Russo-Ukraine War - 03 August 2022 - Day 161
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, as a result of a Ukrainian strike against a Russian ammunition train in Kherson oblast, southern Ukraine, it is highly unlikely the rail link connecting Kherson with Crimea remains operational. Russian forces are likely to repair the railway line within a few days, although it will remain a vulnerability for Russia forces and their logistical resupply route from Crimea into Kherson.
Russia has promoted the ferry crossing recently established to replace the damaged Antonovsky Bridge over the Dnipro river in Kherson as for civilian use, however Russian military forces will almost certainly utilise it for troop movements and logistical resupply.
It is likely that we will see an increase in civilians attempting to flee Kherson and the surrounding area as hostilities continue and food shortages worsen. This will create pressure on transport nodes and routes, likely resulting in measures to control movement being implemented.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported no major changes on the Volyn, Polissya, and Siversky directions. On the Siversky, Russian forces shelled the areas of Seredyna Buda, Ryzhivka and Zhuravka settlements of the Sumy 0blast with barrel artillery.
In the Kharkiv direction, Russian forces carried out fire damage from tanks, barrel and jet artillery in the areas of the settlements of Duvanka, Dementiivka, Zolochiv, Prudyanka, Svitlychne, Pytomnyk, Ruska Lozova, Lisne, Ruski Tyshki, Cherkaski Tyshky, Petrivka, Mykhailivka, Korobochkyne, Stara Hnylytsia, Mospanove, Pryshyb, Peremoha, Ukrainka, Rubizhne, Verkhniy Saltiv, Stary Saltiv, Molodova and Velyka Babka. They also conducted an airstrike near Prudyanka, and conducted UAV aerial reconnaissance near Petrivka, Fedorivka and Dementiivka. Radio-electronic warfare was also reported in Ivanivka, Studenka, Vasylenkove and Hetmanivka districts.
In the Slovyansk direction, Russian forces fired artillery of various calibers in the areas of Protopopivka, Velyka Komyshuvakha, Mechebylove, Husarivka, Chepil, Nortsivka, Dolyna, Mazanivka, Krasnopillia settlements. Novopavlivka, Dovgenke, Dibrivne, Brazhkivka, Virnopillya, Chervone, Karnaukhivka, Ridne, Adamivka, Bogorodychne and Mayak. In the Kramatorsk direction, shelling was recorded near Zvanivka, Starodubivka, Spirne, Siversk, Verkhnokamyanske, Pyskunivka, and Hryhorivka.
In the Bakhmut direction, Russian forces fired from tanks, barrel and rocket artillery in the areas of the settlements of Bakhmut, Bakhmutske, Berestove, Soledar, Yakovlivka, Zaitseve, Travneve, Kodema, Mayorsk, Pidgorodne, Vesela Dolyna, Pokrovske, Krasnopolivka, Bilohorivka and Vesele. Russian troops also carried out airstrikes near Bakhmutske, Soledar, Berestove, Yakovlivka, and Klynove.
The Russian invaders carried out assaults in the Berestove area and in the directions of Volodymyrivka – Yakovlivka, Pokrovske – Bakhmut, Volodymyrivka – Soledar, Vidrodzhennya – Kodema, Vidrodzhenmya – Zaytseve, Semihirya – Kodema and Dolomitne – Semihirya. Ukrainian soldiers repelled all enemy assault attempts, inflicting losses on them and pushing them back.
In the Avdiivka direction, Russian forces fired tanks and artillery at the districts of New York, Krasnohorivka, Avdiivka, Pisky, Netaylove, and Kamyanka.
Russian forces tried to launch an offensive in the directions of Novoselivka Druga - Krasnohorivka, Spartak - Avdiivka, Vasylivka - Krasnohorivka, Mineralne - Avdiivka, and in the direction of Donetsk - Pisky, but were unsuccessful and retreated.
On the Novopavlivske and Zaporizhzhia areas, shelling was recorded in the areas of Maryinka, Novomykhailivka, Bogoyavlenka, Shevchenko, Volodymyrivka, Pavlivka, Velyka Novosilka, Vuhledar, Prechystivka, Novopilla, Zelene Pole, Novosilka, Zaliznychne, Mali Shcherbaky, Kamianske, Mala Tokmachka , Lukyanivske, Neskuchne, Poltavka, Mohyla Storozhova, Olhivske, Novoandriivka, Novodanylivka, Chervone, Bilohirya and Vremivka. The enemy launched airstrikes near Novosilka, Novopola and Poltavka.
All Russian attempts to advance in the direction of Maryinka and Bilohirka were nullified by Ukrainian defenders.
In the South Buh region, Russian forces fired from tanks, barrel and rocket artillery in the areas of Mykolaiv, Prybuzke, Zorya, Luch, Posad-Pokrovske, Lymany, Lupareve, Partyzanske, Kobzartsi, Nova Zorya, Andriivka, Bila Krynytsia, Chervonyi Yar, Lepetyha, Halitsynove, Lyubomirivka and Chervona Dolyna. They carried out an air strike near the Andriivka tract. They also led an offensive in the direction of Bilohirka, but had no success, and withdrew.
All the while, Russian forces have continued to conduct UAV aerial reconnaissance.
In the waters of the Black Sea, two Kalibr sea-based cruise missile carriers are in readiness for the use of high-precision weapons.
The threat of missile strikes on military facilities and critical infrastructure facilities on the territory of Ukraine remains.
Russian forces are demoralized by the total resistance of the Ukrainian people. It is becoming more and more difficult for the Russian command to replenish the units that suffer losses in the senseless war it has unleashed. Russian propaganda continues to lie, inventing non-existent victories and covering up the crimes of its army and mercenaries.
According to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, in the city of Radekhiv, Lviv region, a warehouse of foreign weapons brought to Ukraine through Poland was destroyed. In total, over the past day, three command posts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) were destroyed, incl. 72nd and 65th brigades in Vesela Dolina and Yulyevka. At the same time, four ammunition depots and a fuel storage facility were hit in the Mykolaiv region and the Kyiv-controlled part of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR).
Artillery and aviation of the Russian Armed Forces covered 133 enemy concentration areas, and air defense systems shot down five drones of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and two Tochka-U missiles over Chernobaevka over the liberated territories.
In Nortsovka, units of the Ukrainian 132nd reconnaissance battalion, which suffered heavy losses as a result of artillery actions, refused to obey the orders of the command and retreated beyond the Seversky Donets.
Russia Today TV channel reports that its war correspondent Andrey Filatov was wounded near Avdiivka. Being among the fighters of the 1st separate Slavic motorized rifle brigade of the People's Militia of the DPR, the man received a shrapnel wound in the leg.
Specialists of the explosive service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) defused an explosive device left by the Kiev security forces in the basement of an apartment building in Lisichansk. It was attached to gas cylinders, the detonation of which was capable of causing the collapse of the building.
The demining of reservoirs of the LPR continues. Russian military divers daily eliminate explosive objects in rivers and lakes.
The people's militia of the DPR announced the death of four of its fighters and the wounding of nine more during the day. At the same time, the Armed Forces of Ukraine fired over 340 shells at eight settlements, as a result of which two civilians died and nine were injured. 37 residential buildings and five civil infrastructure facilities were damaged.
Throughout the day, allied forces were active along the entire line of contact in the DPR, alternating artillery shelling with direct assaults. So far, unconfirmed information is coming from the field about the assignment of the RF Armed Forces and the NM of the DPR in certain settlements.
Deputy Minister of Information of the DPR Daniil Bezsonov announced that the People's Militia fighters had occupied the southern outskirts of Maryinka, from where Ukrainian troops were pushed back during the day.
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