General Staff operational report February 21, 2023 on the Russian invasion of Ukraine

The 363rd day of the Russia-Ukraine War: official operational information by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on 21.02.2023.

The Russian Federation does not stop destroying the critical infrastructure of Ukraine, continues to target and shell civilian facilities and residences.

During the day of February 21, the Russian army launched more than 30x MLRS attacks, including at the civilian infrastructure of Kherson. There are civilian casualties.

The threat of further Russian air and missile strikes across Ukraine remains high.

The Russian army is focusing its main efforts on the offensive operations on Kupyansk, Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka, and Shakhtarske directions.

  • Volyn, Polissya, Sivershchyna, and Slobozhanshchyna directions: no signs of the formation of Russian offensive groups were found. Vicinities of more than 20x settlements in Sumy, Chernihiv, and Kharkiv oblasts came under Russian fire. Among the affected settlements are Strilecha, Morokhovets, Starytsya, Vovchansk, Vovchanski Khutory, Volokhivka, Budarky, Bolohivka, and Kolodyazne.
  • Kupyansk and Lyman directions: the Russian army shelled the settlements of Dvorichna, Hryanikivka, Kotlyarivka, Berestove (Kharkiv oblast), Stelmakhivka, Ivanivka, Nevske, Chervonopopivka, Dibrova, Bilohorivka (Luhansk oblast), and Fedorivka (Donetsk oblast).
  • Bakhmut direction: Russian troops shelled 18x settlements. In particular, Rozdolivka, Vesele, Bakhmut, Stupochky, Klishchiivka, Ozaryanivka, and Toretsk (Donetsk oblast).
  • Avdiivka and Shakhtarske directions: the Russian army fired artillery at the vicinities of settlements of Avdiivka, Vodyane, Nevelske, Krasnohorivka, Marinka, Bohoyavlenka, Velyka Novosilka, Neskuchne, Prechystivka, and Vuhledar.
  • Zaporizhzhia direction: Novosilka, Vremivka, Novopil (Donetsk oblast), Olhivske, Hulyaipole, Malynivka, Mahdalynivka, Pavlivka, Kamyanske, Orikhiv, Mala Tokmachka (Zaporizhzhia oblast) were hit.
  • Kherson direction: Russian artillery fire hit the suburbs and the city Kherson, as well as the vicinities of 14x settlements, including Mylove, Tomaryne, Shlyakhove, Beryslav, Mykolaivka, Vesele, Antonivka, and Veletenske.

Due to the high rates of desertion from the ranks of the Russian forces, massive raids have been conducted in Chaplynskyi district of Kherson oblast since February 20, 2023. Particular attention is paid to abandoned houses and buildings.

Since early 2023, there has been a significant deterioration in crime rate in the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, in particular in the city of Sevastopol.  The reason for this was the arrival of ex-convicts who fought in the so-called PMC Wagner and were amnestied as their contracts expired. Where they are detained for any crimes, they are not sent to correctional facilities, but back to the front line.

During the day of February 21, Ukrainian Air Force launched 4x air strikes on the concentrations of personnel and military equipment of Russian military.

Source: The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

See also: Russia shelled Kherson, at least 6 civilians were killed and 12 injured: photos, video



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