Russo-Ukraine War - 13 July 2022 - Day 140
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]
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said in an interview with El Pais that Kiev and Moscow are "two steps away" from concluding an agreement on the export of Ukrainian grain. In addition, a meeting of military delegations from Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and UN representatives on this issue took place in Istanbul. The talks between military delegations of Turkey, Russia and Ukraine, as well as UN officials, to resolve the grain issue were held in Istanbul behind closed doors. The Russian Defense Ministry revealed that the Russian side rolled out a comprehensive package of measures aimed at enabling the sea-based export of Ukrainian foodstuffs.
The parties to the grain talks have agreed to set up a coordination center in Istanbul, the Turkish Defense Ministry said. "The main technical issues were agreed upon, such as the creation of a coordination center in Istanbul, where all parties will be represented, joint control at the exit from ports and at points of arrival, ensuring the safety of navigation on transitional routes," Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar told reporters.
The UK Ministry of Defence reported thatin the Donbas, Russian forces will likely focus on taking several small towns during the coming week, including Siversk and Dolyna on the approaches to Slovyansk and Kramatorsk. The urban areas of Slovyansk and Kramatorsk likely remain the principal objectives for this phase of the operation.
Russia continues to seek to undermine the legitimacy of the Ukrainian state and consolidate its own governance and administrative control over occupied parts of Ukraine. Recently this has included an initiative to twin Russian and Ukrainian cities and regions to develop post-conflict administrations and a decree to make it easier for Ukrainians to obtain Russian citizenship. Anti-Russian sentiment in occupied Ukraine is leading to Russian and pro-Russian officials being targeted. The Russian-appointed administration in Velykyy Burluk acknowledged that one of its mayors was killed on 11 July 2022 by a car bombing. The targeting of officials is likely to escalate, exacerbating the already significant challenges facing the Russian occupiers and potentially increasing the pressure on already reduced military and security formations.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine published operational information as of the morning of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian nation to the Russian military invasion. The moral and psychological state of the personnel of the occupiers remains low, systematic consumption of alcoholic beverages and desertion are noted. The occupiers complain about the ineffectiveness of their attacks on Ukrainian positions.
In the Volyn and Poliske directions, part of the personnel and equipment was rotated in the units of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus, which perform the task of strengthening the protection of the Belarusian-Ukrainian border. The inspection of the headquarters of the Territorial Defense Forces of the Zhlobinsky District of the Gomel Region of the Republic of Belarus is ongoing. There is still a threat of the Russians launching missile and air strikes from the territory and airspace of this country. In the Siverskyi direction , the composition and position of the Russians troops did not change much. The occupiers fired mortars at the positions of our troops in the Vovkivka area of the Sumy region.
In the Kharkiv direction, the Russians is holding a group of troops from the Western and Eastern military districts. Focuses the main efforts on defense. The Russians shelled the city of Kharkiv and the settlements of Sosnivka, Dementiivka, Mykilske, Ruski and Cherkassy Tyshki, Pytomnyk, Slatine, Prudyanka, Nove, Ivanivka and Zalyman with barrel and rocket artillery.
In the Slavyansk direction, the Russians does not stop artillery shelling in the areas of the settlements of Dolyna, Dibrivne, Kurulka, Mazanivka, Adamivka, Virnopillya, Husarivka, Chepil, Velyka Komyshuvakha, Krasnopillya, Khrestishche, Dovgenke and Mayak. Ukrainian defenders successfully repulsed the assault in the direction of Dovgenke and Dolyna settlements. It is not excluded that the Russians will continue to conduct assaults to improve the tactical position and create favorable conditions for conducting an offensive in the direction of Izyum-Slovyansk.
In the Kramatorsk direction, the Russians did not conduct active operations, but carried out shelling from barrel artillery and mortars in the areas of the settlements of Tetyanivka, Mykolaivka, Kryva Luka, Siversk, Serebryanka, Spirne. Conducted an airstrike near Verkhnokamyanskyi. In the direction of Bakhmut, the occupiers shelled the districts of Berestovo, Bilogorivka, Soledar, Pokrovsky, Bakhmut, Opytny, Veselaya Dolyna, Vershyn, Travnevo, Kodem, Toretsk, and Shumy. He carried out missile and air strikes on Toretsk and Raisky and airstrikes near Berestovo. Conducted aerial reconnaissance with Orlan-10 UAVs and engaged subversive and reconnaissance groups.
In the Avdiiv, Kurakhiv, Novopavliv, and Zaporizhzhya directions , in order to restrain our troops, the Russians fired artillery in the areas of the settlements of Avdiivka (Coke Plant), Vesele, Maryinka, Novomykhailivka, Pavlivka, Prychystivka, Zaliznychne, Biloghirya, Mala Tokmachka , Novodanilivka and Kamyanske. Airstrikes near Kamianka, Avdiivka and Novomykhailivka.
In the South Buz region , in order to prevent the regrouping of our troops, the aggressor directed artillery fire on the areas of the settlements of Bila Krynytsia, Partyzanske, Blagodatne, Kiselyvka, Novogrihorivka, Zorya, Kotlyareve, Shevchenkove, Stepova Dolyna, Ukrainka, Mykolaiv and Kulbakine. Unmanned aerial vehicles were used to control the fire. In the Black Sea and Azov sea zones, the Russian's naval group concentrates its main efforts on blocking civilian shipping. Four Kalibr sea-based cruise missile carriers are kept ready for missile strikes.
The night was relatively calm in Volyn, Zakarpattia, Rivne Oblast, Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv, Chernivtsi, Vinnytsia, Zaporizhzhya, Khmelnytskyi, Ternopil Oblasts, Kirovohrad Oblast, Cherkasy Oblast, Odesa Oblast, Poltava Oblast, Chernihiv Oblast, Sumy Oblast, Zhytomyr Oblast and Kyiv Oblast. The Russian occupation army does not stop shelling the populated areas of Donetsk region.
Overnight, two Russian drones were shot down over the Nikopol district. Also, twice during the night, the Russians shelled the Nikopol district - the city of Nikopol itself, and the Chervonogrigorivska and Myrivska communities. A social infrastructure facility was damaged in Myrivska, and an electricity line was damaged in Chervonogrigorivska. Several thousand people are without electricity. Emergency teams of electricians are currently on site. Previously, no one was injured during the shelling.
Missiles were detected at night, air defense was activated, there were no casualties. During the day, the occupiers attacked the Industrial district of Kharkiv with rocket launchers, injuring five. Across the region, the Russians shelled Kharkiv, Bogodukhiv, and Izyum districts. Private houses and commercial buildings were destroyed, fires broke out in open areas. There are wounded in the region: one person in the Zolochiv community, two people in the Kharkiv district, Dergachiv community, Slatine township, and two people in the Izyum district. One person died in Slatino.
In Luhansk Region the Russians does not stop air and artillery pressure in the areas of the administrative borders of the regions. In particular, along Verkhnokamyanskyi and Bilogorivka. In total, four missile and two air strikes were carried out during the day. The occupiers' artillery also does not stop destroying these and nearby settlements - they used this type of weapon 13 times in the direction of peaceful dwellings. The activity of Russian DRGs increased. "Personnel appointments" continue in the occupied territories: the "Sevierodonetsk prosecutor's office" was headed by a traitor to Ukraine, former lawyer Sarkisyan.
The Russian occupation army does not stop shelling the populated areas of Donetsk region - Avdiivka (residential sector, area of the church, garden society and the House of Culture), Krasnohorivka (residential sector), Toretsk (residential sector), Bakhmut (residential sector). In the morning - missile strikes on Kostyantynivka, Kramatorsk, New York. Residential buildings and infrastructure were destroyed, there are wounded among civilians, the information is being clarified. Four people died and eight were injured in a day in the region.
In Mykolaiv Oblast at night - shelling of the outskirts of the village of Novooleksandrivka of the Ingul community. There were no injuries or casualties. This morning the village was shelled. Shiroke Shirokivska hromada, shelling was mostly outside the settlement. There are no casualties. The Russians continued shelling the settlements of the Berezneguvat community along the demarcation line. Territories near the village of Berezneguvate, village were also under fire. Kavkaz, village Semenivka et al. Berezneguvate was also shelled in the morning. Information on damage and possible victims is being clarified.
In Kherson region, the situation is tense throughout the region. After the explosions in Novaya Kakhovka, many infrastructure facilities and houses of local residents were damaged. A lot of equipment of the occupiers, including missiles and ammunition, was also destroyed. Shelling and explosions continue in the districts. As a result of the fighting in Beryslav district, there are dead and wounded. Reports of kidnappings continue. The number of Russian patrol policemen has increased in Kherson.
The Russian Ministry of Defense in a briefing announced that high-precision air-launched missiles had struck the territory of a shipbuilding plant in Nikolaev, where military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were based. Also, the location of the 59th motorized infantry brigade in the city was hit by high-precision weapons of the Russian Aerospace Forces. In the area of Dementievka (Kharkiv region), a sabotage and reconnaissance group of the 242nd battalion of the 241st brigade of the defense was liquidated.
Russian Air Force strikes destroyed 2 command posts in the Mykolaiv region, an ammunition depot near Seversk (Donetsk People's Republic, DPR), 7 pieces of equipment of the 60th mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Zaporozhye region.
As part of the counter-battery fight, a platoon of multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) Uragan was destroyed at firing positions in the DPR. Aviation, missile forces and artillery hit 11 command posts, artillery units at firing positions in 102 districts, manpower and military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in 123 districts per day.
Fighters shot down 3 aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force in the air: Su-25 and Su-24 in the DPR, MiG-29 in the Nikolaev region. Another Su-25 was shot down near Nikolaev by means of anti-aircraft defense (AD) of the RF Armed Forces. Air defense forces destroyed 9 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the Kharkiv and Nikolaev regions, as well as in the DPR. Intercepted 5 Tochka-U ballistic missiles of the Armed Forces of Ukraine over the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) and the Kherson region. 18 Uragan MLRS shells were shot down in the air over the Kharkov region, the DPR and the LPR.
Since the beginning of the day, Donetsk, as well as the settlements of Golmovsky, Gorlovka, Novobakhmutovka, Verkhnetoretskoye, Yasinovataya, Shirokaya Balka, Dolomitnoye, Ozeryanovka, Zheleznaya Balka, Zaitsevo (southern), Mikhailovka, Staromikhaylovka, Panteleymonovka, Novoselovka, have come under shelling by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. As a result of the shelling of Staromikhaylovka, a civilian was injured.
There are fights in the vicinity of Serebryanka. There are also reports of clashes in Verkhnekamenskoye, where the Armed Forces of Ukraine are actively attacking, hoping to slow down the advance of Russian units. In the evening, the People's Militia of the LPR reported that the advancing forces had entered the city limits of Soledar. According to reports, the following artillery units took possession of the ammunition depot of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The head of the DPR , Denis Pushilin, reported on the successes of the allied forces in the Ugledar region. The units, according to him, are taking measures so that the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine does not have time to supply their grouping with ammunition for attacks on cities. Pushilin also commented on the situation around the foreign mercenaries sentenced to death. All of them filed appeals, there is no specific date for the execution of the sentence. If the appeals are rejected, he noted, the mercenaries will be shot. The head of the republic said that the authorities of Great Britain and Morocco did not apply at the official level about their citizens who fought on the side of Kyiv.
Donetsk announced the launch of the entire range of banking services in the DPR in the near future. An additional water conduit will also be put into operation. The authorities of the republic form purchase prices for goods from the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions in order to exclude cases of speculation.
The North Korean authorities have recognized the independence of the DPR, Denis Pushilin said. The parties agreed on further steps to establish diplomatic relations.
On the night of July 13, Ukrainian armed formations shelled Luhansk using American HIMARS MLRS and Tochka-U missiles. Andrei Marochko , a spokesman for the People's Militia of the LPR , said that the Armed Forces of Ukraine simultaneously fired shells at residential areas in the city center and at the local air defense unit. The officer noted that the anti-aircraft gunners made the right decision, destroying in the first place the targets that posed a threat to the civilian population. Several shells fell on the territory of the unit, but damage to its infrastructure was avoided. Marochko described the tactics of the Ukrainian troops as fascist.
LPR Ambassador to Russia Rodion Miroshnik also expressed the opinion that such actions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are comparable to the actions of terrorists - anti-terror tactics should be the answer to them.
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