October 16, 2023

Ukrainian General Staff: 860 Russian combat casualties in 24 hours, one warplane, one helicopter downed

Ukraine Defense Ministry

The total combat losses of the enemy from 24.02.22 to 16.10.23 were approximately:

personnel ‒ about 288630 (+860) persons,

tanks ‒ 4965 (+17),

APV ‒ 9385 (+23),

artillery systems – 6910 (+44),

MLRS – 814 (+1),

Anti-aircraft warfare systems ‒ 547 (+0),

aircraft – 318 (+1),

helicopters – 317 (+1),

UAV operational-tactical level – 5280 (+11),

cruise missiles ‒ 1531 (+0),

warships / boats ‒ 20 (+0),

submarines – 1 (+0),

vehicles and fuel tanks – 9271 (+22),

special equipment ‒ 981 (+5).

General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine 

Situation update as of 6 p.m., October 16, 2023

Glory to Ukraine! Day 600 of the russian full-scale military aggression against Ukraine continues.

At the beginning of the day, the russian occupants launched yet another missile and air strike on Ukraine, using 5x Kh-59 guided missiles, 1x Iskander-M ballistic missile and 12x Shahed-136/131 attack UAVs. The Ukrainian air defense forces and means shot down 2x Kh-59 missiles and 11x Shaheds.

During the day of October 16, there were 53x combat engagements. The enemy launched a total of 6x missile and 39x air strikes, 16x MLRS attacks at the positions of Ukrainian troops and various settlements. Unfortunately, the russian terrorist attacks have killed and wounded civilians. Private residential buildings and other civilian infrastructure were destroyed or damaged.

The operational situation in east and 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 to shell Ukrainian settlements from the territory of russia and increases the density of minefields along the state border of Ukraine. The occupiers launched an air strike in the vicinity of Buchky (Chernihiv oblast). The enemy fired artillery and mortars at around 10x settlements, including Buda-Vorob’ivs’ka (Chernihiv oblast), Sosnivka’, Tur’ya (Sumy oblast), Udy, Veterynarne, Hatyshche, and Neskuchne (Kharkiv oblast).

Kup’yans’k axis: Ukrainian soldiers repelled 12x enemy attacks in the vicinities of Syn’kivka and Ivanivka (Kharkiv oblast), and 4x more attacks near Stel’makhivka and Nadiya (Luhansk oblast). In addition, the adversary launched an air strike in the vicinity of settlement of Syn’kivka (Kharkiv oblast). The enemy fired artillery and mortars at around 15x settlements, including Kam’yanka, Dvorichna, Berestove, Syn’kivka, and Krokhmal’ne (Kharkiv oblast).

Lyman axis: the enemy launched air strikes in the vicinity of Serebryans’ke forestry (Luhansk oblast), the settlements of Sivers’k and Spirne (Donetsk oblast). The invaders fired artillery and mortars at around 20x settlements, including Makiivka, Nevs’ke, Bilohorivka (Luhansk oblast), Terny, Tors’ke, Verkhn’okam’yans’ke, and Spirne (Donetsk oblast).

Bakhmut axis: the Ukrainian soldiers repelled 3x adversary attacks in the vicinity of settlement of Andriivka. The enemy launched an air strike in the vicinity of Klishchiivka (Donetsk oblast). More than 15x settlements came under artillery and mortar fire, including Min’kivka, Orikhovo-Vasylivka, Klishchiivka, Andriivka, and New York (Donetsk oblast).

Avdiivka axis: the enemy conducted unsuccessful assault operations with the support of aircraft in the vicinities of Avdiivka and Pervomais’ke (Donetsk oblast). The Ukrainian Defense Forces repelled 7x attacks of the adversary in that area. The invaders fired artillery and mortars at more than 10x settlements, including Keramik, Avdiivka, Sjeverne, Pervomais’ke, and Nevel’s’ke (Donetsk oblast).

Mar’inka axis: during the day of October 16, Ukrainian Defense Forces successfully repelled 16x enemy attacks in the vicinity of Mar’inka (Donetsk oblast). The adversary launched air strikes in the vicinities of Mar’inka and Oleksandropil’ (Donetsk oblast). Around 10x settlements, including Krasnohorivka, Heorhiivka, Mar’inka, Pobjeda, and Novomykhailivka (Donetsk oblast), were under artillery and mortar fire of the occupiers.

Shakhtars’ke axis: Ukrainian soldiers repelled enemy attacks south of Zolota Nyva and south of Prechystivka (Donetsk oblast). The enemy launched an air strike in the vicinity of Staromaiors’ke (Donetsk oblast). Around 10x settlements, including Vuhledar, Prechystivka, Zolota Nyva, and Urozhaine (Donetsk oblast), came under artillery and mortar fire.

Zaporizhzhia axis: the Ukrainian defenders repelled all of the enemy attacks southwest of Novodanylivka (Zaporizhzhia oblast). The enemy also attempted to regain the lost ground west of Robotyne and west of Verbove (Zaporizhzhia oblast), to no success. More than 20x settlements, including Poltavka, Hulyaipole, Mala Tokmachka, Robotyne, Novodanylivka, and P’yatykhatky (Zaporizhzhia oblast), came under enemy artillery and mortar fire.

Kherson axis: the occupiers launched air strikes in the vicinities of settlements of Mykolaivka and Ivanivka (Kherson oblast). The enemy fired artillery and mortars at Antonivka (Kherson oblast) and Ochakiv (Mykolaiv oblast).

At the same time, the Ukrainian Defense Forces continue their offensive operation on Melitopol’ axis and offensive (assault) operations on Bakhmut axis, inflicting losses in manpower and equipment on the occupation forces, exhausting the enemy all along the front line.

During the day of October 16, the Ukrainian Air Force launched 4x air strikes on the concentrations of troops, weapons, and military equipment of the adversary. 

The Ukrainian missile troops hit 1x artillery system of the russian invaders.

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