Russo-Ukraine War - 16 October 2022 - Day 235
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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, on 10 October 2022, Russia probably fired more than 80 cruise missiles into Ukraine. President Putin claimed the strikes were in retaliation for the attack on the Kerch Bridge. Ukraine's defence ministry reported that more than half of the projectiles were shot down, but dozens struck Kyiv and other population centres, killing civilians and damaging civil infrastructure. Russia's defence industry is probably incapable of producing advanced munitions at the rate they are being expended. These attacks represent a further degradation of Russia's long-range missile stocks, which is likely to constrain their ability to strike the volume of targets they desire in future.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that Russia is trying to hold the temporarily captured territories, is concentrating its efforts on trying to restrain the actions of the Defense Forces in certain directions, and at the same time is trying to conduct offensive actions in the Bakhmut and Avdiivka directions. Russia is shelling the positions of our troops along the entire contact line, carrying out engineering equipment of defensive positions and lines in separate directions and conducting aerial reconnaissance. Violating the norms of International Humanitarian Law, the laws and customs of war, it strikes critical infrastructure and the homes of the civilian population.
During the current day, Russian forces launched one missile and ten air strikes, carried out eight MLRS attacks. Areas of more than ten settlements were hit by russian occupiers. In particular, Strilecha and Terny in the Kharkiv oblast, Pavlivka and Novosilka in the Donetsk oblast, and Pravdyne and Bilohirka in the Kherson oblast.
The situation in the Volyn and Polissya directions has not changed significantly. A planned rotation of units of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus involved in the protection of the state border is being carried out. The threat of missile and airstrikes, as well as the use of "Shahed-136" attack UAVs from the territory of the Republic of Belarus, remains.
The enemy fired in such directions:
in the Siversky direction - from artillery of various types, in the areas of the settlements of Senkivka, Hasychivka, Mykolaivka and Progress of the Chernihiv oblast and Bachivsk, Sosnivka and Pokrovka of the Sumy region;
in the Slobozhansk direction - from tanks, mortars, barrel and jet artillery, in the areas of Kozacha Lopan, Strilecha, Ohirtseve, Hatyshche, Vovchanski Khutory, Zubyne, Lyptsi, Zarichne, and Kupyansk-Vuzlovy settlements of the Kharkiv oblast;
in the Kramatorsk direction - from tanks and artillery along the contact line. In particular, in the areas of Hrekivka and Bilohorivka settlements in Luhansk oblast and Zarichne, Rozdolivka, Serebryanka and Yakovlivka in Donetsk oblast;
in the Bakhmut and Avdiivka directions, the enemy fired from tanks, mortars, barrel and rocket artillery along the entire line of contact.
On the Novopavlivskyi and Zaporizhzhia directions, Russian forces shelled more than twenty-five settlements. Among them are Vilne Pole, Vremivka, Velyka Novosilka, Novopil, Zolota Nyva and Vuhledar of the Donetsk oblast and Zeleniy Hai, Shcherbaki, Orikhiv and Charivne of the Zaporizhzhia oblast.
In the South Buh direction, more than thirty-five settlements along the contact line were hit by fire. In particular, Biloghirka, Novooleksandrivka, Suhy Stavok in the Kherson oblast and Shyroke, Kiselivka, Ternovi Pody and Stepova Dolyna in the Mykolayiv oblast.
Russian occupiers are intensifying filtering measures in the Kherson oblast and have begun the process of evacuating so-called "state" institutions. According to available information, employees and property of banks and a pension fund are being taken from Kherson to the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea.
The level of the moral and psychological state of the population in the border regions of the Russian Federation has significantly decreased. In particular, this is caused by the lack of medical care for civilians. According to available information, due to the mobilization of medical workers and an increase in the flow of wounded, civilians are being denied medical services in hospitals of the Belgorod region.
Ukrainian defenders continue to hold back the enemy and cause him losses in manpower and equipment. During the current day, the aviation of the Ukrainian Defense Forces made more than twenty strikes. Seventeen areas of concentration of weapons and military equipment, as well as four positions of the Russian forces' anti-aircraft missile systems, were confirmed to have been hit. In addition, Ukrainian air defense units shot down one enemy UAV. Units of missile troops and artillery hit one Russian command post during the current day.
Statements of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation
The Russian Ministry of Defense in a daily briefing reported that during the day the Russian Armed Forces continued to strike with high-precision air-based long-range weapons at military command and control facilities and the energy system of Ukraine. All assigned objects are hit.
The department announced the repulsion of attacks by Ukrainian troops on Kupyansky (near Berestovoye), Limansky (in the areas of Stelmakhivka, Makeevka, Yampolovka), Krivorozhsky (in the areas of Koshary, Pyatihatki), Andreevsky and Nikolaevsky (in the areas of Sadka, Ternovy Pod, Zeleny Gay and Tamarino ) directions. The enemy suffered heavy losses in manpower and equipment.
In the Zagryzovo area (Kharkiv region), 3 American M777 howitzers were destroyed. In addition, in the area of Dvurechnaya (Kharkiv region), the crossing of the Armed Forces of Ukraine across the Oskol River was destroyed for the advancement of reserves, the transport of ammunition and materiel.
In the area of the Torsk forestry (Donetsk People's Republic, DPR), an assault detachment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, advancing in the direction of Kirovsk (DPR), was hit by concentrated artillery fire. More than 20 Ukrainian servicemen and 4 armored vehicles were destroyed.
In the Zaporizhia direction in the Vremyevka area (DPR), the RF Armed Forces continued to destroy the enemy on the occupied lines and captured the dominant heights in the Neskuchny area. More than 40 Ukrainian servicemen, a tank and 3 infantry fighting vehicles were destroyed.
Air, missile and artillery strikes hit 3 command posts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the areas of the settlements of Koroviy Yar, Nikiforovka (DPR), Novoosinovo (Kharkiv region), 42 artillery units, manpower and military equipment in 141 districts, as well as 5 ammunition depots in the districts Davydov Brod (Kherson region), Shandrigolovo (DPR) and on the territory of a shipyard in Zaporozhye.
Air defense systems shot down 11 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the DPR, Luhansk People's Republic (LPR), Zaporozhye and Kherson regions. 8 shells of multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) HIMARS and Alder were intercepted in the Kherson region.
The deputy head of the Kherson region, Kirill Stremousov, called the situation on the defense line controlled in the morning. He noted that Kyiv's hopes for an offensive operation in this direction were "virtually destroyed."
Stremousov also said that the protection of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station was strengthened in order to avoid provocations from the Ukrainian side.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine are preparing the fate of Mariupol for the city of Zaporozhye: they are resettling militants in empty or seized apartments, nationalists hide behind civilians as a human shield. This was stated by Vladimir Rogov, a member of the main council of the administration of the Zaporozhye region.
The official also said that the Ukrainian troops changed their plan to seize the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. They chose the western part of the Kakhovka reservoir as a place for crossing the Dnieper.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine opened fire on Belgorod on Sunday morning, the air defense system went off. Local residents reported 16 explosions that thundered over the city.
At least 4 people were injured as a result of the shelling. Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said that damage was recorded in more than 20 households. Damage was caused to the networks of resource-supplying organizations.
Since the beginning of the day in the DPR, Donetsk, as well as the settlements of Gorlovka, Makeevka, Golmovsky, Zaitsevo, Yasinovataya, Yakovlevka, Yelenovka, have been shelled by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. As a result of the strike on Yelenovka, a civilian was killed. Another 3 civilians were killed due to the shelling of the Kuibyshevsky district of Donetsk.
One of the strikes of the Armed Forces of Ukraine hit the Donetsk administration building. An investigation has been launched into the incident, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation sent employees to the scene.
The LPR has joined the agreement on cooperation in the field of resorts and tourism, concluded between the republics of Donbass, Crimea, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth of the LPR reported that under the agreement, the parties will mutually exchange information on various aspects of realizing the tourism potential of the regions.
Humanitarian aid arrived in the LPR, which was delivered by servicemen of the Central Military District. Local residents received food packages, as well as hygiene products and diapers for children.
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