Russo-Ukraine War - 26 August 2022 - Day 184
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 that, on 24 August 2022, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu told the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation that Russia was deliberately slowing the pace of its military campaign in Ukraine, driven by the need to reduce civilian casualties.
This is almost certainly deliberate misinformation. Russia's offensive has stalled because of poor Russian military performance and fierce Ukrainian resistance. Under Shoigu's orders, the forces operating in Ukraine have repeatedly missed planned operational timelines. It is highly likely that Shoigu and President Putin have fired at least six generals for not advancing quickly enough.
On the day Shoigu was speaking, a Russian SS-26 Iskander short-range ballistic missile struck a train in the town of Chaplyne, reportedly killing at least two children. This highlights Russia's willingness to cause collateral damage when it perceives there is military advantage in launching missile or artillery strikes.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that Russian forces continue to focus their efforts on establishing full control over the territory of Donetsk oblast, maintaining the captured districts of Kherson, part of Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, and Mykolaiv oblasts, restoring the combat capability of units that have suffered losses. The situation has not undergone significant changes in the Volyn, Polissya, and Siversky directions. Russian forces used barrel artillery to shell civilian and military infrastructure in the areas of Seredyna Buda, Shevchenkove, Katerynivka, and Vilne settlements of the Sumy oblast.
In the Kharkiv direction, Russian occupiers continue to conduct hostilities in order to maintain the occupied borders. Shelling was carried out from tanks, barrel and rocket artillery near Varvarivka, Udyv, Slatyne, Petrivka, Borschova, Velyki Prokhody, Pischane, Ruski Tyshky, Shestakove, Slobozhanske, Andriivka, and Husarivka. Russian forces also carried out airstrikes near Mospanove, Pervomaiske and Bayrak. They conducted aerial reconnaissance in the areas of Pytomnyk, Cherkaska Lozova and Shestakove settlements.
In the Slovyansk direction, Russian forces are trying to resume the offensive in the direction of the village of Barvinkove. Shelling was recorded near Chepil, Brazhkivka, Bohorodychne and Kostyantynivka. Airstrikes were recorded near Brazhkivka and Zalyman. Russian forces led an offensive battle in the direction of Karnaukhivka, had no success, withdrew. They conducted aerial reconnaissance in the area of Nova Dmytrivka.
In the Kramatorsk direction, Russian forces fired from barrel and rocket artillery in the areas of Tetyanivka, Ivano-Daryivka, Zvanivka and Hryhorivka settlements. They carried out airstrikes near Spirne and Siversk, and conducted aerial reconnaissance near Tetyanivka.
In the Bakhmut direction, Russian forces inflicted fire damage from tanks, barrel artillery, and MLRS in the areas of Tykhonivka, Vasyukivka, Soledar, Bakhmut, and Shumy settlements. They used aviation for strikes near Yakovlivka and Kodema.
Russian forces tried to conduct assaults in the direction of the settlements of Soledar, Bakhmutske, Bakhmut and Kodema, but were unsuccessful.
In the Avdiyivka direction, Russian forces shelled the districts of Alexandropil, New York, Novobakhmutivka, Netaylovy, Halytsynivka, Nevelske, Opytne, and Maryinka. They conducted airstrikes near Pervomaiskyi, Krasnohorivka, and Maryinka.
Russian forces tried to improve their tactical position in the direction of the settlement of Nevelske, were repulsed and retreated.
Artillery shelling was recorded near Zolota Nyva, Prechystivka, Pavlivka, and Volodymyrivka in the Novopavlivsk direction. The districts of Volodymyrivka and Novomykhailivka were hit by Russian aircraft.
In the Zaporizhzhia direction, Russian forces shelled the areas of the settlements of Velikomykhailivka, Novosilka, Vremivka, Malynivka, Dorozhnianka, Poltavka, Orihiv, and Mala Tokmachka. They also arried out airstrikes near Olhivske and Hulyaipole.
In the Southern Buh direction, Russian forces continued shelling the areas of Mykolaiv, Kryvyi Rih, Lupareve, Prybuzke, Posad-Pokrovske, Novogrigorivka, Partyzanske, Chervona Dolyna, Velyke Artakove, Kvitneve, Ivanivka, Potemkine, Trudolyubivka, Blahodatne, Tavriyske, Pervomaiske, Shyroke and Polyana. Air strikes tried to destroy important infrastructure facilities in the areas of Oleksandrivka, Lozove, and Olhyne settlements.
The Russian Ministry of Defense in a daily briefing reported that during the day concentrated fire strikes were carried out on the positions of units of the 25th Airborne Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Seversk region and the 101st Territorial Defense Brigade in the Yakovlevka region (Donetsk People's Republic, DPR). Over 50 nationalists and 9 units of armored and motor vehicles were destroyed.
Against the background of heavy losses and loss of combat capability, soldiers of the units of the 53rd Mechanized Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Novomikhailovka (DPR) and the 93rd Mechanized Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Dibrovnoye (Kharkiv region) left their positions and left the combat areas.
Operational-tactical and army aviation, missile forces and artillery hit 9 command posts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the areas of Yakovlevka, Shevchenko, Soledar, Otradny (DPR), Lozovoy (Kherson region), Dergachi, Chuguev (Kharkiv region), Nikolaev and Partizansky (Mykolaiv region) , manpower and military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were destroyed in 163 districts. 5 weapons and ammunition depots were liquidated in the areas of Soledar, Bokovoe (DPR), Chervona Dolina (Mykolaiv region), Andreevka (Kherson region), Malinovka (Zaporozhye region) and a fuel storage facility in the Galitsinovo region (Mykolaiv region). In the Barvenkovo area (Kharkiv region), a radar guidance of the S-300 anti-aircraft missile system of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was destroyed.
As part of the counter-battery fight, 3 platoons of the Grad MLRS were suppressed in the areas of Bakhmut, Kodema, Seversk, 2 platoons of D-30 howitzers in Kodem and Soledar (DPR), 2 platoons of Giacint-B guns in the areas of Dobry and Zeleny Gay (Nikolaev region ).
Air defense systems (air defense) shot down 6 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the areas of Komsomolsky (DPR), Bayrak, Izyum (Kharkiv region), Bezymyanny and Stepnoe (Kherson region). A ballistic missile "Tochka-U" was intercepted in the area of Nova Kakhovka (Kherson region) and 6 HIMARS and "Alder" shells in the regions of Donetsk, as well as Izyum (Kharkiv region), Novotroitsky and Berislav (Kherson region).
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation also noted that during the same period, the Zaporizhzhya NPP was twice subjected to shelling by the Armed Forces of Ukraine from large-caliber artillery guns, 4 ammunition exploded in the area of the oxygen-nitrogen station, and one more in the area of special building No. 1.
The artillery position of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, from which the shelling of the territory of the nuclear power plant was carried out, was identified to the west of the settlement of Marganets (Dnipropetrovsk region). A US-made M777 howitzer was destroyed by high-precision munitions at this combat position.
The People's Militia of the DPR reported that since the beginning of the day, Ukrainian armed formations have fired 240 ammunition from the BM-21 Grad MLRS, 155, 152 and 122-mm cannon artillery, as well as 120-mm mortars across the territory of the republic.
Shelling was carried out in the areas of 5 settlements. As a result of the attacks, 6 civilians were injured. 27 housing constructions, 4 civilian infrastructure facilities and 4 civilian vehicles were damaged.
An officer of the People's Militia of the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) Andrei Marochko said that mass graves of the bodies of Ukrainian servicemen were recorded in the vicinity of Yakovlevka near Bakhmut. He noted that in this way the Armed Forces of Ukraine hide the real losses in the area.
The Office of the DPR Ombudsman Daria Morozova said that during the entire period of the conflict in Donbass, 8,746 people, including 119 children, were killed in the republic as a result of the actions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. At the same time, during the week from August 19 to 25, 64 representatives of the power structures of the DPR and 21 civilians became victims of attacks. 331 security officials and 65 civilians were injured.
From the beginning of the day on August 26, Ukrainian troops opened fire on the settlement of Stakhanov. During the attack, the American MLRS HIMARS was used, 10 missiles were fired. The building of the former Donbass hotel was destroyed, residential buildings were damaged.
Since the beginning of the year, the LPR prosecutor's office has opened 1,168 criminal cases on the use of prohibited means and methods of warfare by the Ukrainian security forces. During the week from 19 to 26 August, 49 criminal cases were initiated.
Minister of Education of the LPR Ivan Kusov announced the plans of the authorities of the republic to allocate additional budget places in local educational institutions for applicants from the liberated regions. The admission campaign for them will last until December 31.
The head of the ministry also said that specialists in the field of higher education of the LPR and the Russian Federation are developing a strategy for the development of universities in the people's republic. He noted that more than 30 Russian universities are assigned to institutions of higher education of the LPR, within the framework of this partnership, the exchange of experience is ensured and the qualifications of specialists are improved.
Kusov said that 95% of schools in the republic are ready for the new academic year. More than 100 teachers from Russia will come to work in them. It is also expected to supply more than 150 school buses from the Russian Federation.
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