Russo-Ukraine War – 16 September 2022

 Russo-Ukraine War – 16 September 2022

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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 preceding 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 Defense reported that Kremlin-linked Russian private military company Wagner Group has been conducting a campaign to recruit Russian convicts for service in Ukraine since at least July. Prisoners have been offered commutation of their sentences as well as cash incentives.

This has been reinvigorated, with recently posted video highly likely showing Wagner owner Yevgeny Prigozhin making a recruitment pitch to prisoners. In the video, Prigozhin emphasizes that he is only seeking ‘fighters for assault units’. Separately, Russian military academies are shortening training courses and bringing forward cadet graduation dates. This is almost certainly socadets can be deployed to support the Ukraine operation.

The impact of Russia’s manpower challenge has become increasingly severe. The acceleration of officer cadets’ training, and Wagner’s demand for assault troops suggests that two of the most critical shortages within the military manning crisis are probably combat infantry and junior commanders.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that Russia continues to focus its efforts on attempts to fully occupy the Donetsk region, organize defense and hold the captured territories, as well as disrupt the active actions of the Ukrainian Defense Forces in certain directions. It fires at Ukrainian positions along the contact line, conducts measures to regroup troops in separate directions, introduces reserves, conducts aerial reconnaissance. There remains the threat of air and missile strikes throughout the territory of Ukraine.

Russian forces continue to terrorize the civilian population, strikes residential areas and civilian infrastructure objects, violating the norms of International Humanitarian Law, the laws and customs of war. During the current day, Russian forces carried out 4 missile strikes, 5 air strikes and carried out 12 attacks from rocket artillery systems on objects on the territory of Ukraine.

The infrastructure of more than 18 settlements was damaged by air strikes, missile strikes, and MLRS shelling. In particular, these are Kharkiv, Zolochiv, Druzhkivka, Siversk, Zakitne, New York, Maryinka, Poltavka, Mali Shcherbaky, Myrne, Velyke Artakove, Kryvyi Rih, Nikopol, Olhivske, Zaporizhzhya, Orihiv and Myrolyubivka. The situation has not changed significantly in the Volyn, Polissya and Siversky directions.

In other directions, the enemy fired from tanks, mortars and artillery, namely:
in the Kharkiv direction, in particular from the territory of the Russian Federation, in the areas of the settlements of Hoptivka, Kozacha Lopan, Mala Vovcha, Neskuchne, Zybyne, Vovchansk, Strilecha, Dvorichna, Kupyansk and Prystina;
in the Slovyansk direction – in the area of ​​​​the village of Horokhovatka;
in the Kramatorsk direction – Pryshyb, Tetyanivka, Kryva Luka, Ozerne, Piskunivka, Raihorodok, Starodubivka, Bilohorivka, Siversk, Verkhnokamianske, Spirne, Yarova, Svyatohirsk, Donetske and Bilohorivka;
in the Bakhmut direction – New York, Bilohorivka, Rozdolivka, Mykolaivka Druha, Zaitseve, Odradivka, Soledar, Bakhmut, Bakhmutske, Yakovlivka, Vesela Dolyna, Vesele and Mayorsk;
in the Avdiyivka direction – Maryinka, Krasnohorivka, Pervomaiske, Novomykhayilivka, Avdiyivka and Vodyane.

Russian forces did not conduct active operations in the Novopavlivsk and Zaporizhzhya directions. They did continue shelling along the entire contact line. More than 30 settlements, including the city of Zaporizhzhya, were affected by the Russian artillery fire.

In the South Buh direction, the settlements of Pravdyne, Luch, Stepova Dolyna, Lyubomyrivka, Novohryhorivka, Myrne, Shyroke, Kiselivka, Pervomayiske, Bilohirka, Sukhy Stavok, Ivanivka, Bila Krynytsiya, Novopetrivka, Olhyne, Visokopillya, Novovoznysenske, and Osokorivka came under fire

Russian occupying forces continue to use educational institutions in the temporarily occupied territories to accommodate personnel and military equipment. Thus, according to available information, in the settlement of Khomivka, Luhansk region, on the territory of the local agrarian lyceum, military equipment is located, and Russian personnel are located in the corps. The situation is the same in other occupied settlements of the Kharkiv (Podoly), Zaporizhzhya (Chernihivka) and Kherson (Pidstepne) oblasts.

Russian troops are introducing an enhanced security regime in the South Buh direction. Local residents of some settlements of the Kherson region are prohibited from approaching the crossings.

As a result of the successful actions of the units of the Ukrainian Defense Forces, Russian forces daily suffer significant losses of personnel and military equipment, which significantly affects their psychological state. Russian servicemen of the tactical unit operating in the Kherson region understand the futility of the offensive, so they complain that there are only two ways for them to return home: either through injury or death.

Units of the Ukrainian Defense Forces repelled the Russian attacks, causing them losses, in the areas of the settlements of Vesela Dolyna, Bakhmut, Zayitseve, Avdiivka and Novomykhailivka.

During the current day, the Ukrainian Defense Forces aviation struck 4 areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment of the enemy and 1 stronghold. Russian losses are being clarified.

In addition, Ukrainian air defense units destroyed the Su-24 aircraft, two cruise missiles and one unmanned aerial vehicle of the occupiers in various directions. Ukrainian missile troops and artillery continue to destroy the enemy. As a result of fire damage to the unloading station, replenishment of the Russian occupying troops with reserves was disrupted. In addition, 2 areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment of the Russian occupiers fell into the affected area. Russian losses are being clarified.

According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, high-precision weapons hit the deployment points of the 28th and 66th Ukrainian brigades in Nikolaev, Dvurechny and Kupyansk, as well as the Kraken national battalion (banned in the Russian Federation) in Kharkov. At the same time, the headquarters and training base of a separate center for special operations “South” of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) were liquidated in Ochakiv.

As a result of Russian strikes over the past day, more than 400 Ukrainian servicemen were killed or wounded, at least 20 pieces of equipment were destroyed, more than 3 thousand artillery ammunition in warehouses in Omelnik, Veselyanka and Nikolaev.

Nine enemy command posts, 65 artillery batteries, and 234 areas where the Armed Forces of Ukraine were concentrated were also hit. The air defense intercepted five drones and 53 rockets from HIMARS and Alder installations.

Today, the Ukrainian army launched an artillery strike on the administration of Kherson, killing three people and wounding 13. In Berdyansk, meanwhile, Oleg Boyko, deputy head of the CAA for housing and communal services, and his wife, Lyudmila Boyko, who headed the city election commission for holding a referendum on joining the Russian Federation, were killed near their own garage.

During the day, the Armed Forces of Ukraine fired at ten settlements of the Donetsk People’s Republic, firing over 170 shells at them. Three civilians were injured, six houses and two civilian infrastructure facilities were damaged.

Russian artillerymen are shelling the Ukrainian fortified areas north of the Donetsk airport, from which enemy sorties had previously taken place. During the special operation, experienced gun crews destroyed a number of military facilities and a certain amount of military equipment.

Meanwhile, fighting continues in the areas of Bakhmut, Soledar, Seversk and other settlements along the line of contact.


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