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Russo-Ukraine War - 21 August 2022 - Day 179

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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 since the start of the invasion Igor Girkin, a Russian hard-liner and formerly an FSB officer and minister in the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic, has become an increasingly outspoken critic of the Kremlin's handling of the war in Ukraine.

On 19 Aug 2022, Girkin posted a grudgingly admiring critique of President Zelenskyy's conduct during the war. He contrasted this with Russia's situation where 'at the end of the sixth month of the war as before [we] play tank biathlons and hold festivals of military bands'.

The tank biathlon is the high-profile culminating event of Russia's International Army Games which, as in normal years, took place near Moscow last week. A significant proportion of Russia's military and security professionals probably believe that it is inappropriate to continue committing forces to peace-time military ceremonial events while Russian troops continue to suffer heavy casualties in Ukraine.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that in the Volyn and Polissya directions, the situation remained without significant changes. In the Siversky direction, Russian forces rotate individual units in the border areas of the Bryansk and Kursk regions.
Russian forces shelled the areas of Muravyi and Zaliznyi Mist settlements of Chernihiv oblast and Budky and Iskryskivshchyna of Sumy region with barrel artillery.

According to available information, Russian forces are closing certain sections of the airspace in the Lipetsk, Voronezh, and Belhorod regions in the period from August 22 to 25 of this year.

In the Kharkiv direction, Russian forces shelled the areas of the settlements of Prudyanka, Nove, Ruski Tyshki, Peremoha, Stary Saltiv, Korobochkine, Slobozhanske, and Velyki Prokhody with tanks, barrel and jet artillery. They carried out airstrikes near Stary Saltov and Husarivka.

Artillery shelling was recorded near Krasnopilla, Chervony and Dolyna in the Slovyansk direction. Russia is replenishing its ammunition stocks. They conducted combat reconnaissance in the direction of Petropillia - Dmytrivka, Pasika - Bohorodychne, had no success, and left.
Russian forces tried to conduct assault and offensive actions in the directions Brazhkivka - Nova Dmytrivka, Dovhenke - Dolyna, Sulyhivka - Dibrivne and Petropillia - Karnaukhivka, suffered losses and retreated.

In the Kramatorsk direction, Russian forces continued shelling near Mykolaivka, Siversk, Spirne and Ivano-Daryivka.

On the Bakhmut direction, They used artillery of various calibers near Bakhmut, Yakovlivka, Vesela Dolyna and Kodema, and aviation - near Zaytsevo, Bakhmut and Soledar.

Russian forces waged offensive battles in the directions of Pokrovske - Bakhmutske, Semihirya - Zaitseve, Novoselivka - New York. They were strongly repulsed and retreated.
In the Avdiivska direction, Russian forces used barrel and rocket artillery to shell the areas of Avdiivka, Maryinka and Pisky settlements.

Airstrikes near Maryinka, Vodyane and Krasnohorivka. They unsuccessfully conducted a combat reconnaissance in the direction of Spartak - Opytne, and withdrew.
With offensive and assault actions, Russian forces tried to improve the tactical position in the directions Novoselivka Druha - Krasnohorivka, Vesele - Pisky, Oleksandrivka - Maryinka. They retreated with losses.

Russian forces had partial success in the Lozivskyi - Pisky direction.

On the Novopavlivskyi direction, Russian forces shelled territories in the Pavlivka, Velyka Novosilka, Prechistivka, and Vuhledar areas. Used aviation for a strike near Novomykhailivka. They made an unsuccessful offensive attempt in the direction of Luhansk - Pobieda.

In the Zaporizhzhia direction, shelling from barrel and rocket artillery was recorded near Hulyaipole, Orikhev, Burlatske and Novopola. The areas of the settlements of Hulyaipole, Chervone and Novosilka were hit by airstrikes.
In the Southern Buh direction, Russian forces used available means of fire damage to attack military and civilian objects along the contact line. They carried out airstrikes near Olhyne, Novohrihorivka, Tavriyske and Lozove.

With offensive actions, Russian forces tried to advance in the direction of Oleksandrivka - Tavriyske, but did not succeed, and retreated. There is partial success in the direction of Vasylky - Blahodatne.

Russia's naval group keeps five sea-based cruise missile carriers in readiness for the use of high-precision weapons.

The Russian Ministry of Defense in a daily briefing reported that during the previous day, high-precision Caliber missiles in the Mayorskoye region (Odessa region) destroyed an ammunition depot with missiles for American HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) and Western-made anti-aircraft systems.

Operational-tactical aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces in the area of ​​Gulyaipol (Zaporozhye region) destroyed the fuel depot of the 102nd Territorial Defense Brigade. More than 100 tons of diesel fuel for military equipment were stored at the facility.

Fire strikes were carried out on the positions of the 2nd battalion of the 28th mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Novogrigorovka area (Mykolaiv region) and the 18th battalion of the 35th marines brigade in the Tokarevo area (Kherson region). The irretrievable losses of the Ukrainian troops amounted to more than 100 people, 7 units of armored and special vehicles. The positions of the 2nd battalion of the 66th mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were hit near Novomikhailovka (Donetsk People's Republic, DPR). More than 30 personnel, a tank and 5 special vehicles were destroyed.

Operational-tactical and army aviation, missile forces and artillery hit 6 command posts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, including the 14th mechanized brigade in the Rogan region (Kharkiv region), battalions of the 54th, 93rd and 64th mechanized brigades in the areas of Yagodnoye , Bakhmut (DPR) and Charivny (Zaporozhye region), manpower and military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in 167 districts, 6 weapons and ammunition depots in the districts of Charivny, Konstantinovka, Zvanovka, Ilyinka, Galitsinovka and Kirovo (DPR), 2 fuel depots in Galitsinovka and Konstantinovka, as well as an artillery battery in the Novogrigorovka area (DPR).

In the Tsukurino area (DPR), the temporary deployment point of the Right Sector✱ (banned in the Russian Federation) was destroyed. In the vicinity of Knyazevka (Kherson region), 2 American M777 howitzers were eliminated.

Air defense systems of the Russian Armed Forces shot down 9 unmanned aerial vehicles of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the areas of the settlements of Staromlynovka and Gorlovka (DPR). A MLRS projectile "Alder" was intercepted near Kamenka (Kharkiv region).


The people's militia of the DPR in the evening report reported that since the beginning of the day, Ukrainian formations have fired more than 200 shells from cannon artillery with a caliber of 155, 152 and 122 mm, as well as 120 mm mortars, across the territory of the republic.

Areas of 8 settlements fell under shelling. As a result of the attacks, 16 civilians were injured. 24 houses were damaged, as well as 7 civil infrastructure facilities.

The leader of the Donetsk People's Republic, Denis Pushilin, announced the transfer of two Cheburashka MLRS systems to the Kaskad unit of the People's Republic of Donetsk People's Republic. These systems are made in Donbass and have no analogues in the world.

The DPR received more than 21,000 copies of educational literature from Russia. The chairman of the government of the republic, Vitaly Khotsenko , said that this would make it possible to fully staff all schools in the liberated territories. According to RIA Novosti , a total of more than 2.5 million copies of textbooks are planned to be delivered to the DPR by September 1.

The prime minister of the DPR also said that the problem of the lack of teachers for schools in the republic is planned to be solved by volunteer teachers from Russia.


Last night, under shelling in the Luhansk People's Republic (LPR), the house of the acting head of the Lisichansk administration Andrey Skory came under fire . The official himself announced this, adding that 2 shells flew into the building, a total of about 15 were fired by the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Andrey Marochko , an officer of the NM of the LPR , summed up the results of the past week in the republic. He said that after a relative lull, the Armed Forces of Ukraine again intensified shelling of the territories, as a result of which civilians were killed, and socially important objects were damaged or destroyed.

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