Russo-Ukraine War - 20 August 2022 - Day 178
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]
On 20 June 2022, Russia accused Ukraine of conducting "chemical terrorism" and poisoning a number of its troops, saying a number of soldiers had been taken ill and transfered to a military hospital. Subsequent tests showed the presence of botulinum toxin type B in their bodies. Ukraine's Interior Ministry put the blame on Russia, commenting that Russia had failed to "clarify whether the poisoning could have been caused by expired canned meat", as Botulinum toxin type B can cause botulism when ingested in contaminated food products. This appeared to refer also to well-documented reports at the beginning of the war, of Russian troops being supplied with expired military rations.
A Ukrainian drone cashed into the roof of the building housing Russia's Black Sea fleet headquarters in Sevastopol; the second assault of its kind against the fleet's headquarters in less than a month. The Russsian-imposed governor of Crimea later climed that the drone had been shot down.
The UK Ministry of Defence reported that the last week has seen only minimal changes in territorial control along the front line. In the Donbas, after small advances from early August, Russian forces have approached the outskirts of the town of Bakhmut, but have not yet broken into the built-up area. Russia has not made any major efforts to advance in the Zaporizhzhia or Kharkiv sectors.
In the south-west, neither Ukrainian nor Russian forces have made advances on the Kherson front line. However, increasingly frequent explosions behind Russian lines are probably stressing Russian logistics and air basing in the south.
It is unlikely that the situation will significantly change in the next week. Russian forces are, for now, probably only prepared to undertake limited local assaults, rarely involving more than a company of troops. However, over the coming months the initiative will go to whichever side manages to generate a credible, committed force for offensive operations.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that in the Volyn and Polissya directions, the formation of a strike group of the armed forces of the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation on the border of our state was not detected. The threat of the enemy launching missile and air strikes from the territory and airspace of the Republic of Belarus continues.
In the Siversky region, Russian forces continue to hold separate units from the Western Military District in the border areas of the Bryansk and Kursk regions in order to constrain the actions of units of the Defense Forces of Ukraine.
Russian occupiers shelled units of Ukrainian troops in the border areas of Chernihiv and Sumy regions with mortars.
In the Kharkiv direction, Russian forces are concentrating its main efforts on holding occupied positions. They fired from barrel and rocket artillery in the areas of settlements of Karasivka, Velyki Prohody, Chernyaky, Pischane and Pechenihy.
Russian forces carried out airstrikes near Prudyanka and Verkhniy Saltiv and conducted aerial reconnaissance near Ruski Tyshky and Zolochiv.
In the Slovyansk direction, Russia is concentrating its main efforts on resuming offensive operations. They fired from barrel and rocket artillery in the areas of Asiivka, Husarivka, Chepil, Protopopivka and Dovhenke settlements, and conducted an airstrike near Zalyman.
Russian forces waged offensive battles in the directions Brazhkivka – Novodmytrivka, Sulygivka – Novodmytrivka, Brazhkivka – Virnopilla and Dovhenke – Kurulka. As a result, Ukrainian soldiers inflicted losses on the enemy and pushed them back.
In the Donetsk direction, Russian forces continue offensive actions and concentrates the main efforts in the Bakhmut direction.
In the Kramatorsk direction, shelling from barrel and rocket artillery was carried out in the areas of Kramatorsk, Rozdolivka, Spirne, Zvanivka and Raigorodok. Russian forces conducted an airstrike near Ivano-Daryivka.
Russian forces tried to launch an offensive in the direction of Spirne - Ivano-Daryivka and Mykolaivka - Vyimka, without success.
In the direction of Bakhmut, shelling from tanks, barrel artillery and multiple rocket launchers was recorded near Mayorsk, Vesela Dolyna, Bakhmut, Kodema and Bilohorivka. In addition, Russian forces carried out airstrikes in the areas of the last three settlements.
With offensive and assault actions, the Russian occupiers tried to improve the tactical position in the directions of Stryapivka - Soledar, Pokrovske - Bakhmutske, Pokrovske - Bakhmut, Vershyna - Zaitseve, Vershyna - Kodema, Travneve - Zaitseve, Travneve - Kodema, Semyhirya - Zaytseve, Hladosove - Kodema, without success.
In the Avdiivka direction, Russian forces fired from tanks and artillery of various types near Avdiivka, Kurakhove, Krasnohorivka, Sukha Balka, and Nevelske. They carried out airstrikes near Vodane and Maryinka.
Russian forces led unsuccessful offensive battles in the directions Horlivka - Mayorsk, Spartak - Opytne, Donetsk - Pisky, Staromykhailivka - Pervomaiske.
In the direction of Novopavlivka, Russian forces shelled the areas of Pavlivka, Elizavetivka, Novosilka, Vuhledar and Novomykhailivka settlements. They led an offensive battle in the direction of Blahodatne - Zolota Nyva, but were unsuccessful, and withdrew.
In the Zaporizhzhia direction, Russia is trying to prevent the advance of units of the Defense Forces. They fired tanks, barrel artillery and MLRS in the areas of the settlements of Velikomykhailivka, Shevchenko, Hulyaipilske, Shevchenkivske, Novoandriivka, Novopil, Olhivske, Shcherbaky, Burlatske and Stepove. Russian aviation operated in the areas of Bilohirya, Zaliznychne, Mali Shcherbaky and Mala Tokmachka.
In the South Buh direction, Russian forces are concentrating its main efforts on holding the occupied areas and restraining the actions of the Defense Forces. It is trying to improve the tactical position in the Mykolayiv direction.
Russian forces carried out shelling from tanks and various caliber artillery near Mykolaiv, Ukrainka, Oleksandrivka and fifteen other settlements. Conducted an airstrike near Olhany. They also conducted an offensive battle in the direction of Vasylka - Blahodatne.
Russia's naval group keeps two "Calibre" sea-based cruise missile carriers ready for use.
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reports that on July 31, near Vasilyevka in the Zaporozhye region, the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) used botulinum toxin type B against Russian units.
Documents are being prepared with the results of the analyzes carried out to be sent to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
During the day, clashes were observed in the Zolochiv fortified area, west and south of Izyum. In addition, the allied forces continue to attack the Armed Forces of Ukraine near Vuhledar, west of Donetsk and east of Slavyansk with extensive use of artillery and aircraft. A fierce confrontation is also taking place in the suburbs of Bakhmut.
During the day, the army of the Donetsk People's Republic lost six soldiers killed and six more wounded.
The enemy used more than 160 rounds of ammunition in the shelling of six settlements, which resulted in damage to two civilian infrastructure facilities, two vehicles and wounding eight civilians.
In the Luhansk People's Republic on August 21-22, the Day of the State Flag of the Russian Federation will be celebrated with the participation of Russian actors, singers and cosmonauts. This was stated in the press service of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth of the LPR.
Deputy military commissar of the republic Aleksey Kurchenko in a televised address denied reports of forced mobilization of citizens. According to him, the falsifiers spreading this information are aimed at destabilizing the situation in the state.
When revealing facts related to forced conscription, the official recommended contacting the law enforcement agencies of the LPR.
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