Russo-Ukraine War - 30 June 2022 - Day 127
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]
The Russian military left Snake Island after an attack by the Armed Forces. This was announced by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, General Valery Zaluzhny. The Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed that Russian troops had left the island, but presented it as a "gesture of goodwill."
"Unable to withstand the fire of our artillery, missile and air strikes, the occupiers left Snake Island. I thank the defenders of Odesa region who took the maximum measures to liberate a strategically important part of our territory. A low bow to the designers and manufacturers of the Ukrainian self-propelled howitzer "Bogdan", which played an important role in the liberation of the island. Thanks to foreign partners for the provided means of destruction," Zaluzhny wrote.
The Ukrainian army is going to send its troops to Serpents' Island and establish physical control over it. This was stated by the Deputy Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Alexei Gromov. The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reported that Russia withdrew its garrison from Zmeiny Island in the Black Sea. This "goodwill step" is intended to demonstrate that Moscow does not interfere with the UN's efforts to organize a corridor for the transport of agricultural products from Ukraine.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy said "Undoubtedly, the main word today is Zmiinyi.... Zmiinyi Island is a strategic point, and it significantly changes the situation in the Black Sea. It does not guarantee safety yet, it does not yet guarantee that the enemy will not return. But it already limits the actions of the occupiers significantly. Step by step, we will drive them out of our sea, our land, and our sky."
"The decision of the Russian Armed Forces to withdraw the garrison from Zmiiny Island will not allow Kyiv to speculate on the impossibility of exporting grain," the Russian Defense Ministry said.
Instead, the head of the President's Office, Andriy Yermak, called the Russian ministry's statement a "fake." "All this is a complete fake. First, the Ukrainian Armed Forces drove the Russians out of Snake Island. Secondly, the Russians are shelling warehouses with our grain. In the morning, a warehouse in the Dnipropetrovsk region was fired upon . Russia continues to provoke a food crisis and lie. They are still blocking our ports and destroying grain. They need a world Holodomor," Ermak wrote.
Leaving Zmeinoye is primarily work for foreign media, which, in turn, are very seriously concerned about the grain food crisis, as this situation has a direct impact on them. And the fact that Russia claims to leave Serpents' Island as a gesture of goodwill gives hope that the Western media will quote that the Russian Federation released it in order to allow Ukrainian grain to leave the ports. Also, no less, this action is aimed at preparing more favorable ground at the G20 summit.
The UK Ministry of Defence reported that Ukrainian forces continue to hold their positions in the city of Lyschansk following their withdrawal from Sieverodonetsk. Russian forces continue to pursue an approach of creeping envelopment from the Popasna direction, removing the need to force a major new crossing of the Siverskyi Donets River in this sector. Current ground combat is likely focused around the Lyschansk oil refinery, 10km south-west of the city centre. At the operational level, Russian forces continue to make limited progress as they attempt to encircle Ukrainian defenders in northern Donetsk Oblast via advances from Izium. It is highly likely that Ukrainian forces’ ability to continue fighting delaying battles, and then withdraw troops in good order before they are encircled, will continue to be a key factor in the outcome of the campaign.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported there were no major changes on the Volyn and Poliske directions. A rotation of one of the special purpose units performing tasks in the area of Pinsk is expected. Also, units of the armed forces of the Republic of Belarus use radio-electronic warfare complexes in the border areas with the Volyn region. In the Siversk direction, the Russians continue to hold units of the armed forces in the border areas of the Bryansk and Kursk regions. The Russians fired artillery at Ukrainian positions. Conducted aerial reconnaissance of the BpLA in the area of the village of Kisla Dubyna. The deployment of radio-electronic warfare complexes near the settlement of Oleshnya, Kursk region, is also noted.
In the Kharkiv direction, the Russians are defending the previously occupied positions. He carried out airstrikes near Prudyanka and Odnorobivka and a rocket attack on the city of Kharkiv. The attempt of hostile assault actions in the direction of Kochubeyivka - Dementiyivka was immediately suppressed by Ukrainian soldiers. The Russians fired artillery at the areas of the settlements of Pytomnyk, Dementiivka, Ivanivka, Rubizhne, Yavirske, Petrovka, Ruski Tyshky, and Kutuzivka. He also conducted aerial reconnaissance of the Orlan-10 UAV near Prudyanka and Ruska Lozova.
Russians units are regrouping in the Slavic direction. Ukrainian soldiers successfully repulsed the assault in the direction of Dovgenka - Mazanivka. The Russians left. He led assaults with the aim of taking full control of the settlement of Bogorodichne, but was unsuccessful. Russian shelling was recorded in the areas of Bogorodichne, Krasnopillya, Kurulka, Virnopillya and Chervona Polyana. The Russians did not conduct active operations in the Kramatorsk direction. He carried out an airstrike in the area of the settlement of Tetyanivka.
In the Lysychansk direction, the Russians is shelling the positions of Ukrainian troops in the area of the city of Lysychansk. It conducted assault operations in the area of the Lysychansk oil refinery, has partial success, and held the northwestern and southeastern parts of the refinery. He carried out assault operations in the areas of the north-eastern part of the Lysychansk refinery, the settlement of Topolivka and the northern part of the settlements of Vovchoyarivka and Maloryazantseve. Ukrainian soldiers stopped the Russians's advance in the direction of Loskutivka - Lysichan gelatin plant and forced the occupiers to withdraw.
In the direction of Bakhmut, the Russians launched a missile and air strike in the area of the settlement of Soledar. Conducted artillery shelling of Bilogorivka, Pokrovsky, Klynovye, and Novoluhansky districts. Ukrainian defenders successfully stopped all attempts of offensive and assault actions of the occupiers in the direction of Mykolaivka - Spirne, Volodymyrivka - Pokrovske, Dolomytne - Vugleghirska TPP. In the Avdiyiv, Kurakhiv, Novopavliv and Zaporizhzhya directions, he shelled positions from barrel and rocket artillery along the contact line. Launched a rocket attack on the outskirts of Avdiivka. Conducted aerial reconnaissance of Orlan-10 UAVs.
In the South Bug region, the occupiers continued shelling in the areas of Trudolyubivka, Knyazuzka, Vesely Kut, Chervyn Yar, Kobzartsi, Lyubomirivka, Posad-Pokrovske and Lupareve settlements. Conducted aerial reconnaissance. The operation of electronic warfare equipment near Velika Oleksandrivka was recorded.
Three "Calibre" sea-based cruise missile carriers are in readiness for the use of missile weapons in the Black Sea.
The official representative of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, Lieutenant-General Igor Konashenkov , during a briefing spoke about the course of a special military operation of the Russian Armed Forces in Ukraine. According to him, four command posts and a training base for foreign mercenaries were destroyed by high-precision weapons strikes in a day, manpower and military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in 32 districts, a base for repairing equipment, eight ammunition depots and weapons, as well as a fuel base were hit.
Aviation hit two Ukrainian platoons of the Grad MLRS and two artillery platoons, 39 command posts, six ammunition depots, artillery and mortar units in 68 districts, including a unit of the French Caesar self-propelled guns, as well as manpower and military equipment in 216 districts. Also, Russian pilots shot down a MiG-29 of the Ukrainian Air Force and destroyed a Buk-M1 firing system in the Odessa region. The air defense forces of the Russian army shot down two Su-25 aircraft, a Mi-8 helicopter and nine Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles.
According to him, in the area of the Lisichansk oil refinery, the 10th mountain assault brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine suffered heavy losses, its 108th battalion was defeated: out of 350 servicemen of this unit, only 30 remained. In addition, the 115th mechanized, 79th airborne assault and 25th airborne brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have a critical situation with food, due to hunger, Ukrainian soldiers leave their positions and desert.
A group of "German intellectuals" wrote an open letter calling on Russia to approach the end of the war against Ukraine through negotiations, not military support for the Armed Forces. Ambassador of Ukraine to Germany, Andriy Melnyk, advised them to "go to hell."
A number of German celebrities, scientists and journalists have signed an open appeal calling on the West to end the war in Ukraine through negotiations with Russia. According to the signatories, so far the international community "has not made any concerted efforts to start negotiations."
"As long as this is not the case, it cannot be assumed that an agreement is impossible and that Putin in particular does not want to negotiate [...] Only a major diplomatic offensive can lead out of the current impasse ," the appeal reads. In addition, the signatories of the appeal stated that Western countries that support Ukraine in the military sphere " must ask themselves what exactly they want and whether the supply of weapons is the right way."
"Military experts consider Ukraine's victory with the recapture of all occupied territories, including the Donetsk and Luhansk regions and Crimea, unrealistic, because Russia is militarily superior and has opportunities for further military escalation," the letter says.
Ambassador of Ukraine to Germany Andriy Melnyk sharply criticized the statements of the signatories. " Not again, what a bunch of pseudo-intellectual losers. All of you ... should finally go to hell with your defeatist 'advice,' " he wrote on Twitter.
"Not a single sentence of the letter offers a solution on how to restore the territorial integrity of Ukraine ," the security expert political scientist Carlo Masala wrote. Masala added that peace is a "laudable idea" but the signatories "have no idea" how it can be implemented.
US President Joe Biden says that in the coming days the United States will announce a new $ 800 million military aid package to Ukraine, which will include modern Western air defense systems and HIMARS missile systems. He said this at a press conference following the NATO summit in Madrid. According to the American president, this assistance will include "new western air defense systems, more artillery and ammunition, radar systems for artillery, additional ammunition for HIMARS, anti-aircraft guns."
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced after the NATO summit that his country is working on finalizing an agreement to provide Ukraine with 39 armored combat support vehicles. The equipment was intended for the Canadian army, but it will be transferred to the Armed Forces. The Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Oleksiy Reznikov, reacted to Canada's announcement of an increase in military aid to Ukraine. "Great news from Canada. Vitally important for Ukraine is the announcement of the further supply of important means - armored combat support vehicles and cameras for drones. Crucial to our ability to counter the aggressor".
French President Emmanuel Macron said at the NATO summit in Spain that France will soon deliver six more Caesar self-propelled artillery systems. The Armed Forces will receive Panzerhaubitze 2000 long-range self-propelled guns from Germany and the Netherlands and Caesar from France. In total, it was about 12 German and 12 French units of equipment.
Due to the export of Ukrainian electricity to Europe, part of the Russian gas consumed by Europeans can be replaced, and therefore it is about the security of the EU. The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated this in his video message, recalling that today Ukraine started exporting electricity to the EU, in particular to Romania, reports the correspondent of Ukrinform. "Today, another significant step in our rapprochement with the European Union took place - Ukraine began a significant export of electricity to the territory of the EU, to Romania. And this is only the first stage. We are preparing to increase supplies. At the expense of Ukrainian electricity, a significant part of Russian gas, which consumed by Europeans," the President said. The President also reminded that Ukraine joined the common energy system of the EU already after the start of the war. "Ukraine is doing things that seemed impossible," he emphasized.
In Ukraine, more than 5.5 million internally displaced persons who left their homes after February 24 have returned to their homes. People mostly return to the north of the country and to Kyiv. This is stated in the survey report of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). It was noted there that currently more than 6.2 million Ukrainians remain internally displaced. According to the results of a survey conducted by IOM, the number of returns has increased significantly - by 24% over the last month. In addition, approximately 38% of internally displaced families with children aged 5-17 years stated that their children do not have full access to education. Also, almost one in four people (23%) in Ukraine had to stop using medicines during the full-scale war because they were unavailable or very expensive.