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Ukrainian general provides update on frontline hotspots

Ukrainian general provides update on frontline hotspots Russia wants to blockade Kupiansk by seizing Synkivka (Getty Images)
Author: Liliana Oleniak

The Russians continue to advance at the Kupiansk, Lyman, and Bakhmut directions. In particular, in an attempt to block Kupiansk, they are trying to seize the village of Synkivka, according to the commander of the Army of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Oleksandr Syrskii.

Kupiansk direction

"To create conditions for blocking Kupiansk, the enemy is trying to capture the village of Synkivka with assault companies," he says.

However, according to him, the invaders are suffering significant losses in manpower.

"In this regard, the enemy began to transfer assault units that were in reserve to the area," adds Syrskii.

In addition, Russian occupants are conducting active offensives in the areas of Novoselivske, Stelmakhivka, Lyman Pershyi, and in the direction of Siversk.

Lyman direction

Here, the enemy is advancing to push the Ukrainian Armed Forces beyond the Chornyi Zherebets River and out of the Serebrianske Forestry area.

"It is conducting unsuccessful assault operations in the direction of Zhytlivka, Terny, and is constantly moving personnel from the territory of the Russian Federation to man up assault units," the general says.

Bakhmut direction

Russian occupants also focus on the Bakhmut direction north and west of Bakhmut. They are using airborne units, special forces units, and the 200th separate motorized rifle brigade of the Northern Fleet for assault operations.

"Despite the difficult conditions and undeniable offensive actions of the occupiers, our soldiers are steadfastly holding the lines," assures Syrskii.

Situation at the front

According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as of the morning of December 11, Ukrainian troops repelled 49 enemy attacks in the Avdiivka direction, held their positions on the left bank of the Dnipro River, and destroyed an enemy ammunition depot. In particular, according to the Institute of War Studies, Ukrainian forces are holding their positions on the eastern bank of the Dnipro River. According to preliminary information, the Ukrainian Armed Forces already control the entire Velykyi Potemkin Island (southwest of Kherson).