Russo-Ukraine War - 11 July 2022 - Day 138
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]
"Obviously, Ukraine is losing this war very badly, and the western economies are being devastated by the sanctions being imposed upon Russia. So, there are more rational western leaders who want this crisis to end and who are willing to negotiate a swift cessation of hostilities." according to Dan Kovalik, adjunct professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh and author of the book ‘No More War: How the West Violates International Law by Using 'Humanitarian' Intervention to Advance Economic and Strategic Interests.’
Ukraine has amassed a million soldiers, at the behest of President Volodymyr Zelensky, to recapture its southern areas, defense minister Alexey Reznikov claimed in an interview with The Times. “We understand that, politically, it’s very necessary for our country. The president has given the order to the supreme military chief to draw up plans,” he said in an interview published on Sunday 10 July 2022. “We’re people of the free world and with a real sense of justice and liberty. We have approximately 700,000 in the armed forces and when you add the national guard, police, border guard, we are around a million strong,” the minister added.
All Ukrainians, as as well as citizens of the two Donbass republics, may now apply using a simplified procedure. Any Ukrainian national may now apply for Russian citizenship under a simplified scheme, according to a decree signed by President Vladimir Putin on Monday. The measure also applies to stateless persons permanently living in Ukraine as well as to citizens of the two Donbass republics, recognized earlier by Russia as independent. Ukrainians may now file the relevant request without the need to live in Russia for five years, to have a source of income or to pass a Russian-language test – something foreigners are normally required to do before they can apply for Russian citizenship.
Ukraine called on its allies to impose new sanctions on Moscow and step up new supplies of heavy weapons to Kyiv to punish President Putin’s government for simplifying their naturalisation procedure for Ukrainian citizens. Ukraine’s foreign ministrycondemned a decree from President Vladimir Putin that simplified the Russian citizenship procedure for all Ukrainians. “The mentioned decree is another encroachment on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, incompatible with the norms and principles of international law,” the ministry said in a statement.
The Russian-appointed administrator of a small town in the Russian-occupied east of Ukraine’s Kharkiv region has been killed by a car bomb presumed to be the work of Ukrainian saboteurs, the regional occupation authorities said. The pro-Moscow military-civilian administration said Yevgeny Yunakov, chief administrator of Velikyi Burluk, had been killed by a Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance group. The Ukrainian special services, with the help of a network of their accomplices, ensured that the official's car was mined with an improvised explosive device. On the same day, assassination attempts on the heads of administrations in the Zaporozhye region and in Kherson were prevented.
The death toll from a Russian rocket attack that hit an apartment block in eastern Ukraine over the weekend has risen while rescuers search for survivors in the ruins, an official from President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s office said. Kyrylo Tymoshenko, the deputy head of Zelenskyy’s office, also said rescuers had now cleared 65 percent of the rubble that remained of a collapsed five-storey block struck late on Saturday in the town of Chasiv Yar in the Donetsk region. Russia has repeatedly denied targeting civilians as part of its offensive. The country’s defence ministry said on Monday that “high-precision ground-based weapons … have destroyed the temporary deployment point” of a Ukrainian territorial defence unit in Chasiv Yar.
The UK Ministry of Defence reported that as of Sunday 10 July, Russian artillery bombardments continued in the northern Donbas sector, but probably without any major territorial advances. Ukrainian forces continued to apply localised pressure to the Russian defensive line in North East Kherson oblast, also probably without achieving territorial gain.
In late June, a Russian-language media agency based in Russia’s far eastern Lake Baikal region uploaded a video in which the wives of soldiers from the Eastern Military District’s (EMD’s) 36th Combined Arms Army directly appealed to a local politician for their husbands to be returned home from service in Ukraine. One woman claimed that personnel of EMD’s 5th Separate Guards Tank Brigade are ‘mentally and physically exhausted’, because they have been on active combat duty since the launch of the ‘special military operation’ on 24 February 2022. The lack of scheduled breaks from intense combat conditions is highly likely one of the most damaging of the many personnel issues the Russian MoD is struggling to rectify amongst the deployed force.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported on the one hundred and thirty-eighth day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian nation to the Russian military invasion. The Defense Forces of Ukraine are inflicting casualties on the Russians in all directions where hostilities continue and are ready for any changes in the operational situation. Cases of desertion and open disobedience to the command are increasingly recorded in units of the Russian occupation forces.
The Russians is focusing its main efforts on establishing final control over the Luhansk region, attempts to encircle the Defense Forces group in the Donetsk region, maintaining the land corridor with the temporarily occupied Crimea, and blocking Ukraine's maritime communications in the Black Sea. On the Volyn and Poliske directions, the situation has not changed significantly.
In the Siversk direction, Russian units continue to be in the border areas of the Bryansk and Kursk regions and demonstrate their presence with the use of artillery. So, the Russians shelled the districts of Karpovychi and Mykolaivka, Chernihiv region. In the Slobozhansk direction, the Russians were concentrating efforts on holding the occupied lines in the Kharkiv direction and preventing the advance of Ukrainiantroops to the state border. Fired artillery, rocket launchers and tanks in the areas of settlements Kharkiv, Bazaliivka, Petrivka, Ruski Tyshki, Korobochkine, Slatine, Prudyanka, Novye, Rubizhne, Blagodatne, Kutuzivka, Zolochiv, Cherkassy Tyshki, Peremoha, Pitomnyk and Ruska Lozova .
The Russians struck from Ka-52 helicopters in the vicinity of Lebyazhi, Verkhnyi Saltov and Prudyanka. The Bezpilotniy Letayuschiy Apparat, or BPLA, (unmanned aerial vehicle) conducted aerial reconnaissance near the latter. In the Slavyansk direction, the Russians were carrying out fire damage from barrel and rocket artillery in the areas of the settlements of Dibrivne, Mazanivka, Bogorodichne, Adamivka, Kurulka, Cherkaske, Krasnopillya, Mayak and Novomykolaivka. Made an airstrike near Bogorodichny. In the direction of Krasnopill, Ukrainiansoldiers repelled another Russians assault and nullified all attempts of the occupiers to advance.
Russians units did not conduct active operations in the Kramatorsk direction. Areas of the settlements of Siversk, Zakitne, Serebryanka, Hryhorivka, Belogorivka, Verkhnokamianske, Spirne, Zvanivka, Vyimka and Ivano-Daryivka were shelled with barrel artillery. Airstrikes were recorded near Serebryanka, Ivano-Daryivka and Spirny. In the direction of Bakhmut, the occupiers fired mortars, barrel and rocket artillery in the areas of Chasovoy Yar, Berestovo, Pokrovsky, Soledar, Zaitsevo, Vershyn, Novoluhansky, Klishchiivka, Kodem, and New York.
Airstrikes were carried out by Su-25 attack aircraft near Pokrovsky and Yakovlivka. On Avdiivskyi, Kurakhivskyi, In the Novopavlivskyi and Zaporizhzhia directions, the Russians fired artillery of various calibers in the areas of the settlements of Avdiivka, Karlivka, Nevelske, Maryinka, Sribne, Novomykhailivka, Volodymyrivka, Pavlivka, Vugledar, Perestokovka, Velyka Novosilka, Vremivka, Novosilka, Biloghirya, Poltavka, Malynivka, Gulyaipole, Zaliznychne, Zahirne, Gulyaipilske, Mala Tokmachka, Novodanilivka, Orihiv, Zherebyanki and Kamianske.
Airstrikes were carried out near Shevchenko and Zolotaya Niva. Again, it can be said traditionally, Ukrainian soldiers forced the Russians to flee when they tried to advance in the direction of Maryinka. In the South Buz direction, the Russians are trying to hold the occupied lines and prevent the offensive of the Defense Forces of Ukraine. They continued fire influence to restrain the actions of Ukrainian troops. Shelling from barrel and jet artillery was recorded in the areas of the settlements of Osokorivka, Dobryanka, Holgyna, Velyka Kostromka, Karierne, Bila Krynytsia, Zeleny Hay, Kalinivka, Bilogirka, Kiselyvka, Lyubomirivka, Kobzartsi, Chervona Dolyna, Partizanske, Blagodatne, Kotlyareve, Shevchenkove , Zorya, Posad-Pokrovske, Ukrainka and Prybuzke.
In the waters of the Black and Azov Seas, in readiness for missile strikes, the Russians continued to keep two carriers of high-precision weapons with a total salvo of up to 16 cruise missiles of the "Kalibr" type.
The Russian Defense Ministry claims that the Ukrainian 25th Airborne Brigade has lost more than 70% of its personnel, but in the documents the dead are deliberately listed as deserters or missing. Since the beginning of the day, the Aerospace Forces of the Russian Federation have destroyed a warehouse with ammunition for American M777 howitzers and Pion self-propelled guns in Radushnoye, Dnepropetrovsk region, with high-precision weapons. In the area of the city of Chasov Yar, the deployment point of the 118th Terodefense Brigade was attacked, as a result of which more than 300 militants were killed. About 250 nationalists and up to 25 units of military and automotive equipment were liquidated in Kharkov.
Also at night, the command post of the 58th brigade in Bakhmut, a warehouse with 200 tons of Western weapons in Kharkov were destroyed. High-precision weapons delivered strikes on ten areas of the enemy's concentration, including units of the national battalion "Aidar".
Artillery and army aviation hit 27 command posts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (APU), 156 points of collection of manpower and equipment, as well as 53 firing positions of enemy artillery batteries. In the Nikolaev region, three more ammunition depots were destroyed. During an air battle, a Su-25 of the Ukrainian Air Force was shot down over the settlement of Bogatyr. Air defense systems intercepted 12 shells over the liberated territories.
The Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) said that during the day, the Ukrainian Armed Forces fired on nine settlements, using over 100 heavy shells. Five fighters of the People's Militia were killed in the battles, 14 more were wounded. Also, footage of the destruction of parts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with heavy flamethrower systems appeared on the Web as part of the offensive of the allied forces on Soledar.
Meanwhile, in the village of Gornoe, the reburial of the remains of eight victims of Ukrainian aggression, who died in 2014, took place. Previously, they were exhumed for DNA collection in order to determine their identities. Russian sappers continue demining the territory of the Azovelectrostal plant. To date, 312 shells, grenades and mines have been found and defused.
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