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Russo-Ukraine War - 25 June 2022 - Day 122

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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" (SVO - spetsialnaya voennaya operatsiya) 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]

"Ukraine is not a bridge, not a pillow between the West and Russia, not a buffer between Europe and Asia, not a sphere of influence, not a "gray" zone, not a transit territory. Not the border between orcs and elves. Ukraine is a future equal partner for at least 27 EU countries" said President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. "120 days ago, Russia launched a full-scale war against us. For 120 days, Ukraine and its people have heroically been defending their land and their freedom. They are fighting back one of the largest armies in the world. The aggressor, whose population is three times larger than ours, and the area is almost 30 times bigger. Therefore, each of the 120 days of our struggle is historic."

By making absurd accusations of Nazism against the Ukrainian leadership, Russia is cultivating far-right nationalism as an instrument of war, said US Ambassador to the OSCE Michael Carpenter . According to him, Russia uses the word "Nazi" as "a code word to denote anyone who opposes Russia's barbaric war against Ukraine." Addressing a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council on Russian aggression in Ukraine, he said "Atrocities do not occur naturally or spontaneously. The utter contempt of such a large number of Russian soldiers for the elderly, women and children in Ukraine is a direct result of the fact that troops are fueling lies about Ukraine and its people, and instilling ultranationalist and dehumanizing ideas among its troops. Such an ideology has long been propagated inside Russia and embodied by home-grown far-right extremist groups, "said the American diplomat. According to him, it is necessary to "clearly speak about who supports them and for what purpose."

One hundred and twenty-second days of the heroic opposition of the Ukrainian nation to the Russian military invasion continue. The personnel of the Russians are demoralized, the promised "huge" payments for participation in hostilities by the command of the Russian occupation forces under various pretexts are not carried out. The occupiers continue to suffer heavy losses in battles with the Ukrainian Defense Forces.

Ukraine officials said troops in Severodonetsk have been ordered to withdraw as there is very little left to defend in the bombed-out eastern city, where hundreds of civilians remain trapped in the Azot chemical plant. Severodonetsk Mayor Striuk has said civilians had started to evacuate the Azot chemical plant, where several hundred people had been hiding from Russian shelling. “These people have spent almost three months of their lives in basements, shelters. That’s tough emotionally and physically,” he noted, adding they would now need medical and psychological support.

Severodonetsk’s twin city of Lysychansk is set to become the next main focus of fighting. Pro-Russian leader says it would take another week and a half to secure full control of Lysychansk. South of Severodonetsk, Ukrainian soldiers have retreated from the towns of Hirske and Zolote in the face of overwhelming Russian forces, said Oleksiy Arestovych, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Hanna Malyar stated that the Ukrainian military was unable to "complete the planned" in Severodonetsk due to the premature publication of information on social networks. "Why can't it be said publicly that the Armed Forces left… or entered… the settlement before the General Staff announced it. Because it harms the work of the Armed Forces. It takes away precious time - a day / two, which they could still implement their military plans and maneuvers in the face of the secrecy of the military operation, "she wrote on Facebook.

"The public demonstration of civilians' awareness of the course of military operations and the announcement of this on social networks to the official statements of the General Staff partially disrupt military operations - as it was yesterday and the day before yesterday in Severodonetsk. When they simply did not allow the Armed Forces to complete what was planned, "she added.

The UK prime minister has said he feared Ukraine could face pressure to agree to a peace deal with Russia that was not in its interests, due to the economic consequences of the war in Europe. “Too many countries are saying this is a European war that is unnecessary … and so the pressure will grow to encourage – coerce, maybe – the Ukrainians to a bad peace,” Johnson told broadcasters in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, where he was attending a Commonwealth summit. He said the consequences of Russian President Vladimir Putin being able to get his way in Ukraine would be dangerous to international security and “a long-term economic disaster”.

The UK Ministry of Defence reported that Ukraine is likely re-configuring its defence of the Sieverodonetsk-Lysychansk sector, as Russian armoured units continue to make creeping gains on the southern edge of the build up area. Since the start of June, the Russian high command has highly likely removed several Generals from key operational command roles in the war in Ukraine. These include the commander of Airborne Forces (VDV) General-Colonel Andrei Serdyukov; and commander Southern Group of Forces (SGF) General of the Army Alexandr Dvornikov. Dvornikov was also for a time probably acting as over-all operational commander. Command of the SGF is likely to transfer to Colonel-General Sergei Surovikin, as SGF continues to perform a central part in Russia’s offensive in the Donbas. For over thirty years, Surovikin’s career has been dogged with allegations of corruption and brutality.

Spokesman for the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Oleksandr Shtupun reported that in the Volyn and Polissya areas, units of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus, on a rotating basis, perform tasks to cover the Belarusian-Ukrainian border in Brest and Gomel regions. The threat of missile and air strikes from the territory of this country remains.

In the Seversky direction, the occupiers continue to improve their defensive positions in the border areas of the Russian Federation. The Russians fired artillery at the positions of Ukrainian troops in the areas of the settlements of Hrynivka and Yanzhulivka in the Chernihiv region. In the Slobozhansky direction, the Russians are taking measures to provide its units with ammunition, and measures to replenish losses.

In the Kharkiv direction, the Russians fired on the positions of Ukrainian troops and elements of the infrastructure of settlements. In the Slavic direction, Ukrainian soldiers stopped an Russians offensive in the area of Bohorodychny and stormed in the direction of Mazanivka. The occupiers withdrew with losses. In the Donetsk direction, the Russians's main efforts are focused on maintaining the occupied borders and regrouping troops. The Russians did not take active action in the Kramatorsk direction. They carried out shelling in the areas of the settlements of Mayaki, Pyskunivka and Siversk. In order to identify the positions of Ukrainian troops and adjust the fire, they conducted aerial reconnaissance of the Orlan-10 UAV.

In the Lysychansk direction, the Russians fired on the areas of the settlements of Vovchoyarivka, Loskutivka, Bila Hora, Verkhnokamyanka, Verkhnyokamyanske, Vyimka and Zolotarivka. In the Bakhmut direction, the occupiers recorded Russians mortar, barrel and jet artillery shelling near the settlements of Kostiantynivka, Pokrovske, Mykolaivka, Vershina, Berestove, Zaitsevo, Klinove, New York, Volodymyrivka and Ivano-Daryivka.

Ukrainian defenders successfully repulsed all offensive and assault actions of the Russians in the directions of the settlements of Pokrovske, New York and Marinka. The occupiers withdrew. In order to restrain the actions of Ukrainian troops, the Russians carried out demonstrative actions in the direction of the settlement of Vershina. The Russians also struck with Ka-52 and Mi-24 helicopters near Pavlivka.

After the withdrawal of units of Ukrainian troops, the Russians is consolidated in the areas of the settlements of Severodonetsk, Sirotyne, Voronovo and Borivske. In the South Bug direction, the Russians focused its main efforts on maintaining the occupied frontiers. In order to deplete the personnel and destroy the fortifications, the Russians fired at the positions of Ukrainian troops with mortars, tube artillery and rocket artillery along the line of contact. In the Black and Azov Seas, the occupiers are holding two high-precision weapons carriers in readiness to launch missile strikes on objects on the territory of Ukraine. The total volley is up to sixteen cruise missiles based on the Caliber.

During the night of June 25, Russian occupation forces continued mass shelling of Ukrainian regions from land, air, and the Black Sea. Explosions were reported in the Zhytomyr region at around 5 am . Zhytomyr Mayor Serhiy Sukhomlyn said that military facilities were shelled around the city at night. The shelling continued from planes in Belarus. A total of 24 missiles were fired at military units and facilities around the city. There were no "arrivals" in Zhytomyr itself. The head of the Zhytomyr military administration Vitaliy Bunechko said that a total of about 30 missiles had been fired across the region. There is information about minor damage to military infrastructure. One soldier was killed and one was wounded. According to Bunechko, during the massive missile shelling of the Zhytomyr region, the Ukrainian military shot down about 10 missiles, which aimed at infrastructure facilities.

In the Chernihiv region , the village of Desna came under night rocket fire. Operational Command "North" reported that 20 missiles were fired from the territory of Belarus (from planes and from the ground) in the village. There is destruction of infrastructure facilities, but, previously, passed without losses. The head of the Chernihiv Regional State Administration, Vyacheslav Chaus , said that all relevant services were already working to eliminate the consequences of the shelling.

In the Lviv region at 4 o'clock in the morning a military facility in the Yavoriv region was hit by a missile. It is noted that they aimed from the Black Sea. According to preliminary information, PVK "West" managed to shoot down two missiles, but four flew. In the Dnipropetrovsk region , the Kryvyi Rih district was under Russian fire again. Shirokiv and Zelenodolsk communities came under artillery fire. In Zelenodolsk, a 60-year-old woman was injured and a country house was damaged.

In the Nikolaev area occupiers fired with. Pervomaiske (there is destruction), p. Kostiantynivka (one person was injured) and the village of Lymany (the consequences are being clarified). In Nikolaev explosions sounded about 6:20, the mayor Alexander Senkevich reports . Information on the consequences is being clarified. In the Kharkiv region, at around 5 am, shelling was recorded in Chuhuiv and Chuhuiv districts. Private houses and outbuildings were on fire. An 85-year-old woman was hospitalized. In total, during the day in the area 5 people were injured, one person died in Balaklia.

In the Khmelnytsky region during the morning air alarm air defenses shot down 2 missiles. The wreckage fell in the forest in Kamianets-Podilskyi district, no one was injured. The wreckage of another rocket fell in the village garden of one of the territorial communities of Khmelnytsky district, and no one was injured. Windows and doors in several residential buildings were damaged. In the Luhansk region, the occupiers attacked the Severodonetsk industrial zone, tried to enter Lysychansk from the south and block the bridge, and launched an air strike on it.

The villages of Synetsky and Pavlohrad, the territory of the Severodonetsk association "Azot" and "Skloplastyka" were fired upon. Vovchoyarivka, Bilohorivka and Loskutivka were also shelled. In the areas of Metelkino, Sirotyn and Voronovo, the Russian army is carrying out assault operations to oust Ukrainian military units from these areas. In Lysychansk 2 dead, 3 wounded, from them - two children .

In the Donetsk region , artillery and mortar shelling continued at positions and settlements in the region during the night. Artillery shelling was recorded in: Maryinka, Krasnohorivka, Novomykhailivka, Avdiivtsi (at night - the central city hospital, about 4 am - the central part of the city) and the city of Ukrainsk. During the day, shelling was carried out from small arms, tanks, artillery, mortars, MLRS "Hail", MLRS "Hurricane", there was a strike by a missile S-300. Avdiivka (railway traction substation), Bakhmut, Krasnohorivka (residential sector), Kurakhove (Electrostal plant), Ukrainsk, Grodivka village, village of Bogdanovka, village Karlivka, village Pervomaiske, village Southern. 5 civilians were killed and 4 were injured.

Russian bombers struck massive strikes on Ukraine. In particular, the occupiers beat Kyiv, Chernihiv, and Sumy regions. The Command of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said that in total the occupiers fired more than fifty missiles of various types: air, sea and ground. Read more about it here. Besides, in the morning struck about Nikolaev and suburbs with nine rockets. Port infrastructure, residential areas and recreation areas were attacked. According to the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense, the first case of an air strike on Ukraine occurred from the territory of Belarus.

Six Tu-22M3 aircraft were involved in the attacks, which fired 12 X-22 cruise missiles. The launch line is the area of the town of Petrykov, not far from Mozyr, approximately 50-60 kilometers from the state border of Ukraine. In addition, the Russians resumed the use of operational and tactical complexes "Iskander" from Belarus.

Ukrainian intelligence calls the recent mass shelling of Ukraine by the Russian occupiers a large-scale provocation. This is the first case of an air strike on Ukraine directly from the territory of Belarus. According to spies, in this way Russia wants to further involve Belarus in the war against Ukraine. This was reported by the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

"The demoralized Russian army is looking for ways to justify its return home. (...) They do not dig trenches, but depressions up to half a meter, they lie on their backs, stick out their legs and wait for minor injuries" - claims the Ukrainian operational command South. In his opinion, the soldiers are trying to get out of the Kherson Oblast in this way, incl. because they are scared of losses among their commanders and in their own ranks. According to the command of the South, the situation on the front line in the oblast is "stably tense" but under the control of Ukrainian forces.

Report of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation on the progress of the special military operation on the territory of Ukraine stated that as a result of strikes with high-precision weapons of the Russian Aerospace Forces on the buildings of the Megatex zinc plant in the village of Konstantinovka in the Donetsk People's Republic, up to 80 Polish mercenaries, 20 armored combat vehicles and eight Grad multiple rocket launchers were destroyed. Over 300 Ukrainian servicemen and foreign mercenaries, 35 units of heavy weapons were destroyed in the Nikolaev area in a day. The units of the Ukrainian army and territorial defense continue to refuse to carry out their tasks. The personnel of the 64th battalion of the 103rd territorial defense brigade, stationed in Lviv, refused to leave for the combat area in the Donbass due to the staffing of untrained reservists and the lack of heavy weapons.

Operational-tactical and army aviation, missile forces and artillery hit manpower and military equipment in 284 districts, two ammunition depots and rocket and artillery weapons in the Volcheyarovka area of the Lugansk People's Republic, as well as artillery and mortar units in 43 districts. As part of the counter-battery fight, the high-precision weapons of the Russian Aerospace Forces in the Donetsk direction hit: eight artillery platoons of the Uragan MLRS in the areas of Kurakhovo, Ukrainsk, Novoselovka Second, Vozdvizhenka and two artillery platoons in the areas of Ukrainsk, Yasnobrodovka, which shelled the city of Donetsk and other settlements of Donetsk People's Republic.

More than 780 nationalists, eight tanks and other armored fighting vehicles, three Uragan MLRS fighting vehicles, 10 field artillery guns and mortars, 13 special vehicles were destroyed as a result of air, missile and artillery strikes. Russian air defense systems destroyed 21 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles per day in the areas of settlements: Popasna, Kapitanovo of the Lugansk People's Republic, Andreevka, Barvenkovo, Bolshiye Prokhody, Velyka Kamyshevakha, Verbovka, Donetsk, Dolgenka, Izyum, Malaya Prohody, Malaya Kamyshevakha, Olkhovatka , Chervony Miner of the Kharkiv region, Pyatikhatka of the Dnepropetrovsk region, Bobrovy Kut, Malaya Seydeminukha, Molodezhnoye of the Kherson region and in the vicinity of the Snake Island. Also, a Tochka-U ballistic missile was intercepted near the village of Molodezhnoye, Kherson region, and 16 multiple rocket launchers near the settlements of Brazhkovka, Glinskoye, Dolgenkoe, Kharkiv region, Avdiivka, Donetsk People's Republic, and near Zmeiny Island.

In total, since the beginning of the special military operation, 213 aircraft, 132 helicopters, 1355 unmanned aerial vehicles, 350 anti-aircraft missile systems, 3797 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 670 combat vehicles of multiple launch rocket systems, 3012 field artillery guns and mortars, and also 3848 units of special military vehicles.

From an occupied city of southern Ukraine, Melitopol, the Russians send 30 to 50 trucks with grain every day, the Ukrinform agency reported. He adds that the next harvest will either be taken from farmers or bought at USD 80 per ton. Such a price imposed by the Russians - below cost - was recently mentioned by the mayor of Melitopol, Ivan Fedorov, who is loyal to the authorities in Kiev. Representatives of the Ukrainian authorities of Berdyansk, occupied by Russian troops, announced on Saturday that a ship had entered the port in this city on the Sea of Azov, which would probably take supplies of Ukrainian grain.

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