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Russia-Ukraine war: Frontline update as of December 25

Russia-Ukraine war: Frontline update as of December 25 Ukrainian defenders destroyed two Russian fighter-bombers (photo: Getty Images)

In Ukraine, 66 combat engagements were registered in the frontline over the last day. Ukrainian troops repelled dozens of Russian attacks near Avdiivka and destroyed two enemy fighter-bombers, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Russian attacks

In total, the enemy launched 2 missile and 61 air strikes, fired 45 times from multiple launch rocket systems at the positions of our troops and populated areas.

Unfortunately, Russian terrorist attacks have resulted in deaths and injuries among the civilian population. Private homes and other civilian infrastructure have been destroyed and damaged.

Yesterday, the Russian occupants once again attacked Ukraine using 31 Shahed-136/131 UAVs. The Ukrainian air defense forces destroyed 29 attack UAVs.

Air strikes were carried out in: Sinkivka, Petropavlivka, Kyslivka in Kharkiv region; Novoyehorivka, Serebryanske forestry in Luhansk region; Yampolivka, Torske, New York, Ocheretyno, Tonenke, Avdiivka, Maksymilianivka, Maryinka, Novomykhailivka, Vodiane, Zolota Niva, Staromayorske in Donetsk region.

About 100 settlements in Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, Kherson, and Mykolaiv regions came under artillery fire.

Situation at the frontlines

The operational situation in the Volyn and Polissya directions remains without significant changes.

In the Siversk and Slobozhanske directions, the enemy maintains a military presence in the border areas, conducts active sabotage activities to prevent the deployment of our troops to threatened areas, and increases the density of minefields along the state border in the Belgorod region.

In the Kupiansk direction, Ukrainian defenders repelled 21 enemy attacks near Synkivka, Kharkiv region, and Stelmakhivka, Luhansk region, where the enemy unsuccessfully tried to break through the defense of our troops.

In the Lyman direction, the enemy did not conduct any offensive (assault) actions.

In the Bakhmut direction, our soldiers repelled 5 enemy attacks near the settlements of Bohdanivka, Klishchiivka, and Andriivka in the Donetsk region.

In the Avdiivka direction, Ukrainian defenders continue to hold back the enemy, who keeps trying to encircle Avdiivka. Our soldiers are steadfastly holding the line, inflicting significant losses on the occupiers. Ukrainian defense forces repelled 14 enemy attacks east of Novobakhmutivka, Stepove, and Avdiivka and 17 attacks near Pervomayske and Nevelske in the Donetsk region.

In the Maryinka direction, Ukrainian defense forces continue to hold back the enemy in the areas of Maryinka and Novomykhailivka in the Donetsk region, where our defenders repelled five attacks.

In the Shakhtarsk direction, Ukrainian defenders repelled an enemy attack southwest of Staromayorsk, Donetsk region.

In the Zaporizhzhia direction, the Defense Forces repelled 3 enemy attacks near Robotyno and south of Huliaipol in the Zaporizhzhia region.

In the Kherson direction, the Defense Forces continue to expand the bridgehead. Despite significant losses, the enemy continues to try to drive our units from their positions. Thus, over the past day, the enemy carried out 23 unsuccessful assault actions, received a decent rebuff, and retreated.

Enemy losses

Over the past day, the aviation of the Defense Forces struck 12 areas of concentration of personnel, weapons, and military equipment, ammunition depots, and an enemy air defense missile system.

The Ukrainian air defense forces also destroyed 2 Su-34 and Su-30 fighter-bombers.

The missile troops destroyed 2 artillery units and an enemy control center.