Russo-Ukraine War - 31 August 2022 - Day 189
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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 Ukrainian armoured forces have continued to assault Russia's Southern Grouping of Forces on several axes across the south of the country since Monday. Ukrainian formations have pushed the front line back some distance in places, exploiting relatively thinly held Russian defences.
In line with its doctrine, Russia will likely now attempt to plug the gaps in its line using pre-designated mobile reserve units. These will likely include some of those from the Eastern Grouping of Forces.
Russia continues to expedite attempts to generate new reinforcements for Ukraine. Volunteer battalions of the new 3rd Army Corps had departed their home base near Moscow by 24 August, highly likely for onward deployment to Ukraine. The operational effectiveness of these units is not known. The 3rd Army Corps is highly likely short of personnel and these troops have had limited training.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that in the Volyn, Polissya and Siversky directions, the situation remains unchanged. Russian forces carried out mortar and artillery shelling in the areas of the settlements of Hai and Bleshnya in the Chernihiv oblast and Dmytrivka and Kindrativka in the Sumy oblast. Air reconnaissance of the border oblasts by the Russian Air Force continues.
In the Kharkiv direction, Russian forces from tanks, combat vehicles, barrel and jet artillery shelled civilian infrastructure in the areas of Duvanka, Sosnivka, Ruska Lozova, Cherkaski Tyshky, Tsyrkuny, Stary Saltiv, Shestakove, Nortsivka and Husarivka settlements. Supports the high intensity of UAV reconnaissance. They carried out airstrikes in the area of Ruski Tyshky, and made an unsuccessful attempt to attack in the direction of Prudyanka.
In the Slovyansk direction, the positions of the Ukrainian Defense Forces in the areas of Dolyna, Bohorodychne, and Dibrivne settlements were hit by fire. An airstrike was carried out near Virnopilla. Russian forces are trying to improve the logistical support of their troops.
In the Kramatorsk direction, Russian forces fired from barrel and jet artillery near Vesele, Bohorodychne, Zakitne, Hryhorivka, and Spirne. They carried out airstrikes in the areas of the settlements of Spirne and Ivano-Daryivka.
In the Bakhmut direction, Russian occupiers fired at military and civilian infrastructure facilities in the Bakhmut, Soledar, Zaytseve districts.
Ukrainian defense forces repelled enemy offensive attempts in the direction of Vesela Dolyna, Bakhmut, Zaytseve, Mayorsk settlements.
In the Avdiivka direction, Russian forces fired from tanks, barrel and jet artillery near Avdiivka, Opytne, Umanske, Pervomaiske and Staromykhailivka. They made an unsuccessful attack attempt in the direction of the settlements of Avdiivka, Pervomaiske, Krasnohorivka and Maryinka, suffered losses and retreated.
On the Novopavlivske direction, shelling of the positions of our troops in the areas of Novomykhailivka, Prechystivka and Velyka Novosilka settlements was recorded. Russian troops tried to improve the tactical position in the Pobyeda area, but was unsuccessful.
In the direction of Zaporozhzhia, the areas of Burlatske, Kamianske, Novopil, Hulyaipole, Orihiv, Zaliznychne, Vremivka, Novoivanivka and Mala Tokmachka settlements were attacked by Russian forces. They used aviation for strikes near Chervone, Dorozhnyanka, and Novosilka.
In the South Buh direction, Russia is concentrating its main efforts on holding the occupied positions. They are taking measures to replenish losses and restore the logistical support of the troop group. They carried out shelling from tanks, barrel and rocket artillery in the areas of the settlements of Oleksandrivka, Lupareve, Chervony Yar, Kiselivka, Kvitneve, Velyke Artakove, Shevchenkove, Mykolaiv, Bila Krynytsia, Posad-Pokrovske, Olhyne, Dobryanka and Topoline. Areas of Andriyivka, Olhyne and Plotnytske settlements were hit by airstrikes. Russian forces pay considerable attention to aerial reconnaissance by UAVs.
In the waters of the Black and Azov Seas, Russia's naval group focuses its main efforts on maintaining a favourable operational regime and blocking civilian shipping in the northwestern part of the Black Sea.
The Russian Ministry of Defense announced the failure of the Ukrainian attacks near Arkhangelsk, Olgino and Ternovi Pody on August 30. During August 31, the battalion of the 57th Ukrainian brigade, defeated at Sukhoi Headquarters, sought. Earlier, 12 T-72 tanks, which arrived from Poland, were transported through Ingulets to help units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) that fell into the fire bags. Only five of them returned to their location.
In general, during the two days of the offensive, the Armed Forces of Ukraine lost two Su-25 aircraft, one Su-24 and one MiG-29, as well as three Mi-8 helicopters in the Nikolaev-Krivoy Rog direction. 63 Ukrainian tanks, 59 infantry fighting vehicles, 48 armored cars, 14 pickup trucks with heavy machine guns and over 1,700 soldiers were eliminated.
In other directions, over the past day, enemy command posts in Pervomaisky, Dobryanka, Belousovo, Lozovoe, Novovorontsovka, Zelenodolsk, as well as an ammunition depot in Ukrainka, were destroyed. 65 artillery units, 153 areas of accumulation of enemy units, the Buk-M1 complex in Dobrovolye were hit.
Air defense forces shot down seven drones in the Kherson and Kharkiv regions, as well as 57 shells from HIMARS, Alder and Uragan installations.
During August 30, the Armed Forces of Ukraine again fired at the ZNPP, one of the shells hit the complex for the processing of solid radioactive waste. The radiation situation at the facility remains normal.
The situation in the LDNR
In the Donetsk People's Republic, six soldiers of the People's Militia and 14 wounded were reported tonight . At the same time, the Armed Forces of Ukraine fired over 180 shells at ten settlements, killing three and injuring six civilians. Seven housing constructions and three civil infrastructure facilities were damaged.
Allied forces break into the second line of Ukrainian defense between Sands and Pervomaisky. The enemy was driven back from the interchange on the Donetsk ring road south of Peskov.
On the side of the advancing units there is an overwhelming superiority in artillery and aviation; after taking positions along the Ring Road, the prospect of an offensive on Pervomayskoye and Nevelskoye to the west, as well as to the north towards Vodianoe, will open.
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