General Staff operational report December 15, 2022 on the Russian invasion of Ukraine

The 295th day of the Russia-Ukraine War: official operational information by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on 15.12.2022.

The Russian army continues to focus its efforts on conducting offensive actions in the Bakhmut and Avdiiv directions. It is trying to improve the tactical position in the Lyman direction, and in the Kupyansk and Zaporizhzhia areas – it is building up the group. In other directions, Russian troops are concentrating their efforts on restraining the actions of units of the Defense Forces of Ukraine, shelling the positions of Ukrainian troops and civilian objects along the contact line.

During the day, Russian soldiers launched 2 rocket strikes, as well as launched more than 5 MLRA attacks. In particular, the civil infrastructure of Nikopol and Kherson was damaged, and there are casualties among civilians.

The threat of Russia’s launching air and missile strikes on critical infrastructure objects remains in the future throughout the territory of Ukraine.

  • In the Volyn, Polissya, and Siverskyi directions, the situation has not changed significantly, and no signs of the formation of Russian offensive groups have been detected. The formation of the aviation group and units of the armed forces of the Russian Federation on on the territory of the Republic of Belarus continues.
  • In the Slobozhanskyi direction, Russian military carried out tank and artillery shelling in the areas of Vysoka Yaruga, Morokhovets, Starytsa, Dvorichna and Novomlynsk settlements of the Kharkiv oblast.
  • In the Kupyansk direction, the areas of the settlements of Vilshana, Kislivka, Kotlyarivka, Berestove, Pershotravneve in the Kharkiv oblast and Stelmakhivka and Myasozharivka in the Luhansk oblast were damaged by fire.
  • In the Lyman direction, Russian troops shelled the districts of Makiivka and Chervonopopivka in the Luhansk oblast and Torske and Vedmezhe in the Donetsk oblast with tanks, mortars, barrel and rocket artillery.

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  • In the direction of Bakhmut, the Russian army carried out shelling, in particular, in the areas of Verkhnokamyanske, Spirne, Bilohorivka, Soledar, Bakhmutske, Bakhmut, Andriivka, Kurdyumivka, Ozaryanivka, Severny and Opytne of Donetsk oblast.
  • In the Avdiivka direction, Russian troops  tried to attack the positions of Ukrainian troops near Avdiivka, Pervomaiske, Nevelske, Heorhiivka, Maryinka, and Novomykhailivka in the Donetsk oblast.
  • In the Zaporizhzhia and Kherson directions, the Russian army continues to shell the positions of Ukrainian troops and civilian infrastructure along the right bank of the Dnipro River. In particular, the districs of the settlements of Vremivka, Novopil of the Donetsk oblast; Hulyaipole, Dorozhnyanka, Hulyaipilske, Orihiv and Stepove – Zaporizhzhia oblast; Nikopol in the Dnipropetrovsk oblast and Novotyahynka, Ivanivka, Tokarivka, Kherson, Inhulets and Bilozerka in the Kherson oblast.

The Russian army continues to suffer losses. Thus, on December 13, in the areas of Tokmak, Polohy and Berdyansk settlements of the Zaporizhzhia oblast, the Defense Forces of Ukraine destroyed two Russian ammunition depots, two artillery systems with ammunition, as well as six units of military equipment of various types. More than 200 Russian servicemen were wounded.

In connection with the overflow of medical facilities and morgues in the city of Melitopol, Russian troops are transporting corpses and evacuating wounded servicemen to the temporarily occupied Crimea.

In order to replenish the current losses, Russian soldiers are forced to supplement the operational-tactical command level with retired officers, released to the reserve. They are sent to the area of hostilities.

Ukrainian aviation made 11 strikes on the areas of concentration of personnel, weapons and military equipment and 2 strikes on the positions of Russian anti-aircraft missile systems.

Ukrainian rocket launchers and gunners hit 2 control points, 4 areas of concentration of Russian personnel and a warehouse of fuel and lubricants.

Source: The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

See also: Russian military shelled residential buildings in Kherson killing a 8-year-old-child

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