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Russia-Ukraine war: Frontline update as of December 30

Russia-Ukraine war: Frontline update as of December 30 Russians shelled approximately 110 settlements with artillery (photo: Getty Images)

In Ukraine, there were 56 combat clashes on the front line over the past day. Invaders slightly reduced the intensity of hostilities, with reports of Russians refusing to participate in combat actions against the Armed Forces of Ukraine, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Russians attacks

Overall, the enemy launched 150 missiles and 74 aviation strikes, carried out 84 shelling attacks from multiple rocket launchers on the positions of our troops and civilian settlements. Unfortunately, there are casualties and injuries among the civilian population due to Russian terrorist attacks. Private residential houses and other civilian infrastructure have suffered destruction and damage.

During the night, Russian occupiers once again attacked Ukraine, using 10 UAVs of the Shahed-136/131 type. Our air defense destroyed 5 combat drones.

Aviation strikes were carried out in Synkivka, Ivanivka, Petropavlivka, Kurylivka, Berestove in the Kharkiv region; Makiivka, Nevske, Serebrianske Forestry Area in the Luhansk region; Terni, Serebrianka, Oleksandrivka, Novobakhmutivka, Novomykhailivka in the Donetsk region; Orikhiv in the Zaporizhzhia region.

Approximately 110 populated areas in the Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, Kherson, and Mykolaiv regions came under artillery fire.

The frontline situation

In the Volyn and Polissia directions, the operational situation remains unchanged.

In the Siversk and Slobozhanske directions, the enemy maintains military presence in the border areas, conducts active sabotage activities to prevent the transfer of our troops to threatening directions, and increases the density of mine-explosive obstacles along the state border in the Belgorod region.

In the Kupiansk direction, Ukrainian defenders repelled 7 enemy attacks near Synkivka in the Kharkiv region, where the enemy unsuccessfully attempted to break through the defense of our troops.

In the Lyman direction, the enemy did not engage in offensive (assault) actions.

In the Bakhmut direction, our soldiers repelled 2 attacks by occupiers in the areas of Bohdanivka and Andriivka in the Donetsk region.

In the Avdiivka direction, Ukrainian defenders continue to restrain the enemy, who does not cease attempts to encircle Avdiivka. Our soldiers steadfastly hold the defense, inflicting significant losses on the invaders. During the past day, the Defense Forces repelled 8 enemy attacks near Stepove, Avdiivka, and 21 attacks near Siverske, Pervomaiske, and Nevelske in the Donetsk region.

In the Maryinka direction, the Defense Forces continue to restrain the enemy in the areas of Maryinka and Novomykhailivka in the Donetsk region, where 9 attacks were repelled.

In the Shakhtarsk direction, the occupiers did not conduct offensive (assault) actions.

In the Zaporizhzhia direction, the Defense Forces repelled 2 enemy attacks to the west and northwest of Verbovo in the Zaporizhzhia region.

In the Kherson direction, the Defense Forces continue measures to expand the foothold. Despite significant losses, the enemy does not cease attempts to dislodge Ukrainian units from their positions.

During the past day, the enemy made over 10 unsuccessful assault attempts. At the same time, the defenders continue active actions, inflicting losses on the occupying forces in manpower and equipment, exhausting the enemy along the entire front line.

Enemy losses

During the past day, our aviation struck targets in 10 areas of concentration of personnel, armaments, and military equipment, as well as 3 anti-aircraft missile complexes of the enemy.

Missile troops units hit 2 areas of concentration of personnel, armaments, and military equipment, 3 artillery pieces, 5 ammunition depots, and another 2 other important targets of the enemy.

Russians increasingly refuse to engage in warfare

There are isolated cases of refusal by servicemen in the Russian occupation forces to carry out criminal orders and participate in hostilities.

For example, on December 19 of this year, 43 servicemen from the 150th Motorized Rifle Division of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, stationed in the temporarily occupied territory of the Luhansk region, were sent to the territory of the Russian Federation under the convoy of military police officers. These servicemen refused to participate in hostilities.