Russo-Ukraine War - 10 August 2022 - Day 168
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]
Released satellite imagery of the 09 August 2022 explosions at the Russian Navy's Saki Air Base on the Crimean Peninsula showed that it had suffered massive destruction, resulting in at least nine military aircraft, including SU-30SM fighters and SU-24M bombers, being destroyed. Several buildings at the facility appeared to have been destroyed as well. The Russia-appointed head of Crimea said that the blasts had killed one person and injured 14, and damaged at least 80 buildings in the vicinity of the base. The satellite imagery showed that as many as 30 aircraft had been present prior to the attack, with analysts quoted as saying that there was a high likelyhood that those not destroyed were probably damaged. Russia's Defense Ministry maintained its denial that the base had been attacked, blaming the explosions on a "violation of fire safety requirements." Ukraine stopped short of publicly claiming responsibility for the blasts, with a Ukrainian presidential adviser, Oleksiy Arestovych, saying on 10 August that the blasts either had been caused by a Ukrainian-made long-range weapon or were the work of guerrillas operating in Crimea. The site, at least 200 kilometers from the nearest Ukrainian position, is reported to be out of range of the missiles the U.S. has supplied to Kyiv. The scope of the damage reportedly would make this incident the largest single-day loss of aircraft by Russia since World War II.
The UK Ministry of Defence reported that Russian commanders highly likely continue to be faced with the competing operational priorities of reinforcing the Donbas offensive, and strengthening defences against anticipated Ukrainian counter attacks in the south.
To support the Ukraine operation, Russia has almost certainly established a major new ground forces formation, 3rd Army Corps (3 AC), based out of Mulino, in Nizhny Novgorod Oblast east of Moscow. Russia likely plans to resource a large proportion of 3 AC from newly formed 'volunteer' battalions, which are being raised across the country, and which group together recruits from the same areas.
Russian regional politicians have confirmed that potential 3 AC recruits are being offered lucrative cash bonuses once they deploy to Ukraine. Recruitment is open to men up to 50 years old and with only middle-school education. A Russian army corps typically consists of 15-20,000 troops, but it will probably be difficult for Russia to bring 3 AC up to this strength, given very limited levels of popular enthusiasm for volunteering for combat in Ukraine. 3 AC's effect is unlikely to be decisive to the campaign.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that the situation has not changed on the Volyn and Polissya directions. According to available information, since August 9 of this year, in Minsk, under the leadership of the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus, meetings with territorial defense units with the involvement of reserve conscripts have begun. The threat of missile and air strikes from the territory of the Republic of Belarus remains.
In the Siversky direction, Russian forces shelled civilian infrastructure in the areas of Senkivka, Chernihiv oblast and Havrylova Sloboda, Stari Vyrky, Seredyna-Buda, and Brusky, Sumy oblast.
In the Kharkiv direction, Russian forces actively conducted UAV aerial reconnaissance. Considerable efforts are devoted to improving the logistical support of units operating in the specified direction. They carried out shelling in the vicinity of Svitlychne, Prudyanka, Ruska Lozova, Cherkaski and Ruski Tyshky, Verkhniy and Stary Saltiv, Korobochkine and Shevelivka. They also conducted an air strike near Husarivka.
In order to improve the tactical position, Russian forces carried out assaults in the areas of the settlements of Uda, Petrivka and Husarivka. Ukrainian soldiers inflicted significant losses on the invaders and forced them to flee back.
In the Slovyansk direction, Russian force carried out fire damage from tanks, barrel and rocket artillery in the areas of Dovhenke, Velyka Komyshuvakha, Virnopilla, Dibrivne, Bohorodychne, Krasnopilla and Dolyna. Near Velyka Komyshuvakha, Russian force tried to break through the defense of our troops, they did not succeed and retreated.
In the Donetsk direction, with the aim of displacing Ukrainian units from the occupied borders, Russian forces used barrel, rocket artillery and tanks. UAV aerial reconnaissance was conducted to gather intelligence on logistics support routes and critical infrastructure objects.
In the Kramatorsk direction, shelling was recorded near Siversk, Verkhnyokamyanske, Hryhorivka and Sydorovo.
In the direction of Bakhmut, Russian forces fired artillery at civilian infrastructure near Bakhmut, Bakhmutske, Soledar, Yakovlivka and Vershyna. Airstrikes near Yakovlivka, Spirne, Soledar, Bakhmut, Zaytseve, Vershyna and Vesele. They also conducted UAV aerial reconnaissance.
Russian forces to advance in the areas of the settlements of Bakhmut, Kodema, Spirne, Yakovlivka and Soledar with offensive and assault actions, but were unsuccessful, and withdrew.
Artillery shelling continued in the Avdiivka direction near Avdiivka, Maryinka, Pisky, Kurakhove, Sukha Balka, and Krasnohorivka. Near the Krasnohorivka and Maryinka, Russian forces also used aviation.
Russian forces carried out offensive actions in the direction of Avdiyivka and Pisky, but retreated.
On the Novopavlivske and Zaporizhzhia directions, Russian forces carried out shelling near Novomykhailivka, Vuhledar, Shevchenko, Velyka Novosilka, Bilohirya, Burlatske and Olhivske. Airstrikes were recorded in the areas of Pavlivka, Vuhledar, Novosilka, Novodanylivka and Poltavka settlements. Enemy reconnaissance UAVs were operating.
In the South Buh direction, Russia is concentrating its main efforts on holding the occupied positions and preventing the advance of Ukrainian troops. Russian forces continue to actively use UAVs for aerial reconnaissance.
Russian forces carried out shelling of civilian and military infrastructure in the areas of Prybuzke, Lymany, Luch, Oleksandrivka, Novomykolaivka, Myrne, Blahodatne, Kobzartsi, Knyazivka and Trudolyubivka settlements, and also airstrikes in Andriivka, Olhany and Novohryhorivka districts. They tried to conduct reconnaissance by fighting near Lozova, but came under Ukrainian fire, suffered losses and retreated chaotically.
The Russian Ministry of Defense in a daily briefing reported that during the day, high-precision strikes of the Russian Aerospace Forces in Krasnogorovka (Donetsk People's Republic, DPR) destroyed the ammunition depot of the 54th mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Enemy losses amounted to up to 30 personnel, as well as over 6,000 artillery shells and mines of various calibers, and 7 vehicles. In addition, up to 100 nationalists and more than 20 units of military equipment were eliminated as a result of airborne strikes against the points of deployment of units of the 93rd mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Andreevka area (Kharkiv region).
The 56th Motorized Infantry Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has lost its combat capability near the settlement of Peski (DPR). In its units, up to 70% of the personnel were destroyed. Most of the brigades mobilized to make up for losses refused to advance to the line of contact and deserted.
Army aviation, missile forces and artillery hit 5 command posts, including the 46th airmobile brigade in the Andreevka area (Kherson region), the Khortytsya National Guard regiment in Kushugum (Zaporozhye region), the Aidar national battalion (against members of the formation criminal cases in the Russian Federation) in Novoselovka (DPR) and the 56th motorized infantry brigade in Nikolaev. 7 warehouses of ammunition and rocket and artillery weapons were destroyed in the areas of Nikolaevka, Fedorovka, Vyemka (DPR) and Kushugum (Zaporozhye region). near Novopavlovka (Nikolaev region), the combat vehicle of the Gepard anti-aircraft missile and gun complex (SAM) delivered to Kyiv by Germany was destroyed. Near Kramatorsk (DPR) the launcher of the Ukrainian S-300 air defense system was destroyed.
As part of the counter-battery fight, 2 platoons of Grad multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS), 2 artillery platoons of D-20 guns and 2 platoons of D-30 howitzers at firing positions in the areas of Kirovo, Seversk and Verkhnekamensky (DPR) were suppressed.
In air battles over the territory of the Nikolaev region, 3 aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force were shot down: Su-25 in the Novokhristoforovka area, MiG-29 over Troitsko-Safonovo and Su-27 in the Novoselya area.
9 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were destroyed by means of air defense (Air Defense) in the areas of the settlements of Chervony Yar, Andreevka, Pervomaiskoye, Vernopolye, Novoe (Kharkiv region), Ivanovka, Peski, Valerianovka (DPR) and on the western outskirts of Donetsk. Over the settlement of Krynky (Kherson region) 2 Tochka-U ballistic missiles were shot down in the air, and in the areas of Novaya Kakhovka, Lyubimovka and Chervony Mayak (Kherson region) - 7 shells of MLRS HIMARS. In the area of Vesely Kut (Nikolaev region) 4 shells of the MLRS "Smerch" were intercepted.
The people's militia of the DPR in the evening report reported that since the beginning of the day, Ukrainian troops fired more than 270 shells from cannon artillery with a caliber of 155, 152 and 122 mm, as well as 120 mm mortars, across the territory of the republic.
The areas of 9 settlements were under fire. As a result of the attacks, 2 civilians were killed and 10 were injured. 36 residential buildings and 8 civil infrastructure facilities were damaged.
The NM reported in the morning that the Armed Forces of Ukraine were driven out of the village of Gladosovo in the vicinity of Gorlovka. Horlivka mayor Ivan Prikhodko announced the battles for the settlement of Zaitsevo, which is subjected to chaotic shelling by the Ukrainian military, trying to divert the artillery of the allied forces.
The head of the DPR , Denis Pushilin , said that a tribunal over Ukrainian prisoners of war could take place in Mariupol before the end of summer. Everyone is invited to participate in the proceedings, including international figures. It is noted that the testimony that the militants killed by the UAF strike on the pre-trial detention center in Yelenovka could be included in the tribunal.
According to Pushilin, the allied units have already liberated about half of the territory of the DPR. We are talking about 266 settlements.
The leader of the republic also announced the strengthening of air defense in the Donetsk direction.
"The crews not only qualitatively fight enemy UAVs, but also significantly increased control over aerial targets of a different nature," he stressed.
About 2,000 apartments will be prepared for occupancy in Mariupol by the end of the year, Irek Fayzullin , head of the Russian Ministry of Construction, said in an interview with the Rossiya-24 TV channel . It is also planned to build more than 600 thousand square meters of real estate in the city in the next 2 years, the minister noted.
The press service of the People's Council of the LPR stated that members of parliament adopted a resolution on the appointment of a judge of the Supreme Court of the republic. The candidacy of Yuri Sedykh was presented for this post by the head of the LPR , Leonid Pasechnik .
The People's Front transferred assistance to the 4th brigade of the NM of the LPR. During the collection, which was supervised by Irina Kuksenkova , a special correspondent for the Directorate of Information Programs of Channel One , managed to attract 10 million rubles, quadrocopters, uniforms, shoes, helmets, bulletproof vests and other consumables were purchased for this amount.
The Krasnoyarsk Territory transferred more than 70 tons of building materials to the Sverdlovsk region of the republic.
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