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Noose TIGHTENS On Bakhmut

Full Front Quick Update 18/03/23 | These Villages Will Determine The Upcoming Battles

Ukraine Front update [18 March 2023] ‘Today’

Update on the battle for Artyomovsk.

Ukrainian forces have only one road left out of the city. It is under constant artillery fire by Russian forces and vehicles on it are targeted by ATGMs as well.

Inside the city the Wagner assault units have taken roughly 90% of the AZOM industrial plant.

In the south Ukrainian forces attempted several counterattacks against Russian positions however by morning all these attacks had been repulsed and the Ukrainians were forced back. 

PMC “Wagner” cross the river in the center of Bakhmut, storm the quarters in the south and north
According to Russian sources, PMC assault groups have moved forward in the south, and since lunch there has been a battle near the construction market – the Avangard stadium. It is reported that other groups were able to gain a foothold on the left bank of the Bakhmutka near the central market.

Ukrainian military analysts report:
▪️ General situation: very difficult and dangerous.
▪️ In the area of the center of PMCs, they began to force the Bakhmutka River.
▪️ North – hellish battles continue in the Bogdanovka area and in the direction of Khromovoe. The Russians are simultaneously striving to enter the O0506 highway and widen the neck towards Chasovyar.
▪️ In the north of Bakhmut, positional street battles in the AZOM area do not stop. “Wagners” made several attempts today to storm the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Art duels are coming.
▪️ Sobachevka – positional street fights.
▪️ There are very heavy battles in the south-west of Bakhmut. PMCs have made several breakthroughs, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are trying to stop the breakthroughs. The fights continue.

There are reports that a strong battle is going on in the south of Artyomovsk near the Avangard stadium.

According to the Military Chronicle, before the PMC “Wagner” moved to the right bank of Artyomovsk (Bakhmut), this place was the position of the 24th battalion “Aidar” of the 53rd mechanized brigade, as well as reconnaissance and the 20th separate motorized infantry battalion of the 93rd mechanized brigades.

The Avangard stadium is located almost in the center of the city – from it to the building of the Artyomov administration, 800 m in a straight line. 

Artyomovsky direction
The operation continues to bring the enemy’s Artyomovskaya grouping into complete physical encirclement. Indeed, the enemy has only a country road through Khromovo, which is also under dense artillery fire from our musicians, as well as under aimed fire of anti-tank systems, periodically Our DRGs approach this road and knock out vehicles and armored personnel carriers of the enemy. We’ve all seen this road in the video that the enemy uploads. From the video data, you can determine that about half of the vehicles are destroyed by our Musicians. The enemy is almost completely out of Heavy Artillery in the city, there are also catastrophic problems with ammunition and supplies. Today. Let’s start from the South Today, west of Ivanovsky (Krasny), the musicians attacked the Konstantinovka-Artemovsk highway and made a number of successful sorties and occupied part of the enemy positions not far from the settlement. Stupochki The enemy tried to counterattack and roll back, but by evening all attacks were repulsed and the enemy retreated.
In the city, advance from Zabakhmutka to the Center, advance to the AZOM plant and take about 90 percent of this territory
North-west of Artemovsk the expansion of the bridgehead in the direction of Grigorovka Bogdanovka continues

[ Analysis ] SECRET PLAN OF UKRAINE’S SPRING OFFENSIVE : to wipe out Wagner PMC in the Bakhmut Front

Ukrainian militants waste thousands of shells a day trying to hold Bakhmut — Washington says it disrupts announced spring offensive

The shelling in Bakhmut by Ukrainian militants has allegedly been so intense that the Pentagon has asked Kyiv not to waste so much ammunition and save it for the spring offensive, The New York Times reports. A senior US Defense Department official called it a “last-ditch effort,” noting that the ammunition stockpile was allegedly critically low.

The Bakhmut shell famine is also claimed by the Ukrainian Forces themselves, while the Wagners are gradually making their way to the center of the city. Now the West continues to increase the volume of military supplies to the Kyiv formations. In particular, Canada is preparing to send 8,000 shells for howitzers and 12 air defense missiles, while the United States is sending additional HIMARS ammunition and artillery shells.

Military Expert Boris Rozhin on the Situation in the #Artyomovsk (#Bakhmut) Sector; 18 Mar 2023, 22:59⚡️

🔹1. Fighting Continues in the area of Orekhovo-Vasilyevka, #Khromovo, #Bogdanovka. The settlements have not yet been taken.

🔹2. There is an Accumulation of enemy forces near #Konstantinovka, Ray-Alexandrovka and Chasov Yar. Enemy counterstrikes are likely to intensify in order to stabilize the situation.

🔹3. In the City centre, fights are shifting towards the Artyomovsk administration building, which is just over 1/2 a kilometre away. Fighting has also begun in the stadium area.

🔹4. Most of AZOM plant industrial zone has been cleared. Will be fully liberated in the coming days.

🔹5. In the South of #Artyomovsk, fighting continues near the destroyed monument to pilots.

🔹6. To the South of the City, fighting continued in #Krasnoye area.

Boris Rozhin for Voenkor Kotenok Z

AFU column at Konstantinovka.

They’re bringing in reserves in surrounding cities for a deblockade operation of Bakhmut, which may possibly be timed with an attack on another direction such as Zaporozhye for example.

Some observers believe it could start sometime next week when the weather is forecast to improve

So the relative lack of news from Bakhmut could be related to Russian preparations for the upcoming battle. If it happens as predicted, the outcome of the battle will likely have a important effect on the outcome of the battle for the wider Donbas area

Yevgeny Prigozhin appealed to the chairman of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin with a request to consider the possibility of including in the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation an article providing for liability for officials who deny the legal right to bury volunteers who died while performing their duty in a special military operation.

This is probably due to the fact that the mayor of the city of Goryachy Klyuch in the Krasnodar Territory refused to allow relatives to bury the dead musicians in the city

Kirovskiy district of Donetsk came under fire from the Armed Forces of Ukraine – the Ukrainian army fired 25 rockets from the MLRS and three 155-mm shells

The Armed Forces of Ukraine dealt another cruel blow to peaceful Donetsk. 25 rockets from the MLRS, as well as three “NATO” 155-mm projectiles, arrived in the Kirovsky district, according to the DPR JCCC.

In addition, one man died, local residents write. At this point, the mayor of the city has not confirmed the death report. Emergency services are on site.

Mother, son among those fleeing Avdiivka

Russian Defence Ministry Report on the Progress of the Special Military Operation (18 March 2023)

The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continue the special military operation.

◽️ In Kupyansk direction, artillery of the ‘Zapad’ Group of Forces inflicted fire damage on the enemy close to Dvurechnaya, Sinkovka, Kotlyarovka (Kharkov region), and Stelmakhovka (Lugansk People’s Republic).

💥 Up to 60 Ukrainian troops and three motor vehicles have been neutralised.
◽️ In Krasny Liman direction, Operational-Tactical aviation, artillery, and heavy flamethrower systems of the ‘Tsentr’ Group of Forces engaged the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) close to Nevskoye, Chervonaya Dibrova (Lugansk People’s Republic), Yampolovka and Grigorovka (Donetsk People’s Republic).

💥 In this direction, the enemy has suffered losses of over 100 Ukrainian troops, two armoured fighting vehicles, and one Gvozdika self-propelled howitzer during the day.
◽️ In Donetsk direction, the ‘Yug’ Group of Forces, aviation, and artillery have eliminated up to 120 Ukrainian troops, two armoured fighting vehicles, two motor vehicles, two Uragan MLRS vehicles, and one D-30 howitzer.
◽️ In South Donetsk and Zaporozhye directions, Operational-Tactical Aviation and artillery of the ‘Vostok’ Group of Forces carried out attack against AFU units in the areas of Ugledar (Donetsk People’s Republic), Levadnoye, and Orekhov (Zaporozhye region).

💥 In these directions, the enemy has lost up to 50 Ukrainian troops and two pick-up trucks.
◽️ In Kherson direction, over 25 Ukrainian servicemen, four motor vehicles, and two D-30 howitzers have been neutralised by fire.
💥 Operational-Tactical and Army aviation, Missile Troops and Artillery of the Group of Troops (Forces) of the Russian Armed Forces inflicted fire damage on 89 artillery units on firing positions, manpower, and hardware in 107 areas.

💥 A command post of the 110th Mechanised Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was eliminated close to Tonenkoye (Donetsk People’s Republic).
💥 Air defence systems have intercepted 15 HIMARS, Smerch, and Uragan projectiles during the day.

💥 Moreover, nine Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles have been shot down Novaya Tarasovka (Kharkov region), Rubezhnoye, Chervonopopovka (Lugansk People’s Republic), Staromayorskoye, Vladimirovka, Egorovka, and Valeryanovka (Donetsk People’s Republic).

Special Operations, 18 Mar 2023, Main; pub. 21:53⚡️

▪️ Russian Ministry of Defence said that more than 355 Ukrainian militants have been eliminated in key areas;

▪️ Rogov reported that a strike was launched against a foreign mercenary base in #Zaporozhye, with the number of militants killed numbering in the dozens;

▪️ Zakharova said that an integral part of a settlement in #Ukraine should be the lifting of all illegal sanctions and lawsuits against #Russia in international courts;

▪️ Nebenzya said that #Russia is receiving increasing evidence of direct involvement of Western countries in the conflict in #Ukraine;

▪️ Putin signed a law on the termination of Ukrainian citizenship for Russians from the date of application to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation.

War Map and the Situation on the Fronts in the Evening of 18 Mar 2023; pub. 00:05⚡️

🎯 After an extremely successful overnight session ( of “geraning”, the Russian army continues to work its way behind enemy lines. There have been strikes ( on a mercenary base in #Zaporozhye. Members of the “Foreign Legion” lived in a restaurant complex, where they eventually met with a buffet in the form of Russian shells. There were also strikes ( on AFU positions in #Kramatorsk and #Konstantinovka.

⚔️ Situation on the Fronts for the past Day

🔹#Artyomovsk (#Bakhmut) Sector:

➖ Wagner PMC fighters continue to advance in the direction of #Grigorovka.
➖ In #Artyomovsk, our forces have taken control of most of the territory of the AZOM plant. The “orchestrators” have also advanced in the south of the city and gained a foothold on the left bank of the Bakhmutka River in the area of the central market.
➖ Nevertheless, despite our successes in #Artyomovsk, the AFU are concentrating forces for a possible attempt to unblock the city.

🔹#Donetsk Direction:

➖ The Russian army continues to advance in the #Avdeyevka sector, attempting to encircle the city. This is aided ( by the Russian Aerospace Forces, which are carrying out precise strikes against enemy targets. The militants are suffering heavy losses, which they are not ashamed to talk about (
➖ Furthermore, the RF Armed Forces continue their offensive in #Pervomayskoye.

🔹#SouthDonetsk Direction:

➖ The RF Armed Forces attack in #Maryinka.
➖ #Ugledar is now firmly associated ( with Russian marines from the 155th Pacific Fleet Brigade, whom the Ukrainian militants can only “bury” by word of mouth. In fact, the fighters are knocking out ( the Nazis from their strongholds around the fortified city of #Ugledar.

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