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Russo-Ukraine War - 19 August 2022 - Day 177

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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 Russian strikes on residential areas of Kharkiv killed at least 12 civilians on the afternoon of 17 August 2022. Although the front line in this sector has moved little since May, Ukraine's second city has been one of the most consistently shelled since start of the invasion, when Russian forces probably aimed to reach the outskirts with 24 hours.

Sitting around 15 km from the Russian front line, Kharkiv has suffered because it remains within range of most types of Russian artillery. Multiple rocket launchers and generally inaccurate area weapons have caused devastation across large parts of the city.

Russian forces hold the Kharkiv sector relatively lightly but continue to conduct local raids and probing attacks against Ukrainian forces. They are probably trying to force Ukraine to maintain significant forces on this front, to prevent them from being employed as a counter-attack force elsewhere.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that Russian forces' air and missile attacks on civilian objects on the territory of Ukraine do not stop. No signs of the creation of offensive groups were found in the Volyn and Polissya directions. The exercises of the Air Force and Air Defense units of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus are being held. There is still a threat of missile and air strikes being launched from the territory and airspace of this country.

On the Siversky direction, Russian forces shelled civil and military infrastructure in the areas of Pushkari settlements in Chernihiv oblast and Myropilla and Pavlivka in Sumy oblast.

In the Kharkiv direction, Russian troops carried out fire damage from barrel and rocket artillery of civilian infrastructure in the areas of Kharkiv, Protopopivka, Petrivka, Slatyne, Velyki Prohody, Korobochkyne, Milova and Husarivka settlements. Airstrikes were carried out near Stary Saltiv and Yavirske. Russian forces maintain a high intensity of UAV reconnaissance.

Russian units tried to improve their tactical position near Pytomnyk, were repulsed and retreated. They carried out remote demining of the terrain in the districts of Stary and Verkhnyi Saltiv.

In the Slovyansk direction, Russian forces carried out fire damage from tanks, barrel and rocket artillery near Dibrivne, Virnopilla, Chepil and Bohorodychne.

In the areas of Karnaukhivka, Dibrivne, Virnopilla and Dolyna settlements, Russian forces made attempts to break through the defenses of our troops. Suffered losses and retreated.

In the Kramatorsk direction, Russian shelling was recorded near Siversk, Hryhorivka, Berestove and Ivano-Daryivka.
Russian forces tried to advance near Vyimka and Ivano-Daryivka with offensive and assault actions, were strongly repulsed and retreated.
In the Bakhmut direction, Russian forces fired from tanks, barrel and rocket artillery in the areas of the settlements of Svitle, Soledar, Berestove, Vershyna, Bilohorivka, Zalizne, and Yakovlivka. They used aviation for strikes near Soledar and Yakovlivka.

Russian forces led offensive and assault actions in the areas of the settlements of Bakhmut, Soledar, Kodema, Bakhmutske and Zaitseve, but were unsuccessful and left.

In the Avdiivka region, the areas of Novoukrayinka, Krasnohorivka, Vodyane, Maryinka, Shevchenko, Lastochkyne, Avdiivka and Opytne settlements were affected by fire. Russian forces carried out airstrikes near Maryinka, Novoselivka Druga and Nevelskyi. They led an offensive in the districts of the settlements of Opytne, Pisky and Mayorsk, had no success, and withdrew.

On the Novopavlivskyi direction, shelling was recorded near Velyka Novosilka, Pavlivka, Novomykhailivka, and Zolota Nyva. Russian forces launched airstrikes near Pavlivka and Novomykhailivka. Near the Novomykhailivka, they unsuccessfully tried to improve the tactical position, suffered losses and retreated.

In the Zaporizhzhia direction, Russian forces shelled the areas of the settlements of Samiilivka, Hulyaipole, Preobrazhenka, Mala Tokmachka, Poltavka, Novosilka, Temyrivka, Zaliznychne, and Novoandriivka with barrel and jet artillery and tanks. They carried out airstrikes near Shcherbaki, Dorozhnyanka and Novosilka, and conducted active reconnaissance of the positions of Ukrainian anti-aircraft troops.

In the South Buh direction, Russian forces concentrated its efforts on preventing the advance of Ukrainian troops and replenishing losses. They continued shelling from tanks and artillery of various types along the entire contact line. They carried out airstrikes near Mykolaivske, Nove Zhitta, Pervomaiske, Bila Krynytsia, and Lozove.

Russian forces made an attempt to break through Ukrainian defenses in the area of ​​Kirov settlement with assault actions. With the results of fire damage, they suffered losses and retreated chaotically. For the purpose of conducting aerial reconnaissance, the BpLA was actively involved.

In the water areas of the Black and Azov seas, Russia's naval group continues to support the actions of the ground land of troops, block civilian shipping in the northwestern part of the Black Sea and damage objects and infrastructure elements deep in the territory of Ukraine.

The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reports that, about a week ago, on August 14, units of the 58th brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (APU) were defeated near Udy, the remnants of which left their positions without permission. To stop the panic, the punitive national battalion "Kraken" (banned in the Russian Federation) demonstratively shot 100 servicemen from among those who fled from the battlefield, the Russian Defense Ministry reports .

In Dorozhnyanka, Zaporozhye region, a warehouse of the 65th Ukrainian brigade was hit over the past day. At least 15 units of military equipment were burned. In Stary Saltov, Kharkiv region, more than 100 militants from the 14th brigade were put out of action.

Also, six enemy command posts were destroyed, and a total of strikes were carried out on 147 areas of accumulation of units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In Belaya Krinitsa and Zaliman, two depots of rocket and artillery weapons were also hit, and near Primorsky, an M777 howitzer.

During the counter-battery fight, a platoon of multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) "Smerch" in the Orekhovo area, two platoons of "Hyacinth-B" and three platoons of D-30 howitzers near Kodema, Yakovlevka, Maryinka Novoaleksandrovka and Dobry were suppressed.

Russian air defense systems also intercepted 13 Ukrainian drones, Tochka-U over Yubileiny, 12 HIMARS MLRS missiles over Novaya Kakhovka, and 2 more rockets over the Kharkiv region.

In addition, Vladimir Rogov , a member of the main council of the military-civilian administration (MAC) of the Zaporozhye region , spoke today about an attempt to undermine a power transmission line support near Melitopol. The charge worked, but the object did not stop its functioning.


Allied forces are fighting west of the industrial zone in Soledar. Artillerymen of the 6th regiment of the army of the Luhansk People's Republic (LPR), thanks to the actions of unmanned aircraft, hit enemy equipment, mortar positions and strongholds.

In addition to advancing in Marinka and Pervomaisky, fighters from the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) are firing at Ukrainian positions near the Donetsk airport. Here, artillery, in cooperation with aerial reconnaissance, forced Ukrainian soldiers to flee from their shelters in a forest plantation.

The people's militia of the DPR in the evening report reports the death of five fighters and the injury of seven during the day. The Armed Forces of Ukraine fired more than 80 shells at nine settlements of the republic, injuring one civilian and damaging six residential buildings.

Meanwhile, 70% of the housing sector of the DPR is ready for the winter season, as announced by the Acting Minister of Construction and Housing of the Republic Vladimir Yaroshevsky . Work in this direction is being carried out despite regular shelling by the Armed Forces of Ukraine: roofs and roads are being repaired, heating and water supply facilities are being established.

Also today, during the pedagogical meetings in Mariupol, the Minister of Education of the Russian Federation Sergey Kravtsov said that the integration of Donbass into a single educational environment with the Russian Federation will be gradual and will take 5 years.

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