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Russo-Ukraine War - 28 July 2022 - Day 155

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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 State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Germany of thirty-five (35) F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Conventional Take Off and Landing (CTOL) aircraft, along with munitions, and related equipment for an estimated cost of $8.4 billion.

Russian forces have taken over the Vuhlehirsk power plant, Ukraine's second-biggest power plant, in the eastern Donetsk region and were reported to be carrying out a "massive redeployment" of troops to three regions in southern Ukraine. The capture of the Soviet-era coal-fired plant marked Russia's first strategic gain in more than three weeks.

The UK Ministry of Defence reported that Ukraine's counter-offensive in Kherson is gathering momentum. Their forces have highly likely established a bridgehead south of the Ingulets River, which forms the northern boundary of Russian-occupied Kherson.

Ukraine has used its new long range artillery to damage at least three of the bridges across the Dnipro River which Russia relies upon to supply the areas under its control. One of these, the 1000 metre long Antonivsky bridge near Kherson city, was damaged last week. Ukraine struck it again on 27 July 2022 and it is highly likely that the crossing is now unusable.

Russia's 49th Army is stationed on the west bank of the Dnipro River and now looks highly vulnerable. Similarly, Kherson city, the most politically significant population centre occupied by Russia, is now virtually cut off from the other occupied territories. Its loss would severely undermine Russia's attempts to paint the occupation as a success.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that the Russian enemy was focusing its main efforts on establishing full control over the territories of Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts, maintaining the captured Kherson and Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, Mykolaiv oblast's parts, creating favorable conditions for resuming the offensive in certain directions, as well as blocking Ukraine's maritime communications in the Black Sea.

The combat, numerical composition and nature of actions of the enemy group remained without significant changes, as it continued to carry out air and missile strikes, in particular from the territory of the Republic of Belarus.

On the Volyn and Polissya directions, the engineering equipment of the positions of units that arrived for rotation was recorded. The presence of aerial reconnaissance by UAVs used to locate the positions of Ukrainian troops, expose the air defense system and control the camouflage of their units, was noted.

According to available information, the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation is intensifying counter-intelligence measures in the border areas with Ukraine in the Siverskyy direction. Russian forces carried out artillery fire near Mykolaivka in the Chernihiv oblast and Tovstodubovo and Ryasne in the Sumy oblast.

In the Kharkiv direction, artillery shelling was recorded in the areas of Kharkiv, Dementiivka, Mospanove, Sosnivka, Udy, Cherkaski Tyshky, Stary Saltiv, Tsirkuny, Protopivka, Zlochiv, Ruski Tyshki, Petrivka, Pryshyb, Prudyanka and Kalynove settlements. Russian forces launched an airstrike near Rusky Tyshky. The use of UAVs to conduct aerial reconnaissance was also observed.

In the Slovyansk direction, with the aim of finding weak points in the defense of our units, the Russian occupiers conducted assaults in the Dovhenke - Mazanivka and Pasika - Dolyna directions, without success. Artillery shelling was noted in the areas of Andriivka, Nortsivka, Bohorodychne, Chepil, Velyka Komyshuvaha, Petrivske and Husarivka settlements.

Russian forces did not conduct active operations in the Kramatorsk direction. They did shell the districts of Zakitne, Verkhnyokamyanske and Tetyanivka with artillery, and also conducted airstrike near Serebryanka.

In the Bakhmut direction, Russian forces attempted to improve their tactical position, but Ukrainian soldiers repelled the assaults in the Klynove - Bakhmut and Myronivskyi - Semihirya directions and forced the invaders to retreat. The Russian forces has partial success in the direction of Vidrodzhennya - Vershyna, and are entrenched southeast of the settlement of Vershyna. Their attempt to advance in the directions Volodymyrivka – Soledar and Streapivka – Soledar ended in failure.

Russian forces carried out artillery fire in the areas of the settlements of Bilohorivka, Mykolaivka, Nova Kamyanka, Vesela Dolyna, Kodema, Semihirya and New York. Airstrikes near Yakovlivka, Pokrovsky and Soledar.

Russian troops did not conduct active operations in the Avdiyivka, Novopavlivka, and Zaporizhzhia directions. In order to strengthen the grouping of troops in the Zaporizhzhia direction, additional units are being transferred.

Artillery shelling was recorded in the areas of Vremivka, Krasnohorivka, Maryinka, Novokalynove, Opytne, Stepnohirsk, Biloghirya, Volodymyrivka, Velyka Novosilka, Mykilske, Malynivka and Pervomaiske settlements. Russian aviation was used near Avdiyivka, Maryinka, Pavlivka, Kamianske and Maly Shcherbaky.

In the South Buh direction, Russia is concentrating its efforts on holding the occupied lines and returning lost positions in the Kryvorizka direction.

In the waters of the Black Sea, outside the base points, there are three carriers of sea-based cruise missiles of the "Kalibr" type.

In order to constrain Ukrainian actions, Russian forces are shelling from barrel artillery, rocket salvo systems and tanks in the areas of Trudolyubivka, Potemkyne, Posad-Pokrovske, Andriivka, Blahodatne, Ternivka, Chervona Dolyna, Prybuzke, and Luparevo. Made an airstrike near Novopetrivka.

Ukrainian soldiers repulsed the assault in the direction of Bruskynske - Bilohirka. The occupiers suffered losses and withdrew.

The Russian Ministry of Defense at a briefing said that up to 70 personnel and more than 5 armored vehicles were destroyed by a high-precision strike of the Russian Aerospace Forces on the deployment point of the battalion of the 72nd brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Bakhmut (Donetsk People's Republic, DPR). In the Topolinoye area (Kherson region), as a result of the RF Aerospace Forces, a high-precision weapon was hit at the location of the battalion of the 60th Infantry Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which almost completely lost its combat capability.

During the retreat on July 25 from Pokrovsky (DPR), the remnants of the 15th battalion of the 58th brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were shot by the militants of the territorial defense, who occupied positions in the Bakhmutsky area.

Aviation, missile forces and artillery hit 9 command posts in the DPR, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions, as well as manpower and military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in 173 districts per day. 6 ammunition depots were destroyed in the DPR and the Nikolaev region. In the Kramatorsk region, a Su-35C fighter of the Russian Aerospace Forces destroyed the launcher of the S-300 anti-aircraft missile system.

During the counter-battery fight, 2 batteries of multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) "Uragan" and a battery of howitzers "Msta-B" in the DPR were hit. 5 platoons of D-20 guns and 9 platoons of D-30 guns were suppressed in the DPR, Kharkov and Nikolaev regions.

Air defense systems of the Russian Armed Forces destroyed 3 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the Kharkiv region and the DPR per day. 11 MLRS shells were intercepted in the Kherson and Kharkov regions and in the DPR.


The people's militia of the DPR in the evening report reported that since the beginning of the day, Ukrainian armed formations had fired over 300 shells from the Grad MLRS, barreled artillery of 155, 152 and 122-mm caliber, 120-mm mortars, and also used unguided aircraft rockets across the territory of the republic caliber 80 mm.

Areas of 14 settlements came under fire. As a result of the attacks, 13 civilians were injured, 38 residential buildings and 11 civilian infrastructure facilities were damaged.

Fighting continues in the regions of Semigorye and Veselaia Dolina. In the Slavic direction, clashes are recorded near Sidorovo and Dolina. On Soledarsky - in the areas of Bakhmutsky and on the outskirts of Soledar itself, as well as near Yakovlevka and Belogorovka.

First Deputy Minister of Information of the DPR Daniil Bezsonov announced the advance of the allied forces north of Avdiivka and the breakthrough of the defense between Peski and Krasnohorivka, as well as massive shelling of the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Maryinka.

British mercenary Aiden Eslin , sentenced to death in the DPR , said he does not receive support from London or Kiev. According to him, the British authorities refuse to establish contact with Donetsk, since they do not officially recognize the People's Republic. According to Eslin, this approach is hypocritical.

The Ministry of Communications of the Republic said that television and radio broadcasting were launched in test mode in Mariupol. In addition, the acting head of the department , Igor Khalepa , noted that cellular communications have been restored on 80% of the city's territory.


Intelligence of the Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) has information about sending a large group of military psychologists to the zone of the special operation by Kyiv. Their goal is to identify pro-Russian citizens and plant Russophobic sentiments in the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and among the population, said Andrey Marochko , officer of the NM LPR .

Assistant Minister of the Interior of the LPR Vitaly Kiselev said, citing informed sources, that the Ukrainian authorities did not intend to fight the smuggling of weapons supplied by Western countries. Kyiv fears that this will provoke a stir and lead to a disruption in the supply of weapons.

RIA Novosti showed how the training base of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was arranged in a rest house near Lisichansk. The source of the agency said that Ukrainian security forces were mainly stationed at the facility, but foreign mercenaries were also present. Foreign instructors were engaged in preparation.

The special forces of the Russian Guard during reconnaissance and search activities in the LPR found 12 tanks and BMP-2 abandoned by the retreating units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Also, during the inspection, 5 12.7 mm Utes machine guns, over 100 grenades for a 40 mm foreign-made CR16 automatic grenade launcher, cartridges of various calibers for small arms were seized.

The head of the people's republic, Leonid Pasechnik , said that the territory of Severodonetsk had been cleared of mines by more than 50%. He clarified that the approaches to water, gas and electricity will be freed first of all.

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