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Attack on Donbass: situation in Eastern Ukraine as the end of August 15, 2022

▪️The Russian armed forces continue to suppress the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the border areas of the Sumy region. A checkpoint of Ukrainian formations was discovered and destroyed near the village of Yunakovka.

▪️In the north of the Kharkov region, battles of medium intensity are taking place:
➖In the past days, units of the RF Armed Forces managed to take the settlements of Udy and Odnorobovka.
➖Russian missile troops and artillery attacked the facilities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Merefa and Chuguev, as well as Kovyagi.

▪️Fighting continues on the outskirts of Bakhmut (Artemovsk) in the Soledar direction:
➖ After capturing the village of Vershina, the Wagner PMC detachments reached the Ukrainian fortified area in Zaitsevo, south of Bakhmut. Its assault will allow launching an attack on the city simultaneously from two directions.
➖Ukrainian formations blew up a bridge across the Bakhmutka River in the northern part of Bakhmut in order to prevent its use by allied forces in the future.

▪️In the Donetsk direction, fighting is underway on the outskirts of the capital of the DPR:
➖Clashes continue near the fortified area of   the Armed Forces of Ukraine at the junction of the ring road near the recently liberated village of Peski. Its capture will allow to continue the offensive on Pervomaiskoye and Netaylovo.
➖ The Armed Forces of Ukraine once again shelled the cities of the Donetsk agglomeration, killing several civilians.
➖Under Ugledar, units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and the PM of the DPR launched attacks on the strongholds of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In the area of   the village of Pavlovka, a Ka-52 helicopter of the Russian Aerospace Forces was shot down, the crew survived and was evacuated to the rear.

▪️In the Dnipropetrovsk region, the Russian Armed Forces hit two traction substations in Apostolovo and Sinelnikovo with missile strikes.

▪️Ukrainian formations once again fired at Energodar and the territory of the Zaporozhye NPP, missiles fell in the area of   power unit No. 6. The strikes were carried out using Western-made weapons.

▪️In the Krivoy Rog direction, the RF Armed Forces again hit the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Osokorovka near the line of contact.

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.

 VGTRK reporter Andrey Rudenko @RtrDonetsk

Fights go on all line of Donbass. In many areas, our divisions have real success.

In the Ugledar direction, the Mining Division, together with the OBTF (a separate battalion-tactical formation), managed to advance towards the city itself, knocking out the enemy from their positions. For a long time, the front stood still in this direction. There were only art duels.

In the Donetsk direction, there is movement in several directions at once.

On the western outskirts of Donetsk, assault operations are underway in the city of Marinka, which is closely adjacent to the capital of the republic. It was from there that all these years fire was fired on the peaceful streets of Donetsk. As a result of the clear actions of the NM of the DPR of the 61st OPBR, the Armed Forces of Ukraine have lost up to 60% of the personnel killed and wounded, the rest are demoralized. The commander of one of the battalions with the call sign Mongol was destroyed.

In busy on the eve of n. Sands is being cleaned up and a bridgehead is being prepared for a further offensive towards Vodyanoye and Karlovka. When the village of Vodyanoye is taken, the Nazis in Avdiivka will find themselves in a semicircle.

For the complete encirclement of the Kyiv group from Gorlovka, assault operations are underway in the n. New York and Zaitsevo (the part that still remains for the Nazis – the village has been divided into two parts for all the years).

With successful actions in this direction, Avdiivka will fall into the operational environment.

In the Slavic direction, there are battles for Artyomovsk and Soledar.

In Soledar, the fighters of the NM of the LPR established control over the territory of the Knauf-Gypsum plant and entrenched themselves in the eastern part of the city. There is a development of the offensive deep into the city.

PMC Wagner drove the Nazis out of the village of Vershiny south of Artyomovsk (Bakhmut) and went to the village of Zaitsevo, where a large fortified area of   the Armed Forces of Ukraine is located.

Zelensky, realizing that they could lose combat-ready units in the Donbass, ordered Zaluzhny to withdraw combat units from the first line of defense, replacing them with those mobilized from all over Ukraine. Plus, almost the entire officer corps was withdrawn from the combat zone.

Unprepared yesterday’s civilians are thrown, not sparing, for slaughter. At the same time, most of these people are crushed by their own artillery, which works from afar and covers these territories with squares to slow down the advance of the allied forces.

 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.

💥Russian Aerospace Forces precision weapons have hit a temporary deployment point of foreign mercenary near Zolochev, Kharkov Region. Over 100 militants from Poland as well as Germany have been killed and over 50 wounded.

💥High-precision air-based missiles have disabled 2 traction power substations near Apostolovo and Sinelnikovo railway stations, Dnepropetrovsk Region.
💥As a result of strike of the Russian Aerospace Forces on combat positions of 63rd Mechanized Brigade of AFU near Belogorka and Lozovoye in Kherson Region, 105th and 107th battalions of this brigade suffered losses of over 160 nationalists.

💥Artillery strike of the Russian Troops near Mar’inka in Donetsk People’s Republic has eliminated over 70 per cent of 3rd battalion’s personnel from 66th Mechanized Brigade of AFU.

💥High-precision weapons strikes of the Russian Aerospace Forces against combat positions of 53rd Mechanized and 68th Infantry-Engineering Brigades of AFU have destroyed more than 260 nationalists near Ugledar, Vodyanoye and Dobrovol’e in Donetsk People’s Republic.

💥In Soledar direction, more than 50 per cent of the personnel and military equipment of 15th Battalion of 58th AFU Motorized Infantry Brigade have been eliminated as a result of offensive actions and fire on combat positions.

💥Operational-tactical and army aviation, missile troops and artillery strikes continue against military facilities in Ukraine.

▫️Command posts of 112th Territorial Defence Brigade near Artemovsk, 60th Infantry Brigade near Osokorovka in Kherson Region, as well as personnel, weapons and military equipment, including those of nationalist battalions, in Merefa in Kharkov Region, Konstantinovka in Donetsk People’s Republic, Nikolaev and Velikomikhailovka in Dnepropetrovsk Region have been hit.

▫️Missile and artillery weapons depot near Zaichevskoye, Nikolaev Region, 3 ammunition depots near Kramatorsk and Konstantinovka, in Donetsk People’s Republic, and 2 fuel depots for military equipment near Chuguev and Kovyagi in Kharkov Region.

💥As part of counter-battery warfare, 1 platoon of Ukrainian MSTA-B artillery mounts has been hit near Maiorsk, Donetsk People’s Republic.

▫️In addition, 3 platoons of Grad multiple-launch rocket systems near Zvanovka, Soledar and Zaitsevo and 4 platoons of Giatsint-B artillery mounts and 3 platoons of D-30 howitzers at firing positions near Seversk, Artemovsk, Panteleimonovka, Georgieivka, Novoselka, Krestische in Donetsk People’s Republic and Novoaleksandrovka in Kherson Region have been suppressed.

💥Russian air defence means have shot down 3 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles near Mar’inka, Donetsk People’s Republic, Chervonoye, Kherson Region, and Udy, Kharkov Region.

▫️In addition, 2 shells for multiple rocket launchers have been intercepted near Novotroitskoye in Donetsk People’s Republic.

📊In total, 267 Ukrainian airplanes and 148 helicopters, 1,741 unmanned aerial vehicles, 365 anti-aircraft missile systems, 4,311 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 799 multiple launch rocket systems, 3,304 field artillery and mortars, as well as 4,891 units of special military vehicles were destroyed during the operation.

#YURI BRIEFING The Russians resume activity near Barvenkovo, in apparent preparation to threaten with a closure of an encirclement ring around Slaviansk and Kramatorsk once Bakhmut and Soledar are taken. Fights around Kodema and Zaitsevo near Bakhmut continue, none taken so far. Maryinka – the mine waste hill, controlling the area about of around 10 km around the town, is finally taken. One day after Yuri’s news, Russian MoD confirms the full control of Peski, clashes move toward Pervomayskoye and Vodianoye – once these two are taken, the supply line of Adveevka group would become heavily threatened to the point of operational encirlement. State of the fronts as of Aug 13, 19:00 CEST

Special military operation, 15 August. The main thing from RIA Novosti:

- On Monday evening, the Ukrainian military launched about 25 heavy artillery strikes on Energodar and the area of   the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant;

- The command of the Ukrainian military is preparing large-scale provocations in the ZNPP area, the Russian Defense Ministry said;

- According to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, a separate regiment of up to 1,000 Ukrainian military arrived in Nikopol for provocations, which are equipped with special sets of protective equipment;

- Russian aviation destroyed more than 100 mercenaries from Poland and Germany in the Kharkov region;

- Over 260 nationalists were killed by high-precision strikes by the Russian Aerospace Forces in the areas of Ugledar, Vodyanoye and Dobrovolye in the DPR in a day, the RF Ministry of Defense reported;

- According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, Ukrainian nationalists mined two road bridges in Kurakhovka in the DPR in order to blow them up and accuse the Russian army of supposedly indiscriminate strikes;

- In Slavyanka, at a school, the Ukrainian military deployed armored vehicles, MLRS, from which they fire at settlements, provoking return fire, the Russian Defense Ministry said;

- Russia evacuated more than 25 thousand people from dangerous regions of Ukraine, the DPR and LPR per day, almost 3.4 million people were evacuated in total, the Russian Defense Ministry said.


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Statement by the Ministry of Defense on the violation of the Russian border by a British reconnaissance aircraft

The air defense forces on duty over the waters of the Barents Sea detected an unknown air target that was heading towards the Russian border.

To stop the violation of the state border, a MiG-31bm fighter jet was taken from the air defense forces on duty and identified as a British Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance and electronic warfare aircraft.
• The aerial target violated the Russian state border near Cape Svyatoy Nos.
• The actions of the MiG-31bm crew drove the reconnaissance aircraft out of Russian territory.

Artillery of the Russian Armed Forces strikes at the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Tsirkuny in the north of the Kharkiv region

The settlement was under the control of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation until the end of spring, but during the counteroffensive it was captured by the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Now Russian troops are again trying to advance in the north of the region, despite the numerical superiority of the enemy.

Ukrainian railways report notable delays in civilian traffic across the country, “Militarist” channel reports (, acknowledging troops and military cargo movements from the west of Ukraine to Kharkov and Sumy regions, linking this to a possible Ukrainian counter-attack being prepared on that front. Previously, there were reports by other pro-Russian sources of similar movements noticed in Dnipro (Dnepropetrovsk) both by rail and overland. Russian cause sympathizers were asked to notify the composition of convoys. Russian Army troops recently took Udy ( town north of Kharkov close to the border with Russia, apparently attempting to advance towards Zolochev.

The Ukrainian army is losing control of Maryinka.
The offensive by the joint forces of the People’s Militia of the DPR and the military aviation of Russia is yielding results. The enemy retreats, leaving positions along with ammunition.

The film crew moves to the sound of a counter-battery fight. There is an artillery duel. The shells fly to where the correspondent was just recently, apparently, the enemy managed to notice the movement.

Maryinka plays an important role in this direction. The Armed Forces of Ukraine are making fierce attempts to break through the defense. For Ukrainian fighters, this is an exit to the village of Aleksandrovka and Donetsk. Bayraktar TB2 drones are also being used. One of them was recently shot down by Russian air defense systems.

Panic reigns in Ukrainian groups about the imminent final assault on Bakhmut, that, as the defenders and the remaining civilians fear, may start tonight. Most likely it won’t, but the night is going to be tough on whoever still willing to fight back there, as a massive artillery barrage will probably happen before the Allied infantry moves forward. Thermobaric missile launchers TOS-1A (Solntsepek, “Sunburn”) seen in the vecinity by the members of DPR Militia.

@rybar sources report a number of Ukrainian positions in the residential neighborhoods, tenements and public buildings. #frontline  God help the civilians caught in the middle of all this.

There was a story in Mariupol, where Azovites set up a firing position in an apartment on the last floor of a residential 9-storey building, and made a civilian family stay in an apartment just below them, using them as a human shield while firing at the advancing DPR troops. Before and during storming the buildng, the entire platoon tasked with clearing the building was praying for their safety. Miraculously, that family stayed unharmed.

Let’s hope for more miracles like that tonight. Even the forcefully mobilized Ukrainian soldiers (not mercenaries or members of Nazi batalions or indocrinated AFU cadre) are people that will rebuild the new and free Ukraine (or whatever this land will be called afterwards) together with their compatriots from Russia. Whatever you believe in, pray for the souls of the innocents, may they stay out of the harm’s way while DPR and Russian Army troops administer the painful but necessary medicine.

A recently surrendered Ukrainian soldier died in an act of a selfless sacrifice, covering a young DPR soldier of “Somali” batalion with his body from the Ukrainian artillery barrage on August 13, immediately after surrender. The man was mobilized by force to the Ukrainian military, and surrendered voluntarily without offering any resistance. The DPR soldiers were about to evacuate him to the rear when Ukrainian artillery started shelling a position they just lost.

The 27 year old man, a miner from a Ukraine-controlled town near Peski, covered a young DPR recruit with his body, suffering heavy shrapnel wounds as a result. Due to the heavy shelling, it was impossible to evacuate him, and he succumbed to his wounds, despite all efforts to save his life. The man’s name was Mikhail.

The Ukrainian shelling began when the prisoners were clearly seen by the enemy copters, and the DPR troops intent to evacuate them to safety was obvious. #hero

The shelling of Zaitsevo continues, there has long been no living place on the administration building.  It was at the administration building that this year they handed out food packages to the elderly and the needy, and when he himself came earlier, they talked there with the mobilized and the head of the village, Vlad Cherkashin.
 In the building itself, right at the entrance, there is a collection of fragments from shells and mines.  Ukronazis constantly replenish this collection, almost every day.
 Donetsk is also under fire, today a man and a woman were killed there.  Gorlovka under constant fire.

Soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine should not be late to surrender.  Who is late – he died.  

Joker DNR: I’ll tell you some interesting news.  This morning, on one of the segments of the front, two boys from the SBU came to the Ukrainian positions to talk with the soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and warn them that they must not surrender and that they must not enter into dialogue with enemies.  It soon turned out that from these positions the Ukrainians surrendered at night, and in their place were already Donetsk soldiers, who captured the special officers.

 I think that the soldiers from the neighboring positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, who probably already died, were more surprised than these guys from the SBU, because someone turned out to be smarter and surrendered faster.  There is nothing worse than late decisions.  Ah-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha…

American blogger writes about the situation in Ukraine

 “The Russian army is incredible
 According to our media and government, they are confronting NATO with a broken economy, no weapons, just a few troops who are completely demoralized and destroyed by the almighty HIMARS, but still taking more and more land in Ukraine every day” https://t.  me/workBrothers/5281

Russian Defense Ministry: The command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is preparing large-scale provocations in the area of   the Zaporozhye NPP.  For their implementation, a separate regiment of troops of radiation, chemical and biological protection has already arrived in the city of Nikopol, Dnepropetrovsk region, in the amount of up to 1,000 military personnel, equipped with special sets of protective equipment for operations in conditions of radioactive contamination of the area, as well as technical means of radiation, chemical and bacteriological reconnaissance  and control.  

Zaporozhie Nuclear Power Plant  crew has a telegram channel.

Here is one of their latest updates:

Ukrainian terrorists and buffoons from the leadership of Energoatom do not stop escalating the situation around the Zaporizhzhya NPP with both ridiculous statements and very real threats of terrorist attacks. Which gives rise to schizophrenic rumors and gossip.

Let’s clarify the situation at our NPP as of 08/11/2022:

ZNPP operational personnel monitors the state of power units and ensures their operation.

No changes in the radiation state in the Zaporozhye region were recorded, the radiation background is within normal limits.

ZNPP personnel are safe and work in normal, regular conditions. Accident-free, safe operation of nuclear power plants is fully ensured.

Boris Rozhin: How to fight the Hymars

In an interview with, a military expert noted a set of measures to counter enemy rocket artillery and outlined the features of the transition of the special operation in Ukraine from the summer to the autumn-winter phase.

- The Ukrainian side continues to use Haymars, sometimes successfully. Is there a universal “cure” for this type of MLRS? What is the set of measures that should be taken to completely eliminate this threat?

- At the moment, our air defense systems partially shoot down missiles of this complex, but during mass launches they periodically break through our defenses and cause some damage.

How to deal with it? More carefully disguise our headquarters and logistics infrastructure, deal with the dispersal of warehouses. To reduce the effectiveness of strikes against warehouses, it is necessary to improve the operation of air defense systems against missiles of these complexes, plus to hunt for them and methodically destroy them.

There is no recipe for a quick victory here – long and painstaking work is needed to minimize the effectiveness of this weapon system and improve work to counter them and their subsequent destruction.

- In my personal opinion, specialists in anti-terror and special operations are urgently needed in the NVO zone. The experience of the same Igor Girkin could be useful. In this regard, was it worth it to detain him at the entrance to the Kherson region, and what caused such a decision and its publicity in the media?

- From my point of view, any person who willingly wants to go to fight the Nazis in Ukraine should get such an opportunity, because now there is no more important task for the country than the destruction of the Nazi regime in Ukraine and its sponsors.

I don’t know all the reasons for this story, but I repeat, if a person wants to go to war, he should be provided with such an opportunity. This is especially important in conditions when the emphasis is on the contract-volunteer format of warfare, and not on the mobilization one.

— Western sources write that Russia has ordered at least 1,000 UAVs from Iran. How realistic are these numbers, and how could the supply of Iranian drones affect the course of hostilities?

- Officially, this information has not yet been confirmed. Regarding 1000 UAVs, obviously, they mean their production for some time. Obviously, here we are not talking about a one-time purchase of 1000 cars, especially since in the Russian Federation there simply aren’t so many operators for new cars.

Therefore, if the UAVs are really bought, then they will be delivered in parts, as they are produced and the calculations are trained. Taking into account the well-known quality of Iranian drones, they will become a serious help for our gunners, supplementing, for example, well-performing drones of the Orlan-10 type and other, rarer specimens.

- In a few weeks, the transition of hostilities from the spring-summer to the autumn-winter period will begin. How will the seasonal factor affect the confrontation in specific sectors of the front?

- In mid-autumn, offensive operations will be limited by worsening weather and autumn thaws. On the other hand, the descent of the “green” will make it difficult for both sides to hide from artillery, which is somewhat more beneficial for us, since we have an advantage in artillery, and it will become more difficult for the enemy to hold positions outside the cities. However, this will create many difficulties for us.

It can be expected that in October-November the intensity of hostilities in some directions will decrease and tendencies towards positioning will prevail, although, for example, this is unlikely to interfere with the assault on large settlements, as the example of the assault on the same Mariupol or Volnovakha showed.

Fiend Analysis of the situation in Ukraine from American Muzzlewhores Institute for the Study of War (ISW):

August 15; Key Takeaways 😹

▪️ A reported video of LNR servicemen refusing to fight in Donetsk Oblast suggests further division among Russian-led forces.

▪️ Russian forces attempted several limited ground assaults northwest of Slovyansk.

▪️ Russian forces conducted multiple offensive operations east and southeast of Siversk and northeast and southeast of Bakhmut.

▪️ Russian forces continued conducting offensive operations northwest, west, and southwest of Donetsk City.

▪️ Russian forces conducted a limited ground assault north of Kharkiv City.

▪️ Russian and Ukrainian forces continued to trade accusations of shelling the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant.

▪️ St. Petersburg authorities officially denied summoning local men to military recruitment and enlistment centers for discussions of contract service.

▪️ Russian occupation authorities continued preparations for the integration of occupied territories of Ukraine into Russia.

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