Russo-Ukraine War - 13 June 2022 - Day 110
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 tenth day of the heroic opposition of the Ukrainian nation to the Russian military invasion continues. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said "We are dealing with absolute evil. And we have no choice but to move on. Free our entire territory. Drive the occupiers out of all our regions. And although now the width of our front is already more than 2.5 thousand kilometers, it is felt that the strategic initiative is still ours. We will come to all our cities, to all our villages, which do not yet have our flag on the administrative buildings.... And we draw the attention of our partners on a daily basis to the fact that only a sufficient number of modern artillery for Ukraine will ensure our advantage and finally the end of Russian torture of the Ukrainian Donbas."
"We will come to Mariupol. And we will liberate the city for the third time. It was liberated from the Nazis in 1943 by a brilliant operation. In 2014, on this day, June 13, thanks to the courage of our "Azov" and other units, Mariupol was liberated for the second time.... It only takes enough weapons to make it happen. The partners have it. In sufficient quantities. And we work every day for the political will to give us these weapons to appear."
"During conversations with politicians from Paris or Berlin, I control my emotions, because I was taught this by the legal profession. But then, informally, I can say quite harsh words" said Oleksiy Reznikov, head of the Ministry of National Defense of Ukraine, in an interview for The Economist. In his opinion, the "bureaucracy" and "pragmatism" of the West often win over Western values. The head of the Ukrainian Ministry of National Defense admitted in an interview with The Economist that he is concerned about what is happening in European politics recently. "Either the world does not fully understand what is happening" he says "or it does, but it is tired and is content with the death of Ukrainians."
When Russia attacked his country on February 24, few expected Ukraine to survive, he said. Heroic resistance turned fatalism into hope and led to promises of military support. However, cracks in the Western alliance appear just as the war enters a new, bloody phase. Ukrainian losses currently amount to an average of 100-200 people a day, the Economist reads. -"We need help, and fast" says the minister "because the cost of delaying should be measured in the amount of Ukrainian blood spilled." Reznikov explains that "fatigue is a natural psychological response to stress," and politicians have "internal matters" to worry about. In his opinion, however, the "bureaucracy" and "pragmatism" of the West often win over Western values.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III in a press briefing in Bangkok, Thailand said " the U.S. is willing to provide everything and -- and to help Ukraine be successful, mindful of the fact that we have our own readiness to -- to keep in mind, and -- and -- but not only that; we have partners from around the globe that are willing to help Ukraine in meaningful ways.... And so we'll continue to work to get as much as we can there as fast as we can in order to -- to help them be successful. And our focus is on making sure that we -- we help them -- or we -- we give them what's needed to protect their sovereign territory, which is where we started and where we still are... "
The UK Ministry of Defence reported that over the weekend, the battle around Sieverodonetsk has continued to rage. Over the coming months, river crossing operations are likely to be amongst the most important determining factors in the course of the war. The key, 90km long central sector of Russia’s frontline in the Donbas lies to the west of the Siverskyy Donets River. To achieve success in the current operational phase of its Donbas offensive, Russia is either going to have to complete ambitious flanking actions, or conduct assault river crossings. Ukrainian forces have often managed to demolish bridges before they withdraw, while Russia has struggled to put in place the complex coordination necessary to conduct successful, large scale river crossings under fire.
Ukraine ceased to exist as a state, and the Ukrainian people became a hostage to the neo-Nazis. This was announced by Kirill Stremousov, deputy head of the military-civilian administration of the Kherson region. “Ukraine as such, with a leadership that took a course towards fascism, ceased to exist as a state. The Ukrainian people today are hostages of the Zelenskys and those who betrayed the statehood and actually destroyed the state,” Stremousov told RIA Novosti . According to him, the Kyiv regime uses the Ukrainian people for its own purposes, having decided to "fight to the last Ukrainian."
In a comment to the agency, a similar opinion was also expressed by Vladimir Rogov, a member of the main council of the military-civilian administration of the Zaporozhye region. He added that Ukraine as a state did not exist after the coup d'état eight years ago. He called the country a terrorist entity that hides behind the documents of Ukraine and destroys dissidents. Both southern regions of Ukraine (Zaporozhye - partially) were taken under the control of the Russian Armed Forces during a special military operation. Civil-military administrations have been formed in the regions, Russian TV channels and radio stations have begun broadcasting, and trade ties with Crimea are being restored.
The spokesman for the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Oleksandr Stupun reported that the The Russians had significant problems with the recruitment of units carrying out assault operations in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Volyn and Polissya areas were without much change. In the northern direction, the Russians fired mortars and grenade launchers at the settlements of Zapsillya in the Sumy region and Gorsk and Gremyach in the Chernihiv region. Units of the aggressor continue engineering equipment of defensive positions in border areas in the specified direction. In the Slobozhansky direction, the Russians systematically fired on the positions of units of the Ukraine Defense Forces, improved the engineering equipment of its own defense facilities and conducted air reconnaissance.
In the Kharkiv direction, the Russian's main efforts are focused on trying to disrupt the logistical routes of supplying groups of Ukrainian troops, which operates in the Slavic direction. In the Slavic direction, the Russians attempted to carry out assault operations in Bogorodichne, were unsuccessful, withdrew, and established itself in the northwestern part of the settlement.
In the Donetsk direction, the occupiers were regrouping units and strengthening groups, trying to surround the units of Ukrainian troops in the area of settlements Lysychansk, Privillya, Severodonetsk, Borivske. The Russians did not take active action in the Lyman direction.
In the Severodonetsk direction, the Russians carried out assaults in order to establish full control over the city of Severodonetsk, carried out an offensive on the positions of Ukrainian troops in the area of Metolkino, had no success. In the Bakhmut direction, the Russians continued to shell the positions of Ukrainian troops with artillery and multiple rocket launchers. Using the results of fire damage, Russians fought in the areas of Toshkivka-Ustynivka, Orikhove-Zolote, Komyshuvakha-Vrubivka, Vasylivka-Belogorivka, Nyrkove-Mykolaivka, Dolomitne-Novoluhanske, and was unsuccessful.
The aggressor did not take active action in the Avdiivka, Kurakhiv, Novopavliv and Zaporizhzhya areas. In order to restrain and prevent the transfer of Ukrainian troops to other areas, he carried out shelling with mortars, artillery and jet artillery. In the South Bug direction, the Russians continues to defend. The main efforts are focused on conducting reconnaissance, counter-battery combat, increasing the combat capabilities of reserve formations and the air defense system in the direction, engineering equipment of defense lines and positions. The Russians continues to strengthen the group of troops operating in the Kryvyi Rih direction. The situation in the Bessarabian direction has not changed significantly.
Briefing of the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that high-precision air-launched missiles in the area of Ukrainian the Udachnoe railway station of the Donetsk People's Republic destroyed a large number of weapons and military equipment delivered for the group of Ukrainian nationalists, including from the United States and European countries. In addition, the following were destroyed: a temporary deployment point for foreign mercenaries in the Fedorovka area of Ukrainian the Luhansk People's Republic, as well as two batteries of multiple launch rocket systems in the Progress areas of the Kharkov region and Volcheyarovka of the Luhansk People's Republic.
Operational-tactical and army aviation hit one command post, a radar station of the Buk-M1 anti-aircraft missile system in the Lisichansk region of the Lugansk People's Republic, as well as 63 areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. As a result of air strikes, more than 120 nationalists, two tanks, seven field artillery pieces and 11 special vehicles were destroyed.
Russian air defense systems shot down eight Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles in the areas of Shevchenkovo, Kostromka, Mykolaiv region, Balakleya, Borodoyarskoe, Kharkiv region, Staromikhaylovka, Experimental of the Donetsk People's Republic, Smolyaninovo, Popasnaya, Lysichansk, Luhansk People's Republic, including Bayraktar TB-2" in the Lugansk region.
Missile forces and artillery hit 247 areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, 13 command posts, 63 firing positions of artillery units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, including seven installations of multiple launch rocket systems in the areas of Artemovsk, Slavyansk, Soledar and the settlement of Sol, as well as an electronic warfare station in the Pokrovsky area of Ukrainian the Donetsk People's Republic.
As stated in the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire Regime (JCCC),Donetsk was subjected to the most powerful artillery strike since the beginning of the conflict. The Kuibyshev, Kiev, Voroshilov districts are subjected to the most massive strike. The Armed Forces of Ukraine are conducting intensive fire from MLRS BM-21 "Grad", MLRS "Uragan", artillery systems of caliber 155 mm and 152 mm. Four people were killed in the DPR during the day. Another 20 were wounded, the JCCC added. On the same day, the Armed Forces of Ukraine opened fire from Grads in the Kirov district of Donetsk. Mykhailo Podoliak, an adviser to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, said that the Ukrainian army needed several thousand units of heavy weapons and equipment to achieve parity with Russia at the front and win the war. "To end the war and expel Russia from Ukraine, we need a parity of heavy weapons: 1,000 155 mm howitzers; 300 MLRS; 500 tanks; 2000 units of armored vehicles; 1,000 drones," Podoliak tweeted.