General Staff: AFU continues offensive in Melitopol direction, exhausting the enemy along the entire front line
71 combat engagements took place on the entire frontline yesterday, during which the Ukrainian Defense Forces repelled dozens of occupants' attacks in various frontline areas, most of them in the Avdiivka and Marinka directions. The defense also continued offensive actions in the Melitopol area.
The enemy is being depleted along the entire frontline, suffering new losses in manpower and equipment. The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported on the progress of another day of full-scale war in its morning report for November 19.
It is noted that on Saturday, the Russian Armed Forces launched five missile and 76 air strikes, as well as fired 50 missile attacks from multiple launch rocket systems at the positions of our troops and settlements. As a result of these terrorist attacks, civilians were killed and wounded, and private homes and other infrastructure were destroyed and damaged.
In particular, Stepok in the Sumy region; Holubivka, Petropavlivka, Kucherivka, and Ivanivka in the Kharkiv region; Bilohorivka in the Luhansk region; Verkhnekamianske, Spirne, Stepove, Avdiivka, Marinka, Novomykhailivka, Vuhledar, and Staromaiorske in the Donetsk region; Novodanylivka in the Zaporizhzhya region; and Tiahyntsi in the Kherson region were hit by air strikes. More than 150 settlements in Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, Kherson and Mykolaiv regions came under artillery fire.
The operational situation in the area of responsibility of the North operational and strategic grouping of troops in the Volyn and Polissia directions remains without significant changes. The Russian army maintains a military presence in the border areas in the Siversk and Slobozhansk directions, conducts active sabotage activities to prevent the deployment of our troops to threatened areas, as well as increases the density of minefields along the border in the Belgorod region of the Russian Federation.
The Defense Forces repelled seven attacks by the occupiers who were conducting assault operations in the area of responsibility of the Khortytsia operational and strategic grouping of troops in the Kupiansk area near Synkivka and east of Petropavlivka in the Kharkiv region. The enemy also launched assaults in the Lyman direction, near Torske in the Donetsk region in particular, but were unsuccessful.
The Ukrainian Armed Forces repelled eight attacks near Klishchiivka and Andriivka in the Bakhmut direction. The defenders also continued assault operations south of Bakhmut, inflicting losses on the occupiers and consolidating their positions.
The Russian Armed Forces continue to try to surround Avdiivka in the area of responsibility of the Tavria Brigade in the Avdiivka direction, but our soldiers are holding steady and inflicting damage on the enemy. The occupants' offensive east of Keramik, Novobakhmutivka, Stepove and Avdiivka was unsuccessful. The Ukrainian defenders repelled 26 attacks there.
Ukrainian forces repelled 22 attacks by the invaders in the Maryinka direction, who were storming near Marinka and Novomykhailivka.
The enemy tried to storm near Staromaiorske in the Shakhtarsk direction in the Donetsk region, where the Defense Forces repelled three attacks.
Attacks in the Zaporizhzhia direction in the areas of Robotyne, Novoprokopivka and west of Verbove were unsuccessful.
For their part, the Ukrainian Defense Forces continued their offensive in the Melitopol area, inflicting losses in manpower and equipment on the occupation forces and depleting the enemy along the entire front line.
Our soldiers are conducting counter-battery combat and continue to hold positions on the left bank of the Dnipro River in the area of responsibility of the Odesa operational and strategic grouping of troops in the Kherson direction. They continue to inflict fire, including the enemy's rear.
During the day, Ukrainian combat aircraft carried out six strikes on the areas of concentration of the Russian Armed Forces. Missile units struck three control points, three areas of concentration of manpower, weapons and military equipment, an artillery unit and an enemy ammunition depot. During the night drone attack, 29 out of 38 "Shahed" drones were destroyed.
As OBOZ.UA reported earlier, according to British intelligence, Russian troops are trying to encircle Avdiivka to break the defense of Ukrainian soldiers. This city in the Donetsk region is of political importance for the aggressor country, given its proximity to Donetsk, which was occupied in 2014.