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The operational update regarding the #russian_invasion on 06.00 on April 20, 2022

General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

The fifty-sixth day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a russian military invasion continues. A russian federation continues its full-scale armed aggression against Ukraine.

The russian enemy is trying to continue offensive operations in the Eastern Operational Zone in order to establish full control over the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.

The russian enemy continues to launch missile and bomb strikes on military and civilian infrastructure throughout Ukraine.

In the Volyn and Polissya directions, the enemy did not take active action. The threat of rocket-bomb strikes by russian aircraft on objects on the territory of Ukraine with the use of the territory, airfield network and airspace of the republic of belarus remains.

Certain units of the Armed Forces of the republic of belarus continue to carry out tasks to cover the Ukrainian-Belarusian border in Brest and Gomel regions. Carry out engineering equipment of positions and observation posts.

In the Siversky direction, there were no signs of the russian enemy forming a strike group to resume offensive operations. The protection of the Ukrainian-russian border in this direction is carried out by the enemy in an enhanced mode. Measures of engineering equipment of bases in the border areas with Ukraine are underway.

In the Slobozhansky direction, the russian enemy regroups and replenishes its reserves. The partial blockade of Kharkiv and the shelling of the city continue.

In the Izyum direction, the enemy attempted an offensive in the direction of Sulyhivka, Dibrivne. The enemy is trying to conduct air reconnaissance of the offensive with the use of unmanned aerial vehicles “Orlan-10”.

In the Donetsk and Tavriya directions, the russian occupiers continue to shell the front lines of our troops and search for weak points in the defense along the entire line of contact.

Fighting continues in the areas of Kreminna, Torske and Zelena Dolyna. The russian enemy regroups in order to further attack in the direction of the village of Lyman.

The russian enemy is trying to launch an offensive to advance deep into the village of Popasna. After attempts by the russian occupiers to storm Rubizhne and Severodonetsk, about 130 wounded enemy soldiers were taken to the local hospital in Novoaydar. The exact number is currently being clarified.

In the Donetsk direction, the russian enemy carried out assaults in the area of ​​the Marinka settlement.

The russian enemy’s main efforts are focused on capturing the city of Mariupol, continuing the assault in the area of ​​the Azovstal plant.

The enemy is fighting in the settlements of Velyka Novosilka, Rivnopil and Storozheve and continues to provide logistical support to troops.

In the South Bug direction, the russian enemy is concentrating its main efforts on maintaining the occupied frontiers and shelling the positions of our troops. Conducts hostilities in the area of ​​the settlement of Oleksndrivka.

In the future, the russian occupiers will continue to fire on the positions of our troops and conduct hostilities in order to reach the administrative borders of the Kherson region.

Due to heavy losses, the russian occupiers withdrew the battalion tactical group of the 237th Tank Regiment of the 3rd Motorized Rifle Division of the 20th Guards Combined Arms Army of the Western Military District from Kharkiv Oblast to the Permanent Deployment Point (Soloty, Belgorod Oblast) to restore combat capability.

Ten attacks by the russian occupiers were repulsed in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts over the past 24 hours, twelve tanks were destroyed, twenty-eight armored and two units of armored vehicles, and one artillery system were destroyed.

The Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has hit nine air targets in the previous day: one plane, one helicopter, six UAVs of various types and a cruise missile.

We believe in the Armed Forces of Ukraine! Let’s win together!

Glory to Ukraine!

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By Volodymyr Machuskyy

Prof. at Kyiv National Economic University

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