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Russo-Ukraine War - 16 July 2022 - Day 143

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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]


President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on Ukrainians not to believe "horror stories from anonymous sources" after information spread on July 16, about an alleged mass missile attack on Ukraine. "How many people were scared today by a fake about a massive Russian missile attack on Ukraine? After everything that happened in the previous weeks. After Dnipro, Vinnytsia, Chasovoy Yar. How many nerves are damaged daily by the reproduction of horror stories from Russian propagandists and officials. How many problems do Ukrainians create for themselves by trusting any anonymous source?" the President of Ukraine said. "Ukraine has withstood Russia's brutal blows. We have already managed to liberate part of the territory that was occupied after February 24. We will gradually liberate other regions of our state that are currently under the occupation."

According to Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov, there is currently a specific order from President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to the General Staff to prepare plans for the de-occupation of all of Ukraine, including the territories occupied since 2014. "And it cannot be about a specific offensive operation, because I am not a general. We agreed with Mr. Zaluzhny that I will not teach him to fight. And the president, by the way, does not teach how to fight. The president sets political tasks, and the military expertly prepares this or that campaign ," said Reznikov.

Russian occupation forces are likely to exit the "operational pause" as of July 15. Since the Russians carried out a number of assaults during the day, such actions may indicate a probable resumption of offensive actions. This was announced by the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW). "If the operational pause is indeed over, the Russians will most likely continue and expand such assaults over the next 72 hours. Instead, they may alternate short pauses with increased attacks for several days before proceeding to a full-scale offensive operation ," the analysts explained.

They believe that a 10-day "operational pause" is not enough to fully restore Russian forces for large-scale offensive operations. "However, the Russian military appears to be under constant pressure to resume and continue the offensive before it can reasonably restore sufficient combat power to achieve decisive effects at a reasonable cost ," says ISW. They added that the resumption of the Russian offensive may fluctuate or even stop for a while.

The UK Ministry of Defence reported that Russian offensive operations remain reduced in scope and scale, with fighting west of Lysychansk focussed on Siversk and Bakhmut. This is despite Russian claims to have entered the outskirts of Siversk town earlier in the week. Russia has previously made premature and false claims of success. This is likely at least in part aimed at demonstrating success to domestic audiences and to reinforce the morale of the fighting forces. Ukrainian defence has been successful in repulsing Russian attacks since Lysychansk was ceded and the Ukrainian defensive line was shortened and straightened. This has allowed for the concentration of force and fires against reduced Russian attacks and has been instrumental in reducing Russias momentum.

According to Ukrainian intelligence, Russia is conducting a special information operation in Germany aimed at discrediting Ukraine and the political leadership of the country. This was announced by the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. Thus, the Russian information forces, under the supervision of the administration of the President of the Russian Federation, recently conducted another campaign in the information field of Germany. According to intelligence data, in order to spread the material among the German public on social networks, the Russian Federation engaged the so-called "fake factory", which distributed "standard comments" under the material's publications on social networks.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported on the one hundred and forty-third day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian nation to the Russian military invasion. The Russians continues to launch missile attacks on military and civilian objects on the territory of Ukraine. The situation has not undergone any significant changes in the Volyn, Polis, and Siver directions.

In order to demonstrate the presence and constrain the actions of units of the Defense Forces, the Russians fired at the positions of Ukrainian troops near Zarutskyi, Starykyvyi and Budivelnyi of the Sumy region. In the Slobozhansk direction, the Russians is regrouping units with the aim of further advancing in the direction of the settlements of Barvinkove and Slov'yansk. The aggressor fired from barrel and rocket artillery, tanks and mortars in the areas of the settlements of Kharkiv, Protopopivka, Prudyanka, Dementiivka, Svitlychne, Mykilske, Cherkassy Tyshki, Stary Saltiv, Rubizhne, Korobochkine, Dolyna, Ivanivka, Barvinkove, Bogorodichne, Velika Komyshuvakha, Novomykolaivka and Kostyantynivka. Airstrikes near Mospanovoy and Bogorodychny.

On the Sloviansk and Bakhmut directions, the Russians were concentrating its main efforts on establishing control over the cities of Siversk and Bakhmut. Russians continued to use all available means of fire damage along the contact line. Shelling of civilian and military infrastructure in the areas of Siversk, Verkhnokamianske, Oleksandrivka, Nikiforivka, Donetske, Spirne, Travneve, Pokrovske, Soledar, New York, Kodema and other settlements was recorded. The occupiers launched airstrikes near New York, Berestovo and Soledar. With offensive and assault actions, the Russians tried to improve the tactical position in the areas of Ivano-Daryivka, Hryhorivka, Novoluhanske, Semihirya settlements and to establish control over the territory of the Vugleghirska TPP. There is no success - the Ukrainian soldiers forced the Russians to retreat.

In the Avdiivsk, Novopavlivsk, and Zaporizhzhya directions, the occupiers shelled the positions ofUkrainian troops with mortars, barrel and rocket artillery in the areas of the settlements of Novobakhmutivka, Novomykhailivka, Volodymyrivka, Kamianske, Vugledar, Nevelske, Vremivka, Biloghirya, Gulyaipole, Zaliznychne, Olgivske, Mali Shcherbaki, Tonenke, Prechistivka, Novopil, Novosilka and others. An airstrike was recorded near Avdiivka. In the South Buzka direction, the Russians continues to shell with the use of barrel artillery and rocket salvo fire systems along the contact line. They conducted airstrikes in the Potemkino area. The threat of missile strikes on the region's critical infrastructure remained. Ukrainian units continued to successfully carry out missile and artillery fire missions in the designated directions and maintain a firm defense.

The Russian Ministry of Defense in a daily briefing reported that the 115th mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Seversk direction was actually destroyed by high-precision airborne strikes. Over the past 2 days, the losses in this connection amounted to more than 600 people.

Also, as a result of high-precision strikes by the Russian Aerospace Forces on the deployment point of the 123rd brigade of the territorial defense of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Nikolaev, up to 200 nationalists and foreign mercenaries, 13 armored vehicles and vehicles were destroyed.

High-precision long-range air-launched weapons at the Yuzhny Mashinostroitelny Zavod defense plant in Dnepropetrovsk destroyed the workshops for the production of components and the repair of Tochka-U missiles and multiple rocket launchers (MLRS). In addition, 4 command posts, an ammunition depot, manpower and military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were liquidated in 25 districts.

As part of the counter-battery fight, 2 MLRS platoons, 15 units of Giacint-B howitzers and D-30 artillery pieces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were hit in the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), as well as artillery units at firing positions in 73 districts.

Aviation, missile forces and artillery hit 21 command posts, 5 ammunition depots, manpower and military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in 189 districts per day. In an air battle, 3 aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force were destroyed: 2 MiG-29s in the Nikolaev and Dnepropetrovsk regions, as well as a Su-25 in the DPR. Shot down in the air 2 Ukrainian helicopters - Mi-8 and Mi-24 in the DPR. 14 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were destroyed by means of air defense (air defense) in Kharkiv, Kherson, Zaporozhye regions, the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) and the DPR. A Tochka-U ballistic missile was also intercepted in the DPR, and two Uragan MLRS shells were intercepted in the Kharkiv region.

The people's militia of the DPR in the evening report reported that since the beginning of the day, Ukrainian armed formations have fired more than 180 shells from Grad multiple launch rocket systems, cannon artillery with a caliber of 155, 152 and 122-mm, 120-mm mortars across the territory of the republic. The fire opened in the direction of 17 settlements. As a result of the attacks, a civilian was killed and another civilian was injured. 14 residential buildings and 2 civil infrastructure facilities were damaged.

Assistant to the Minister of Internal Affairs of the LPR Vitaly Kiselev said that the Armed Forces of Ukraine were forcibly evacuating the population from the controlled Kramatorsk and Slavyansk regions to Dnepropetrovsk. He also said that the allied forces occupied a section of the Konstantinovka-Avdeevka highway near the village of Kamenka. Clashes continue in the village itself. Also, fighting is going on in the areas of Serebryanka and Verkhnekamensky, Belogorovka, Berestovoye, Yakovlevka and on the outskirts of Soledar.

First Deputy Minister of Information of the DPR Daniil Bezsonov said that Ukrainian militants, before retreating, are installing radio beacons on abandoned equipment for subsequent artillery strikes.

During the day on July 16, the settlement of Skargovka was subjected to shelling by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to the People's Militia of the LPR, American MLRS HIMARS were used during the attack. There was no information about damage. Specialists of the engineering and sapper units of the NM of the LPR continue demining the territory of the republic: over the previous day, they managed to clear over 6 hectares of land in the areas of Kudryashovka and Staraya Krasnyanka.

The authorities of the LPR and the Kharkiv region have signed a formal cooperation agreement. The document was signed by the head of the people's republic, Leonid Pasechnik , and the head of the military-civilian administration of the Kharkiv region, Vitaly Ganichev . They also discussed key areas of interaction between the regions, including in the areas of security and energy supply.

The Wall Street Journal reported that in the first five months of 2022, shipments of chips from China to Russia more than doubled to about $50 million in the first five months of 2022, compared to the same period last year, according to Chinese customs data. And the volume of exports to the Russian Federation of aluminum oxide, which is used for the production of metallic aluminum, an important material in the production of weapons and the aerospace industry, exceeded last year's figures by 400 times.

Last month, the US Commerce Department added five Chinese companies to a trade blacklist for allegedly aiding Russia's defense industry both before and after its full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Chinese officials have said that the country does not sell weapons to Russia. And overall exports from China to the Russian Federation have fallen significantly this year, as many Chinese companies fear facing sanctions.



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