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

Fighting in these areas continued to be intense, particularly near Svatove and Kreminna.

Static shot from the Russo-Ukrainian War interactive map. Svatove-Starobilsk Area and Donbas Area – North by 26 December 2022. All information on the maps is approximate.


Donbas Area – Northeast

Russians achieved a limited advance in the eastern part of the town of Soledar. They also advanced a little northwest of Yakovlivka, in the direction of Rozdolivka.

Heavy fighting continued in the eastern parts of Bakhmut city where Ukrainians counterattacked, pushing Russians back a little.

Heavy fighting also went on in Opytne, east of Klishchiivka, and east of Dyliivka.

Donbas Area – Southeast

Intense fighting continued in many spots along the frontline in this area, including street battles in Mar’inka, but no major territorial changes occurred.


No major changes occurred in Zaporizhzhia Area and Donbas Area – South.