The summary of the 54th day of Russian invasion to Ukraine, as of 18:00 – 18th of April 2022 (Kyiv time).
An hour before midnight, Russian army has launched the second phase of invasion. The primary goal is to capture Donbas (Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts). We’ll know more details tomorrow, but a lot of shelling and attempts to breakthrough were reported along the contact line.
includes Kharkiv and Luhansk Oblast
Russian reconnaissance elements advanced towards Zavody, Dmytrivka and Dibrovne. They met with Ukrainian resistance and withdrew back towards Izium. In the evening, Ukrainian officials reported the Russian army amassed up to 25 thousand soldiers near Izium and is attempting to push towards Slovyansk.
The head of Luhansk Oblast said Ukrainian troops made a tactical withdrawal from Kreminna and the city has been captured by advancing Russian forces. However, this was later denied by the presidential adviser Arestovych. According to him, the city is contested, and the battle is ongoing.
There is an unconfirmed report that Russian troops have reached Zarichne, between Terny and Yampil.
includes Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia Oblast
Heavy shelling was reported along the whole contact line. Russian troops are reportedly attempting to break through Ukrainian positions near Avdiivka.
Russian forces have launched an offensive operation towards Huluaipole. Ukrainian sources are reporting heavy shelling in the city and close vicinity.
Azov Regiment released a drone footage of their ambush of Russian convoy. If the video is recent, then there is still the Ukrainian presence south of the State Notary Office. The video was geolocated exactly on the marked border.
includes Kherson, Mykolaiv and Odesa Oblast
Russian forces shelled the regional capital in the evening. There has been no movement on the ground.
Russian forces assaulted Oleksandrivka, south-west of Kherson. Ukrainian defenders repelled the attack.
The full overview map of current situation.
Maps and article are based on the following sources:
General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, official channels of Ukrainian regional administrations, Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), press released of Russian Army, DPR and LPR (taken with a grain of salt)
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