General Staff operational report March 15, 2023 on the Russian invasion of Ukraine

The 385th day of the Russia-Ukraine War: official operational information by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on 15.03.2023.

The Russian Federation does not abandon its intentions to occupy Ukraine and continues its offensive, regardless of the losses. The Russian arny focuses its main efforts on Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka, Marinka, and Shakhtarske directions.

Due to being incapable of defeating the Ukrainian Defense Forces, the Russian Federation is using terror tactics. It is shelling settlements in gross violation of the rules of International Humanitarian Law.

During the day of March 15, the Russian army launched 3x missile attacks, including on a civilian infrastructure facility in Kharkiv. Russian troops also launched 26x air strikes and over 23x MLRS attacks.

The likelihood of further missile attacks across Ukraine remains high.

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  • Volyn, Polissya, Sivershchyna, and Slobozhanshchyna directions: no changes, no formation of offensive groups of the Russian army were found. Training of Russian troops at the training grounds of the Republic of Belarus is ongoing. The Russian army maintains its military presence in the border areas. During the day of March 15, Russian military shelled the vicinities of settlements of Khrinivka (Chernihiv oblast), Atynske, Volfyne, Stepne, Kindrativka, Pokrovka, Hrabovske (Sumy oblast), Strilecha, Krasne, Starytsya, Vovchansk, Bochkove, Budarky, Ambarne, and Kolodyazne (Kharkiv oblast).
  • Kupyansk and Lyman directions: the Russian army does not abandon its attempts to break through the defense of Ukrainian troops. Russian troops conducted unsuccessful offensive operations in the vicinities of settlements of Bilohorivka and Spirne. Russian soldiers fired artillery at the vicinities of settlements of Dvorichna, Hryanykivka, Kupyansk, Krokhmalne (Kharkiv oblast), Novoselivske, Nevske, Dibrova, Bilohorivka (Luhansk), Kolodyazi, Siversk, Spirne, and Fedorivka (Donetsk oblast).
  • Bakhmut direction: the Russian army continues to assault the city of Bakhmut. Ukrainian soldiers repelled adversary attacks in the vicinities of settlements of Orikhovo-Vasylivka and Bohdanivka. In particular, Pryvillya, Orikhovo-Vasylivka, Hryhorivka, Bohdanivka, Bakhmut, Chasiv Yar, Predtechyne, Oleksandro-Shultyne, Kurdyumivka, Ozarianivka, and Shumy (Donetsk oblast) came under Russian fire.
  • Avdiivka, Marinka, and Shakhtarske directions: the Russian army conducted unsuccessful offensive operations in the vicinities of settlements of Stepove, Kamyanka, Sjeverne, Marinka, and Vuhledar. Kamyanka, Lastochkyne, Avdiivka, Tonenke, Heorhiivka, Nevelske, Pobjeda, Vuhledar, Vremivka, Velyka Novosilka, and several other settlements of the Donetsk oblast came under Russian fire.
  • Zaporizhzhia and Kherson directions: the Russian army is defending. Russian soldiers shelled the vicinities of settlements near the line of contact, including: Olhivske, Malynivka, Hulyaipole, Mala Tokmachka, Novodanylivka, Novoandriivka, Kamyanske (Zaporizhzhia oblast), Tokarivka, Antonivka, and the city of Kherson.

Due to being powerless against the Ukrainian Defense Forces, Russian troops are fighting against the civilians in the temporarily occupied territory of Kherson oblast. After Russian concentrations were effectively hit over March 12-13 and the resulting heavy losses, Russian troops are intensifying security measures in certain settlements. Russian soldiers usually travel in civilian cars taken from local residents. Also, a convoy of Russian troops carrying looted property was reported moving towards Crimea on March 14.

In another village in Kherson oblast, the Russian army is conducting counter-sabotage activities. To justify their actions, Russian troops accuse the villagers of killing a Russian soldier whose body was found.

During the day of March 15, the Ukrainian Air Force launched 8x air strikes on the concentrations of Russian personnel and military equipment.

Also, Ukrainian units shot down 1x Russian Su-25 aircraft.

During the day of March 15, Russian troops and artillery units hit 1x command post, 3x concentrations of Russian personnel and military equipment, 2x radar stations, 1x electronic warfare station, and 1x anti-aircraft missile system at its firing position.

Source: The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

See also: Russian troops shelled Kharkiv with a S-300 missile from the Belgorod region: photos

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