Russo-Ukraine War - 15 June 2022 - Day 112
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 twelfth day of the heroic opposition of the Ukrainian nation to the Russian military invasion continues.
"Every day I fight for Ukraine to get the necessary weapons and equipment. But courage, wisdom and tactical skills cannot be imported. Our heroes have it." President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
After the Ukraine Defense Contact Group Meeting at NATO Headquarters, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Milley stated " the United States has provided over 6,500 Javelins and 20,000 other anti-armor systems. Collectively, the international community has provided almost 97,000 anti-tank systems. More anti-tank systems than there are tanks in the world. We have also provided over 1,500 stingers, more than 700 Switchblade tactical unmanned aerial systems, 20 Mi-17 and thousands of small arms and hundreds of thousands of small arms ammunition."
"They asked for 10 battalions of artillery; 12 battalions of artillery were delivered. Again, I'd say 97,000 antitank systems. That's more anti-tank systems than tanks in the world. They asked for 200 tanks; they got 237 tanks. They asked for 100 infantry fighting vehicles; they got over 300. We've delivered, roughly speaking, 1,600 or so air defense systems and about 60,000 air defense rounds. This is -- when I say "us", I mean the international community. You're looking at 260 artillery tube systems. Either rocket or tube artillery have been already delivered. There's 383 committed, and like I said, almost half a million rounds of artillery."
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III said " defense leaders from some 50 countries came together here today. It's a testament to the on-the-ground impact of this contact group that it continues to grow, and I'm glad that we were joined at today's meeting by several new countries, including Ecuador and Georgia and Moldova. And that's a reminder of how Russia's unprovoked and indefensible invasion of Ukraine has horrified and galvanized the world, but it's also a sign of the global admiration for the heroism and resilience of the Ukrainian people."
The UK Ministry of Defence reported that after more than a month of heavy fighting, Russian forces now control the majority of Sieverodonetsk. Russia’s urban warfare tactics, which are reliant on heavy use of artillery, have generated extensive collateral damage throughout the city. Elements of Ukrainian Armed Forces, along with several hundred civilians, are sheltering in underground bunkers in the Azot Chemical Plant, in the city’s industrial zone. Russian forces will likely be fixed in and around Azot whilst Ukrainian fighters can survive underground. This will likely temporarily prevent Russia from re-tasking these units for missions elsewhere. It is highly unlikely that Russia anticipated such robust opposition, or such slow, attritional conflict during its original planning for the invasion.
Spokesman for the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Oleksandr Shtupun reported that engineering equipment in the Volyn and Polissya areas continued in the border areas of the Pinsk district of the Brest region. The threat of missile and air strikes from the territory of the Republic of Belarus continued. In the northern direction, the Russians fired mortars at the positions of Ukrainian troops in the border areas of Sumy and Chernihiv regions. In order to clarify the position of Ukrainian units and correct the fire, he conducted air reconnaissance of UAVs. To disrupt the control and communication system of the Defense Forces, the Russians used electronic warfare systems.
In the Kharkiv direction, the main efforts of the Russians are focused on maintaining the occupied borders, preventing Ukrainian troops from entering the State Border of Ukraine north of Kharkiv. In the Slavic direction, the aggressor's main efforts are focused on continuing the offensive in the direction of Izyum - Slavyansk. The Russians unsuccessfully carried out assault operations in the direction of Dovgenke - Krasnopillya. The Russians tried to improve the tactical situation in the area of the settlement of Dolyna. Ukrainian soldiers repulsed and forced the occupiers to withdraw. The Russians did not take active action in the Lyman direction, firing at Ukrainian units with artillery.
In the Severodonetsk direction, the occupiers continue to fire on the positions of the Ukraine Defense Forces with artillery and rocket-propelled grenade launchers. Russians units are storming in order to establish full control over the city of Severodonetsk, the fighting continues. In Toshkivka, Ukrainian defenders successfully repulsed another Russians assault. In the Bakhmut direction, the Russians fired at Ukrainian troops with artillery and jet artillery. Ukrainian soldiers inflicted losses on the Russians during his offensive in the directions of Vasylivka - Yakovlivka and Vasylivka - Berestove. The occupiers withdrew.
The Russians did not take active action in the Avdiivka, Kurakhiv, Novopavliv and Zaporizhzhya areas. In order to restrain the actions and prevent the transfer of units of Ukrainian troops to other directions, the Russians fired mortars, artillery and rocket artillery. The Russians continued to hold defensive positions in the South Buz and Tavriya directions. They were trying to improve the engineering equipment of the positions in the areas of Bezvodne and Ishchenko settlements. In order to counter the technical means of reconnaissance of the Ukraine Defense Forces, the Russian occupiers deployed a complex of electronic warfare in the area of Melitopol.
According to the available information, changes in the combat and numerical composition of the Russians operating on the territory of Ukraine have been revealed. Thus, the grouping of the occupying forces was increased by one battalion tactical group from the 138th separate motorized infantry brigade of the Western Military District. In addition, in the Bakhmut direction, the Russians increased the group with a battalion tactical group from the operational reserve, which was redeployed to Pervomaisk from the Kupyansk district. After the restoration of combat readiness, separate units of the 8th All-Military Army of the Southern Military District were introduced in the districts of Komyshuvakha and Popasna.
The leadership of the law enforcement agencies of the Russian Federation continues to take measures to attract additional human resources to the war against Ukraine by increasing payments and introducing short-term contracts, with the possibility of their extension. The Russians continued to use enterprises in the temporarily occupied territories of the Kherson region to restore and repair damaged weapons and military equipment. According to available information, in the city of Belgorod and the region there is an additional involvement of medical workers from other regions of the Russian Federation to work with wounded servicemen. All this indicates the significant losses of the Russian occupiers.
The briefing of the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continue a special military operation in Ukraine. High-precision long-range missiles "Caliber" near the village of Zolochiv, Lviv region, destroyed an ammunition depot for foreign weapons transferred to Ukraine by NATO countries, including 155-mm M777 howitzers. High-precision air-based missiles in the Nikolaev region at the military airfield "Voznesensk" destroyed the aviation equipment of the Ukrainian Air Force.
A large number of weapons and military equipment from the United States and European countries delivered for the Ukrainian group in Donbass were destroyed in the areas of the railway stations Dobropillia, Pokrovsk of the Donetsk People's Republic and Orlovshchina of the Dnipropetrovsk region. In addition, as a result of the strikes, the following were destroyed: an airspace control radar station in the Lysichansk region of the Luhansk People's Republic, a Buk-M1 anti-aircraft missile system in the area of the Soledar settlement of the Donetsk People's Republic, ammunition depots in the Gorskoe and Verkhnekamenskoye regions of the Luhansk People's Republic, and also two control points of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and a communication center in the areas of the settlements of Pereezdnoye and Ivano-Daryevka of the Donetsk People's Republic.
Operational-tactical, army and unmanned aircraft hit 24 areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. As a result of air strikes, more than 300 nationalists, an electronic warfare station near the village of Malinovka in the Kharkiv region, 10 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, three Grad multiple rocket launchers, 18 special vehicles, three mortar crews, and 11 guns were destroyed. field artillery, including four 155 mm M777 howitzers.
Russian air defense systems of Russia in the Krasnopolye region of the Donetsk People's Republic shot down a Su-25 aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force. Also, six Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles were shot down in the areas of the city of Donetsk and the settlements of Pavlovka of the Donetsk People's Republic, Balakliya, Malaya Kamyshevakha, Chervony Shakhtar of the Kharkiv region, Lysichansk of the Luhansk People's Republic. In addition, 12 shells of the Uragan multiple launch rocket system were intercepted in the areas of the city of Donetsk and the settlements of Gorskoye and Vasilyevka of the Luhansk People's Republic.
Rocket troops and artillery hit in a day: 313 areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment, 43 command posts of units, as well as 62 firing positions of artillery units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
NATO plans to help Ukraine switch from using Soviet-era equipment to modern weapons, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said ahead of the meetings of NATO ministers of defense on June 15-16. "I expect that at the (Madrid) Summit, the NATO Allies will agree a comprehensive assistance package for Ukraine," Stoltenberg said. "(NATO will be) helping Ukraine over the longer-term to transition from Soviet-era equipment to modern NATO equipment, and to improve interoperability with NATO." According to Stoltenberg, "the allies are committed to continuing to provide the military equipment that Ukraine needs to prevail, including heavy weapons and long range systems."
The United States, United Kingdom, and Germany committed to provide Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS) with Guided MLRS (GMLRS) rockets. Ukraine has specifically requested this capability, which will allow the Ukrainian Armed Forces to engage the invading force with accurate fire at ranges of approximately 70 kilometers. The United States announced on June 1, 2022 that it would provide four M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) and GMLRS munitions. On June 6, the United Kingdom announced it would donate three M270 MLRS launchers with GMLRS munitions. And at the Ukraine Defense Contact Group in Brussels, Belgium, Minister of Defense Christine Lambrecht announced that Germany would transfer three M270 Mittleres Artillerie Raketen System (MARS) launchers and GMLRS ammunition from Bundeswehr stocks.
Gen. Milley stated "in the media you see reported that Ukraine has taken 100 killed and 1 or 2 or 300 wounded per day. I would say those are in the ballpark of Ukrainian assessments. I don't want to give you the actual assessments. And can they sustain that. For Ukraine this is an existential threat. They're fighting for the very life of their country. So your ability to endure suffering, your ability to endure casualties is directly proportional to the object to be obtained. And if the object to be obtained is survival of your country than you're going to sustain it. And as long as they have leadership and they have the means by which to fight."
He said "The Russians are using artillery to on Ukrainian positions but also civilian populations and urban areas. about, according to public estimates, some 20,000 Ukrainians civilians have been killed.... the Russians are just doing mass fires without necessarily achieving military affect, shall we say. The Ukrainians on the other hand are using much better artillery techniques and they're having pretty good effect on the Russians."
"The Russians have lost probably somewhere in the tune of 20 to 30 percent of their armored force. That's significant. That's huge. So the Ukrainians are fighting a very effective fight tactically with both fires and maneuver."
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