December 18, 2023

Ukrainian General Staff: 1,090 Russian troops killed or wounded in past 24 hours; 104 Russian tanks and APC’s destroyed or disabled 

Ukraine Defense Ministry

The total combat losses of the enemy from 24.02.2022 to 18.12.2023 were approximately:

personnel ‒ about 347160 (+1090) persons,

tanks ‒ 5783 (+44),

APV ‒ 10752 (+60),

artillery systems – 8175 (+38),

MLRS – 926 (+3),

Anti-aircraft warfare systems ‒ 610 (+1),

aircraft – 324,

helicopters – 324,

UAV operational-tactical level – 6290 (+12),

cruise missiles ‒ 1610,

warships / boats ‒ 22,

submarines – 1,

vehicles and fuel tanks – 10822 (+56),

special equipment ‒ 1198 (+4).

General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine 

Operational information on 18.00, 18.12.2023 regarding the #russian_invasion 

Glory to Ukraine! The six hundred and sixty-third day of the large-scale armed aggression of the russian federation against our state continues.

The adversary continues to ignore the laws and customs of war, uses terror tactics, strikes, and attacks both military and civilian targets.

During the day, 92 combat clashes took place. The enemy launched 1 missile and 6 air strikes, fired 33 MLRS rockets at the positions of our troops and populated areas. As a result of russian terrorist attacks, unfortunately, there are dead and wounded among the civilian population. Private residential buildings and other civilian infrastructure were destroyed and damaged.

The operational situation in the east and south of Ukraine remains difficult.

On the Volyn and Polissya directions, the operational situation has not changed significantly. There were no signs of the formation of offensive groups. Certain units of the armed forces of belarus perform tasks in the areas bordering Ukraine.

In the Siverskyi and Slobozhanskyi directions, the enemy maintains a military presence in the border areas, conducts sabotage and intelligence activities, attacks populated areas from the territory of the russian federation, and increases the density of mine and explosive barriers along the state border of Ukraine. More than 25 settlements, including Volfine, Yunakivka, Sadky, Myropilske of the Sumy region, were subjected to enemy artillery and mortar attacks; Bologhivka, Stroivka, Kamianka, Topoli of the Kharkiv region.

In the Kupyansk direction, Ukrainian defenders repelled 4 enemy attacks near Synkivka and east of Petropavlivka, Kharkiv region. About 10 settlements came under artillery and mortar fire, in particular, Dvorichna, Synkivka, Petropavlivka, Kovalivka, Ivanivka, Berestovka of the Kharkiv region.

In the Lyman direction, the enemy unsuccessfully tried to break through the defense of our troops. The defense forces repelled 10 enemy attacks in the areas of Makiyivka, Luhansk region, and east of Terni, Spirnyi, Donetsk region. More than 10 settlements were affected by artillery and mortar attacks, among them Nevske, Belogorivka of Luhansk region and Torske, Serebryanka, Verkhnyokamianske, Rozdolivka of Donetsk region.

In the Bakhmut direction, Ukrainian soldiers repelled 17 enemy attacks near Bohdanivka, Klishchiivka, and Andriivka, Donetsk region. About 10 settlements came under artillery and mortar fire, in particular, Bohdanivka, Chasiv Yar, Ivanivske, Klishchiivka, Andriivka, Kurdyumivka of the Donetsk region.

In the Avdiivka direction, our defenders repelled 9 enemy attacks in the Avdiivka areas and another 13 attacks near Severny, south of Tonenko, Pervomaisky, and Nevelsky in the Donetsk region. About 15 settlements, including Sukha Balka, Novobakhmutivka, Ocheretine, Avdiivka, Berdychi, Nevelske of the Donetsk region, were hit by enemy artillery and mortar attacks.

In the Marinka direction, the Defense Forces continue to hold back the enemy near Novomykhailivka, Donetsk region. Here, the enemy, with the support of aviation, launched 12 unsuccessful attacks. Krasnohorivka, Georgiivka, Marinka, Pobyeda, and Novomykhailivka came under artillery and mortar fire of the occupiers.

The enemy did not conduct offensive (assault) actions in the Shakhtarske direction. About 10 settlements, in particular, Bogoyavlenka, Vugledar, Prechistivka, Zolota Niva, Blagodatne, and Urozhayne of the Donetsk region, were hit by artillery and mortar attacks.

In the Zaporizhzhia direction, the Defense Forces repelled 13 enemy attacks west of Novopokrovka and Robotino in the Zaporizhzhia region. About 25 settlements, including Novodanilivka, Orihiv, Novoandriivka, Mali Shcherbaki, Pyatikhatka, and Plavni of the Zaporizhzhia region, were hit by artillery and mortar attacks.

On the Kherson direction, Chornobayivka of the Kherson region and civilian objects of the city of Kherson were hit by enemy artillery fire.

The defense forces will continue to hold positions on the left bank of the Dnipro river in the Kherson region and continue to inflict fire damage on the enemy.

During the day, the forces and means of air defense of Ukraine destroyed 1 Kh-59 guided missile.

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