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Russo-Ukraine War - 12 July 2022 - Day 130

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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 United States says it has intelligence that Iran is preparing to deliver armed drones to the Russian military. Jake Sullivan, the White House national security advisor said that Iran is planning to supply hundreds of drones with combat weapon capabilities to Russia for use in Ukraine. The US says it's unclear whether any drones have already been delivered, but that Iran's set to train Russian forces on their use this month. The Kremlin's announced that president Vladimir Putin will visit Iran next week.

The White House revealed intelligence that Russia and Iran are moving quickly on a drone supply pact, which comes as Russia forces face stiff Ukrainian resistance in their push to consolidate control of eastern and southern Ukraine. "The Iranian government is preparing to provide Russia with up to several hundred UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), including weapons-capable UAVs, on an expedited timeline," White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told reporters. "Our information further indicates that Iran is preparing to train Russian forces to use these UAVs, with initial training sessions slated to begin as soon as early July," he said.

John Kirby, a spokesman for the national security council, said the deal, revealed by the White House on Monday, also shows Iran's willingness to support Moscow's war on Ukraine. But he said supply the drones would not necessarily affect US ongoing attempts to negotiate a return to the 2015 six-party deal to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons. "We continue to want to see a nuclear deal that takes Iran's nuclear ambitions, at least its nuclear weapons ambitions, off the table," Kirby said.

Kirby told CNN that the drones can be both for reconnaissance and to deliver munitions, and explained why the information was divulged. "It was important to make it clear to the world that we know that Russia needs these additional capabilities," he said. "They are expanding their resources at an accelerated rate."

Russian forces have incurred heavy losses in recent weeks, especially to ammunition depots and command posts, after the United States and allies began providing longer-range precision weapons to Ukrainian force, like the Himars precision-guided missiles. That could stall the Russian military's ability to advance, and could enhance the capacity of Ukraine forces to push them back.

Iran and Russia have started partnership to design and manufacture unmanned aerial vehicles which can be exported to Russia later on, an Iranian aviation official said on 23 July 2017. “We have started a few joint works with Russia, including cooperation on designing certain drones which we can export to Russia,” Abdolkarim Banitarafi, head of Iran Aviation Industries Organization, told reporters on the sidelines of the International Aviation and Space Salon (MAKS) in Russia. “Since Iran is among top drone manufacturers and designers in the world, Russia is eager to cooperate with us in this area,” Banitarafi said while stressing that not all drone requests by Russia could “be granted.”

The UK Ministry of Defence reported that Russian troops continue to make small incremental territorial gains in Donetsk oblast with Russia claiming to have seized control of the town of Hryhorivka. Russian forces also continue their assault along the E-40 main supply route towards the cities of Slovyansk and Kramatorsk. Russian forces are likely maintaining military pressure on Ukrainian forces whilst regrouping and reconstituting for further offensives in the near future. Russian Armed Forces’ personnel shortages may be forcing the Russian MOD to turn to non-traditional recruitment. This includes recruiting personnel from Russian prisons for the Wagner Private Military Company. If true, this move likely indicates difficulties in replacing the significant numbers of Russian casualties.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported on the one hundred and thirty-ninth day of the Ukrainian nation's heroic resistance to the Russian military invasion continues. In the Volyn and Poliske directions, the intensification of reconnaissance in order to clarify the positions and nature of the activities of Ukrainian troops in the areas bordering the Republic of Belarus is not excluded.

The Russians continued to hold units of the armed forces of the Russian Federation in the Siversky direction in order to demonstrate their presence and restrain the actions of units of the Defense Forces in the border areas of the Bryansk and Kursk regions. Russian artillery shelled the settlements of Starykove and Nova Sloboda of the Sumy Region and Mykolaivka and Karpovychi of the Chernihiv Region. In this direction, the Russians were actively using UAVs and means of radio-electronic warfare.

In the Kharkiv direction, the Russians carried out artillery shelling of the city of Kharkiv and the settlements of Sosnivka, Stara Hnylytsia, Ukrainka, Zamulivka, Petrivka, Cherkassky Tyshki, Korobochkine, Prudyanka, Chornoglazivka, Kutuzivka, Stary Saltiv, Nove, Bayrak, Dementiivka and Zolochiv. The occupiers tried to dislodge Ukrainian troops from the Dementiivka district. But Ukrainian soldiers successfully repelled several assaults on the mentioned village and forced the Russians to retreat.

In the Slavic direction, the invaders shelled the areas of the settlements of Dibrovne, Mazanivka, Adamivka, Barvinkove, Husarivka, Velyka Komyshuvaha, Nova Dmytrivka, Khrestishche, Nikopol, Suligivka and Kostyantynivka. Russian units conducted assaults to improve the tactical position near Krasnopill, Dovgenki, Mazanivka, and Ivanovka. Ukrainian soldiers skillfully defended themselves, inflicted significant losses on the occupiers and forced them to flee. With the same result, the Russian's reconnaissance attempt ended with a battle near the Valley.

The Russians did not conduct active operations in the Kramatorsk direction. They fired at Ukrainian positions near Mayaki, Raigorodka, Kryvya Luka, Verkhnokamyansky and Pryshyb. They also carried out airstrikes near Serebryanka and Spirny. In the direction of Bakhmut, artillery shelling was recorded in the areas of Berestovo, Soledar, Vershina, Novoluhanske, Bakhmut, Yakovlivka, Mayorsk and airstrikes near Berestovo, Bilogorivka, Vershina and Yakovlivka.

When trying to advance in the direction of Spirne - Ivano-Daryivka, the Russians suffered losses from the fire of Ukrainian defenders and retreated chaotically. In the Avdiyiv, Kurakhiv, Novopavliv and Zaporizhzhya directions, the Russians, in order to constrain the actions of Ukrainian troops, continued to bombard Ukrainian positions with existing ground weapons along the entire contact line. They also carried out an airstrike near Novoandriivka.

In the South Buz direction, the main efforts of the Russians are concentrated on holding the occupied lines. They activated air reconnaissance. The areas of the settlements of Oleksandrivka, Nova Zorya, Osokorivka, Velyka Kostromka, Murakhivka, Lyubomirivka, Polyana, Partizanske, Blagodatne, Kalynivka, Ternivka and Prybuzke were shelled with barrel artillery.

The Russian naval group continued to block civilian shipping in the northwestern part of the Black Sea. In preparation for launching missile strikes on objects on the territory of Ukraine, the Russians maintains six carriers of high-precision weapons.

The Russian Defense Ministry said in a briefing that during the day in the Odessa region, high-precision Iskander missiles destroyed the launchers of the US-made Harpoon anti-ship missile system. In addition, high-precision air-based weapons in the Bakhmut region (Donetsk People's Republic, DPR) destroyed 180 servicemen and 26 units of military equipment of the 30th mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The high-precision strikes of the Russian Aerospace Forces eliminated the manpower and military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in 12 districts, 4 ammunition depots of the 79th Airborne Assault Brigade in the Nikolaev region, and a point for the repair and restoration of armored vehicles of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the DPR.

During the counter-battery fight, 2 platoons of Grad multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) and 2 platoons of Giacint-B howitzers were destroyed in the DPR. Operational-tactical and army aviation, missile forces and artillery eliminated 3 command posts, 3 ammunition depots, artillery units at firing positions in 97 districts, manpower and military equipment in 111 districts in a day.

During the day, 7 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were shot down by means of air defense (air defense) in the Kharkiv region, the DPR and near Nikolaev. 12 shells of the Uragan multiple launch rocket system were intercepted in the Luhansk People's Republic (LPR), Kharkiv and Kherson regions.

The Russian Defense Ministry reported that the number of foreign mercenaries in Ukraine is rapidly declining. For 3 weeks, their number decreased from 3,221 to 2,741 people. Most of all, the Polish "soldiers of fortune" were liquidated - 166 people.

The people's militia of the DPR in the evening report reported that since the beginning of the day, Ukrainian armed formations had fired more than 300 shells from the Uragan and Grad MLRS, 155, 152 and 122-mm caliber, 120 and 80-mm mortars across the territory of the republic, and also used unguided aircraft missiles with a caliber of 80 mm (without the use of aviation).

Areas of 15 settlements came under fire. 2 civilians were killed, 7 more were injured. 17 residential buildings and 5 civil infrastructure facilities were damaged. In the evening, the headquarters of the territorial defense of the DPR reported that the Baby House in Makeevka had been attacked. LPR Ambassador to Russia Rodion Miroshnik said that units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and the republics of Donbass are encircling Seversk, where the defense fighters and recruits are now left.

The DPR Ministry of Justice announced that a decision on the appeals of foreign mercenaries sentenced to death would be made within a month. Also, the head of the department , Yuri Sirovatko , noted that within 2-3 months, all ministries and departments of the people's republic will switch to Russian work standards. The decision to lift the moratorium on the execution of death sentences came into force in the DPR. This was announced by the People's Council.

During the day, the settlement of Stakhanov was shelled by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to the People's Militia of the LPR, American MLRS HIMARS were used during the attack, 6 missiles were fired. 2 civilians were killed, 2 more were injured. Civilian infrastructure facilities were also damaged - residential buildings, the building of a kindergarten and a school were damaged.

Assistant to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the LPR , Vitaly Kiselev , told details about a group of immigrants from Belarus who were detained earlier for preparing a terrorist attack in Lisichansk. He said that the group was formed back in 2014 on the basis of the so-called “Kalinovsky regiment”, whose leadership is located in Kyiv. This formation is funded by Poland, Britain, Lithuania, Romania and Germany, about 40% of its composition has now been destroyed.

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