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Russo-Ukraine War – 22 October 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 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 Russian forces continue to reinforce crossing points over the Dnipro River, and have completed a barge bridge alongside the damaged Antonovskiy bridge in Kherson.

Although the use of heavy barge bridges was almost certainly included in Soviet-era planning for operations in Europe, it is likely this is the first time the Russian military have needed to utilise this type of bridge for decades. Using civilian barges likely provides Russia additional material and logistics benefits, having lost significant quantities of military bridging equipment and engineering personnel during its invasion.

If the barge bridge sustains damage, it is almost certain Russia will seek to repair or replace damaged sections quickly, as their forces and crossing points over the Dnipro river come under increasing pressure in Kherson.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that Russia is trying to hold the temporarily captured territories, concentrates its efforts on restraining the actions of the Defence Forces in certain directions, at the same time, it does not stop trying to conduct offensive actions in the Bakhmut and Avdiivka directions.

During the current day, units of the Ukrainian Defence Forces repelled the attacks of the Russian occupiers in the areas of the settlements of Bakhmut, Ozaryanivka, and Odradivka of the Donetsk oblast. Russian forces are shelling the positions of our troops along the contact line and conducting aerial reconnaissance. Russian forces again resorted to massive shelling of critical infrastructure and civilian homes, violating the norms of International Humanitarian Law, the laws and customs of warfare.

During the current day, Russian occupiers launched 40 missile strikes and launched 16 Iranian-made “Shahed-136” attack Ukrainian Our defenders managed to shoot down 20 cruise missiles and 11 UAVs. Energy and critical infrastructure facilities in the Volyn, Rivne, Kharkiv, Khmelnytskyi, Kirovohrad, Cherkasy, Zaporizhzhia, Odesa, and Mykolaiv regions were hit by Russian attacks.

The situation in the Volyn and Polissya directions has not changed significantly.

The enemy shelled in other directions:]

  • in the Siversky direction – from mortars and barrel artillery, in the areas of settlements of Bachivsk, Starykove, Hudove, Atynske, Basivka and Yunakivka of the Sumy oblast;
    in the Slobozhansky direction – from mortars, barrel and rocket artillery, in the areas of Mala Vovcha, Krasne Pershe, Berestove and Kamianka settlements of the Kharkiv oblast;
    in the Bakhmut direction – from tanks and artillery of various types, in the areas of Soledar, Bakhmutske, Bakhmut, Bilohorivka, Spirne, Zelenopillia, Klishchiivka and Mayorsk;

in the Avdiivka direction – from tanks, mortars, barrel and jet artillery, in the Avdiivka, Veselye Krasnohorivka, Maryinka, Novomykhailivka, and Pervomaiske districts.

On the Novopavlivskyi and Zaporizhzhia directions, Russian forces carried out artillery shelling in the areas of the settlements of Vremivka in the Donetsk oblast, Dorozhnyanka, Stepnohirsk and Orihiv in the Zaporizhzhia oblast, and Dobra Nadiya in the Dnipropetrovsk oblast. They also launched a missile attack on the city of Nikopol.

In the South Buh direction, Russian forces fired at military and civilian infrastructure. Areas of more than 20 settlements near the contact line were damaged by fire.

Separate units of the Russian occupation forces continue to leave the temporarily occupied territory of the Kherson oblast. At the same time, cases of looting and robbery of local residents have become more frequent. According to available information, Russian forces have completely left the settlements of Charivne and Chkalove, and officers and medical personnel have been evacuated from Beryslav.

The number of cases of looting and illegal actions in the city of Kherson has increased. The Russian occupiers seize cars from the local population and try to leave the city with the help of a ferry crossing in the area of the Antonivsky Bridge.

The practice of placing Russian units in the premises of educational institutions in the temporarily occupied territory of the Zaporizhzhia region continues. At the same time, the educational process of children of local residents continues.

According to detailed information, as a result of the strikes of the Defence Forces during the last few days, it was confirmed that Russian manpower and equipment were damaged in the Zaporizhzhia oblast. About 200 servicemen were killed, more than 150 were wounded. An ammunition warehouse and 10 units of weapons and military equipment were also destroyed.

Aviation of the Ukrainian Defence Forces carried out ten strikes during the current day. The defeat of nine areas of concentration of weapons and military equipment, as well as the position of Russian anti-aircraft missile system, was confirmed. Ukrainian air defence units shot down one enemy helicopter.

During the current day, military personnel of the missile forces and artillery hit the control post, two areas of concentration of manpower, weapons and military equipment, and one Russian ammunition depot.

The Russian Ministry of Defence reported that The armed forces of the Russian Federation, operating in the Nikolaev-Krivoy Rog direction, repelled the offensive of the nationalists on several settlements in the Kherson region. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the enemy used quite a lot of forces – up to two battalion tactical groups. The attack of the militants was unsuccessful, after which they retreated, losing more than 130 people, two tanks, nine armored vehicles and 13 vehicles.

The facilities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (APU) were also hit by high-precision weapons. In particular, the workshops of the Kommunar defense enterprise, which produced and stored warheads for the Ukrainian Neptune anti-ship missiles, were destroyed in Kharkov. In the Kharkiv and Kherson regions, as well as in the city of Zaporozhye, the Russian Aerospace Forces hit three enemy command posts and several weapons and logistics depots.

In addition, an oil storage facility with 56,000 tons of diesel fuel was destroyed near Alekseevka, Dnepropetrovsk region. The fuel was used to supply the united group of troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine “Dnepr”.

In order to protect the Belgorod region from attacks and provocations of Ukrainian nationalists, Russian volunteers from the Wagner PMC began to build engineering barriers in the region.

In the morning, military correspondents of the FAN visited the site of the events, showing the construction process and talking with the head of the work, Hero of Russia Andrey Bogatov.

“We are starting to build defense in depth for hundreds of kilometers. This will be a continuation of the “Wagner Line” that runs through the Luhansk and Donetsk regions,” he told reporters.

After that, there were reports that local authorities want to prevent the construction of fortifications, work was temporarily suspended.

Subsequently, the situation was resolved successfully: all disagreements were resolved, and the governor of the Belgorod region, Vyacheslav Gladkov, personally visited the construction site and took a picture against the background of anti-tank gouges installed there.

“Indeed, there were some problems, but after the intervention of the governor, the construction of the Wagner Line is successfully continuing,” Andrey Bogatov commented on the situation.

The situation in the LDNR

The situation in Donbass remains tense. The Armed Forces of Ukraine continue to shell settlements. During the day, Popasnaya and the village of Zaporozhye of the Luhansk People’s Republic were attacked. In the latter, about 10 thousand subscribers were left without electricity due to hits on the energy infrastructure, eight private houses were also damaged.

In the Donetsk People’s Republic, several districts of the administrative center of the region, Gorlovka, Yasinovataya and Makeevka became the targets of militant attacks. One man was injured.


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