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.
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