Operational report September 16, 2022 by the General Staff of AFU on the Russian invasion of Ukraine

All maps are provided by the Institute for the Study of War and AEI’s Critical Threat Project.

The valiant Ukrainian people have continued to repel a Russian military assault for the 205th day.

The Russian army’s efforts are still concentrated on attempting to completely seize the Donetsk oblast, organize defense, retain the conquered territory, and obstruct the Ukrainian Defence Forces’ active operations in specific directions. It opens fire on Ukrainian positions along the contact line, takes action to split up the army, deploys reserves, and performs illegal aerial surveillance.

All around Ukraine, there is still a risk of Russian airstrikes and missile attacks.

Russia keeps terrorizing Ukrainian civilians, bombing homes and other civilian infrastructure, and breaking the rules of international humanitarian law as well as the laws and practices of war.

The Russian Federation launched four missile assaults, five air strikes, and twelve rocket artillery system attacks against targets on Ukrainian territory during the day.

More than eighteen towns’ infrastructure was harmed by Russian MLRS shelling, missile attacks, and airstrikes. Kharkiv, Zolochiv, Druzhkivka, Siversk, Zakitne, New York (Ukraine), Mariyinka, Poltavka, Mali Shcherbaky, Myrne, Velyke Artakove, Kryvyi Rih, Olhivske, Zaporizhzhia, Orihiv, and Myroliubivka are some of these in particular.

In the directions of Volyn, Polissya, and Siversky, nothing remarkable has changed.

The Russian Federation also used tanks, mortars, and artillery to fire in the following directions in Ukraine:

  • near Kharkiv, specifically from the territory of the Russian Federation, in the vicinity of the settlements of Hoptivka, Kozacha Lopan, Mala Vovcha, Neskuchne, Zybyne, Vovchansk, Strilecha, Dvorichna, Kupyansk, and Prystina;
  • in the vicinity of the village of Horokhovatka in the Slovyansk direction;
  • in the vicinity of Bilohorivka, Siversk, Verkhnokamianske, Spirne, Yarova, Svyatohirsk, Donetske and BilohorivkaPryshyb, Tetyanivka, Kryva Luka, Ozerne, Piskunivka, Raihorodok, Starodubivka in the Kramatorsk area;
  • Odradivka, Soledar, Bakhmut, Bakhmutske,New York (Donetsk, Ukraine), Bilohorivka, Rozdolivka, Mykolaivka Druha, Zaitseve, Yakovlivka, Vesela Dolyna, Vesele, and Mayorsk are all located in the direction of Bakhmut;
  • Avdiyivka, Vodyane, Maryinka, Krasnohorivka, Pervomaiske, Novomykhayilivka in the area of Avdiyivka.

Shelling persisted all along the contact line. Russians damaged more than thirty villages, including the metropolis of Zaporizhzhia.

In the direction of South Buh, gunfire was coming from the towns of Pravdyne, Luch, Stepova Dolyna, Liubomyrivka, Novohryhorivka, Myrne, Shyroke, Kyselivka, Pervomayske, Bilohirka, Sukhyi Stavok, Ivanivka, Bila Krynytsiya, Novopetrivka and others.

Educational facilities in the temporarily occupied by Russia territory are still being used by the Russian troops to house their soldiers and military hardware. As a result, according to the information that is currently available, Russian military equipment is positioned in the community of Khomivka, Luhansk area, on the grounds of the local agricultural lyceum, and Russian soldiers are present in the corps. In other occupied communities as Podoly in Kharkiv, Chernihivka in Zaporizhzhia, and Pidstepne in Kherson, the situation is the same.

Russia is implementing an improved threatening system in the direction of South Buh. It is forbidden for Ukrainian locals to approach the crossings in various Kherson area communities.

Due to the effective efforts of the Ukrainian Defense Forces units, the Russian army experiences large troop and military equipment losses every day, which has a severe negative impact on the Russian soldiers’ mental health. Because they see the ineffectiveness of the attack, the service members of Russia’s tactical units operating in the Kherson region gripe that there are only two ways for them to get home: either by injury or death.

The Ukrainian Defense Forces’ aviation bombed four Russian strongholds and a region where the Russian army had gathered a lot of soldiers and military hardware today. Russia’s losses are being made clear.

Additionally, Russian Su-24 aircraft, 2 cruise missiles, and 1 UAV were all downed by Ukrainian armed forces in different directions.

The Russian army is still being destroyed by artillery and missile teams. The unloading facility was damaged by fire, which interfered with the Russian soldiers’ ability to resupply. In addition, 2 of the Russian military staging camps for personnel and equipment fell into the impacted region. The Russia army’s losses are being made clear.

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