17 March: Shelling of Avdiivka, Russian spies exposed in Poland

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Situation summary of war in Ukraine by region for Friday, March 17, 2023.
Avdiivka, Donetsk region / Photo: TSN

Avdiivka, Donetsk region / Photo: TSN

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By Pavlo Vitenko

Summary by regions

Luhansk Region

In the Kupiansk and Lyman directions of the front, the aggressor is trying to break through the defense of the Armed Forces. During the day, there were unsuccessful offensive actions in the districts of Kreminna and Kuzmyne.

The Russians also carried out artillery shelling of the Novoselivske, Nevske and Bilohorivka districts.

The situation in the region remains tense.

Donetsk Region

The city of Avdiivka was shelled this morning by air rockets, three rockets hit the central part of the city. Information on damage, destruction and victims is established, previously – without victims among the civilian population.

Chaotic shelling of positions continued along the line of defense around the city, and in the morning there was an intensification of assaults in the direction of Krasnohorivka and Vesele and Vodyane.

During the day, the enemy shelled: Avdiivka, Bakhmut, Kostyantynivka, Kurakhove, Zalizne, Chasiv Yar, Velyka Novosilka, Hostre, Pivdenne, Krasnohorivka.

37 residential buildings (including 5 multi-apartment buildings), a correctional colony building, a school, two farm buildings, three official cars, and two civilian cars were damaged.

In the region, two people were killed and eight were injured in a day.

Sumy Region

Yesterday, during the day, the Russians shelled the territories of the Shalyhyne and Bilopillia communities. Enemy shelling from mortars and AGS were recorded. Without losses and destruction.

Kharkiv Region

In the Kharkiv region, in the Slobozhansk direction, the enemy shelled more than 20 areas of populated areas. Among them are Strelecha, Krasne, Morokhovets, Ohirtseve, Mala Vovcha, Milove, Obukhivka, Novomlynsk, Kutkivka and Shevchenkove.

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

Yesterday evening, the enemy once again shelled the city of Vovchansk, and the city of Kupiansk was also shelled. A private house was damaged. No victims.

Dnipropetrovsk Region

Yesterday, the enemy aimed its heavy artillery at the Nikopol district, shells hit the Marhanets community. The aggressor hit the Velyka Mykhailivka community of the Synelnykove district with a MLRS. Previously, there were no deaths or injuries. Information about the destruction is being clarified.

Zaporizhzhia Region

Invaders shelled civilian infrastructure in the area of Gulyaipole, Zaliznychne, Charivne, Olhivske, Novodanylivka, Orikhiv, Novoandriivka, Chervone, Bilohirya, Shevchenko, Kamianske, Stepove, Mali Shcherbaki settlements. 13 reports were received about the destruction of buildings and infrastructure facilities.

Kherson Region

In the Kherson region over the past day, the enemy carried out 76 shellings, firing 275 shells from heavy artillery and «Hrad».

The enemy shelled the city of Kherson 13 times.

47 shells hit residential quarters, private and multi-apartment buildings and a social infrastructure facility. One person was injured.

Russian invaders attacked a medical facility in Kherson. According to operational information, the enemy struck the territory of the medical facility from drones. Enemies attack damaged vehicles and nearby buildings. Previously, patients and doctors were not injured.

56 people were evacuated from the liberated territory of the region.

UKRAINE: The losses of the Russian army exceeded 163 thousand: another 760 soldiers were destroyed – the General Staff

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Battles for Bakhmut: the defense continues, the enemy cannot cross the river

Ukraine built a reliable defense in Bakhmut.

Experts of the American Institute for the Study of War concluded that Russian troops have reduced the pace of their operations at the front, compared to previous weeks.

Military expert Oleksii Hetman spoke about the offensive potential of the Russians in Bakhmut and in other areas on «1+1» during the national telethon «Yedyni Novyny».

«In Bakhmut, the Russians have stopped trying to surround the city from the north and south and are trying to attack directly in the front with assault groups, but they have reached the Bakhmutka River and the fighting is going on there. 

So far they have not crossed this river. It is small – a few tens of meters. But it became an obstacle that they cannot overcome, and for the time being we are holding a defense there. It is known that a meeting of the Staff of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief was held a few days ago. A collegial decision was made that for the time being it makes sense to hold this defense in the city of Bakhmut. We will withdraw the troops from there we won’t for now. The situation is difficult, but under control,» he said.

By Pavlo Vitenko, Ukrainian Freedom News

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