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Russo-Ukraine War - 21 July 2022 - Day 148

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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 UK Ministry of Defence reported Russian and separatist forces continued to attempt small scale assaults along the Donbas front line. Russian forces are likely closing in on Ukraine's second biggest power plant at Vuhlehirska, 50km north-east of Donetsk. Russia is prioritising the capture of critical national infrastructure, such as power plants. However, it is probably also attempting to break through at Vuhlehirska, as part of its efforts to regain momentum on the southern pincer of its advance towards the key cities of Kramatorsk and Sloviansk.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported no major changes on the Volyn and Polissya directions. During July of this year, on the territory of the republic of belarus, a campaign of agitation of citizens of this country to sign contracts with russian private military companies is ongoing. The military commissariats of the armed forces of the republic of Belarus take an active part in these events.

In the Siversky direction, Russian forces continued shelling the positions of our troops in the Sumy oblast and conducting aerial reconnaissance by UAVs.

In the Kharkiv direction, Russian forces launched airstrikes near Verkhniy Saltiv and Rtyshivka. It carried out artillery shelling in the districts of Kharkiv, Pytomnik, Ruska Lozova, Rubizhne, Cherkaski Tyshky, Prudyanka, Chuhuyev, Udy, Korobochkyne, Zalyman and Malynivka. Russian forces unsuccessfully tried to advance in the direction of Velyki Prohody - Pytomnyk with assault actions and also carried out aerial reconnaissance with an unmanned aerial vehicle near Slatyne, Rubizhne, Zamulivka and Dementiyvka.

In the Slovyansk direction, Russian forces launched artillery fire in the areas of Dolyna, Bohorodychne, Husarivka, Velyka Komyshuvaha, Nortsivka, and Virnopillya settlements and conducted aerial reconnaissance near Dmytrivka and Virnopilla.

In the Kramatorsk direction, Russian forces carried out airstrikes in the areas of Serebryanka and Spirne. Artillery shelling was recorded near Siversk, Hryhorivka and Ivano-Daryivka. Enemy UAVs operational-tactical level operated near Rozdolivka and Hryhorivka.

Ukrainian soldiers repulsed the offensive of the occupiers in the direction of the Lysichansk refinery - Ivano-Daryivka inflicting losses on the ennemy and forcing them to retreat.

In the direction of Bakhmut, Russian forces carried out airstrikes in the areas of Vershina, Bilohorivka, Kostyantynivka and Berestove settlements. Artillery shelling was recorded in the vicinity of Berestove, Vesele, Vyimka, Vershyna, Novoluhanske, Bakhmut, Zaytseve, Soledar, Rozdolivka, and Kurdyumivka.

The weak assaults of the occupiers on the directions Klynove - Vershyna, Myronivka - Vuhlehirska TPP failed again.

In the Avdiyivka, Novopavlivka, and Zaporizhzhya directions, in order to restrain the actions of our troops, the enemy carried out airstrikes near Krasnohorivka, Kamianka, Solodke, and Novoandriivka. It carried out artillery shelling in the areas of the settlements of Avdiivka, Krasnohorivka, Pisky, Zolota Nyva, Mykilske, Zaliznychne, Stepnohirsk, Novoselivka Druga, Vugledar, Hulyaipilske, Novopil, Bilohirya. To adjust the artillery fire, operational-tactical level unmanned aerial vehicles were used near Shcherbaky, Malaya Tokmachka and Bilohirya.

In the Southern Buh direction, artillery shelling was recorded in the areas of the settlements of Olgyne, Potemkine, Knyazivka, Shyroke, Ternivka, Luch, Kotlyareve, Pervomaiske, Nova Zorya, Dobre and Bila Krynytsya. The occupiers unsuccessfully tried to launch a counterattack in the direction of Sukhy Stavok - Andriivka.

In the Black Sea and Azov sea zones, Russia's naval group focused its main efforts on blocking civilian shipping in the northwestern part of the Black Sea. There wer two cruise missile carriers outside the bases.

Personal documents reported to be confiscated from the forcibly mobilized, who are taken to replenish their losses from the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. This shows the complete lawlessness of this contingent and, allegedly, should stop desertion. Also, it will not allow identification of the mentioned persons in case of death, which opens the way for various financial frauds in favor of the command staff of the armed forces of the Russian Federation.

The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation in a briefing said that, according to updated data, on July 16, more than 600 militants, including up to 120 foreign mercenaries, were eliminated during a high-precision strike on a nationalist deployment point in the Odessa region. More than 320 nationalists were killed by a strike on July 17 at the point of deployment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the territory of a vegetable base in Nikolaev.

Over the previous day, operational-tactical and army aviation, missile forces and artillery hit 9 command posts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as well as the headquarters of the SBU in Kramatorsk. 6 warehouses with weapons and ammunition were destroyed in the DPR, the Dnipropetrovsk region and Nikolaev.

As part of the counter-battery fight, a battery of multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) "Uragan" and a battery of self-propelled artillery howitzers "Akatsiya" in the Kharkiv region, 8 platoons of the MLRS "Grad", 9 platoons of D-20 howitzers and 7 platoons of D-30 guns in the DPR were hit , Zaporozhye and Nikolaev regions.

Fighter aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces shot down a Su-25 aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force near Kramatorsk. Air defense systems shot down a Mi-8 helicopter of the Armed Forces of Ukraine near the Mykolaiv region and 5 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the Kharkiv region and the DPR. 8 shells of the Uragan MLRS were intercepted in the Kherson and Kharkov regions.


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 470 shells from the Grad MLRS, cannon artillery with a caliber of 155, 152 and 122-mm, 120 and 82-mm mortars, and also used unguided aviation missiles with a caliber of 80 mm (without the use of aviation).

The fire opened in the direction of 15 settlements, as a result of the attacks 5 civilians were injured. 25 residential buildings and 4 civil infrastructure facilities were damaged.

Fighting continues in Yakovlevka, information is received about the advance of the allied forces in Pokrovsky. Clashes are recorded in the areas of Maryinka, Pobeda and Novomikhailovka.

A DPR judge who sentenced foreign mercenaries to death has been charged in absentia by the Security Service of Ukraine for violating the laws and customs of war.

Agrarians of the DPR started harvesting melons. The first batch of watermelons has already been collected in the village of Kasyanovka, Nikolsky district.

Chairman of the People's Council of the Republic Vladimir Bidevka said in an interview with RIA Novosti about the improvement of the social situation on the territory of the DPR. According to the official, the situation is still difficult, but it is changing for the better.

The heads of the DPR and the Kharkiv region signed a communiqué on cooperation. The leader of the people's republic, Denis Pushilin , noted that the regions have long-standing and close ties, and the agreement will restore the old economic ties. Vitaly Ganchev , head of the administration of the Kharkiv region , added:

"Our lands are one whole, one people, no one can separate. We have one road - only to victory and prosperity.

Pushilin commented on the situation with British mercenaries sentenced to execution in the republic. According to him, there are no requests from the UK authorities regarding their condition.


Andrey Marochko , an officer of the People's Militia of the Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) , said that attacks on the territory of the LPR by the Armed Forces of Ukraine have not been recorded for the third day in a row.

In Severodonetsk, 2 base stations for mobile communications have been launched. The acting mayor of the city, Nikolay Morgunov , said that the facilities were powered by generators, and guards were posted around them. According to Morgunov, mobile communication partially covers the city, but these capacities are not enough to fully meet the needs of all residents.

The head of the LPR , Leonid Pasechnik , announced the republic's refusal to use Google services. He noted that the company conducts targeted propaganda of terrorism and extremism, and the number of fakes and extremist materials distributed by it is growing, despite fines and decisions of Russian courts.

The People's Front, with the support of the units of the NM of the LPR, delivered food packages for the needy residents of the village of Melovoye.

The general education system of the LPR is switching to the state educational standard, approved in Russia on May 31, 2021. This was announced by the Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Republic, Petr Ishkov , within the framework of a meeting with teachers in Lugansk .

The harvesting campaign continues in the LPR - the Ministry of Agriculture of the republic announced that as of July 20, the region's farmers had harvested more than 330 thousand tons of grain of early grain and leguminous crops.

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