russian air defense systems and then launched Neptune missiles.

Russian Telegram channels confirm serious destruction and losses, reporting at least 30 dead soldiers.

International assistance from Ukraine's partners

The state budget of Ukraine has received a USD 1.25 billion grant from the United States through the World Bank's Multi-Donor Trust Fund.

The grant will be used for pensions, payments to the State Emergency Service, salaries to healthcare workers, civil servants and teachers.

The grant is the fifth installment of additional financing provided under the World Bank's Public Expenditure Support for Sustainable Public Administration in Ukraine project.

Ukraine also received a new aid package from Germany.

Germany has reported on the provision of another military aid package to Ukraine: it includes satellite communication terminals, trucks, and tractor trucks.

The new aid package from Germany for Ukraine includes: 17 SatCom satellite communication terminals; an antenna amplifier; 4 HX81 tractor trucks and 4 trailers; 12 Mercedes-Benz Zetros trucks; and WISENT spare parts.

Sweden handed over 10 Stridsvagn 122 tanks to Ukraine after the Ukrainian crews completed their training: they are already on the battlefield.

"We have given them all that we can in terms of great matériel and good knowledge. We wish them all the luck in the world and that they succeed in freeing their country," said Mats Ludvig, Operations Commander, Army Staff. 

The decision to transfer the tanks was made on the anniversary of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, February 24, 2023. At the same time, the country agreed to train the Ukrainian military in the use of these tanks.

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