Russo-Ukraine War - 27 July 2022 - Day 154
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 German news media Spiegel reported that the German government has approved the sale of 100 Panzerhaubitze2000 howitzers to Ukraine. The howitzers, manufactured by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) arms, were reported to be worth 1.7 billion euros ($1.72 billion).
The UK Ministry of Defence reported that Russian private military company Wagner has likely succeeded in making tactical advances in the Donbas around the Vuhlehirska Power Plant and the nearby village of Novoluhanske. Some Ukrainian forces have likely withdrawn from the area.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is currently undertaking a tour of Egypt, Ethiopia, Uganda, and the Republic of the Congo. Russia will highly likely seek to exploit the visits to blame the West for the international food crisis and win the support of African states which have otherwise remained neutral about Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Since 2014, Russia has made significant efforts to secure influence across Africa, with Wagner frequently deploying as one of its favoured tools of influence in the region. Russia probably primarily engages with Africa because it believes it will enhance the 'Great Power' identity Russia aspires to. Its secondary goals are probably to secure commodity concessions and to persuade African states to vote in line with Russia's interests in international forums.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that, on the Volyn and Polissya directions, the situation remained unchanged.
In the Siverskyi direction, Russian units shelled Senkivka and Khrinivka in the Chernihiv oblast and Progres and Bachivsk in the Sumy oblast with artillery. Russian forces used reconnaissance aircraft and UAVs for aerial reconnaissance.
In the Slobozhansky direction, Russia is conducting combat operations with the aim of holding the occupied lines and preventing the advance of Ukrainian units. The Russian forces pay considerable attention to reconnaissance in order to expose Ukrainian defense system and identify artillery firing positions.
In the Kharkiv direction, Russian forcesfired artillery in the areas of Kharkiv, Rubizhne, Chuhuyiv, Tsupivka, Borshcheva, Zrubanka, Ivanivka, Ruska Lozova, Korobochkine, Bazaliivka, Pytomnyk.
In the Slovyansk direction, Russian forces used artillery for shelling near Adamivka, Pashkovo, Dolyna, Hrushuvaha, Shevelivka, Virnopilla, Krasnopilalla, Mazanivka, Nova Dmytrivka, and Brazhkivka.
In the area of the settlement of Pasika, a reconnaissance group tried to expose the positions of Ukrainian troops. This attempt was unsuccessful and the group was neutralized.
In the Donetsk direction, Russia continued its attempts to improve the tactical position in the directions of the cities of Kramatorsk and Bakhmut with assault actions.
In the Kramatorsk direction, Russian forces launched artillery fire near Kryvya Luka, Spirne, Hryhorivka, Vyimka, Siversk, and Dronivka. Thay conducted an airstrike near Serebryanka. They also led an assault in the direction of Bilohorivka - Verkhnokamianske, before suffering losses and withdrawing.
In the direction of Bakhmut, artillery shelled the districts of Bakhmut, Soledar, Yakovlivka, Fedorivka, Bakhmut, Pokrovske, Vershyna, Zaytseve, Sukha Balka and Vesele. Airstrikes near Yakovlivka and Pokrovske.
Ukrainian soldiers successfully repelled enemy assaults in the settlement of Berestove and in the directions of Volodymyrivka - Soledar and Roty - Semihirya. The enemy, with losses, withdrew.
The Russian enemy did not conduct active offensives in the Avdiyivka, Novopavlivka, and Zaporizhzhya directions. Shelling was recorded, in particular, in the districts of Piskiv, Kostyantynivka, Avdiivka, and Gulyaipol. The occupiers carried out airstrikes near Novoandriivka, Kamianske and Olhivske.
In the Southern Buh direction, Russian forces are defending and trying to prevent the advancement of units of the Ukrainian Defense Forces deep into the temporarily captured territory. The enemy shelled the areas of Osokorivka, Tokarevo, Ivanivka, Andriivka, Kiselivka, Partyzanske, Kavkaz, Stepova Dolyna, Kotlyareve and Polyana settlements with artillery and tanks. There were airstrikes near Lyubomirivka and Novomykolaivka.
In the waters of the Black Sea, Russia's naval group continues to perform the specified tasks of covering the land group and isolating the area of hostilities. At the moment, there are two Kalibr sea-based cruise missile carriers outside the bases.
Russian occupiers continue to actively use prohibited types of weapons - phosphorous and cluster ammunition. Such and other violations of the laws and customs of war are systematically recorded and documented for international criminal institutions. In the meantime, Ukrainian units continue to successfully carry out missile and artillery fire missions in the designated directions. It is increasingly difficult for the enemy to replenish losses, especially in manpower.
On the territory of the Nikolaev enterprise "Nikolaevstroytrans" during the past day , the points of deployment of the 28th and 79th brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) were struck . Up to 200 militants and more than 20 units of military equipment were destroyed there.
In Novomikhailovka, Zaitsevo and Seversk, as well as in Maly Shcherbaki, four command and observation posts of the 54th, 17th, 107th and 65th brigades were hit. Artillery and aviation covered 142 areas of concentration of enemy troops with their fire, including the places of deployment of foreign mercenaries in Kharkov and the Black Hundred nationalist formation in Bakhmut.
On the territory of Mykolaiv, Zaporozhye regions, as well as in the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), eight enemy ammunition depots were destroyed. Batteries of multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) Uragan, Giatsint-B and Grad, as well as seven platoons of Msta-B howitzers and D-30 guns, were suppressed.
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, in addition to this , clarifies that on July 24, as a result of an attack on a military facility in Lyubimovka, a warehouse with more than 100 missiles for the HIMARS MLRS, as well as up to 120 security personnel, foreign mercenaries and technical specialists, was destroyed.
Also, according to the results of the past 24 hours, the air defense of the Russian Armed Forces shot down the Mi-8 of the Ukrainian Air Force over Barmashovo, nine drones and ten MLRS shells over the liberated territories.
Kherson authorities today reported a terrorist attack: an explosive device went off on the way of a police car, two employees were injured. According to preliminary data, the incident occurred near Admiral Senyavin Avenue.
The military department of the DPR reported on six dead and 14 wounded soldiers of the People's Militia at the end of the day. Today, the Armed Forces of Ukraine fired at 14 settlements of the republic with the use of over 400 shells, which led to the death of four civilians and the injury of eight. 25 residential buildings and five civilian infrastructure facilities were damaged.
During the day, allied artillery attacked enemy positions along the entire line of contact, and fortified areas in the Avdiivka direction were especially actively shelled - apparently, as part of a counter-battery fight. Stubborn battles continue east of Bakhmut and Soledar.
Meanwhile, the People's Militia of the Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) is constantly shelling units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the areas of Seversk and Soledar.
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