Russo-Ukraine War - 01 August 2022 - Day 159
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 first ship carrying Ukrainian grain was on its way to Istanbul after it set off from the Black Sea port of Odesa on August 1 under a UN-brokered deal. The Sierra Leone-flagged cargo ship Razoni was carrying more than 26,000 tons of corn bound for Lebanon. Under the agreement, ships going in and out of Ukrainian ports are to be inspected to make sure they not carrying weapons or other non-food items.
The US government announced on 01 August the seventeenth drawdown since August 2021 of up to $550 million in arms and equipment from U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) inventories for Ukraine's self-defense. The announcement included more ammunition for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) and also an additional 75,000 rounds for 155mm artillery systems that Ukraine's forces have been using so effectively on the battlefield to defend their country.
The UK Ministry of Defence reported that over the last four days, Russia has continued to attempt tactical assaults on the Bakhmut axis, northeast of Donetsk, only managing to make slow progress. As briefed by the Ukrainian authorities last week, Russia is likely reallocating a significant number of its forces from the northern Donbas sector to southern Ukraine.
Russia is probably adjusting the operational design of its Donbas offensive after failing to make a decisive operational breakthrough under the plan it had been following since April. It has likely identified its Zaporizhzhia front as a vulnerable area in need of reinforcement.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that the situation had not undergone significant changes in the Volyn and Polissya directions.
In the Siversky direction, Russian forces were reported to have fired barrel and rocket artillery at civilian infrastructure in the areas of Senkivka and Lypkivka of the Chernihiv oblast and Staraya Huta, Pavlivka, Pokrovka and Bilopylla in the Sumy oblast, and to also have conducted aerial reconnaissance of the UAVs near Hremyach and Hlukhiv. They also deployed radio-electronic warfare complexes.
In the Kharkiv direction, Russian forces carried out artillery shelling of the districts of Kharkiv, Prudyanka, Nove and fourteen other settlements. Using reconnaissance units, they tried to expose the firing positions of Ukrainian troops, but had to withdraw.
In the Slovyansk direction, Russian forces fired tanks and artillery of various calibers on the areas of the settlements of Nortsivka, Chepil, Hrushuvakha, Ridne, Virnopillya, Husarivka, Dibrivne, Dolyna and Adamivka.
In the vicinity of Mazanivka, Ukrainian Defense Forces exposed and neutralized an enemy reconnaissance group.
In the Kramatorsk direction, due to significant losses of manpower, military equipment and the low level of morale and psychological state of personnel, Russian forces did not conduct active offensive actions. They did shell the positions of Ukrainian troops and civilian infrastructure in the areas of the settlements of Siversk, Kryva Luka, Serebryanka, Ivano-Daryivka, Hryhorivka, Zvanivka, Verkhnyokamianske and Spirne from tanks, barrel and rocket artillery, while also conducting airstrikes near Serebryanka and Hryhorivka and conducting UAV-based aerial reconnaissance for the purpose of reconnaissance of logistics support routes and critical infrastructure facilities.
In the direction of Bakhmut, Russian forces used tanks and artillery near Berestove, Soledar, Bakhmut, Kostyantynivka, Vesela Dolyna, Zaitseve, Vershyna, Kodema, Vesele, and Travneve. They also carried out airstrikes on the settlements of Pokrovske, Novoluhanske, Soledar, Vershina, Yakovlivka, Bakhmut and Kodema.
In the area of Yakovlivka, Russian forces tried to conduct reconnaissance but were discovered and suffered losses, with the remainder fleeing.
Russian forces tried to improve their tactical position in the areas of Soledar, Vershyna and Bakhmut with assault actions, but were unsuccessful and retreated.
In the Avdiyiv direction, Russian forces fired near Novokalynovoy, Novobakhmutivka, Pisky and Krasnohorivka. They conducted an airstrike near New York. They also led assaults in the directions of Avdiyivka and Pisky, without success.
Russian forces did not conduct active offensives in the Novopavlivsk and Zaporizhzhia directions. They carried out systematic shelling of civilian and military infrastructure in the areas of Maryinka, Pavlivka, Novosilka, Novopilla, Malynivka, Hulyaipole, Hulyaipilske, Orihiv and Kamianske.
Ukrainian soldiers nullified all attempts of the Russian occupiers to advance in the direction of Maryinka. In order to identify Ukrainian troops and adjust their fire, they conducted aerial reconnaissance. They are continuing to regroup, and strengthen their troops in the south of Ukraine.
In the South Buh direction, the Russian force's main efforts are focused on holding previously occupied positions and preventing the advance of Ukrainian units.
Russian forces conducted shelling from tanks, barrel and rocket artillery along the contact line, carried out airstrikes near Bila Krynytsia and Andriivka, and conducted UAV aerial reconnaissance.
Russian engineering units were reported to be trying to restore destroyed and damaged bridges and bridge crossings across the Dnipro River.
The Russian Ministry of Defense in a daily briefing reported that during the day, a precision strike on the territory of the Ukrainian Energy Machines plant in Kharkov destroyed two American launchers of HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS), 53 Ukrainian nationalists and foreign mercenaries. Also in the Kharkiv region, a blow was struck at the deployment point of the 92nd mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, up to 200 nationalists and 7 armored vehicles were eliminated.
Due to large irretrievable losses in the 93rd brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Kharkiv direction and in the 128th brigade in the Zaporozhye direction, there is a mass desertion of the personnel of these formations to the central and western regions of Ukraine.
Operational-tactical and army aviation, missile forces and artillery destroyed 2 ammunition depots near Seversk and Kalenikov (Donetsk People's Republic, DPR), a center for supplying fuel and lubricants to the Armed Forces equipment near Nikopol (Dnipropetrovsk region), as well as manpower and military enemy equipment in 239 areas. In the region of Veliky Dalnik (Odessa region), the launcher of the American Harpoon anti-ship missile system was destroyed.
An artillery battery of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was destroyed during a counter-battery fight in the Umansky region (DPR). 8 Ukrainian platoons of the Grad MLRS and six artillery and mortar platoons were suppressed in the areas of the settlements of Sukhaya Balka, Petrovskoye, Vodyanoye, Tonenkoye, Kurdyumovka and Dzerzhinsk (DPR).
Air defense systems of the Russian Armed Forces shot down 10 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the areas of Makeevka and Petropavlovka (DPR), Lyubimovka (Zaporozhye region), as well as Chervony Yar, Krasny, Andreevka, Plants, Vernopolye and Izyum (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 over 230 shells from the Grad MLRS, barreled artillery with a caliber of 155, 152 and 122-mm, 120-mm mortars across the territory of the republic. The fire was fired at the districts of 9 settlements, a civilian was killed, 2 more civilians were injured.
Engineering crews of the RF Armed Forces neutralize the "Petal" mines scattered by Ukrainian militants in Donetsk. The Uran-6 robotic complex is participating in the clearing of the territory.
According to the Rybar Telegram channel , the allied forces are actively advancing in the Avdiivka direction. They managed to advance to the southern outskirts of Avdeevka and reach the southeastern regions of Pesok. The Armed Forces of Ukraine are trying to slow down the advance of the units of the RF Armed Forces and the NM of the DPR, firing barrage at the areas south of Avdiivka, Panteleimonovka, Novoselovka 2nd, Yegorovka and others.
The battles for Semigorye continue, information is received about the advance of the advancing troops in Krasnogorovka. In Pisky, according to military correspondent Andrey Rudenko , the Somali battalion broke through the enemy defenses and entrenched itself on the outskirts.
The head of the DPR Denis Pushilin said that the statements of the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky about the evacuation from the territories of the republic controlled by Kiev are intended to reduce the legitimacy of the referendum on joining the region to the Russian Federation.
"When these settlements are liberated within the framework of the DPR, he will say that there were no people there, what kind of referendum was there? ... This is by no means a concern for the civilian population," Pushilin said.
The head of the administration of Pervomaisk , Sergey Kolyagin , said in the morning that the city was shelled by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. As a result, the building of the Pervomaiskugol enterprise was damaged.
The People's Militia of the LPR congratulated the home front workers on their professional holiday.
"Continuing the glorious traditions of previous generations, the rear soldiers to this day are fighting world Nazism, protecting the civilian population from the criminal Kyiv regime," the department noted.
The State Bank of the LPR opened a branch in Kremennaya, which was liberated from the Kyiv security forces. This was reported by "LuganskInformCentre" with reference to the press service of the financial institution.
Minister of Education of the LPR Ivan Kusov held a meeting with directors of schools in Rubizhne. Following the meeting, he said that the city is preparing to launch the work of 3 schools, but in case of an increase in the number of students, 2 more institutions can be opened. Kindergartens are also getting ready to return to work.
Completed work on the gas supply system of Lugansk. They were carried out by specialists from Russia. Since May, they have been modernizing gas networks in the capital of the republic, replacing 88 regulatory points, installing a 200-meter section of a high-pressure gas pipeline in Shishkovo, and looping a 50-meter gas pipeline in Yekaterinovka.
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