Russo-Ukraine War - 13 October 2022 - Day 232
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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 after retreating around 20km in the north of the Kherson sector in early October, Russian forces are likely attempting to consolidate a new front line west from the village of Mylove. Heavy fighting continues along this line, especially at the western end where Ukrainian advances mean Russia's flank is no longer protected by the Inhulets River. Most of the Russia troops on this front line remain understrength VDV (airborne) units. In recent days, the Russian occupation authorities have likely ordered preparation for the evacuation of some civilians from Kherson. It is likely that they anticipate combat extending to the city of Kherson itself.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that Russia continues to focus his efforts on attempts to implement his plans to enter the administrative border of Donetsk oblast, as well as to maintain the captured districts of Kherson, Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, and Mykolaiv oblasts. Russian continues to resist, pulls up reserves, conducts mobilization. The Russian occupiers fire at the positions of Ukrianian troops along the entire contact line, carry out engineering equipment of the positions in certain directions and conduct aerial reconnaissance.
Russian forces continue to attack critical infrastructure and civilian objects of Ukraine. In particular, the objects and civilians of the settlements of Nalyvaikivka, Kyiv oblast, Mykolaiv and Nikopol were affected. For strikes, the Russian forces used cruise, aviation, anti-aircraft guided missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles of Iranian production. In general, during the current day, the Russian occupiers launched 1 missile and 15 airstrikes, and carried out 22 attacks from rocket launchers.
The situation in the Volyn and Polissya directions has not changed significantly. The threat of missile and air strikes from the airspace and territory of the Republic of Belarus remains.
The enemy fired in other directions:
in the Siversky direction - from mortars and barrel artillery, in the areas of Atynske and Velyka Rybytsia settlements;
in the Slobozhansk direction - from mortars, barrel and rocket artillery, in the areas of Hryanikyvka, Gatyshche and Strilecha settlements;
in the Kramatorsk direction - from tanks and artillery of various types, along the entire line of contact. In particular, in the areas of the settlements of Bilohorivka, Terny and Yampolivka;
in the Bakhmut direction - from tanks, mortars, barrel and jet artillery, in the areas of the settlements of Bakhmut, Bakhmutske, Zelenopillia, Soledar, Mayorsk, Ivanhrad and Yakovlivka;
in the Avdiyiv direction - from tanks and various caliber artillery, in Maryinka, Nevelske, Pervomaisky and Zolota Nyva districts.
Russian forces did not carry out offensive actions in the Novopavlovsky and Zaporizhzhia directions. The settlements of Stepnohirsk, Orihiv and Komyshuvakha were shelled. In the Southern Buh direction, Nikopol was subjected to shelling from MLRS.
Russian occupiers continue to take away Ukrainian children from the temporarily occupied territories. So, since the beginning of October, according to available information, about 170 children have been taken out of the city of Kherson.
Representatives of Russia's private military companies continue to recruit prisoners for war on the territory of our country. According to available information, on October 11-12, 385 prisoners were recruited in correctional colony No. 16 of the city of Salavat of the Republic of Bashkortostan.
Russian forces suffer daily losses. Aviation of the Ukrianian Defense Forces carried out 19 strikes during the day. Damage to more than 13 places of concentration of weapons and military equipment, as well as 6 Russian anti-aircraft missile systems, was confirmed. In addition, Ukrianian air defense units shot down 8 unmanned aerial vehicles. Six of them are "Shahed -136".
Missile troops and artillery during the current day hit 2 control points, 3 areas of concentration of manpower, weapons and military equipment, and 2 ammunition depots. In addition, it was confirmed that on October 12 of this year, two enemy military facilities were damaged by fire in the Burchak settlement of the Zaporizhzhia region. The losses of the Russian occupiers are being specified.
The Russian Ministry of Defense reported that Ukrainian troops shelled electrical substations in the village of Tetkino, Kursk region. Local authorities reported that 2 settlements were de-energized due to the impact.
In addition, Belgorod was attacked, the air defense system (air defense) worked in the city. As a result of the shelling, destruction was recorded in a residential apartment building - the technical floor was damaged, on which a fragment of a rocket fell.
Another target of the attacks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was the Shebekino customs point in the Belgorod region. There were no victims or injured as a result of the shelling, as noted by the authorities of the region, but the building was actually destroyed.
Statements of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation
The Russian Ministry of Defense reported that another round of prisoner exchanges took place, during which 20 servicemen of the Russian Armed Forces were returned from the territory of Ukraine controlled by Kyiv. They receive the necessary medical and psychological assistance.
During the briefing, the Russian Defense Ministry stated that during the day Ukrainian troops attempted to attack the settlements of Orlyanka and Kotlyarovka (Kharkiv region) in the Kupyansk direction. The attacks were repulsed, the enemy's losses amounted to more than 50 Ukrainian servicemen, 3 tanks, 4 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) and 7 vehicles.
In the Liman direction, the Armed Forces of Ukraine attempted to cross the Zherebets River with up to 2 battalion tactical groups in order to capture the settlements of Stelmakhovka and Rozovka (Luhansk People's Republic, LPR). The enemy on the approaches to the river was dispersed by artillery and aviation fire of the RF Armed Forces and retreated. 2 tanks, 5 infantry fighting vehicles, 2 pickup trucks and about 60 Ukrainian servicemen were destroyed.
On the Nikolaev-Kryvyi Rih direction, the Armed Forces of Ukraine advanced with forces of up to 2 battalion tactical groups in the direction of Pyatikhatki, Kostromka, Bezvodnoye and Pravdino (Kherson region). All attacks were repulsed, more than 110 servicemen, 21 armored vehicles and 12 special vehicles were destroyed.
Aviation, missile forces and artillery hit 4 command posts, 52 artillery units, manpower and military equipment in 164 districts, as well as 5 ammunition depots and weapons of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), Zaporozhye and Mykolaiv regions.
Fighter aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces in the Dnepropetrovsk region shot down a MiG-29 of the Ukrainian Air Force. A Su-27 of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was shot down by Russian air defense systems in the Poltava region. Also, 12 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were destroyed in the DPR, LPR and Kherson region. 16 HIMARS and Alder MLRS shells were intercepted in the LPR and the Kherson region. Also, 10 HARM anti-radar missiles were shot down in the DPR and Kherson region.
The Russian Guard in the Zaporozhye region detained an accomplice of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, who collected information about the Russian Armed Forces and civilian infrastructure. According to preliminary data, the recruit first worked for the SBU for money, and then acted out of fear for his own safety.
Vladimir Rogov , a member of the main council of the administration of the Zaporozhye region , commented on reports of an increase in the water level in the Dnieper due to the intensive work of the Kiev and Kanev hydroelectric power stations. According to the official, the dumping is carried out by Kyiv, among other things, to flood the coastal fortifications on the left bank of the Dnieper and facilitate the upcoming landing operation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the ZNPP area.
Acting Governor of the Kherson region Volodymyr Saldo turned to the Russian authorities for help in organizing the possibility for local residents to travel to other regions of the country for recreation and study in order to protect them from the consequences of missile strikes. Kirill Stremousov , deputy head of the regional administration , clarified that we are not talking about evacuation. No one is going to withdraw troops from the Kherson region either.
Later, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Marat Khusnullin said that the Russian Government had decided to organize assistance in the departure of residents of the Kherson region to other regions.
Since the beginning of the day on October 13, Ukrainian troops have been shelling Donetsk, as well as the settlements of Yasinovataya, Gorlovka, Golmovsky, Staromikhaylovka, and Zaitsevo. In Donetsk, a civilian was killed, another civilian was injured as a result of an explosion on a mine "Petal". Fixed damage to residential buildings and infrastructure, including the city hospital. A school in Yasinovataya came under fire from the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Ukrainian troops are concentrating forces in the Torskoye area, preparing for an attack on Kremennaya, the Rybar Telegram channel reports . Positional battles are going on in the areas of Torskoy and Ternov.
The offensive of the allied troops continues in Pervomaiskoye and in the direction of Netaylovo.
Acting head of the DPR Denis Pushilin said that in recent days the intensity of shelling of the territory of the republic by the Armed Forces of Ukraine has decreased. According to him, this was achieved through Russian retaliatory strikes.
LPR representative in Moscow Rodion Miroshnik said that both roads to Kremennaya from Svatovo and Rubizhnoye are under the full control of the allied forces. He also added that the troops control the dominant heights in the gray zone. In Kremennaya, Miroshnik noted, there are few people, the authorities provide the remaining residents with food and energy.
Acting head of the LPR Leonid Pasechnik posthumously awarded the servicemen of the people's militia from Kirovsk who died defending the republic. This was reported by the press service of the city administration.
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