On Friday, March 17, the Ukrainian Defense Forces repelled over 100 Russian attacks in five directions. This is evidenced by the summary of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, published on Saturday, March 18 on Facebook.
During this time, the enemy delivered 34 air strikes. In particular, 11 of them were using the Shahed-136 UAV.
“10 of these UAVs were destroyed by our air defense units, but one, unfortunately, hit an industrial infrastructure facility. Fortunately, there were no civilian casualties. The enemy also launched one missile attack and made 57 attacks from the MLRS. One of them is in the settlement of Veletenskoe, Kherson region,” the message says.
The main goal of the enemy over the past day, as before, remained attempts to reach the administrative borders of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions. The invaders concentrated their main efforts on conducting offensive operations in the Limansky, Bakhmutsky, Avdeevsky, Maryinsky and Miners directions.
Volynskoye, Polesskoye, Severskoye and Slobozhansky directions
Operating environment without significant changes. Over the past day, the enemy carried out mortar and artillery attacks on the districts of 14 settlements. Among them are Starikovo, Volfino and Solyaniki of the Sumy region, as well as Strelechye, Glubokoye, Staritsa, Volchansk, Kolodyaznoye, Krasnoe Pervoe, Kutkovka, Dvurechnaya, Zapadnoe, Ternovaya and Quiet in the Kharkiv region.
Kupyanskoe and Limanskoe directions
During the previous day, the enemy unsuccessfully tried to break through the defenses of our troops. The enemy fired at the areas of 13 settlements along the line of contact, in particular, Vesely, Gryanikovka, Olshanaya, Krokhmalny, Berestovoye, Dibrova and Andreevka of the Kharkov region; Novoegorovka, Nevsky, Belogorovka, Novoselovsky and Chervonopopovka in the Luhansk region, as well as Novoselivka in the Donetsk region.
The enemy did not stop the assault on the city of Bakhmut. At the same time, our defenders repulsed the attacks of the invaders in the areas of Kleshcheevka and Ivanovsky. Near the line of contact, the enemy shelled such settlements as Minkovka, Orekhovo-Vasilyevka, Zheleznyanskoye, Vasyukovka, Bakhmut, Grigorievka, Ivanovskoye, Ozaryanovka, Aleksandro-Shultino, Predtechino and Chasov Yar in the Donetsk region.
Avdeevskoe, Maryinskoe and Mining directions
The enemy carried out unsuccessful offensive actions in the direction of the settlements of Kamenka, Nevelskoye, Avdeevka, Maryinka, Severnoye and Pervomayskoye of the Donetsk region. Districts of 21 settlements were subjected to numerous enemy shelling. Among them are Kamenka, Avdeevka, Vodyane, Krasnogorovka, Georgievka, Maksimilyanovka, Marinka, Vuhledar, Velyka Novoselka, Zolotaya Niva, Paraskoveevka, Tonenkoe, Severnoye, Pervomaiskoye, Nevelskoe, Pobeda, Novomikhailovka, Novoukrainka, Prichistovka, Neskuchnoe and Shakhtyorskoe in Donetsk region.
Zaporozhye and Kherson directions
The enemy continued to defend. The enemy carried out intensive shelling of the settlements of Malinovka, Gulyaipole, Zheleznodorozhnoe, Belogorye, Malaya Tokmachka, Novoandreevka, Maly Shcherbaki, Kamenskoe, Olgovskoe, Krasnoye, Charivne, Orekhov, Novodanilovka and Stepnoe of the Zaporozhye region; Vremka and Novopil, Donetsk region; Good Hope in the Dnipropetrovsk region, as well as Dudchany, Kachkarovka, Vesele, Cossack, Ivanovka, Nikolskoye, Dnieper, Beregovoye, Veletenskoye, Kizomys, Mikhailovka, Republican, Novoberislav, Kherson, Novoselka, Shilova Balka, Odradokamenka, Nikolaevka, Tyaginka, Sadovoye and Khersonskaya Razlivka areas.
Successes of the Defense Forces
Aviation of the Defense Forces of Ukraine carried out 6 strikes on the occupiers’ concentration areas in a day. The rocket and artillery units hit two enemy personnel concentration areas and one deployment position of his air defense systems.