Ukraine/Russland/NATO – der Sammler am 13. Mai 2022

Im anhaltenden russischen Angriffskrieg auf die Ukraine ist die Lage im Osten des Landes weiterhin von Artillerieangriffen beider Seiten gekennzeichnet. Dabei scheinen (s. unten) die von den USA gelieferten Geschütze zum Einsatz zu kommen. Der Sammler zum Thema Ukraine/Russland/NATO am 13. Mai 2022:

• Das Morgenbriefing des russischen Verteidigungsministeriums:

High-precision, long-range sea- and air-based weapons on the northern outskirts Kremenchug, Poltava region, have destroyed the production facilities of an oil refinery and tanks with petrol and diesel fuel intended to supply Ukrainian forces‘ military equipment.
Operational-tactical and army aviation have hit 153 areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment.
2 Ukrainian Grad multiple-launch rocket launchers and 1 US-made air defence warning and indication radar have also been destroyed near Kharkov.
Missile troops and artillery units have hit 15 command posts, 520 areas of manpower and military equipment concentration, 6 artillery units at firing positions, and 1 missile weapons depot near Shebelinka, Kharkov Region.
Russian air defence means have shot down 1 Su-27 aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force near Lozovaya, Kharkov Region.
Additionally, 15 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles have been shot down in the air near Balakleya, Malaya Kamyshevakha, Bolshie Prokhody, Borovskoe, Prudyanka and Volokhov Yar in Kharkov Region, Topolynoe and Pavlovka in Zaporozhye Region, Yevgenovka, Yasinovataya, Yegorovka, Puteprovod, Avdeevka, Panteleimonovka and Krutaya Balka in Donetsk Region.
2 Ukrainian Smerch multiple-launch rockets have been also shot down over Topolskoe, Kharkov Region.
In total, 165 Ukrainian aircraft and 125 helicopters, 842 unmanned aerial vehicles, 304 anti-aircraft missile systems, 3,032 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 368 multiple launch rocket systems, 1,491 field artillery and mortars, as well as 2,869 units of special military vehicles were destroyed during the operation.

• Das Abendbriefing des ukrainischen Generalstabs:

The seventy-ninth day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a russian military invasion continues.
russian occupiers did not stop the offensive in the Eastern Operational Zone. russian enemy continues to launch missile strikes on industrial infrastructure and fire on civilian targets in Ukraine.
In the Volyn and Polissya directions, russian enemy did not take active action. Its main efforts were to cover the state border in Brest and Gomel oblasts. As part of the inspection of the Armed Forces of the republic of belarus in the Kobrin district of Brest region and Lida district of Grodno region, meetings with conscripts continue.
The threat of missile strikes from the territory of the republic of belarus on infrastructure facilities on the territory of Ukraine remains.
In the northern direction, the enemy is strengthening the protection of the Ukrainian-russian border in the Bryansk and Kursk regions. From the territory of the russian federation, the enemy fired artillery at civilian targets in the Sumy region and launched an air strike on the village of Tovstodubovo.
In the Slobozhansky direction, russian enemy’s main efforts are focused on ensuring the withdrawal of its units from the city of Kharkiv and preventing the withdrawal of units of the Defence Forces to the rear of the russian group of troops concentrated in the city of Izyum. russian enemy units fired on the positions of our troops in the areas of the settlements of Petrivka, Pytomnyk, Ruski Tyshky and Ternova.
In the Slovyansk direction, russian enemy concentrated its main efforts on the offensive in the area of ​​the settlement of Bohorodychne, but had no success. Its conducted artillery shelling in the areas of Nova Dmytrivka and Krasnopillya. It carried out air strikes in the areas of the settlements of Dolyna and Adamivka.
Enemy units continue to fire on our troops in the Donetsk and Tavriya directions. The occupiers tried to establish control over the settlements of Novoselivka Druha, Kamyanka, Marinka and Novomykhailivka.
In the Lyman direction, russian enemy tried unsuccessfully to gain a foothold in the area of ​​the settlement of Oleksandrivka.
In the Severodonetsk direction it carries out active fire influence in the area of ​​the settlement of Rubizhne.
In the Bakhmut direction, russian enemy carried out assault operations in the directions of the settlements of Zolotye and Komyshuvakha, but was unsuccessful. Carries out shelling of the settlements of Toshkivka and Orikhove.
In the Avdiivka direction, with the support of artillery, he is conducting offensive operations in the directions of the settlements of Kamyanka and Novoselivka, and has no success.
In Mariupol, russian occupiers focused their efforts on blocking our units in the area of ​​the Azovstal plant, and the shelling continues.
russian enemy did not conduct active hostilities in the South Buh area, firing at units of the Defence Forces with artillery and mortars. He continued to conduct air reconnaissance.
Illegal actions against the local population continue in the territories temporarily occupied by the enemy. Measures of the administrative-police regime are underway, the counter-intelligence regime has been strengthened. Unreasonable detention of civilians, especially those with an active pro-Ukrainian position, continues.

• Notizen aus dem Pentagon-Briefing, von Dan Lamothe von der Washington Post:

A senior U.S. defense official just concluded a background briefing about the war in Ukraine.
It’s Day 79 since Russia’s invasion. Some key points:
Most notable detail today appears to be that for the first time since Russia invaded, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin spoke today with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. The senior defense official said the call was about an hour long and “professional.”
The United States for weeks have been trying to get in touch with senior Russian officials to keep lines of communication open. Russia has rebuffed those efforts repeatedly.
That makes the timing of today’s call with Shoigu interesting. The senior official declined to go beyond a Pentagon readout, which said Austin called for a ceasefire, and added that it “wasn’t for a lack of trying” that the U.S. had not been able to talk with Russian officials.
On the ground, the majority of the fighting is still in the Donbas region. It’s expected to remain that way. There is now “very much an artillery fight back and forth,” the senior U.S. defense official said.
Russian troops have sought to move troops across the Siverskyi Donets River, and been rebuffed repeatedly by Ukrainian artillery, the senior U.S. defense official said today.
There is also still fighting south of the town of Izyum, but Russia has struggled to make gains there. Russia has made some “incremental gains” west of the town of Popasna, the senior defense officials.
The air picture remains about the same, with Russia launching about 250 sorties in the last 24 hours, the senior defense official said. That’s consistent with past practice.

• Das Thema Artillerie, dass der ungenannte Pentagon-Offizielle anspricht, hat offensichtlich mehr Bedeutung als aus den dürren Worten oben ersichtlich. Der ukrainische stellvertretende Generalstabschef Valerii Zaluzhny bedankte sich via Facebook ausdrücklich für die gelieferten Haubitzen aus den USA:

Special greetings and thanks from our artillerymen to the #American_people for the M777 howitzer. My guys know the price of artillery. First of all, they wanted to convey that this is a high-precision and very effective weapon. Together to Victory!

• Das wiederum muss man im Zusammenhang mit dem britischen Intel Update am Morgen sehen:

Russia is investing significant effort in the vicinity of Izium and Severodonetsk in an attempt to achieve a breakthrough towards Sloviansk and Kramatorsk.
The primary objective on this axis is to envelop Ukrainian forces in the Joint Forces Operation area, isolating them from support or reinforcement by units in the west of the country.
Ukrainian forces successfully prevented an attempted Russian river crossing in the Donbas.
Images indicate that during the crossing of the Siverskyi Donets river west of Severodonetsk, Russia lost significant armoured manoeuvre elements of at least one Battalion Tactical Group as well as the deployed pontoon bridging equipment.
Conducting river crossings in a contested environment is a highly risky manoeuvre and speaks to the pressure the Russian commanders are under to make progress in their operations in eastern Ukraine.
Russian forces have failed to make any significant advances despite concentrating forces in this area after withdrawing and redeploying units from the Kyiv and Chernihiv Oblasts.

Zusammengefasst, mit ein wenig educated guess: Bei dem Angriff auf eine russische Pontonbrücke haben die russischen Streitkräfte nach britischen Angaben praktisch eine Kampfgruppe, eine Batallion Tactical Group (BTG) verloren. Die Ukraine habe, so die US-Aussage, diese Gewässerquerungen mit Artillerie verhindert. Und den USA, die an die 90 Haubitzen M777 an die Ukraine geliefert haben, dankt der ukrainische Generalstabschef ausdrücklich und gesondert für diese Hilfe. Die Schlussfolgerung bleibt jedem selbst überlassen.

• Das Abendbriefing des russischen Verteidigungsministeriums:

High-precision air-based missiles of the Russian Aerospace Forces have destroyed the headquarters of the territorial defence and battalion of the 24th Mechanized Brigade near Zolotoe and Vrubovka, Lugansk People’s Republic.
In addition, 32 areas of manpower and military equipment concentration and 1 ammunition depot near Krasnopavlovka, Kharkov Region, have been hit.
The attacks have resulted in the elimination of more than 300 nationalists and up to 37 armoured and motor vehicles.
Operational-tactical and army aviation have hit 3 AFU command posts, as well as 52 areas of manpower and military equipment concentration.
Missile troops and artillery have hit 17 command posts, as well as 370 areas of manpower and military equipment concentration and 5 artillery units at firing positions.
Russian air defence means have shot down 3 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles near Krasnopolie, Malaya Kamyshevakha, Kharkov Region, and Gorlovka, Donetsk People’s Republic.
In total, 165 Ukrainian aircraft and 125 helicopters, 845 unmanned aerial vehicles, 304 anti-aircraft missile systems, 3,039 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 369 multiple launch rocket systems, 1,498 field artillery and mortars, as well as 2,882 units of special military vehicles were destroyed during the operation.