December 17, 2023

Ukrainian General Staff: 1,250 Russian troops killed or wounded in past 24 hours; 44 Russian tanks and APC’s destroyed or disabled

Ukraine Defense Ministry

General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine 

The total combat losses of the enemy from 24.02.2022 to 17.12.2023 were approximately:

personnel ‒ about 346070 (+1250) persons,

tanks ‒ 5739 (+19),

APV ‒ 10692 (+25),

artillery systems – 8137 (+37),

MLRS – 923 (+3),

Anti-aircraft warfare systems ‒ 609 (+4),

aircraft – 324,

helicopters – 324,

UAV operational-tactical level – 6278 (+40),

cruise missiles ‒ 1610 (+1),

warships / boats ‒ 22,

submarines – 1,

vehicles and fuel tanks – 10766 (+56),

special equipment ‒ 1194 (+4).

General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine 

Operational information on 18.00, 17.12.2023 regarding the #russian_invasion 

Glory to Ukraine! Day 662 of the russian full-scale military aggression against Ukraine continues.

During the day of December 17, there were 54x combat engagements. 

The enemy launched a total of 2x missile strikes, 25x air strikes and 25x MLRS attacks at the positions of Ukrainian troops and various settlements. Unfortunately, the russian terrorist attacks have resulted in civilian casualties and injuries. Private residential buildings as well as other civilian infrastructure were destroyed and damaged. 

The operational situation in eastern and southern Ukraine remains difficult.

Volyn and Polissya axes: no significant changes. No signs of formation of an offensive group. Certain units of the armed forces of belarus continue their missions in the areas bordering Ukraine.

Sivershchyna and Slobozhanshchyna axes: the adversary maintains its military presence in the areas of russia bordering Ukraine. The enemy continues its sabotage and reconnaissance activities, shelling Ukrainian settlements from the territory of russia and increases the density of minefields along the state border of Ukraine. More than 20x settlements came under enemy artillery and mortar fire, including Klyusy (Chernihiv oblast), Volfyne, Hrabovs’ke, Zapsillya (Sumy oblast), Vovchans’k, Vovchans’ki Khutory, Topoli (Kharkiv oblast).

Kup’yans’k axis: the occupiers, with air support, made unsuccessful attempts to breach Ukrainian defense. Ukrainian defenders repelled 6x enemy attacks in the vicinity of Syn’kivka and east of Petropavlivka (Kharkiv oblast). The invaders fired artillery and mortars at around 10x settlements, including Dvorichna, Syn’kivka, Petropavlivka, Ivanivka (Kharkiv oblast).

Lyman axis: Ukrainian defense forces repelled 8x attacks in the vicinity of Makiivka (Luhansk oblast) and east of Terny (Donetsk oblast). The invaders launched an air strike in the area of Zvanivka (Donetsk oblast). The occupiers fired artillery and mortars at more than 10x settlements, including Bilohorivka (Luhansk oblast), Tors’ke, Serebryanka, Verkhn’okam’yans’ke, Spirne (Donetsk oblast).

Bakhmut axis: Ukrainian defenders repelled 5x attacks near Bohdanivka, Klishchiivka and Andriivka (Donetsk oblast). Around 10x settlements, including Bohdanivka, Chasiv Yar, Ivanivske, Andriivka (Donetsk oblast), came under artillery and mortar fire.

Avdiivka axis: the enemy, with air support, made failed attempts to breach Ukrainian defense. Ukrainian defenders repelled 15x attacks in the area of Novobakhmutivka, Stepove, Avdiivka, and 10x attacks south of Tonen’ke, Nevel’s’ke and Pervomais’ke (Donetsk oblast). The adversary launched an air strike near Novobakhmutivka settlement (Donetsk oblast). The enemy fired artillery and mortars at more than 10x settlements, including Stepove, Lastochkyne, Avdiivka, Pervomais’ke (Donetsk oblast).

Mar’inka axis: Ukrainian defense forces continue to hold back the enemy in the vicinity of Novomykhailivka (Donetsk oblast). The enemy, with air support, launched 4x failed attacks on positions of Ukrainian defenders in the area. The settlements of Krasnohorivka, Heorhiivka, Mar’inka, Pobjeda, Novomykhailivka (Donetsk oblast) were under artillery and mortar fire of the occupiers.

Shakhtars’ke axis: the adversary conducted no offensives. Around 10x settlements, including Urozhaine, Staromaiors’ke, Rivnopil’ (Donetsk oblast), came under artillery and mortar fire.

Zaporizhzhia axis: Ukrainian defense forces repelled 3x enemy attacks west of Verbove and Robotyne (Zaporizhzhia oblast). Around 20x settlements, including Poltavka, Malynivka, Hulyaipole, Charivne, Mala Tokmachka, Robotyne (Zaporizhzhia oblast) came under artillery and mortar fire.

Kherson axis: the enemy fired artillery at the settlements of Dar’ivka, Antonivka, Kizomys (Kherson oblast), the cities of Kherson and Ochakiv (Mykolaiv oblast). The adversary launched air strike in the vicinities of Krynky and Ol’hivka (Kherson oblast). 

Ukrainian Defense Forces continue to hold their ground on the left bank of the Dnipro River (Kherson oblast) and inflict fire on the enemy.

During the day of December 17, Ukrainian Air Force launched 1x strike on a concentration of troops, weapons and military equipment, 2x strikes on air defense systems of the russian invaders. Also, Ukrainian air defense forces shot down 7x Shahed-136/131 attack UAVs.

Ukrainian missile troops hit 4x concentrations of troops, weapons and military equipment, 1x artillery system, and 1x ammunition depot of the occupiers. 

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