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General Staff: Ukrainian Forces make advances near Verbove, Zaporizhzhia Oblast

Ukrainian forces also repelled Russian attacks in the Kupiansk, Bakhmut and Kherson directions, according to Ukraine’s General Staff.
Verbove, Ukrianian advances
Verbove, Zaporizhzhia Oblast, 3 January 2024. Credit: Schreenshot from DeepStateMap

On 2 January, Ukrainian Forces advanced in Verbove, Zaporizhzhia Oblast, “forcing the Russians to abandon some positions,” the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported on 3 January. Ukraine’s Defense Forces also repelled Russian troops near Robotyne in Zaporizhzhia Oblast on 2 January.

ISW also reported, citing a Russian milblogger, that Ukrainian forces recaptured “unspecified positions south of Verbove” on 1 January.

On 2 January, there were 57 battles between Ukrainian and Russian troops. In the Kupiansk direction, Ukrainian forces repelled seven attacks near Synkivka and east of Petropavlivka, Kharkiv Oblast, where the Russian military “unsuccessfully tried to break through the defense of Ukrainian troops,” Ukraine’s General Staff reported.

In the Bakhmut direction, Ukrainian soldiers suppressed six Russian attacks in the areas of Bohdanivka, Klishchiivka and Andriivka in Donetsk Oblast. In the Avdiivka direction, Ukrainian defenders continue to contain the aggressor, who does not abandon attempts to encircle the city of Avdiivka.

Ukrainian troops repelled eight Russian attacks on 2 January near Novobakhmutivka, Berdychiv, and Avdiivka and another 16 attacks in Pervomaiske and Nevelske, Donetsk Oblast.

In the Kherson direction, Ukrainian soldiers continue to hold a bridgehead on the left bank of the Dnipro River and “continue to expand it,” Ukraine’s General Staff said. Despite significant losses, Russia’s occupying forces do not abandon attempts to oust Ukrainian units from the occupied positions. Russia made nine unsuccessful assault actions there on 2 January.

According to Ukraine’s General Staff, the Russian military lost on 2 January 680 Russian soldiers, seven combat armored vehicles, 15 artillery systems, three anti-aircraft systems, 36 operational-tactical level UAVs, 73 missiles, 26 vehicles and 14 units of special equipment.

According to Ukraine’s General Staff, Russian forces carried out 89 missile and 72 aviation strikes and launched 48 shellings from multiple launch rocket systems on 2 January. Russian attacks resulted in injuring 130 civilians, including children, and damaging over 100 private and apartment residential buildings and other civilian and industrial infrastructure in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, Kherson, Mykolaiv and Odesa oblasts.

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