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Russia-Ukraine war: Frontline update as of April 16

Russia-Ukraine war: Frontline update as of April 16 The enemy attacks in two directions in the Donetsk region (photo: Getty Images)

In Ukraine, there were 104 military clashes on the front line over the past day. Russian forces actively attacked in two directions in the Donetsk region, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Enemy attacks

Overall, the enemy launched 16 missiles and 31 aviation strikes, as well as conducted 79 artillery attacks using multiple rocket launchers on the positions of our troops and civilian areas.

During the night, the Russian army once again attacked Ukraine, using 9 Shahed UAVs. All 9 UAVs were destroyed by the Ukrainian air defense forces.

During the past day, the following settlements were subjected to airstrikes:

  • Uhroidy, Vozdvyzhenske in the Sumy region;
  • Lukyantsi, Volokhivka in the Kharkiv region;
  • New York, Berdychi, Semenivka, Krasnohorivka, Urozhaine, Staromaiorske in the Donetsk region;
  • Robotyne, Orikhiv in the Zaporizhzhia region.

Over 110 settlements in Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, Dnipropetrovsk, Kherson, and Mykolaiv regions were under artillery fire.

Frontline situation

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

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

In the Kupiansk direction, the enemy did not engage in offensive actions.

In the Lyman direction, the Russians attacked the positions of our defenders near Terniv and Torske in the Donetsk region 8 times.

In the Bakhmut direction, our soldiers repelled 33 attacks in the areas of the settlements Bilohorivka in the Luhansk region; Verkhniokamianske, Spirne, Novyi, Ivanivske, Klishchiivka, Andriivka in the Donetsk region.

In the Avdiivka direction, our defenders repelled 15 attacks near the settlements Novobakhmutivka, Berdychi, Semenivka, Umanske, and Pervomaiske in the Donetsk region.

In the Novopavlivka direction, our military continues to hold back the enemy in the areas of the settlements Krasnohorivka, Novomykhailivka, Pobieda, Vodiane, and Urozhaine in the Donetsk region, where the enemy tried 30 times to break through the defense of our troops.

In the Orikhiv direction, the enemy attacked the positions of our defenders near Staromaiorske in the Donetsk region 7 times; north of Pryiutne and southwest of Bilohiria in the Zaporizhzhia region.

In the Kherson direction, the enemy does not give up its intention to knock our units out of the bridgeheads on the left bank of the Dnipro River. Thus, during the past day, the enemy made 5 unsuccessful attacks on the positions of our troops.

Enemy losses

During the past day, the Defense Forces' aviation struck 13 personnel concentration areas, 2 anti-aircraft missile systems, and 1 enemy command post.

Rocket troops units inflicted damage on 2 artillery pieces, 4 personnel concentration areas, and 4 enemy UAV command posts.

According to ISW data, Russia is preparing for a major offensive in early summer. If US military aid is not unlocked by then, the enemy's counteroffensive will become a serious problem for the Ukrainian Defense Forces.

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian Armed Forces are advancing near Donetsk, and the occupiers have made progress near Krasnohorivka and Pobieda.