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Russo-Ukraine War - 12 August 2022 - Day 170

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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 UK Ministry of Defence reported that on 9 August 2022, explosions occurred at the Russian-operated Saky military airfield in western Crimea. The original cause of the blasts is unclear, but the large mushroom clouds visible in eyewitness video were almost certainly from the detonation of up to four uncovered munition storage areas.

At least five Su-24 FENCER fighter-bombers and three Su-30 FLANKER H multi-role jets were almost certainly destroyed or seriously damaged in the blasts. Saky's central dispersal area has suffered serious damage, but the airfield probably remains serviceable.

The loss of eight combat jets represents a minor proportion of the overall fleet of aircraft Russia has available to support the war. However, Saky was primarily used as a base for the aircraft of the Russian Navy's Black Sea Fleet. The fleet's naval aviation capability is now significantly degraded. The incident will likely prompt the Russian military to revise its threat perception. Crimea has probably been seen as a secure rear-area.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that situation has not undergone significant changes in the Volyn and Polissya directions. According to the available information, on August 11 of this year, a check of the readiness of the system of combat control and notification of the armed forces of the Republic of Belarus for use was carried out.

In the Siversky direction, Russian forces continue to hold units in the border areas of the Bryansk and Kursk regions in order to constrain the actions of units of the Ukrainian Defense Forces. Russian forces shelled the areas of Oleksandrivka in Chernihiv Oblast and Yuryevo, Bilopylla, Atynske and Yastrubyne in Sumy Oblast with artillery.

The rotation of units of the armed forces of the Russian Federation, which perform tasks in the border regions of the Kursk and Belgorod regions, continues.

In the Kharkiv direction, Russian forces fired from tanks, barrel and jet artillery in the areas of the settlements of Udy, Odnorobivka, Prudyanka, Slatyne, Dementiivka, Nove, Pytomnyk, Ruska Lozova, Ruska and Cherkasky Tyshky, Tsyrkuny, Chernyak, Petrivka, Shestakove, Stary Saltiv, Mospanove, Kutuzivka, Lisne, Ivanivka, Husarivka, Lebyazhe, Korobochkyne, Slobozhanske and Chepil.
Russian forces used attack and army aircraft for strikes near Verkhnyi Saltiv, Rtyshchivka, Ukrainka and Bayrak.

In the Slovyansk direction, the Russian occupiers exerted fire on the positions of the Defense Forces near Velyka Komyshuvakha, Dmytrivka, Dibrivne, Virnopilla, Rydne, Protopopivka, Mazanivka, Bohorodychne, Nortsivka, Krasnopilla, and Dolyna. Airstrikes were carried out near Zalyman.

Russian forces tried to conduct offensive battles in the direction of Pasika - Bohorodychne and Tychotske - Dolyna, but were repulsed.

In the Kramatorsk direction, shelling was recorded near Siversk, Zvanivka, Verkhnokamyanske, Hryhorivka, and Raihorodok. The Russian forces's attempt to carry out combat reconnaissance in the direction of Biloghrivka - Hryhorivka failed.

In the Bakhmut direction, Russian forces used tanks and various caliber artillery to fire in the areas of Bakhmut, Soledar, Ivano-Daryivka, Vyimka, Spirne, Yakovlivka, Kodema, Vershyna, Zaitseve and Vasyukivka settlements. Airstrikes were recorded near Vyimka, Ivano-Daryivka, Spirne, Yakovlivka, Soledar, and Bakhmutske.

Russian forces tried to conduct reconnaissance near Spirne. Ukrainian soldiers inflicted fire damage and neutralized the enemy.

With offensive and assault actions, the Russian occupiers unsuccessfully tried to break through the defense of our units and advance in the direction of the settlements of Spirne, Ivano-Daryivka, Vyimka, Yakovlivka, Kodema, Vershyna and Zaitseve. They suffered losses and left chaotically. Fighting continues in some areas.

In the direction Pokrovske - Bakhmut, Russian forces had partial success and are trying to gain a foothold.

Artillery shelling continued in the Avdiivka direction near Maryinka, Vodyane, Netaylove, Avdiivka, Pisky, Krasnohorivka, and Novobakhmutivka. Russian forces carried out airstrikes near Krasnohorivka, Maryinka, Vodyanyi and Avdiyivka.
Ukrainian defenders suppressed all enemy assault attempts in the Spartak, Pisky and Maryinka areas and drove the invaders back to their previous positions.

On the Novopavlivske and Zaporizhzhia directions, Russian fire was detected near Novomykhailivka, Shevchenko, Novoyakovlivka, Velyka Novosilka, Volodymyrivka, Vugledar, Novopil, Preobrazhenka, Vremivka, Novosilka, Zelene Pole, Novodanilivka, Kamianske, Novoandriivka, Hulyaipole and Bilohirya. Russian aviation operated near Vuhledar and Novomykhailivka. Russian forces were advancing in the Yehorivka-Pavlivka direction, but was is stopped and pushed back.

In the South Buh direction, Russian forces fired at the positions of our troops from tanks, barrel and rocket artillery along the contact line. Airstrikes were carried out in the areas of Osokorivka, Andriivka, Blahodatne, Novohryhorivka, Lozove, Myrne, Bruskynske and Veliky Artakov.

Russia is trying to restore the combat capability of the units that suffered losses during the hostilities in the indicated direction. Two sea-based cruise missile carriers are ready for use in the waters of the Black and Azov Seas.

The Russian military losses in manpower are increasing. In this regard, the command of the Russian forces is expanding the practice of postponing the terms of rotations of advanced units for an indefinite period without supplementing them with personnel. All this significantly affects the moral and psychological state of russian servicemen and so-called volunteers and worsens their motivation to participate in hostilities.

According to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, over the past day , up to 100 militants and nine units of military equipment from the 28th brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) were eliminated during an attack on Novogrigorievka in the Nikolaev region.

Also hit were five command posts, a fuel depot and six ammunition depots in Zaliman, Nikolaevka, Artakovo, Kramatorsk, Zaitsevo, Krasnogorovka and Avdeevka. Strikes were inflicted on 157 areas of accumulation of enemy troops.

At the same time, the Russian air defense forces intercepted five Ukrainian drones over the liberated territories. In the Kherson region, four shells from the Alder multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) and two from HIMARS were intercepted.

Today, the Armed Forces of Ukraine attacked the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station using American MLRS. Information about the damage is specified.

LDNR

Throughout August 12, Ukraine shelled eight locations in the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) with more than 180 shells, killing one civilian and injuring seven. 13 residential buildings and four infrastructure facilities were damaged. During the fighting, two people's militia fighters were killed, five were wounded.

In Gorlovka, as a result of Ukrainian shelling , the Stirol chemical plant is on fire, which is confirmed by video evidence from eyewitnesses .

In the meantime, artillery preparation of the allied forces continued on the line of contact, unconfirmed information is being received about the beginning of the assault on Toretsk.

In the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR), mass graves of civilians who died at the hands of Ukrainian neo-Nazis are being exhumed. Local residents are involved in the identification process.



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