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Russo-Ukraine War - 30 July 2022 - Day 157

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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, it is likely that Ukraine has successfully repelled small scale Russian assaults from the long-established front line near Donetsk city in the Donbas. In the Kherson area, Russian forces have highly likely established two pontoon bridges and a ferry system to compensate for the fact that nearby bridges have been damaged in recent strikes.

Across the newly occupied territories in southern Ukraine, Russian-installed authorities are highly likely under increasing pressure from Moscow to consolidate their control over the region and prepare for referendums on joining Russia later in the year. Russia currently classes the occupied areas as under interim 'civil-military administration'. Local authorities are likely coercing the population into disclosing personal details in order to compose voting registers.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported the combat, numerical composition and nature of actions of Russian forces remain without significant changes. However, the Russian occupiers have not stopped air and missile attacks on military and civilian objects on the territory of Ukraine.

The situation has not changed in the Volyn, Polissya, and Siversky directions. On the latter, in the border areas, the engineering equipment of the positions and the conducting of aerial reconnaissance by UAVs are ongoing.

In the Kharkiv direction, Russian troops shelled the positions of our troops and civilian objects from tanks, barrel and jet artillery in the areas of the settlements of Kharkiv, Svitlychne, Ruski Tyshky, Duvanka, Pischane, Verkhniy Saltiv, Korobochkyne, Lebyazhe, Petrivske, Nortsivka and Zalyman. They also conducted an airstrike in the Mospanove area.

In the Slovyansk direction, Russian forces launched artillery fire in the areas of Dolyna, Krasnopilla, and Mazanivka. They also tried to conduct an assault near Brazhkivka, but were unsuccessful and retreated.

In the Donetsk direction, Russia is concentrating its efforts on hitting military facilities and infrastructure elements, trying to create conditions for an offensive in the Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Novopavlivka directions in order to improve the tactical position. They have carried out systematic shelling of the positions of Ukrainian troops along the contact line to constrain actions and prevent the transfer of reserves to other directions. Russian aviation conducted systematic combat operations in order to support the actions of ground groups.

In the Kramatorsk direction, Russian forces launched artillery fire in the districts of Kramatorsk, Verkhnyokamyansk, Ivano-Daryivka, and Pereizne. They also conducted an airstrike near Ivano-Daryivka.

In the Bakhmut direction, Russian forces fired at our troops from all available firepower along the contact line in the areas of Berestove, Bilohorivka, Soledar, Bakhmut, Kodema, Travneve, Zaitseve and New York settlements, and also conducted airstrikes near Yakovlivka and Zaitsevo. Russian forces led assault operations in the directions Pylypchatyne - Pokrovske and Dolomitne - Travneve, but were unsuccessful and withdrew.

They also tried to establish control over the settlement of Semyhirya by storming from three directions, and were partially successful, establishing themselves on the outskirts of the settlement.

In the Avdiyivka direction, Russian forces fired at the positions of our troops from tanks, barrel artillery, rocket salvo systems along the contact line and in the areas of Novobakhmutivka, Yasnobrodivka, Avdiivka, Nevelske, Pervomaiske and Krasnohorivka settlements. A Russian airstrike near Avdiivka was reported.

In order to improve their tactical position, russian units led assaults in the directions of Novoselyvka Druha - Krasnohorivka, Spartak - Avdiivka, but were unsuccessful, and had to withdraw. They conducted aerial reconnaissance of the positions of Ukrainian UAVs troops.

In the direction of Novopavlivka, shelling was reported near Novosilka, Maryinka, Mykilske, Vuhledar, Prechystivka, Velyka Novosilka and an airstrike near Maryinka was also noted. Russian forces carried out assaults in the direction of Yehorivka - Pavlivka, were unsuccessful and retreated.

In the Zaporizhzhia direction, Russian forces did not conduct active hostilities, but shelled Ukrainian positions with the use of barrel artillery, MLRS and tank weapons in the areas of Zaliznychne, Novomykhailivka, Bilohirya, Novoandriivka settlements. They also conducted aerial reconnaissance of the position of Ukrainian UAVs troops.

In the Southern Buh direction, Russian forces conducted aerial reconnaissance, shelled the positions of our troops with barrel and jet artillery in the areas of settlements Trudolyubivka, Potemkine, Kam'yane, Karierne, Novohrihorivka, Velike Artakove, Lozove, Kobzartsi, Shyroke, Kyselivka, Zorya, Posad-Pokrovske, Stepova Dolyna, Tavriyske, Mykolaiv and Solonchaky.

It tried to create favorable conditions for the offensive in the direction of Bruskinske - Bilohirka. As a result of fire damage inflicted by Ukrainian units, Russian forces reportedly refused to perform the task.

In the Black Sea and Azov sea zones, Russia's naval group focuses its main efforts on blocking civilian shipping in the northwestern part of the Black Sea and damaging military facilities and infrastructure elements deep within the territory of Ukraine. Two sea-based cruise missile carriers are ready to use high-precision weapons.

The day before, near Yasnobrodovka, the stationing point of the artillery battalion of the 110th brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) was hit, as a result of which an artillery depot and up to 30 enemy soldiers were destroyed . Near Bakhmut, up to 50 militants and eight units of military equipment of the 14th brigade were liquidated.

In Bogodukhov, 30 punishers from the national battalion "Kraken" were destroyed, as well as ten pieces of equipment as a result of a strike on the hangars of a local meat processing plant.

Over the past 24 hours, artillery and aircraft hit eight command posts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, three artillery depots, and 256 enemy concentration areas.

A MiG-29 of the Ukrainian Air Force was shot down over Krivoy Rog. American-made AN/TPQ-36A and AN/TPQ-37 counter-battery radars were destroyed near Nikiforovka and Novovorontsovka.

In addition, two American M777 howitzers were liquidated near Stepnogorsk, a battery of multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) "Uragan" near Kurdyumovka, two batteries of howitzers "Gyatsint-B" in the areas of Kodema and Belaya Gora of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR).

Also, six Grad MLRS platoons, two Gvozdika self-propelled artillery batteries, three D-20 artillery platoons, and four D-30 artillery platoons in the DPR, Zaporozhye and Mykolaiv regions were suppressed.

Air defense systems intercepted 13 enemy drones, six MLRS shells and two Tochka-U missiles.


During the day, the Armed Forces of Ukraine used more than 300 shells during the shelling of 12 settlements of the DPR. One civilian was wounded, 19 residential buildings and four civilian infrastructure facilities were damaged.

In the performance of military duty, four fighters of the People's Militia were killed, 11 more were injured.

Throughout the day, clashes were observed from Krasnogorovka to the outskirts of Seversk, active operations were carried out by allied forces in the Semigorye region. In other directions, the RF Armed Forces continued artillery and aviation processing of Ukrainian positions and strategic facilities.

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