Ukraine/Russland/NATO – der Sammler am 17. April 2022
Im russischen Angriffskrieg weitere Angriffe auf den Osten der Ukraine, Vorbereitungen für eine mögliche Landeoperation, Unklarheit über die letzten ukrainischen Kräfte in Mariupol. Der Sammler am 17. April 2022:
• Das so genannte Zentrum für humanitäre Koordination im russischen Verteidigungsministerium gab in der Nacht zum Sonntag eine ausführliche Erklärung zur Situation in Mariupol und den Angeboten für Evakuierungen ab – Auszug:
Emergency Statement of the Joint Coordination Headquarters for Humanitarian Response in Ukraine
During April 16, 2022, there was a sharp increase in the intensity of radio communications by nationalist militants and foreign mercenaries blocked in Mariupol at Azovstal steel plant. At the same time, the content of radio intercepts (367 were received in the past 24 hours alone) shows that the resisting fighters are in a desperate situation, practically without food and water. They insist that the official authorities in Kiev allow them to lay down their arms and surrender. However, the Ukrainian authorities categorically forbid this and threaten to carry out further executions under „wartime“ conditions.
In accordance with persistent humanitarian initiatives by France, Germany and Turkey, and for purely humanitarian purposes, the Russian Armed Forces have repeatedly offered the militants to lay down their arms and withdraw from Mariupol to Kiev-controlled territory. To this end, since March 21, 2022, a humanitarian corridor has been opened daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; from April 5, 2022, such corridors open daily, but around the clock. (…)
Thanks to the measures taken by the Russian Federation, without the participation of the Ukrainian side or international organisations, it was possible to evacuate from Mariupol more than 168,000 civilians (139,678 of them to the Russian Federation), including 237 representatives of foreign countries. (…)
Taking into account the catastrophic situation at Azovstal Iron and Steel Works and being guided by purely humane principles, the Russian Armed Forces suggest that the militants of the nationalist battalions and foreign mercenaries stop any hostilities and lay down their arms from 06:00 (Moscow time) on April 17. All those who lay down their arms are guaranteed life.
• Das britische Intel Update:
Russian forces continue to redeploy combat and support equipment from Belarus towards eastern Ukraine. This includes locations close to Kharkiv and Severdonetsk.
Russian artillery continues to strike Ukrainian positions throughout the east of the country where Russia plans to renew its offensive activity.
Though Russia’s operational focus has shifted to eastern Ukraine, Russia’s ultimate objective remains the same. It is committed to compelling Ukraine to abandon its Euro-Atlantic orientation and asserting its own regional dominance.
• Das Morgenbriefing des ukrainischen Generalstabs:
The fifty-third day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a russian military invasion continues. A russian federation continues its full-scale armed aggression against Ukraine.
The movement of russian units to the territory of Ukraine from the Kursk, Bryansk and Voronezh regions continues. Units of the armed forces of the russian federation stationed on Ukrainian territory have significant supply problems. At the same time, they were able to accumulate significant stocks of ammunition.
Dissatisfaction of personnel is growing in the units of the russian occupiers on the line of direct fire contact, and the morale and psychological condition remains low. The russian military is constantly complaining about the lack of rotation, equipment that is constantly failing, the quality of fuel supplied and food.
In the Volyn and Polissya directions, the enemy did not take active action. Certain units of the Armed Forces of the republic of belarus continue to carry out tasks to cover the Ukrainian-belarusian border in the Brest and Gomel regions.
In the Siversky direction, there is a possibility of missile strikes and artillery shelling from the territory of the russian federation on military and civilian infrastructure in the Chernihiv and Sumy regions.
There are no changes in the composition and position of the russian enemy forces in the Slobozhansky direction. The russian occupiers continue to partially block the city of Kharkiv and shell its residential areas.
In the Donetsk and Tavriya directions, the russian enemy continued to launch air strikes on Mariupol. Conducted assault operations near the seaport.
Units of the 810th and 155th independent Marine brigades are being prepared for the landing naval operation. The information is currently being clarified.
In the South Buh direction, the russian enemy’s main efforts are focused on maintaining their positions. According to the available information in the unrecognized transnistrian Moldavian Republic, with the participation of representatives of the Federal Security Service of the russian federation, the combat capability of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd separate motorized rifle brigades of the ransnistrian armed forces was tested. The inspected units are not ready for combat operations.
In the territories temporarily occupied by the russian occupiers, looting and violence by the russian military against the civilian population continues. These actions are encouraged by their military command.
Ten enemy attacks have been repulsed in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts over the past 24 hours, fifteen tanks, twenty-four armored units and ten vehicles, as well as three enemy artillery systems were destroyed.
Thirteen air targets were hit by the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the previous day: one plane, one helicopter, five UAVs and six cruise missiles.
• Das Morgenbriefing des russischen Verteidigungsministeriums – mit der Aussage, eine Kommandooperation in Mariupol seit in Absprache mit dem türkischen Präsidenten erfolgt:
During the night, high-precision air-based missiles destroyed an ammunition factory near Brovary in Kiev region.
Operational-tactical and army aviation hit 68 military assets of Ukraine. Among them:
2 radar stations for target illumination and targeting of S-300 anti-aircraft missile system near Krivaya Luka and Krasnoarmeisk as well as 1 Osa AKM anti-aircraft missile system near Severodonetsk;
6 missile-artillery weapons and fuel depots, as well as 40 areas of concentration of Ukrainian military equipment and manpower in Kremennaya, Krasnyi Liman, Kolodesi, Torskoe, Yampolovka and Novoselovka.
Army aviation hit 4 concentrations of manpower and equipment as well as a convoy of vehicles on the march during the night. More than 50 Ukrainian servicemen, 7 IFVs and APCs and 14 armoured vehicles were destroyed.
Missile troops and artillery struck 814 assets, including 17 command posts, 111 artillery firing positions and 684 enemy strong points and areas manpower concentration.
Russian air defence means shot down 10 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles near Avdeevka, Bairak, Lozovaya, Malaya Kamyshevakha, Novoprokofievka, Pologi, Chernobayevka, Shirkoe and Yasinovataya.
In total, 134 aircraft, 470 unmanned aerial vehicles, 249 anti-aircraft missile systems, 2,290 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 254 multiple launch rocket systems, 992 field artillery and mortars, as well as 2,166 units of special military vehicles of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were destroyed during the operation.
During the offensive to liberate Mariupol city, a special operation to free hostages held by Ukrainian Nazis in Turkish mosque was carried out in Primorskiy district on April 16 at the request of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
As a result of the courageous actions of the Russian special operations group, the mosque was defeated and 29 militants, including foreign mercenaries, were killed.
Hostages, citizens of a CIS country, released and taken to a safe location.
A Ukrainian group encircled and completely blockaded in Mariupol on the territory of the Azovstal plant has been asked to voluntarily lay down arms and surrender in order to save their lives.
However, the Kiev nationalist regime, according to the radio intercept, forbade negotiations on surrender, ordering Azov Nazis to shoot on sight any willing to lay down arms among Ukrainian soldiers and foreign mercenaries.
In total, according to the Ukrainian servicemen who surrendered, up to 400 foreign mercenaries are now encircled on the territory of Azovstal plant as part of the Ukrainian grouping.
Most of them are citizens of European countries as well as Canada. We previously reported that radio conversations between militants in Mariupol were conducted in six foreign languages. In the case of further resistance, they will all be eliminated.
Since the start of the special military operation, the Kiev nationalist regime has brought 6,824 foreign mercenaries from 63 countries to Ukraine.
The largest group came from Poland – 1,717 people. About 1,500 mercenaries came from the US, Canada and also Romania. From the UK and Georgia, each up to 300 people.
193 people arrived from Turkish-controlled areas of the Syrian Arab Republic.
The majority of the mercenaries are now deployed in Ukrainian groups in Kiev, Kharkov, Odessa, Nikolaev and Mariupol. Their deployment in the groups is handled by the „regional coordination headquarters“ of the so-called „International Legion of Defence of Ukraine“ in Belaya Tserkov city.
As a result of the hostilities, the number of mercenaries has steadily declined and currently stands at 4,877.
Russian armed forces have eliminated 1,035 foreign mercenaries in combat operations. Another 912 mercenaries refused to take part in the hostilities and escaped from the country.
Let me remind you that foreign mercenaries do not have the status of „combatants“ under International Humanitarian Law. They came to Ukraine to make money by killing Slavs.
So the best that can happen to them is criminal liability and long terms of imprisonment.
• Das Abendbriefing des ukrainischen Generalstabs:
The fifty-third day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a russian military invasion continues. The russian federation continues its full-scale armed aggression against Ukraine. The russian occupiers continue to launch missile and bomb strikes on Ukraine’s industrial and civil infrastructure.
The enemy did not take active action in the Volyn and Polissya areas.
In the Siversky direction, there is a possibility that the russian enemy will use sabotage and reconnaissance groups and launch missile strikes from the territory of the russian federation on elements of the military and civilian infrastructure of our state.
In the Slobozhansky direction, the russian enemy continues to partially block Kharkiv, trying to fire on the positions of units of Ukrainian troops and critical infrastructure.
In the Donetsk and Tavriya directions, the russian enemy intensified hostilities. It continues to launch missile and bomb strikes on the city of Mariupol, including with the use of Tu-22M3 strategic bombers. The russian occupiers tried to carry out assault operations near the seaport and the Azovstal plant.
In the South Buh direction, the enemy continued to focus its efforts on maintaining its positions. In the area of the settlement of Vasylivka, Zaporizhzhia oblast, it was noted that the enemy, probably to carry out provocations, draws off the letters Z on the equipment and sets Ukrainian flags.
Information about the destruction of the moscow missile cruiser by Ukraine has gained considerable public response in Crimea. There is growing distrust among the population about the information disseminated by the official russian media.
Due to lack of human resources, the russian invaders are trying to involve locals in the temporarily occupied territories. Thus, in the city of Izyum, the forced mobilization of men has begun.
Preparations for an illegal referendum on the proclamation of the so-called „Kherson People’s Republic“ continue in some territories temporarily occupied by the russian occupiers. To falsify its results, it is planned to use personal data of residents of the region, which are collected by the russian occupiers during the issuance of so-called „humanitarian aid“. Residents are also spreading information that after the announcement of the results of the pseudo-referendum, their „mobilization“ into the armed forces of the russian federation will begin.
During the training activities before the deployment of units to participate in the war with Ukraine on the training grounds in the russian federation, more than 50 cases of unauthorized leaving of field camps by personnel were noted.
• Das Abendbriefing des russischen Verteidigungsministeriums:
During the day, high-precision air-based missiles destroyed fuel and ammunition storage facilities near Barvenkovo and Dobropolie.
Operational-tactical and army aviation hit 44 military assets of Ukraine. Among them:
2 command posts and 1 locator for illumination and targeting of S-300 missile system near Avdeevka;
3 missile and artillery weapons depots near Zavgorodnee and Protopopovka;
23 areas of the Ukrainian manpower and military equipment concentration near Krasniy Liman, Novoselovka, Rubezhnoe, Ugledar, Popasnaya, Prishyb and Gusarovka.
Missile troops and artillery hit 113 targets, including 4 command posts, 4 artillery batteries, 2 fuel depots and 103 enemy strong points and areas of manpower concentration.
Russian air defence means shot down 2 Ukrainian MiG-29 aircraft near Fedorovka and Zavody in Kharkov Region as well as 1 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicle near Preobrazhenskoe, Pavlograd region.
In total, 136 aircraft, 471 unmanned aerial vehicles, 249 anti-aircraft missile systems, 2,308 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 254 multiple launch rocket systems, 998 field artillery and mortars, as well as 2,171 units of special military vehicles of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were destroyed during the operation.
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