Update as of 18.00 18.07.2023 on the Russian invasion

❗️ The main points of the report:

➡️ According to updated information, during the day, the Russian occupiers launched a missile and air strike on the territory of Ukraine, using 6 Kalibr cruise missiles and 35 Iranian Shahed-136 strike UAVs.
The Air Force destroyed 6 Kalibr cruise missiles and
31 enemy Shahed-136 strike UAVs.

➡️ In addition, the enemy conducted 70 air strikes and fired 53 times from multiple launch rocket systems.

➡️ The enemy continues to focus its main efforts on the Kupyansk, Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Maryinka directions, heavy fighting continues. There were 18 combat engagements over the last day.

➡️ In the Bakhmut sector, under heavy fire from enemy aircraft and artillery, our defenders successfully repelled enemy attacks near Bohdanivka, Donetsk region.

➡️На In the Shakhtarsk sector, near Rivne, Donetsk region, and Novodarivka, Zaporizhzhia region, the enemy made unsuccessful attempts to regain their lost ground.

➡️ In the Zaporizhzhia and Kherson directions, the enemy is focusing its main efforts on preventing further advance of our troops.

➡️ At the same time, the Ukrainian Defense Forces continue to conduct offensive operations in the Melitopol and Berdiansk directions, consolidate on the achieved lines, inflict artillery fire, and carry out counter-battery measures.

➡️ Russian occupation forces continue to re-equip civilian infrastructure for their own needs. In particular, in the city of Lysychansk, Luhansk region, the enemy equipped the territory of the former city clinic to accommodate the personnel and command of the "Ahmat" unit.
In the settlements of Yalta, Yurivka and Urzuf in Donetsk region, the territories of the recreation centers "Chervona Hvozdyk", "Kosmos" and "Prybiy" have been completely converted into military bases with fortifications (dugouts) to accommodate the personnel of the Russian occupation forces.

🔥 The aviation of the defense forces carried out 11 strikes on the areas of concentration of personnel, weapons and military equipment and 3 strikes on enemy anti-aircraft missile systems over the day. Also, our defenders destroyed 2 reconnaissance UAVs of operational and tactical level.

🔥 Missile and artillery units destroyed 1 enemy control center, 8 artillery pieces at firing positions, 2 ammunition depots and 3 enemy electronic warfare stations over the course of the day.