Author: David Batashvili, Research Fellow at the Rondeli Foundation

This is a special issue of the Rondeli Russian Military Digest dedicated to the Russo-Ukrainian War, composed on the basis of numerous open sources.


Svatove-Starobilsk Area and Donbas Area – North

Intense fighting without major changes continued between Kuzemivka and recently liberated Novoselivske.

Fighting also continued south of Kreminna.


Donbas Area – Northeast

Russians continued very intense attacks in the Bakhmut-Soledar area.

Northwest of Soledar, they took the settlement of Silj. From there they attacked north, taking village Krasnopolivka or large part of it. Very heavy fighting continued along the line of Krasna Hora-Blahodatne-Silj-Krasnopolivka-Rozdolivka-Vesele.

South of Bakhmut, Russians took village Klishchiivka after prolonged heavy fighting. Russian attacks without major advance as of the time of writing continued from Klishchiivka towards Ivanivske, and from Kurdyumivka-Ozarianivka towards Dyliivka.

Intense fighting went on in the eastern outskirts of Bakhmut, and near its southern outskirts.

In the north of this area, fighting without major changes continued near Bilohorivka (the northern one) and Spirne.

Static shot from the Russo-Ukrainian War interactive map. The Bakhmut-Soledar front by the afternoon, 23 January 2023. All information on the maps is approximate.


Donbas Area – Southeast

Russian attacks without major advance continued north and southwest of Avdiivka.


Zaporizhzhia Area and Donbas Area – South

Russians launched several attacks in Zaporizhzhia Oblast in the reported period. They likely retook Lobkove, and advanced south of Shcherbaky and south of Novodanylivka and Mala Tokmachka without reaching these villages. Russians also attacked towards Malynivka without success.