Russo-Ukraine War - 23 August 2022 - Day 181
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 Second Summit of the Crimea Platform was held on 23 August 2022, with Joint Statement issued by its 60 or so international participants. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy reaffirmed that Crimea's status as an integral part of Ukraine, stating that "Crimea is an integral part of our state, Crimea is Ukraine. Crimea is an integral part of our people. And we will certainly come to our cities in Crimea, to our people in Crimea and return to them the freedom that belongs to them by right, as well as to all our other people."
The UK Ministry of Defence reported that, over the weekend, Russia probably started moving barges into position to construct a substantial floating bridge over the Dnipro river, immediately beside the damaged Antonivsky road bridge. The crossing is the key link between Russian-occupied Kherson and the east. For several weeks, Russian forces and local civilians have relied on a ferry crossing of the waterway. If Russia completes the improvised bridge, it will almost certainly increase the capacity of the crossing point compared to the ferry. A floating bridge would likely still be vulnerable to Ukrainian offensive action.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that Russian forces continue to focus its efforts on establishing full control over the territory of Donetsk region, maintaining the captured districts of Kherson, part of Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, and Mykolaiv regions, restoring the combat capability of units that have suffered losses. In the Volyn, Polissya and Siversky directions, the situation remains unchanged. The Russian occupiers used barrel artillery for shelling near Mykolaivka and Zalizny Bridge in the Chernihiv oblast.
In the Kharkiv direction, Russian forces shelled the areas of the settlements of Uda, Sosnivka, Protopopivka, Slatyne, Tsyrkuny, Kharkiv, Petrivka, Velyki Prohody, Ruski Tyshki, Pytomnyk, and Korobochkyne with barrel and jet artillery. They carried out airstrikes near Pytomnyk, Kostyantynivka and Verkhniy Saltiv. In order to perform reconnaissance tasks and adjust the artillery fire, UAV reconnaissance was deployed.
In the Slovyansk direction, shelling was recorded near Nortsivka, Dolyna and Dibrivne. Russian forces carried out airstrikes near Bohorodychne. In the area of Nova Dmytrivka, they conducted UAV aerial reconnaissance.
In the Kramatorsk direction, the districts of Siversk, Hryhorivka, and Bilenke were hit by artillery fire of various types. Russian forces used aviation for strikes near Tetyanivka and Pryshyb, and conducted reconnaissance of the positions of Ukrainian UAV troops.
In the Bakhmut direction, fire damage was recorded in the areas of Bakhmut, Bakhmutske and Kodema. Russian forces conducted airstrikes near Soledar and Bakhmut.
Russian forces made an unsuccessful reconnaissance attempt by fighting in the direction of the village of Zaitseve, and withdrew.
With offensive and assault actions, Russian forces tried to advance in the direction of the settlements of Soledar, Kodema, Bakhmut, Zaitseve and Kurdyumivka, but were unsuccessful and retreated.
In the Avdiyivka direction, Russian forces continued shelling from the entire range of artillery near Avdiyivka, Opytne, Vodyane, Novobakhmutivka, and Nevelske. Airstrikes near Maryinka and Krasnohorivka.
With offensive actions, Russian forces tried to break through the defenses of Ukrainian troops and advance in the direction of the settlements of Krasnohorivka, Pervomaiske and Nevelske, but were unsuccessful and retreated chaotically.
In the direction of Novopavlivsk, Russian forces fired from barrel and jet artillery near Pavlivka and Velika Novosilka. They unsuccessfully tried to improve the tactical position in the directions of Novomykhailivka and Zolotaya Niva.
In the Zaporizhzhia direction, Russian fire was recorded in the areas of Shcherbaky, Novodanylivka, Hulyaipilske, Charivne, Novosilka, Zelene Pole, Novopil and Vyshneve settlements. Russian forces carried out airstrikes near Malynivka, Zaliznychne and Vremivka.
In the South Buh direction, Russian forces used tanks, barrel artillery and MLRS to shell the areas of Posad-Pokrovske, Oleksandrivka, Prybuzke, Lupareve, Myrne, Novohryhorivka, Chervona Dolyna, Pervomaiske, Kiselivka, Lyubomyrivka, Andriivka, Novooleksandrivka, Mykolaivka, Knyazivka and Ivanivka settlements.
Airstrikes were recorded near Trudolyubivka, Andriivka, and Novohryhorivka. Russian forces actively used UAVs to scout the positions of Ukrainian troops and adjust artillery fire.
The Russian naval group in the water areas of the Black and Azov Seas continues to perform the task of blocking civilian shipping in the northwestern part of the Black Sea and damaging military facilities and infrastructure elements deep in the territory of Ukraine.
The Russian Defense Ministry reports that as a result of offensive actions in the Nikolaev direction, 48 square kilometers of territories with settlements, including Blagodatovka and Komsomolskoye, have been liberated. The units of the 35th, 46th and 28th brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (APU) were defeated.
In addition, over the past day , enemy command posts in Dorozhnyanka and Kamenskoye, 164 areas of accumulation of manpower and equipment, artillery depots in Bereznegovat, and fuel storage facilities in Kharkov and Chuguev were hit.
In Dymovskoye, a radar station for detecting low-altitude targets was destroyed, and near Rogan, a US-made counter-battery radar system was destroyed. Two M777 howitzers were suppressed in the Marganets area.
Air defense systems shot down a Su-27 of the Ukrainian Air Force over Barvenkovo, as well as six drones and 15 rockets over the liberated territories.
Forces of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) storm enemy strongholds along the Donetsk ring road, advancing from Staromikhailivka. To the east of the Ring Road and to the south of the Sands, units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were knocked out of the state farm buildings.
DPR artillery shells Ukrainian positions near Nevelskoye, Netaylovo, Vodyany, Pervomaisky.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine, in turn, attacked the administration of Donetsk and one of the hotels, and once again distributed anti-personnel mines "Petal" throughout the capital itself and Zaitsevo. By the evening of August 23, as a result of these actions, four civilians had already died, more than a dozen were injured.
In the Lugansk People's Republic , they announced the fact that Popasna was shelled with two rockets from HIMARS rocket launchers, the consequences are being specified.
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