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The situation in the Ukrainian SMO on September 13 2022

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The situation in the Soledar direction by the end of September 13, 2022

By @rybar:

▪️ Detachments of “PMC Wagner”, developing the offensive from the direction of Kodema, liberated the settlements of Nikolaevka, Nikolaevka Second and destroyed a large stronghold of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the highway Bakhmut (Artemovsk) – Mayorsk. From the occupied positions there is an advance towards Otradovka and the southern outskirts of Zaitsevo.

▪️ At the same time, Wagner PMC units are attacking from Vershina and have come close to another fortified area to the west of Zaitsevo.

▪️ There is also progress from the Bakhmut-Svetlodarsk highway. “Wagnerites” continue to surround the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine at the Donbasskaya electrical substation, approaching the territory of the facility closely from the eastern and northeastern sides.

▪️The Wagner PMC detachments also occupied a section of the Pokrovskoye-Bamutskoye highway and continue their offensive in a westerly direction. Units of the 7th NM brigade of the DPR occupied the first quarter in the north of Soledar. Now the line of contact runs along Kosmonavtov Street.

▪️To the west of Lysychansk, the Armed Forces of Ukraine tried to establish control over the settlement of Belogorivka, but the attack was repulsed. Near Disputed, a BARS unit of the Russian Armed Forces knocked out the Armed Forces of Ukraine from a checkpoint at the entrance to the village, positional battles and artillery duels are taking place in the vicinity of Ivano-Daryevka.

▪️In the Seversky section of the force, the 54th ombr brigade is preparing for an attack on Zolotarevka. Tactical aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force operate in the airspace near the city.

Situation in the Kharkiv direction By the end of September 13, 2022.

AFU units continue to occupy positions west of the Oskol River, in parallel building up the grouping for a further assault on the Russian Armed Forces’ positions on the opposite bank.

▪️ An offensive is planned in two directions: Svatovo and Petropavlovka to reach the flank of the grouping of allied forces in the Luhansk People’s Republic.

▪️ For this purpose, about two thousand troops of the most prepared formations are being prepared to be sent to the vicinity of Kupiansk and towards Balakleya.

In particular, about one thousand men from the 47th Brigade Combat Team, as well as 800 men from the 112th and 114th Brigades, trained at training ranges in the Zhytomyr region.

The transfer will be carried out by rail at night under the control of members of the Right Sector DUK to prevent desertion.

▪️ In addition, convoys of military equipment, including Western-made ones, have arrived in Balakleya and Nortsovka. Several 155 mm M109 self-propelled howitzers have been transferred to Khudoyarovo and Tetyanivka for the needs of the 14th division.

▪️ In preparation for the offensive, Ukrainian UAV calculations have intensified reconnaissance of Russian Armed Forces positions, with artillery and AFU tactical aviation conducting indiscriminate strikes against them.  

▪️ At the same time, the Ukrainian leadership deliberately concealed the number of casualties incurred during the offensive in the Kharkiv Region. According to residents of the Kharkiv and Sumy regions, more than 1,200 wounded AFU servicemen were taken to medical centers on 8-9 September alone.  

Donetsk Direction: Situation at 18:00 on 13 Sep 2022⚡️

The Ukrainian command continues to prepare for a counterattack on populated areas of the #Donetsk agglomeration. The expected launch date is 14 September at night.

▪️ Units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces have received orders to prepare for an attack on allied positions in the direction of #Peski and #Maryinka. Ukrainian artillery and MLRS have intensified shelling of positions in these settlements and on the western outskirts of #Donetsk.

▪️ A trainload of military equipment and personnel has arrived at the railway station in #Pokrovskoye for an offensive in the #Donetsk direction.

▪️ Several mortar crews have been dispatched to reinforce the 79th divisional infantry battalion units in the #Maryinka sector, and soldiers from the 42nd battalion of the 57th infantry battalion have arrived in the #Peski direction.

▪️ Allied artillery shelled Ukrainian positions in #Kurdyumovka and #Mayorsk, causing AFU losses and withdrawing troops to reserve positions.  

▪️ The enemy attempted a counterattack on the lost fortifications in the western part of #Donetsk from the direction of #Opytnoye with about 50 men, supported by light armoured vehicles. However, the AFU forces came under heavy artillery and mortar fire from the battalion “Somali” of the DPR People’s Militia and had to retreat to their original positions with losses.

▪️ On 9 and 10 September, the Ukrainian Armed Forces deployed around two thousand soldiers from the 53rd and 110th Brigades to the #Ugledar front section. The reason for the reinforcement is a planned counterattack in the direction of #Nikolskoye in the coming days.  

As part of the preparations, the AFU formations are taking up positions at civilian infrastructure facilities in #Ugledar, while the engineer and sapper troops continue demining the terrain.

In doing so, the AFU is using its numerical superiority to disguise the real objective of the attack, thus dispersing the reserves of the allied forces to defend false attack sites.


The Russian army continues its offensive in Donbass – the main from a summary of the AFU General Staff:

▪️The Russian army is concentrating its efforts to take control of the entire Donetsk region.
▪️Russian forces are conducting offensives in the areas of Artemivsk, Bakhmutskoye, Veselaya Dolina, Avdeevka, Bezimenne, and Novohryhorivka.
The Russian Armed Forces are taking steps to replenish their troops with junior officers.
The Russian Armed Forces are conducting artillery strikes along the entire front line and active aerial reconnaissance.
▪️▪️ The Russian Armed Forces carried out two precision-guided missile strikes, eight air strikes, and 13 MLRS strikes on AFU facilities.
▪️ The Belarusian Armed Forces conducted command and staff exercises at the Brest firing range, during which they practiced live firing, repulsion of a conventional enemy offensive, and its further pushing beyond the border.

Boris Rozhin Briefly: Situation at 16:00 on 13 Sep 2022⚡️

1. The enemy continues to draw up forces to the front at #Oskol, we can expect a probe of the front as early as the end of this week.

2. Krasny Lyman is firmly held by our troops. The enemy has not succeeded in its plan here.

3. Regarding #Svyatogorsk. Enemy DRGs are roaming freely around the city. If our troops are there, they are in the northern part of the city. If Svyatogorsk is lost, the enemy will probably probe the situation near #Sosnovoye and #Yarovoy, threatening the flank of the grouping defending near #Studenka.

4. In Kupyansk the enemy still controls the western part of the city, the RF Armed Forces the eastern districts and the industrial zone.

5. There are also reports that the enemy has advanced to #Belogorovka (which is near #Grigorovka).
6. #Kremennaya and #Svatovo are under full control of the Russian Armed Forces and LPR militia.

Russian Defence Ministry report on the progress of the special military operation in Ukraine (September 13, 2022)

◽️ Russian Aerospace Forces, missile troops and artillery launch massive fire attacks at the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) at all operational directions.

💥 High-precision attacks laucnhed by Russian Aerospace Forces have resulted in the neutralisation of provisional bases of the units from 95th Airborne Assault Brigade near Slavyansk and Konstantinovka, 115th Mechanised Brigade near Artyomovsk and 53rd Mechanised Brigade near Kurdyumovka.

◽️ Moreover, the list of neutralised targets includes the units from 35th Marine Brigade near Bereznegovatoye, 57th Mechanised Infantry Brigade near Murakhovka (Nikolayev region), 128th Mountain Assault Brigade near Balabino (Zaporozhye region), as well as from 14th Mechanised Brigade near Kharkov.

💥 The attacks have resulted in 800 casualties among Ukrainian servicemen and foreign mercenaries.

💥 Operational-tactical and army aviation, missile troops and artillery have neutralised 12 command posts near Serebryanka, Verkhnekamenskoye, Ivano-Daryevka, Vesyoloye, Soledar, Zaytsevo and Pavlovka (Donetsk People’s Republic), Uspenovka and Gulyaypole (Zaporozhye region), Shirokoye, Kiselyovka and Novogrigorovka (Nikolayev region), as well as 47 artillery units, 152 AFU manpower and military equipment concentration areas.

◽️ The list of the destroyed targets includes 5 missile, artillery armament and munitions depots near Pavlovka and Temirovka (Zaporozhye region), Novopol (Donetsk People’s Republic), Velikoye Artakovo and Olenovka (Nikolayev region).

💥 Aviation of Russian Aerospace Forces has destroyed 1 Mi-8 helicopter of Ukrainian Air Force near Ochakov (Nikolayev region).

💥 Air defence means have shot down 6 unmanned aerial vehicles near Barvinki and Petrovka (Kherson region), Kiselyovka (Nikolayev region), Kamenskoye, Zaliznichnoye (Zaporozhye region), as well as near Vladimirovka (Donetsk People’s Republic).

◽️ In addition, 7 rocket-propelled projectiles have been destroyed in air near Novaya Kakhovka and Kiselyovka (Kherson region).

📊 In total, 293 aircraft and 154 helicopters, 1,944 unmanned aerial vehicles, 374 air defence missile systems, 4,900 tanks and other armoured combat vehicles, 834 combat vehicles equipped with MRLS, 3,385 field artillery cannons and mortars, as well as 5,506 units of special military equipment have been destroyed during the special military operation.


Igor Strelkov reports:

Sources do NOT yet confirm the breakthrough of the Armed Forces of Ukraine under Davydov Brod in the Berislav direction. I’m waiting for more information.

Other reports indicate that whatever breakthrough may have taken place has been curtailed and that the defence is holding without trouble.

VSU attacked near Davydov ford in Kherson Region, no defense breakthrough here

▪️The fighters were met by our army, reinforced by a unit of the Rosgvardia, whose roadblock is located nearby.
▪️ From neighboring sites, the defending forces were supported by motorized riflemen.
▪️▪️ A video of the pontoon crossing by which the Ukrainian armed forces are crossing the Ingulets River using NATO armored vehicles was released online today.
▪️The enemy regularly attempts a breakthrough in this area in fairly small numbers.
▪️The enemy has suffered heavy losses here for months without being able to break through the defenses.

Regarding the aftermath of the strike on Kharkiv. TPP-5 is de facto out of service. The consequences of the blackout have been partially offset by the redistribution of other generating capacity, although claims that all of Kharkiv and the region are fully connected are a lie – not everything has been connected yet, as locals are reporting. But the main ones will be connected.
Accordingly, on the agenda is a simple question – what was it – a one-time demonstrative strike in the style of “one step forward, two steps back”, some kind of warning (perhaps the addressee is not even in Ukraine), or just a feather duster. I would be interested to see how this story develops and I guess I’m not the only one. For, of course, it was all beautiful and spectacular, but the real systematic and complex effect is possible only if the process is systematically repeated.

The Kharkov Partizan Underground Speaks Out

Sourced from @ordinaryczarizm Telegram Channel

The Russian underground in Kharkov was able to get in touch with us. Abandoned Russians. Theirs is not the most popular opinion among Russian pro-freedom activists.

However, while we don’t care about the turbo-patriots, we do care for the the abandoned Russians. To not publish this appeal would be an abomination on our part.

Hello, I’m a Russian partisan. That is my profession.

Idiots write about the rightness of bombing Kharkov because there are no Russians left here. Other idiots write that no sabotage in the rear of the Ukrainian troops is taking place, blaming this lack of activity on the Russian population of the city.

Someday, I’ll go on the air of @ordinaryczarizm, where I’ll explain everything in detail. About Dolgov and Surkov, about the money promised, which never came, about the “handlers” and all the rest. Then you will fuck off and understand why Kharkov has become a sterile and dead city, sacrificed to Ukrainian statehood.   

My words and authority will corroborate it, and I will present ironclad evidence. That’s when, if I survive, you will understand who is a paid pig and who is a real Russian man. It will be even harder than it is now, but Russians eventually will be hoisted as liberators.

Let me answer the question that people who have nothing to do with the Russians or partisanship are trying to answer. Why is there no resistance to the AFU in the rear?

In 2014 and 2015, a group of Kharkov activists were harassing all the Ukrainian scum – blowing up military enlistment offices, sawing down rails at AFU depots, and even beating up Ukrainian activists. And then a certain handler came along, offered money and ruined everything – ditched, cheated and sold out. Then the remnants of the guerrillas were forced to stop working with the Russian Federation, and without support the guys were scattered by life–torture by the SBU, beatings by the Azov youth (an organization banned in Russia – ed.), emigration, death or life in fear. I have not forgotten that, I remember the names and the methods too.

After the most passionate people were killed and intimidated, it was the turn of medium-sized Russian organisations–clubs, newspapers, parties, circles. All this was destroyed legislatively, institutionally, and radically.

I kept a small correspondence with Yegor Prosvirnin for a long time, and also wrote to Bulba Prestolov in the post just before the war. Then I got in touch with the Ordinary Tsarism guys. That is actually almost all that connects me to Russia now.

Now we are the eyes of the Russian army and intelligence for half a year, because we want to change our country and live in Russia.

We are under bombs, often without light, water, some of us have lost our homes. We go on because we believe in Russian people.

We have not risen up, not because “Odessa and Kharkov were silent”, but because the post-Soviet security services work for the enemies. We will not be silent because the war has taken away our relatives and loved ones, our prosperity and peace of mind.

We will destroy our enemies and we will get our Motherland. We will destroy the army that was killing the Russian people. We have nothing more to lose, so there is no reason for us to keep silent either.

Will the fact that we are sitting without electricity, communications and in the cold make you feel better? Will there be more intelligence? Will the AFU lose something?

No. The West has perfectly equipped them with generators, and they will make any building with independent heating theirs. By doing this you are making our lives harder, you are losing our last supporters. Why couldn’t it have been done in summer, when the AFU was preparing counterattacks, training at the training grounds, and in Kharkov itself was repairing equipment? …

Now there is so much new Western equipment that Ukrainians can afford to abandon the Kharkov military-industrial complex.

Why don’t you hit the Zhytomyr region, where there is a publicly known firing range? And on Kiev? There are already too many of these “why’s”.

However, I have not lost hope and faith in the Russian people. We will win sooner or later. And I am ready to lay down my life for the sake of it.

How much longer will #Russia tolerate these Terrorist Attacks on RF territory⚡️

The governor of the #Belgorod Region reported another shelling of the border village of #Zhuravlyovka. According to him, shells damaged the buildings of the recreation centre, the administration and the school.

The head of the region also said that the village was practically empty: only elderly people remained there, who so far refuse to leave for the safe areas.

Russia’s strikes on Ukraine’s critical infrastructure – What it could mean:

According to our research, as well as opinions of analysts from the West and from Russia, all of us agree that this is the first time in what Russia calls the “special military operation” when the Russian leadership violated its own framework (or rule set) of the war (or the “special military operation”)

From day one of the operation, Russia has made it clear that they will not target civilian infrastructure and that the operation is purely aimed at Ukrainian military targets. However, that changed last night as Russia struck objects that are the very definition of civilian infrastructure; power plants.

Members of the Russia Duma have called for designating the Ukrainian military as a terrorist organization. This comes amid Russia’s deviation from the initial framework/rule set of the SMO.

If you remember correctly, the operations in Chechnya and Syria were officially labelled “anti-terrorist operations” — which changes the rules of engagement for Russian forces.

Branding the Ukrainian military a terrorist organization on the political level gives Russian Armed Forces a lot more power than what they’re currently limited to under the “Special military operation” framework. Russian Armed Forces are very limited in terms of their power due to this framework Putin has came up with in February. If the Ukrainian Armed Forces are designated as a terrorist organization, this makes their commanders and the whole Ukrainian leadership targets of the Russian military.

In order for Russia to strike Ukrainian decision making centres — AKA government targets, the “SMO” needs to be rebranded and bureaucratically restructured.

In our opinion, Russia striking what is unmistakably civilian infrastructure — all points to Putin rebranding the Russian Armed Forces mission in Ukraine in coming days — then, and only then, all hell will break lose on the battlefield from the Russian side.

Russia is an incredibly bureaucratic country, not a banana republic where decisions are made overnight and need no government backing. Everything is done under structure. Support and input is needed from people concerned with the economy, military and international relations — in the background. The fact that civilian infrastructure was struck, if our opinion is correct — points to the aforementioned restructuring of the SMO already being decided and now being in the process of becoming official in coming days.

German Chancellor Scholz holds phone call with Putin – German Government Spokesman.

⚡️UPDATE – Scholz urges Putin to find a diplomatic solution to conflict in Ukraine as soon as possible based on a ceasefire, withdrawal of Russian troops and respect for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine adding that any further steps by Russia towards annexation would not go unanswered.

⚡️UPDATE – Putin drew Scholz’s attention to Kiev’s blatant violations of international humanitarian law, shelling of Donbass and shared details of measures being taken in coordination with the IAEA to ensure the physical protection of Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant, South Ukraine.

Putin and Scholz in a telephone conversation focused on the situation around Ukraine in the context of the special operation of the Russian Federation. According to the Kremlin press service:

▪️Putin drew the Chancellor’s attention to Kyiv’s flagrant violations of international humanitarian law, the ongoing shelling of Donbass, as a result of which civilians are killed, civilian infrastructure is deliberately damaged

▪️The President of the Russian Federation spoke in detail about the measures taken in coordination with the IAEA to ensure the physical protection of the ZNPP, which is subjected to constant missile attacks from Ukraine, which creates real risks of a large-scale catastrophe

▪️discussed the “grain deal”, Putin emphasized its package nature, clarified the essence of concerns in connection with the unbalanced geography of sea supplies of Ukrainian grain, only a small part of which goes to the most needy countries

▪️Putin told Scholz about the lack of progress in removing obstacles to the export of Russian products and fertilizers, confirmed the readiness of the Russian Federation to supply large volumes of grain to foreign markets, transfer fertilizers blocked in European ports to needy countries for free

The Russian side provides the International Committee of the Red Cross with access to prisoners of war, while Kyiv does not, Putin said

▪️ Concerning the issue of energy, Putin stressed that Russia has been and remains a reliable supplier of energy resources, fulfilling all its contractual obligations, and attempts to shift the blame for problems in Europe’s energy supply to the Russian Federation look very cynical

If these idiots (the West) continue to pump Kiev regime with most dangerous types of weapons, then sooner or later the military campaign will move to another level, the operation will LOSE visible boundaries and predictability of actions of parties to conflict, Earth will BURN and concrete will MELT – Former Russian President Medvedev.

«SOLOVIEV, [13/09/2022 10:20]

The commander of the detachment “Akhmat” Apti Alaudinov reads “Borodino” to calm the panicking in Russia: The day before yesterday, in an interview, I recalled one poem – “tell me, uncle, it’s not for nothing that Moscow, burned by fire, was given to a Frenchman. After all, there were fighting fights, but they say – some more! No wonder the whole of Russia remembers about Borodin’s day.” As far as I know, during this period the capital of Russia was not moved either to Kupyansk or to Balakleya. These are ordinary cities on the contact line with the enemy. The question that we will take them back is a matter of the near future. You must understand that when a huge force is concentrated, more than 30 thousand people, it is impossible to take all this force, equipment, weapons and put a trench to stop it. Here it becomes a situation to stretch these forces as much as possible, to make sure that there are no big losses. After we stretch them, the question arises to block these forces and start destroying them. The front has already stabilized, that’s it. There have never been so many fighters on my front line. Even I was sent a very large reinforcement. We have released huge forces that have already begun to do their job.
I see the throw-ins “the enemy can take Belogorevka, and if he takes it, then Moscow is immediately behind it.” There is no such settlement that would be so strategic that if it falls into the hands of the enemy, then we need to give up and surrender. There is no such thing at all. Therefore, I suggest everyone wait and see how we will do our job. We have already started doing it, and it gives results.»

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