General Staff operational report February 26, 2023 on the Russian invasion of Ukraine

The 368th day of the Russia-Ukraine War: official operational information by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on 26.02.2023.

During the day, the Russian army carried out 11x air strikes and launched 17x MLRS attacks, targeted civilian infrastructure of the city of Kherson and other settlements along the line of contact in Donetsk oblast. The attacks caused casualties among civilian population and damage to local residential buildings.

The threat of Russian missile attacks remains high across Ukraine.

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  • Volyn, Polissya, Sivershchyna and Slobozhansshchyna directions: no significant changes. At the same time, during the day, the Russian army conducted mortar and artillery shelling of the vicinities of Katerynivka (Chernihiv oblast); Stukalyvka, Hyrine, Pavlivka (Sumy oblast); Veterynarne, Strilecha, Starytsia, Vovchanski Khutory, Chernyak, Loshakovo, Krasne Pershe, Stroivka, Novomlynsk, Dvorichna, Zapadne, and Kupyansk (Kharkiv oblast). Russian military used an unmanned aerial vehicle with a combat munition. In the Popivka area of the Sumy oblast,
  • Kupyansk and Lyman directions: Russian troops conducted unsuccessful offensive actions in the vicinities of Masyutivka, Nevske, Serebryansk Forestry, Bilohorivka, Torske, Rozdolivka, and Fedorivka. Russian artillery shelled the vicinities of more than 18x settlements, including, Hryanykivka, Kislivka, Kotlyarivka, Tabaivka, and Berestovka (Kharkiv oblast); Nevske, Chervonopivka, Kreminna, Dibrova, and Bilohorivka (Luhansk oblast). Air strikes took place in the vicinities of Zhitlivka, Bilohorivka, Vesele, and Rozdolivka.
  • Bakhmut direction: the Russian army continues to attack the positions of Ukrainian troops, has carried out several unsuccessful attacks near the settlements of Vasyukivka, Zaliznyanske, Dubovo-Vasylivka, Bakhmut, Bohdanivka, Ivanovske and Stupochki of the Donetsk Oblast. Areas of more than 15 settlements, including: Vasyukivka, Zaliznianske, Bakhmut, Ivanivske, Klishchiivka, Kurdyumivka, Ozaryanivka, Bila Gora, Oleksandro-Shultine and New York of the Donetsk Oblast, were shelled. Russian soldiers also made an air strike near Bakhmut.
  • Avdiivka and Shakhtarsk directions: the Russian army conducted unsuccessful offensives in the vicinities of Kamianka, Avdiivka, Vodyane, Nevelske, Krasnohorivka, Marinka, and Vuhledar settlements. Residential areas of Novobakhmutivka, Avdiivka, Tonenke, Vodyane, Pervomaiske, Netaylove, Marinka, Heorhiyivka, Bohoyavlenka, Vuhledar, and Velyka Novosilka (Donetsk oblast). Russian soldiers make active use of fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft in the vicinities of Kamyanka, Avdiivka, and Marinka.
  • Zaporizhzhia direction: more than 20x settlements suffered Russian attacks, including Vremivka, Neskuchne, Zelene Pole, and Novopil (Donetsk oblast); Chervone, Hulyaipole, Zaliznychne, Biloghirya, Mala Tokmachka, and Kamyanske (Zaporizhzhia oblast). Russian troops conducted an air strike in the vicinities of Novopol and Chervone.
  • Kherson direction: Mykhailivka, Havrylivka, Vesele, Matrosivka, Ivanivka, Mykilske, Molodizhne, Inzhenerne, Antonivka, Kherson and Dniprovske (Kherson oblast) were struck by artillery fire.

The Russian army continues to suffer significant losses. For example, in the Horlivka district of the Donetsk oblast, on February 23, an on-site examination was conducted without official registration on the bodies of about 200 dead mercenaries of the so-called “Wagner” PMC. Russian troops were destroyed in the period from February 20 to 22 on the Bakhmut axis. After the examination, the bodies of Russian servicemen were taken by trucks to the Novoshakhtinsk direction of the Russian Federation.

At the same time, in the period from February 22 to 24, up to 30x bodies of dead servicemen of the Russian troops, who were called up for mobilization from the temporarily occupied territories of the Donetsk oblast and the Russian Federation, were delivered to the local morgue of the city hospital.

During the day, Ukrainian Air Force conducted 4x air strikes on the concentrations of Russian troops and military equipment.

Source: The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

See also: Ukrainian Air Force destroyed more than 650 Russian missiles and 610 drones since September 2022


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