Russo-Ukraine War - 26 July 2022 - Day 153
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]
On 24 July 2022, Russian cruise missiles hit the dock-side in Ukraine's Odesa Port. The Russian MoD claimed to have hit a Ukrainian warship and a stockpile of anti-ship missiles. There is no indication that such targets were at the location the missiles hit.
Russia almost certainly perceives anti-ship missiles as a key threat which is limiting the effectiveness of their Black Sea Fleet. This has significantly undermined the overall invasion plan, as Russia cannot realistically attempt an amphibious assault to seize Odesa.
Russia will continue to prioritise efforts to degrade and destroy Ukraine's anti-ship capability. However, Russia's targeting processes are highly likely routinely undermined by dated intelligence, poor planning, and a top-down approach to operations.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that, in the Volyn and Polissya directions, restrictions on visiting forests by the civilian population near the Ukrainian border areas with the Republic of Belarus continue. The operational-tactical level of aerial reconnaissance by UAVs in the border regions of the Volyn region is noted.
In the Siversky direction, Russia shelled civilian and military infrastructure in the areas of Znob-Novhorodske, Khrinivka, Senkivka and a number of other settlements. It also conducted aerial reconnaissance near Znob-Novhorodske.
In the Kharkiv direction, Russian forces carried out fire damage from barrel and rocket artillery, in particular near Borshchova Sosnivka, Petrivka, Rubizhne, Mospanove, Chuhuyiv, Svitlychne, and Slatyne. Carried out airstrikes near Zalyman, Mospanove and Yavirske. With the forces of the reconnaissance group, the Russian enemy tried to reveal the construction of the defense of Ukraininan troops in the area of Chepil settlement. The Russian forces were neutralized.
In the Slovyansk direction, Russian units shelled the areas of Nortsivka, Dolyna, Hrushuvaha, Krasnopilla, Mazanivka and other settlements with barrel, rocket artillery and tanks. They tried to advance near Bohorodychne, were unsuccessful, and withdrew.
In the Kramatorsk direction, artillery shelling was recorded near Raihorodok, Zakitne, Serebryanka, Verkhnyokamyanske, Vyimka, Pereizne and Bilohorivka. Russia launched an air strike near Hryhorivka.
Russian forces also unsuccessfully tried to scout the positions of the Defense Forces in the Verkhnokamyanske area.
Ukrainian soldiers successfully repelled the occupiers' attempt to improve the tactical position in the Ivano-Daryivka area and forced the enemy to flee.
In the direction of Bakhmut, the Russian forces fired at military and civilian infrastructure in the districts of Berestove, Soledar, Pokrovske, Vesela Dolyna, Vershyna, Kodema, Mayorsk and Toretsk. They also cynically carried out airstrikes directly on the settlements of Pokrovske and Novoluhanske.
Ukrainian defenders successfully repelled enemy assault attempts in the districts of Berestove, Soledar and Semihirya. Fighting with an assault group continues in the Pokrovsky area.
The Russian forces did not conduct active operations in the Avdiyivka, Novopavlivka, and Zaporizhzhia directions. They did carry out systematic shelling of civilian and military infrastructure in the areas of the settlements of Vesele, Pisky, Krasnohorivka, Novomykhailivka, Pavlivka, Shevchenko, Velyka Novosilka, Novopilla, Malynivka, Novoselivka, Novoandriivka, Mali Shcherbaky and a number of others.
Russian forces conducted an airstrike near Malynivka. The Russian occupiers also carried out assaults in the areas of Pavlivka and Blahodatne villages. They were repulsed and retreated with losses.
In the South Buh direction, Russian forces continue to focus its main efforts on holding the occupied positions and preventing the advance of our units. The Russian enemy actively conducts aerial reconnaissance by UAVs and fires along the contact line.
Russia was reported to have a systematic problem with personnel replenishment - the Russian Federation is already trying to recruit mercenaries from among citizens of Central Asian countries, representatives of remote regions and imprisoned criminals.
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reports that, over the past 24 hours, high-precision weapons hit the command posts of the 14th, 28th, 61st, 79th brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) in the areas of Sol, Nikolaev and the village of Polygon (Mykolaiv region).
In Konstantinovka, a blow was struck at the place of deployment of foreign mercenaries, as a result of which more than 40 militants, mostly Polish citizens, were eliminated. In Nikolaev, more than 70% of the personnel and weapons of the 59th brigade were disabled. Another 70 nationalists and an ammunition depot were destroyed near Zaitsevo as a result of a strike on the positions of the 72nd brigade.
Artillery and aviation eliminated the OSA-AKM anti-aircraft missile system near Bereznegovaty, the AN / TPQ-37 radar near Yagodny, eight artillery depots in the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR).
During the counter-battery fight along the entire line of contact, a battery of multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) "Uragan", a battery of howitzers "Gyatsint-B", six platoons of MLRS "Grad", four platoons of D-20 howitzers, seven platoons of self-propelled guns "Gvozdika", nine platoons D-30.
Air defense systems intercepted two Ukrainian drones in the Kharkiv and Mykolaiv regions.
Today, throughout the day, Russian artillery was actively working on Ukrainian positions and military facilities in the Mykolaiv direction, and the battles for the liberation of the territories of Donbass continued.
In the morning, the liberation of the settlement of Pokrovskoye was confirmed , and in the afternoon - the territory of the Uglegorsk TPP , the battles for which lasted almost two months. Now the surroundings of the industrial facility are being cleared of the remnants of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In addition, there is unconfirmed information about the retreat of Ukrainian units from nearby Semigorye.
During July 26, the Armed Forces of Ukraine fired more than 250 shells at 11 settlements of the republic, as a result of which three civilians were injured. Three residential buildings and one civilian infrastructure were damaged.
A psychiatric hospital in Donetsk also came under attack . The forest belt delayed the bulk of the fragments, but one employee and a visitor were injured.
Also, in the line of military duty, three defenders of the DPR were killed today.
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