Russo-Ukraine War - 25 July 2022 - Day 152
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 inconclusive fighting continues in both the Donbas and Kherson sectors. Russian commanders continue to face a dilemma; whether to resource the offensive in the east, or to bolster the defence in the west.
On 18 July 2022, intelligence identified a Russian military vehicle refit and refurbishment facility near Barvinok, in Russia's Belgorod Oblast, 10km from the Ukrainian border. At least 300 damaged vehicles were present, including main battle tanks, armoured personnel carriers, and general support trucks.
In addition to its well documented personnel problems, Russia likely continues to struggle to extract and repair the thousands of combat vehicles which have been damaged in action in Ukraine.
By his Decree No. 530/2020 of July 25, 2022, the President of Ukraine dismissed Galagan Grigory Anatolyevich from the post of Commander of the Special Operations Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Horenka Victor Oleksandrovich was appointed as new commander of the forces of special operations of the armed forces of Ukraine to replace him. This was officially announced in Decree of the President of Ukraine No. 531/2020 of July 25, 2022.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that in the Volyn and Polissya directions, the situation remains unchanged. The units of the armed forces of the republic of Belarus continue to carry out the specified tasks of strengthening security in the border areas of the Brest and Gomel regions, and are also involved in combat training activities at military training grounds.
In the Siversky direction, in order to demonstrate the presence and constrain the actions of Ukrainian troops, Russian units continue to hold separate units of in the border areas of the Bryansk and Kursk regions. The enemy shelled the areas of Mikhalchyna Sloboda in Chernihiv oblast, as well as Pisky, Ryasne and Bilopylla in Sumy oblast, with barrel and jet artillery.
In the Kharkiv direction, Russian forces carried out fire damage from tanks, barrel and rocket artillery in the vicinity of Kharkiv, Udy, Verkhnyi Saltiv, Malynivka, Borshcheva and many other settlements, as well as airstrikes near Prudyanka and Petrivka. As a result of hostilities in the direction of Tsupivka - Dementiivka, Ukrainian soldiers inflicted significant losses on the occupiers.
In the Slovyansk direction, shelling was recorded in the areas of the settlements of Nortsivka, Bohorodychne, Petrivske, Adamivka, Privillia, Barvinkove, Kostyantynivka, Nova Dmytrivka, Dolyna, Nova Mykolaivka, Karnaukhivka, Dibrovne, Chepil, Hrushuvaha, Mazanivka. Russian forces launched an air strike near Yavirsky. Russian forces are trying to replenish the losses in manpower and equipment.
In the Kramatorsk direction, Russian forces shelled the areas of Kryvya Luka, Platonivka, Zakitne, Siversk, Verkhnyokamyansky, Zvanivka, Hryhorivka, Ivano-Daryivka, and Spirne with barrel and jet artillery. They used aviation near Hryhorivka and Serebryanka.
After making an attempt to advance near Spirne and Ivano-Daryivka, Russian military units encounted strong opposition and left.
In the Bakhmut direction, Russia shelling was recorded in the areas of the settlements of New York, Novoluhanske, Kodema, Berestove, Bilohorivka, Ivanovske, Soledar, Mayorsk, Bakhmutske, Pokrovske, Yakovlivka, Kurdyumivka, Bakhmut, Vesela Dolyna, Zaytseve, Travneve.
Russian forces carried out airstrikes near Soledar, Pokrovske, New York and on the territory of the Vuhlehirska TPP. They also led assault operations in the directions Klynove - Pokrovske and Volodymyrivka - Pokrovske, but suffered losses and withdrew. In the area of the Vuhlehirska TPP, individual units of the Russia military had partial success.
No active actions by Russian forces were noted in the Avdiyivka, Novopavlivka, and Zaporizhzhia directions. The occupiers conducted aerial reconnaissance by UAVs, while airstrikes were carried out in the areas of Kamyana, Shevchenko, Vesele and Poltavka settlements.
In the South Buh direction, mutual shelling from barrel, rocket artillery and tanks continues along the contact line. An airstrike was recorded near Olhyne. Russian forces pay considerable attention to aerial reconnaissance by UAVs.
According to available information, there are two Kalibr sea-based cruise missile carriers outside the bases.
Russian personnel is reportedly demoralized. The Russian command in some directions is throwing manpower into the attacks without the cover of armored vehicles. In this way, the officers keep the equipment in working order and try to take revenge on their subordinates for deliberately disabling the weapons. A similar practice of sabotage is widespread among the privates ranks of the occupiers in order not to participate in combat clashes with Ukrainian soldiers.
The Russian Ministry of Defense said in a briefing that a base with ammunition for HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) and shells for M777 howitzers was destroyed by high-precision weapons in the Khmelnytsky region within 24 hours. On the territory of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) occupied by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the deployment point of the 95th Airborne Assault Brigade was hit, more than 100 nationalists and foreign mercenaries were killed.
In the waters of the Dnieper estuary, an attempt was made to land from landing boats of a sabotage group of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the territory of the Kherson region. Two boats with saboteurs on board were destroyed.
Aviation, missile troops and artillery hit 6 command and observation posts, 4 weapons and ammunition depots, as well as a radar for illumination and guidance of the S-300 anti-aircraft missile system. As part of the counter-battery fight, 4 platoons of the Grad MLRS, 2 platoons of D-20 howitzers, 3 platoons of self-propelled artillery mounts Gvozdika, 8 Ukrainian platoons of D-30 guns were suppressed.
During the day, 6 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were shot down by means of air defense (air defense) in the Kharkiv region and the DPR. In the Luhansk People's Republic (LPR), 6 Uragan MLRS shells were intercepted.
The head of the National Defense Control Center of Russia, Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev , issued an urgent appeal, warning about the plans of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to organize a provocation in Slavyansk. According to the agency, the Ukrainian military intends to blow up more than 120 tons of hexane containers at the local oil and fat plant in the coming days.
After the explosion, a toxic cloud may form, which will cover all residential areas of Slovyansk and nearby settlements. With prolonged contact with hexane vapor, a person develops chronic poisoning, leading to serious diseases of the nervous system, Mizintsev added.
According to the head of the center, the purpose of this provocation by the Armed Forces of Ukraine is to accuse the allied units of delivering supposedly indiscriminate strikes on potentially dangerous objects, and then promote this topic in the media. The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation appealed to the UN, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons with a call to influence Kyiv to prevent a catastrophe.
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 200 shells from the Grad MLRS, 155, 152 and 122-mm cannon artillery, as well as 120-mm mortars across the territory of the republic.
The areas of 11 settlements were subjected to shelling. A civilian was killed, 2 more civilians were injured. 7 residential buildings and 3 infrastructure facilities were damaged.
FAN military commander Alexander Simonov spoke about the real situation at the Uglegorsk thermal power plant in the vicinity of Svetlodarsk, reports of the alleged release of which appeared earlier in the media. As the correspondent established, the object has not been released, but is in a full operational environment.
Daniil Bezsonov , Deputy Head of the Ministry of Information of the DPR , said on the air of Rossiya-1 that the Armed Forces of Ukraine in July suffer even greater losses of personnel than before. As an example, he cited the 54th brigade of Ukrainian troops, which was liquidated in the republic almost in its entirety.
Deputy Prime Minister of the DPR Evgeny Solntsev said that the Mariupol airport is planned to be restored in the next 3 years. The air harbor will have a dual purpose and will become a military-civilian one.
The representative office of the LPR in the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire (JCCC) reported that since the beginning of the day on July 25, Ukrainian troops opened fire on Alchevsk. During the attack, American MLRS HIMARS were used. The mayor of the city of Bryanka said about the shelling from a similar type of weapon.
The demining of the territories of the republic continues. On the eve, the engineering and sapper units of the NM of the LPR cleared more than 6 hectares from explosive objects left by Ukrainian nationalists in the areas of Topolevka and Verkhnekamenka.
The first office in the LPR of the Public Headquarters of the Referendum opened in Lugansk. Representatives of public organizations will be on duty there on a regular basis. At the same time, the parliament of the republic announced that it would be possible to vote in a referendum with a Ukrainian passport. Aleksey Karyakin , a member of the headquarters for the preparation of the referendum , called for the plebiscite to take place after the complete liberation of the DPR.
"Donetsk helped the LPR to return the territories, today the LPR is helping Donetsk to return the territories. And, of course, people in these territories (occupied by the Kyiv regime - Note FAN) have the right to be involved in this event (holding a referendum - Note FAN)," he said.
Landline telephone communication of the LPR is switching to Russian numbering. Local numbers received the code "857". The Ministry of Communications of the Republic noted that while calls to Lisichansk, Severodonetsk, Rubizhne, Kremennaya and Popasna are not available due to the work to restore communications.
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