Here is the situation as of Saturday, October 16, 2023:
600 day of Russia-Ukraine War
- Russia’s military offensive in the eastern Ukrainian city of Avdiivka persists, resulting in the unfortunate deaths of two civilians due to intense shelling. The severity of the situation made it impossible for emergency crews to retrieve the bodies from the demolished buildings. In response to these attacks, Ukraine’s Armed Forces General Staff reported that they successfully repelled 15 Russian assaults near Avdiivka, Tonenke, and Pervomaiske in the Donetsk region.
- Tragically, the Russian attacks have led to the loss of six lives, with two casualties occurring in the Kherson region. This relentless shelling also caused injuries to three people, as reported by Kherson Governor Oleksandr Prokudin. Additionally, two guided bombs struck key infrastructure in Kherson city, resulting in a partial blackout and disruption to the area’s water supply.
- Meanwhile, in the Kharkiv region, a Russian air attack destroyed a residence, leading to the deaths of a 54-year-old woman and a 57-year-old man, according to Oleh Syniehubov, the governor of the Kharkiv region.
- Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a statement to Russian television, claimed that their forces had fortified their positions along the entire front line in Ukraine. He asserted that the Ukrainian counteroffensive initiated in June had, in his view, “completely failed.”
- According to the Russian defense ministry, Ukraine initiated an incident involving 27 drones in western Russia. Out of these, 18 drones were successfully intercepted over the Kursk region, raising concerns in the Russian media that the target might have been the nearby Khalino military airfield. Additionally, two more drones were brought down over the Belgorod region. However, the fate of the remaining drones remains undisclosed.
- In response to the situation, Russia dispatched a Su-27 fighter jet as a United States Global Hawk reconnaissance drone approached the Russian border above the Black Sea. This information was reported by the Interfax news agency, citing the Russian defense ministry.
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced that Kyiv is actively engaged in the evacuation of approximately 260 Ukrainian citizens from Gaza, as well as facilitating the departure of other Ukrainians from Israel.
- Regarding the supply of weapons, White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan stated that President Joe Biden is set to hold extensive discussions with members of the US Congress this week. Their aim is to secure approval for a new weapons package, which will surpass the initial budget of $2 billion. Sullivan emphasized that this package would encompass the essential military equipment required to safeguard freedom, sovereignty, and territorial integrity in both Ukraine and Israel.