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Russia-Ukraine war: Frontline update as of January 21

Russia-Ukraine war: Frontline update as of January 21 Photo: Frontline update as of January 21 (GettyImages)

Ukrainian military repelled 21 enemy attacks in the Kupiansk direction, continuing efforts to expand the foothold in the Kherson direction. Missile forces targeted the enemy's ammunition depot, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Russian attacks

During the past 24 hours, there have been 80 military clashes. The enemy conducted a total of 3 missile strikes (using S-300 surface-to-air guided missiles on civilian infrastructure in Novohradivka, the Donetsk region) and 4 airstrikes. Additionally, they carried out 58 shelling attacks with multiple rocket launchers on the positions of our forces and civilian settlements.

Due to Russian terrorist attacks, unfortunately, there are casualties and injuries among the civilian population. Over 40 private houses and other civilian infrastructure have suffered destruction and damage.

Aviation strikes have been carried out in:

Chernatske and Seredyna-Buda in the Sumy region.

Over 140 settlements in the Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, Dnipropetrovsk, Kherson, and Mykolaiv regions have come under artillery fire.

Situation at the frontlines

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

In the Siversk and Slobozhanske directions, the adversary maintains military presence in border areas, engages in active sabotage activities to prevent the redeployment of our forces to critical directions, and increases the density of mine-explosive obstacles along the state border in the Belgorod region.

In the Kupiansk direction, our defenders repelled the enemy's 21st attack near Synkivka, Petropavlivka in the Kharkiv region, and Stelmakhivka in the Luhansk region.

In the Lyman direction, our defenders repelled 6 attacks by occupiers near Terny, Yampolivka in the Donetsk region, and another 7 attacks in the areas of Serebrianske Forestry and Bilohorivka in the Luhansk region.

In the Bakhmut direction, the defense forces repelled 8 enemy attacks near Bohdanivka, Klishchiivka, and Andriivka in the Donetsk region.

In the Avdiivka direction, Ukrainian defenders continue to restrain the enemy, which persists in attempting to encircle Avdiivka. Our soldiers steadfastly hold the defense, inflicting significant losses on the invaders.

In the past 24 hours, the defense forces repelled 11 enemy attacks in the Avdiivka area and an additional 12 attacks to the south near Severne, Vodiane, Pervomaiske, and Nevelske in the Donetsk region.

In the Maryinka direction, Ukrainian soldiers continue to restrain occupiers near Heorhiivka, Maryinka, and Novomykhailivka in the Donetsk region, where 6 attacks were repelled.

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

In the Zaporizhzhia direction, our defenders repelled an enemy attack west of Verbove in the Zaporizhzhia region.

In the Kherson direction, the defense forces continue to expand the foothold. Despite significant losses, the enemy persists in attempting to dislodge our units from occupied positions. Over the past day, the enemy carried out 6 unsuccessful assaults on our troops' positions.

At the same time, Ukrainian soldiers, through active actions, inflict losses on the occupying forces in personnel and equipment, wearing down the enemy along the entire front line.

Enemy losses

During the day, the aviation of the Defense Forces delivered strikes on 6 areas of concentration of personnel, weaponry, and military equipment, targeting 1 anti-aircraft missile system, 1 ammunition depot, and 1 enemy communication node.

Units of the missile forces hit 3 areas of concentration of personnel, weaponry, and military equipment, as well as 1 command post and 1 electronic warfare station of the enemy.

The total number of losses in the Russian army since the beginning of the invasion is reported to be 375,270 military personnel.