Russo-Ukraine War - 08 August 2022 - Day 166
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 United States announced authorization of a Presidential Drawdown of security assistance valued at up to $1 billion to meet Ukraine's critical security and defense needs. This authorization is the Biden Administration's eighteenth drawdown of equipment from DoD inventories for Ukraine since August 2021. It is the largest single drawdown of U.S. arms and equipment utilizing this authority. Among the items included in the latest package are additional ammunition for the high mobility artillery rocket system, or HIMARS; 75,000 rounds of 155 mm artillery ammunition; twenty 120 mm mortar systems and 20,000 rounds of 120 mm mortar ammunition; munitions for the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems, or NASAMS; and 1,000 Javelin and hundreds of AT4 anti-armor systems.
During a press conference, Dr. Colin Kahl, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, estimated that "the Russians are taking a tremendous number of casualties on the other side of the equation. (...) it's safe to suggest that the Russians have probably taken 70 or 80,000 casualties in less than six months. Now, that is a combination of killed in action and wounded in action, and that number might be a little lower, a little higher, but I think that's kind of in the ballpark, which is pretty remarkable considering that the Russians have achieved none of Vladimir Putin's objectives at the beginning of the war. I mean, his overall objective was to overrun the entire country, to engage in regime change in Kyiv, to snuff out Ukraine as an independent, sovereign and democratic nation. None of that has happened."
Finland announced that it would send approximately 20 service personnel to the United Kingdom to take part in a training programme for the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
The UK Ministry of Defence reported that Russia is highly likely deploying anti-personnel mines to protect and deter freedom of movement along its defensive lines in the Donbas. These mines have the potential to inflict widespread casualties amongst both the military and the local civilian population.
In Donetsk and Kramatorsk, Russia has highly likely attempted employment of PFM-1 and PFM-1S scatterable anti-personnel mines. Commonly called the 'butterfly mine', the PFM-1 series are deeply controversial, indiscriminate weapons.
PFM-1s were used to devastating effect in the Soviet-Afghan War where they allegedly maimed high numbers of children who mistook them for toys. It is highly likely that the Soviet-era stock being used by Russia will have degraded over time and are now highly unreliable and unpredictable. This poses a threat to both the local population and humanitarian mine clearance operations.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that the situation has not undergone significant changes in the Volyn, Polissya, and Siversky directions. On the Siversky direction, Russian forces carried out artillery shelling in the areas of the settlements of Hremyach and Senkivka in Chernihiv oblast and Sukhodil, Manukhivka, Novi Vyrky and Pavlivka in Sumy oblast. They also conducted aerial reconnaissance of border areas with unmanned aerial vehicles.
In the Kharkiv direction, Russian units using tanks, barrel and jet artillery are trying to restrain the Defense Forces from advancing deep into the territory temporarily captured by Russian forces. Shelling was recorded in the areas of Uda, Svitlychne, Zolochiv, Slatyne, Nove, Borshchova, Ruski Tyshky, Tsyrkuny, Peremoha, Slobozhanske, Chervone, Husarivka and Asiivka. The Russian occupiers carried out airstrikes near Husarivka, Verkhnyi Saltiv, and Bayrak, and also used UAVs for reconnaissance near Tsupivka and Ruski Tyshky.
In the Slovyansk direction, Russian forces carried out fire damage from artillery near Velyka Komyshuvakha, Dmytrivka, Virnopilla, Rydne, Dibrivne, Hrushuvakha, Bohorodychny, Nortsivka, Krasnopilla, and Mykilske. They conducted an air strike near Zalyman. Russian forces unsuccessfully tried to improve the tactical position near Bohorodychne.
In the Donetsk direction, Russian forces, using the available means of fire damage along the line of contact, is trying to inflict maximum losses on our units and prevent them from being transferred to other directions.
In the Kramatorsk direction, Russian forces shelled the districts of Kramatorsk, Siversk, Hryhorivka, Verkhnokamyanske and Starodubivka from tanks, barrel and rocket artillery. Airstrikes near Hryhorivka and Ivano-Daryivka.
In the direction of Bakhmut, Russian forces fired at Ukrainian troops near Bakhmut, Zaytseve, Yakovlivka, Krasnopolivka, Pokrovske and Vershyna, and carried out airstrikes in the Bakhmut, Soledar and Kodema districts.
Ukrainian repelled enemy assaults in the direction of the settlements of Bakhmut, Zaitseve, Vershyna and Kodema.
In the Avdiivka direction, artillery and tank shelling was recorded near Avdiivka, Opytny, Novobakhmutivka, Karlivka, Keramik and Kurakhove. Russian aircraft operated near New York, Krasnohorivka and Maryinka.
The Russian forces' attempt to advance in the direction of Avdiyivka and Piski was choked under the fire of Ukrainian soldiers forcing the enemy to leave.
In the Novopavlivske and Zaporizhzhia directions, Russian forces used tanks, barrel and rocket artillery to fire at civil infrastructure objects in the areas of Novomykhailivka, Vugledar, Shevchenko, Hulyaipilske, Temyrivka, Vremivka, Hulyaipole, Malynivka and Novopilla settlements. They carried out airstrikes near Prechystivka, Volodymyrivka and Poltavka.
Russian forces tried to break through the defense of our troops in the direction of Maryinka and Shevchenko settlements, but were unsuccessful and retreated; they conducted aerial reconnaissance of the regions of the cities of Zaporizhzhia and Pavlohrad.
In the South Buh direction, Russian forces fired tanks and artillery of various types in the areas of Mykolaiv, Tavriyske, Lymany, Oleksandrivka, Kotlyareve, Novomykolaivka, Novohredneve, Kiselyvka, Kobzartsi, Kvitneve, Zeleny Hay, Andriivka, Ivanivka, Novooleksandrivka, Topolyne and Potemkyne settlements. They carried out airstrikes near Lozove Olhany, Andriyivka, and Tavriyske. Considerable attention is focused on aerial reconnaissance by unmanned aerial vehicles.
In the waters of the Black Sea, Russia's naval group concentrates its main efforts on supporting the actions of the land group of troops and attacking objects deep in the territory of Ukraine. Four sea-based cruise missile carriers are ready to use high-precision weapons.
Today, around 10 o'clock, the anti-aircraft missile units of the Ukrainian Air Force destroyed four sea-based cruise missiles of the "Calibre" type launched by the Russia from the Black Sea. One missile was destroyed in Odesa by soldiers of the "South" air command, three more were shot down by anti-aircraft missile units of the "Center" air command.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, over the past day, the Russian Armed Forces hit the deployment centers of units of the 92nd and 113th brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) in Kharkov, as a result of which up to 150 militants and 14 pieces of military equipment were eliminated.
In Belogorka and Pavlovka, up to 70 nationalists from the Ukrainian 63rd brigade were destroyed in total, in Novopoltavka - up to 30 representatives of the 35th brigade and five cars.
During the day, artillery and aviation hit five command posts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) and Kherson region, as well as 117 areas where enemy troops were concentrated.
Air defense systems shot down seven Ukrainian drones, three Tochka-U in Kharkiv and Kherson regions, 19 shells from HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS).
Separately, it is reported that the punitive national battalion "Kraken" has lost its combat capability and is now attracting Kharkiv residents to its ranks.
Another Tochka-U was shot down today near the village of Koloskovo in the Belgorod Region.
Zaporozhye region, meanwhile, adopted a resolution to hold a referendum on joining Russia. The Electoral Commission was instructed to start preparing the event.
The DPR reported the death of two fighters of the People's Militia and the wounding of nine. The Armed Forces of Ukraine fired at seven settlements, as a result of which four civilians were killed, seven were injured. 16 dwellings and two civilian infrastructure facilities were damaged.
During the day, clashes continued along the entire line of contact in the Donbass. The forces of the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) are advancing in the Soledar direction, actively using heavy artillery and armored vehicles .
The 11th regiment of the DPR army continues its offensive in the Avdiivka direction . Mortar crews suppress pockets of resistance, fire is corrected with the help of quadrocopters.
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