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Russo-Ukraine War - 09 August 2022 - Day 167

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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 US Department of State announced its intention to provide $89 million of FY 2022 funding to help the Government of Ukraine address the urgent humanitarian challenges posed by explosive remnants of war created by Russia's brutal war of aggression. U.S. funding will deploy approximately 100 demining teams and will support a large-scale train and equip project to strengthen the Government of Ukraine's demining and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) capacity.

Based on the information provided by Ukraine, IAEA experts assessed that there was no immediate threat to nuclear safety as a result of Saturday's incident during which shelling damaged plant's external power supply system, near the dry spent fuel storage facility at the country's Zaporizhzya Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP).

Explosions erupted at a Russian air base in Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, killing one person and wounding five others. The explosions were reported to have taken place shortly after 3:15 p.m. local time. Russia's Defense Ministry attributed the blasts to "several aviation ammunition stores" blowing up at the Saki base, but that these were not the result of any attack and that no aircraft had been damaged. Ukraine denied responsibility.

The UK Ministry of Defence reported that over the weekend, Russia has continued to focus efforts on reinforcing defences in southern Ukraine. Despite the shift in effort, Russia has maintained attacks on Ukrainian positions in Donetsk oblast.

Over the last 30 days, Russia's assault towards the town of Bakhmut has been its most successful axis in the Donbas; however, Russia has only managed to advance about 10km during this time.

In other Donbas sectors where Russia was attempting to break through, its forces have not gained more than 3km during this 30 day period; almost certainly significantly less than planned. Despite its continued heavy use of artillery in these areas, Russia has not been able to generate capable combat infantry in sufficient numbers to secure more substantial advances.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that the situation has not changed significantly in the Volyn, Polissya and Siversky directions. On the Siversky direction, Russian forces fired from barrel and rocket artillery near Mykolaivka in Chernihiv oblast and the settlements of Katerynivka, Seredyna-Buda and Mezenivka in Sumy oblast. In order to clarify the Ukrainian units' position, Russian forces carried out aerial reconnaissance by UAVs in the area of ​​the villages of Hai, in Chernihiv oblast and Shalyhine, Sumy Oblast.

In the Kharkiv direction, Russian forces shelled the areas of the settlements of Ridne, Sosnivka, Prudyanka, Slatyne, Pytomnyk, Ruska Lozova, Petrivka, Chepil, Pechenihy, Slobozhanske with tanks, barrel and rocket artillery. An airstrike was carried out near Verkhniy Saltiv.

In the Donetsk direction, Russian troops, with the support of aviation, is trying to conduct assault actions in the Bakhmut and Avdiivka directions. In order to constrain the actions of Ukrainian units and prevent regrouping, they continue systematic shelling of positions along the contact line. Leads the reorganization of units of the Eastern Military District operating in the specified direction.

In the Kramatorsk direction, shelling was recorded near Mayaki, Hryhorivka, Piskunivka, Verkhnokamyanske, Platonivka, and Serebryanka, as well as an airstrike near Hryhorivka.

In the Bakhmut direction, Russian forces used artillery and tanks for fire damage in the areas of the settlements of Bakhmut, Kostyantynivka, Soledar, Zaytseve, Toretsk, Yakovlivka, Bilohorivka, Pokrovske, Kodema and Mayorsk. Airstrikes were carried out near Vershyna, Vesela Dolyna, Zaytseve, Dacha, Bakhmut, Yakovlivka, and Spirne.

Russian troops went on an assault in the area of ​​Spirne, came under Ukrainian fire and retreated chaotically.

Russian occupiers also tried to involve intelligence groups in the Ivano-Daryivka, Vesely, Yakovlivka, and Soledar districts. After being met by Ukrainian fire, they quickly changed their plans and retreated. Ennemy losses were being refined.

Russian forces also tried to carry out combat reconnaissance in the areas of the settlements of Pidhorodne and Bakhmut, without success.

In order to improve the tactical position, Russian forces launched an offensive in the directions of Yakovlivka, Bakhmut and Zaitsevo, without success, and retreated with losses. They had partial success in the direction of Vershyna village.

In the Avdiivka direction, Russian forces shelled the areas of Avdiivka, Pisky, Nevelske, Netaylove, Krasnohorivka and Novobakhmutivka settlements. Airstrikes were carried out near Maryinka, Krasnohorivka, Novoselivka, and Avdiivka.
In order to improve their tactical position, Russian forces conducted offensive battles near Krasnohorivka, Avdiivka, and Piskivy, without success.

On the Novopavlivske and Zaporizhzhia directions, shelling from tanks and artillery of various types was recorded in the areas of Vugledar, Pavlivka, Novomayorske, Velyka Novosilka, Stepnohirsk, Orihiv, Shcherbaky and Novosilka settlements.

Russian forces used aviation near Velika Novosilka, Shcherbaky, Novosilka, Vuhledar and Pavlivka.

In the South Buh direction, Russia is concentrating its main efforts on maintaining occupied positions. Russian army aviation actions have intensified.

Russian forces shelled the areas of the city of Mykolaiv, as well as the settlements of Stepova Dolyna, Lymany, Shevchenkove, Myrne, Kiselivka, Shyroke, Zeleny Hai, Bila Krynytsia, Nikopol, Knyazivka, and Dobryanka. They launched airstrikes near Bila Krynytsia, Andriivka, Osokorivka, and Olhyno. They also conducted UAV aerial reconnaissance in the vicinity of Bilohirka, Murakhivka, Novooleksandrivka, Shevchenkove, Mykolaivka and Kobzartsi.

In the waters of the Black Sea, two carriers of sea-based cruise missiles of the Kalibr type are in readiness for the use of high-precision weapons.

The Russian Ministry of Defense in a daily briefing reported that within a day high-precision long-range air-launched missiles in the Voronovitsa region (Vinnitsa region) destroyed an underground command post of the Ukrainian Air Force. In addition, high-precision sea-based weapons hit a large ammunition depot in the Uman region (Cherkasy region). Over 300 shells for HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) were destroyed, as well as a large amount of ammunition for M777 howitzers.

It is noted that as a result of active offensive actions of the RF Armed Forces, the 2nd mechanized battalion of the 14th mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine lost its combat capability. Having lost more than 340 people killed and wounded, the remaining personnel left their positions.

During the day, aviation, missile forces and artillery hit 2 command posts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the areas of Seversk and Ocheretino (Donetsk People's Republic, DPR), 3 ammunition depots in the regions of Krasnogorovka (DPR), Zhovtnevoye (Nikolaev region) and Osokorovka (Kherson region), manpower and military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in 123 districts.

During the counter-battery fight, 2 artillery batteries were hit, including M777A2 howitzers in Veseloe, 2 platoons of MLRS in the Lastochkino area, as well as 6 platoons of self-propelled and towed howitzers in the areas of Razdolovka, Orlovka, Georgievka (DPR) were suppressed.

A MiG-29 aircraft of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was shot down by means of air defense (Air Defense) in the Toretsky region (DPR). 17 HIMARS MLRS shells were intercepted in the areas of Kherson, Nova Kakhovka (Kherson region) and Melitopol (Zaporozhye region). 3 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were shot down near Petrovsky, Rutchenkove railway station (DPR), and Mospanovo (Kharkiv region).

The Ministry of Defense also reported that from July 8 to August 5, as a result of the offensive of the allied forces, the number of mercenaries in Ukraine decreased from 2,741 to 2,192 people. At the same time, 175 "soldiers of fortune" arrived in the country. Nevertheless, the number of mercenaries coming to Ukraine does not cover the losses in their ranks: the destruction of 335 militants was reliably confirmed, and another 389 went abroad. In terms of the rate of loss, mercenaries from Poland are in the lead: 99 were destroyed, 146 left.

DPR

The people's militia of the DPR in the evening report reported that since the beginning of the day, Ukrainian armed formations had fired more than 170 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 11 settlements came under fire. As a result of the attacks, 2 civilians were killed and 14 more were injured. 31 residential buildings and 3 civil infrastructure facilities were damaged.

The Knauf plant in Soledar, as well as the territories adjacent to the facility, came under the control of the allied forces. According to military expert Boris Rozhin , the capture of the enterprise will complicate the position of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, defending in Bakhmutskoye. The site is currently being cleaned up.

Donetsk is negotiating with Pyongyang on the arrival of North Korean builders in the DPR. The head of the republic, Denis Pushilin , said that the first groups of specialists could come to Donbass in the near future.

The pre-trial detention center with prisoners of war in Yelenovka was visited by actor and producer, special representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry for humanitarian relations between Russia and the United States Steven Seagal . He spoke with the arrested, held in the detention center, which was recently hit by the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

"At the meeting, Stephen noted that 98% of those who talk about the conflict in the media have never been here. Therefore, the world does not know the truth, "Denis Pushilin wrote in his Telegram.

LC

The head of the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation, Sergei Kravtsov , at a meeting with the leader of the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR), Leonid Pasechnik , said that LPR schools would be ready for full-fledged work by September 1, but security remains the main issue. Pasechnik, in turn, noted that the educational process will be organized in compliance with all safety standards.

The government of the LPR has adopted a decree on the creation of multifunctional centers for the provision of state and municipal services (MFC) in the republic. Earlier, Leonid Pasechnik gave the corresponding instruction.

The delivery of humanitarian aid to the liberated cities of the republic continues. The People's Front, with the support of the NM of the LPR, brought another cargo to Lisichansk. Earlier, similar assistance was given to the residents of Severodonetsk, it was delivered by a convoy of the Russian Emergencies Ministry.

The authorities of the republic do not exclude that they will not restore the city of Popasnaya. The settlement was almost completely destroyed as a result of the actions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the head of the LPR said.



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