Russo-Ukraine War - 30 August 2022 - Day 188
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, from early on 29 August 2022, several brigades of the Ukrainian Armed Forces increased the weight of artillery fires in front line sectors across southern Ukraine. Ukrainian long-range precision strikes continue to disrupt Russian resupply. It is not yet possible to confirm the extent of Ukrainian advances.
However, since the start of August, Russia has made significant efforts to reinforce its force on the western bank of the Dnipro River around Kherson. The Southern Military District's (SMD) 49th Combined Arms Army has highly likely been augmented with components of the Eastern Military District's (EMD) 35th Combined Arms Army. Most of the units around Kherson are likely under-manned and are reliant upon fragile supply lines by ferry and pontoon bridges across the Dnipro.
This integration of SMD and EMD units suggests a significant reorganisation of Russia's force in Ukraine. There is a realistic possibility that Russia has moved to rationalise the several, semi-independent, operational commands which contributed to its poor performance early in the invasion. If Ukraine succeeds in undertaking sustained offensive operations, the cohesion of this untested structure will likely be a key factor in the sustainability of Russian defences in the south.
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 the Donetsk oblast, maintaining the temporarily captured districts of the Kherson oblast, part of the Kharkiv oblast, Zaporizhzhia oblast, and Mykolaiv oblast. They strengthened the grouping of troops in the Donetsk direction. The movement of units of the 3rd Army Corps to the temporarily occupied territories of the Zaporizhzhia and Kharkiv oblasts continues. Russian occupiers continue to carry out air and missile attacks on civilian objects on the territory of Ukraine.
In the Volyn and Polissya directions, the situation remains without significant changes.
In the Siverskyi direction, Russian forces carried out artillery fire on the areas of the settlements of Hremyach of Chernihiv oblast and Novovasylivka, Bachivsk, Starykove, Pisky and Myropilske of Sumy oblast. In the Slobozhansky direction, Russian forces continue to conduct hostilities with the aim of holding previously occupied lines. In the Kharkiv direction, Russian forces shelled the Dolyna, Adamivka, Kharkiv, Khrestyshcha, Bayrak, Oleksandrivka, Mazanivka, Udy, Borshcheva, Velika Komyshuvaha, Svitlychne, Kostyantynivka, and Ruska Lozova districts with mortars, barrel and rocket artillery. They used aviation for a strike near Husarivka.
In the Slovyansk direction, Russian units continued shelling from barrel artillery and MLRS in the vicinity of Pryshyb, Husarivka, and Krasnopilla. Russian occupiers tried to advance in the direction of Shnurky, were hit by fire and retreated. Losses are being verified.
In the Donetsk direction, Russia is strengthening the grouping of troops in the Kurakhiv direction due to the regrouping of individual units from the Central Military District.
Defense forces conduct positional battles in order to improve the tactical position along the contact line. The main efforts of Ukrainian units are focused on fire damage to control points, anti-aircraft defense facilities, warehouses with ammunition and disrupting the functioning of the enemy's logistical support system.
In the Kramatorsk direction, the districts of Bohorodychne, Sloviansk, Hryhorivka, Spirne, Pereizne and Vyimka were damaged by fire. Russian aircraft strikes were recorded near Hryhorivka and Pryshyb.
In the direction of Bakhmut, Russian forces fired from tanks, barrel and jet artillery near Bakhmut, Soledar, Bilohorivka, Zaytseve and Kodema. The occupiers launched a rocket attack on the district of the city of Kostiantynivka.
With offensive actions, Russian forces tried to advance in the directions of Zaytseve, Vesela Dolyna and Bakhmut, but was unsuccessful and retreated.
Russian invaders are trying to establish control over the settlement of Kodema from several directions at the same time, fighting continues.
In the Avdiyivka direction, Russian forces carried out mortar and artillery attacks near Maryinka, Vesele, Opytne and Novomykhailivka. With offensive and assault actions, they tried to improve the tactical position in the directions of Opytnye Avdiyivka, Pervomaiske and Krasnohorivka, suffered significant losses and retreated.
In the direction of Novopavlivka, Russian forces shelled territories near Pavlivka, Prechystivka, Novoukrainka and Novopole.
In the Zaporizhzhia direction, Russian forces inflicted fire damage on objects in the areas of settlements of Novoprokopivka, Robotyne, Chervone, Hulyaipole, Novoandriivka, Zaliznychne, Kopani, Zelene Pole, Poltavka, Mali Shcherbaki, Kamianske, Orihiv, Stepove and Olhivske. Russian aviation operated near Novodanylivka and Novosilka.
In the South Buh direction, Russian forces shelled the areas of the settlements of Oleksandrivka, Novoselivka, Lyubomirivka, Stepova Dolyna, Novohrigorivka, Kiselivka, Shyroke, Pervomaiske, Kalynivka, Andriivka, Lozove, Shevchenkove, Belousove, Zarichne, Knyazivka, Olhyne, and Zelenodolsk.
Russian forces carried out airstrikes near Andriivka, Davydiv Brid, Osokorivka, and Potyomkine. They continue to destroy civilian objects in the city of Mykolaiv with rocket attacks.
Under the cover of the infrastructure of the nuclear power plant, the artillery of the Russian Federation intensified its shelling of the areas of the settlements of Nikopol and Oleksiivka.
Russia's naval group in the waters of the Black and Azov Seas continues to carry out the tasks of reconnaissance and blocking of civilian shipping.
There is still a threat of missile strikes on objects and infrastructure elements deep in the territory of Ukraine. Russian forces continue to suffer significant losses, especially in manpower.
The Russian Ministry of Defense in a daily briefing reported the details of the failed attempt of the offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the south of Ukraine, which the Kyiv regime initiated the day before. It is noted that when repelling the offensive, the RF Armed Forces defeated units of the 128th separate mountain assault brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine deployed from western Ukraine. 5 of its servicemen laid down their arms and surrendered.
The effective actions of the allied forces destroyed 48 tanks, 46 infantry fighting vehicles, 37 other armored fighting vehicles, 8 pickup trucks with heavy machine guns and more than 1,200 Ukrainian servicemen.
The agency also said that a ground-based high-precision weapon in the area of Aleksandrovka (Dnepropetrovsk region) hit a temporary deployment point and an ammunition depot of the 1st Tank Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. More than 200 militants were liquidated, including about 40 foreign mercenaries, more than 20 armored vehicles and a large number of artillery shells.
Concentrated fire strikes were inflicted on the point of temporary deployment of mercenaries of the "Foreign Legion" and the command post of the national formation "Kraken" in the area of Konstantinovka (Donetsk People's Republic, DPR). Over 100 militants and 7 units of military equipment were destroyed.
The Russian Aerospace Forces destroyed the production workshops of the Intervzryvprom plant in Krivoy Rog (Dnepropetrovsk region) with high-precision weapons. The enterprise produced explosives and other products for the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Aviation, missile forces and artillery hit 5 command posts, including the 108th and 65th mechanized brigades in the areas of Vodiane (DPR) and Veselyanka (Zaporozhye region), the 35th and 36th brigades of the Marine Corps of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the area of Nikolaev , a nationalist formation in Kharkov, as well as 52 artillery units, manpower and military equipment in 142 districts. 3 weapons and ammunition depots were liquidated in the areas of Sarnov (Rivne region), Krivoy Rog (Dnipropetrovsk region) and Vernopol (Kharkov region).
By means of air defense (air defense) in the area of the Red Banner (Nikolaev region) 2 Su-25 aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force were shot down. 5 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were shot down in the DPR, Zaporozhye and Kharkiv regions. In the areas of Kherson, Novaya Kakhovka (Kherson region), Antonovsky bridge and Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station, 3 Tochka-U missiles were intercepted, as well as 53 shells of HIMARS, Alder and Uragan multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS).
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation also reported on the ongoing provocations of Kyiv in the area of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. On August 29, 4 strike UAVs were used on the territory of the AFU facility, all of them were intercepted. One of the drones fell on the roof of the Special Building No. 1, where nuclear fuel and solid radioactive waste are stored.
Also, the Ukrainian security forces fired 2 shells at the station, which exploded near the special corps No. 1. The shelling was carried out from the positions of the artillery of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the area of Marganets (Dnipropetrovsk region), the firing points were suppressed.
The people's militia of the DPR in the evening report stated that since the beginning of the day, Ukrainian formations have fired more than 200 ammunition on the territory of the republic from BM-21 Grad multiple launch rocket systems, cannon artillery with a caliber of 155, 152 and 122 mm, as well as 120 mm mortars .
Shelling was carried out in areas of 10 settlements. As a result of the attacks, 2 civilians were killed and 8 more were injured. 7 housing constructions and 3 civil infrastructure facilities were damaged.
A delegation of foreign journalists arrived in Donetsk, with whom the head of the DPR , Denis Pushilin , met . He said that the investigating authorities had prepared most of the documents for the tribunal over Ukrainian militants, and the verification of the available materials would soon be completed.
The DPR leader also said that Donetsk has information about the US readiness to supply Kyiv with weapons with a range of 300 kilometers. In this case, he added, Ukrainian troops would have to be pushed back to that distance.
According to Pushilin, the offensive is now actively developing in the direction of Maryinka and Avdiivka, as well as in the direction of Ugledar. The key task of the allied forces is to deprive the Armed Forces of Ukraine of the ability to strike at civilian infrastructure.
Deputy Commander of the NM DPR Eduard Basurin said that the allied forces are actively fighting along the front line from Bakhmut to Ugledar. In the Donetsk region, according to him, the main battles unfolded near Avdiivka and Maryinka. Clashes are also taking place in the areas of Gorlovka, New York (former Novgorodskoye), Zaitsev, Kodema, and Seversk.
Deputy Minister of Education of the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) Pyotr Ishkov said that Russia donated more than 400,000 textbooks to LPR schools, covering the needs of educational institutions in the liberated areas. It is expected that the deficit of teaching aids and other things will be covered by the regions of the Russian Federation, which have taken patronage over the territories of the republic.
Just Russia activists delivered a humanitarian cargo with a total weight of more than 20 tons to the LPR. It included grocery sets, sweets, medicines and stationery.
Agrarians of the LPR have started the autumn sowing campaign, the first to sow winter wheat for the 2023 harvest were the producers of the Markovsky district. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of the Republic.
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