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Russo-Ukraine War - 04 July 2022 - Day 131

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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]


The UK Ministry of Defence reported that Ukrainian forces have withdrawn from Lysychansk, likely falling back to prepared defensive positions. Russia’s Ministry of Defence had earlier claimed to have completed the encirclement of Lysychansk and secured full control of the city. Fighting in and around the city in Luhansk Oblast has intensified over the past week with Russian forces making steady progress. The city was the last remaining major population centre in Luhansk Oblast under Ukrainian control. Russia’s focus will now almost certainly switch to capturing Donetsk Oblast, a large portion of which remain under the control of Ukrainian forces. The fight for the Donbas has been grinding and attritional and this is highly unlikely to change in the coming weeks.

With harvest underway, Russia’s invasion continues to have a devastating impact on Ukraine’s agricultural sector. The war has caused major disruption to the supply chains of seed and fertiliser which Ukrainian farmers rely on. Russia’s blockade of Odesa continues to severely constrain Ukraine’s grain exports. Because of this, Ukraine’s agricultural exports in 2022 are unlikely to be more than 35% of the 2021 total. Following its retreat from the Black Sea outpost of Snake Island, Russia misleadingly claimed that ‘the ball is now in Ukraine’s court’ in relation to improving grain exports. In reality, it is Russia’s disruption of Ukraine’s agricultural sector which continues to exacerbate the global food crisis.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported the one hundred and thirty-first day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian nation to the Russian military invasion continues. The situation has not undergone significant changes in the Volyn and Poliske directions. The units of the armed forces of the Republic of Belarus continue the fortification equipment of defensive positions in the border areas. In the Siverskyi direction, the Russians shelled the areas of Vasylivske, Bilopillia and Atynske settlements of the Sumy region.

In the Kharkiv direction, the Russian occupiers continue artillery shelling of the city of Kharkiv and settlements to the north, northeast and east of it. The Russians also carried out airstrikes near Petrivka. Ukrainian soldiers harshly stopped the Russian's attempt to storm the village of Sosnivka and pushed the invaders back. Trying to somehow interfere with the logistical support of the units of the Defense Forces, the Russians remotely mined the area near Cherkassy Tyshki. A counter-battery fight continues in the direction.

In the Slavic direction, the Russians were making attempts to improve the tactical position of its units. Conducted artillery shelling in the areas of Dolyna, Dibrivne, Bogorodichne, Mazanivka, Sukha Balka, Krasnopillya, Virnopillya, Velyka Komyshuvakha settlements, and also carried out airstrikes near Dibrivnei and Bogorodichne. The Russians conducted an assault in the direction of the settlement of Mazanivka, with partial success.

In the Donetsk direction, the occupiers concentrated their main efforts on hitting our units with fire. The Russians conducted aerial reconnaissance using Orlan-10 UAV near Pavlograd and Pokrovsk. In the Kramatorsk direction, the aggressor shelled the areas of Bilogorivka and Verkhnokamyansk with tanks and tube artillery. Made an air strike near Tatyanivka. Ukrainian soldiers successfully repelled the assault in the settlement of Bilogorivka. The occupiers left. In the Bakhmut direction, Russians shelling from tube artillery was recorded in the areas of Spirne, Berestov and Vershina settlements. The Russians also carried out an airstrike near Vershyn.

Ukrainian defenders forced the Russians to retreat after his offensive in the direction of the Vuglehirskaya TPP and an unsuccessful reconnaissance battle in the direction of the outskirts of Berestovo. In the Avdiyiv, Kurakhiv, Novopavliv, Zaporizhzhya, and Yuzhnobuz directions, the Russians did not stop shelling from tanks, mortars, tube and rocket artillery along the contact line. On the latter, the Russians carried out an air strike in the area of Ternivka settlement.

In the waters of the Black Sea, in readiness for missile strikes on objects on the territory of Ukraine, the Russian invaders keep three carriers of high-precision weapons. The total volley is up to 20 Kalibr sea-based cruise missiles. Ukrainian defenders inflict losses on the Russians in all directions where active hostilities continue. The Russian occupiers, in order to somehow justify their destruction of civilian objects on the territory of Ukraine, continue to leak information about the location of military units in schools, churches and hospitals.

Aleksey Arestovich , adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine , called the situation with Lisichansk and Severodonetsk a “successful operation” of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to him, its main goals were to "inflict losses on the enemy" and "buy time for the supply of Western weapons."

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that he sees no prospects for the country's entry into NATO in the foreseeable future. He also noted that he does not consider the provision of security guarantees from Western countries as an alternative to Ukraine's membership in the bloc.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told Vladimir Putin how the Russian army, together with the people's militia of the LPR, liberated Lisichansk and Severodonetsk. The head of the department made a report on the progress of the special operation in Ukraine on July 4, 2022." It took two weeks to surround the groups around these cities. Now 25 settlements and 670 square kilometers have been taken under control. The total losses of the enemy: 5469 people, , 2,218 of them are irretrievable" - Shoigu listed.

"The divisions that took part and achieved victory should rest, increase their capabilities," ordered Vladimir Putin. "I ask you to present to the state awards all the servicemen who distinguished themselves in the course of these hostilities. I know that there are many such brave, professional, daring warriors in the Russian army. And they should all be marked." In addition, he signed decrees conferring the titles of Hero of Russia on Generals Alexander Lapin and Esedulla Abachev.

The Russian Ministry of Defense said the armed forces of Ukraine launched a deliberate strike on the residential areas of Belgorod and Kursk. The attacks were carried out using Tochka-U missiles with cluster munitions and Tu-143 drones. Ukrainian security forces launched three missiles at Belgorod. They were shot down by Russian air defense systems. Fragments of one of the shells hit a residential building. Four people were killed, injured are reported. Houses were also damaged and destroyed.

The official representative of the Russian Defense Ministry , Igor Konashenkov , said that the Russian Aerospace Forces destroyed up to 120 foreign mercenaries near Nikolaev. the Russian Defense Ministry reported that against the background of the successful offensive of the allied units in the LPR, the Ukrainian command lost control of the retreating units of the 10th mountain assault, 72nd and 115th mechanized brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as well as the 118th territorial defense brigade.

It is also reported that Ukrainian troops are suffering serious losses. So, during the previous day, the Russian Aerospace Forces hit with high-precision weapons the temporary deployment points of the 92nd mechanized and 40th artillery brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Kharkov, where about 200 servicemen and up to 19 pieces of military equipment were located.

The people's militia of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) in the evening report said that since the beginning of the day, Ukrainian armed formations have fired more than 500 shells on the territory of the DPR from Uragan and Grad multiple launch rocket systems, cannon artillery with a caliber of 155, 152 and 122 mm , as well as 120-mm mortars. During the day, the territory of the Snezhnyanskkhimmash plant in Snezhnoye was attacked by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to the DPR Representative Office at the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire (JCCC), M142 HIMARS MLRS supplied to Kyiv by NATO countries were used during the shelling.

The Ukrainian command is transferring reserves to the Seversk-Soledar line, hoping to slow down the advance of the allied forces after the cleansing of the Lisichansky ledge. Fighting continues near Nikolayevka and Disputed, in Berestovoye and Belogorovka. There are clashes in the areas of Kodema and Semigorye. In the Slavic direction, battles are recorded in Bogorodichny, Dolyna, Krasnopolye, Sidorovo. Units of the People's Militia of the LPR operate in the Seversk area. Ukrainian troops retreated to this direction from Lisichansk.

The head of the LPR , Leonid Pasechnik , commented on the results of the operation to liberate the territory of the republic. According to him, the cleansing of Lysichansk was lightning fast, and Ukrainian units fled the city, leaving their weapons behind. He called the liberation of the LPR a landmark event, which the republic has been waiting for 8 years. “Of course, we survived, we survived, but all this is only thanks to the help and support of the Russian Federation,” he added.

According to Pasechnik, Lugansk land has been liberated, but the threat from Kyiv to the civilian population of the LPR remains. Therefore, he believes, it is important to move the Ukrainian troops to a safe distance. The task of denazification and demilitarization of Ukraine has not been canceled, the LPR leader added.

The European Union will set up a reconstruction platform to coordinate the rebuilding of Ukraine after its war with Russia, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said. The platform will be used to map investment needs, coordinate action and channel resources, von der Leyen told the Ukraine Recovery Conference in the southern Swiss city of Lugano. The platform will bring together countries, institutions, the private sector and civil society. It will also include international organisations like the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the European Investment Bank. The European Investment Bank, the lending arm of the EU, is proposing a funding structure previously used during the COVID-19 pandemic to help rebuild Ukraine with up to $104.3bn of investment.

Rebuilding Ukraine is the “common task of the whole democratic world”, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said, insisting the recovery of his war-torn country would serve world peace. “Reconstruction of Ukraine is the biggest contribution to the support of global peace,” Zelenskyy said, speaking via video link to the conference in Lugano. Lugano is not a pledging conference but will instead attempt to lay out the principles and priorities for a rebuilding process designed to begin even as the war rages. Zelenskyy said the aim of reconstruction was “the most ambitious project of our time”.

Ukraine needs $750bn for a three-stage recovery plan in the wake of Russia’s invasion, Ukraine Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said. “Today, the direct infrastructure losses of Ukraine stand at over $100bn,” he said. “Who will pay for the renewal plan, which is already being valued at $750bn?” Shmyhal added that the Ukrainian government believed that a key source of funding for the recovery plan should be assets confiscated from Russian oligarchs.

He said Ukraine’s recovery plan had three phases: A first focused on fixing things that matter to people’s daily lives such as water supply which is ongoing; a “fast-recovery” component that will be launched as soon as the fighting ends including temporary housing, hospital and school projects; and one that aims to transform the country over the longer term.



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