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December 13, 2023

Invasion Day 658 – Summary

The summary of the situation of Russian re-invasion to Ukraine covering the recent developments on the battlefield, as of 13th December 2023 – 22:00 (Kyiv time). Sloboda Front includes the area of between Oskil and Aydar river Ukrainian General Staff reports repelled attacks in the vicinity of: Siverskyi Donets overview map of Slovyansk, Kramatorsk, Bakhmut…

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The summary of the situation of Russian re-invasion to Ukraine covering the recent developments on the battlefield, as of 13th December 2023 – 22:00 (Kyiv time).

Sloboda Front

includes the area of between Oskil and Aydar river

  • 40th Artillery Brigade targeted Russian troops north of Synkivka. (source)

Ukrainian General Staff reports repelled attacks in the vicinity of:

  • Synkivka, Petropavlivka

Siverskyi Donets

overview map of Slovyansk, Kramatorsk, Bakhmut and Lysychansk vicinity

  • The enemy advanced in the area of Serebryansky forest. (source)
  • Russian troops managed to advance along a railway north-east of Vesele. (source)

Ukrainian General Staff reports repelled attacks in the vicinity of:

  • Serebryansky forest, Terny

Bakhmut Front

includes the vicinity of Bakhmut

  • Russian forces almost completely reversed Ukrainian gains since Invasion Day 443 – May 12, 2023, and reached Bakhmut – Chasiv Yar road. (source)
  • Russian BMD vehicles were spotted moving just north of Khromove. The settlement is located in the lowlands and given the Russian vehicle movement just north of, it seems Ukrainian defenders withdrew. (source)
  • Russian troops advanced along the railway towards Bohdanivka. (source)
  • The enemy managed to advance in the area south-west of Bakhmut. (source)
  • Soldiers of 24th Mechanized Brigade hoisted a flag on the waste heap west of Horlivka. (source)

Ukrainian General Staff reports repelled attacks in the vicinity of:

  • Ivanivske, Andriivka

Avdiivka Front

includes the vicinity of Avdiivka

Ukrainian General Staff reports repelled attacks in the vicinity of:

  • Novobakhmutivka, Stepove, Avdiivka, Sieverne, Pervomaiske, Nevelske

Avdiivka City

includes the city of Avdiivka

  • Russian forces reached the western edge of Promka. Majority of the area seems to be under the enemy control. (source)
  • 53rd Mechanized Brigade repelled Russian attack from the direction of Vodyane. (source)

Donetsk Front

includes the center and southern part of Donetsk Oblast

  • Russian forces hoisted a flag on the western edge of Marinka. The enemy now controls the majority of the settlement. (source)
  • 46th Airmobile Brigade targeted a Russian tank in the northern part of Marinka, revealing a Russian advance in the area. (source)
  • Ukrainian defenders remain in control of north-western outskirts of Marinka. (source)
  • The enemy reached the south-eastern outskirts of Novomykhailivka, but the attack was eventually repelled by 79th Air Assault Brigade. (source)

Ukrainian General Staff reports repelled attacks in the vicinity of:

  • Krasnohorivka, Novomykhailivka

Zaporizhzhia Front

includes the Zaporizhzhia Oblast

  • Ukrainian forces advanced by a one treeline towards Luhove settlement. (source)

Ukrainian General Staff reports repelled attacks in the vicinity of:

  • Robotyne, Verbove

Left Bank Front

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

  • Ukrainian forces repelled an assault of Russian VDV troops on Krynky. (source)

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

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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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Itichtron E. Friend

I have a bad feeling that Russia will soon make a big push; What do you think?

Last edited 5 months ago by Itichtron E. Friend
Itichtron E. Friend

I have a bad feeling that Russia will soon make a big push; What do you think? I’m dying to know!
[I’m Chinese and I want to know what you think about this.]
Please ignore the last comment

Last edited 5 months ago by Itichtron E. Friend
Max Beckhaus

I don´t see any reason to believe that Russia can push more than they allready do. I wouldn´t know out of which head they are supposed to pull neither the stuff nore the manpower for a big push. It actually looks like the current offensive is slowing down now. So soon, no, may be if they mobilize or they get a lot of stuff from China or something like that.

Itichtron E. Friend

–Thank you very much for your response.

Omer

Hello. So when will the Russians press forward? After new year?

What happens when Bakhmut and Avdiivka fall? It’s almost open field to the river without heavy defenses. How are they going to stop them, especially without weapons and money?

I have the feeling this winter we will see the Russian build up released pressing forward.

Don’t want Ukrainian fanboys, just normal answers.

Omer

One other question. Do you think after Russians conquer everything east of the river they will stop, even if then Ukraine is willing to negotiate. Or do you think they might press for Odessa and do you think they will have interest in capturing the capital? Again please no Ukrainian fanboys. Only sober answers.

JohnnyBeerGr8

I admire your spirit, so from capturing Bakhmut in May, took another 7 months to start pushing, or losing Klischivka during the process, not even taking in Chasiv Yar yet, alone Kramatorsk, but you see Russians crossing Dnieper and capturing Oddesa. Even Avdiivka fall, doesnt seem any long breakthrough viable and yet, you see it happen. You must be a fan boy…

Stefano

First of all the city of Bakhmut fell in June, but the Russians are now bogged down there and have hardly made any gains in that area over the past six months. I don’t see how Russia is going to conquer everything up to the Dnieper as we’re talking about hundreds of km and the terrain west of Bakhmut will be an issue for them.

JohnnyBeerGr8

if youre biased yourself with no Ukrainian fanboys, but “normal” answers (wonder if definition is feeding your wishes and narratives), youre already on wrong forum, maybe telegram or call Putin would do. It implies your question seem open based, but its not. Usually I would tell you wait and see, despite all the predictions,living the reality is different discipline than living future predictions

Stefano

Even if Avdiivka falls the lines of defence will move further west and there are plenty of towns that will need to be occupied by the Russians before they reach any large cities. Even if the aid to Ukraine decreases or stops they’ll keep fighting but I doubt that it will stop unless Trump takes over in the US in 2024.

Zhorik Vartanov

Somehow I doubt that we’ll see rapid tank breakthroughs, this is not this kind of war. Russia most likely will continue doing what it’s been doing all along – hold the line, damage (carefully) infrastructure and _very_ slowly move forward, in my book it’s been working well for the Russians so far.

JohnnyBeerGr8

there is certain art in lying…like your big vozd claiming active defense when trying to encircle Avdiivka. You can do bit better with “holding the line” newspeak with “get as much as they can” which goes bit slower than 3 days plan and parade in Kiyv. Carefully do war atrocities and shell cities, civilians,kidnap citizens, just whatever you inherited from Golden Horde. Working well so far…

Kay

The Russians claim to have been taking Marinka for months. But each time there is new fighting because the UAF continues to hold positions in parts of the city. I won’t believe in a complete conquest until the UA army command reports it.
What is more worrying is that the RU has Chasiv Yar in its sights and appears to have a lot of resources to do so.

Kay

Russia is taking advantage of the UA’s lack of ammunition on this front line. Especially since Chasiv Yar is an important base for the Ukrainians. From there the Bachmuth Front is supplied and it is a rotation center for the armed forces. I think if Chasiv Yar falls, then the entire Bakhmuth front will finally fall. The Russians seem to be coping better with the falling temperatures.

Stefano

I think the Russians are taking advantage of the indecision in the West, I think the next few months could be really tough for Ukraine and it could get even worse if Putin decides to mobilise more troops after the “elections”.

tom

So what again West fault? For me looks like rus are more determined to fight and that’s why they are going forward.

Tristan

It’s not a question of determination, it’s a question of ammunition.

North Korea delivered 1 million shells (of poor quality, but that’s a lot of ammunition), while MAGA traitors are sabotaging the support for Ukraine.

Stefano

The midget dictator also admitted yesterday that over 600,000 Russian troops are currently in Ukraine which is much higher than what some experts are stating and it explains some limited success they’ve had despite heavy losses.

JohnnyBeerGr8

and that would explain calculations in one of the earlier posts before, closing the number to 1M (350k losses, 600k serving) and at the same time, why they send almost all of the forces prematurely to the front avoiding training, cohesion or “table” equip. He could also lie, still close to 1M serving in UA during these 2 years.

san4es

Both sides are in the same position. If you think that Ukraine does not send untrained soldiers to the front line, you are mistaken

Last edited 5 months ago by san4es
JohnnyBeerGr8

dunno what are you trying to say, especially, when discussion point was about something else. You can own thread regarding your point and not whataboutism me with off topic.

JohnnyBeerGr8

and when you want to keep rhetoric games, tell batuska jaguska putin to withdraw his monkeys and maybe then Ukraine does not have to send any soldier, trained or untrained.

Stefano

No I didn’t mean it’s the fault of the west but they are bit slow with their decision making. Yesterday Putin admitted that the total number of troops in Ukraine is over 600k, I’m guessing that’s why they’re making advances and having limited success here and there.

tom

Yes west is slow and it wont be faster for sure. Ukraine has no other way as to keep surviving until putler’s death, which is the only condition to end this war. I hope that Ukraine will keep fighting because what history is showing, is the winner will be the one which can sacrifice more (see Vietnam, Afganistan)

Kay

UA is already the victim… There is nothing left that can be sacrificed. However, RUS sacrifices a lot for this war. Young Russians are leaving the country, prices are going up, social money is going to the war economy, infrastructure is being neglected, RUS has scared off the most important importers, nobody buys RUS products. All at the expense of their own citizens

Stefano

Honestly I don’t think Putler’s death would end the war as there are plenty of nationalists even worse than him in Russia. The problem is the paranoid mindset of the Russian elites who still think it’s the 19th century and that surrounding nations are provinces of Russia.

Stefano

To be honest I watched a video about five months ago where they were advancing down those two streets parallel to the lakes and they’ve only just managed to take that part of the town now. The Russians are still far from Chasiv Yar and the terrain west of Bakhmut is higher so it will be a big challenge for them to take. The thing that worries me is the mixed signals coming from the… Read more »

Andrew

They can have fun penetrating layers of minefields while pushing uphill and dealing with constant drone attacks. As their logistics get blasted to bits behind. Moscow is doing its very best impression of Allied generals on the Western Front circa 1915.

Kay

You’d think the RUS commanders would really enjoy watching their soldiers fly through the air. Who else would send 40,000 of their own men to certain death, even though they knew beforehand that it was impossible to attack at that point?
If the Russian elite and commanders weren’t so inhumane, they could certainly have prevented over half of the soldiers who died.

Kay

I hope that the RU soldiers finally start a major mutiny out of frustration with the senseless kamikaze actions and the punishments for not following these orders. The RU soldiers were deprived of all human feeling. It is human nature to be afraid of death.

Patrick

Marinka is already history. The Russians have now turned to Pobieda and Novomikhailovka.

Kay

So what… What does this have to do with Marinka? Even Russian mibloggers write that UA forces continue to operate in the northwestern outskirts of Marinka. And the taking has not yet been confirmed by the RU Ministry of Defense.

Patrick

First take a look at Deepstatemap. Second, even if UA still controls 3% of Marinka, the job is pretty much over and the Russians have already diverted most of their forces towards new objectives in the south. So Marinka is history.

Kay

Through the 13th door, the CV-90, popular with the UAF armed forces, is driving
https://tny.lv/hKT3c

Kay

Behind the 14th door is the Russian nightmare… Javelin!
https://tny.lv/fApp4

Kay

The 15th door sends a greeting to the Russians… M777
https://tny.lv/YSz6A