5 December: Shelling of Kherson, battles near Bakhmut

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Situation summary of war in Ukraine by region for Monday, December 5, 2022.
Kherson / Photo: Associated Press

Kherson / Photo: Associated Press

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By Pavlo Vitenko

Summary by regions

Luhansk Region

Units of the Defense Forces of Ukraine repelled the attacks of the occupiers in the areas of Ploshanka and Bilohorivka last day. From tanks and artillery, the Russians opened fire on Novoselivske, Myasozharivka, Makiivka, and Ploschanka. Over the past day, the enemy fired at the positions of our soldiers 135 times. All enemy attacks were repulsed.

Donetsk Region

In the morning, shelling of Avdiivka and settlements of the Ocheretyn community. In the evening, there were strikes on Kostyantynivka (residential sector) and Kramatorsk (industrial zone). The situation near Bakhmut, Vuhledar and Avdiivka is difficult – constant shelling. Over the past day in the Donetsk region: 2 wounded civilians.

Sumy Region

This morning, mortar fire and artillery shelling were carried out in the Bilopillia community. As a result of the shelling, the power line was damaged. The village was also fired from a mortar in the morning. Oleksandrivka of the Velyka Pysarivka territorial community of the Okhtyrka district. In the morning, the enemy hit the Nova Sloboda community with barrel artillery. Information about the victims and the consequences is being clarified. Yesterday, December 4, during the day, the Russians carried out 64 strikes on the territory of the region. Yunakiv, Nova Sloboda, Velyka Pysarivka, and Shalyhyne communities were under enemy fire. It passed without casualties.

Kharkiv Region

In the morning, the Russians hit the civil infrastructure of Kupiansk with S-300 missiles. One person died. As a result of the shelling, a fire broke out at the service station, and a car was on fire. Damaged roofs of private houses. Information about the victims is being clarified. In addition, the occupiers carried out artillery strikes on settlements in the Kharkiv, Chuhuiv and Izyum districts. During the day, 2 people were injured as a result of the detonation of explosive objects: a 52-year-old man in Meref and a 66-year-old man in the village of Donetske, in the Izyum community.

Zaporizhzhia Region

During the past day, the occupiers shelled the civilian infrastructure in the area of Zaporizhzhia, Gulyaipole, Dorozhnyanka, Stepove, Orihiv, Novodanylivka, Bilohirya, Chervone, Shcherbaki, Olhivske, Mala Tokmachka, Novoandriivka, Malynivka, Zaliznychne, Pavlivka, Mali Shcherbaki. 11 reports were received about the destruction of houses (apartments) of citizens and infrastructure objects as a result of shelling by Russian military personnel. Detailed information on the consequences is being clarified.

Dnipropetrovsk Region

The Russians directed three missiles at Kryvyi Rih. They struck an industrial enterprise. A ruined workshop. One worker died, three people were injured. They are in the hospital. Moderate condition. In the Nikopol district, the enemy shelled the Marhanets community. People were not injured. Details are being clarified.

Kherson Region

The occupiers continue to shell the territory of the region. The enemy is firing artillery, tanks, mortars, and MLRS at peaceful settlements in the region and Kherson. Yesterday, rioters shelled the Tavria district of Kherson. Enemy shells hit the apartment building, damaged the walls, windows and gas pipeline. There are no casualties among civilians.

Also, during the shelling of the city, the building of the Kherson pre-trial detention center was hit. Some of the premises are damaged, among the staff there are wounded. As a result of the Russian artillery shelling of the central part of the city, the building of the Kherson film-concert hall «Yuvileiny» was badly damaged. A 65-year-old woman who was crossing the Dnipro River with her husband on a boat was injured by an automatic rifle. Unfortunately, the woman did not survive, and the man was not injured. In Kherson, work on restoration of electricity supply continues. Mobile operators have restored the operation of 85 base stations and 3 mobile stations in the liberated Kherson region. In the de-occupied Kherson Region, the clearing and repair of roads is ongoing.

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ISW has announced the latest news from Bakhmut: Battle Map

The Armed Forces continue to repulse endless Russian attacks in the Bakhmut area

The occupying forces continue their offensive on Bakhmut despite heavy losses in equipment and personnel.

The latest news from the front is reported by the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW).

The message indicates that on December 4, the Russians continued to carry out ground attacks in the Bakhmut area. The General Staff of Ukraine reported that during the day, the Armed Forces repulsed Russian attacks northeast of Bakhmut in the Berestove, Bilohorivka, Yakovlivka, Soledar, and Bakhmutske areas and south of Bakhmut in the Opytne, Klishchiivka, Andriivka, and Kurdyumivka areas.

Sources in Georgia and Ukraine confirmed the information that the Russian occupiers managed to surround the Ukrainian detachment of volunteers from Georgia. As a result of the fighting, six soldiers were killed, and the commander was wounded.

The Ukrainian military reports heavy fighting in Opytne, south of Bakhmut. In turn, the Russian military claims that the capture of Opytne will be of decisive importance for the further offensive on Bakhmut. The Russians also claim that the Ukrainian military launched an unsuccessful counterattack in Kurdyumivka (13 km southwest of Bakhmut) and that fighting continues in several settlements south of Bakhmut.

Serhii Cherevatyi, the spokesman of the Eastern Group of Ukrainian Forces, reported that the Russians lost approximately 50 people killed and the same number wounded during the day of fighting around Bakhmut. The command of the Russian troops ordered not to bring artillery shells close to the front because of the successful strikes of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the warehouses of the aggressors.

The Border Service reports that the Ukrainian military shot down a Russian Su-34 fighter-bomber on the outskirts of Bakhmut on December 3. The Russians continue their attacks near Bakhmut, despite heavy losses in equipment and personnel, to achieve at least some limited success, which will be of limited operational benefit.

ISW analysts also published a map of battles in the Bakhmut area.

By Pavlo Vitenko, Ukrainian Freedom News

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