16 March: MiG 29 for Ukraine, the situation in Bakhmut

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Situation summary of war in Ukraine by region for Thursday, March 16, 2023.
Illustrated Photo / Photo: Zelensky’s official Telegram channel

Illustrated Photo / Photo: Zelensky’s official Telegram channel

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By Pavlo Vitenko

Summary by regions

Luhansk Region

The enemy conducted an unsuccessful offensive near Bilohorivka. Conducted artillery shelling of Novoselivske, Nevske, Dibrova and Bilohorivka.

Donetsk Region

The enemy fired S-300 air defense systems, carried out an airstrike «R-37», an airstrike (missile type not established), used «Hurricane» MLRS, mortars, artillery, tanks. Avdiivka, Kostyantynivka, Chasiv Yar, Bakhmut, village were shelled. Halytsynivka, the town of Velyka Novosilka, the villages of Vremivka, Karlivka, Novosamarske, Severne, Tonenke, Hryhorivka, Novoukrainka, Orlivka, Georgiivka, Zoryane, Komyshivka.

35 residential buildings (seven of them high-rise buildings), two schools, a workshop of Private joint-stock company «AKHZ», and seven cars were damaged.

In the Donetsk region, one person died and 11 were injured during the day.

Sumy Region

In the Sumy region, three enemy shellings (two artillery and one grenade launcher) were recorded in the morning on the border territories and settlements, in particular on the Bilopillia community. According to preliminary information, there were no victims or destruction.

During the day yesterday, the Russians shelled the territories of Krasnopillia, Khotyn, Shalyhyne and Nova Sloboda communities. 14 shellings from various types of weapons were recorded, 161 explosions/shots rang out. There is destruction.

As a result of mortar shelling of the Khotyn community (7 hits), the office of an agricultural company was destroyed. In the Shalyhyne community, a private farm building burned down due to mortar shelling (10 hits).

Kharkiv Region

Yesterday morning, the enemy struck Kharkiv with an S-300 missile. The regional educational complex for hearing-impaired children, windows in a 16-story building, and several cars were damaged. No casualties.

During the past day, in the Slobozhansk direction, the Russians shelled the areas of the settlements of Lemishchyne, Strelecha, Krasne, Staritsa, Vovchansk, Bochkove, Budarky, Ambarne and Kolodyazne.

In the Kupiansk direction, the enemy conducted unsuccessful offensive actions in the Hryanikyvka area. He carried out artillery shelling of the areas of the settlements of Dvorichna, Hryanikyvka, Kupiansk and Krokhmalne.

As a result of the shelling of the village At least three private houses were damaged in Gatyshche of Chuhuiv district.

During the day, massive shelling of the border villages of the Zolochiv community of Bohodukhiv district was recorded. The village was under artillery fire. Flattened 7 buildings were destroyed, there is no power supply. The enemy also attacked the villages of Huriev, Kozachok and Chervona Zorya. Private houses were damaged. No victims.

Dnipropetrovsk Region

The Russian army struck Marhanets with heavy artillery yesterday. Two people died, five were injured.

13 high-rise buildings and 9 private buildings were damaged. One house caught fire, rescuers extinguished the fire. A shop, a cultural institution, a dormitory and farm buildings were damaged.

Zaporizhzhia Region

during the past day, the invaders shelled the civilian infrastructure in the area of the settlements of Charivne, Zatyshsha, Olhivske, Gulyaipole, Orikhiv, Preobrazhenka, Chervone, Novodanylivka, Kamianske, Zaliznychne, Mala Tokmachka, Malynivka, Novoandriivka, Temyrivka, Stepove, Kushuhum, Malokaterinivka.

10 reports were received about the destruction of houses (apartments) of citizens and infrastructure facilities as a result of enemy shelling.

Kherson Region

According to the information of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the enemy is shelling settlements located near the contact line, in particular – Chervonyi Mayak, Tokarivka, Antonivka, Dniprovske and Kherson.

Over the past day, the Russians carried out 88 shellings, firing 413 shells from heavy artillery and «Hrad».

The enemy shelled Kherson 5 times. 16 shells hit residential quarters, private and apartment buildings. Three people were injured.

In the Stanislavsk community, people were blown up by Russian explosives during sowing operations. A local resident was injured.

Another 113 people were evacuated from the territory of Kherson Oblast liberated from Russian troops.

UKRAINE: More than a thousand Russians were eliminated during the day: the losses of the Russian Federation have already exceeded 162,500 – the General Staff

Lays the groundwork for a further counteroffensive: the Armed Forces talked about the importance of defending Bakhmut

About 30,000 Russians were killed in the battles for Bakhmut – Britain in the OSCE

Minimal successes: the offensive of the Russian army slowed down – ISW

WORLD: In the coming days, Poland will hand over the first MiG-29 aircraft to Ukraine – Duda

Israel agreed to sell defense systems against Iranian drones to Ukraine – Axios

Scholz said that Germany will help provide the Armed Forces with ammunition

G7 countries refuse to lower price ceiling on Russian oil – WSJ

Dozens of children and thousands of adults remain in Bakhmut – Donetsk Regional Military Administration

Some residents of Donetsk flatly refuse to leave.

33 children and about three thousand adults still remain in Bakhmut. Evacuation is currently underway in the city, as well as along the entire freight line.

Pavlo Kyrylenko, the head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration, stated this on the air of the telethon.

Before the start of the full-scale war, 72 thousand people lived in Bakhmut. The Donetsk region, whose population was 1.6 million people, was left by 1.1 million citizens. There are people in the region who categorically refuse to leave, says Kyrylenko.

By Pavlo Vitenko, Ukrainian Freedom News

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