Russo-Ukraine War - 31 July 2022 - Day 158
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, on 28 July 2022, Russia fired at least 20 missiles into northern Ukraine from Belarusian territory. This follows Russia's use of Belarusian territory to launch the main thrusts of its failed attempt to take Kyiv in February.
Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko continues to follow Moscow's line on the Ukraine conflict, stating on 21 July that Ukraine must accept Russia's demands for the war to stop. His regime has become ever more authoritarian, with the expansion of the death penalty for 'preparing terrorist acts'. His increasing and baseless accusations of Western designs on Belarus and Ukraine likely indicate that he has become almost wholly dependent on Russia.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that the situation had not changed in the Volyn and Polissya directions, units of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus were carrying out the task of strengthening the protection of the section of the Belarusian-Ukrainian border in the Brest and Gomel regions.
In the Siversky direction, Russian forces shelled the areas of the settlements of Hai and Senkivka in Chernihiv oblast and Shevchenko, Ryzhivka, Bilopillia, Iskryskivshchyna and Romashkove in Sumy oblast with barrel and rocket artillery. it also conducted an aerial reconnaissance of the UAV near the Zaliznyy Mist in Chernihiv oblast.
In the Kharkiv direction, Russian forces carried out fire damage from barrel and rocket artillery in the areas of the settlements of Kharkiv, Duvanka, Udy, Dementiivka, Petrivka, Prudyanka, Pytomnyk, Pryshyb, Pushkarne, Ruski Tyshky, Protopopivka, Verkhnya Rohanka, Korobochkyne, Borschova, Stary Saltiv, Ruska Lozova, Slatyne and Sosnivka. Made an airstrike near Stary Saltiv. They unsuccessfully tried to advance in the direction of Husarivka and were repulsed and left.
In the Slovyansk direction, Russian forces used artillery to shell the areas of the settlements of Slovyansk, Andriyivka, Dolyna, Dovhenke, Kurulka, Husarivka, Adamivka, Bohorodychne, Krasnopillya, Karnaukhivka, Chervone, Semilanne, Hrushuvaha, and Chervona Polyana. In the Kramatorsk direction, they fired from barrel, rocket artillery and tanks in the districts of Siversk, Kalenyky, Pereizne, Zvanivka, Viimka, Verkhnyokamyanske, Kryvya Luka, Spirne and Serebryanka. Airstrikes near Spirne and Hryhorivka.
In the Serebryanka region, a reconnaissance group tried to identify the positions of Ukrainian troops, but was unsuccessful and withdrew. They used UАVs for reconnaissance near Hryhorivka.
In the direction of Bakhmut, Russian forces shelled the areas of Kodema, Vershyna, Travneve, Bakhmut, Zaytseve, Soledar, Yakovlivka, Pokrovske and Bilohorivka settlements. Under the cover of aviation, Russian forces tried to improve their tactical position in the areas of Vershyna, Soledar, Yakovlivka, and Pokrovske. Ukrainian soldiers thwarted these plans with accurate fire. After unsuccessful assaults, the Russian occupiers retreated.
In the Avdiivka direction, Russian forces, using available means of fire damage, fired near Nevelske, Umanske, New York, Krasnohorivka, Avdiivka, Pisky, and Novobakhmutivka. Russian army aircraft struck the settlements of Avdiyivka, Novoselivka, and Yuryivka.
Russian forces tried to advance in the districts of Kamianka and Pisky. Here the assault failed. In the Avdiivka region, individual Russian units met with partial success.
In the Novopavlivske direction, shelling was recorded in the areas of Maryinka, Prechystivka, Velyka Novosilka, Novopilla, Novosilka, Vremivka, Bilohirya, Zelene Pole, Pavlivka, Olhivske, Vuhledar, Novoukrainka, Temyrivka, Stepnohirsk, Hulyaipilske, Mala Tokmachka, Zaliznychne, Nesteryanka and Mali Shcherbaky. Russian attack and army aircraft struck near Maly Shcherbaky, Stepove, Maryinka and Yehorivka. They also carried out aerial reconnaissance by UAVs near Stepnohirsk and Myrne.
The movement of separate Russian units from Sloviansk to Zaporizhzhia was recorded.
In the South Buh direction, Russia is concentrating its efforts on holding the occupied lines and preventing the Defense Forces from creating favorable conditions for resuming the offensive. Uses available means of fire damage to attack the positions of our troops, destroy civilian and military infrastructure along the contact line and in the depth of the defense.
Russia's naval group in the waters of the Black and Azov Seas focuses its main efforts on blocking civilian shipping in the northwestern part of the Black Sea and damaging military facilities and infrastructure elements deep in the territory of Ukraine. Four sea-based cruise missile carriers are ready for strikes with high-precision weapons.
By a strike of high-precision weapons at the Mechanical College named after. Morozov in Kharkov over the past day , up to 350 militants from the Ukrainian national battalion "Kraken" were disabled, and 11 units of military equipment were also destroyed .
During the same period, 13 command posts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (APU), four ammunition depots, as well as 227 areas of concentration of enemy troops were hit by artillery and aviation. Near Potemkino, Belogorka and Belaya Krinitsa, up to 100 nationalists and 25 units of military equipment were liquidated in total.
During the counter-battery fight near Novopavlovka, the M777 howitzer was destroyed, and in the area of \u200b\u200bNikolaevka, the Uragan multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) and the transport-loading vehicle were destroyed.
Air defense forces shot down five Ukrainian drones and 11 MLRS missiles over the liberated territories.
During the day, while performing military duty, three defenders of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) were killed and eight more were injured. The Armed Forces of Ukraine fired more than 230 shells at six settlements, killing one civilian and injuring two. Six residential buildings and civilian infrastructure were damaged.
Ukrainian artillery continues to scatter anti-personnel mines "Lepestok" in residential areas of DPR cities. In addition to local sappers, Russian specialists were involved in their liquidation , using, among other things, specialized equipment.
The armed forces of the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR), together with Russian units, are conducting continuous artillery fire in the Bakhmut direction, suppressing enemy firing points.
Also in the 2nd Army Corps of the LPR, an assault battalion " Storm " was formed, created to fight in urban and industrial buildings. In preparation, emphasis was placed on the versatility of each fighter, so that if one of the comrades was out of action, the nearest soldier could take his place and continue the task.
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