August 16, 2022

Ukraine Defense Ministry: Russian forces launch ground offensives near Avdiivka and Zaporizhzhia, and the fighting continues

Ukraine Defense Ministry

The operational update as of 18.00, on August 16, 2022

The enemy continues to focus its efforts on establishing full control over the territories of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, maintaining the temporarily captured areas of the Kherson region and parts of the Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, and Mykolaiv regions, creating favorable conditions for resuming the offensive in certain directions, as well as blocking Ukraine’s maritime communications in the Black Sea. Air and missile strikes on civilian objects of our State continue.

No signs of the creation of offensive groups of the armed forces of the Russian federation and the republic of belarus were found in the Volyn and Polissya directions. The threat of missile and air strikes from the territory of Belarus remains.

In the Siversky direction, the enemy carried out artillery fire near Kamianska Sloboda in Chernihiv oblast and Khodyne and Svarkove in Sumy oblast. Reconnaissance flights of enemy UAVs are underway.

In the Kharkiv direction, the enemy carried out fire damage in the areas of Odnorobivka, Sosnivka, Duvanka, Dementiivka, Pytomnyk, Ruska and Cherkaska Lozova, Cherkaski Tyshky, Petrivka, Verkhniy Saltiv, Mospanove, Ivanivka, Korobochkyne and Chepil settlements.

Carried out airstrikes near Verkhniy Saltiv, Husarivka, and Sosnivka. Remote mining of the area near Peremoha and Ukrainka was recorded.

In the Slovyansk direction, the enemy used tanks, barrels and rocket artillery to fire near Hrushuvaha, Krasnopilla, Virnopilla, Rydne, Mazanivka, and Dolyna.

Russian occupiers used incendiary ammunition in the areas of Nova Dmytrivka and Dibrivne settlements.

Near Mazanivka, the enemy tried to wage an offensive battle, but was unsuccessful and retreated.

In the Donetsk direction, the enemy’s main efforts are focused on conducting active offensive and assault actions in the Kramatorsk, Bakhmut, and Avdiivka directions.

In the Kramatorsk direction, enemy units fired from barrel and jet artillery in the areas of Kramatorsk, Verkhnokamianske, Hryhorivka, Pereizne, and Rozdolivka settlements. Near Ivano-Daryivka, with the support of aviation, the enemy conducted unsuccessful assault actions. It suffered losses and retreated.

In the Bakhmut direction, the shelling of military and civilian infrastructure was recorded in the districts of Kostyantynivka, Soledar, Shumy, Yakovlivka, and Mayorsk. The enemy also carried out airstrikes near Yakovlivka and Soledar. It tried to conduct reconnaissance in a battle near Vershyna, but after being hit by fire – ran away. Offensive and assault actions of the occupiers in the Soledar, Zaytseve, Mayorsk districts ended in losses and withdrawal.

In the Avdiivka direction, the enemy, in addition to shelling near Avdiivka, Krasnohorivka, Alexandropil, Vodyane, Opytne, Novokalynove and Novobakhmutivka, carried out an airstrike near Maryinka. It led an offensive in the Nevelske area, hostilities continue.

On the Novopavlivske and Zaporizhzhia directions, artillery shelling was recorded near Volodymyrivka, Novoukrainka, Pavlivka, Vuhledar, Novosilka, Charivne, Vremivka, Kamianske, Dorozhnyanky, and Novopole.

The enemy launched airstrikes near Novoandriivka, Pavlivka, and Poltavka. Conducts an offensive near Novomykhailivka, hostilities continue.

In the South Buh direction, the enemy’s main efforts are focused on preventing the advance of our troops and conducting aerial reconnaissance by UAVs.

The enemy continues shelling from tanks, barrel and jet artillery in the areas of the settlements of Stepova Dolyna, Nova Zorya, Prybuzke, Shevchenko, Kiselivka, Blahodatne, Shyroke, Kobzartsi, Andriivka, Dobryanka, Osokorivka, Potemkine, Trudolyubivka, Velyka Kostromka and Chervonohryhorivka.

It carried out airstrikes in the Posad-Pokrovske, Bila Krynytsia, and Lozove districts. A poor attempt at an offensive battle near Novohryhorivka ended with significant losses and escape for the occupiers.

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