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Russo-Ukraine War - 29 July 2022 - Day 156

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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 UK Ministry of Defence reported that, since March, Russian private military company (PMC) Wagner Group has operated in eastern Ukraine in coordination with the Russian military. Wagner has likely been allocated responsibility for specific sectors of the front line, in a similar manner to normal army units.

This is a significant change from the previous employment of the group since 2015, when it typically undertook missions distinct from overt, large-scale regular Russian military activity.

This new level of integration further undermines the Russian authorities' long-standing policy of denying links between PMCs and the Russian state. Wagner's role has probably changed because the Russian MoD has a major shortage of combat infantry, however Wagner forces are highly unlikely to be sufficient to make a significant difference in the trajectory of the war.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that, on July 28-29, a powerful explosion took place in the temporarily occupied territory of the Donetsk region, in the former correctional colony No. 120 in the city of Olenivka, which was being used as a place of detention for Ukrainian prisoners of war. As a result of the explosion, the premises where the captured Ukrainians were located was destroyed. Many Ukrainians were killed and wounded. The explosions took place on the territory of the industrial zone, in a newly built building that was supposed to be specially equipped to hold prisoners taken out of Azovstal. The equipment of the building was finished 2 days ago, after which part of the detained Ukrainian Defenders were transferred to it. According to the Russians, more than 50 Ukrainian defenders were killed, while the number of wounded was unknown. According to Russian comments, not a single employee of the colony, "DPR" fighter or Russian military who was guarding the premises was injured in the explosion. Immediately after the explosion, Russia accused Ukraine of shelling the penal colony with U.S. weapons and killing Ukrainian soldiers; a claim immediately denied by Ukraine which stated that it attacks "only Russian military facilities: warehouses with fuel, weapons and ammunition, command posts, and military infrastructure facilities. The Ukrainian army has enough means to identify targets, including space reconnaissance systems. Ukraine did not fire rockets and artillery at the village of Olenivka". Moreover, according to Ukraine, "many documented evidences prove the planned nature of this crime and its commission by the Russian side: in particular, the deliberate transfer of fighters to a new premises shortly before the explosion, analysis of the nature of the damage and the movement of the blast wave, interception of the militants' telephone conversations, the absence of shelling in the specified place, and others. All this leaves no doubt: the explosion in Olenivka was a Russian terrorist act and a gross violation of international agreements."

According to Ukraine, the explosions in Olenivka, which led to the death of the Ukrainian prisoners, were a deliberate provocation and an undeniable act of terrorism by the occupying forces. According to the information of the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, it was carried out by mercenaries from the Wagner" (League) PMC under the personal command of the nominal owner of the specified private military company - Yevhen Prigozhin. The organization and execution of the terrorist attack were not coordinated with the leadership of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. The main purpose of the terrorist attack was to hide the facts of total embezzlement of funds allocated for the maintenance of Ukrainian prisoners of war. It is known that on August 1, a commission from Moscow was supposed to arrive at the "object" to check the expenditure of allocated funds and the conditions of detention of prisoners.

Regarding the general strategic situation, on the Volyn and Polissya directions, the situation was reported to not have changed significantly. There were no signs of the creation of offensive groups of the armed forces of the Russian Federation and the armed forces of the Republic of Belarus.

In the Siversky direction, the enemy continued to strike infrastructure objects with barrel and rocket artillery in the border areas of Chernihiv and Sumy oblasts. Russian forces also carried out aerial reconnaissance by UAVs near the village of Hremyach, Chernihiv oblast. In the Kharkiv direction, Russian forces shelled the areas of Kharkiv, Rubizhne, Udy, Dementiiivka, Slatyne, Bazaliivka, Peremoha, Mayak, Zamulivka, Lisne, Sosnivka, Svitlychne, Ivanivka, Korobochkyne and other settlements in the Kharkiv direction. They also carried out an airstrike by the forces of army aviation near Stary Saltiv.

In the Slovyansk direction, Russian forces used barrel, jet artillery and tanks near Dolyna, Bohorodychne, Kurulka, Hrushuvaha, Virnopilla, Sulyhivka and a number of other settlements. Russian army aviation operated near Husarivka. In the Shchurivka area, Ukrainian soldiers discovered and neutralized a Russian reconnaissance group.

In the Kramatorsk direction, Russian forces shelled, in particular, the districts of Siversk, Ivano-Daryivka, Kryva Luka, Serebryanka, Hryhorivka, Zvanivka, Spirne, and Viimka. The airstrike was recorded near Serebryanka and Spirne. A Russian reconnaissance group was discovered near Verkhnokamyanske, fire damage was inflicted on them, and the group retreated. Russia also carried out aerial reconnaissance by UAVs.

In the Bakhmut direction, Russian forces shelled military and civilian infrastructure with artillery and tanks in the areas of Shumy, Kodema, Soledar, Bakhmut, Vesela Dolyna, Travneve, Zaitseve, Vershina and other settlements. Airstrikes was conducted near Pokrovske, Novoluhanske, Soledar and Vesela Dolyna.

Russian forces again tried, without success, to storm the Soledar, Vershyna and Semihirya districts. In the Avdiyivka direction, Russian forces shelled the areas of Pavlivka, Avdiyivka, Vesele, Vuhledar, Vodyane, Velyka Novosilka, Pisky, Novokalynove, Krasnohorivka, Shevchenko and others. Ukrainian soldiers decisively suppressed all Russian offensive and assault actions in the Avdiivka, Kamianka, Krasnohorivka and Pisky areas.

In the Novopavlivsky and Zaporizhzhia directions, Russian forces did not conduct active offensive actions, but continued systematic shelling of civilian infrastructure near Vremivka, Olhivske, Novopole and a large number of other settlements. In the South Buh direction, the Russian main efforts were focused on preventing the advance of Ukrainian troops, supported by the high intensity used of UAV reconnaissance.

Russian forces shelled civilian and military infrastructure in the areas of Ivanivka, Tokarevo, Karierny, Osokorivka, Blagodatny, Kobzartsi and more than thirty other settlements.

The Russian Ministry of Defense in a daily briefing reported that during the day the Russian Armed Forces launched strikes with high-precision weapons at the points of deployment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Kyiv and Chernihiv regions. As a result, the 30th mechanized brigade completely lost its combat effectiveness, the 57th motorized infantry brigade suffered critical losses.

Aviation, missile forces and artillery hit the installation of the Tochka-U missile system, the Armed Forces of Ukraine's weapons and ammunition depot in the Konstantinovka region (Donetsk People's Republic, DPR), manpower and equipment in 275 districts. Su-35S and Su-34 aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces destroyed the launchers of the Tor-M1 anti-aircraft missile system (SAM) in the Kharkiv region and the Buk-M1 air defense system in the DPR.

Air defense systems (air defense) shot down 6 unmanned aerial vehicles in the Kharkiv region and the DPR. 12 MLRS shells were intercepted over the Kherson region and the Luhansk People's Republic (LPR), a Tochka-U ballistic missile was shot down in the Kharkiv region.


The People's Militia of the DPR in the evening report reported that since the beginning of the day, Ukrainian armed formations have fired more than 440 shells from the Grad MLRS, cannon artillery with a caliber of 155, 152 and 122-mm, 120-mm mortars across the territory of the republic.

Areas of 18 settlements came under fire. As a result of the attacks, 2 civilians were killed and 11 civilians were injured. 39 residential buildings and 4 civil infrastructure facilities were damaged.

On the night of July 29, Ukrainian troops attacked Yelenovka from the HIMARS MLRS, the target was colony No. 120. The institution held prisoners of war, among whom were fighters of the Azov battalion ✱ (criminal cases were initiated against members of the formation in the Russian Federation), who had surrendered from the Azovstal plant. According to the Headquarters of the Territorial Defense of the DPR, 53 people were killed, and more than 70 were injured.

The press secretary of the People's Militia of the DPR , Eduard Basurin , said that Kiev knew exactly about the stay of Ukrainian prisoners in the pre-trial detention center in Yelenovka, since Ukraine itself determined the place of their detention. According to DPR Commissioner for Human Rights Daria Morozova , Kiev had the exact coordinates of the barracks with the Ukrainian military. The head of the DPR , Denis Pushilin, linked the shelling of the pre-trial detention center in Yelenovka to the fact that captured militants began to actively testify.

The Investigative Committee of Russia opened a criminal case on prohibited methods of war after the Ukrainian attack on the pre-trial detention center in Yelenovka. The UN expressed concern about the incident, but added that it "does not have first-hand information."

Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Marat Khusnullin informed President Vladimir Putin about the completion of the development of a plan for the complete restoration of Mariupol. The program is designed for 3 years and includes, among other things, the city's airport. It also became known that the Russian Federation will issue housing certificates to Mariupol residents left without housing, according to which they will be able to purchase real estate in any settlement of the DPR. The owners of the affected premises received payments for repairs in the amount of 6,000 rubles per square meter.

DPR Ambassador to Russia Olga Makeeva invited the DPRK to take part in the work of the international tribunal against Ukrainian security forces and mercenaries. She also handed a note to her colleague from North Korea with a proposal to establish diplomatic relations between the states. Makeeva announced Denis Pushilin's readiness to visit the DPRK.

In the DPR, investigations into the case of British mercenaries Dylan Healy and Andrew Hill have been completed, the case is ready for trial.


On the morning of July 29, Ukrainian troops fired at the village of Svatovo from the Tochka-U missile system. As a result, 3 civilians were injured, 4 houses were damaged and destroyed. According to Andrey Marochko , an officer of the People's Militia of the LPR , judging by the trajectory of the projectile, the target of the attack was the city administration.

The head of the Stakhanov administration , Sergei Zhevlakov , and the governor of the Omsk region , Alexander Burkov , signed a bilateral cooperation agreement in Lugansk.

The government of the LPR has created the administration of the pension fund of the republic in the Severodonetsk agglomeration. This was reported by the press service of the cabinet.

Since the beginning of the year, investigators from the prosecutor's office of the Lugansk People's Republic have opened 987 criminal cases on the facts of the use of prohibited means and methods of conflict by the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

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