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Russia-Ukraine war: Situation on the front as of December 15

Russia-Ukraine war: Situation on the front as of December 15 Frontline situation today, December 15 (photo: Getty Images)

Ukrainian Forces repelled 45 enemy attacks on the Avdiivka direction, holding their positions on the left bank of the Dnipro River, and successfully destroyed an air-ballistic missile Kinzhal, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Russians shelling

Over the past day, there were 110 military clashes. The enemy carried out a total of 4 missile and 50 aerial strikes, as well as 56 shelling attacks using rocket artillery systems on the positions of our troops and civilian settlements.

As a result of Russian terrorist attacks, unfortunately, there are casualties and injuries among the civilian population. Private residential buildings and other civilian infrastructure have suffered destruction and damage.

Aircraft strikes were recorded:

  • Synkivka, Kharkiv region;

  • Serebryanske Forestry Area, Luhansk region;

  • Terni, Ivanivske, Andriivka, Toretsk, Avdiivka, Heorhiivka, Novomykhailivka, and Prechystivka, Donetsk region;

  • Preobrazhenka, Zaporizhzhia region;

  • Darivka, Krynyky, Prydniprovskyi, Kherson region.

Over 100 populated areas in the Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, Kherson, and Mykolaiv regions have come under artillery fire.

The frontline situation

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

In the Siversk and Slobozhanske directions, the adversary maintains military presence in border areas, actively engages in sabotage activities to prevent the movement of our forces 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 15 enemy attacks in the area of Synkivka, Kharkiv region.

In the Lyman direction, our defenders successfully repelled an enemy attack east of Terniv in the Donetsk region.

In the Bakhmut direction, Ukrainian Forces repelled 11 enemy attacks near Ivanivske, Klishchiivka, and Andriivka in the Donetsk region. The Ukrainian Defensive Forces continue to inflict losses on the enemy in personnel and equipment, consolidating their positions at achieved lines.

In the Avdiivka direction, Ukrainian defenders continue to restrain the enemy, who persists in attempting to encircle Avdiivka. Our forces resiliently maintain their defense, causing significant losses to the occupiers.

The Defensive Forces successfully repelled 23 enemy attacks east of Novobakhmutivka, Stepove, Avdiivka, and another 22 attacks south of Siversk, Pervomaiske, and Nevelske in the Donetsk region.

In the Maryinka direction, the Defensive Forces are holding back the enemy in the area of Novomykhailivka in the Donetsk region. Here, our defenders successfully repelled 17 attacks.

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

In the Zaporizhzhia direction, the defensive forces repelled 9 enemy attacks north of Pryutne, west, and northwest of Verbove in the Zaporizhzhia region.

Offensive by Ukrainian Armed Forces

In the Melitopol direction, the Ukrainian Defensive Forces continue active operations, inflicting losses on the occupying forces in personnel and equipment, and wearing down the enemy along the entire front line.

In the Kherson direction, Ukrainian soldiers continue to hold positions on the left bank of the Dnipro River, engaging in counter-battery combat and delivering fire strikes on enemy rear areas.

Enemy losses

During the past day, the defense forces' aviation conducted strikes on two areas of enemy personnel, equipment, and military vehicles concentration. Additionally, our defenders destroyed 1 air-launched ballistic missile X-47M Kinzhal.

Units of the missile forces targeted 2 areas of enemy personnel, equipment, and military vehicles concentration, a command post, and 2 ammunition depots.

The total number of losses for the Russian army since the beginning of the invasion is 342,800 military personnel.