General Staff operational report February 23, 2023 on the Russian invasion of Ukraine

The 365th day of the Russia-Ukraine War: official operational information by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on 23.02.2023.

The Russian Federation continues to focus its main efforts on offensive operations on Kupyansk, Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka, and Shakhtarske directions. No changes in the structure and position of Russian groups of troops were reported.

To reveal the exact position of Ukrainian units and spot for artillery fire, the Russian army is actively conducting aerial reconnaissance. As a result, Russian military is losing equipment: Ukrainian Defence Forces destroyed Russian Merlin and Zala UAVs.

During the day of February 23, Russian soldiers launched 9x missile attacks, one of them caused damage to the civilian administrative building in Dvorichna (Kharkiv oblast) and conducted 28x air strikes. Moreover, Russian troops launched more than 40x MLRS attacks. As a result, civilian facilities in the towns of Beryslav, Zelenivka, and Bilozerka (Kherson oblast) were damaged.

The attacks caused casualties among civilian population.

The threat of further Russian missile attacks remains high across Ukraine.

  • Volyn, Polissya, Sivershchyna, and Slobozhanshchyna directions: no significant changes.  No signs of the formation of Russian offensive groups were found. During the day of February 23, the Russian army fired mortars and artillery at the settlements of Medvedivka, Mykhalchyna Sloboda (Chernihiv oblast); Sopych, Korenok, Hirky, Boyaro-Lezhachi, Ryzhivka, Vodolahy, Basivka, Maiske (Sumy oblast), as well as vicinities of 15x settlements in Kharkiv oblast. In particular, Hraniv, Krasne, Morokhovets, Zelene, Vilcha, Nesterne, Budarky, Kolodyazne, Dvorichna, and Zapadne.
  • Kupyansk and Lyman directions: the Russian army conducted several unsuccessful offensives in the vicinities of Stelmakhivka, Bilohorivka, Serebryanske Foresty, and Fedorivka. The Russian army fired artillery at the vicinities of settlements of Hryanykivka, Berestove (Kharkiv oblast); Chervonopopivka, Nevske, Dibrova, Bilohorivka (Luhansk oblast); Hryhorivka, Spirne, Berestove, Rozdolivka, and Fedorivka (Donetsk oblast). It conducted air strikes near Hryanikivka, Kotlyarivka, Krokhmalne in Kharkiv oblast, Serebryanske Foresty, Bilohorivka (Luhansk oblast), and Sakko i Vantsetti (Donetsk oblast).
  • Bakhmut direction: the Russian army keeps attacking the positions of Ukrainian troops near Ivanivske, Dyliivka, and Bakhmut. 13x settlements came under fire, including Vasyukivka, Zaliznyanske, Berkhivka, Dubovo-Vasylivka, Bakhmut, Ivanivske, Klishchiivka, Kurdyumivka, Ozaryanivka, and Druzhba (Donetsk oblast). Russian troops launched an air strike with army aircraft in the vicinity of Vasyukivka.
  • Avdiivka and Shakhtarske directions: the Russian army launched an unsuccessful offensive near Kamyanka, Vodyane, Marinka, Pobjeda, and Novomykhailivka. Vicinities of about 15x settlements were shelled with artillery. Among them are Novobakhmutivka, Avdiivka, Vodyane, Vesele, Krasnohorivka, Heorhiivka, Marinka , Neskuchne, Vuhledar, Zolota Nyva, and Velyka Novosilka.
  • Zaporizhzhia direction: the Russian army shelled the vicinities of 20x settlements. They include Vremivka, Novopi (Donetsk oblast); Malynivka, Hulyaipole, Bilohirya, Mala Tokmachka, Novoandriivka, Mali Shcherbaky (Zaporizhzhia oblast), Vyshchetarasivka, Dobra Nadiya, and Marhanets (Dnipropetrovsk oblast).
  • Kherson direction: Russian artillery fire hit Kachkarivka, Kozatske, Lvove, Ivanivka, Mykilske, Molodizhne, Zelenivka, Antonivka, Bilozerka, and Dniprovske (Kherson oblast), among others. In total, vicinities of 25x settlements were targeted.

The Russian army continues to suffer losses. Thus, 6x ambulances with wounded servicemen of Russian troops arrived at a trauma center in Donetsk on the night of February 21-22.

Children from all over the city of Melitopol (Zaporizhzhia oblast) are supposedly going to take the “voluntary” oath of “Young Army soldiers” in a local school. The above school is also planned as a base to form the so-called “All-Russian Rescue Corps”.

Having caused a humanitarian crisis in the occupied Mariupol, Russian troops are persuading the local residents to take part in fortification of positions around the city in exchange for food rations. No remuneration for this labor is defined. Most people receive food packages only.

During the day of February 23, Ukrainian Air Force launched 14x air strikes on the concentrations of Russian troops and military equipment, and 4x air strikes on the positions of anti-aircraft missile systems. In the meantime, Ukrainian missile and artillery troops attacked 3x concentrations of Russian troops and 1x critical military target.

Source: The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

See also: More than 9,600 civilians were killed in Ukraine, including 461 children during the year of war



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