4 January: Heavy fighting in Soledar-Bakhmut section, the situation in Orikhiv

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Situation summary of war in Ukraine by region for Wednesday, January 4, 2022.
Kramatorsk, Donetsk region / Photo: Associated Press

Kramatorsk, Donetsk region / Photo: Associated Press

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By Pavlo Vitenko

Summary by regions

Luhansk Region

Enemy attacks were repulsed near Stelmakhivka and Belogorivka. On the Kupiansk and Lyman directions, Makiivka, Ploshanka and Dibrova came under fire from the Russians. The situation in the region remains difficult.

Donetsk Region

At night, there were three rocket strikes on Kostyantynivka. The warehouses of the enterprise, the sports field and the school yard were damaged. In the morning, combat operations intensified on the front line in the Ocheretyn community, shelling of the village of Vesele continued.

During the day, Kurakhove and Hirnyk were shelled. There was a direct hit to a five-story residential building in Kurakhove, 5 more high-rise buildings were partially damaged. The Karlivka filter station is de-energized.

During the night, the positions and surroundings of the Toretsk community were shelled with heavy weapons and small arms. Power lines outside the city were damaged. In Donetsk region in a day: one dead, five injured civilians.

Sumy Region

Yesterday afternoon, the Russians shelled the Seredyno-Budsk community with mortars. There were four arrivals of 120 mm caliber. Znob-Novhorod community – six mines yesterday evening. There were no damages or casualties.

Kharkiv Region

In the Slobozhansk direction, the enemy shelled the areas of the settlements of Strelecha, Krasne, Zelene, Ternova, Staritsa, Ohirtseve, Vovchansk and Ambarne.

In the Kupiansk direction, Novomlynsk, Dvorichna, Kupiansk, Kotlyarivka and Tabaivka were affected by fire. A private house was damaged by shelling in Vovchansk.

In the village of Dvorichna, the occupiers fired at fire engines. A 42-year-old man was injured there. Hospitalized in moderate condition. A 50-year-old man received an explosive injury in Kupiansk. Hospitalized. The condition is average.

Dnipropetrovsk Region

The Russians shelled Nikopol again. Russian heavy artillery hit Nikopol itself. No victims. In the city, several buildings and several farm buildings, a car, a gas pipeline and an electric transmission line were damaged.

Zaporizhzhia Region

At night, the enemy again attacked Zaporizhzhia with rockets. As a result of the arrival of three s300 missiles, a fire broke out at the civil infrastructure facility. According to preliminary data, one person was injured. The data is being verified.

During the past day, the occupiers shelled the civilian infrastructure in the area of the settlements of Zaporizhzhia, Gulyaipole, Novodanylivka, Dorozhnyanka, Mali Shcherbaki, Stepove, Kamianske, Zaliznychne, Biloghirya, Plavni, Orihiv, Gulyaipole, Novoandriivka, Olhivske, Charivne, Poltavka, Mala Tokmachka, Malynivka, Gulyaipilske. There is the destruction of houses (apartments) of citizens and infrastructure facilities as a result of Russian shelling.

Kherson Region

The civilian infrastructure of the settlements: Kherson, Molodizhne, Antonivka and Beryslav was damaged by artillery shelling.

On the way out of Mala Oleksandrivka, Beryslav district, a car with civilians came across Russian explosives. As a result of the injuries received, two men died, another was injured, doctors are fighting for his life. In general, two people died and five were injured in the Kherson region last day.

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The cannonades in Orikhiv hardly stop, but people remain there to help the military

The occupiers raid Orikhiv around the clock.

One person died, one is in critical condition, two are in extremely serious condition. The Russians shelled the «Point of Invincibility» in the town of Orikhiv in Zaporizhzhia. The shell exploded when people came there to charge their phones. The elderly man died on the spot, TSN reports.

«Hrads», self-propelled guns and barrel artillery – the occupiers are firing around Orikhiv around the clock. Locals say that it’s a sin, but it’s a good thing that only one person died – a man went out to get some fresh air. The wounded were taken to the hospital, one of them is in an extremely serious condition.

Despite the terrible shelling, old and young people remain in Orikhiv. «We bring firewood to the soldiers, we deliver water, this is our job. It’s sometimes a little quiet, I’ll pick up the trash, and so we mostly take it to the blockposts for the guys, we cut firewood to the front line, well, in the dugout, we work, we help,» says a local tractor driver.

You can’t stand still here. If people aren’t running, it’s obviously a break between explosions. Volunteers who deliver clothes and food are confused – there shouldn’t be a population here at all, but people stay. «Well, it’s Orikhiv – but if Liman is nothing there, then Orikhiv is somewhere nearby. The center is broken, when the center is broken, it is already a slipper. If there were flights to Nikopol, then Orihiv is like the front line,» says the volunteer.

Currently, there are 800 residents left in Orihiv out of 12,000. They refuse to leave, no matter how they are persuaded. They will wait for the Armed Forces to push back the enemy, because now the Russians are several kilometers from the town.

By Pavlo Vitenko, Ukrainian Freedom News

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