General Staff operational report April 25, 2023 on the Russian invasion of Ukraine

The 426th day of the Russia-Ukraine War: official operational information by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on 25.04.2023.

During the day of April 25, Russian troops launched 2x S-300 air defense system missile strikes at the center of the city of Kupyansk (Kharkiv oblast). The attacks have killed and wounded civilians, destroyed the building of a local history museum, which is not located near any military facility. Other civilian infrastructure was damaged as well. In addition, the Russian army launched 6x air strikes and more than 10x MLRS attacks in other locations.

The likelihood of missile and air strikes across Ukraine remains quite high.

Russian main efforts are the offensive operations on Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Marinka directions. Ukrainian Defense Forces repelled 36x Russian attacks in the above areas of the frontline during the day of April 25. The fiercest fighting is for Bakhmut and Marinka.

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  • Volyn and Polissya directions: no significant changes. No signs of the formation of Russian offensive group were found.
  • Sivershchyna and Slobozhanshchyna directions: the Russian army fired artillery and mortars at the settlements of Leonivka (Chernihiv oblast), Korenok, Iskryskivshchyna, Volfyne (Sumy oblast), Veterynarne, Zelene, Neskuchne, Strilecha, Ohirtseve, Hatyshche, and Ambarne (Kharkiv oblast).
  • Kupyansk direction: the settlements of Topoli, Kamyanka, Krasne Pershe, Fyholivka, Novomlynsk, Dvorichna, and Kupyansk (Kharkiv oblast) were shelled by Russian artillery and mortars. 
  • Lyman direction: the Russian army did not conduct any offensive operations. Novoselivske, Nevske, Dibrova, Bilohorivka (Luhansk oblast), Torske, Yampil, Verkhnokamyanske Pereyizne (Donetsk oblast) were shelled with artillery.
  • Bakhmut direction: the Russian army continues its offensive operations. Heavy battles for the city of Bakhmut continue. In addition, Russian military conducted unsuccessful offensive actions towards the settlements of Bohdanivka, Khromove, and Klishchiivka during the day of April 25. Vasyukivka, Orikhovo-Vasylivka, Markove, Hryhorivka, Bakhmut, Ivanivske, Chasiv Yar, Bila Hora, Pivnichne, and New York (Donetsk oblast) suffered from Russian shelling.
  • Avdiivka direction: Russian soldiers conducted offensive operations near Sjeverne and Pervomaiske (Donetsk oblast), to no success. Russian troops shelled the settlements of Novobakhmutivka, Novokalynove, Avdiivka, Lastochkyne, Vodyane, Pervomaiske, Karlivka, and Nevelske (Donetsk oblast).
  • Marinka direction: during the day of April 25, Ukrainian troops repelled numerous Russian attacks in the vicinity of settlement of Marinka. Heorhiivka, Marinka, Pobjeda, Novomykhailivka, and Paraskoviivka (Donetsk oblast) were shelled by the Russian army.
  • Shakhtarske direction: Russian military did not conduct any offensive operations during the day of April 25. Russian troops shelled the settlements of Vuhledar, Yehorivka, Prechystivka, Zolota Nyva, Shakhtarske, and Velyka Novosilka (Donetsk oblast).
  • Zaporizhzhia and Kherson directions: the Russian army stays on the defensive. More than 30x settlements were shelled, including Zatyshshya, Hulyaipole, Zaliznychne, Hirke, Bilohirya (Zaporizhzhya oblast), Dudchany, Beryslav, Vesele, Vysuntsi, Inzhenerne, Kizomys (Kherson oblast), and the city of Kherson. A hit of 2x guided aerial bombs at the settlement of Kizomys, damaged more than 10x civilian houses, completely destroying 2x of them. A local church and other civilian infrastructure were also damaged.

The Russian army continues to use the children’s educational institutions in the temporarily occupied territories as it sees fit. Russian troops re-purpose these as military facilities, hiding behind the “human shield” of children and teaching staff.

For example, up to 200x mobilized Russian servicemen were deployed on the territory of one of the children’s camps in the settlement of Urzuf (Mariupol district, Donetsk oblast).

Russian soldiers continue their looting practices on the territory of Ukraine. In particular, servicemen of the Russian occupation forces are searching houses in the settlement of Kardashynka (Skadovsk district, Kherson oblast) at night. They steal household appliances and cars from civilians.

During the day of April 25, Ukrainian Air Force launched 5x air strikes on the concentrations of Russian troops and military equipment, and attacked 1x anti-aircraft missile system.

Ukrainian missile and artillery troops hit 1x anti-aircraft missile system, 1x concentration of troops and military equipment, and 1x radar station of Russian troops.

Source: The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

See also: Ukrainian troops have made marginal gains in the Luhansk region, – ISW

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