Russo-Ukraine War - 05 August 2022 - Day 163
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]
Ukraine's Energoatom state nuclear power company said a high-voltage power line at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant had been hit by Russian shelling. The statement said the plant was still operating and no radioactive discharges had been detected, but that one reactor had been disconnected from the network because of damage to the high-voltage power line. This followed a Russian statement that power lines at the plant had been damaged by a Ukrainian artillery strike.
Three more ships filled with a total of about 58,000 tons of corn were authorized to leave Ukrainian ports. The vessels are to be inspected by the Joint Coordination Center to the north of Istanbul.
The UK Ministry of Defence reported that, following five months of occupation, Russia's intentions regarding the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant remain unclear. However, the actions they have undertaken at the facility have likely undermined the security and safety of the plant's normal operations.
Russian forces are probably operating in the regions adjacent to the power station and have used artillery units based in these areas to target Ukrainian territory on the western bank of the Dnipro river.
Russian forces have probably used the wider facility area, in particular the adjacent city of Enerhodar, to rest their forces, utilising the protected status of the nuclear power plant to reduce the risk to their equipment and personnel from overnight Ukrainian attacks.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported no changes on the Volyn and Polissya directions.
In the Siversky direction, Russian units hailing from the Western Military District are positioned in the border areas of the Bryansk and Kursk regions. They are conducting engineering equipment of positions and installation of video surveillance systems.
Russian artillery shelled civilian infrastructure in the areas of Zalizniy Mist and Hremyach settlements in Chernihiv oblast and Starikovo, Sumy oblast.
In the Slobozhansky direction, Russian forces continue to focus its efforts on preventing the Defense Forces from creating favorable conditions for resuming the offensive.
In the Kharkiv direction, Russian forces used barrel and jet artillery to shell the areas of the settlements of Kharkiv, Ruska Lozova, Korobochkyne, Cherkaski Tyshky, Stary Saltiv, and Verkhniy Saltiv. Unmanned aerial vehicles conducted aerial reconnaissance near Ruska Lozova, Mali Prokhody, Husarivka and Chepil.
In the Slovyansk direction, Russian forces did not conduct active offensive actions, but carried out fire damage from artillery of various types near Bohorodychne, Dolyna, Dibrivne, Velika Komyshuvakha, and Ridne.
In the Donetsk direction, Russian forces are concentrating their efforts in the areas of Bakhmut and Avdiivka and trying to create favorable conditions for establishing control over the cities of Soledar and Bakhmut and pushing Ukrainian troops away from the western outskirts of the city of Donetsk.
On the Kramatorsk and Bakhmut directions, Russian forces used tanks, barrel and rocket artillery for shelling near Siversk, Hryhorivka, Verkhnyokamyanske, Bakhmut, Zaytseve, Soledar, Yakovlivka, and Kodema. They conducted an air strike near Vershyna.
With offensive actions, the Russian occupiers tried to capture advantageous lines and improve the tactical position in the areas of Bakhmut, Zaytseve, and Vershyn, but they did not succeed and retreated.
In the Avdiivka direction, artillery shelling was recorded near Avdiivka, Novobakhmutivka, Nevelske, Netailove and Krasnohorivka. Russian forces unsuccessfully tried to advance in the direction of the settlements of Krasnohorivka, Avdiivka and Pisky.
In the Novopavlivskyi and Zaporizhia directions, Russian forces shelled the areas of Maryinka, Volodymyrivka, Novomykhailivka, Velyka Novosilka, Novoandriivka, Kamianske, Novosilka, Charivne, Novopil, Hulyaipole and Neskuchne from tanks, barrel and rocket artillery.
Ukrainian soldiers successfully repelled another enemy assault in the direction of Maryinka and forced them to flee.
The Russian occupiers carried out reconnaissance with unmanned aerial vehicles in the districts of Zaporizhzhia and Novoselivka Druha.
In the South Buh direction, Russian forces are trying to hold the occupied positions and prevent Ukrainian units from creating favorable conditions for a counteroffensive using available means of fire damage.
Russian forces shelled the areas of the settlements of Posad-Pokrovske, Stepova Dolyna, Lupareve, Novomykolaivka, Novohrihorivka, Chervona Dolyna, Zeleny Hai, Andriivka, Trudolyubivka, Novovorontsovka, Topolyne, Potiomkine, Olhyne, Nikopol. They used aviation for strikes near Lozove, Veliky Artakov, and Andriivka.
Russian forces made an offensive attempt in the direction of Lozova. It was decisively repulsed by Ukrainian soldiers and they left.
Unmanned aerial vehicles are actively used to identify the positions of Ukrainian units and to adjust artillery fire.
In the waters of the Black and Azov Seas, Russia's naval group focuses its main efforts on supporting the land group, blocking civilian shipping in the northwestern part of the Black Sea, and damaging military facilities and infrastructure elements deep within the territory of Ukraine. Four sea-based cruise missile carriers are ready to use high-precision weapons.
Ukrainian units continue to successfully carry out missile and artillery fire missions in the designated directions. The Russian adversary experiences an acute shortage of trained and at least somehow motivated replenishment for units suffering losses as a result of the war in Ukraine.
The Ministry of Defense of Russia in a daily briefing reported that during the day, high-precision air-based missiles of the Russian Aerospace Forces attacked the points of temporary deployment of 2 howitzer artillery battalions of the 44th brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and missile and artillery weapons depots near the village of Novoivanovka (Zaporozhye region). Destroyed up to 150 military personnel, 2 M777 howitzers and up to 1,500 ammunition for them, 6 Msta-B howitzers, 8 artillery pieces, about 350 shells for Grad multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS), 7 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) .
In the Kharkiv region, 9 civilians were injured as a result of a conflict with the command of the units of the 92nd mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which tried to forcibly evict citizens from their homes in order to subsequently place foreign mercenaries in them and equip positions of military equipment and artillery on the adjacent plots. To stop the protests, the nationalists opened fire. As a result, 4 residents of Shestakovo and 5 people in Upper Saltov received gunshot wounds of varying severity.
Operational-tactical and army aviation, missile forces and artillery hit 4 control points in a day, including the 58th motorized infantry brigade in the Bakhmut area, the 54th mechanized brigade in the Seversk area (Donetsk People's Republic, DPR), a point of temporary deployment of nationalists in the Vyvodovo region (Dnipropetrovsk region), manpower and military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in 182 districts. Also, 2 weapons and ammunition depots were destroyed in the areas of Konstantinovka and Bakhmut (DPR).
During the counter-battery fight in the areas of Dzerzhinsk, Novgorod and Nikolaevka (DPR), 3 platoons of D-30 howitzers were suppressed, and in the Chuguev area (Kharkiv region) - a platoon of the Grad MLRS.
During the day, 5 UAVs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were shot down in the air by means of air defense (AD) in the areas of the settlements of Yasinovataya, Krasnopolye (DPR), Bukino, Suligovka and Kurilovka (Kharkiv region). 3 MLRS shells were intercepted in the areas of Mineralny (DPR) and Izyum (Kharkiv region). In the area of the settlement of Aleshkovsky Sands (Kherson region), 3 Tochka-U ballistic missiles were shot down.
The people's militia of the DPR in the evening report reported that since the beginning of the day, Ukrainian armed formations had fired over 300 shells from the MLRS "Grad", "Hurricane" (equipped with PFM-1 "Lepestok" anti-personnel mines), cannon artillery with a caliber of 155, 152 and 122 mm, as well as 120 mm mortars.
The fire opened on the districts of 12 settlements of the republic. The NM of the DPR reported the death of a civilian and the wounding of another 15 civilians. Subsequently, information appeared that during the next attack on Donetsk, Ukrainian ammunition hit a passenger bus, killing 3 people.
In addition, in the Kievsky district of the city, as a result of the shelling of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the building of the railway station caught fire. The fire spread to 900 square meters, Vladimir Murenkov , deputy head of the crisis management center of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the DPR, said .
Intelligence established that the Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed their own positions in the Bakhmut area with "friendly fire", this was reported by the officer of the NM of the Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) Andrei Marochko . According to him, as a result of the shelling, a company stronghold, armored vehicles and up to a platoon of personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the area of Chasov Yar were liquidated.
First Deputy Minister of Information of the DPR Daniil Bezsonov confirmed the complete transfer of the settlement of Peski under the control of the republic, and also announced the continuation of fighting in Maryinka.
"The cleansing continues in Maryinka. More than half of the territory has been cleared and is under our control. There are successes in other areas as well," he said.
The Supreme Court of the DPR is preparing to consider a criminal case against the Marine of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Anton Baidrakov , who is accused of killing a hostage, forcibly seizing and holding power, as well as mistreating the civilian population.
The Minister of Agro-Complex of the DPR , Artem Kramarenko , said that harvesting was 70% completed in the republic, the main large farms completed the harvest. According to the head of the ministry, a good foundation for export potential has been formed. Also, Kramarenko noted, the start of the sowing campaign in the DPR is scheduled for the first ten days of September.
The Ministry of Construction of the Russian Federation stated that the master plan for the restoration and development of Mariupol involves expanding the boundaries of the city and introducing new standards for street improvement. It is planned to build and restore over a million square meters of social infrastructure by 2025. The restoration of Azovstal and the plant named after Ilyich will provide Mariupol with more than 9 thousand jobs.
The representative office of the LPR in the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire Regime (JCCC) reported that since February 17, 1,044 shelling of the territory of the republic by the Armed Forces of Ukraine with the use of heavy weapons has been recorded. The attacks killed 77 people and injured 229. Among the dead - 3 children, another 19 children were injured.
The head of the Russian Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin , held an operational meeting of the headquarters for the investigation of crimes of the Armed Forces of Ukraine against the civilian population and military personnel of the Russian Armed Forces on the territory of the republics of Donbass and Ukraine in Severodonetsk. The results of the investigation of 44 criminal cases were brought to the attention of the head of the ICR.
Since the beginning of this year, the investigators of the prosecutor's office of the republic have opened more than 1,000 criminal cases on the facts of the use of prohibited means and methods of warfare by the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
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