Russo-Ukraine War - 23 November 2022 - Day 273
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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 since September, Russia has likely launched hundreds of Iranian-manufactured uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs) against Ukraine. These have been a mixture of one way attack (OWA) UAVs and more traditional reusable armed systems.
Russia has largely used these weapons against tactical military targets and the Ukrainian electricity grid. However, recently Russian commanders likely also wanted Iranian-sourced UAVs to prioritise medical facilities as targets of opportunity, and strike them with guided munitions if identified.
Russia likely conceived of the UAV campaign to make up for its severe shortage of cruise missiles, but the approach has had limited success. Most UAVs launched have been neutralised.
No OWA UAVs strikes have been publicly reported since around 17 November 2022. Russia has likely very nearly exhausted its current stock, but will probably seek resupply. Russia can probably procure UAVs from overseas more rapidly than it can manufacture new cruise missiles domestically.The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that during the day, the Russian occupiers inflicted a massive strikes on the objects of the energy infrastructure of Ukraine. According to preliminary information, up to 65 Kh-101 cruise missiles were used, 51 of which were shot down by the Defense Forces of Ukraine. Residential buildings and Combined Heat and Power (CHPs), Thermal Power S tations (TPPs) and substations in the city of Kyiv, Kyiv, Vinnytsia, Lviv and Zaporizhzhia oblasts were hit. The information is being clarified.
In addition, this night Russian forces launched 2 missile strikes on the Zaporizhzhia oblast and launched 5 MLRS attacks on the positions of Ukrainian troops.
In the Volyn and Polissya directions, the situation has not changed significantly, and no signs of the formation of Russian offensive groups have been detected.
On the Siverskyi direction, Russian forces shelled the area of the settlement of Kustyne, Sumy oblast, with rocket salvo systems.
In the Slobozhanskyi direction in the border areas of the Belgorod region, Russia continues to hold units of his troops for demonstration actions. Periodically shelling the positions of Ukrainian troops, as well as settlements in the Kharkiv oblast near the state border of Ukraine.
Russia is defending in the Kupyansk and Lyman directions. Fires from tanks, mortars and barrel artillery, in particular, in the areas of the settlements of Kislivka, Krokhmalne and Berestove in the Kharkiv oblast and Makiivka and Bilohorivka in the Luhansk oblast.
In the Bakhmut and Avdiivka areas, Russia is concentrating its main efforts on conducting offensive operations. Fired tanks, mortars, barrel and jet artillery at objects in the areas of Bakhmutske, Bakhmut, Klishchiivka, Zelenopillya, Avdiyivka, Vodyane, Pervomaiske and Nevelske settlements.
Russian forces are on the defensive in the Novopavlivka and Zaporizhzhia directions. Areas of about 10 settlements were affected by the Russian forces' artillery fire.
The Russian occupiers are conducting a positional defense in the Kryvyi Rih and Kherson directions. Barrel and rocket artillery were used to shell the settlements of Maryivka in the Dnipropetrovsk oblast and Kherson, Tokarivka, Antonivka and Dniprovske in the Kherson oblast.
Russian forces continue to suffer losses. So, over the past few days, more than 30 seriously wounded servicemen from the northwestern outskirts of the city.
In the temporarily occupied territory of the Luhansk oblast, the Russian occupiers continue to forcibly resettle pro-Ukrainian residents. So, under the pretext of counter-subversive actions, during the past week, about 20 local farmers were taken from the settlements of Denezhnykovo and Shtormove in the Luhansk oblast.
It has been confirmed that the Defense Forces destroyed Russia's manpower and military equipment in the previous days. Thus, in the Luhansk oblast, an ammunition depot was hit, about 50 occupants were killed and up to 50 were wounded. In the Zaporizhzhia oblast, Russian forces lost up to 15 people killed and up to 20 wounded.
During the current day, Ukrainian aviation made 4 strikes: 3 - on areas of concentration of Russian personnel, weapons and military equipment and 1 - on the position of an anti-aircraft missile complex. Soldiers of rocket troops and artillery, at the same time, struck the area of concentration of Russian personnel and anti-tank missiles and the position of the air defense system of the Russian occupiers.
According to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, a Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance group was liquidated in the Novodarovka area over the past day, and in general, more than 40 enemy soldiers were killed or wounded in the Zaporozhye direction, three armored vehicles, four pickup trucks and an artillery tractor were destroyed.
In addition, 72 artillery batteries of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU), 144 areas of accumulation of manpower and equipment, a command post in Volnyansk, as well as two depots of ammunition and rocket and artillery weapons were hit. Five enemy drones were shot down over the Black Sea and near Sevastopol.
Also today, the Russian Armed Forces launched a large-scale missile attack on energy system facilities in all regions of Ukraine. As a result, for some time the country plunged into a blackout due to the actual collapse of the overall structure of electrification.
The situation in the Donbass
Stubborn street fighting continues in Marinka. The RF Armed Forces are cleaning up the neighborhood of school No. 2, having previously taken high-rise buildings on Oktyabrskaya Street. In the southern part of the settlement, control was established over school No. 1 and surrounding buildings. In the center, fighting continues near the administration and the house of culture.
Also in the area of Berestovoe, from where the Armed Forces of Ukraine undertake regular attacks, the 4th brigade of the LPR strikes at enemy positions. In this case, various ammunition is used: from high-explosive fragmentation to incendiary.
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