Russo-Ukraine War - 29 August 2022 - Day 187
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 recent independent Russian media reports have claimed that due to the problems Russia is facing in its war against Ukraine, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu is now being side-lined within the Russian leadership, with operational commanders briefing President Putin directly on the course of the war.
Russian officers and soldiers with first-hand experience of the war probably routinely ridicule Shoigu for his ineffectual and out-of-touch leadership as Russian progress has stalled. Shoigu has likely long struggled to overcome his reputation as lacking substantive military experience, as he spent most of his career in the construction sector and the Ministry of Emergency Situations.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that Russian occupiers continue to carry out air and missile strikes on civilian objects on the territory of Ukraine. The situation in the Volyn and Polissya directions has not changed significantly. The threat of missile and air strikes from the territory and airspace of the Republic of Belarus remains.
In the Siversky direction, Russian forces shelled territories near Yanzhulivka, Chernihiv oblast, and Starykovo and Vilna Sloboda, Sumy oblast, with barrel artillery.
In the Kharkiv direction, Russian forces shelled civilian infrastructure in the areas of Udy, Slatyne, Svitlychne, Bayrak, Peremoha, Kutuzivka, Chepil, Husarivka, Ruski Tyshky and Zalyman from tanks, combat vehicles, barrel and jet artillery.
In the Slovyansk direction, artillery fire was recorded near Dovhgenke, Nortsivka, Chervone, Sulihivka, Ridne, Adamivka, and Slovyansk. Russian forces tried to improve their tactical position in the directions of Bohorodychne and Dolyna, but were unsuccessful and retreated.
In the Kramatorsk direction, Russian shelling continues from existing artillery systems in the areas of Hryhorivka, Ivano-Daryivka, and Tetyanivka. Russian forces used aircraft for strikes near Hryhorivka and Tetyanivka. They attempted to advance in the direction of the settlement of Ivano-Daryivka ended in failure for the occupiers - losses and escape.
In the Bakhmut direction, Russian units shelled military and civilian infrastructure in the areas of Vesela Dolyna, Mayorsk, Toretsk Bakhmut and Kodema settlements. Russian aircraft strikes were also recorded near the last two. Defense forces of Ukraine repelled the Russian offensive in the direction of the settlements of Soledar, Vesela Dolyna, Bakhmut and Kodema.
In the Avdiivka direction, the areas of Avdiivka, Opytne, Nevelske, Pervomaiske, Novobakhmutivka and Alexandropil were damaged by fire. Russian forces tried to advance in the direction of Maryinka, Pervomaiske and Nevelske with offensive and assault actions, was repulsed and retreated.
On the Novopavlivske direction, Russian forces fired at the positions of our troops from tanks, barrel artillery, and MLRS near Pavlivka, Volodymyrivka, Vremivka, Novosilka, and Shevchenko. They used aviation for a strike mission near Volodymyrivka. Russian occupiers also unsuccessfully tried to advance in the direction of Pavlivka.
In the Zaporizhzhia direction, Russian shelling was recorded in the areas of the settlements of Hulyaipole, Orihiv, Chervone, Mala Tokmachka, Novoandriivka, Berezovo, Bilohirya, Stepove and Kamianske. Russian occupiers tried to inflict losses on Ukrainian units near Mali Shcherbaky with air strikes.
In the South Buh direction, Russian forces shelled the areas of Mykolaiv, Lupareve, Tavriyske, Prybuzke, Posad-Pokrovske, Ukrainka, Lyubomirivka, Zorya, Myrne, Kvitneve, Kiselivka, Kobzartsi, Bereznehuvate, Vysunsk, Yavkine, Velyke Artakove, Topolyne and Knyazivka settlements from the available artillery systems and tanks. The districts of Andriivka and Kalynyvka were hit by air strikes.
With assault and offensive actions, Russian forces tried to improve the tactical position near Potyomkino, suffered losses and retreated.
Russian forces continues intensive aerial reconnaissance with unmanned aerial vehicles. In the water areas of the Black and Azov Seas, Russia's ship group performs the task of maintaining a favorable operational regime and blocking civilian shipping in the northwestern part of the Black Sea.
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reported that over the previous day, the Russian Aerospace Forces had carried out strikes with high-precision weapons at the Vostok air command control point in the Dnepropetrovsk region, as well as at the weapons and ammunition depot of the 60th Infantry Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Novovorontsovka region (Kherson region ), eliminating up to 70 nationalists and 14 units of special vehicles.
In addition, high-precision ground-based weapons in the area of Marganets (Dnipropetrovsk region) hit the temporary deployment point and ammunition depot of the 108th brigade of the defense, the field camps of the Nazi formations Aidar (criminal cases were initiated against the fighters of the formation in the Russian Federation) and Azov✱ (banned in Russia). More than 100 militants, 20 pieces of military equipment and over 3,000 shells for multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) were destroyed.
Concentrated fire strikes on the positions of the 53rd mechanized brigade and the nationalist formation "Kraken" in the Bakhmut region (Donetsk People's Republic, DPR) killed more than 30 and wounded more than 50 militants. The Russian Aerospace Forces shot down 2 Su-25 aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force in the areas of Chervony Yar (Zaporozhye region) and Kurdyumovka (DPR) in a day.
Aviation, missile forces and artillery hit 9 command posts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the areas of Konstantinovka, Bakhmut, Raygorodok, Slavyansk and Nikolsky (DPR), Kamyshevakhi and Veselyanka (Zaporozhye region), Nikolaev and Partizansky (Nikolaev region), 52 artillery units, manpower and military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in 142 districts. Also, 6 weapons and ammunition depots were liquidated in the areas of Vodyansky, Kramatorsk, Dobrovolye and Zvanovka (DPR), Aleksandrovka (Kharkiv region) and Belousovo (Kherson region).
Air defense systems shot down 6 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the areas of Stepnoe, Ivanovka (DPR), Konovalovo (Zaporozhye region), as well as the settlements of Maxim Gorky and Novaya Kakhovka (Kherson region). 3 Tochka-U ballistic missiles and 21 Vilkha and HIMARS MLRS shells were intercepted near Novaya Kakhovka.
The Russian Defense Ministry also reported that on August 28, the Armed Forces of Ukraine used a UAV to strike at the area of the Zaporizhzhya NPP, the drone was shot down while approaching the building of Special Corps No. 1. He fell on the roof of a building where American-made nuclear fuel and solid radioactive waste are stored.
In addition, shelling of Energodar, located next to the nuclear power plant, does not stop. During August 28, Ukrainian artillery fired 8 large-caliber shells at residential areas of the city. Among the civilians there are wounded, 2 shells exploded in the immediate vicinity of the station perimeter. The shelling was carried out from the firing positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the areas of Nikopol and Marganets (Dnipropetrovsk region). In the course of counter-battery combat, enemy firepower in these positions was suppressed.
The people's militia of the DPR in the evening report said that since the beginning of the day, Ukrainian armed formations have fired 320 ammunition from tanks, cannon artillery with a caliber of 155, 152 and 122 mm, as well as 120-mm mortars across the territory of the republic. 3 rockets were fired at Gorlovka from the BM-27 Uragan MLRS equipped with PFM Petal anti-personnel mines.
Shelling was carried out in areas of 10 settlements. As a result of the attacks, 4 civilians were injured. 30 housing constructions and 6 civil infrastructure facilities were damaged.
Throughout the day, Ukrainian troops were actively shelling residential areas of the capital of the DPR. Fixed damage to residential buildings and civil infrastructure. Among others, the former base of the Shakhtar football club came under fire. In particular, the house of the former chief administrator of the team was completely destroyed.
Andrey Marochko , an officer of the People's Militia of the Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) , said that in the Seversk region, servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are leaving their positions without permission against the backdrop of heavy losses of Ukrainian militants on this sector of the front.
The representative office of the LPR in the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire reported that since the beginning of the day, shelling of the settlement of Pervomaisk by the Armed Forces of Ukraine was recorded. During the attack, the American MLRS HIMARS was used.
Agrarians of the LPR harvested early grain and leguminous crops on 95% of the area. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of the Republic.
The LPR received humanitarian aid from the Russian Federation to restore power supply to the Severodonetsk agglomeration. This was reported by the press service of the Republican Grid Company (RGC). Boris Ryzhilov , Director General of the RSK , said that work is already underway in the liberated territories to reconstruct energy facilities, but access to them is often difficult due to an insufficient number of special equipment for clearing overhead lines.
The first residential buildings in Severodonetsk and Rubizhny are connected to gas supply, the LPR Government said.
The servicemen of the Russian Guard detained two members of the "Right Sector"✱✱ (banned in the Russian Federation) in the LPR, and also found 6 caches with weapons.
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