Mutual shelling continues in the north of the Kharkiv region:
➖Russian rocket troops and artillery launched a series of strikes on targets in different parts of Kharkiv.
➖Ukrainian RQ-20 Puma UAVs are working along the line of contact to identify the positions of the Russian Armed Forces.
In the Slavic direction, there are battles in the forests on the outskirts of the city.
➖Units of the 3rd Motorized Rifle Division of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation re-established control over Bogorodichny.
During the day and night, Russian artillery hit objects in the settlements of the Slavyansk-Kramatorsk agglomeration.
▪️There are no significant changes in the front line in the Soledar direction:
Skirmishes continue on the outskirts of Bakhmut. The “Wagner PMCs” detachments are trying to reach the city from the north and south.
➖Despite reports of the capture of Bakhmutsky and Kodema, both settlements remain under the control of the AFU for the time being.
In the Donetsk direction, allied forces are attacking the strongholds of Ukrainian formations on the approaches to the capital of the DPR:
➖Units of the DPR NM are moving in the direction of Pervomaisky and Nevelsky from the previously taken village of Peski.
In the evening, there were reports of the exit of the Slavic brigade of the NM DNR to the fortified area on the territory of an abandoned part of the air defense on the southeastern approaches to Avdiivka.
The offensive continues near Ugledar, unconfirmed information has been received about the exit to the road between Ugledar and Maryinka.
Ukrainian artillery shelled residential areas of Donetsk, Yasinovataya and Gorlovka.
The Russian artillery struck targets in Manganese and Nikopol, from where Ukrainian formations are firing at Energodar and Zaporizhia NPP.
[Forwarded from MoD Russia]
Russian Defence Ministry report on the progress of the special military operation in Ukraine
▫️The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continue the special military operation in Ukraine.
ðŸ’¥High-precision weapons of the Russian Aerospace Forces near Andreyevka, Kherson Region, have hit command and control post of 3rd Battalion of 46th Airmobile Brigade, as well as the brigade’s temporary deployment point near Lozovoye. More than 20 nationalists have been killed and up to 30 wounded.
ðŸ’¥As a result of concentrated fire strike on positions of 72nd Motorized Infantry Brigade near Artemovsk in Donetsk People’s Republic, more than 50 nationalists as well as 6 units of military equipment have been destroyed.
⚠️ Allied Forces uncovered direct violations of the Geneva Convention by the Kiev regime and its Western handlers after the nationalists retreated from their positions near Artemovsk.
▫️On August 14, Russian servicemen found more than 50 French-made EMP F2 anti-tank mines at positions abandoned by units of 72nd Mechanized Brigade of AFU south of Artemovsk in Donetsk people’s republic.
ℹ️ These mines, after being placed and armed, cannot be removed or defused. Their use is in direct violation of the requirements of the Second Protocol “On Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Mines, Booby Traps and Other Devices”, part of the Geneva Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Non-Violent Weapons, adopted in New York on October 10, 1980.
ðŸ’¥Operational-tactical and army aviation, missile troops and artillery strikes continue against military facilities in Ukraine.
▫️7 command posts, including those of 14th Mechanized Brigade near Soledar in Donetsk People’s Republic, as well as 182 areas of manpower, weapons, military and special equipment concentration have been hit.
▫️1 air defence radar station near Bashtanka, Nikolayev Region, 1ammunition depot near Zaitsevo, Donetsk People’s Republic, and 1 fuel depot near Andreyevka, Kharkov Region have been destroyed.
ðŸ’¥In course of counter-battery warfare, 2 platoons of Grad multiple-launch rocket systems have been hit near Vladimirovka, Donetsk People’s Republic, and Verkhnopol’ye, Kharkov Region.
▫️ 3 artillery platoons of Giatsint-B mounts and 5 platoons of D-30 howitzers at firing positions near Novomikhailovka, Zvanovka, Seversk, Artemovsk, Bakhmutskoye, Yakovlevka in Donetsk People’s Republic, Poltava and Novoandreyevka in Zaporozhye Region.
ðŸ’¥Russian air defence means have destroyed 2 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles near Topolevka, Lugansk People’s Republic, and Charivnoye, Kherson Region.
▫️In addition, 3 shells of multiple-launch rocket systems have been shot down in the air near Novognatovka, Donetsk People’s Republic, and Kamenka and Doroshenkovo, Kharkov Region.
ðŸ“ŠIn total, 267 Ukrainian airplanes and 148 helicopters, 1,743 unmanned aerial vehicles, 365 anti-aircraft missile systems, 4,328 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 799 multiple launch rocket systems, 3,307 field artillery and mortars, as well as 4,902 units of special military vehicles were destroyed during the operation.
[Forwarded from Slavyangrad (Miroslav)]
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ðŸ‡¬ðŸ‡§ðŸ‡ºðŸ‡¦ The situation in the Soledar direction by the end of August 15, 2022
▪️On the afternoon of August 14, Wagner PMC detachments occupied Vershina and reached the village of Zaitsevo. Promotion in this direction will allow in the future to approach Bakhmut (Artemovsk) from the south and begin the assault on the city from several directions.
▪️Fighting and suppression of the identified firing points of Ukrainian formations on the eastern outskirts of Bakhmut continue.
▪️At the same time, servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine started blowing up bridges across the Bakhmutka River. Photos of the destroyed railway bridge in the northern part of the city appeared on the Web.
▪️In Soledar, allied forces continue their attempts to develop an offensive towards the Belokamensk refractory plant and a gypsum quarry, fighting in urban areas north of the KNAUF-Gypsum plant.
▪️There are clashes in the Yakovlevka area, the allied forces are trying to bypass the settlement from the east.
#YURI BRIEFING The strategy of overcoming the enemy defenses changed over the last months of the as the Russian side became able to put more infantry to the field – a significant conscription effort was required in the DPR and LPR, also, a significant number of volunteers from Russia proper joined the fight. Now, with better infantry numbers, the Russian side is able to press at many fronts at once. Yuri invokes the example of the Brusilov Offensive of the I WW.
State of the fronts as of August 16, 19:00 CEST.
Our source in the President’s office confirms the information of colleagues (https://t.me/legitimniy/13181 ) that the Head of the President’s Office had a very unpleasant conversation with the US Ambassador, who banned any action against Zaluzhny. The Americans were very unhappy with the information that the SBU was monitoring the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (https://t.me/rezident_ua/13635 ), and the Office of the President began searching for candidates to replace him. Ermak after this communication was very angry at Zaluzhny that he was hiding behind his ties with the Pentagon.
The main conclusions of the American Institute for the Study of War:
▪️Russian forces launched several limited ground attacks northwest of Slovyansk.
▪️Russian troops carried out several offensive operations east and southeast of Seversk, as well as northeast and southeast of Bakhmut.
▪️Russian troops continued to conduct offensive operations to the northwest, west and southwest of Donetsk.
▪️Russian forces conducted a limited ground assault north of Kharkov.
▪️Russian and Ukrainian forces continued to exchange accusations of shelling the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant.
▪️The authorities of St. Petersburg officially refused to call local men to the military registration and enlistment offices to discuss contract service.
1. The units of the Russian army entrenched in the settlement. Udy near Kharkov in the direction of Zolochev, defeating the 113th brigade of the defense of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Enemy losses – hundreds of dead and wounded.
2. Taken n.p. Bakhmutskoye between Soledar and Artekovsk (Bakhmut). The enemy was knocked out and suffered serious losses.
3. On the Donetsk direction:
a) the key waste heap of the mine in Maryinka was taken and things went more cheerfully;
b) surrounded part of the air defense near Avdiivka;
c) went to Vodyany, went to Pervomaiskoye and approached Nevelskoye.
4. To the north of Gorlovka, an enemy fortified area was taken on the way to the southwestern outskirts of Artyomovsk.
5. Advance north-east of Ugledar, cutting the road Marinka-Ugledar.
Are you asking why there is no information about the impending major Russian offensive from foreign intelligence services? They are: during the briefing, the representative of the command of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Yuri Ignat, announced a significant increase in the aviation group of Russian troops near the borders. At the same time, there are 110 more helicopters compared to February 24.
Putin accuses US of ‘trying to prolong Ukraine war, destabilize region’
Here are some quotes from Putin’s opening speech.
“The situation in the world is changing dynamically and the outlines of
multipolar world order are taking shape.
An increasing number of countries and peoples are choosing a path of free and sovereign development based on their own distinct identity, traditions and values.
These objective processes are being opposed by the Western globalist elites, who provoke chaos, fanning long-standing and new conflicts and pursuing the so-called containment policy, which in fact amounts to the subversion of any alternative, sovereign development options.
Thus, they are doing all they can to keep hold of the hegemony and power that is slipping from their hands; they are attempting to retain countries and peoples in the grip of what is essentially a neo-colonial order. Their hegemony means stagnation for the rest of the world and for the entire civilization; it means obscurantism, cancellation of culture, and neoliberal totalitarianism.
They are using all expedients. The United States and its vassals grossly interfere in the internal affairs of sovereign states by staging provocations, organizing coups, or inciting civil wars. By threats, blackmail, and pressure, they are trying to force independent states to submit to their will and follow rules that are alien to them.
This is being done with just one aim in view, which is to preserve their domination, the centuries-old model that enables them to sponge on everything in the world. But a model of this sort can only be retained by force.”
full transcript: http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/transcripts/69166
“I am often asked in interviews by foreign ministers: ‘How long can you hold out?’ “
“I answer them all that you have the wrong optics, instead of asking what needs to be done to defeat Putin in the shortest possible time, you are still waiting for us to collapse and the problem will disappear by itself”
“The turning point will come in the second half of August. Most of the hostilities will end by the end of the year. As a result of the war, we will return our territories and restore Ukrainian power in all the lost territories, including Crimea and Donbass. It will not be easy, but Ukraine’s victory will definitely come,” Kirill Budanov, head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, said in mid—May
“The turning point will come in the second half of August.”
On the Izyum front, and more precisely in the Kramatorsk region of the DPR, the forests of the Svyatye Gory National Park, Mazanovka and the forest south of this settlement, heavy battles unfolded. A few days ago we left Mazanovka, retreated to the [email protected] forest area, the crests tried to capitalize on our success and entered this forest. After that, our artillery dealt a heavy blow to the forest and the Russian infantry entered, it only remained to inspect the corpses of Ukrainian warriors who unsuccessfully went on the offensive. Several dozens of dead Vushniks were left lying in the forest as a symbol of the stupidity and arrogance of the command of the armed forces.
Last night, our sappers removed the mines, the infantry and scouts of the 20th Army went forward in the morning. At the moment, the density of the artillery fire of the sides is off scale and it is impossible to raise one’s head in the forest. We hit with cannon and rocket artillery, crests mainly respond from mortars and tanks. An active shooting battle is going on in the forest, artillery plows up Ukrainian positions. Fortunately, so far our losses are quite small, and if we take into account the density of fire, we can say that they are generally below the minimum. The Armed Forces of Ukraine already have a lot of dead and wounded, which is not surprising if you understand how much fire and steel our artillery spits out.
Russian Ministry of Defense on explosions near Dzhankoy (Crimea):
“On the morning of August 16, as a result of sabotage, a military warehouse near the village of Dzhankoy was damaged”
“Damage was caused to a number of civilian facilities, including power lines, a power plant, a railway track, as well as a number of residential buildings”
“There are no serious injuries. Necessary measures are being taken to eliminate the consequences of sabotage”
Explosions in the Crimea, of course, an unpleasant event. But we must understand that right now, from Yampol and Seversk to Ugledar and Velikaya Novosyolka, our offensive is going on in a continuous front. That is, in general, sabotage at one BC warehouse in Crimea is such a distraction from the real and large-scale problems of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The Speaker of the Crimean Parliament decided to recall the old question about the need for strikes on decision-making centers in response to the terrorist attacks in Crimea.
“The circumstances of the Dzhankoy incident will be clarified in detail by the investigation, but it is obvious already now: the agents of the Kyiv regime received a signal to become more active, and since they are not capable of big things, they are doing little dirty tricks. It would be good for the future to deprive them of the opportunity even for such small dirty tricks. And striking at decision-making centers will be the most effective and timely measure.”
This question has been on the minds of many since spring.
Our source in the President’s office said that the GUR (UA intelligence) continues to use an effective method of sabotage in the Crimea, using drones with a live charge for BC explosions. Our source in the President’s office said that there are more than 100 sleeping groups of UA agents operating in Russia, which have been created since 2014.
Just remember what you saw in Crimea today happens ten fold to the Ukrainian military every day. Except that it’s not a solvable issue like dealing with saboteurs. They can’t fix the issues they have.
The Russian army shifted the focus of its b/d to the Kharkov operational direction (16082022):
Namely, in the past 24-36 hours, units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (mainly armored-mechanized formations supported by SpN) managed to suppress the enemy in the direction Oleksandovka-Svitlichno and occupy several fortified inhabited places, creating preconditions for further penetration, primarily towards ðŸ”ºZoločiv (city northwest of Kharkiv). Thus, units of the 200th mechanized brigade first occupied Udi, and after that several more mixed BTgs were inserted and Odnobarivka was fortified. The battles for Stuhni and Baranivka are ongoing, where the VSU forces, after the fall of Odnobarivka, found themselves in a very difficult situation, beaten from the front as well as from the flanks. Mutual losses unknown.
Medvedev on TG:
Kiev scumbags and their Western patrons seem ready to arrange a new Chernobyl. Rockets and shells are falling closer and closer to the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant reactor and to the storage facilities for radioactive isotopes.
They say it’s Russia. This is an obvious, ðŸ’¯% nonsense even for the stupid Russophobic public.
Even the UN does not believe.
They say it happens purely by chance. Like they didn’t want to.
What can I say… We should not forget that the European Union also has nuclear power plants. And chances are also possible.
The trip of the IAEA delegation to the Zaporozhye NPP through Kiev, and then through the contact line would be very dangerous, he believes Deputy Director of the Department for Nonproliferation and Arms Control of the Russian Foreign Ministry Igor Vishnevetsky.
“Crossing the front line is a huge risk, given that the Ukrainian armed forces are heterogeneous armed formations. These people will be ready to commit any provocation,” he said, commenting on the statement by the representative of the UN Secretary General Stephane Dujarric that the world organization could facilitate such a visit through Kiev.
Shoigu, “Operations of the Ukrainian armed forces are planned in Washington and London. Not only are the coordinates of targets for strikes provided by Western intelligence, but the input of these data into weapons systems is carried out under the complete control of Western specialists. Kyiv’s role in the Western approach to warfare is reduced to the supply of manpower, which is seen as expendable. This explains the huge losses of personnel of the armed forces and formations of the territorial defense of Ukraine. While the real numbers of dead military personnel and mobilized defense forces are hidden by the Kyiv leadership, however, over time, these data will become public.”
Good news in the Avdiivka direction: units of the 1st Guards Slavic Omsbrd of the NM DPR advanced, pushing the enemy back and taking operational control of the territory of the air defense unit near Avdiivka, which the enemy had turned into a defense center. The enemy partially retreated from their positions.
Reconnaissance and units of rifle battalions are moving forward.
For the Slavs, the battles in this direction are of a fundamental nature – 7 years ago, in January 2015, they were thrown to storm an air defense unit. But the operation failed. The columns of the Slavs reached the deployment line in battle formations, but did not have time to do so and were attacked from three sides.
The enemy was clearly waiting for an attack, letting the units into open space and opening point-blank dagger fire. Under these conditions, the Slavs resisted, snapped, destroying the enemy, but the losses were considerable: dozens of dead and wounded, some of the fighters were captured, cars and armored vehicles were burned.
We talked about betrayal. At that time, nothing was heard about personnel purges in the command of the DPR in connection with the defeat of the air defense unit.
Now the situation is different – the initiative is on our side, we are working on the front line and positions of the enemy with artillery fire, aviation is actively used.
I expect further progress in this direction in the next 24 hours and exit directly to the residential area of Avdiivka.
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