Angesichts des andauernden russischen Angriffskriegs gegen die Ukraine steht in den NATO-Ländern die Debatte über weitere Waffenlieferungen im Vordergrund. In Severodonzek in der Ostukraine scheint sich mit den in einem Chemiewerk verschanzten ukrainischen Soldaten und vermutlich auch Zivilisten die Entwicklung von Mariupol zu wiederholen. Der Sammler am 15. Juni 2022:
• Während in Brüssel die Staaten der so genannten Ukraine-Kontaktgruppe über weitere Waffenlieferungen berieten, kündigte US-Präsident Joe Biden ein neues, eine Milliarde US-Dollar umfassendes militärisches Hilfspaket für die Ukraine an. Die Einzelheiten nach einer Übersicht des Pentagon:
This afternoon, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced $1 billion in additional security assistance for Ukraine. This includes an authorization of a Presidential Drawdown of security assistance valued at up to $350 million, as well as $650 million in Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI) funds.
The PDA authorization is the twelfth drawdown of equipment from DoD inventories for Ukraine since August 2021. Capabilities in this package include:
18 155mm Howitzers;
36,000 rounds of 155mm ammunition;
18 Tactical Vehicles to tow 155mm Howitzers;
Additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems;
Four Tactical Vehicles to recover equipment;
Spare parts and other equipment.
Under USAI, the DoD will provide Ukraine with near-term priority capabilities to defend against Russian aggression. Included in this package are:
Two Harpoon coastal defense systems;
Thousands of secure radios;
Thousands of Night Vision devices, thermal sights, and other optics;
Funding for training, maintenance, sustainment, transportation, and administrative costs.
Unlike Presidential Drawdown, USAI is an authority under which the United States procures capabilities from industry rather than delivering equipment that is drawn down from DoD stocks. This announcement represents the beginning of a contracting process to provide additional capabilities to Ukraine’s Armed Forces.
Interessant ist der Verweis auf die Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI): Die 650 Millionen US-Dollar für dieses Paket (und damit der überwiegende Teil) betrifft nicht Gerät aus den Beständen der US-Streitkräfte, sondern geplante Lieferungen der Industrie. Damit zeichnet sich die Umstellung auf eine längerfristige, von Bestellungen bei Unternehmen gespeiste Unterstützung für die Ukraine ab.
In Brüssel sagte unterdessen auch Deutschland, nach den USA und Großbritannien, die Lieferung von Mehrfachraketenwerfern samt mehrerer hundert Raketen aus Beständen der Bundeswehr zu. Mehr dazu hier.
• Das britische Intel-Update:
After more than a month of heavy fighting, Russian forces now control the majority of Sieverodonetsk. Russia’s urban warfare tactics, which are reliant on heavy use of artillery, have generated extensive collateral damage throughout the city.
Elements of Ukrainian Armed Forces, along with several hundred civilians, are sheltering in underground bunkers in the Azot Chemical Plant, in the city’s industrial zone.
Russian forces will likely be fixed in and around Azot whilst Ukrainian fighters can survive underground. This will likely temporarily prevent Russia from re-tasking these units for missions elsewhere.
It is highly unlikely that Russia anticipated such robust opposition, or such slow, attritional conflict during its original planning for the invasion.
The operational update regarding the #russian_invasion on 06.00 on June 15, 2022
The one hundred twelfth (112) day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a russian military invasion continues.
In the Volyn and Polissya areas, up to seven battalions of the Armed Forces of the republic of belarus are focusing on reconnaissance and engineering positions. The threat of missile and air strikes from the territory of therRepublic of belarus remains.
In the Siversky direction, the enemy fired on civilian infrastructure in the settlements of Sopych, Baranivka, Ulanovo and Bachivsk, Sumy oblast. It conducted air reconnaissance of UAVs near the Seredynna Buda in the Sumy oblast.
In the Kharkiv direction, enemy units, with the support of army helicopters, tried to prevent further advance of our troops to the State Border. The enemy fired on civilian infrastructure in the areas of the settlements of Peremoha, Ruska Lozova, Stara Hnylytsia, Bayrak, Verkhniy Saltiv and Zamulivka. He struck an air strike near Mospanov. Fighting continues near the village of Rubizhne.
In the Slovyansk direction, the enemy’s main efforts are focused on continuing the offensive on Slovyansk. It carried out artillery shelling in the areas of the settlements of Shevelivka, Virnopillya, Hrushuvakha, and Nova Pavlivka. He struck an air strike near Husarivka. The assaults in the areas of the settlements of Bohorodychne and Dolyna were successfully repulsed by our soldiers. The enemy is advancing in the direction of Krasnopillya, fighting continues.
In the Donetsk direction, the enemy cynically fired artillery at the settlements of Ustynivka, Toshkivka, New York, Novomykhailivka, Antonivka, and Kamyanski Dachi.
The occupiers did not take any active action in the Lyman direction. Artillery shelling of civilian infrastructure near Sydorove, Mayaky and Zakitne was carried out.
In the Siverodonetsk direction, the enemy fired at our positions with mortars, artillery and multiple rocket launchers. He fired on civilian infrastructure in the settlements of Siverodonetsk, Lysychansk, Toshkivka, Ustynivka, Borivske, and Metelkino. Enemy army aircraft struck near Bila Hora.
Ukrainian soldiers successfully repel attempts to storm the enemy in Siverodonetsk and Toshkivka, fighting continues.
In the Bakhmut direction, the enemy shelled our positions in the areas of Spirne, Yakovlivka, Pokrovske, Klynove and Novoluhansk. An air strike by army aircraft was recorded near Ustynivka. Thanks to the actions of our soldiers, the enemy’s offensive in the area of Mykolaivka was choked. The enemy suffered losses and retreated. Regroups to resume the offensive. Using the results of the fire, the enemy carried out assault operations in the areas of settlements Zolote-3, Novoluhansk, Berestove. It suffered losses and retreated to previously occupied positions. Conducts assault operations near Vrubivka, fighting continues.
In the Novopavlivsk direction, the defenders of Ukraine repulsed the offensive near the village of Shevchenko. The enemy retreated.
The enemy did not conduct active hostilities in the Avdiivka, Kurakhiv and Zaporizhzhia areas. It fired on civilian infrastructure in the areas of Pisky, Avdiivka, Ilyinka, Marinka, Antonivka, Chervone and Novosilka. It launched an air strike near Kamyanske.
In the South Buh direction, the enemy fired on the settlements of Topolyne, Lepetykha, Bereznehuvate, Kobzartsi, Shevchenkove, Posad-Pokrovskye and Lupareve. It struck an air strike near Knyazivka.
russian aggressor continues to block civilian shipping in the northwestern part of the Black Sea. Three Caliber missile launchers are ready for the use of missile weapons in the Black Sea.
• Das Briefing des russischen Verteidigungsministeriums:
High-precision long-range Kalibr missiles near Zolochev, Lvov region, have destroyed a warehouse of ammunition for foreign weapons transferred to Ukraine by NATO countries, including 155-mm M777 howitzers.
High-precision air-based missiles in Nikolaev region have destroyed aircraft of the Ukrainian air force at Voznesensk military airfield.
A large number of weapons and military equipment from the USA and European countries delivered to the Ukrainian grouping in Donbass have been destroyed near Dobropolye, Pokrovsk railway stations in Donetsk People’s Republic and Orlovschina in Dnepropetrovsk region.
The attacks have resulted in the destruction of 1 airspace radar station near Lisichansk in Lugansk People’s Republic, 1 Buk-M1 anti-aircraft missile system near Soledar in Donetsk People’s Republic, ammunition depots near Gorskoe and Verkhnekamensk in Lugansk People’s Republic, and 2 AFU command posts and 1 communications centre near Pereezdnoe and Ivano-Dar’evka in Donetsk People’s Republic.
Operational-tactical, army and unmanned aviation have hit 24 areas of AFU manpower and military equipment concentration.
The attacks have resulted in the elimination of more than 300 nationalists, 1electronic warfare station near Malinovka in Kharkov Region, 10 tanks and other armoured combat vehicles, 3 Grad multiple rocket launchers, 18 special vehicles, 3 mortars and 11 field artillery mounts, including 4 M777 155-mm howitzers.
Russian air defence means have shot down 1 Su-25 aircraft of the Ukrainian air force near Krasnopol’e in Donetsk People’s Republic. Also, 6 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles have been shot down near Donetsk city and Pavlovka in the Donetsk People’s Republic, Balakleya, Malaya Kamyshevakha, Chervonyi Shakhter in Kharkov region, and Lisichansk in Lugansk People’s Republic.
In addition, 12 shells of Uragan multiple-launch rocket system have been intercepted near Donetsk city and Gorskoe and Vasil’evka in Lugansk People’s Republic.
Missile troops and artillery have hit 313 areas of manpower and military equipment concentration, 43 command posts and 62 firing positions of AFU artillery units.
In total, 203 Ukrainian airplanes and 131 helicopters, 1,211 unmanned aerial vehicles, 339 anti-aircraft missile systems, 3,558 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 524 multiple launch rocket systems, 1,958 field artillery and mortars, as well as 3,623 units of special military vehicles were destroyed during the operation.
The operational update regarding the #russian_invasion on 18.00 on June 15, 2022
The one hundred twelfth (112) day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a russian military invasion continues.
In the Volyn and Polissya directions, the engineering equipment of the area in the border areas of the Pinsk district of the Brest region continues. The threat of missile and air strikes from the territory of the republic of belarus continues.
In the Siversky direction, the enemy fired mortars at the positions of our troops in the border areas of Sumy and Chernihiv regions. In order to clarify the position of our units and correct the fire, he conducted air reconnaissance of UAVs. The enemy used electronic warfare systems to disrupt the Defense Forces‘ command and control system.
In the Kharkiv direction, the main efforts of the enemy continue to focus on maintaining the occupied borders, preventing our troops from entering the State Border of Ukraine north of Kharkiv.
In the Slovyansk direction, the aggressor’s main efforts are focused on continuing the offensive in the direction of Izyum – Slovyansk. The enemy unsuccessfully carried out assault operations in the direction of Dovhenke – Krasnopillya. The enemy tried to improve the tactical situation in the area of the settlement of Dolyna. Ukrainian soldiers repulsed and forced the occupiers to withdraw.
The enemy did not take active action in the Lyman direction, firing at our units with artillery.
In the Siverodonetsk direction, the occupiers continue to fire on the positions of the Defense Forces with artillery and multiple rocket launchers. Enemy units are storming in order to establish full control over the city of Siverodonetsk, the fighting continues. In Toshkivka, our defenders successfully repulsed another enemy assault.
In the Bakhmut direction, the enemy fired at our troops with artillery and jet artillery. Ukrainian soldiers inflicted losses on the enemy during his offensive in the directions of Vasylivka – Yakovlivka and Vasylivka – Berestove. The occupiers withdrew.
The enemy did not take active action in the Avdiivka, Kurakhiv, Novopavliv and Zaporizhzhya areas. In order to restrain the actions and prevent the transfer of units of our troops to other directions, the enemy fired mortars, artillery and jet artillery.
The enemy continues to hold defensive positions in the South Buh and Tavriya directions. It is trying to improve the engineering equipment of the positions in the areas of Bezvodne and Ishchenko settlements.
In order to counter the technical means of reconnaissance of the Defense Forces, russian occupiers deployed a complex of electronic warfare in the area of Melitopol.
According to the available information, changes in the combat and numerical composition of the enemy operating on the territory of Ukraine have been revealed. Thus, the grouping of the occupying forces was increased by one battalion tactical group from the 138th separate motorized infantry brigade of the Western Military District.
In addition, in the Bakhmut direction, the enemy increased the group with a battalion tactical group from the operational reserve, which was redeployed to Pervomaisk from the Kupyansk district. After the restoration of combat readiness, separate units of the 8th Combined Arms Army of the Southern Military District were introduced in the districts of Komyshuvakha and Popasna.
The leadership of the law enforcement agencies of russian federation continues to take measures to attract additional human resources to the war against Ukraine by increasing payments and introducing short-term contracts, with the possibility of their extension.
The enemy continues to use enterprises in the temporarily occupied territories of the Kherson region to restore and repair damaged weapons and military equipment.
According to available information, in the city of Belgorod and the region there is an additional involvement of medical workers from other regions of the russian federation to work with wounded servicemen. All this indicates the significant losses of the russian occupiers.