Russo-Ukraine War - 11 August 2022 - Day 169
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 defense ministers and representatives of Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Denmark and key allies and partners met in Copenhagen to discuss how to enhance and sustain longer-term military support to Ukraine, and issued a Joint Declaration on Ukraine
UK Defence Secretary Wallace announced that the UK would send further multiple-launch rocket systems and precision guided M31A1 missiles to Ukraine.
The UK Ministry of Defence reported that Russia is highly unlikely to be capable of fulfilling some export orders for armoured fighting vehicles because of the exceptional demand for vehicles for Russia's own forces in Ukraine, and the increasing effect of Western sanctions.
Belarus has recently released details of a new domestically upgraded T-72B main battle tank (MBT). Belarus probably developed this alternative solution in place of an MBT modification programme previously contracted to Russian state-owned company UralVagonZavod.
Russia has long considered the defence industry to be one of its most important export successes. However, its military industrial capacity is now under significant strain, and the credibility of many of its weapon systems has been undermined by their association with Russian forces' poor performance in the Ukraine war.
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. In Sumy oblast, Russian forces shelled civilian and military infrastructure in the areas of Vorozhba, Mezenivka, Pavlivka, and Bilopilla settlements, and in Chernihiv oblast - near the village of Logy. Russian occupiers pay considerable attention to aerial reconnaissance by UAVs.
In the Kharkiv direction, Russian forces carried out fire damage from tanks, barrel and jet artillery in the areas of the settlements of Udy, Rydne, Prudyanka, Slatyne, Nove, Ruska Lozova, Petrivka, Ukrainka, Peremoga, Baranivka, Chepil, Odnorobivka, Pechenygi and Slobozhanske. They carried out airstrikes near Rtyshchyvka and Stary Saltov.
In the Slovyansk direction, shelling was recorded near Karnaukhivka, Mazanivka, Velyka Komyshuvakha, Dovhenke, Nova Dmytrivka, Hrushuvaha, and Nortsivka, and an airstrike occurred near Zalyman.
In the Donetsk direction, Russian forces are trying to break through the defense of our troops and occupy advantageous lines for further resumption of the offensive in the directions of the cities of Kramatorsk and Bakhmut. In order to constrain the actions and prevent our units from moving in other directions, the units of the Ukrainian Defense Forces along the contact line are engaged in fire damage.
In the Kramatorsk direction, the districts of Pryshyb, Siversk, Hryhorivka, and Verkhnokamyansk were fired upon.
Russian forces unsuccessfully tried to improve their tactical position near Hryhorivka, Verkhnyokamyanske and Ivano-Daryivka, and were pushed back.
In the direction of Bakhmut, Russian forces shelled the territory in the areas of Bakhmut, Kostyantynivka, Bilohorivka, Vesela Dolyna, Zaytseve, Yakovlivka, Kodema and Kurdyumivka settlements from tanks, barrel and jet artillery. They also used aviation to carry out strikes near Vyimka, Spirne, Bakhmut, Soledar and Zaitseve.
Russian forces, with assault actions, tried to break through Ukrainian defenses and advance in the directions of Yakovlivka, Bakhmutske, Zaytseve, Vershyna and Dacha. Ukrainian soldiers inflicted casualties on the occupiers and forced them to flee.
In the Avdiyivka direction, Russian artillery shelling was aimed at the areas of Maryinka, Netaylove, Avdiyivka, Opytne and Krasnohorivka settlements. The Russian forces also carried out airstrikes near Avdiivka and Maryinka.
Russian forces tried to conduct assaults in the directions of Maryinka and Piski, but were unsuccessful, suffered losses and retreated.
On the Novopavlivske and Zaporizhzhia directions, shelling was recorded near Novomykhailivka, Tokmachka, Shevchenko, Novoyakovlivka, Hulyaipilske, Velyka Novosilka, Vuhledar, Zolota Nyva, Orihiv, Vremivka, Burlatske, Olhivske and Kushugum. Russian aviation operated near Novomykhailivka, Prechystivka, Zolota Nyva, Shcherbaky and Poltavka.
Russian forces suffered losses and retreated during an attempted assault in the direction of Pavlivka.
In the South Buh direction, Russia is concentrating its main efforts on preventing the advancement of units of the Defense Forces deep into the temporarily occupied territory.
Tanks and artillery of various calibers shelled the areas of Mykolaiv, Prybuzke, Lymany, Halytsynov, Zorya, Oleksandrivka, Shevchenkove, Novomykolayivka, Kiselivka, Lyubomyrivka, Polyana, Andriivka, Zeleny Hay, Bereznehuvate, Lepetykha, Ivanivka, Knyazivka, Tverdomedovka, Osokorivka, and Nikopol settlements. Russian forces carried out airstrikes near Andriivka, Novohryhorivka, Lozove and Bila Krynytsia. The UAVs is actively conducting aerial reconnaissance.
In the waters of the Black and Azov seas, Russia's naval group continues to support the actions of the ground group of troops, to carry out the task of blocking civilian shipping in the northwestern part of the Black Sea and damaging military facilities and infrastructure elements deep in the territory of Ukraine. Two Kalibr sea-based cruise missile carriers are ready for use.
Russia's personnel is demoralized. In connection with large sanitary and irreparable losses, forced mobilization measures continue in the temporarily occupied territories of Luhansk oblast.
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reports that, over the past 24 hours, Russian forces have destroyed the enemy's missile and artillery depot in Kharkov, and hit 264 enemy troop concentration areas.
The Russian Aerospace Forces, meanwhile, shot down a Mi-24 of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) near Nikopol in the Dnipropetrovsk region.
During this period, air defense systems intercepted seven enemy drones over Brigadirovka, Grakovo, Suligovka, Andreevka, Babenkovo, Plants and Lipchanovka in the Kharkiv region. In the Lisichansk area, four shells fired by a multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) were intercepted.
Today, the Armed Forces of Ukraine fired twice at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, causing great damage to the fire station located there. A column of thick smoke was observed above the object.
Meanwhile, Solntsepek heavy flamethrower systems were used against Ukrainian units on the northwestern outskirts of Peski . The Nationalists have been holding onto the residential area for several days now.
The consequences of the morning shelling of Russian border settlements in the Kursk region were also clarified . There were no casualties, but agricultural machinery was damaged, a garage, civilian vehicles and two power lines were destroyed.
During the day, the Armed Forces of Ukraine used over 200 shells during shelling of 14 settlements in the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), damaging 12 residential buildings and two civilian infrastructure facilities. Three civilians were wounded.
Also, during the hostilities, three fighters of the People's Militia were killed, four more were injured.
Residents of Donetsk reported another shelling of the capital of the DPR with shells filled with anti-personnel mines "Lepestok". Air defense systems were able to bring down only part of the dangerous objects.
Meanwhile, artillerymen of the People's Militia of the DPR shelled Ukrainian positions in the Avdiivka direction, using heavy howitzers and mortars .
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