Author: David Batashvili

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 combat with the two sides exchanging attacks and counterattacks occurred northwest and southwest of Svatove, particularly near Kuzemivka and on the Ploshchanka-Chervonopopivka-Zhytlivka line. Fighting also continued south of Kreminna.

West of Kuzemivka, Russians took village Novoselivske or large part of it.

Donbas Area – Northeast

Fighting in most parts of this area continued to be extremely heavy, particularly on Bakhmut’s eastern outskirts as well as north and south of this city.

North of Bakhmut, Russians likely took village Yakovlivka while nearby village Berestove was confirmed to be in their hands.

Russians advanced a little on the northeastern outskirts of Bakhmut attacking towards village Pidhorodne, as well as on the city’s southeastern outskirts. Heavy fighting went on within village Opytne south of Bakhmut with Russians also attempting attacks in the direction of village Klishchiivka.

Russians also likely advanced a little westward from villages Kurdyumivka and Ozarianivka towards villages Bila Hora and Dyliivka, without reaching them.

Static shot from the Russo-Ukrainian War interactive map. Bakhmut frontline by the afternoon, 12 December 2022. All information on the maps is approximate.

Donbas Area – Southeast

Russian attacks without major advance continued southwest of Avdiivka within villages Vodyane and Pervomaiske as well as east of village Nevelske.

Intense fighting without major changes went on in the center of Mar’inka.

Donbas Area – South and Zaporizhzhia Area

Ukrainians advanced a little south of Zaporizhzhia, consolidating their control over village Lobkove.

Russians attacked unsuccessfully towards village Velyka Novosilka.