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December 21, 2023

Invasion Day 665 – Summary

The summary of the situation of Russian re-invasion to Ukraine covering the recent developments on the battlefield, as of 20th December 2023 – 22:00 (Kyiv time). Summary of the day 665 is the last summary released this year. There might be an extra summary in case things worsen for the defenders in Avdiivka, but other…

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The summary of the situation of Russian re-invasion to Ukraine covering the recent developments on the battlefield, as of 20th December 2023 – 22:00 (Kyiv time).

Summary of the day 665 is the last summary released this year. There might be an extra summary in case things worsen for the defenders in Avdiivka, but other than that, no other summary is planned for the upcoming Christmas holidays. I’d like to thank all our visitors for reading our summaries through the year 2023.

Sloboda Front

includes the area of between Oskil and Aydar river

  • Ukrainian forces drove Russian troops out of Synkivka, regaining control over the settlement. (source)
  • Russian troops advanced in the forest area north/north-west of Synkivka. (source)

Ukrainian General Staff reports repelled attacks in the vicinity of:

  • Synkivka, Petropavlivka, Ivanivka

Siverskyi Donets

overview map of Slovyansk, Kramatorsk, Bakhmut and Lysychansk vicinity

  • Ukrainian defenders repelled a Russian mechanized assault towards Spirne. (source)

Ukrainian General Staff reports repelled attacks in the vicinity of:

  • Terny, Bilohorivka, Spirne

Bakhmut Front

includes the vicinity of Bakhmut

  • The enemy gained full control over the Ukrainian fortified positions north-west of Bakhmut overlooking Khromove. (source)
  • Russian forces captured at least half of dacha area south-west of Bakhmut. (source)
  • Ukrainian forces advanced in the area of a water reservoir north of Andriivka. (source)
  • Russian troops captured a treeline north-west of Kurdyumivka. (source)

Ukrainian General Staff reports repelled attacks in the vicinity of:

  • Bohdanivka, Klishchiivka, 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 advanced by a one tree line from the direction of Vodyane towards Avdiivka. (source)

Donetsk Front

includes the center and southern part of Donetsk Oblast

  • The enemy reached the southern edge of Novomykhailivka from the south. (source)

Ukrainian General Staff reports repelled attacks in the vicinity of:

  • Marinka, Pobieda, Novomykhailivka

Zaporizhzhia Front

includes the Zaporizhzhia Oblast

  • Russian forces regained previously lost positions east of Novoprokopivka. (source)

Ukrainian General Staff reports repelled attacks in the vicinity of:

  • Verbove, Robotyne

Left Bank Front

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

  • Fighting continues in Krynky. Ukrainian marines continue to repel Russian attacks on the settlement.

Ukrainian General Staff reports repelled attacks in the vicinity of:

  • No activity reported.

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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Jeremy Jones

At a meeting of the UN Security Council on Ukraine, Nebenzya called on Kiev and the West to “expect the worst news in the near future.”

At such level that must be taken seriously. Ukraine must beef up it’s air defenses, because today was a total disaster. You shouldn’t allow the Russians to hit anywhere in the UA or you won’t have a safe space for training.

Last edited 5 months ago by Jeremy Jones
Kay

Nebenzya is just as mendacious as Shoigu, Medvedev and Lavrov. Nebenzya also has the extraordinary gift of constantly blocking decisions in the UN Security Council, slowing it down and pushing RUS into insignificance due to its lack of willingness to compromise. But all four have one thing in common: they hang in Putin’s ass like cockroaches.

Jeremy Jones

The statement is out of the ordinary that is why I mention it. Such words coming out of Russian officials other than mad dog Medvedev and Islamist fuck Kadirov are not normal occurrence. Shoigu is a puppet he is not really in charge of anything. Lavrov is arguably the best diplomat in the world, like him or not.

Max Beckhaus

A total disaster? In which world do you live? Where have you been last winter? Nebenzya is just another lying Russian joke. Nobody takes those clowns serious anymore.

JohnnyBeerGr8

well, estimated percentage is round 70, thats below long term ratio (80 plus, not so rare with 90), also casualty with 30 dead stands out as well. Ignore just another pro-russian troll, Nebezya is only regime servant already notoriously lying, he could add Medvedev to the mix and take him seriously too. Its impossible to shoot everything down with current faction technical layout -false proclaims

JohnnyBeerGr8

but if you dont want to play the game with them, take one thing extra, remember spring this year where there were alarming news UA (even bolstered by R propaganda) is running out of AA rockets for the systems? And what happened? 3 months of gathering rockets and biggest aerial attack since war started, yet results yielded so questionable in it efect, didnt work in WW2, wont work now.

Max Beckhaus

72% is fine, since there were many s300 and ballistics included, which cannot be intercepted and large attacks are also harder to intercept. It is war, many people die each day. 30 more is really nothing for 1.4 billion dollars worth in missiles. The big news is, that the ukrainian grid is fine. It looks like Ukraine can deter Russia away from civilian infrastructure.

Max Beckhaus

122 missiles, 88 downed, 32 were hard to intercept missiles, 5 kinzhal, s 300 400, x22, etc.. If you would subtract the 32 you are at 88 of 90. ISW actually says Ukraine didn’t intercept any of those…

Pfff

Good to know . Then we can al forget that part of Europe and start focusing on helping our allie in the Middle east.

Last edited 5 months ago by Pfff
Max Beckhaus

Russia is killing ukrainian civilians every single day of this war. You can call me cynical if you like, but this is war and no joke. Something like 100k Ukrainian dead, a third of which civilians. This is war, people die. If Russia wants to spend its missiles on killing civilians, Ukraine can’t stop them. But stopping them from going for its grid is still a big victory.

Vladimir

I’m laughing at you: you, Germans, killed the Slavs as cruelly as the Jews. But your house was destroyed by the Americans, your grandfather was also captured by them, your grandmother was fu..ed up by the same Americans. And you hate Russians. Nothing personal, but don’t you think it’s a little strange?

Max Beckhaus

I don’t care what someone did in the last century. I care what is being done now. And I don’t hate Russians, I hate what Russians do in Ukraine and I hate what the political evil in Moscow does to Russians, Ukrainians and many people around the world for Absolutely No Good Reason At All. The whole BS you guys fall for is just as utterly dumb as any BS anyone fell for, ever, including… Read more »

Vladimir

But you MUST be care about history. Without the past there is no present and future, you will make the same mistakes as before. History should have taught you one thing: just don’t touch Russia, don’t attack it, don’t provoke it. But you haven’t learned this lesson and are stepping “on the rake” again.

Last edited 5 months ago by Vladimir
Max Beckhaus

The past is gone, the future is made now. Everyone learns from history what he wants to learn or explain or excuse. Here is a lesson from a German for you: Don’t pick a fight with all of Europe and some USA on top of it. Or what about the mighty sovjet union in Afghanistan… History is just what you want to read in it. Russia is killing its people, wealth and future for nothing.

Last edited 5 months ago by Max Beckhaus
JohnnyBeerGr8

from a country that gave the world word Pogrom and filosemitism, giving lectures about jews 🙂 Sweet mama obama. Please, if you want to lie, just have some decency and find something where you wont be revealed instantly.

Vladimir

Yes, there were anti-Semites in Russia too, but certainly no more than in your countries. And the Russians never dreamed of the scale of Hitler. So study the facts first.

Last edited 5 months ago by Vladimir
Pfff

I was only happy About : “ It looks like Ukraine can deter Russia away from civilian infrastructure.” , cause I know that if you need to count on the polticuans in my country for something “urgent” , you Will need to have enough patience.

Noelle

this is the same guy who announced US secret programme in Ukraine regarding combat mosquitos infected with deadly for good Russians and slavic people in general, component.
Yeah.

Max Beckhaus

OT: The biggest Russian strategic air attack to date and the Ukrainian grid is just fine. Wow!
And Zelenski at the coke plant at avdiivka, 2 km from the hottest warzone there is. WOW!

Last edited 5 months ago by Max Beckhaus
Patrick

You probably saw this: according to Russia’s defense ministry, over 640,000 contract soldiers serve in the Russian military.

Tristan

You probably know this: Russian MOD are liars. The actual number of Russians troops in Ukraine is estimated around 400 000.

Patrick

You’re so easily getting carried away by your compulsion to bash everything Russian that you can’t even read properly. 640,000 is the reported number of soldiers under contract, not all of whom are in Ukraine.

Tristan

I can read properly. There is almost no difference between the two numbers (didn’t you know that ?).

In March 2023 (according to the leaked Pentagon documents), the US estimated than more than 90% of the russian army battalions were in Ukraine. On dec. 14th, Putin (who is also a liar) said there are 617 000 russian soldiers in Ukraine.

Kay

Most official figures say that RU has a total of about 850,000 active soldiers, of which 200,000 are conscripts. So 640,000 can be relatively accurate.

The question I ask myself, however, is whether mobilized soldiers (prisoners, forcibly recruited) appear in these statistics. But 90% of it in UA cannot be true. There are RU soldiers in Syria, Belarus and other countries,

Last edited 5 months ago by Kay
Kay

… Navy outside the Black Sea, Kaliningrad, military schools, barracks protection, repairs, internal security, missile forces, etc.
If 90% were in the UA, Russia would be pretty defenseless at home. Then you could now attack RUS with a counterstrike without them being able to defend themselves.

Relatively unlikely

Tristan

Russians is defenseless at home, the Wagner rebellion proved it, as well as the small attacks on Belgorod oblast by anti Putin Russians.

And it is 90% of the army battalions (BTG), it doesnt include the navy, air force and so on.

Patrick

I agree that 90% of Russia’s contract soldiers cannot be in UA and that US intelligence has unfortunately proven to be much less reliable than generally thought.

JohnnyBeerGr8

I dont want to change your world Patrick, but youre the one whos proven unreliable. At least youre not as agressive like other pro-R or directly R users here. Your desire to criticize most of UA stuff while neglecting R ones, is standing out on its own. Youre long term member here, hardly to convince Max, Kay, Noelle, Tristan or others about your narratives. Probably not your goal anyway.

Patrick

I write for open minded people who read us. How I am labelled doesn’t bother me.

JohnnyBeerGr8

well, you can call it whatever you want, only demonstrated your one-sided ability to reflect everything negative UA, but skipping R, that i wouldnt call open, but narrow. But enjoy anyway, can be considered plurality as long as its discourse and not what other Vatniks do here.

Patrick

Putin did not say there were 617,000 professional soldiers (i.e. UNDER CONTRACT) in Ukraine. He said “there are some 617,000 Russian soldiers there, including around 244,000 troops who were called up to fight alongside professional military forces”. https://www.lemonde.fr/en/international/article/2023/12/14/newly-confident-putin-vows-victory-in-ukraine_6343559_4.html

Noelle

Mr Putin says and does not a lot of things. The only reliable stuff from Kremlin is the approximate length of the Greatest Mind of Our Century (just after Mr. Trump) table.