Russo-Ukraine War - 27 August 2022 - Day 185
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 announced that it would be giving six autonomous minehunting vehicles to Ukraine to help detect Russian mines in the waters off its coast. Three of these were to be provided from UK stocks, with a further three to be purchased from industry. The lightweight autonomous vehicle is designed for use in shallow coastal environments, operating effectively at depths of up to 100m to detect, locate and identify mines using an array of sensors so the Ukrainian Navy can destroy them. As part of that effort, dozens of Ukrainian Navy personnel are to be taught to use the underwater drones.
Poland's Deputy Prime Minister Mariusz Blaszczak announced that the country had sealed a weapons deal worth $5.8 billion with South Korea for the purchase of 180 K2 Black Panther tanks made by Hyundai Rotem and worth $3.4 billion, as well as 212 K9 Thunder howitzers -- built by Hanhwa Defense and worth $2.4 billion, with the aim to replace armaments shipped to Ukraine. The deals also include training, logistics and ammunition.
The Czech Republic and Poland signed an agreement to protect Slovakia's airspace in anticipation of the country ceasing the use of its old Soviet-made MiG-29 fighter jets at the end of the month. There is speculation that Slovakia's 11 MiG-29s may be offered to Ukraine.
The UK Ministry of Defence reported that, over the last five days, there has probably been an increase in the intensity of Russian assaults along the Donetsk sector of the Donbas. North of Donetsk city, there has been intense fighting near the towns of Siversk and Bakhmut. Pro-Russian separatist militia have probably made some progress towards the centre of the village of Pisky, near Donetsk Airport. However, overall, Russian forces have secured few territorial gains.
There is a realistic possibility that Russia has increased its efforts in the Donbas in an attempt to draw in or fix additional Ukrainian units, amid speculation that Ukraine is planning a major counter-offensive.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that air and missile strikes on military and civilian objects on the territory of Ukraine continue. The threat of missile and air strikes from the territory and airspace of the Republic of Belarus remains in the Volyn and Polissya directions.
In the Siversky direction, Russian forces, in order to demonstrate the presence and constrain the actions of units of the Defense Forces, shelled the regions of Tovstodubove, Vilne, and Shevchenko of the Sumy oblast. In the Kharkiv direction, they used barrel and jet artillery to hit the areas of Kostyantynivka, Svitlichne, Kalynove, Dementiivka, Borshcheva, Cherkaski Tyshky, Oleksandrivka, Shestakove, Verkhniy Saltiv, Bazaliivka, Lebyazhe and Pryshyb settlements. Russian aircraft struck near Mospanove and Zalyman. Areas of Derhachi, Chuhuiv and Oleksandrivka settlements were hit by rockets.
Russian unsuccessfully tried to launch an assault in the direction of Dementiivka, were repulsed and retreated. In the Slovyansk direction, Russian forces tried to destroy civil infrastructure objects near Nortsivka, Rydne, Dmytrivka, Mazanivka, Kurulka, Petrivske and Cherkaske with the fire of barrel artillery and MLRS. They attempted an offensive in the direction of Brazhkivka, were unsuccessful, suffered losses and withdrew.
In the Kramatorsk direction, the areas of Spirne, Siversk, and Tetyanivka were hit by Russian artillery fire. Russian forces used aviation to launch a strike near Ivano-Daryivka. They launched an offensive in the direction of Hryhorivka, were unsuccessful, and retreated.
In the direction of Bakhmut, shelling was recorded near Bakhmut, Soledar, Yakovlivka and Kodema. Ukrainian defenders, after being hit by Russian aircraft, repelled their offensive in the direction of the settlements of Soledar and Zaitseve.
In the Avdiivka direction, Russian forces tried to destroy important infrastructure facilities and inflict losses on our units in the areas of Avdiivka, New York, Toretske, Krasnohorivka, and Novobakhmutivka with the fire of tanks, barrel and rocket artillery. Airstrikes near Maryinka and Nevelske. With offensive actions, they tried to advance in the direction of the Nevelske and Oleksandropil settlements, it was unsuccessful, and withdrew.
On the Novopavlivske direction, Russian units continued shelling near Pavlivka, Elizavetivka, Novomykhailivka, and Velyka Novosilka with the available means of fire damage. Russian forces used aviation for strikes on the Volodymyrivka area. They led an offensive battle in the directions of Prechistivka and Pavlivka, it was unsuccessful, it withdrew.
In the Zaporizhzhia direction, Russian forces subjected the area near Zaliznychne, Novoukrainske, Shevchenko, Preobrazhenka, Chervone, Yanvarske, Vremivka, Stepnohirsk, Novopil and Novodanylivka to fire. Areas of Olhivske, Novopil, Hulyaipilske and Novodanylivka settlements were hit by air strikes.
In the South Buh direction, Russian forces continue to focus its main efforts on preventing the advance of our troops, firing from tanks, barrel artillery and MLRS along the contact line. They carried out airstrikes near Velike Artakove, Pervomaiske and Olhany.
The situation in the water areas of the Black and Azov Seas has not undergone significant changes. The Russian naval group performs reconnaissance and blockade of civilian shipping in the northwestern part of the Black Sea.
Russian occupation forces lossed in manpower are increasing. In this regard, their command is expanding the practice of postponing the rotations of advanced units for an indefinite period.
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reported that, in the regions of Ukraine liberated by Russia, there were again power outages. According to RIA Novosti with reference to the administration of the Kherson region, the city is de-energized. Repair work is already underway, in the near future the supply of light will be resumed. At the same time, according to the deputy head of the regional administration Kirill Stremousov , the reason is not related to the shelling that Ukrainian troops regularly conduct.
Meanwhile, the fighting continues. In a daily briefing , the Russian Defense Ministry reported on the destruction of more than 200 servicemen from the 30th mechanized and 95th air assault brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) in the Kharkiv direction. Another hundred troops from the 14th mechanized brigade with three Grad multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) and a dozen armored vehicles and vehicles were liquidated in the Dergachi area.
Ukrainian forces also suffered losses in other regions. In particular, over 130 militants were killed by fire from the Russian Armed Forces in the Lozovoye region of the Kherson region, while trying to covertly force the Ingulets River, and in the Nikolaev region, the Armed Forces of Ukraine lost 40% of the 107th battalion of the 63rd mechanized brigade.
Also in various regions, seven command posts of Ukrainian troops, 37 artillery units and 142 militant concentration areas were hit. Seven warehouses of weapons and ammunition were destroyed, including those containing shells for the HIMARS MLRS and M777 howitzers.
In turn, Ukrainian troops continue to rely not only on saboteurs and attacks on civilians, but also on collaborators among the population. One of them was identified in the city of Dniproprudnoe, but managed to escape before being detained to the territories controlled by Kiev. A large arsenal of weapons, as well as awards from the Armed Forces of Ukraine, were found and confiscated in his home.
The situation in the LDNR
In the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), nationalists continue to launch attacks on residential areas of cities. During the day, Zaitsevo, Gorlovka, Yelenovka, Makeevka and Yasinovataya were shelled. As a result, one civilian was killed in Makiivka, and in Gorlovka, due to shells, a fire broke out on the territory of the Kalininskaya central processing plant. In connection with the incessant fire from the militants, the mayor of the city, Ivan Prikhodko, called on civilians to leave the streets and take cover in buildings.
In addition, the removal of the rubble of the former hotel in Stakhanov, which the Armed Forces of Ukraine struck from HIMARS the day before , continues . The building was reportedly converted into a hospital where both military and civilians were treated. Three more bodies were recovered from the rubble, bringing the total number of victims to six, with seven wounded.
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