Timeline: day 176 of Ukraine's defense against russia's aggression
Today is August 18. russia's military attack on Ukraine has been going on for 176 days. We're reporting on the current news. The article will be updated.
What about today?
Ukraine's Defense Intelligence reports that after the recent explosions in Crimea, russian troops are moving some of their aircraft to spare airfields inland and beyond the peninsula. In total, the movement of at least 24 planes and 14 helicopters was recorded. The invaders are sensing that payback is near. But it's useless.
The latest information from Ukraine's General Staff as of this morning:
- The russians carried out remote mining of the area near Lebiazhe.
- The occupiers were advancing in the directions of Volodymyrivka–Soledar, Pokrovske–Bakhmutske, Pokrovske–Bakhmut, Klynove–Bakhmut, Semyhiria–Zaitseve, Semihirya–Kodema, and Holmivske–Zaitseve. The invaders did not achieve any positive results in any of the offensive directions and withdrew with losses.
- The enemy led an offensive toward b and retreated.
- He tried to carry out assaults in the direction of Yehorivka–Shevchenkiv, was unsuccessful, and withdrew.
At night, the Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed the ammunition warehouse in Amvrosiivka, Donetsk region. Also, this night there was a lot of fire in the occupied Nova Kakhovka — the Ukrainian forces destroyed the russian military base.
Bypassing the territory on the eastern front line in Zaporizhzhia, the russians are probably preparing the defense of ground communications in the Melitopol–Tokmak–Berdiansk triangle, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) reports.
This is what the "advancement" of the russian army in Ukraine looks like:
▪️Black line – July 10
🔻Red line – August 14
"There are no visible results in a month. We expect a turning point in the first half of September. The end of the active phase of the war with the liberation of the right-bank Kherson Oblast and part of the Azov region—January 2023. Then everything depends on many factors, but Ukraine will finally intercept the initiative at that time. Full the end of the hot phase is the fall of 2023," the Pentagon representative predicts.
The terrorist country goes berserk and tries to take revenge for its failures by firing missiles at peaceful Ukrainian objects. Zaporizhzhia, Dnipropetrovsk region, and Kharkiv region came under the blows of the occupiers in the morning and at night. The head of the Kharkiv Regional State Administration, Oleh Synehubov, called the past day "one of the most tragic for the region."
The work of medics in health care facilities in the territories captured by the russians will not be considered collaborationism, Minister of Health Viktor Liashko said. "Cooperation with the occupiers for political reasons, which will be recorded, can be called collaborationism," he specified.