General Staff operational report January 20, 2023 on the Russian invasion of Ukraine

The 331st day of the Russia-Ukraine War: official operational information by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on 20.01.2023.

The Russian army does not abandon its intentions to destroy the critical infrastructure of Ukraine, keeps targeting civilian facilities and civilian residences, thus violating the rules of International Humanitarian Law, the laws and principles of war.

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

During the day of January 20, Russian military launched 2x missile strikes (on the civilian infrastructure of the city of Kramatorsk) and 12x air strikes. Russian troops also launched 29x MLRS attacks, in particular, at Nikopol.

The Russian army does not abandon its aggressive plans. Russian soldier carry out offensive operations on Bakhmut, Avdiivka, and Zaporizhzhia axes, intensifying the employment of aricraft. The Russian army is conducting defense on Kupyansk, Lyman, Novopavlivka, and Kherson axes.

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  • Volyn, Polissya, Sivershchyna and Slobozhanshchyna axes: Russian units remain stationed in the border areas with Ukraine, but no offensive groups have been found.
  • The Republic of Belarus continues to provide comprehensive support to the Russian aggression. In addition to joint exercises of the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Air Force and Air Defense Forces of the Republic of Belarus, Russian units continue their training on the territory of Belarus.
  • The Russian army does not stop shelling all along the line of contact. The vicinities of settlements of Volfyne (Sumy oblast), Huriv Kozacho, Strilecha, Ternova, Ohirtseve, Budarky, Kamyanka, Fyholivka, and Dvorichna (Kharkiv oblast) were hit by Russian fire.
  • Kupyansk axis: the vicinities of settlements of Tavilzhanka, Orlyanka, Kupyansk, Pishchane, and Vyshneve (Kharkiv oblast), Novoselivske,and Stelmakhivka (Luhansk oblast) were shelled with tanks, mortars, artillery and missile systems.
  • Lyman axis: Russian military fired all available systems at the vicinities of Novojehorivka, Nevske,, Holykove, Chervonopopivka, Kreminna, and Dibrova (Luhansk oblast).
  • Bakhmut axis: Verkhnokamyanske, Spirne, Bilohorivka, Rozdolivka, Soledar, Bakhmut, Chasiv Yar, Klishchiivka, Bila Hora, Pivnichne, Zalizne, and Maiorsk (Donetsk oblast) were shelled.
  • Avdiivka axis: Kamyanka, Avdiivka, Pervomaiske, Krasnohorivka, Heorhiivka, Marinka, and Novomykhailivka (Donetsk oblast) came under Russian  fire.
  • Novopavlivka axis: the Russian army fired tanks and artillery at the vicinities of settlements of Vuhledar, Bohoyavlenka, and Velyka Novosilka (Donetsk oblast).
  • Zaporizhzhia axis: tank, mortar, and artillery fire hit Vremivka, Novopil (Donetsk oblast), Olhivske, Hulyaipole, Charivne, Novodanylivka, Kamyanske, and Plavni (Zaporizhzhia oblast).
  • Kherson axis: Russian soldiers once again fired artillery and missile systems at the settlements of Nikopol (Dnipropetrovsk oblast), Antonivka, and Kherson. There are civilian casualties.

The Russian army is stepping up security measures in the temporarily occupied territories of Zaporizhzhia oblast. In particular, a ban on crossing checkpoints around the city of Melitopol starting March 1 has been announced in this settlement. A special pass to be obtained at the so-called commandant’s office only upon providing personal data is the only way to cross the checkpoints.

Mobilization continues in the temporarily occupied territory of Luhansk oblast. Thus, the Russian administration of Alchevsk has prepared another batch of lists in order to replenish casualties among Russian soldiers. The replenishments will include, among others, the employees of the so-called Ministry of Emergency Situations.

During the day of January 20, Ukrainian Air Force launched 14x air strikes on the concentrations of Russian and 3x air strikes on anti-aircraft missile systems positions. In the meantime, Ukrainian missile and artillery units hit 1x command post, 2x concentrations of manpower, and 1x ammunition depot of Russian soldiers.

Source: The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

See also: Russian soldiers fired S-300 missiles at a boarding school in the Kharkiv region

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