December 24, 2023

Ukrainian General Staff:  800 Russian troops killed or wounded in past 24 hours; 21 Russian tanks and APCs destroyed or disabled

Ukraine Defense Ministry

The total combat losses of the enemy from 24.02.2022 to 24.12.2023 were approximately:

personnel ‒ about 353190 (+800) persons,

tanks ‒ 5858 (+4),

APV ‒ 10888 (+17),

artillery systems – 8314 (+28),

MLRS – 932,

Anti-aircraft warfare systems ‒ 611,

aircraft – 327,

helicopters – 324,

UAV operational-tactical level – 6404 (+20),

cruise missiles ‒ 1614 (+1),

warships / boats ‒ 22,

submarines – 1,

vehicles and fuel tanks – 11022 (+27),

special equipment ‒ 1229 (+6).

General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine 

Operational information on 18.00, 24.12.2023 regarding the #russian_invasion 

Glory to Ukraine! Day 669 of the russian full-scale military aggression against Ukraine continues.

The enemy continues to ignore the laws and customs of war, uses terror tactics, launches strikes, and shells both military and civilian targets. The enemy actively uses tactical aircraft and FPV quadcopters, conducts assault operations with the support of armored vehicles. The adversary has increased the number of artillery shelling. Thus, the number of enemy artillery shelling in the operational area of the Khortytsia operational-strategic group exceeds 1,000x each day.

During the day of December 24, there were 48x combat engagements. The enemy launched 29x air strikes, launched 26x MLRS attacks at the positions of Ukrainian troops and various settlements. Unfortunately, the russian terrorist attacks have wounded civilians. Private residential buildings and other civilian infrastructure were destroyed and damaged.

The operational situation in the east and the south of 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, Bleshnya, Leonivka (Chernihiv oblast), Seredyna-Buda, Prohres, Volfyne, Basivka, Myropillya (Sumy oblast), Hur’iv Kozachok, Veterynarne, Hatyshche, Budarky, Topoli (Kharkiv oblast).

Kup’yans’k axis: the Ukrainian defenders repelled 15x attacks in the vicinities of Syn’kivka (Kharkiv oblast) and Stel’makhivka (Luhansk oblast). In that area, the enemy made unsuccessful attempts to break through the defenses of Ukrainian troops. The occupiers launched air strikes in the vicinities of Petropavlivka and Kyslivka (Kharkiv oblast). The invaders fired artillery and mortars at around 10x settlements, including Dvorichna, Syn’kivka, Petropavlivka, Ivanivka, Berestove (Kharkiv oblast).

Lyman axis: the adversary conducted no offensives. The invaders launched air strikes near Yampolivka and Tors’ke (Donetsk oblast). The enemy fired artillery and mortars at more than 10x settlements, including Nevs’ke, Bilohorivka (Luhansk oblast), Tors’ke, Serebryanka, Verkhn’okam’yans’ke, Spirne, Rozdolivka (Donetsk oblast).

Bakhmut axis: the Ukrainian Defense Forces repelled 3x attacks of the adversary near Bohdanivka, Klishchiivka and Andriivka (Donetsk oblast). Around 10x settlements came under artillery and mortar fire, including Vasyukivka, Bohdanivka, Ivanivske, Klishchiivka, Andriivka, New York (Donetsk oblast). 

Avdiivka axis: the Ukrainian defenders repelled 10x enemy attacks east of Novobakhmutivka, Stepove, Avdiivka, and 15x more attacks in the vicinities of Pervomais’ke and Nevel’s’ke (Donetsk oblast), where the enemy made failed attempts to breach Ukrainian defense. Also, the occupiers launched air strikes near Ocheretyne, Tonen’ke, Avdiivka (Donetsk oblast). The invaders fired artillery and mortars at the settlements of Keramik, Ocheretyne, Stepove, Avdiivka, Karlivka, Netailove (Donetsk oblast).

Mar’inka axis: the Ukrainian Defense Forces continue to hold back the enemy in the vicinities of Mar’inka and Novomykhailivka (Donetsk oblast). In that area, the adversary, with air support, launched 3x unsuccessful attacks on the positions of Ukrainian defenders. The settlements of Oleksandropil’, Krasnohorivka, Kurakhove, Mar’inka, Katerynivka, Yelyzavetivka were under artillery and mortar fire of the occupiers.

Shakhtars’ke axis: the enemy conducted no offensives. The occupiers launched an air strike in the vicinity of Staromaiors’ke (Donetsk oblast). The adversary fired artillery and mortars at around 10x settlements, including Vodyane, Prechystivka, Zolota Nyva, Blahodatne, Urozhaine, Rivnopil’ (Donetsk oblast).

Zaporizhzhia axis: the Ukrainian Defense Forces repelled 3x adversary attacks near Robotyne and south of Hulyaipole (Zaporizhzhia oblast). In that area, the adversary made failed attempts to dislodge Ukrainian troops from their positions. Around 20x settlements, including Levadne, Hulyaipole, Huliaipilske, Orikhiv, Novoandriivka, P’yatykhatky (Zaporizhzhia oblast), came under enemy artillery and mortar fire.

Odesa operational-strategic group, Kherson axis: the adversary fired artillery at the city of Kherson, the settlements of Tyahynka, Komyshany, Bilozerka (Kherson oblast) and Ochakiv (Mykolaiv oblast). 

The enemy did not abandon his intention to drive our units from the left bank of the Dnipro, made 23x failed assaults. The attacks were repelled and the enemy retreated having suffered major losses. The Ukrainian troops are holding the line, continuing to retain their positions and firing for effect on the enemy. 

During the day of December 24, the Ukrainian Air Force launched air strikes on 12x concentrations of troops, weapons, and military equipment, 1x ammunition depot and 1x air defense system of the adversary. 

The Ukrainian missile troops hit 2x artillery systems and 1x command post of the russian invaders.

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