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Ukraine Defense Ministry: Russian forces carry out preparations for offensive against the city of Bakhmut
July 20, 2022
The one hundred forty seventh (147) day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a russian military invasion continues.
There are no significant changes in the enemy's activity in the Volyn, Polissya, and Siversky directions. The enemy shelled the areas of Mykolaivka, Chernihiv oblast, and Volfyne, Yastrubyne, and Pavlivka, Sumy oblast, with barrel and jet artillery.
In the Kharkiv direction, the enemy carried out fire damage in the areas of Mospanove, Petrivka, Ruski Tyshki, Bazaliyivka, Pechenigy, Tsyrkuny, Pytomnyk, Dementiyivka, Korobochkyne and Prudyanka settlements.
In the Slovyansk direction, shelling from tanks and artillery was recorded near Dolyna, Krasnopill, Kostyantynivka, Chepil, Husarivka, and Adamivka.
In the Donetsk direction, the aggressor shelled the areas of Kramatorsk, Siversk, Serebryanka, Hryhorivka, Verkhnokamianske, Spirne, Ivano-Daryivka settlements with barrel and rocket artillery. Conducted an airstrike near Verkhnokamyanske. Conducts assault operations in the direction of Ivano-Daryivka, hostilities continue.
In the Bakhmut direction, the occupiers are conducting combat operations with the aim of creating conditions for an offensive on the city of Bakhmut and taking over the territory of the Vuhlehirska TPP. Shelling was carried out from barrel and rocket artillery and tanks in the areas of the settlements of Berestove, Bilohorivka, Yakovlivka, Pokrovske, Soledar, Bakhmutske, Bakhmut, Vesela Dolyna, Kodema. The enemy carried out airstrikes on Berestove, Yakovlivka, Bakhmut, Vershyna, New York and Pokrovsky.
Fighting continues in the direction of the settlements of Berestove, Vershyna and Novoluhanske.
On the Avdiyika, Novopavlivka, and Zaporizhzhia directions, shelling was noted in the areas of the settlements of Novobakhmutivka, Vuhledar, Novopil, Poltavka, Hulyaipole, Kamianske, and a number of others. The enemy launched an airstrike near Avdiyivka.
Conducted combat reconnaissance in the area of Novoselivka Druga and advanced in the direction of Mykilske, had no success, withdrew.
The enemy maintains a high intensity of reconnaissance with unmanned aerial vehicles in the South Buh direction. In the waters of the Black Sea, there are three Kalibr cruise missile carriers outside the base points. Reciprocal shelling from barrel, rocket artillery and tanks continues along the entire contact line. The enemy launched missile and air strikes in the area of Murakhivka. There is a shortage of ammunition, food and water in the enemy units.
According to the available information, the command of the Northern Fleet of the russian federation is taking preventive measures in connection with the very low level of military discipline in the units involved and planned to be involved in hostilities on the territory of Ukraine. Drunkenness and disobedience to commanders' orders flourish.
Ukrainian aviation and missile artillery units continue to successfully fire missions at enemy command posts and logistic support bases.