November 18, 2022

Ukraine Defense Ministry: Russia launches 5 airstrikes and 27 missile strikes

Ukraine Defense Ministry

Over the past 24 hours, units of the Defence Forces repelled the attacks of the occupiers in the areas of the settlements of Novoselivske and Stelmakhivka in the Luhansk oblast and Bilohorivka, Verkhnyokamianske, Spirne, Opytne, Pervomaiske, Vodyane and Novomykhailivka in the Donetsk oblast.

The enemy does not stop shelling the positions of our troops and settlements near the contact line. Over the past day, the russian invaders launched 5 air strikes and 27 missile strikes, carried out more than 50 MLRS attacks.

During the past 24 hours, civil infrastructure objects in Balakliya and Izyum settlements of Kharkiv oblast were damaged by rocket attacks; Vilniansk, Zaporizhzhia oblast; Dnipro and Nikopol in Dnipropetrovsk oblast; Ochakiv, Mykolaiv oblast, and Odesa.

The situation in the Volyn and Polissya directions has not changed significantly. The threat of the enemy launching missile and air strikes from the territory and airspace of the republic of belarus remains.

The enemy shelled in other directions:

in the Siversky direction – from mortars and barrel artillery, in the areas of the settlements of Gremyach and Senkivka in the Chernihiv oblast and Hirky, Seredyna-Buda, Ukrainske and Fotovyzh in the Sumy oblast;

in the Slobozhanskyi direction – from tanks and artillery of various types, in the areas of the settlements of Hlyboke, Ohirtseve, Osynove, Starytsa and Khatne of the Kharkiv oblast;

in the Kupyansk and Lyman directions – from tanks and the entire spectrum of artillery, in the areas of the settlements of Berestove, Kislivka, Krokhmalne, Pishchane and Tabaivka in the Kharkiv oblast; Hrekivka, Makiivka, Nevske and Stelmakhivka in Luhansk oblast and Kolodyazne in Donetsk oblast;

in the Bakhmut direction – from tanks, mortars, barrel and rocket artillery, in the areas of Andriivka, Bakhmut, Bakhmutske, Bilohorivka, Verkhnyokamianske, Klishchiivka, Kurdyumivka, Ozaryanivka, Opytne, Mayorsk, New York, Soledar, Spirne and Yakovlivka Donetska oblast;

in the Avdiivka direction – from tanks and artillery, in the areas of Vodyane, Krasnohorivka, Maryinka, Novomykhailivka, Pervomaiske settlements of the Donetsk oblast;

in the Novopavlivka direction – from mortars, barrel and rocket artillery, in the areas of Bohoyavlenka, Vremivka and Vuhledar settlements of the Donetsk oblast;

in the Zaporizhzhia direction – from mortars, in the areas of Zaliznychne, Mali Shcherbaky and Shcherbaky of the Zaporizhzhia oblast;

in the Kherson direction – from barrel and jet artillery, in the areas of the settlements of Antonivka, Odradokamyanka and Chornobayivka in the Kherson oblast.

Active recruitment of workers of industrial enterprises to the private military company “wagner” has begun in the Belgorod region. Thus, according to the agreement with the management of the Oskol electrometallurgical plant, workers of draft age will be involved in military training at the base of the “wagner” PMC for a period of 30 days with retention of wages. Meetings are planned to be held in batches of 25% of employees of the specified category from the plant. Upon completion, participants will be asked to sign a contract with a private military company.

In connection with the significant losses of personnel and the insufficient number of medical personnel in the units of the occupiers on the territory of Ukraine, in the temporarily occupied territories of the Luhansk oblast, by order of the so-called ministry of health, employees of medical institutions in the region were obliged to register for military service for further additional staffing of vacant positions.

Over the past day, the Defence Forces of Ukraine have been shot down 4 cruise missiles, 2 guided air missiles and 5 Shahed-136 unmanned aerial vehicles.

Operational update as of 18.00, November 18, 2022

During the day, the enemy launched 5 missile strikes as well as more than 10 MLRS attacks.

The situation in the Volyn and Polissya directions has not changed significantly. The republic of belarus continues to support the armed aggression of the russian federation against Ukraine.

The enemy shelled in such other directions 

in the Slobozhansky direction – from tanks, mortars, barrel and rocket artillery, in the areas of Veterynarne, Hlyboke, Dvorichna, Ohirtseve, Osynovo, Starytsa, Khatnye and Fiholivka settlements of the Kharkiv oblast;

in the Kupyansk and Lyman directions – from artillery of various types, in the areas of Berestove, Kyslivka, Kotlyarivka, Krokhmalne, Pishchane and Tabaivka settlements of the Kharkiv oblast; Hrekivka, Makiivka, Nevske, Novoselivske, Ploshanka and Stelmakhivka in the Luhansk oblast and Kolodyazi and Torske in the Donetsk oblast;

in the Bakhmut direction – from mortars, barrel and jet artillery, in the areas of Andriivka, Bakhmut, Bakhmutske, Bilohorivka, Verkhnyokamianske, Klishchiivka, Kurdyumivka, Ozaryanivka, Opytne, Mayorsk, Rozdolivka, Soledar, Yakovlivka and Spirne settlements in Donetsk oblast;

in the Avdiivka direction – from the entire range of artillery, in the areas of Vodyane, Krasnohorivka, Maryinka, Novomykhailivka, New York and Pervomaiske settlements of the Donetsk oblast;

in the Novopavlivka direction – from artillery of various calibers, in the areas of Bohoyavlenka, Neskuchne, Vremivka, Vuhledar and Novopol in Donetsk oblast;

in the Zaporizhzhia direction – from mortars, barrel and rocket artillery, in the areas of the settlements of Hulyaipilske, Zaliznychne, Orihiv, Shcherbaki and Pavlivka of the Zaporizhzhia oblast and Prechystivka of the Donetsk oblast;

in the Kryvyi Rih direction – from artillery, in the area of the settlement of Mylove in the Kherson oblast.

In the Kherson direction, mortar and artillery shelling, in particular, was experienced in the area of Antonivka, Bilozerka, Mykolaivka, Odradokamyanka and Chornobayivka settlements of the Kherson oblast.

Enemy losses in the Kherson oblast over the previous days have been confirmed. Thus, in the city of Skadovsk, as a result of destruction of the area of concentration of the occupiers, the loss of personnel amounted to about 50 persons killed. And in the city of Chaplynka, the destruction of the ammunition depot is confirmed.

According to the available information, the movement of separate units of the russian occupation forces from the Kherson direction was observed in the city of Novoaidar in the Luhansk oblast.

In order to build up the engineering equipment of defensive lines in the Mykhailivka area, which is in the temporarily occupied territory of the Zaporizhzhia oblast, the occupiers plan to use the facilities of enterprises in Pryshyb, Zaporizhzhia oblast, for the production of defensive structures.

During the day, the Ukrainian aviation carried out 4 strikes in the areas of concentration of enemy’s personnel, weapons and military equipment.

During the current day, units of missile forces and artillery of the Defense Forces hit 2 control points, 9 areas of concentration of manpower, weapons and military equipment, 2 ammunition depots and a railway bridge.

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