During the day, Ukrainian troops repelled Russian attacks near four populated settlements. Twenty airstrikes were launched on the invaders.
This is stated in the report of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine at 6:00 p.m., October 18, posted on Facebook.
As noted, Russian troops are trying to retain temporarily captured territories and are focusing their efforts on limiting the actions of the Ukrainian Defense Forces in certain areas. At the same time, the enemy keeps trying to go on the offensive in the Bakhmut and Avdiivka directions.
During the day, units of the Ukrainian Defense Forces repelled Russian attacks in the regions of Ohirtseve, Kharkiv region, Bilohorivka, Luhansk region, Novokalynove and Marinka, Donetsk region.
The invaders bombard the Ukrainian positions along the line of contact, reinforce their positions and defensive lines in certain directions and carry out aerial reconnaissance. Violating international humanitarian law and the laws and customs of war, the enemy continues to strike critical infrastructure and civilian homes.
During the day, Russian troops launched nine missile strikes and ten airstrikes, plus ten MLRS attacks.
Areas of more than 10 settlements, including Kyiv, Zhytomyr, Kharkiv, Dnipro, Kryvyi Rih, Zaporizhzhia, Mykolaiv, Kurakhove of Donetsk region and Trykhaty of Mykolaiv region, came under enemy fire during the day.
According to data from the General Staff, the Russians used guided cruise, aviation and anti-aircraft missiles to launch the strikes. In one direction, the invaders used four Iranian-made Shahed-136 drones, three of which were shot down by units of the Ukrainian Defense Forces.
The situation has not changed significantly in the Volyn and Polissia directions. The Republic of Belarus continues to support the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, providing its infrastructure and airspace.
There is a threat of missiles and air strikes, as well as the use of Shahed-136 combat drones from the territory of Belarus.
In other directions, Russian troops opened fire. In particular, in the direction of Siversky, the enemy hit the village of Yunakivka of the Sumy region with tube artillery.
In the direction of Slobozhansky, the invaders used mortars, tubes and rockets to attack the areas of the settlements of Vovchanski Khutory, Hryhorivka, Komisarove, Ohirtseve, Starytsia and Strilecha. In the direction of Kupyansk, the Russians shelled the areas of Berestove, Hrianykivka, Dvorichne, Kamyanka, Krasne, Kyslivka, Kotliarivka and Stelmakhivka with different types of artillery.
In the direction of Lyman, Russian troops fired mortars, tubes and rockets into the areas of Bilohorivka, Hrekivka, Zarichne, Kovalivka, Nadia, Novoyehorivka, Olhivka and Torske.
In the Bakhmut and Avdiivka directions, the enemy opened fire from tanks and artillery along the line of contact. The settlements of Bakhmut, Soledar, Pervomaiske and Velyka Novosilka were affected.
In the Novopavlivka and Zaporizhzhia directions, the Russians opened fire with mortars, tubes and rockets on Pavlivka and Prechystivka.
Heading south from Buh, the invaders try to improve their logistics, bomb military and civilian infrastructure. Settlements along the line of contact, including Vyshchetarasivka, Dnipropetrovsk region, were hit.
Ukrainian air force launched 20 strikes during the day, hitting 13 areas of storage of Russian weapons and military equipment, one bastion, seven air defense positions. Ukrainian air defense units shot down five cruise missiles.
Missile and artillery units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine hit two Russian command posts, two areas for the reinforcement of manpower, weapons and military equipment, two air defense and artillery systems, two ammunition depots and other military objects.