Russo-Ukraine War - 24 August 2022 - Day 182
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 24 August 2022, the day marking Ukraine's 31st anniversary of its independence, the United States announced another approximate $3 billion in additional security assistance for Ukraine under the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI). As the biggest tranche of security assistance for Ukraine to date, the package included Six additional National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS) with additional munitions for NASAMS, up to 24 counter-artillery radars; Puma Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and support equipment for Scan Eagle UAS systems; VAMPIRE Counter-Unmanned Aerial Systems; Laser-guided rocket systems, as well as ammunition.
UK PM Boris Johnson announced a new assistance package it, along with Norway, was providing the Armed Forces of Ukraine with a £54 million package of 2,000 state-of-the-art drones and loitering munitions. Among these are 850 hand launched, Norwegian-developed Black Hornet micro-drones, which are specifically designed for use in towns and villages, and are deployed to detect approaching enemy forces
The UK Ministry of Defence reported that, today marked the 31st anniversary of Ukraine's independence. Since 2014 President Putin has sought to use a mix of force and coercive diplomacy to increase and solidify Russia's influence in Ukraine and interfere in its sovereign affairs. Russia launched a full invasion of Ukraine six months ago, with the aim of toppling the government and occupying most of the country. By April, Russia's leaders realised this had failed, and reverted to more modest objectives in eastern and southern Ukraine.
The Donbas offensive is making minimal progress and Russia anticipates a major Ukrainian counterattack. Operationally, Russia is suffering from shortages of munitions, vehicles and personnel. Morale is poor in many parts of its military and its army is significantly degraded. Its diplomatic power has been diminished and its long-term economic outlook is bleak. Six months in and Russia's war has proven both costly and strategically harmful.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that Russian forces air and missile strikes on military and civilian targets in Ukraine continue, with today especially rich in air alarms.
In the Volyn, Polissya and Siversky directions, the situation remains unchanged. On the Siversky direction, Russian forces shelled the Tovstodubove, Shevchenkove, and Zapsillia settlements of the Sumy oblast with barrel artillery.
In the Kharkiv direction, Russian forces shelled the districts of Kharkiv, Svitlychne, Slatyne, Ruski Tyshky and twenty more settlements with barrel and rocket artillery. They used aviation for strikes near Verkhniy Saltiv, Pryshyb, Rubizhne and Odnorobivka.
In the Slovyansk direction, Russian forces affected the areas of Slovyansk, Dolyna, Brazhkivka, Bohorodychne, Krasnopilla, Kostyantynivka, and Dibrivne with the fire of barrel and jet artillery. They made an unsuccessful attempt to attack in the direction of Nova Dmytrivka.
In the Kramatorsk direction, artillery shelling was recorded near Siversk, Hryhorivka, Spirne, Ivano-Daryivka, and Verkhnyokamyanske.
In the direction of Bakhmut, the areas of Kostyantynivka, Bakhmut, Soledar, Vesela Dolyna, Bakhmutske, Mayorsk, Shumy, Zaitseve, Vasyukivka, Kodema, Bilogorivka and Yakovlivka were hit by Russian barrel and rocket artillery. Russian forces tried to destroy important objects in the areas of the cities of Soledar and Bakhmut with air strikes.
Russian occupiers tried to improve the tactical position in the direction of the settlements of Soledar, Bakhmutske and Kodema. They were repulsed and retreated.
In the Avdiyivka direction, Russian forces used barrel artillery and multiple rocket systems for shelling in the vicinity of Avdiyivka, Alexandropil, Opytne, Vodyane, Novobakhmutivka, Krasnohorivka, and Nevelske. The areas of Mar'inka, Oleksandropil and Vodyane settlements were hit by Russian airstrikes.
With offensive and assault actions, Russian forces once again tried to establish control over the settlements of Pisky and Nevelske. They did not have success, suffered losses and left.
On the Novopavlivskyi direction, Russian aircraft strikes were recorded near Volodymyrivka, Pavlivka and Novomayorskyi.
Defense forces of Ukraine repelled the Russian forces' offensive in the direction of the settlements of Pobieda, Novomykhailivka, Pavlivka, and Velyka Novosilka.
In the Zaporizhzhia direction, Russian forces shelled the areas of Novopole, Mali Shcherbaky, Orichiv and fifteen other settlements with barrel and rocket artillery. Areas near Novosilka, Poltavka, Novopole and Dorozhnyanka were hit by Russian aircraft.
The Russian naval group in the waters 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 in the depths of the territory of Ukraine.
In the South Buh direction, Russia, with the aim of deterring Ukrainian troops, shelled the territory along the contact line from the available means of fire damage. They used aviation for strikes on the areas of Trudolyubivka, Andriyivka, Potyomkyne, Oleksandrivka, Lozove, Velike Artakove and Bila Krynytsia settlements. They made an unsuccessful attempt to attack in the direction of Mykolaivka. Ukrainian soldiers inflicted losses on the enemy and pushed them back.
The Russian Defense Ministry reported that RF Armed Forces attacked the 18th battalion of the 35th brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) when it tried to covertly cross the Ingulets River in the area of the settlement Lozovoe. Over 80 militants and 6 vehicles were liquidated.
Also, over the past day, the command post of the 102nd Terodefense Brigade near Gulyaipole, 47 artillery units and 212 enemy concentration areas were hit.
Warehouses with ammunition were destroyed in Novoaleksandrovka and Shiroky. In Orekhovo, the Joint Logistics Center of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was liquidated, and a platoon of Smerch rocket launchers was hit near Rogan.
Air defense forces shot down seven Ukrainian drones and two projectiles at the time.
The Russian Guard detained two employees of the Zaporizhzhya NPP, convicted of adjusting fire at a nuclear facility. They transmitted to the Ukrainian military information about the location of Russian personnel and equipment on the territory of the station.
The situation in the LDNR
The armed forces of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) lost five soldiers dead and nine wounded during the day . At the same time, the Armed Forces of Ukraine fired more than 210 rounds of ammunition at seven settlements in the DPR, killing two civilians and injuring four. 16 houses and 8 civil infrastructure facilities were damaged.
At the same time, west of Donetsk, the People's Militia is methodically clearing Ukrainian positions, seeking to minimize their own losses. Drones are widely used in this process. Thus, video evidence of the defeat of the Ukrainian Stugna complex and closed positions by the Somali battalion appeared on the Web .
In the meantime, the Banner of Victory has been raised in Peski, the NM of the DPR declares. Moreover, a symbolic place was chosen for the flagpole - above the former Ukrainian position, which the defenders themselves referred to as the "Reichstag".
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