Russo-Ukraine War - 16 August 2022 - Day 174
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 the surface vessels of Russia's Black Sea Fleet continue to pursue an extremely defensive posture, with patrols generally limited to waters within sight of the Crimean coast. This contrasts with heightened Russian naval activity in other seas, as is typical for this time of year. The Black Sea Fleet continues to use long-range cruise missiles to support ground offensives but is currently struggling to exercise effective sea control. It has lost its flagship, MOSKVA; a significant portion of its naval aviation combat jets; & control of Snake Island. The Black Fleet's currently limited effectiveness undermines Russia's overall invasion strategy, in part because the amphibious threat to Odesa has now been largely neutralised. This means Ukraine can divert resources to press Russian ground forces elsewhere.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that Russian forces continue to focus its efforts on establishing full control over the territories of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, maintaining the temporarily captured areas of the Kherson region and parts of the Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, and Mykolaiv regions, creating favourable conditions for resuming the offensive in certain directions, as well as blocking Ukraine's maritime communications in the Black Sea. Air and missile strikes on civilian objects continue.
No signs of the creation of offensive groups of the armed forces of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus were found in the Volyn and Polissya directions. The threat of missile and air strikes from the territory of Belarus remains.
In the Siversky direction, Russian forces carried out artillery fire near Kamianska Sloboda in Chernihiv oblast and Khodyne and Svarkove in Sumy oblast. Russia UAVs reconnaissance flights are underway.
In the Kharkiv direction, Russian forces carried out fire damage in the areas of Odnorobivka, Sosnivka, Duvanka, Dementiivka, Pytomnyk, Ruska and Cherkaska Lozova, Cherkaski Tyshky, Petrivka, Verkhniy Saltiv, Mospanove, Ivanivka, Korobochkyne and Chepil settlements. They carried carried out airstrikes near Verkhniy Saltiv, Husarivka, and Sosnivka. Remote mining of the area near Peremoha and Ukrainka was recorded.
In the Slovyansk direction, Russian forces used tanks, barrel and rocket artillery to fire near Hrushuvaha, Krasnopilla, Virnopilla, Rydne, Mazanivka, and Dolyna. Russian occupiers used incendiary ammunition in the areas of Nova Dmytrivka and Dibrivne settlements. Near Mazanivka, they tried to wage an offensive battle, but were unsuccessful and retreated.
In the Donetsk direction, the Russian forces' main efforts are focused on conducting active offensive and assault actions in the Kramatorsk, Bakhmut and Avdiivka directions.
In the Kramatorsk direction, Russian units fired from barrel and jet artillery in the areas of Kramatorsk, Verkhnokamianske, Hryhorivka, Pereizne and Rozdolivka settlements. Near Ivano-Daryivka, with the support of aviation, Russian forces conducted unsuccessful assault actions, suffering losses and retreating.
In the Bakhmut direction, shelling of military and civilian infrastructure was recorded in the districts of Kostyantynivka, Soledar, Shumy, Yakovlivka, and Mayorsk. Russian forces also carried out airstrikes near Yakovlivka and Soledar. They tried to conduct reconnaissance in a battle near Vershyna, after being hit by fire, and retreated. Russian offensive and assault actions in the Soledar, Zaytseve, Mayorsk districts ended in losses and withdrawal.
In the Avdiivka direction, Russian forces, in addition to shelling near Avdiivka, Krasnohorivka, Alexandropil, Vodyane, Opytne, Novokalynove and Novobakhmutivka, carried out an airstrike near Maryinka. They led an offensive in the Nevelske area, hostilities continue.
On the Novopavlivske and Zaporizhzhia directions, artillery shelling was recorded near Volodymyrivka, Novoukrainka, Pavlivka, Vuhledar, Novosilka, Charivne, Vremivka, Kamianske, Dorozhnyanky, and Novopole.
Russian forces launched airstrikes near Novoandriivka, Pavlivka, and Poltavka. They conducted an offensive near Novomykhailivka, hostilities continue.
In the South Buh direction, the Russians' main efforts are focused on preventing the advance of Ukrainian troops and conducting aerial reconnaissance by UAVs.
Russian forces continue shelling from tanks, barrel and jet artillery in the areas of the settlements of Stepova Dolyna, Nova Zorya, Prybuzke, Shevchenko, Kiselivka, Blahodatne, Shyroke, Kobzartsi, Andriivka, Dobryanka, Osokorivka, Potemkine, Trudolyubivka, Velyka Kostromka and Chervonohryhorivka. They carried out airstrikes in the Posad-Pokrovske, Bila Krynytsia, and Lozove districts. A poor attempt at an offensive battle near Novohryhorivka ended with significant losses and escape for the Russian occupiers.
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reports that, on the morning of August 16, as a result of sabotage, a military warehouse near the village of Dzhankoy was damaged, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. Damage was caused to a number of civilian facilities, including power lines, a power plant, a railway track, as well as a number of residential buildings.
As a result, a state of emergency was introduced in Crimea. The population within a radius of five kilometers from the epicenter of the explosion was evacuated, some went to relatives, and the remaining 121 people were sent to temporary accommodation centers.
The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation, in turn, reports several episodes of undermining power transmission towers in the Kursk region, which disrupted the technological process of the local nuclear power plant. The protection of energy facilities has been strengthened, criminal cases have been initiated under article No. 205 "Act of terrorism". Police are now looking for the suspects and their accomplices.
Also today, a supporter of the "Right Sector" ✱ (banned in the Russian Federation) was detained in Stavropol Territory , who was supposed to soon set fire to administrative buildings.
In parallel with these events, the RF Armed Forces continued their offensive and attacked the enemy with high-precision weapons on his territory.
During the course of August 16, two soldiers of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) were killed in the line of military duty, six were wounded. The Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) shelled six settlements using 260 shells, killing one civilian and injuring ten. 20 residential buildings and three civil infrastructure facilities were damaged.
The main battles are taking place in the area of Bakhmut, Soledar (where, according to military commissar Yevgeny Poddubny , Bakhmutskoye was liberated), between Ugledar and Maryinka. In the latter, according to local sources, the intensity of the battles increased towards evening.
After occupying the fortified area of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Sands, the allied forces are moving towards Vodyany and Krasnogorovka.
At the same time, the Rybar Telegram channel tells about the offensive of the DPR army towards Nevelskoye, the release of which will allow covering Pervomaiskoye from the south.
In Mariupol, the first stage of the affected houses to be demolished was approved. Owners can apply to the local administration within three months to receive compensation for lost property.
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