Russo-Ukraine War - 11 June 2022 - Day 108
On 24 February 2022, Ukraine was suddenly and deliberately attacked by land, naval and air forces of Russia, igniting the largest European war since the Great Patriotic War. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a "special military operation" in Ukraine in response to the appeal of the leaders of the "Donbass republics" for help. That attack is a blatant violation of the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine. Putin stressed that Moscow's goal is the demilitarization and denazification of the country. The military buildup in preceeding months makes it obvious that the unprovoked and dastardly Russian attack was deliberately planned long in advance. During the intervening time, the Russian government had deliberately sought to deceive the world by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.
"To initiate a war of aggression... is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole." [Judgment of the International Military Tribunal]
One hundred and eight days of the heroic opposition of the Ukrainian nation to the Russian military invasion continue. The UK Ministry of Defence reported that Russian forces around Sieverodonetsk have not made advances into the south of the city. Intense street to street fighting is ongoing and both sides are likely suffering high numbers of casualties. Russia is massing fires with its artillery and air capabilities, in an attempt to overwhelm Ukrainian defences. Since April, Russian medium bombers have likely launched dozens of 1960s era Kh-22 (NATO designation, AS-4 KITCHEN) air-launched, heavy anti-ship missiles against land targets. These 5.5 tonne missiles were primarily designed to destroy aircraft carriers using a nuclear warhead. When employed in a ground attack role with a conventional warhead they are highly inaccurate and can therefore cause significant collateral damage and civilian casualties. Russia is likely resorting to such inefficient weapon systems because it is running short of more precise modern missiles, while Ukrainian air defences still deter its tactical aircraft from conducting strikes across much of the country.
The world must return Russia to its borders, not seek an understanding with it, because no one will be able to appease the Russian leadership with words alone. This was stated by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy during the online participation in the Asian Security Summit "Shangri-La Dialogue". "The military and political leadership of the Russian Federation can no longer be appeased. It's too late for that. Talking to them on a daily basis, imposing specific financial and economic sanctions - all this had to be done earlier, before the full-scale invasion. Today there is no "gray" zone, there is only support. If you support peace, you support Ukraine. If you support the specific war, then you find some kind of understanding with the Russian Federation," the President said in response to questions from summit participants.
"I believe that today the world must clearly put the Russian Federation and its leadership in their place. And their place is on their territory. And they should stay there, live and decide what to do there," the President stressed.
At the same time, he stressed that Ukraine does not intend to cross Russia's borders in any way. "Ukraine is on its own land. To go far to Ukraine means to enter the territory of Russia. We don't want that. We do not strive for that. We do not do that. We have no such plans. We respect international law, the sovereignty and territorial integrity of any state. But the war is on our land. People are dying on our land. That is why we are putting pressure on Russia from our land," the President said.
Ava Soh, a 16 year old Singaporean, created a graphic of a girl on a ladder spray-painting the Ukraine flag minted as an NFT and printed on T-shirts. Zelenskyy, wore Ava's design when he spoke at a special address via video call during the 19th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Shangri-la Dialogue. Ava worked with a local partner to help mint the NFT, meaning publishing it on the blockchain to make it purchasable. She made sure to continue the fundraiser with the mindset that Mr Zelenskyy would not wear the T-shirt. All proceeds from the T-shirt and NFT sales will go to Ukraine, although some of the funds will be used to cover production costs and the cost of keeping the project running.
Spokesman for the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Oleksandr Shtupun reported that in the Volyn and Polissya areas, during the inspection of combat readiness of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus, and military equipment. In the northern direction, the Russians continued to mortar shell the positions of the Ukraine Defense Forces in the border areas. In addition, the Russian occupiers were shelling civilian infrastructure in the village of Myropilske, Sumy region. The situation in the Kharkiv direction had not changed significantly. The Russians focused efforts on maintaining the occupied frontiers. To restrain the actions of the Ukraine defense forces, it exerted fire on the positions of Ukraine units. In addition, the Russians fired on civilian infrastructure in the areas of Uda, Prudyanka, Tsyrkuny and Verkhniy Saltiv.
They conducted air strikes in the Ternova and Rubezhnoye districts. In the Slavic direction, the Russians carried out systematic artillery shelling. Ukrainian soldiers successfully repulsed an Russians assault in the areas of Brazhkivka, Dolyna and Vernopil. The occupiers withdrew. With the support of mortars, artillery, and multiple rocket launchers, the Russians were trying to gain a foothold in Bogorodichnoye, and fighting continues. The Russians actively used electronic warfare. In the Lyman direction, the Russians units did not take active action.
Ukrainian soldiers successfully resisted the assault of the Russians in Severodonetsk. Part of the Russians units are storming the Toshkivka area, and fighting continues. In the direction of the city of Lysychansk, the Russians increased the intensity of the use of tube and rocket artillery, taking measures to strengthen the grouping of troops. They fired artillery at civilian infrastructure near Serebryanka and Belogorovka. In the Severodonetsk direction, the Russians fired on civilian infrastructure in the districts of Severodonetsk, Lysychansk, Metolkino, Ustynivka and Toshkivka. In addition, the Russians assault was successfully repulsed in the area of Metolkino. The occupiers withdrew. The Russians had to strengthen the group by introducing reserve units into the operation.
In the Bakhmut direction, the Russians conducted artillery shelling of Ukrainian positions near Mykolayivka, Bilohorivka, Hirsky, Komyshuvakha, and Novoluhansky. Using army aircraft, he launched an air strike near Pokrovsky. In the area of Popasna, Ukrainian defenders successfully stopped the enemy's offensive. The occupiers had to withdraw. The Russians is advancing in the area of Nyrkovo, fighting continues.
In the direction of Nikolaev the offensive of the Russians was choked. Under heavy fire from Ukrainian soldiers, the occupiers withdrew. In the area of Berestovo, the enemy, while attempting to storm, suffered losses and retreated to previously occupied positions. In addition, in order to identify weaknesses in the defense and expose the fire system, the occupiers, without sparing personnel, conducted reconnaissance by fighting near Volodymyrivka. Ukrainian defenders competently met the Russians - the Russians withdrew with losses.
The occupiers did not conduct active hostilities in the Avdiivka, Kurakhiv, Novopavliv and Zaporizhzhya areas. Civilian infrastructure was shelled in the areas of New York, Avdiivka, Krasnohorivka and Novoandriyivka. Attacked by assault aircraft near Marinka. In the South Buz direction, the Russians fired at Ukrainian positions in the areas of Dobryanka, Velyka Kostromka, Murakhivka, and Prybuzky in order to deter Ukrainian troops. The Russians also tried to fight the battery. The occupiers struck with assault and army aircraft near Snihurivka and Topolyny. No significant changes in the situation have been noted in the Bessarabian direction.
The Russians continues to suffer significant losses. In order to organize medical support for the actions of a group of Russian troops in the Slobozhansky direction, the 442nd Military Clinical Hospital from St. Petersburg is additionally deploying a field hospital in the village of Shebekino, Belgorod region.
Major General Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the RF Ministry of Defense, spoke about the continuation of work on demining the territories occupied by Russian troops. The day before, 244 mines were reported. Specific information on the work of engineering units this morning, the representative of the department did not provide. He also said that in the area of Andreevka, Kharkiv region, with the help of high-precision air-launched missiles, the deployment point of foreign mercenaries was eliminated. In addition, Konashenkov said that a total of over 470 Ukrainian soldiers were killed by operational-tactical aviation, missile forces and artillery.
Konashenkov said that over the past 24 hours, the Russian Armed Forces had hit 5 firing positions of the MLRS units of the Ukrainian troops, destroyed the Buk-M1 air defense system. Air defense systems of the Russian Federation shot down 2 Ukrainian MiG-29s in the Nikolaev region and Su-25 in the Kharkov region. Russian aviation hit 48 areas of concentration of forces and equipment of Ukraine, more than 170 nationalists were destroyed. Missile forces and artillery hit 231 areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as well as 13 command posts, 42 firing positions of enemy artillery units. More than 300 nationalists were liquidated.
Business Insider reported German authorities apologized to the German government for the unnecessary excitement caused by the news of the possible shipment of German Leopard A4 tanks by Spain to Ukraine. According to the publication, such a decision could create a real precedent, since these would be the first NATO tanks that Western countries would donate to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. “Spanish officials apologized to the German government for the fact that the news created additional pressure and added cause for concern to the German chancellor,” the publication notes. The report also said that equipment purchased from the Germans in the 1990s is likely to be out of order and in need of repair. Also, clauses in the Spanish-German contract provide for its transfer to third countries strictly with the permission of the German government.
The Spanish newspaper El Pais had reported that Madrid planned to send heavy weapons to help Kyiv, including German Leopard A4 tanks. At the same time, the Spanish Ministry of Defense was already completing the delivery of a battery of short-range anti-aircraft missiles Shorad Aspide. Later, the Minister of Defense of the country, Margarita Robles, said that support for Ukraine would be carried out within the limits of possibilities and in coordination with the allied countries. At the same time, she did not name specific types of weapons, citing the secrecy of information.