Ukraine Defense Ministry: Russian forces continue shelling towns and villages throughout Donbas
July 13, 2022
The one hundred fortieth (140) day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to Russian military invasion continues.
In the Volyn and Polissya directions, part of the personnel and equipment was rotated in the units of the Armed Forces of the republic of belarus, which perform the task of strengthening the protection of the belarusian-Ukrainian border.
The inspection of the headquarters of the Territorial Defense Forces of the Zhlobynsky District of the Gomel Region of the republic of belarus is ongoing. There is still a threat of the enemy launching missiles and air strikes from the territory and airspace of this country.
In the Siversky direction, the composition and position of the enemy troops did not change much. The occupiers fired mortars at the positions of our troops in the Vovkivka area of the Sumy region.
In the Kharkiv direction, the enemy is holding a group of troops from the Western and Eastern military districts. Focuses the main efforts on defense.
The enemy shelled the city of Kharkiv and the settlements of Sosnivka, Dementiivka, Mykilske, Ruski, and Cherkasski Tyshky, Pytomnyk, Slatyne, Prudyanka, Nove, Ivanivka, and Zalyman with barrel and rocket artillery.
In the Slovyansk direction, the enemy does not stop artillery shelling in the areas of the settlements of Dolyna, Dibrivne, Kurulka, Mazanivka, Adamivka, Virnopillya, Husarivka, Chepil, Velyka Komyshuvakha, Krasnopillya, Khrestyshche, Dovhenke, and Mayak.
Ukrainian defenders successfully repulsed the assault in the direction of Dovhenke and Dolyna settlements. It is not excluded that the enemy will continue to conduct offensive operations to improve the tactical position and create favorable conditions for conducting an offensive in the direction of Izyum - Slovyansk.
In the Kramatorsk direction, the enemy did not conduct active operations but carried out shelling from barrel artillery and mortars in the areas of the settlements of Tetyanivka, Mykolaivka, Kryva Luka, Siversk, Serebryanka, and Spirne. It conducted an airstrike near Verkhnokamyanske.
In the direction of Bakhmut, the occupiers shelled the districts of Berestovo, Bilogorivka, Soledar, Pokrovsky, Bakhmut, Opytne, Vesela Dolyna, Vershyn, Travneve, Kodema, Toretsk, and Shumy. It carried out missile and air strikes on Toretsk and Rayske and airstrikes near Berestove. It conducted aerial reconnaissance with Orlan-10 UAVs and engaged subversive and reconnaissance groups.
In the Avdiivka, Kurakhivka, Novopavlivka and Zaporizhzhia directions, with the aim of restraining our troops, the enemy conducted artillery fire in the areas of the settlements of Avdiivka (Coke Chemical Plant), Vesele, Maryinka Novomykhailivka, Pavlivka, Prychystivka, Zaliznychne, Biloghirya, Mala Tokmachka, Novodanylivka and Kam'yanske. There were airstrikes near Kamianka, Avdiivka and Novomykhailivka.
In the South Buh region, in order to prevent the regrouping of our troops, the aggressor directed artillery fire on the areas of the settlements of Bila Krynytsya, Partyzanske, Blagodatne, Kyselivka, Novohryhorivka, Zorya, Kotlyareve, Shevchenkove, Stepova Dolyna, Ukrainka, Mykolaiv and Kulbakine. Unmanned aerial vehicles were used to control the fire.
In the Black Sea and Azov sea zones, the enemy's naval group focuses its main efforts on blocking civilian shipping. Four Kalibr sea-based cruise missile carriers are kept ready for missile strikes.
The moral and psychological state of the personnel of the occupiers remains low, and systematic consumption of alcoholic beverages and desertion are noted. The occupiers complain about the ineffectiveness of their attacks on Ukrainian positions.
The areas of the settlements of Vovkivka, Volfyne, and Pokrovka of the Sumy oblast were shelled with mortars. Also, in Sumy oblast, it conducted aerial reconnaissance by UAVs near Zarutsky, Shalygyne, and Starykove.