Ukraine/Russland/NATO – der Sammler am 27. April 2022

Im andauernden russischen Angriffskrieg auf die Ukraine haben die russischen Streitkräfte nach britischer Einschätzung auch nach mehr als zwei Monaten nicht die Luftüberlegenheit erringen können. Russland meldet Angriffe auf Depots mit westlicher Militärhilfe – aber interessanterweise bislang keine Angriffe auf Transporte/Konvois mit diesen Waffen. Und: aus Russland selbst werden Explosionen und Zerstörungen gemeldet, deren Ursache bislang unklar ist. Der Sammler am 27. April 2022:

• Ein Nachtrag zum (gestrigen) Dienstag: Das Treffen einer, inzwischen muss man wohl sagen multinationalen Koalition zur Unterstützung der Ukraine auf der Air Base Ramstein führt zu einer Koalition der Willigen, die aus US-Sicht dauerhaft angelegt wird – auch wenn es offiziell als contact group bezeichnet wird. Aus dem Transkript der Pressekonferenz von US-Verteidigungsminister Lloyd Austin:

And I know that all the leaders leave today more resolved than ever to support Ukraine in its fight against Russian aggression and atrocities. And I know that we’re all determined to do even more to better coordinate our efforts. So I was especially glad to hear General Wolters encourage us all to make more determined use of EUCOM’s coordination mechanism.
Now, to ensure that we continue to build on our progress, we’re going to extend this forum beyond today. I’m proud to announce that today’s gathering will become a monthly contact group on Ukraine’s self defense, and the contact group will be a vehicle for nations of good will to intensify our efforts and coordinate our assistance and focus on winning today’s fight and the struggles to come. The monthly meetings may be in person, virtual or mixed, and they’ll extend the transparency, the integration and the dialogue that we saw today.
And let me underscore another key point. We held an important session today on the long term support for Ukraine’s defenses, including what that will take from our defense industrial bases. That means dealing with the tremendous demand that we’re facing for munitions and weapons platforms and giving our staunch support to Ukraine while also meeting our own requirements and those of our allies and partners, but it also means redoubling our common efforts to strengthen Ukraine’s military for the long haul, and I look forward to our discussions in the contact group and elsewhere about how to get that done right.

• Das britische Intel Update:

Ukraine retains control over the majority of its airspace. Russia has failed to effectively destroy the Ukrainian Air Force or suppress Ukrainian air defences. Ukraine continues to hold Russian air assets at risk.
Russian air activity is primarily focused on southern and eastern Ukraine, providing support to Russian ground forces. Russia has very limited air access to the north and west of Ukraine, limiting offensive actions to deep strikes with stand-off weapons.
Russia continues to target Ukrainian military assets and logistics infrastructure across the country.
The majority of Russian air strikes in Mariupol are likely being conducted using unguided free-falling bombs. These weapons reduce Russia’s ability to effectively discriminate when conducting strikes, increasing the risk of civilian casualties.

• Das Morgenbriefing des ukrainischen Generalstabs:

The sixty-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.
russian enemy continues to carry out offensive operations in the Eastern Operational Zone in order to defeat the Joint Forces, establish full control over the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts and maintain the land route with the occupied Crimea.
The greatest activity of russian occupying forces is observed in the Slobozhansky and Donetsk directions.
russian enemy is taking measures to replenish its units that suffered casualties during hostilities. In particular, by removing it from storage in warehouses and bases of military districts. Transportation of equipment to the territory of Ukraine is usually carried out by rail.
russian occupiers continue to launch missile strikes on residential neighborhoods in Ukraine.
In the Slobozhansky direction, russian enemy continues to launch air strikes and hit the infrastructure of the city of Kharkiv with artillery.
In the Izium direction, units of the 1st Tank Army, the 20th Combined Arms Army of the Western Military District, the 35th Combined Arms Army and the 68th Army Corps of the Eastern Military District and Airborne Forces are conducting offensive operations in the direction of Barvinkovo. The russian enemy captured the northeastern outskirts of the settlement of Velyka Komyshuvakha, and also took control of the settlement of Zavody.
In order to increase the grouping of troops, russian occupiers transferred from the territory of the Belgorod region to the city of Izyum two battalion tactical groups from the 76th Airborne Assault Division of the russian Airborne Forces. In addition, in the areas of settlements of the Belgorod region, russian enemy deployed two missile divisions of „Iskander-M“ (SS-26 Stone) mobile short range ballistic missile system.
In the Donetsk direction, russian enemy units are conducting active operations along almost the entire line of contact. The main efforts of russian enemy are focused on offensive operations in the Severodonetsk, Popasna and Kurakhiv areas in order to take full control of Popasna, Rubizhne and the development of the offensive on the Lyman, Severodonetsk and Slovyansk.
In the Lyman direction, russian enemy established control over the settlement of Zarichne, carried out assault operations in the area of ​​the settlement of Yampil.
In the Severodonetsk direction, russian invaders established control over the settlement of Novotoshkivske, and launched an offensive in the direction of the settlements of Nyzhne and Orikhove.
In the Mariupol direction, russian enemy is exerting massive fire and blocking our units in the area of ​​the Azovstal plant. In the city, russian occupiers continue to carry out filtering measures against the civilian population.
In the South Buh and Tavriya directions, the enemy is using the available forces and means to focus its main efforts on maintaining the previously occupied frontiers and exerting fire on the positions of our troops. In the Mykolyiv, Kryvyi Rih and Zaporizhyzhia directions russian enemy tries to improve the tactical position. To do this, it regroups units, increases the system of fire damage, and conducts air reconnaissance.
russian occupiers are carrying out filtration measures in the districts of Kiselivka and Stanislav in the Kherson region with the help of rosguard units.
In the Tavriya direction, russian enemy units carry out engineering equipment for positions and replenishment of reserves.
There are no significant changes in the Volyn, Polissya and Siversky directions.
Ukrainian warriors have hit seven air targets the day before: a Su-25 plane, a Ka-52 helicopter, three operational-tactical UAVs and two cruise missiles.
In the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts alone, nine enemy attacks were repulsed, destroyed nine tanks, eleven artillery systems, four units of special and seventeen units of armoured vehicles, three units of special engineering and sixteen units of motor vehicles, four units of motor vehicles, four units of motor vehicles, four anti-aircraft installation.
Military Transport, Fighter, Bomber and Assault Aviation of the Air Force of Ukraine continues to perform tasks in the airspace of Ukraine.
During the sudden air raids, the russian occupiers suffered significant losses in their positions. As a result of air strikes, a lot of enemy equipment and manpower were destroyed.

• Das Morgenbriefing des russischen Verteidigungsministeriums:

Hangars with a large batch of foreign weapons and ammunition supplied by the United States and European countries for Ukrainian troops on the territory of the Zaporozhye aluminum plant was destroyed by high-precision long-range sea-based Kalibr missile strikes .
Tactical and army aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces hit 59 military facilities of Ukraine overnight.
Among them: 50 areas of concentration of Ukrainian manpower and military equipment, four weapons and ammunition depots near the settlements of Chervonye, Dolgenkoe, Pashkoe and Veseloe, and a Buk-M1 antiaircraft missile system near Slavyansk.
As a result of the strikes, over 120 nationalists and 35 armored vehicles and vehicles were destroyed.
Missile troops and artillery performed 573 firing tasks during the night. Hit: 432 areas of concentration of enemy manpower and military equipment, 67 artillery positions, two batteries of multiple rocket launchers, as well as seven ammunition depots.
Russian air defence means shot down 18 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles in the areas of the settlements of Alexandrovka, Balakleya, Bryanka, Zaporozhskoe, Izium, Kapitolovka, Peremoga, Petrovka, Popasnoye, Proletarskoye, Trudolyubovka, including two Bayraktar-TB2 UAVs in the area of the settlements of Kalesnikovka and Krasny Liman.
In addition, a Ukrainian tactical missile Tochka-U was shot down over the settlement of Ilyichevka.
In total, since the beginning of the special military operation, 141 aircraft, 110 helicopters, 607 unmanned aerial vehicles, 273 anti-aircraft missile systems, 2,596 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 296 multiple rocket launchers, 1,134 field artillery and mortar guns, as well as 2,413 units of special military vehicles have been destroyed.

• Aus bislang drei Regionen Russlands, teilweise nahe an der Grenze zur Ukraine und teilweise mehrere hundert Kilometer entfernt, werden Explosionen und Brände gemeldet, die auch Munitionslager betreffen. Das führt zwar zu der Vermutung, dass es sich um Sabotageakte der Ukraine handelt, aber zu viel ist dabei noch unklar. Aus der Übersicht der New York Times:

Local officials in Russian districts bordering Ukraine reported overnight blasts early Wednesday, one of them appearing to strike an ammunition depot, raising the specter of broader conflict spilling beyond Ukraine’s borders.
Explosions were reported in Belgorod, Russia, less than 20 miles from the border with Ukraine, as well as in Kursk and Voronezh, deeper into Russian territory, according to local officials and the state-run press agency Tass. (…)
It was not immediately clear what caused the explosions. In Kursk, less than 100 miles from the border and Voronezh, nearly 200 miles from Ukraine, air defense systems had reportedly been activated.

• Das Abendbriefing des ukrainischen Generalstabs:

The sixty-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.
In the Volyn, Polissya and Siversky directions, the situation did not change significantly, no signs of the formation of offensive groups by russian enemy were found.
In Slobozhanshchyna, russian enemy carried out systematic artillery shelling, including multiple rocket launchers, in the cities of Kharkiv and Dergachi and in the settlement of Prudyanka.
In the direction of Izyum – Barvinkove, russian occupiers attempted an offensive in the area of ​​Nova Dmytrivka. They were unsuccessful, lost and left.
In the Donetsk and Tavriya directions, russian enemy continues to shell the positions of our troops along the line of contact with mortars and artillery.
russian enemy made an unsuccessful attempt to break through the defences of Ukrainian troops in the Kurakhovo area.
In the South Buh area, units of the occupying forces, under cover of artillery fire, continue to improve the engineering equipment of the positions, replenish stocks of material and technical means, ammunition and fuel, conduct air reconnaissance. russian occupiers tried to improve the tactical position of their troops in the direction of Zaporizhzhia. They have no success, they left with losses.
In the temporarily occupied territory of Kharkiv oblast, near the village of Levkivka, Izium district, russian enemy organized a collection point for damaged equipment, where military equipment is being repaired and restored. russian invaders continue to carry out so-called „filtration measures“ in some settlements temporarily out of control of the Ukrainian authorities.
In the temporarily occupied territory of the Zaporizhzhia oblast, russian occupiers are inspecting the houses of local residents in order to identify the places of residence of representatives of the security forces of Ukraine. Carrying out a census of the local population, movement in the temporarily occupied territory without identity documents is prohibited.
In the temporarily occupied territory of the Kherson oblast, russian occupiers are preparing for a so-called „referendum“, bulletins are being printed, and personal data of local citizens of Ukraine are being clarified. At the same time, russian invaders continue to prevent civilians from leaving the occupied territory.
In the transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova, due to numerous provocations from russia, a „red“ level of terrorist threat has been introduced. The personnel of the security forces were transferred to the „barracks state“, the control at the checkpoints was strengthened, and the preparations for the May 9 holiday parade were canceled.
russian enemy is demoralized. Personnel who are taken to replenish losses from the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts have their personal documents confiscated, which will not allow them to be identified in the event of death. There have been more and more cases of enemy soldiers searching for new ways to avoid participating in hostilities. Personnel resort to desertion, captivity and self-mutilation.

• Das Abendbriefing des russischen Verteidigungsministeriums:

High-precision air-based missiles of the Russian Aerospace Forces hit 17 Ukrainian military assets. Among them: 2 command posts of Ukrainian troops‘ units, as well as 15 areas of manpower and military equipment concentration.
Operational-tactical and army aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces hit 38 military assets of Ukraine.
Among them: 7 command posts, 2 anti-aircraft missile systems: 1 S-300 near Nikolaevka and 1 Osa-AKM near Velikaya Kamyshevaha, 2 fortified areas, as well as 27 areas of Ukrainian manpower and military equipment concentration. Up to 210 nationalists, as well as more than 43 armoured and motor vehicles, were destroyed.
Artillery units have carried out 309 firing missions during the day. Destroyed: 14 command posts, 292 areas of AFU manpower and military equipment concentration, as well as 3 ammunition depots near Chervonoe and Illichevka in Kharkov Region.
Russian air defence means shot down 1 Mi-24 helicopter of the Ukrainian Air Force near Cherkasskya Lozovaya, Kharkov Region.
2 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles were also destroyed near Peski-Radkovskoe and Borschevka.
In total, 141 aircraft and 111 helicopters, 609 unmanned aerial vehicles, 275 anti-aircraft missile systems, 2,616 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 297 multiple launch rocket systems, 1,139 field artillery and mortars, as well as 2,426 units of special military vehicles of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were destroyed during the operation.