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Russo-Ukraine War - 07 August 2022 - Day 165

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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 Government of Sweden announced that it had decided to send Swedish Armed Forces instructors to the UK to give Ukrainian citizens basic military training to enable them to serve in Ukraine's armed forces. The initiative to offer basic military training to Ukrainian citizens comes from the UK - the country has invited other partner nations in the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) and Canada to contribute. Between 12 August and 31 December 2022, the Swedish Armed Forces is to send up to 120 instructors to the UK to conduct basic military training for Ukrainian citizens, divided into several training courses. A maximum of 60 Swedish instructors are to be in the UK simultaneously.

The UK Ministry of Defence reported that the poor performance of Russia's armed forces during its invasion of Ukraine has been costly for Russia's military leadership, highly likely resulting in the dismissal of at least six Russian commanders since the start of hostilities in February 2022.

The commanders of Russia's Eastern and Western Military Districts have highly likely lost their commands. General-Colonel Aleksandr Chayko was dismissed as Commander of the Eastern Military District in May 2022. General-Colonel Aleksandr Zhuravlev, who has commanded the Western Military District since 2018, was absent from Russia's Navy Day in St Petersburg on 31 July 2022 and has highly likely been replaced by General-Lieutenant Vladimir Kochetkov.

General Aleksandr Vladimirovich Dvornikov has subsequently been removed after been given overall command of the operation in Ukraine, and General Sergei Surovikin has assumed command of the Southern Grouping of Forces from General Gennady Valeryevich Zhidko. These dismissals are compounded by at least 10 Russian Generals killed on the battlefield in Ukraine. The cumulative effect on consistency of command is likely contributing to Russian tactical and operational difficulties.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that Russian forces are concentrating their efforts on establishing full control over the territories of the Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts, maintaining the captured Kherson regions and parts of the Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, and Mykolaiv oblasts, and creating favorable conditions for resuming the offensive in certain directions, as well as blocking Ukraine's maritime communications in the Black Sea. The threat of Russia launching missile strikes on objects throughout the territory of Ukraine remains.

There are no major changes on the Volyn, Polissya, and Siversky directions. Russian forces carried out aerial reconnaissance and shelled the areas of the settlements of Hai and Hremyach in the Chernihiv region and Novi Vyrky and Mykolaivka in the Sumy oblast with barrel and jet artillery.

In the Kharkiv direction, Russian forces, in addition to artillery fire along the line of contact, carried out airstrikes near Pryshyb, Verkhnyi Saltiv and Rtyshchivka. They also conducted reconnaissance with unmanned aerial vehicles.

In the Slovyansk direction, shelling was recorded near Dovhenke, Velyka Komyshuvakha, Sulyhivka, Ridne, Bohorodychne, and Krasnopilla. The Russian occupiers tried to conduct an assault near Virnopilla. Ukrainian soldiers suppressed this short-lived attempt and pushed the enemy back.
Near Bohorodychne and Dolyna, Russian force's reconnaissance push ended with losses and retreat.
In the Kramatorsk direction, Russian forces fired from tanks, barrel and rocket artillery in the areas of the settlements of Kramatorsk, Siversk, Verkhnyokamianske, Hryhorivka, Raihorodok, and Zvanivka, and conducted an airstrike near Spirny.

With offensive actions, Russia has tried to improve its tactical position near Verkhnokamyanske, but was unsuccessful and retreated.

In the Bakhmut direction, shelling of military and civilian infrastructure was recorded in the areas of Bakhmut, Soledar, Kostyantynivka, Yakovlivka, Pokrovske, Vershina, Kodema and Bakhmutske settlements. Russian forces used aviation near Bakhmut, Soledar and Zaitsevo.

Russian forces reconnaissance group tried to determine the defense system Ukrainian our troops near Bilohorivka. The group was discovered and neutralized.

Russian forces carried out offensive and assault actions in the areas of the settlements of Bakhmut, Zaytseve, Yakovlivka and Vershyna, without success, and retreated. Fighting continues near Kodema.

In the Avdiivka direction, Russian forces fired artillery and tanks in the areas of Avdiivka, Pisky, Shevchenko, Netaylove, Nevelske, Krasnohorivka and New York. Airstrikes were recorded near Avdiivka, Maryinka, Kamianka and Volodymyrivka.

The Russian occupiers tried to break through the defenses of our troops in the direction of the settlements of Krasnohorivka, Avdiivka, Pisky and Maryinka. Fighting continues.

Shelling continues along the contact line in the Novopavlivsk and Zaporizhzhia directions. Russian forces carried out airstrikes in the areas of Mykilske, Vesele, Novodanylivka, Mali Shcherbaky, Novosilka and Velyka Novosilka settlements.

In the South Buh direction, Russian forces are concentrating their main efforts on preventing the advance of our troops. Supports the high intensity of UAV reconnaissance. They conducted shelling from barrel, rocket artillery and tanks along the entire line of contact, as well as carried out airstrikes in the areas of Andriivka, Biloghirka, Novomykolaivka, Oleksandrivka, Myrne, Velike Artakove and Tavriyske settlements. Russian forces led offensive battles near Blahodatny, had no success, and withdrew.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, more than 100 Ukrainian nationalists from the 3rd brigade of the National Guard were liquidated in Kharkov as a result of strikes in the areas of CHPP-3 and Karpovsky Garden. Artillery and aviation hit three enemy command posts in Ocheretino and Berestki, as well as 173 areas where units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) were concentrated in one day.

Near Chasov Yar, the Buk-M1 anti-aircraft complex was liquidated. Also, five artillery depots were destroyed in the Ukrainian rear, incl. at the Svyato-Ilyinsky Machine-Building Plant. An arsenal with 45,000 tons of ammunition supplied by Western countries was blown up near Voznesensk.

During the counter-battery fight on the territory of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), four platoons of Grad multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS), two platoons of Msta-B guns, a platoon of Giacint-B guns were suppressed in the areas of Dzerzhinsk, Sukhaya Balka, Lastochkino and Krasnogorovka.

Air defense systems shot down eight Ukrainian drones and one MLRS shell.

The Ministry of Defense separately notes that the Kiev leadership, due to heavy losses in the army, decided to send mobilized citizens to the front who are in the training center of the 72nd mechanized brigade of the city of Belaya Tserkov before the end of the training course. Wounded servicemen are also discharged ahead of schedule.


During the day, in the battles for the liberation of the DPR, two fighters of the People's Militia were killed, and five were injured.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine fired on nine settlements with the use of over 250 shells, including those equipped with anti-personnel mines "Lepestok". So far, one civilian has been injured, six residential buildings and three civilian infrastructure have been damaged.

During the day, street fighting continued in Soledar, Bakhmut, Peski , Maryinka, Ivano-Daryevka, in the Avdeevka region and north of Slavyansk. The day was traditionally accompanied by the activity of artillery and aviation of the RF Armed Forces.

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