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Ukrainian Armed Forces push Russian troops out of defensive lines and firing points

Ukrainian Armed Forces push Russian troops out of defensive lines and firing points Photo: Ukrainian military (Getty Images)
Author: Daryna Vialko

Ukrainian troops at the front are carrying out counterattacks, driving the Russian forces out of their defense lines and firing points, according to the spokesman for the Khortytsia operational and strategic group of troops, Nazar Voloshyn.

"The defense forces are also assaulting the enemy's positions, capturing their defensive lines and firing points. We are also conducting our counterattacks, taking their firing positions and driving them out of their lines. Therefore, the tactical situation is quite dynamic," Voloshyn said.

According to him, the Defense forces are conducting successful actions in certain areas of the front, and the enemy has to defend.

The spokesperson also noted that the Ukrainian Armed Forces are not experiencing a shortage of shells. At the same time, he added that "everything is relative."

"Against the background of the enemy's use of a large amount of ammunition, they used to outnumber us quantitatively, but our Armed Forces are superior in quality. We use each shell wisely - hitting the target," he added.

According to Voloshyn, yesterday, on June 16, more than 960 Russian soldiers, two tanks and 17 armored vehicles, 10 cannons and mortars, as well as more than 20 units of vehicles and special equipment were destroyed in the eastern operational zone.

In addition, the Ukrainian Armed Forces destroyed 42 shelters and 8 ammunition depots together with the military personnel.

He said that the enemy was using aircraft to drop bombs.

"In May alone, enemy aircraft dropped more than 3,200 guided aerial bombs across Ukraine. And since the beginning of June, the enemy army has launched more than 1,050 missiles at the positions of our defenders and civilian settlements and cities," noted the spokesman.

Situation at the front on June 17

According to the latest data from the General Staff, 52 clashes have been recorded on the frontline since the beginning of June 17. The highest enemy activity is currently observed in the Pokrovsk direction. The Russian forces have also become more active in the Kharkiv direction.

The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Oleksandr Syrskyi, stated that the Russian forces are currently trying to expand the geography of the fighting, as they understand that the supply of weapons and F-16 fighter jets will benefit Ukraine.