The summary of the situation of Russian re-invasion to Ukraine covering the recent developments on the battlefield, as of 4th November 2023 – 22:00 (Kyiv time).

Sloboda Front

includes the area of between Oskil and Aydar river

  • The enemy attempted to advance in the area north-west of Ivanivka, but the attack was repelled by 14th Mechanized Brigade. (source)

Ukrainian General Staff reports repelled attacks in the vicinity of:

  • Synkivka, Ivanivka

Siverskyi Donets

overview map of Slovyansk, Kramatorsk, Bakhmut and Lysychansk vicinity

  • Russian aviation bombed Ukrainian river crossing south of Makiivka. (source)

Ukrainian General Staff reports repelled attacks in the vicinity of:

  • Bilohorivka

Bakhmut Front

includes the vicinity of Bakhmut

Ukrainian General Staff reports repelled attacks in the vicinity of:

  • Klishchiivka, Andriivka

Avdiivka Front

includes the vicinity of Avdiivka

  • Ukrainian drone of 110th Mechanized Brigade revealed Russian movement south of the ash dump near the railway. (source)

Ukrainian General Staff reports repelled attacks in the vicinity of:

  • Stepove, Sieverne, Avdiivka, Pervomaiske

Avdiivka City

includes the city of Avdiivka

  • Given the Russian advance towards Coke plant north-west of Avdiivka, we are introducing Avdiivka City map.

Donetsk Front

includes the center and southern part of Donetsk Oblast

Ukrainian General Staff reports repelled attacks in the vicinity of:

  • Marinka, Novomykhailivka, Staromayorske

Zaporizhzhia Front

includes the Zaporizhzhia Oblast

  • Russian artillery shelled Zarichne settlement during an award ceremony on November 3, 2023. At least 20 soldiers, mostly from Ukrainian 128th Mountain Assault Brigade, were killed. (source)

Ukrainian General Staff reports repelled attacks in the vicinity of:

  • No activity reported.

Left Bank Front

includes the left bank of Dnipro river between Kherson and Nova Kakhovka

  • Ukrainian marines are making progress in Krynky settlement and liberated at least half it. (source)

Due to ongoing raids in the area between Kherson and Nova Kakhovka, Left Bank Front has been introduced and Kalanchak Front retired.

Full map of Ukraine

overview map of current situation in Ukraine

This summary and detailed maps are based on the following sources:

General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, official media channels of Ukrainian regional administrations, Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs, Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) and geolocated footage.

We also thank the following Twitter users for their geolocations and amazing work: @neonhandrail, @auditor_ya and the team at @geoconfirmed.

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Patrick

Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council Secretary Danilov says “people who do not believe in victory have no place in state leadership and military command”: News Outlet via Pravda Ukraine.

The message is clear. The question is what will happen next?

Patrick

Thanks for the Avdiivka map.

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6) Bakhmut

A bit of a general one (but still related to the last summarys), since the occupation of the town and the refusing of Wagner, I never saw any attack directly coming out of the city, like there a totally not destroyable UKR defense at the west of the town.

So beside the few RUS attacks north of it, is something happening in the city? Are there any news?

Kay

How are you supposed to attack from Bachmuth when everything there is destroyed? You cannot collect materials, vehicles or people there because there is no possibility of setting up camps there.

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Yes, I see your point, I just wonder about the situation like „today“ in such a city.

So are there like small groups of tenths/hundreds RUS sitting in/between the destroyed Appartement houses doing some drone/artillery stuff or is the hole city totally like an empty place?

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Or maybe to specify it:

Are both UKR/RUS are like flying drones above the hole city to see, that there is not like a special force attack group or sth. planning to get a surprise attack from either side?

Kay

As a rule, in destroyed places like Bachmuth, the occupiers occupy and defend all points where roads lead into the city, so that the enemy cannot get in. There will be few soldiers in the city itself because there is no longer any fighting there. Such dead places are not defended from within the city, but along the city limits
Unless they build their bivouac unprotected on ruins.

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5) Bakhmut:

UKR are doing a great job in removing the enemy south of it, may question is:

Why especially the South or: Why isn‘t the same happening in the northern part where the RUS have a deeper influence into the western direction?

Is there another kind of RUS defense as in the South or why is the northern railroad (like near Yahidne) more the territory of the RUS?

Coerenza

I’m no expert but in my opinion it has a lot to do with logistics. Let me explain better, to attack you need a superiority of at least 3 to 1, so Ukraine in the south has concentrated artillery. Furthermore, it is more difficult for the Russians to support many troops in the south (and therefore it does a lot of defensive works). On the contrary, the Russians would be better off attacking by W

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4)

Can someone tell me if there is any difference between the cities Avdiika and Toretsk?

Both had about 30.000 inhabitants, are frontline citys, but Toretsk as the middle point between Bakhmut and Avdiika was never so hard attacked as the other ones.

Is there a special reason for it?

Beside the fact that Avdiika is near to Donezk, but any other idea?

Kay

Because the Russian is a Russian. Never ask him for a reason. As senseless as the conquest of Bakhmuth was, Torezk is that safe.. Maybe Putin doesn’t like the name…

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Zhorik Vartanov

As you said, Avdeevka is right next to Donetsk (within artillery range). It’s been a culprit since 2014 and the place is heavily fortified from Ukrainian side. Besides, look at the frontline configuration – for the Russians the town is kind of asking to be encircled, while the Ukrainians surely don’t want to lose it.

AlexDi

I think the RU command hoped, with the capture of Bakhmut, to push the front line back a few kilometers and later take Toretsk in a circle, as they are now trying to do with Avdeevka

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Hello!

Thank you all for your inputs, it‘s always helpful to get a bit more into the topics, even if I will always so far away from knowing so much, but it feels good to have some friendly persons here who give me a bit more wisdom.

Thank you!

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3) To the Avdiika front: Beside the fact of more RUS soldiers there, if I remember it right their are always that large lines of tank mines which can only be solved with having such a mine clearing vehicle, so are they not so easy to hit or what is the reason for the enemy to get some more ground there? And b) I always wonder: When seeing this videos and some persons running away… Read more »

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broken tanks/vehicles I never saw someone running in a human mine in these fields.

So are there no such mines beside the tank mines or why it is so easy for the people to walk there?

(Of course in forest etc. are the human mines, but like why not between the tank ones?)

Kay

Firstly, as a human, it is much easier to spot mines when you are walking than when you are sitting in a tank. And in cities that are fought over from multiple sides, it is less than ideal to lay mines because as an attacker you are then just as at risk of driving into the mines. And besides, the Russians couldn’t have laid mines in Avdiivka because they’ve never really been in the city.

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Video 2:

The situation on the Siverskyi frontline hasn‘t change much in the past months, so is there a reason why these bridge attack happens so late?

Is it because the RUS made some kilometer to get near to it, is there any change in UKR defense or like, what could be the reason that this happens now?

Coerenza

The Russian attacks in recent months probably had the aim of moving the reserves needed for the attack to the north south. The same thing the Ukrainians are doing in Kherson.

Avdiika, on the other hand, could have a propaganda significance for the Russians in the event of a ceasefire (due to its proximity to Donetsk, a security zone)

Question

Hello!

Due the few discussions in the last updates, I try to ask if someone maybe can inform me a bit about some reasons/events on this summary (because I haven‘t the best knowledge)

Starting with video 1:

Normally I saw the infantry running or lying down when walking through such artillery attacks, what is the reason behind the persons in the video so casually walking? Just no fear?

Kay

You could try running through a field with a heavy backpack and weapon. You can do that for maybe 100 meters, then you’re knocked out standing up. So they can’t go any faster, although running away wouldn’t have been of any use because the drone had them in its sights anyway

Noelle

as @Kay said: you have a lot of gear, you need to conserve the energy;
experienced soldiers can differentiate between imminent danger (under fire or shelling) and ‘safe enough’ to not jump from cover to cover;
at some point everyone who does not break in such condition develops some variant of ‘we’re already dead’. Normal, human psyche defense mechanism.

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Thank you @Kay/Noelle for your words!

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