Ukrainian Special Operations Forces successfully detected and neutralized a Russian military reconnaissance group near Avdiivka, in the Donetsk region. This operation, reported on Facebook by the command of the Special Operations Forces and further covered by Ukrinform, is part of the ongoing defensive actions against Russian advancement in the region. The 8th Separate Special Forces Brigade, operating in the area, has observed consistent nightly attacks by Russian forces along the same route.
During a nocturnal surveillance operation, operators from the 8th Separate Special Forces Brigade employed a reconnaissance drone with thermal imaging to identify a five-person enemy group. The Ukrainian soldiers engaged the group with mortar fire, resulting in the death of three Russian servicemen and the wounding of two others. This action is a part of a broader defensive effort by the Ukrainian Defense Forces, who have, as of January 15, reportedly eliminated approximately 370,980 Russian invaders.