Russo-Ukraine War - 22 August 2022 - Day 180
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]
Ukrainian General Valerii Zaluzhnyi, during a veterans event on 22 August 2022, said that nealy 9,000 Ukrainian soldiers had died since the start of Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Zaluzhniy said the entire country, and not just the army, is taking part in the war, as children and wives have seen their fathers and husbands "go to the front lines and are maybe among the nearly 9,000 heroes who have been killed" in battle. In April, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy had said that up to 3,000 Ukrainian soldiers had been killed and 10,000 injured.
The Netherlands announced it would provide an additional aid package of ~80 million euros to Ukraine for reconstruction, demining among other things, as well as comitting about 90 Dutch troops to the training of Ukrainian soldiers in the UK.
The UK Ministry of Defence reported that, on 15 August 22, Ukrainian social media channels circulated a video which reportedly showed elements from a military unit of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) delivering a declaration outlining their refusal to be deployed as part of offensive operations in Donetsk Oblast.
The fighters claimed they had fulfilled their duty in securing the LPR's control over all of Luhansk Oblast, which was secured in July 2022, and were unwilling to fight in Donetsk Oblast despite threats and intimidation by senior commanders.
Russia is likely increasingly struggling to motivate the auxiliary forces it is using to augment its regular troops in the Donbas. Commanders are probably resorting to direct financial incentives, while some combat units are deemed unreliable for offensive operations. A consistent contributing factor to these problems is Russia's classification of the war as a 'special military operation' which limits the state's powers of legal coercion.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that Russia continues to focus its efforts on establishing full control over the territory of Donetsk oblast, holding the captured districts of Kherson, part of Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, and Mykolaiv regions, restoring the combat capability of units that have suffered losses, and preventing a possible counteroffensive of the Defense Forces. Air and missile strikes on civilian objects on the territory of Ukraine continue.
In the Volyn and Polissya directions, the situation remains without significant changes, units of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus continue to carry out the task of strengthening the protection of the section of the Belarusian-Ukrainian border in the Brest and Gomel regions. The threat missile and air strikes from the territory and airspace of the Republic of Belarus remains.
In the Siversky region, Russian forces continue to hold separate units of the Western Military District in the border areas of the Bryansk and Kursk regions in order to demonstrate the presence and constrain the actions of units of the Ukrainian Defense Forces. They fired from barrel artillery in the areas of Senkivka and Mykolaivka settlements of Chernihiv oblast and Katerynivka and Oboda of Sumy oblast.
In the Slobozhansky direction, Russian forces are conducting combat operations with the aim of improving the tactical position, taking measures to equip and replenish the losses of personnel and military equipment.
In the Kharkiv direction, Russian forces maintain a high intensity of UAV reconnaissance. They fired military and civilian infrastructure in the areas of Udy, Bazaliivka, Slobozhanske, Duvanka, Peremoha, Velyki Prohody, Ruska Lozova, Lebyazhe, Mospanove, Husarivka, Ruski Tyshky. They carried out airstrikes near Stary Saltov, Verkhnyi Saltov, Pytomnyk, Mospanove, and Husarivka.
In the Slovyansk direction, Russian forces carried out fire damage from tanks, barrel artillery, and MLRS near Krasnopilla, Mazanivka, Novaya Dmytrivka, Chepil, Bogorodichne, and Kurulka. In the Donetsk direction, Russian forces continue offensive operations.
The main efforts are concentrated in the Bakhmut and Avdiivka areas.
In the Kramatorsk direction, shelling of the Siversk, Zakitne, Pereizne, Hryhorivka, Verkhnokamyanske and Pryshyb districts was recorded. In the area of Krasnopill settlement, Russian forces waged an offensive battle.
In the direction of Bakhmut, Russian forces shelled military and civilian infrastructure near Kostyantynivka, Bakhmutske, Pidhorodne, Yakovlivka, Vesela Dolyna, and Bilohorivka. They launched an airstrike on the positions of the defense forces in the Soledar area and rocket strikes in the areas of the settlements of Soledar and Kostyantynivka. They led assault operations near Soledar, Kodema and Zaitseve, but had no success.
In the Avdiivka direction, Russian forces shelled the areas of Avdiivka, Oleksandropil, Maryinka, Pervomaiske and Pisky settlements with tanks and artillery of various types. He carried out airstrikes near Nevelske, Maryinka and Krasnohorivka. They led the offensive in the areas of Krasnohorivka, Pervomaiske and Nevelske settlements.
In the Novopavlivsky direction, Russian fire was recorded near Novomykhailivka, Elizavetivka, and Novoukrainka. The Russian occupiers carried out offensive actions in the Novomykhailivka area, suffered losses and retreated.
In the Zaporizhzhia direction, Russian forces fired artillery and rocket artillery and tanks in the areas of the settlements of Hulyaipole, Shevchenko, Charivne, Novosilka, Vremivka, Vilne Pole, Mala Tokmachka, Poltavka, Dorozhnyanka. They led an offensive battle near Vremivka and Velyka Novosilka.
In the South Buh direction, Russia is concentrating its main efforts on holding the occupied positions, preventing the advance of our troops and hitting our units with fire. They are taking measures to replenish losses. They fired civilian infrastructure in the areas of Velike Artakove, Mykolaiv, Andriivka, Posad-Pokrovske, Stepova Dolyna, Tavriyske, Bila Krynytsia, Partizanske, Luch, Tokareve, Kamiane, Novovorontsovka, Polyana, Novooleksandrivka and Lyubomirivka settlements. They carried out airstrikes near Andriyivka, Olgany, Trudolyubivka, and Potyomkyne, and missile strikes on Mykolaiv and Zatoka.
In order to conduct aerial reconnaissance, Russian forces actively use UAVs.
The Ministry of Defense of Russia in a briefing reported that within a day, a high-precision weapon of the Russian Aerospace Forces in the Zaporozhye region hit the command post of the 102nd brigade of the territorial defense of Ukraine. As a result, up to 30 militants and 14 units of military equipment were eliminated.
Also, militants of the 28th mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Nikolaev region, the 72nd mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, 101-1 and 112th brigades of the territorial defense in the DPR were liquidated with concentrated fire strikes.
Aviation, missile troops and artillery hit 8 command posts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, manpower and military equipment in 142 districts, 6 weapons and ammunition depots, a radar guidance station for the Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile system (SAM) S-300, a launcher for the Buk-M1 air defense system and US-made counter-battery radar system.
As part of the counter-battery fight, 2 platoons of Grad multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) in the DPR, 3 platoons of Giacint-B guns in the DPR and the Nikolaev region, 2 platoons of D-30 howitzers at firing positions in the Kharkiv region were suppressed.
Air defense systems shot down 5 unmanned aerial vehicles of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the DPR, Kherson and Kharkiv regions. 13 MLRS shells were destroyed in the air, including 8 HIMARS rockets.
The people's militia of the DPR in the evening report reported that since the beginning of the day, Ukrainian troops have fired more than 130 rounds of cannon artillery with a caliber of 155, 152 and 122 mm, as well as 120 mm mortars, across the territory of the republic.
The shelling of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was carried out in the areas of 7 settlements. As a result of the attacks, 2 civilians were killed and 2 more were injured. 5 residential buildings and a civilian infrastructure facility were damaged.
The DPR representative office at the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire (JCCC) reported that during the 186 days of escalation (since February 17), 8,344 facts of shelling by the Armed Forces of Ukraine were recorded. These attacks killed 345 civilians, including 18 children. 3,166 civilians were injured: 1,612 in the territories within the borders of the republic before the start of the special operation, 1,556 in the liberated territories.
The mayor of Avdiivka, controlled by the Ukrainian authorities , Vitaliy Barabash , admitted that the inhabitants of the settlement are waiting for the arrival of Russia. According to him, many representatives of the local population refuse to leave the city, despite the announced "mandatory evacuation".
"Some say they have nowhere to go, or they don't have the financial means, or that they survived 2014-2015 and will survive now. Some say they have already left and returned because they ran out of money. And I can't deny that some are waiting for the arrival of Russia," said the mayor of Avdiivka.
Materials on 80 episodes of the crimes of the Azov National Battalion✱ (banned in the Russian Federation) are ready for the tribunal in the republic. This was announced by the head of the DPR Denis Pushilin . According to him, the date of the meeting depends on the work of the investigating authorities. The leader of the republic added that Ukrainian militants should be punished for their deeds, regardless of what position Kyiv expresses on this issue.
The Embassy of the DPR in Russia has suspended the reception of citizens due to an increase in the number of cases of coronavirus infection.
Assistant to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) Vitaly Kiselev revealed new details of the shelling of the house where the acting mayor of Lisichansk Andrey Skory lives . The incident took place on the night of August 21st. According to Kiselev, the Ukrainian Armed Forces hit the house with M777 artillery, 3 shells hit the area next to the building. Several vehicles were destroyed in the attack.
With the support of the People's Militia of the LPR, another batch of humanitarian aid donated by citizens of Russia was delivered to Severodonetsk.
In addition, the Russian tricolor was raised in the city in honor of the Day of the State Flag of the Russian Federation. In addition to the ceremony, a number of festive events dedicated to the solemn date took place in Severodonetsk. Also, similar ceremonies were held in Stanytsia Luganskaya, Kremennaya, Lisichansk and other settlements.
An international forum "Justice in the conditions of Ukrainian aggression: Donbass - realities" was held in Lugansk under the auspices of the Ombudsman for Human Rights in the LPR Victoria Serdyukova . According to the Russian Ombudsman Tatyana Moskalkova , experts and human rights activists from Russia, the USA, Finland, the Czech Republic, Serbia and Italy took part in it. As part of the forum, Serdyukova pointed out the need to create an international judicial body that will help establish justice for the population of the republics of Donbass.
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