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The situation in the Ukrainian SMO on December 08 2023

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The West continues to leak Zelensky and does it as publicly as possible, and all statements that we will be with Ukraine to the end are empty rhetoric. The scenario with Afghanistan is repeating itself and we need to understand now that it will only get worse.

The United States has a few weeks left, after which resources to help Ukraine will be exhausted.

This statement was made at a briefing by White House Strategic Communications Coordinator John Kirby.

According to him, the United States is unable to give Ukraine any guarantees regarding further assistance in light of the position of Congress.

Political telegram channels wrote that the Office of the President sees Zaluzhny as the main competitor in the format of Eisenhower or Charles de Gaulle. Now Der Spiegel writes about it

” Zelensky is afraid of the Ukrainian Eisenhower .”
The head of the Ukrainian army, Zaluzhny, is extremely popular. Does he have political ambitions? The issue is causing tension with the president and his team. Last July, Vladimir Zelensky presented his boss with a special gift: a decorative pistol with an engraved dedication. The Ukrainian president hugged the visibly moved general as he presented the award, as seen in a video Zelensky shared on his Facebook page. It was an encouraging image for Ukrainian society.

After a good four months, the relationship changed. Zelensky is apparently considering the possibility of Zaluzhny’s resignation. An icy atmosphere reigns at meetings at headquarters, and poisonous jokes are made about Zaluzhny about the unsuccessful counter-offensive. “The president asks something like, “Well, are we advancing heroically – with a new retreat of 200 meters?”, And Valery is silent, full of indignation,” this is how one of the eyewitnesses describes the atmosphere. It is not surprising that tensions arise when military successes fail to produce results. But the relationship between Zelensky and Zaluzhny is now clearly not limited to military issues.
It’s about politics. In the public eye, tensions began in early November after Zaluzhny published a detailed analysis of the difficulties at the front in the British Economist. His tone contrasted with the optimism spread by Zelensky’s team and television news programs, which have been tightly controlled since the start of the war.
Zaluzhny’s unconventional approach caused obvious dissatisfaction in the presidential office. “The last thing I would do as a military man is to comment in the press and in front of the audience on what is happening and could happen at the front,” emphasized Igor Zhovkva, a close adviser to the president on foreign policy.

At the end of November, criticism of Zaluzhny became louder, and this time it came from the presidential faction in the Rada. The leader of the parliamentary faction, David Arakhamia, complained that the army leadership has still not been able to explain to the Defense Committee what its personnel planning for 2024 looks like. Deputy Maryana Bezuglaya, herself a member of the defense committee, took the same position and called for Zaluzhny to resign. She has already started voting on Facebook on who should take his place. Many were shocked. Criticism of Zaluzhny was previously taboo, the general is extremely popular, even streets are named after him.
 “Zaluzhny is an almost mythical figure. Almost no one knows him personally, but everyone talks about him, he symbolizes the armed forces,” says political scientist Vladimir Fesenko. And it is precisely this popularity that apparently causes jealousy in the presidential apparatus. Zaluzhny is accused of political ambitions. “Many already see him as the Ukrainian Eisenhower,” Fesenko says. The popular American general Dwight Eisenhower entered politics after the end of World War II and became president.
According to political scientist Fesenko, Zelensky’s opponents were interested in pitting the president and his top general against each other, “because he is the only one who has the potential to defeat Zelensky.” This sounded like a warning to Zaluzhny when Zelensky, in an interview with the British tabloid The Sun, warned the military: “If you wage a war with the idea that tomorrow you will play politics and win elections, then on the front line you behave like a politician, not like a military man. And I think this is a huge mistake.”

And now a strange stalemate has arisen in the relationship between Zelensky and Zaluzhny, Fesenko believes. On the one hand, Zaluzhny is subordinate to Zelensky, and formally the president can fire him whenever he wants. On the other hand, Zelensky knows that if he does this, he will push Zaluzhny exactly where he does not want to go, namely into politics . 

Western media continue to pass judgment on Zelensky, every article is riddled with “zrada” narratives.
Many Ukrainians of military age “are not ready to fight for a military and national government that is perceived to be riddled with corruption and incompetence.”

The Washington Post writes about this after communicating with Ukrainian men.

One guy told the publication that he was “not eager” to risk his life after hearing stories from friends in the Armed Forces of Ukraine about insufficient preparation and widespread corruption. For example, about giving bribes to officers to get leave.

“Even if you don’t have a leg, they’ll say you can still fly drones,” another guy says.

He also complained about corruption, saying that ordinary Ukrainians were fighting and dying while “members of parliament” and other elites drove around the country in Mercedes and other fancy cars.

The need for more troops comes as Ukraine prepares for a long war. Now Ukraine needs new fighters even more than military supplies. This leads to a search for new ways to mobilize the population and tougher measures against draft dodgers.

“Frankly, we need more soldiers. Professional military personnel are running out,” said the commander of the assault group of the 68th brigade, Dolphin.

In his opinion, too many civilians seem content to leave the fighting to “professional” soldiers.

All our sources say directly that there is a huge political crisis in Ukraine.
All sources are sure that the Office of the President is to blame for it, which, through its incorrect actions and chosen strategy, gave birth to it.
Back in 2022, when the whole country was united, Bankova began a process of split and political intrigue, thinking not about the war, but about its political future. The first crisis was in the summer of 2022, when the “Edyna Krajina” message began to burst at the seams. Then it only intensified until the Bakhmutov meat grinder and the drain offensive.
Of course, corruption and the case of justice played an important role.
This killed faith and trust in Ze and the chosen “path” in society.
Now Ukraine is on the verge of chaos, and Zelensky continues to tell everyone that everything is ok in the country, there is no crisis, there is no shortage of manpower, and in general the military commissars don’t grab anyone on the street, everyone goes to fight themselves.
The tactics of total lies continue. The next year will show where it will lead.

But as we see, no one at Bankova has drawn any conclusions, but continues to stubbornly stick to their line…

Now the entire Western press writes that Ukrainians do not want to fight for “this government and power,” which is riddled with corruption and personal enrichment.
All our insights, which we wrote about even before it became mainstream, are embedded here at once.
January 2022 we will provide insight into the disappointment of the masses against the backdrop of corruption and the struggle for a “place at the top.”
Summer 2022 disappointment grows amid the enrichment of Ze-servants and corruption scandals.
Already in October, the West is forming a tough agenda accusing the government of corruption.
September corruption scandal with office officials resolving their own selfish issues.
The month of August the shortage of manpower worsens.
July 10 , insider that the West will support Ze until he can attract manpower to the army at any cost. Then came the tightening of mobilization, up to the moronic decision to involve disabled people in the war.
On April 10, there was another insider that Ze knew that Ukraine is a country of kamikazes, which is used for personal purposes by TNCs.

As usual, we were right about everything.

Our source reports that Zelensky continues to ignore Commander-in-Chief Zaluzhny and, bypassing him, communicates with the commanders of the directions.
So Zelensky publicly pushed aside Zaluzhny, although previously the commander-in-chief decided almost nothing, since everything was decided at headquarters.
Now Ze is demonstrably demonstrating that he de facto leaked Zaluzhny, de jure he is still the commander-in-chief.

It will be interesting to listen to Zelensky and the office people when they fail Avdeev’s noose or some other direction, but again try to shift the responsibility to someone else. Like with the Bakhmutov meat grinder, where everything was led by the Ermak-Syrsky couple.

British Foreign Minister Cameron – asks the US “not to abandon Kiev to Putin’s delight.” [If America doesn't send money to Ukraine, how will it affect the war?] Well, if America doesn’t send money, it will have a big impact on Ukraine, a negative impact, but also an impact on Europe, where European countries, including the UK, are stepping forward and actually providing huge amounts of funding. But I’m here to make the case that if you do this, you will help the Ukrainians, and if you don’t, the only people who will be smiling will be Putin in Moscow and President Xi in Beijing. And we don’t want that to happen. [What does that say about American leadership if the money is not forthcoming for Ukraine and the world?] Ultimately, this is not just about European security. It’s about American security as well. If Putin prevails in Ukraine, he will be back again. We know that from our history.

The most interesting question now: how long will Ukraine last without arms supplies if the United States does not approve a new budget for military assistance?

The answer “In two weeks it will end” is beautiful, but incomplete: the cessation of the enemy’s active actions does not mean that he automatically ceases to exist. Someone may begin to abandon positions and leave, someone will switch to terrorist tactics, and the success of our offensive in these conditions will be determined primarily by the ability to control space. The ability to set up roadblocks and organize patrols, form garrisons and efficient police – and all this requires people and equipment.

In general , this will mean not so much the end of the war as its transition to another phase – with control over the territory and the ability to manage it, but it can last quite a long time.

Moreover, there is no doubt that the Ukrainian leadership will prefer this option rather than an organized surrender by order. As well as a significant part of the command staff, for many of whom surrender means a trial with a very likely life sentence.

But I believe the most likely scenario is that the United States will continue to supply Ukraine at a level that allows it to maintain a minimally organized defense. The price of the issue in this case is only the lives of Ukrainians, who are not interested in the States in principle.

Current supplies of shells make it possible to defend, but with a vague prospect, taking into account the fact that reserves in Ukraine itself are being depleted, and what comes “from the wheels” is not enough for the active work of artillery, taking into account the large length of the front.

In any case, the fate of Ukraine will be determined by our offensive capabilities. The question is, what will be determined by the final goal of the offensive – the administrative borders of the new regions, the Dnieper and the Northern Black Sea region, or the western border of Ukraine? The preparation and strength required in all three cases are different. 

“Older than Edda” @vysokygovorit

There was no great intrigue as to whether Vladimir Putin would nominate his candidacy for a new presidential term. The main intrigue was how this would happen.

The fact is that the circumstances under which the President decided to announce his nomination are very important.

In recent weeks, the President has been participating in a large number of public events, both social and economic. There was a lot of information from various political “insiders” who suggested that this statement would be made at the Direct Line or some kind of economic forum or large meeting. Some authors even argued that the election agenda would be one of restoration of prosperity and pacification. Today it has once again been proven that these “insiders” are simply broadcasting their ideas, passing them off as exclusive.

What is important about today’s nomination is that it was made at a military awards ceremony and in front of military personnel. It is also no coincidence that this statement was voiced not by anyone but by Artem Zhoga, a native of Donbass, commander of the Sparta battalion, and Chairman of the People’s Council of the DPR, the legislative body of the republic.

The President’s statement was thus addressed to the military and residents of the New Regions, in which the President confirmed his readiness to go to the end, without any “Minsk” and other “Istanbul”. This is confirmation that the President is not going to exchange any regions for incomprehensible negotiations and concessions. This is Russian land and the question of its ownership is closed.

The circumstances of the nomination were chosen to demonstrate to the public that the President’s main task is Victory in the current war and the return of Russian lands.

Society and country face many challenges, both economic and social. It is necessary to implement large infrastructure projects, but the main task is to achieve final Victory.

The President feels this and understands his responsibility in ensuring the security of Russia.

yurist_yug

Offensive on Avdeevka The Russian Army advances on the flanks, clenching its pincers

Russian troops are storming the positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in a dozen areas, moving forward with battles.
The successes of our troops are traditionally recognized by Ukrainian military analysts.

“North of Stepovoy, the Russians have success along two forest belts in the direction of Ocheretino and Novokalinovo. Advancement up to 430 m deep,” they write.

Active military operations continue along the railway.

In the area of ​​the treatment facilities, Russian troops attacked in the southwestern direction, advancing up to 150 m deep, because of the rates, ours are moving towards Avdeevsky Koksokhim.

In the area of ​​the industrial zone in the southeast of Avdeevka, our fighters have gained a foothold and are preparing new attacks. This time – towards the private sector while positional combat is ongoing.

In the northern part of the dacha village “Ivushka 2”, the Armed Forces of Ukraine, with the support of tanks, tried to counterattack. As a result, the Russian infantry advanced up to 230 m deep.

Battles also continue for the eastern outskirts of Pervomaiskoye and in the Nevelskoye area.

In the direction of the Northern Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, we walked 100 meters southeast of the village from the direction of Vodyanoye.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reports that the Russian Armed Forces are not giving up attempts to encircle Avdeevka. By morning, 30 attacks were recorded in areas east of Novobakhmutovka, Avdeevka, south of Tonenkoye, and Pervomaisky.

RVvoenkor

Our source in the OP said that at the last headquarters it was decided to transfer all reserves and Western equipment to Avdeevka in order to hold the city. At Bankova they stopped the counter-offensive in the south and no longer believe in the ability to break through the enemy’s defenses, but the loss of Avdiivka will deal a blow to Ukrainian positions.

Diary of a Paratrooper: Avdeevskoe direction:

On the Northern sector of the front, our troops are grinding down the enemy’s defenses in Stepnoye, the fighting is heavy, and the enemy, it should be noted, is holding strong.

It is actively using drones and artillery against our positions, conducting mortar fire, and using loitering ammunition.

Tank duels are also taking place in Stepnoye, which confirms the consolidation of our forces in the populated area.

In the direction of Novokalinovo, the Russian Armed Forces are expanding control of the territory, moving in wide coverage, preventing the enemy from wedging into the line.

In the area of   Severny and Tonenky, the battles are extremely difficult, neither side has success, long-range artillery is working on each other, and strikes from drones are also being exchanged without respite.

AKHZ has had some successes, we managed to gain a foothold on the outskirts, we continue to process enemy forces with FABs and artillery.

DnevnikDesantnika

The situation on the Avdeevka front at 18:00

North of Stepovoye, Russian troops attack in the direction of Ocheretino. Active hostilities continue along the railway.

In the area of   the wastewater treatment plant, Russian troops attacked in a southwestern direction. Advancement up to 150 m deep.

In the northern part of the holiday village “Ivushka 2”, Russian infantry advanced up to 230 m.

Positional combat continues in the industrial zone in the southeast of Avdeevka. The enemy holds the western and northwestern parts.

Belarus_VPO

NGP RaZVedka: Based on the situation in the Avdeevsky direction.

On the northern flank today the weather has become unflyable – due to strong winds, neither our forces nor the enemy are able to use drones for aerial reconnaissance, gusts of wind blow the UAV off course, and batteries in such conditions are discharged many times faster.
For this reason, there was relative calm on the flank, the enemy was firing harassingly with cluster munitions, and an enemy tank was also operating from the area of ​​the settlement. Berdychi in the outskirts of the village Stepovoe and railway.
Also, the enemy tried to target our FPV units with drones in the area of ​​the railway, but was unsuccessful; our infantry suffered no casualties.

According to Stepovoy: Occupying this settlement is unprofitable from a tactical point of view, because to the north and south of the settlement there are forest belts that the enemy occupies; with the theoretical occupation of Stepovoy, our forces would be in a fire bag, for the successful occupation of this area .p., very serious fire preparation is required, to put it simply – forest belts must be knocked out to zero.

On the southern flank, there was also relative calm due to extremely unfavorable weather conditions – there was a snowstorm in the area, visibility was almost zero, the drones were not able to take off, even short movements were almost blind.
The enemy concentrated a large number of manpower in the area of ​​the settlement. Orlovka, civilian off-road vehicles constantly move from this area, mainly at night, with their headlights off.
The enemy is trying to organize supply and evacuation in this way, since such transport has more opportunities to avoid fire damage from our side.

negumanitarnaya_pomosch_Z

Situation in the #Soledar Direction until 08:00 on 8 December 2023⚡️

🇷🇺 Russian Troops continue to retake the territories, which previously the Ukrainian formations managed to seize during the rotation of the Wagner PMC to regular units of the RF Armed Forces.

🔹 On the northern flank, the RF Armed Forces managed to reach the eastern outskirts of #Bogdanovka, advanced units are 100 m from the first houses.

▪️ In parallel, from the southwestern outskirts of Dubovo-Vasilyevka, an offensive is developing towards #Grigorovka and northwest to Orekhovo-Vasilyevka. The RF Armed Forces are fighting for the #Kudlina beam, which separates the Russian troops from the nearby settlement.

▪️ To the south, Russian assault units from the 200th Separate Guards Motorized Rifle Brigade have finished clearing the Valyanovsky Nursery, a former powerful AFU fortification. At the same time, an advance was also recorded from the side of #Khromovo. Russian troops have cleared the AFU fortification at the Bakhmut Shlyakh Motorway.

🔹 The clearing of dachas and SNTs located to the southwest of #Bakhmut is continuing. Units of the Russian 4th Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade are levelling the front line both towards #Krasnoye and #Kleshcheyevka, where, after the capture of height 215.7 the day before yesterday, units of the 346th Separate Special Purpose Brigade began to strike the AFU’s advance routes and the preparation for the control zone expansion to the north of the village.

❗️But to liberate the southwestern flank, it is necessary to occupy the heights located to the southwest and the so called “Kleshcheyevka Ridge”. In case of successful advance and occupation of the ridge, the restoration of positions near #Andreyevka will be facilitated.

📌 As for the offensive on Chasov Yar, there is a lot of work to be done. The exit is possible from the side of #Bogdanovka and #Grigorovka, for which the fighting has just begun. And then, on the northern outskirts of Chasov Yar, several tracts, a mine and a quarry will cause problems. It is more difficult to develop an offensive from the #Krasnoye side, it will have to go through the lowland.

rybar

Stormtroopers of the Russian Airborne Forces took control of several Ukrainian strongholds in the area of   Artemovsk (Ukrainian name – Bakhmut), the Russian Ministry of Defense told us.

The group of troops “South” repelled two attacks by the 67th mechanized brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the Kleshcheevka area. The head of the group’s press center, Vadim Astafiev, told us about this.

During the counter-battery fight, six artillery pieces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces were destroyed, he added.

tass_agency

There are reports that the Russian Armed Forces have entered the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ defense tower “Ostrov” in the Kleshcheevka area (the southern flank of Artyomovsk).

Yesterday evening and at night the Ukrainian Armed Forces tried to regain their positions, but it didn’t work out. The opornik is still in the gray zone, the fighting around it also does not stop.

The “island” is located at a dominant height a kilometer west of Kleshcheevka. The main road to the village passes through it.

At the same time, units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces continue to remain in Kleshcheevka itself, which further complicates operations in this area for Ukrainian troops.

Military Chronicle

Diary of a Paratrooper: Artyomovskoe direction.

The Russian Armed Forces continue to force out the enemy.

At Kleshcheevka, our fighters are attacking in the direction of a strategic height.

Unconfirmed information is coming from the ground that the height is completely under the control of the Russian side.
It is known for certain that the Russian Armed Forces approached this high point along the forest belt.

Capturing this strong enemy high-altitude point will allow you to control the entire Kleshcheevka, which is located in the lowlands.

Information has appeared about the advance of our troops in the Chernobylets gardening partnership, which is part of the Artemovsk agglomeration and is located in a lowland. This area is under fire from all sides.
So far, strikes have been recorded against the enemy who are located in this location of the Russian side’s advance.
In essence, this is a scorched area of ​​land where there is nowhere to hide from artillery strikes.

DnevnikDesantnika

Battles at Rabotino: 136th brigade burns a column of enemy armored vehicles advancing on the Zaporozhye front
 Soldiers of the 136th Motorized Rifle Brigade of the Southern Military District came to the aid of units that had been repelling the enemy’s offensive in the Orekhovsky sector for six months.
The footage shows a burning column of enemy armored vehicles trying to break through our defense line. The second video shows an ATGM attack near Rabotino on enemy equipment and personnel.
On the Kopani-Novoprokopovka-Rabotino-Verbovoe line, the fighting does not subside.

RVvoenkor

Situation in the Liman Sector until 15:00 on 8 December 2023⚡️

🗓 In the direction of #Liman, there has been a noticeable activation of the front in the last week.

🔹 The immediate task of the Russian troops is to eliminate the AFU bridgehead on the eastern bank of the #Zherebets River. The advance from the northern flank from the #Zhuravka beam is complicated by the nature of the terrain, so the offensive is developing from #Dibrova towards #Terny and #Yampolovka. The clearing of the western part of the #Shiroky ravine continues, and fighting is taking place on the outskirts of Yar Lapteva.

▪️ Ukrainian formations are trying to seize the initiative, using motorised infantry groups from the 67th Mechanised and 12th Separate Special Purpose Brigades. The fighting is taking place on the southern flank of the #Serebryanskoye forestry. The frontline has changed since autumn. Some AFU SRGs reached the outskirts of #Dibrova, so the RF Armed Forces are regaining lost positions in counterattacks.

📌 Despite the activation of the RF Armed Forces on this section of the front, a large scale offensive is complicated by concrete fortifications equipped by the AFU on the #Torskoye – #Serebryanskoye forestry – #Yampol section. If the possibility of eliminating the AFU bridgehead along the right bank of the #Zherebets River is quite realistic, then an offensive on the #Liman will require forcing the river and clearing all the territories up to the #Oskolskoye Reservoir (and this, given the current configuration of the front, will require serious resources and efforts).

rybar

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Russian Defence Ministry Report on the Progress of the Special Military Operation (3–8 December 2023)⚡️

▫️In this period, the RF Armed Forces inflicted 30 group strikes with high precision weapons and UAVs on the military airfield infrastructure: arsenals, storage sites for artillery ammo, military hardware, as well as enemy POL bases. Locations of AFU units, nationalist formations, and foreign mercs were hit. All assigned targets have been engaged.

▫️In Kupyansk direction, units the Zapad Grouping repelled 19 AFU attacks. Aviation, artillery, and heavy flamethrowers hit the troops and hardware of the 25th Air Assault, 57th Motorised Infantry, 41st, 43rd, and 60th Mechanised Brigades close to Sinkovka, Ivanovka, Berestovoye, Peschanoye (Kharkov reg), and Nevskoye (LPR).

The enemy lost more than 480 troops, 3 tanks, 13 AFVs, 12 MVs, and 7 guns.

▫️In Krasny Liman direction, units of the Tsentr Grouping repelled 10 AFU assault group attacks. Strikes were launched at troop clusters of the 95th Air Assault, 63rd and 66th Mechanised, and 12th Special Forces Brigades close to Kirovsk, Torskoye, Yampol, and Serebryanka (DPR).

The enemy lost more than 1,445 troops, 11 AFVs, 17 MVs, and 5 guns.

▫️In Donetsk direction, the Yug Group of Forces repelled 18 AFU attacks and inflicted fire damage on troops and hardware near Mariynka, Kurdyumovka, Bogdanovka, Andreyevka, and Kleshcheyevka (DPR).

The enemy lost more than 1,560 troops, 12 AFVs, 17 MVs, and 22  guns.

▫️In South Donetsk direction, units of the Vostok Grouping inflicted losses on troops and hardware of the 58th Motorised Infantry, 79th Air Assault, 23rd and 72nd Mechanised, and 102nd Territorial Defence Brigades near Novomikhaylovka, Ugledar, Urozhaynoye (DPR), and Levadnoye (Zaporozhye reg).

The enemy lost more than 845 troops, 3 tanks, 13 AFVs, 17 MVs, 12 guns, and 1 Grad MLRS vehicle.

▫️In Zaporozhye direction, units of the Russian Grouping repelled 5 assault group attacks of the 82nd Air Assault, 117th, and 118th Mechanised Brigades near Verbovoye, Nesteryanka, and Uspenovka (Zaporozhye reg). Fire damage was inflicted on troops and hardware of the 46th Airmobile, 33rd and 65th Mechanised Brigades near Dorozhnyanka, Malaya Tokmachka, and Rabotino (Zaporozhye reg).

The enemy lost up to 260 troops, 6 AFVs, 15 MVs, and 5 guns.

◽️In Kherson direction, the RF Armed Forces foiled enemy attempts to cross the Dnieper River to land on the left bank and islands.

Aviation and artillery inflicted losses on troops and hardware of the 35th, 36th Marines, and 124th Territorial Defence Brigades near Tyaginka, Tokarevka, Nikolskoye, and Chernobayevka (Kherson reg).

The enemy lost up to 350 troops, 13 guns, 17 MVs, and 21 boats.

▫️Air defences shot down 3 MiG-29, 2 Su-25, 1 Mi-8 helicopter, 11 HIMARS projectiles, 2 HARM antiradar missiles, 2 converted S-200, 1 JDAM guided aerial bomb, and 224 UAVs.

▫️12 Militants have been taken prisoner.

📊 In total, 550 aircraft, 257 helicopters, 9,577 UAVs, 442 air defence systems, 13,894 tanks and other AFVs, 1,188 MLRS vehicles, 7,279 guns and mortars, and 16,056 units of special military equipment have been destroyed during the SMO.

MoD

Front #Summary for 8 Dec 2023 by 18:22⚡️

🔹In #Kherson Direction, there is still no change. Heavy fights are ongoing. The AFU are continuing their attempts to extend their control over the forest belt across the road from #Krynki. Fighting continues in #Krynki itself, the AFU grouping is shrinking but not running out. In the area of #Kinburn Spit there is an increase in AFU shelling.  

🔹In #Zaporozhye Direction, it is snowing. Therefore, the artillery is working without drone correction. The AFU attacks continue. North of #Verbovoye, our army is improving positions, as well as near #Novofyodorovka.

🔹In #SouthDonetsk Direction, with the support of artillery, our forces suddenly attacked from the direction of #Novodonetskoye towards Zolotaya Niva, but the enemy was able to hold their positions.
▪️In #Maryinka, also without changes. The AFU is not giving up their last positions, fierce counter fighting continues. But all the attempts of the enemy to counterattack remain without success.

🔹In #Donetsk Direction, on the northern #Avdeyevka flank, our army has significantly advanced on both sides of the railway line towards #Ocheretino. Our units are also moving towards #Novokalinovo on a broad front, and the AFU’s attempts to move into the rear are being repulsed. There is heavy fighting in #Stepovoye itself, plus our forces are trying to advance south of the village. The AFU are fighting very fiercely in this area. The territory of the Coke Plant is still under the attack of Russian aviation and heavy artillery. On the ground ours are trying to strengthen their positions on the outskirts. On the southern flank, ours have taken the quarry behind the village of #Vinogradniki. But near #Severnoye and #Tonenkoye there are fierce battles, with no success for either side.

🔹In #Bakhmut Direction, our forces retain the initiative in #Kleshcheyevka. There are shooting battles at the heights. On the northern flank, our units advanced from the side of the #Berkhovskoye Reservoir. A key stronghold was taken in the Valyanovsky Nursery. We also managed to enter the territory of #Bogdanovka from the northeast. The village itself is located in the lowland and consists of one street. Next, the outskirts of Chasov Yar begin. In the north of the #Soledar sector, our army continues its attacks on the borders of #Razdolovka – #Vesyoloye – #Belogorovka, with progress.

🔹In #Svatovo Direction, the AFU counterattacks at #Torskoye and in the #Serebryanskoye forest were confidently repelled by ours. Powerful battles are continuing at the #Sinkovka – #Petropavlovsk defence line, half of #Sinkovka is behind us. There is a struggle for further advancement.

olegtsarov

#Chronicle of the Special Military Operation for 8 December 2023⚡️

🔹In the #Svatovo – #Kremennaya section, Russian troops are developing success. The fighters are moving from the direction of #Dibrova towards #Terny and #Yampolovka. In addition, fighting is taking place near Yar Laptev. The AFU is trying to counterattack from the southern flank of the #Serebryanskoye forestry, but they cannot achieve significant success. Nevertheless, the advance of the RF Armed Forces in this direction will not be an easy walk due to the complexity of the terrain and the multiple fortifications constructed by the enemy.

🔹In the #Soledar direction, Russian fighters have finished clearing the fortified area near the Valnyanovsky Nursery and the Bakhmut Shlyakh Motorway. Meanwhile, northwest of #Bakhmut, the RF Armed Forces are moving towards #Grigorovka and Orekhovo-Vasilyevka. In fact, the soldiers managed to recapture most of the territories lost after the Wagner PMC withdrew from this area in the middle of the year.

🔹In the #Avdeyevka fortified area, clashes continue in the area of the Coke Plant, #Stepovoye (#Petrovskoye on Rybar maps), towards #Novokalinovo, #Severnoye and #Tonenkoye, but the configuration of the front has not changed significantly. Clashes are also taking place in the #Orekhov section, and attempts to dislodge the AFU from the #Krynki foothold in the #Kherson direction are continuing.

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War Map and the Situation on the Fronts for the Evening of 8 December 2023; pub. 00:04⚡️

💡Just a couple of months ago, predictions of a Russian army offensive seemed controversial, but have been confirmed despite scepticism. The counter offensive has failed, Ukrainian and western experts are hysterical, and western aid is only drying up. But that’s still no reason for euphoria. Yes, our fighters are advancing, but the outcome of the SMO now depends almost entirely on the capture of individual population centres. Our task is to deplete the Kiev Regime’s resources. How? Explains (https://readovka.space/possibilities) Readovka.

⚔️ Situation on the Fronts over the past Day

🔹#Svatovo – #Kremennaya Direction:

▪️ In the #Kupyansk sector, positional battles are taking place near #Sinkovka. Our fighters have advanced to the east of #Petropavlovka.
▪️ In the #Serebryanskoye forest, without changes.

🔹#Bakhmut (#Artyomovsk) Direction:

▪️ The Russian army advanced in the direction of #Bogdanovka, and also north of #Kleshcheyevka.

🔹#Donetsk Direction:

▪️ In the #Avdeyevka sector, the Russian Army attacked in the area of #Krasnogorovka. Fighting continues in #Steponoye and near the Coke Plant. In addition, our fighters tried to advance in #Pervomayskoye.
▪️ In #Maryinka there is fighting. The AFU are holding defence on the northwestern outskirts of the town.

🔹#Zaporozhye Direction:

▪️ Our fighters counterattacked southwest of #Rabotino and southeast of #Verbovoye.
▪️ On the #Vremyevka ledge, the Russian army attacked from the direction of #Novodonetskoye.

⚡️ The Russian Army worked (https://t.me/readovkanews/70444) on the port infrastructure in #Odessa region. Local authorities report that a grain elevator and warehouses in the #Izmail district were destroyed.


Source: http://blogdogcicle.blogspot.com/2023/12/the-situation-in-ukrainian-smo-on_8.html


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