Russo-Ukraine War - 10 July 2022 - Day 137
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 Russian artillery continued to strike the Sloviansk area of the Donbas from around Izium to the north and near Lysychansk to the east. Russian forces have likely made some further small territorial advances around Popasna. Fires from Izium continue to focus along the axis of the E40 main road. Control of the E40, which links Donetsk to Kharkiv, is likely to be an important objective for Russia as it attempts to advance through Donetsk Oblast.
Defense Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov announced numerous losses and exhaustion of the country's army. He spoke about this in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. “We need to upgrade our units, replace them and reshuffle, because we have heavy losses. We want more armored vehicles, more weapons from our partners. We need to rebuild some areas, update fortifications and plan a new operational strategy,” he said.
Donetsk is one of two provinces – along with Luhansk – that make up the Donbas region, where separatist rebels have fought Ukrainian forces since 2014. Russian forces are raising “true hell” in the Donbas, despite assessments they were taking an operational pause, Luhansk governor Serhiy Haidai said. After the recent seizure of Lysychansk – the last remaining Ukrainian-held city in Luhansk – some analysts predicted that Moscow’s troops likely would take some time to rearm and regroup. But “so far there has been no operational pause announced by the enemy. He is still attacking and shelling our lands with the same intensity as before,” Haidai said.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported on he one hundred and thirty-seventh day of heroic resistance of the Ukrainian nation to the Russian military invasion. The Russian occupiers cynically continue to launch rocket attacks on civilian objects, killing civilians. Ukrainians were urged not to ignore air warning signals, everwhere on the territory of Ukraine. The situation has not undergone significant changes in the Volyn and Polissky directions. In the Siverskyi direction, the Russians used barrel and jet artillery to shell the areas of the settlements of Bachivsk, Volfine, Myropillya, Volodymyrivka, Oleksiivka, and Vovkivka in the Sumy region, and Senkivka and Mykolaivka in the Chernihiv region. In addition, in the Vovkivka and Volfyny regions, Russian assault and army aircraft struck.
In the Kharkiv direction, the Russians used tanks, barrel and rocket artillery for shelling Kharkiv and populated areas of the Kharkiv region to the north, east and south of this city. The Russians launched airstrikes near Verkhniy Saltov, Petrivka, and Mospanovoy.
In the Slavyansk direction, the Russians carried out fire damage in the areas of Dolyna, Dibrovne, Mazanivka, Bogorodichne, Adamivka, Andriivka, Barvinkovo, Virnopillya, Velyka Komyshuvakha, Krasnopillya, Nova Dmytrivka, Khrestishche, Novopavlivka, Nikopol, Chervone and Suligivka settlements. He used aviation to carry out a strike near Bogorodichny. Thanks to the skilful actions of the Ukrainian soldiers, the occupiers clearly failed the combat reconnaissance in the direction of Mazanivka and retreated with losses.
In the Bakhmut direction, the Russians shelled the areas of Kurdyumivka, Luhanske, Berestov, Vyimka settlements with barrel and rocket artillery, Ivano-Daryivka, Shumy and Pereizne. On the Avdiyiv, Kurakhiv, Novopavliv, and Zaporizhzhya directions along the contact line, mutual shelling continues with the use of mortars, tanks, barrel and rocket artillery. The Russians launched airstrikes near Avdiivka and Volodymyrivka. He tried to improve the tactical position in the area of Novoselivka Drugai by assault, but was unsuccessful and withdrew. In the Southern Buzka direction, the Russians were trying to prevent the advancement of units of the Defense Forces deep into the temporarily occupied territory with the available means of fire damage. In preparation for the mission of missile strikes on objects on the territory of Ukraine, the Russians keeps two carriers of high-precision weapons in the sea.
The Russian occupiers, in order to somehow justify their destruction of civilian objects on the territory of Ukraine, continue to lie about the alleged location of military units in schools, hospitals and apartment buildings.
Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov , in an interview for The Wall Street Journal , acknowledged heavy losses in the Ukrainian army and announced its exhaustion. According to the official, units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine need to be rotated. He also called on the West to supply Ukraine with as many heavy weapons as possible, especially artillery. Meanwhile, the post of Minister for European Integration was taken by 25-year-old Anna Sergeeva , who has no civil service experience and worked in the beauty industry before her appointment. Many Ukrainians were not enthusiastic about this appointment.
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reported that over the past day, the Aerospace Forces of the Russian Federation attacked the Ceramic Plant in Slovyansk, eliminating up to 100 Ukrainian servicemen and more than 1,700 shells for M777 howitzers and Grad multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS). During the same period, three control posts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) on the territory of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) were destroyed, and 16 areas where enemy troops were concentrated, including the Kraken punitive battalion in Kharkiv, were covered.
During the day, rocket and artillery units and army aviation destroyed two hangars with M777 howitzers in the Konstantinovka area, four platoons of the Grad MLRS, 17 command posts, and attacked 42 areas where the Armed Forces of Ukraine were concentrated. During counter-battery combat, a platoon of the Uragan MLRS, a platoon of the Grad MLRS, and two platoons of Giacint-B howitzers near Konstantinovka, Toretsk, and New York were eliminated.
Fighter aircraft destroyed two Ukrainian Su-25s over Barvenkovo and Troitskoye, as well as a MiG-29 over Krasnopolye. Air defense systems intercepted three drones, three Tochka-U missiles, 20 Uragan MLRS shells and five Smerch MLRS shells over the liberated territories.
In the city of Pervomaisk, Lugansk People's Republic (LPR), thanks to the efforts of the All-Russian People's Front and the Russian Humanitarian Mission, a social kitchen was opened on the territory of the Peter and Paul Church. The field tent is ready to provide everyone who wants and needs hot soup, buckwheat with goulash, fresh salad, tea and confectionery every day.
It also became known that the Armed Forces of Ukraine, during the retreat from Lysichansk, burned down the buildings of the local museum and the children's library. The curator of the museum reports that shortly before the start of the special operation, the Ukrainian leadership of the institution took valuable exhibits to Poland, among which were rare coins. The details of the night shelling of Alchevsk by the American HIMARS MLRS became known. Two houses were destroyed, a school and a lyceum were damaged, but no civilians were reported injured.
Throughout the day, the Armed Forces of Ukraine shelled Donetsk. In the Kuibyshevsky district, after the strikes, a fire broke out in the vicinity of the car market, and warehouses caught fire in the Kievsky district. At least one woman has died. Other data on the consequences of the aggression of the Kyiv regime are being specified.
As a result of the night shelling of Shakhtyorsk, three people were killed and 11 wounded. Four more are missing. The evacuation announced at night lasted until the middle of the day, after which the situation was described as normal. Ilovaisk, meanwhile, was left without water supply. The decision to turn off was made by the authorities in connection with the critically low flow of water to the local pumping station. The point is to reduce the level of the Olkhovsky reservoir.
Douglas Lute, a lieutenant general in the U.S. Army, served as Washington's permanent representative to NATO from 2013 to 2017. He argues that Ukraine is getting the right kind of weapons from the West, just not enough of them. "For the foreseeable future, there's no reset on the horizon. I can't imagine it. This is probably the darkest period in NATO-Russian relations, certainly since the end of the Cold War but going back well before that. Perhaps in U.S.-Russia relations it's the darkest period since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.... Russia has not only the capability, the armed forces and so forth, the firepower to invade, but under President Putin, Russia has the intention, the will to advance. It's no longer an academic, theoretical question. It's no longer hypothetical....
"I'm concerned about the staying power of the West, to sustain the support to Ukraine, to sustain the sanctions [on Russia] in the face of domestic political pressure.These high-end systems, like the multiple-launch rocket systems and NASAMS air-defense systems, are the right quality of weapon systems. But [they are] not the right quantity and not in a timely fashion. There are three ingredients here: the right system, in the right numbers, [and] at the right time.... Ukrainians are dying, and their country is being destroyed and their economy is being strangled. So I would like to see these systems [delivered] in much greater quantity, like an order of magnitude more, and much faster.... I can't think of a better use of these systems today than putting them in the hands of the Ukrainian fighters."
The head of the Gas Transportation System Operator of Ukraine, Serhiy Makogon, called Canada's decision to return the turbine to Gazprom for Nord Stream a bad precedent. Canada had already decided to return the turbine for the Nord Stream pipeline to Germany . According to Reuter's source, the decision to return the equipment has already been made, the turbine will be sent to Germany, which will then deliver it to Gazprom .
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