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Russo-Ukraine War - 15 July 2022 - Day 142

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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]

Yury Ivanovich Borisov was the architect of Russia's most recent Potemkin Village - show the best and hide the rest - a posture that sought to project the image of military without the substance. Such a "superpower on the cheap" strategy was projected by Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev, but was eventually weighed in the balance and found wanting. Now in his turn Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin destroyed the prestige - the reputation for power - of the Russian military by the disasterous adventure in Ukraine in 2022.

Yuri Borisov, a deputy prime minister previously in charge of weapons industries, was demoted to chief of Russia's space agency Roscosmos, as part of a reshuffle ordered 15 July 2022 by Russian President Vladimir Putin. This is the same downward career trajectory as that of Dmitry Rogozin, a man known for his blusterous anti-West rhetoric, particularly since Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The reshuffle followed rumors of Borisov's removal from the job he held for four years as Russia's arms chief, amid reported flaws and deficiencies in Russian weapons programs spotlighted by the conflict in Ukraine. Borisov acknowledged some of the shortcomings in recent comments, saying that the military industries should have been more active in developing and producing drones. I think we were late with the deployment of drones," he said in an interview with state TV.

Russia suffers from a mania for greatness, and where Moscow cannot achieve real results, they are simply invented. One such area is armaments and military equipment (ART). Since the beginning of the Russian-Ukrainian war in 2014, Russia has been actively boasting of a strong scientific base and the possibility of creating leading technological weapons. In addition, at the same time, due to sanctions, the Kremlin decided to take a course to replace imports with goods produced in Russia. But many of the weapons that were considered the "pride of the nation" simply could not function without foreign components.

A Senior US Military Official reported that " We assess that Russian forces are limited to incremental, if any, gains around the northern Donbas, held off by Ukrainian defenses. Russian forces continue to deploy indiscrimate artillery bombardment, along with air missile strikes. ... Near Kharkiv, we assess that the Ukrainians are continuing to defeat Russian attempts to gain ground. In the vicinity of Izium, and Slovyansk, its generally the same.... pretty strong defenses from the Ukrainians, and the Russians have stated publicly that they want to move on Slovyansk, but still have not been able to do so. And then we certainly assess that they continue to employ artillery attacks around Seversk.... And then down in the south in Mykolaiv and Kherson, nothing really to update you with on the ground, as both sides are continuing to defend or really, no real progress there. " The UK Ministry of Defence reported that in the Donbas, Russian and pro-Russian Luhansk People's Republic separatist forces claim to have entered the outskirts of Siversk. This has not been corroborated, however, Russian forces have been slowly advancing westwards following shelling and probing assaults towards Siversk from Lysychansk to open a pathway onward to Sloviansk and Kramatorsk. Bakhmut is likely to be the next objective, once Siversk is secured. Since withdrawing from the strategically located Snake Island on 30 June 2022, Russia has been attempting to deny its use by Ukraine. However, on 13 July 2022 airstrikes by two Su-27 Russian fighter jets failed to hit the island. This follows the pattern of Russian air forces failing to successfully engage in the tactical battle. Over 2.5m people have now been evacuated from Ukraine to Russia since the start of the invasion. Russia continues to face accusations that it is forcibly deporting Ukrainians; in many cases Ukrainians have reportedly been mistreated in filtration camps set up by Russia.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported on the one hundred and forty-second day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian nation to the Russian military invasion. In the Volyn and Poliske directions, in the airspace of the Republic of Belarus, the rotation of the A-50U long-range radar detection aircraft of the Air and Space Forces of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation is noted. The threat of missile and air strikes from the territory and airspace of the Republic of Belarus remains.

In the Seversky direction, in order to demonstrate the presence and constrain the actions of the Defense Forces, the Russian kept up to four battalion tactical groups in the border areas of the Bryansk and Kursk regions. The Russians fired at Ukrainian positions near Kucherivka and Pokrovka, Sumy region. In the Slobozhansk direction, the Russians used tube and rocket artillery to shell the districts of Kharkiv, Staraya Hnylitsa, Ruska Lozova, Ukrainka, Ruski Tyshki, Peremoha, Mykilski, Slatyny, Zolochiv, Krynychny, Chepil, Novomykolaivka, Nova Dmytrivka, Dibrovny, Bogorodychny and Karnaukhivka. Made an airstrike near Verkhniy Saltov. Ukrainian soldiers again successfully repelled the assault, during which the Russians tried to establish control over Bogorodychny.

In the Donetsk direction, in some areas, the Russians intensified the use of aviation, barrel and rocket artillery in order to expand the temporarily occupied territory and reach the administrative border of the Donetsk region. The Russians carried out airstrikes in the areas of Verkhnokamianske, Ivano-Dariivka, Kramatorsk, Berestov, Belogorivka, Pokrovske, Soledar, Nova Kam'yanka, Paraskoviivka, Bakhmut, Vesela Dolyna and New York. Missile and air strikes were recorded near Bilogorivka, Yagidny, Bakhmut, Avdiyivka and Novoselyvka.

The Russians tried to take control of the section of the Bakhmut-Lysychansk road. Assault operations were conducted in the direction of Nagirny and Bilogorivka. Ukrainian soldiers stopped all these poor attempts of the Russians with fire and pushed him back. The invaders also made several unsuccessful attempts to improve their tactical position in the Mykolaivka - Spirne, Myronivka - Vuglehirska TPP and Vidrodzhennya - Vershina directions. As a result, the Russians suffered losses and retreated. In the areas of Pavlograd and Pokrovsk, the Russians conducted aerial reconnaissance by UAVs. On the Kurakhiv, Novopavliv, and Zaporizhzhya directions, the Russians fired artillery in the areas of Novomykhailivka, Pavlivka, Prechistivka, Novopil, Myrne, and Mali Shcherbaki settlements. An attempt to improve the tactical position in the directions of Solodke - Vodyane, Volodymyrivka - Vodyane, Yehorivka - Pavlivka ended with significant losses for the Russian. Under the fire of Ukrainian soldiers, the remnants of the Russians forces retreated.

In order to identify changes in the position of Ukrainian troops and adjust artillery fire, the Russians conducted aerial reconnaissance by BpLA in the area of Mala Tokmachka. In the South Buz direction, the Russians is shelling the positions of Ukrainian troops from tanks, barrel and rocket artillery along the contact line. Attempts to conduct aerial reconnaissance by UAVs.

In the waters of the Black Sea, the Russians keep three carriers of high-precision weapons ready for use.

In the morning, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reported that over the past 24 hours, up to two hundred militants of the national battalion "Kraken" and foreign mercenaries in Kharkov were destroyed by high-precision weapons; also eliminated 19 units of heavy weapons and equipment. In Bakhmut, meanwhile, about 300 militants of the Right Sector (banned in the Russian Federation) were liquidated, and 30 pieces of equipment were burned.

A barracks with more than 70 military personnel of the 45th artillery brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) was covered in Shcherbaky, and up to 70 nationalists and 11 armored vehicles of the 128th brigade near Lugovoi and Novoandreevka. In addition, five Ukrainian command posts and communication centers in Praskoviyevka and Prosyanaya, as well as the Buk-M1 anti-aircraft missile system (SAM) near the settlement of Sol, were destroyed. Strikes were inflicted on 43 areas of accumulation of Ukrainian troops.

Additionally, it is noted that the shelling of the House of Officers in Vinnytsia with Caliber missiles on July 14 was intended to eliminate the participants in the meeting of the Ukrainian Air Force and foreign arms suppliers. The goal has been achieved.

During the day, army aviation and artillery attacked 211 places of accumulation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and 18 command posts. Near Dzerzhinsk, two platoons of Ukrainian multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS), two artillery platoons of Giacint-B howitzers were hit, and 84 artillery positions in other areas were suppressed. In air battles over Slavyansk and Druzhkovka, two MiG-29s of the Ukrainian Air Force were shot down. Air defense intercepted two Su-25s over Barmashovo, nine drones and nine MLRS shells over the liberated areas.

The construction of a water conduit from the Khanzhenkovsky reservoir to the Seversky Donets-Donbass canal was completed. Being built in an extremely short timeframe due to its importance, the facility is a backup source for the DPR water supply. General Director of the Southern Mining and Metallurgical Complex Yevgeny Yurchenko also said today that in six months the level of wages of workers in the republic has more than tripled and has now reached the average of the Southern Federal District of the Russian Federation.

In the city of Severodonetsk, Lugansk People's Republic (LPR), labor contracts were concluded with 228 local residents for temporary work. It is noted that all workers will be involved in the Azot chemical enterprise. This step is part of the new administration's strategy to establish a peaceful life in the city. In Alchevsk, the third point in the republic for issuing Russian passports was opened, and as of July 15, Luhansk agrarians harvested more than 52 thousand hectares of early grain and leguminous crops.

Ukraine said it had received its first delivery of a sophisticated rocket-launcher system, adding to a growing arsenal of Western-supplied long-range artillery Kyiv says is changing dynamics on the battlefield. "The first MLRS M270 have arrived," Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov wrote on social media, without mentioning what country had sent them. "They will be good company for HIMARS on the battlefield," he added.

Russia's proposals on how to resume Ukrainian grain exports were "largely supported" by negotiators at talks this week in Istanbul and an agreement is close, the Russian defence ministry said. The ministry said that work on what it calls the "Black Sea Initiative" will be finalised soon. "Russia has proposed measures to ensure the transportation of food to foreign countries, including Russian partners, to rule out the use of supply chains to supply the Kyiv regime with weapons and military equipment, as well as to prevent provocations," it said.

Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the United Nations are due to sign a deal next week aimed at resuming Black Sea grain exports from Ukraine, which have been severely hampered by the war there. Russia's February 24 invasion has stalled exports from Ukraine's ports, leaving dozens of ships stranded and some 20 million tonnes of grain stuck in Odesa silos.

Satellite photos and on-the-ground images reveal a sharp increase in burials in Russian-held areas of Ukraine, according to a report. The non-government Centre for Information Resilience analysed images of burials in six areas -- two of them previously held by Russian forces and the rest still under Moscow's control in southern Ukraine. "Open source information can give unprecedented reach behind the frontlines of the war in Ukraine and into areas occupied by Russian forces," said Benjamin Strick, director of investigations at CIR. At the Starokrymske cemetery in Mariupol, the report's authors said that around 1,000 new graves could be seen over a period of around five months between October 21 and March 28.

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