Russo-Ukraine War - 22 July 2022 - Day 149
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 that, in the Donbas, Ukrainian forces continue to repel Russian attempts to assault the Vuhlehirsk power plant while Russian artillery remains focused on areas around the cities of Kramatorsk and Siversk.
On 21 July 2022, Vitaly Kim, governor of Ukraine's Mykolaiv region, said that Russian forces had used seven air defence missiles to strike infrastructure, energy facilities and storage areas.
Russia has increased its use of air defence missiles in a secondary ground attack mode because of critical shortages of dedicated ground-attack missiles. It has also almost certainly deployed S-300 and S-400 strategic air defence systems, designed to shoot down aircraft and missiles at long ranges, near Ukraine from the start of invasion. These weapons have relatively small warheads, designed to destroy aircraft. They could pose a significant threat against troops in the open and light buildings but are unlikely to penetrate hardened structures. There is a high chance of these weapons missing their intended targets and causing civilian casualties because the missiles they are not optimised for this role, and their crews will have little training for such missions.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that the situation remained unchanged in the Volyn and Polissya directions.
In the Siversky direction, Russian forces, in order to constrain the actions of the units of the Defense Forces and demonstrate their presence, shelled the districts of Kamianska Sloboda and Mykolaivka in the Chernihiv oblast and Volfyne in the Sumy region with barrel artillery.
In the Kharkiv direction, Russian forces used barrel and rocket artillery for shelling in the areas of the settlements of Kharkiv, Prudyanka, Zolochiv, Dementiivka, Udy, Ivanivka, Stary Saltiv, Borshcheva, Ruski Tyshki, Pytomnyk, Kutuzivka, Chuguyiv, Petrivka, Ruska Lozova, Slatine, Cherkassy Tyshki , Bazaliivka, Duvanka, Mospanove, Lebyazhe, Peremoha and Rtyshchivka. Airstrikes were recorded near Verkhniy Saltiv.
In the Slovyansk direction, Russian forces shelled the areas of 18 settlements - in particular, Dolyna, Dibrovne, Bohorodychne, and Nortsivka. Conducted aerial reconnaissance with an unmanned aerial vehicle near Velyka Komyshuvakha.
In the Kramatorsk direction, the enemy used barrel and rocket artillery in the areas of Donetske, Starodubivka, Zakitne, Siversk, Hryhorivka, Kramatorsk, Zvanivka, Ivano-Daryivka, Vyimka and Spirne settlements. Near the latter, the occupiers also carried out an airstrike.
Ukraininan soldiers nullified all the Russian forces' attempts to advance in the directions of Verkhnokamyansk and Ivano-Daryivka, forcing their retreat.
In the direction of Bakhmut, Russian forcesfired from barrel and rocket artillery in the areas of the settlements of Berestove, Bilohorivka, Rozdolivka, Vesele, Yakovlivka, Soledar, Bakhmut, New York and others, and also carried out airstrikes near Berestove, Bilohorivka, Pokrovsky and Vesela Dolyna.
Russian forces tried to advance in the direction of Pokrovsky with assault actions, but without success, and retreated. They made another unsuccessful attempt to establish control over the territory of the Vuhlehirska TPP.
The situation has not undergone significant changes in the Avdiyivka, Novopavlivka and Zaporizhzhia directions. Russian forces launched airstrikes near Kamianske and Chervone.
Assaulting in the direction of the villages of Vesele and Vodyane, Ukrainian soldiers successfully repelled and drove the enemy back to previously occupied positions. Russian forces launched an airstrike near Potemkine in the South Buh direction and tried to advance in the direction of Andriyivka and Bilohorivka. They were met with stiff resistance and and left.
In the waters of the Black Sea, the Russian military keeps two carriers of high-precision weapons ready with a total volley of up to 16 cruise missiles of the "Kalibr" type.
The threat of missile strikes on military facilities and critical infrastructure facilities on the territory of Ukraine remains.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine also reported that the moral and psychological state of the occupiers remained low, systematic consumption of alcoholic beverages and disobedience to officers bring reported. Russian personnel reportedly complain about the ineffectiveness of their attacks on the positions of the Defense Forces of Ukraine. The number of soldiers who resort to sabotage and deliberately disable combat equipment is supposedly increasing.
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation today reported that in the period from July 5 to 20, four American HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems and one loading vehicle for them were guaranteed to be destroyed. All on the territory of the Donetsk People's Republic (DNR).
During the past 24 hours, the deployment point of the Black Hundred nationalist formation in Kramatorsk was liquidated. As a result of the strike, up to 300 militants and 40 pieces of equipment were destroyed.
In Nikolaev, the weapons depot of the 59th brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) was destroyed, as a result of which up to 30 servicemen, six pieces of equipment, about three thousand shells for the Grad MLRS and Akatsiya self-propelled guns were eliminated.
On the territory of Ukraine, six command posts and five artillery depots were destroyed in a day. During the counter-battery fight, four platoons of the Grad MLRS, 24 platoons of D-20 howitzers and 13 platoons of D-30 were suppressed.
Near Cherevkovka in the DPR, a Buk-M1 anti-aircraft missile system (SAM) was destroyed, and air defense systems shot down 12 drones and two rockets over the liberated territories.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the export of grain through the Black Sea ports of Ukraine "Odessa", "Chernomorsk" and "Yuzhny" could begin in the coming days. Today, an appropriate agreement was signed in Istanbul , which provides for Moscow's assistance in this process. At the same time, inspections of transport vessels for the possible presence of weapons there will be carried out both at the entrance and at the exit from the Black Sea.
The agreement also implies the removal of restrictions on the passage of Russian products for export through the Turkish Straits.
The situation in the LDNR
During the day, there were no major changes on the line of contact. Allied forces continue to carry out artillery and air strikes on positions and strategic points of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, depriving the enemy of equipment and ammunition.
The most significant event was the success in the Bakhmut direction - in the Pokrovsky area. Russian units occupied the southern part of the strategically important settlement.
During the current day , five fighters of the People's Militia of the DPR were killed in the line of duty. Under Ukrainian artillery strikes, seven settlements of the republic fell, as a result of which six civilians were injured. 22 residential buildings and four civil infrastructure facilities were damaged.
Such is the wish of good morning from the Ukrainian "defenders" to the civilian population of the city.
The position of M777 howitzers was captured near Seversk. The guns themselves were evacuated, but the Ukrainian military did not have time to take out many 155-mm shells.
Meanwhile, the commander of the neo-Nazi unit "SS Bears" Alexander Kravtsov admitted all the charges against him in the DPR. Now he faces the death penalty in accordance with the legislation of the republic.
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