Russo-Ukraine War - 25 August 2022 - Day 183
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]
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed, on 25 August 2022, a decree to increase the number of Russian combat military personnel by 137,000 to 1,150,628. The decree is due to take effect on 1 January 2023.
Ukraine informed the IAEA, that the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) had temporarily lost connection to its last remaining operational 750 kilovolt (kV) external power line. As a result, the facility's two operating reactor units were disconnected from the electricity grid and their emergency protection systems were triggered, while all safety systems remained operational. All six units remained disconnected from the grid also after the power line was restored.
The UK Ministry of Defence reported that, in early March, Russian ground forces assaulted and seized Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP). On 21 August 2022, imagery indicated that Russia maintained an enhanced military presence at the site, with armoured personnel carriers deployed within 60 metres of reactor number five. Russian troops were probably attempting to conceal the vehicles by parking them under overhead pipes and gantries.
Russia is probably prepared to exploit any Ukrainian military activity near ZNPP for propaganda purposes. While Russia maintains the military occupation of ZNPP, the principal risks to reactor operations are likely to remain disruption to the reactors' cooling systems, damage to its back-up power supply, or errors by workers operating under pressure.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that the situation has not undergone significant changes in the Volyn and Polissya directions. The threat of Russian forces launching missile and air strikes from the territory of the Republic of Belarus remains.
In the Siversky region, Russian forces continue to hold separate units of the armed forces of the russian federation in the border areas of the Bryansk and Kursk regions in order to demonstrate the presence and constrain the actions of units of the Defense Forces.
Russian forces shelled civilian infrastructure in the areas of the settlements of Hai, Zalizniy Mist and Hirsk in the Chernihiv oblast and Bachivsk, Vilna Sloboda and Stukalivka in the Sumy oblast. They conducted aerial reconnaissance of the border regions of the UAVs.
In the Kharkiv direction, Russian forces shelled the areas of Odnorobivka, Tsupivka, Prudyanka, Bazaliivka, Tsyrkuny, Petrivka, Velyki Prokhody, Pytomnyk, Ivanivka, Korobochkyne, Slobozhanske and Chepil settlements from tanks, barrel and rocket artillery. The districts of Pytomnyk, Pryshyb and Zalyman were hit by Russian aircraft.
Russian forces made an unsuccessful offensive attempt near Petrivka, suffered losses and retreated. Supports the high intensity of UAV reconnaissance.
In the Slovyansk direction, Russian forces used tanks, barrel artillery and MLRS for shelling in the vicinity of Velyka Komyshuvakha, Krasnopilla, Nova Dmytrivka, Dolyna and Dibrivne.
Defense forces of Ukraine repelled an attempted attack by Russian units near Dolyna and Dmytrivka.
In the Kramatorsk direction, the areas of Spirne, Zvanivka, Siversk and Pryshyb were attacked by Russian forces. They made an attempt to improve the tactical position near Stariy Karavan, but were unsuccessful and retreated.
In the direction of Bakhmut, Russian forces continued shelling the territories near Bakhmut, Veselaya Dolyna, Zaytseve, and Kodema. Areas of the settlements of Soledar, Zaitseve, Kodema and Yakovlivka were hit by Russian aircraft.
The Russian occupiers tried to advance near Kodema and Bakhmutsky by offensive and assault actions, suffered losses and retreated.
In the Avdiyivka direction, Russian forces, with airstrikes, tank fire, barrel artillery, and rocket salvo fire systems, tried to push back units of Ukrainian troops, to hit important objects of military and civilian infrastructure in the areas of Avdiyivka, Maryinka, Krasnohorivka, Nevelske, Pervomaiske, Vodyane, Zalizne and Alexandropol.
Russian troops tried to break through the defenses of our troops in the area of Pervomaiske settlement, received a strong repulse and retreated.
In the direction of Novopavlivka, shelling was recorded near Pavlivka, Elizavetivka and Novomykhailivka. The occupiers also carried out airstrikes near Volodymyrivka, Vuhledar and Pavlivka.
In the Zaporizhzhia direction, Russian units shelled the positions of Ukrainian troops near Hulyaipilske, Orihiv, Zaliznychne, Shevchenko and Olhivske. Areas of the settlements of Orihiv, Hulyaipilske, Shcherbaky and Mali Shcherbaky were hit by air strikes.
In the South Buh direction, Russian forces concentrated its efforts on holding the occupied positions and hitting our units with fire. Continued shelling from barrel, rocket artillery and tanks along the contact line. They carried out an airstrike near Bila Krynytsia.
Russian forces tried to carry out combat reconnaissance in the area of the settlement of Blahodatne, suffered losses and withdrew. The Russian forces' attempted offensive in the Tavriysky district was choked under the fire of Ukrainian soldiers and the invaders retreated.
The Russian Ministry of Defense in a daily briefing reported that during the day, 5 aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force were hit by high-precision weapons of the Russian Aerospace Forces at the Mirgorod military airfield (Poltava region): Su-27 and Su-24 were destroyed, another Su-24 and two Su-27 received critical damage, losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine amounted to 30 nationalists. In the Dnipropetrovsk region, 3 aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force were destroyed by a high-precision strike on the Dnepr military airfield.
The Russian Aerospace Forces with high-precision weapons destroyed the command post of the Kakhovka group of Ukrainian troops in the Novy Bug area (Nikolaev region). 64 servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and 7 units of military equipment were liquidated. An Iskander missile strike on a military echelon at the Chaplino railway station (Dnipropetrovsk region) killed more than 200 servicemen of the reserve of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and 10 units of military equipment en route to the combat zone in Donbass.
In Shepetovka (Khmelnytsky region), high-precision weapons of the Russian Aerospace Forces destroyed the workshops of an enterprise for the repair of armored weapons and multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS). In Zaporozhye, the production shops of the Iskra plant were hit, where the repair of radar stations (RLS) of air defense (Air Defense) and counter-battery combat was carried out. The production buildings of the Migremont aviation plant, where the Ukrainian Air Force aircraft were being restored, were also destroyed.
Operational-tactical and army aviation, missile forces and artillery hit 7 command posts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the areas of Velikomikhailovka (Dnipropetrovsk region), Bakhmut, Pereezdny, Kalenikov, Soledar (Donetsk People's Republic, DPR), Poltavka (Zaporozhye region), Nikolaev, manpower and military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in 149 districts. 4 ammunition depots were liquidated in the areas of Gulyaypole (Zaporozhye region), Krasnaya Gora (DPR), Zmiev (Kharkiv region), Zhovtneve (Nikolaev region) and a fuel storage for military equipment in the Galitsinovo region (Nikolaev region).
During the counter-battery fight, 2 platoons of the Grad MLRS were suppressed in the areas of Artemovsky and Sukhaya Balka, as well as 3 platoons of D-30 howitzers in the areas of Novgorodsky, Vesely, Evgenovka (DPR).
Air defense systems shot down 5 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, intercepted 19 HIMARS MLRS shells in the areas of the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station, the cities of Kherson and Donetsk.
According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, during the previous day, Ukrainian artillery struck the area of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant 7 times from large-caliber guns. The fire weapons of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were suppressed by return fire from the artillery of the RF Armed Forces.
The department reported that on the morning of August 25, at the initiative of Paris, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu had a telephone conversation with his French counterpart Sebastian Lecornu . During the conversation, the situation around ZNPP was discussed. Shoigu brought to the attention of the head of the French Defense Ministry the assessment of the actions of the Ukrainian troops. The necessity of visiting the facility by the staff of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was also noted.
The People's Militia of the DPR in the evening report reported that since the beginning of the day, Ukrainian armed formations have fired more than 250 ammunition from the HIMARS MLRS, BM-21 Grad and BM-27 Uragan, cannon artillery with a caliber of 155, 152 and 122 mm across the territory of the republic , as well as 120-mm mortars.
The fire was fired at the areas of 5 settlements. As a result of the attacks, 2 civilians were killed and 4 more were injured. 22 residential buildings and 3 civil infrastructure facilities were damaged.
Ukrainian troops fired on the Assumption Church of the Holy Dormition Nicholas and Vasilyevsky Monastery in the village of Nikolskoye. According to eyewitnesses, the attack occurred right during the service. At the same time, local residents say that regular shelling of the temple has been carried out by the Armed Forces of Ukraine since spring.
As a result of the shelling of Gorlovka by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, a transformer station caught fire on the territory of the Stirol chemical plant, and a fire was recorded on the roof of the building on the territory of Transammiak.
Andrey Marochko , an officer of the People's Militia of the Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) , said that an assault company from among motivated military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is being formed near Bakhmut. According to the department, English-speaking instructors are now conducting fire and physical training classes with this unit.
Deputy Minister of Information of the DPR Daniil Bezsonov said that allied forces were advancing in the areas of Vugledar, Marinka and Avdiivka.
"There is progress in some areas, including in the Ugledar region – there is very serious work going on. Aviation today worked very seriously there. There is also progress in the area of the settlement of Marinka, in general, there is progress in the Avdiivka area, that is, we are making progress every day," he said.
From the beginning of the day, Ukrainian troops opened fire in the direction of Lysichansk. During the attack, HIMARS MLRS was used, there were no reports of casualties. 5 garages and 2 outbuildings were damaged.
Sergei Kiriyenko , a spokesman for the Russian presidential administration, said that primary school students in the LPR would receive free hot meals from September 1.
"From September 1, the Luhansk and Donetsk Republics are subject to Russian rules that the junior classes are obligatory free hot meals. The question is readiness for this, especially in the liberated territories," he said.
According to Kiriyenko, ready-made sets for children will be brought to those schools where the kitchen and canteen blocks are not ready for cooking and serving meals.
It is expected that from September more than 114,000 residents of the republic will start studying in Lugansk schools.
Agrarians of the LPR have prepared for the winter more than 98% of the required amount of hay. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of the Republic.
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