The situation in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, particularly in eastern Ukraine, remains active and volatile as of October 17, 2023. Here are some key updates:
1. Fighting in Verbove:
Heavy battles are ongoing in Verbove, with the armed forces of Russia actively attacking the area. It is reported that a number of positions have come under Russian control.
The 79th Air Assault brigade repelled another attack on their positions, believed to be in the Avdiivka direction. The Russian forces reportedly suffered heavy losses during this engagement.
3. KHORNE Group:
The KHORNE group, which is part of the 116th mechanized brigade, is actively engaging Russian fortifications and equipment in the Zaporizhzia direction. They are using FPV (First-Person View) drones and cluster munitions for their operations.
4. International Support:
Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky emphasized that providing assistance to Ukraine in its conflict with Russia remains a priority for the international community. This statement indicates continued support for Ukraine from various countries.
5. OSCE and Russia:
Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmitry Kuleba stated that Russia should be expelled from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) because its actions are undermining the organization. This reflects Ukraine’s stance on Russia’s involvement in the conflict and its broader impact on international organizations.
The situation in Ukraine remains complex and volatile, with ongoing military operations and diplomatic efforts. It is important to note that developments can change rapidly in this conflict, and the international community continues to monitor and respond to the situation.