Today, the Bakhmut region seems to be the battlefield of the Ukrainian war. However, heavy fighting is ongoing along the entire front line in the Donbass, including in the northern Kupyansk-Svatovo-Kremennaya region. The front line in this area has remained mostly stable since Russia’s retreat from the Kharkiv region months ago.
The town of Kremennaya is the key to the north of the Luhansk People’s Republic. If the Armed Forces of Ukraine manage to break through in the area of this settlement, they will seize the initiative and threaten Russian Severodonetsk-Lisichansk city agglomeration. That’s why the Russian military held control of Kremennaya in autumn 2022 and is still fiercely fighting defending this town.
The Russian military is still holding military initiative in the area. To the south of Kremennaya, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, with the support of artillery and aviation, continue their attempts to attack Ukrainian positions near Belogorovka. Russian forces are approaching the village, regularly destroying and capturing Ukrainian military positions in the forest area. Fighting is also ongoing near the village of Serebryanka located to the north of Seversk which is an important Ukrainian stronghold in the Donbass.
Storming of Ukrainian positions in the forest near Kremennaya:
Fighting continues in the area of Krasny Liman, where a unit of the 25th Airborne Brigade of the AFU on armored combat vehicles attempted to counterattack ans regain control of recently lost positions. The Ukrainian military operation failed. The AFU suffered losses and was pushed back.
Russian Lancet UAV of the 98th Airborne Division hit Ukrainian tank:
A Ukrainian Nazi with the chevron of the 14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Galician) was captured by Russian paratroopers in the area of Kremennaya:
The Ukrainian military failed to cut the road between Kremennaya and Svatovo and are forces to defend their positions in the fields to the west of this line. Russian troops have recently managed to advance in the area of the village of Ploshchanka, expanding the zone of their control. As a result of the fighting, several Ukrainian strongholds came under Russian control, and the front line was straightened in the area.
Over the past day, Ukrainian units were defeated by Russian artillery and aviation in the areas of Nevskoye, Chervonaya Dibrova in the Luhansk People’s Republic and Grigorovka in the Donetsk People’s Republic. During the day, their losses in this direction amounted to up to 80 servicemen, an armored combat vehicle, two cars, as well as a D-30 howitzer. In addition, three ammunition depots of the AFU were destroyed in the areas of the settlements of Torskoye and Terny of the Donetsk People’s Republic. Russian anti-aircraft missile systems “Tor-M1” and “Strela-10” destroyed Ukrainian UAV.
On April 17, Ukrainian military positions were struck by Russian bombs on the western bank of the Oskol River in the Kupyansk region:
The US-made M109A7 Paladin self-propelled gun destroyed by servicemen od the Russian 1st tank army in the Kupyansk region:
In the Kupyansk direction, Ukrainian military positions near Dvurechnaya, Sinkovka, Timkovka in the Kharkiv region and Stelmakhovka in the Luhansk People’s Republic are constantly shelled by Russian artillery. Over the past day, three Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance groups were destroyed near Novoselovskoye and Kuzemovka in the Luhansk People’s Republic, Masyutovka in the Kharkiv region. During the day, up to 35 Ukrainian servicemen, two cars, and a D-20 howitzer were destroyed in the area.