Russo-Ukraine War - 06 August 2022 - Day 164
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]
Fallout from Amnesty International's report on Ukraine continued as the head of Amnesty International's Ukraine chapter resigned, claiming that the report had been published over her objections of the report as one-sided, and those of local staff members who had argued the need for the report to be reworked. Unsuprisingly, Russia and Russian-affiliated media seized on the report to try to claim the moral high-ground and argue that Ukraine was using civilians as human shields. Amnesty International's Secretary-General dismissed criticism of the report, denouncing Ukrainian and Russian "social media mobs and trolls", while a number of Western scholars and experts called into question the report's description of the conditions on the ground and its interpretations of international law.
The UK Ministry of Defence reported that Russian forces are almost certainly massing in the south in anticipation of Ukraine's counter-offensive or in preparation for a possible assault. Long convoys of Russian military trucks, tanks, towed artillery, and other weapons continue to move away from Ukraine's Donbas region and are headed southwest. Equipment was also reported to be moving from Russian-occupied Melitopol, Berdiansk, Mariupol and from mainland Russia via the Kerch Bridge into Crimea. Battalion tactical groups (BTG), which comprise between 800 and 1,000 troops, have been deployed to Crimea and would almost certainly be used to support Russian troops in the Kherson region. On 02 August 2022, a new BTG had been deployed to Crimea and BTGs are also being re-deployed from Eastern Grouping of Forces. These will highly likely be sent into the Kherson region in the coming days.
Ukrainian forces are focusing their targeting on bridges, ammunition depots, and rail links with growing frequency in Ukraine's southern regions. Including the strategically important railroad spur that links Kherson to Russian-occupied Crimea, almost certainly using a combination of block, damage, degrade, deny, destroy, and disrupt effects to try to affect Russia's ability to logistically resupply.
Russia's war on Ukraine is about to enter a new phase, with the heaviest fighting shifting to a roughly 350km front line stretching southwest from near Zaporizhzhya to Kherson, paralleling the Dnieper River.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that the situation had not changed in the Volyn and Polissya directions. The threat of the Russian forces launching missile and air strikes from the territory and airspace of the Republic of Belarus remains.
In the Siversky direction, Russian forces carried out artillery fire near Yanzhulivka, Mykolayivka, and Zalizny Mist in the Chernihiv oblast, as well as near Nova Huta in the Sumy oblast.
Russian forces did not conduct active offensive operations in the Kharkiv direction. They did use barrel and rocket artillery for shelling the districts of Prudyanka, Duvanka, Zolochiv and another 27 settlements, and also carried out airstrikes near Verkhniy Saltiv, Lebyazhe and Husarivka.
In the Slovyansk direction, Russian forces carried out fire damage from barrel and jet artillery in the areas of the settlements of Velyka Komyshuvakha, Sulihivka, Dovhenke, Dolyna, Mazanivka, Adamivka, Karnaukhivka, Kurulka, Ridne, Dibrivne, Hrushuvaha, Bohorodychne and Mayak.
Separate Russian units tried to advance to the area of the western outskirts of Bohorodychne; they did not succeed and retreated.
Russian forces did not conduct offensive operations in the Kramatorsk direction. They fired from tanks and artillery near Siversk, Serebryanka, Verkhnokamyanske, Dronivka, Donetsk, Hryhorivka, Riznykivka, Mykolaivka, Spirne, Zvanivka, Pereizne, Kalenyky, Dolyna, and Vyimka.
In the direction of Bakhmut, Russian shelling was recorded near Bakhmut, Soledar, Zaytseve, Yakovlivka, Kodema, Yuriyvka, Bakhmutske, Berestove, Pokrovske and Ivanhrad. Russian attack and army aircraft struck near Zaitseve, Soledar, Bakhmut, Berestove and Yakovlivka.
Russian forces tried to improve the tactical position in the directions of Stryapivka - Bakhmutske, Pokrovske - Soledar, Pokrovske - Bakhmut, Volodymyrivka - Yakovlivka, Vidrodzhenna - Vershyna, Pokrovske - Vershyna. In all the indicated directions, Russian forces were resolutely repulsed by Ukrainian soldiers and retreated.
In the Avdiivka direction, tRussian forces' barrel and rocket artillery shelled the districts of Avdiivka, Pisky, Netailove, Nevelske, and New York. Russian assault aircraft operated near New York, Krasnohorivka, Pisky, and Maryinka.
With offensive actions, the Russian invaders tried to break through the defense of our troops in the directions of Spartak - Avdiivka, Vesele - Pisky, Novoselivka Druga - Krasnohorivka, Oleksandrivka - Maryinka, Kyrylivka - Pavlivka and Prechistivka - Novomayorske. Ukrainian soldiers inflicted significant losses on the enemy and pushed them back.
On the Novopavlivsky and Zaporizhzhia directions, Russian forces carried out shelling near Novomykhailivka, Shevchenko, Velika Novosilka, Zaporizhzhia, Zaliznychne, Novodanylivka, Zelene Pole and Charivne. They also carried out airstrikes in the areas of Temyrivka, Mali Shcherbaky, Novoandriivka, Vilne Pole, Novosilka, Vuhledar, Pavlivka and Prechystivka.
In the South Buh direction, Russia is trying to hold the occupied positions and prevent the Defense Forces from creating favorable conditions for resuming the offensive and liberating the temporarily captured territory by systematically using the available means of fire damage along the contact line and in the depth of the defense.
Russian forces used army aircraft for strikes near Andriivka. Aerial reconnaissance of the area was actively carried out by unmanned aerial vehicles.
Four sea-based cruise missile carriers are in readiness for the use of high-precision weapons in the waters of the Black Sea. There remains a threat of missile strikes on military facilities and infrastructure elements throughout the territory of Ukraine.
The Ministry of Defense of Russia in a daily briefing reported that during the day in the area of Belogorka (Kherson region), the deployment point of the 46th Airmobile Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was hit by air strikes of the Russian Aerospace Forces and fire from artillery units. As a result, over 400 nationalists were killed. Also, the positions of the 63rd mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the areas of Andreevka, Lozovoye and Dolgovy (Kherson region) were hit by high-precision weapons of the Russian Aerospace Forces, more than 70 nationalists were killed, about 150 were injured.
In Vyvodovo (Dnepropetrovsk region), a precision strike was carried out on the stronghold of the "Foreign Legion", more than 80 foreign mercenaries and 11 units of special equipment were destroyed.
It is noted that against the backdrop of heavy losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Nikolaev direction, servicemen of the units of the 59th motorized infantry and 61st infantry brigades, as well as the 35th marines brigade, refused to carry out the order to attack, leave their positions and desert.
Operational-tactical and army aviation, missile forces and artillery hit the command post of the 10th mountain assault brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Druzhkovka region (Donetsk People's Republic, DPR), manpower and military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in 135 districts. 2 warehouses of rocket and artillery weapons and ammunition were destroyed in the areas of Trudovoye and Soledar (DPR). In Zaporozhye, a fuel depot of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with more than 50,000 tons of fuel for the operational group of troops "Dnepr" was destroyed.
During the counter-battery fight, a platoon of multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) "Alder" and American HIMARS in the Pyatigorsk region (Kharkov region) were destroyed. 5 platoons of Grad MLRS, 3 platoons of Gvozdika self-propelled artillery mounts, an artillery platoon of Giacint-B guns and 4 platoons of D-30 howitzers were suppressed in the areas of Avdeevka, Soledar, Seversk, Serebryanka, Bakhmut, Novgorodskoye, Georgievka, Velikaya Novoselka, Laces (DPR), Kalinovka and Dobroe (Nikolaev region).
The Russian Aerospace Forces destroyed two Su-25s of the Ukrainian Air Force in a day. One Su-25 was destroyed in an air battle in the Solntsevo area (Kirovograd region), another was shot down by air defense (AD) in the Radgospny area (Kherson region). Also, air defense forces shot down 8 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the Kharkiv and Zaporozhye regions in the air. 26 MLRS shells were intercepted in the areas of the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station, Antonovsky Most, as well as settlements in the Kherson and Kharkov regions.
The People's Militia of the DPR in the evening report reported that since the beginning of the day, Ukrainian armed formations have fired more than 150 shells from the Grad MLRS, 155, 152 and 122-mm cannon artillery, as well as 120-mm mortars across the territory of the republic.
Areas of 10 settlements were under fire. As a result of the attacks, 2 civilians were killed and 6 more were injured. 16 residential buildings and 4 civil infrastructure facilities were damaged.
The allied forces are mopping up the village of Peski, according to RT , in the morning the Armed Forces of Ukraine fired at the liberated part of the village with Grad MLRS shells with Petal mines. The offensive is developing in Marinka and Avdiivka. Deputy Minister of Information of the DPR Daniil Bezsonov said that allied forces drove out Ukrainian units from positions in the south of Maryinka, from where they fired at residential areas of Donetsk.
Investigators of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation examined the place of shelling of a passenger bus in Donetsk, which was hit by the Armed Forces of Ukraine on August 5. As a result of this attack, 3 people were killed, 5 more were injured.
From the beginning of the day, Ukrainian armed formations opened fire on the private sector in Pervomaisk. The Izvestia correspondent reported about the shelling from the scene. According to him, there were no reports of casualties.
Residents of Alchevsk also reported shelling by the Armed Forces of Ukraine . Mayor Albert Apshev said that the shell hit a 9-storey residential building. As a result of the attack, 10 people were injured, including 4 children.
People's Militia officer Andrei Marochko said that more than 10 hidden positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were revealed in the zone of responsibility of the LPR units per day. The coordinates of the targets were transferred to artillery units for strikes.
LPR Ambassador to Russia Rodion Miroshnik commented on reports of the confiscation of Russian assets in Ukraine. According to him, Kyiv's decree will only spur the active withdrawal of capital from other foreign governments.
Representatives of the Popular Front, with the support of the People's Militia of the LPR, delivered food packages for the residents of Severodonetsk. In addition, materials were handed over for the restoration of the village of Borovskoye.
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