Ukraine Ministry of Defense: Ukraine forces block Russian advance at Lysychansk outskirts

June 23, 2022

The one hundred twentieth (120) day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to Russian military invasion continues.

In the Siversky direction, the enemy continues to provide enhanced protection of the Ukrainian-Russian border. It fired on civilian infrastructure in the areas of the settlements of Stari Vyrky, Atynske, and Starykove.

In the Kharkiv direction, the enemy carried out artillery shelling of civilian and military infrastructure in the areas of the settlements of Kharkiv, Ruska Lozova, Pechenihy, Khrestyshche, Mospanove, Stary Saltiv, Ruski Tyshky, and Pryshyb.

In the Slovyansk direction, the enemy fires on civilian infrastructure from artillery and rocket-propelled grenade launchers in the areas of Bohorodychne, Adamivka, Dibrivne, Kurulka, Petrovske, Virnopillya, and Mazanivka. Our soldiers repulsed an enemy assault near Dolyna and Bohorodychne and forced the occupiers to withdraw.

In the Donetsk direction, the enemy continues to fire on units of the Defense Forces with artillery and jet artillery, mortars, and tanks along the line of contact. He focused his main efforts on the Siverodonetsk and Bakhmut areas in order to establish control over the settlements of Siverodonetsk and Mykolayivka. It is fixed on previously captured positions in the districts of Loskutivka and Raiy-Oleksandrivka. It is trying to renew the losses.

In the Siverodonetsk direction, the enemy fired from tanks, mortars, artillery, and jet artillery in the areas of the settlements of Syrotyne, Lysychansk, Siverodonetsk, Voronove, and Myrna Dolyna. Units of the 2nd Army Corps, with the support of Rosguard units, carried out assault operations in order to establish full control over Siverodonetsk. The fighting continues.

Our soldiers stopped the offensive in the direction of the southern outskirts of Lysychansk, inflicted losses on the enemy, and forced them to retreat. To resume the offensive, the occupiers put forward reserves. The Ukrainian defenders also stopped the enemy's offensive near Borivske.

The enemy conducted reconnaissance by fighting in the area of ​​the settlement of Bila Hora. The offensive continued near the settlement of Raiy-Oleksandrivka, and fighting continues.

In the Bakhmut direction, the enemy fired artillery of various calibers at our positions in the areas of the settlements of Mykolayivka, Berestove, Klynove, Toretsk, Novoluhansk, Pokrovske, Luhanske, and Kodema. The army aircraft of the invaders struck near Klynove.

The occupiers are trying to establish control over the village of Hirske. The forces of assault groups from the 1st Army Corps captured Mykolayivka. The failure of the enemy ended the reconnaissance battle near the village of Vershyna.

The enemy tried unsuccessfully to block the actions of our units in the Klynove ​​area.

In the Novopavlivsk direction, the enemy fired at the positions of our troops from tanks and artillery near Pavlivka, Vuhledar, and Prechystivka. It struck air strikes in the areas of Pavlivka, Vuhledar, and Shevchenko. Near Shevchenko, our soldiers gave the occupiers a fierce battle and forced them to retreat.

To identify weaknesses in our defense, the occupiers used to sabotage and reconnaissance groups in the areas of the settlements of Vremivka, Novosilky and Neskuchne. Ukrainian soldiers successfully discovered them - the enemy withdrew with heavy losses.

In the Avdiivka, Kurakhiv, and Zaporizhzhia directions, the enemy did not wage active hostilities. In order to prevent the transfer of reserves to other areas, it fired at the positions of our troops from tanks, mortars, artillery, and jet artillery in the areas of Avdiivka, Pisky, Opytne, Marinka, Hrushove and Novopola.

Our soldiers strongly suppressed the enemy's attempt to attack Marinka.

In the South Buh direction, the enemy did not take active action. It fired on civilian infrastructure from the barrel and jet artillery in the areas of the settlements of Dobryanka, Mykolayivka, and Trudolyubivka. It struck an air strike on the positions of our troops near Knyazivka. In order to detect changes in the position of our units and adjust the fire, it conducted aerial reconnaissance of UAVs.

In the waters of the Black and Azov Seas, the enemy's naval group is trying to maintain a favorable operational regime. Five high-precision weapons carriers are being held ready to launch missile strikes on targets in Ukraine.

Not feeling support among the inhabitants of the temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories, the occupiers are afraid of total resistance from the local population. As a result, they carry out illegal searches, arrests, and imprisons.

Our units continue to perform missile and artillery fire tasks in certain areas and beat the occupiers in close combat.