Im andauernden russischen Angriffskrieg gegen die Ukraine ist nun auch das russische Verteidigungsministerium dazu übergegangen, Fälle von abnehmendem Kampfeswillen auf ukrainischer Seite anzugeben. Ob das stimmt (Zweifel sind angebracht) lässt sich ebensowenig überprüfen wie bei den entsprechenden ukrainischen Angaben. Der Sammler am 20. Juni 2022:
• Als mittelbare Folge des Ukraine-Kriegs haben die Sanktionen gegen Russland dazu geführt, dass Litauen den Transit von sanktionierten Gütern in die russische Exklave Kaliningrad blockiert. Zu dem Thema gibt’s einen gesonderten Eintrag (damit das hier nicht den Rahmen sprengt).
• Das britische Intel Update:
Russian ground and tactical air operations have remained focussed on the central Donbas sector over the weekend.
In the conflict to date, Russia’s air force has underperformed. Its failure to consistently deliver air power is likely one of the most important factors behind Russia’s very limited campaign success.
It cannot gain full air superiority and has operated in a risk-adverse style, rarely penetrating deep behind Ukrainian lines. Some of the underlying causes of its difficulties echo those of Russian Ground Forces.
For years, much of Russia’s air combat training has highly likely been heavily scripted and designed to impress senior officials, rather than to develop dynamic initiative amongst air crews.
While Russia has an impressive roster of relatively modern and capable combat jets, the air force has also almost certainly failed to develop the institutional culture and skill-sets required for its personnel to meet Russia’s aspiration of delivering a more Western-style modern air campaign. This has led to a greater than planned weight of effort falling to ground troops, who are becoming exhausted; and on advanced cruise missiles, stocks of which are likely running low.
(Das britische Royal Services Institute hatte das Thema schon in den ersten Tagen dieses Krieges aufgegriffen:
Operational update regarding the #russian_invasion as of 06:00 on June 20, 2022
The one hundred seventeenth (117) day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a russian military invasion continues.
The situation in the Volyn and Polissya areas has not changed significantly.
In the Siversky direction, the enemy continues to hold up to three battalion tactical groups from the 1st Tank Army of the Western Military District and airborne units to cover the Russian-Ukrainian border in the Bryansk and Kursk regions. In the Bryansk region, the enemy deployed up to S-300V4 of the anti-aircraft missiles of the anti-aircraft missile division.
In addition, russian aggressor carried out artillery shelling in the area of the village of Seredyna-Buda, Sumy oblast.
In the Slobozhansky direction, the enemy launched an air strike and carried out artillery fire in the areas of the settlements of Tymofiyivka and Morozova Dolyna.
In the Kharkiv direction, the enemy’s main efforts are focused on preventing the Defense Forces from advancing to the State Border of Ukraine. The enemy fired intensively at the settlements of Kozacha Lopan, Mali Prokhody, Dementiivka, Petrivka, Verkhniy Saltiv, Rubizhne, and the outskirts of Kharkiv.
In the Slavyansk direction, the enemy fired from artillery and rocket-propelled grenade launchers in the areas of Chepil, Pryshyb, Protopopivka, Velyka Komyshuvakha, Dibrivne, Virnopillya, Mayak, Kurulka, Bohorodychne, Mazanivka, Krasnopillya and Dolyna.
In the Donetsk direction, the enemy continues to focus its efforts on the Siverodonetsk and Bakhmut directions. It intensively uses of aviation.
In the Siverodonetsk direction, the enemy fired from barrel and jet artillery at the settlements of Lysychansk, Syrotyne, Voronove, Borivske, Bila Hora, Ustynivka, Myrna Dolyna, Toshkivka, and struck airstrikes with pairs of Su-25 aircraft near Bila Hora and Myrna Dolyna. Fighting continues to establish full control over the city of Siverodonetsk.
In the Bakhmut direction, during the day, the enemy fired from artillery and rocket-propelled grenade launchers in the areas of Orikhove, Zolote-3, Mykolayivka, Berestove, Bilohorivka, Yakovlivka, Pokrovske, Klynove, Zaitseve and New York. The enemy launched an air strike near Yakovlivka and missile strikes near Travneve, Dolomitne, Zaitseve and New York.
In the Lyman, Avdiivka, Kurakhiv, Novopavliv and Zaporizhia directions, it is trying to prevent the regrouping of units of our troops. It fired artillery of various calibers in the areas of Kalinove, Ocheretyne, Berdychi, Zhelanne, Tonenke, Sieverne, Orlivka, Semenivka, Vesele, Avdiivka, Netaylove, Vodiane, Opytne, Pervomaiske, Pisky, Krasnohorivka, Mariinka, Novomykhaylivka, Pavlivka, Shebchnko, Velyka Novosilka, Vremivka, Olhivske, Zelene Pole, Novopil, Temyrivka, Poltavka, Malynivka, Chervone, Zaliznychne, Huliaipilske, Novodanylivka, Orikhiv and Kamyanske.
In the Lyman direction, the enemy launched an air strike with two Su-25 aircraft near the village of Pryshyb and a missile strike near the village of Mayaki.
In the Avdiivka direction, the enemy struck Su-25 aircraft in the areas of Shevchenko and Vuhledar.
In the South Buh direction, the enemy is concentrating its efforts on maintaining the occupied frontiers and preventing the advance of our troops. It did not take active actions. It carried out artillery and jet artillery fire in the areas of Chervonyi Yar, Murakhivka, Kalynivka, Zelenyi Hai, Kvitneve, Polyana, Chervona Dolyna, Shyroke, Blahodatne, Zorya and Lupareve.
In the Black and Azov Seas, the main focus of the enemy’s naval group is on blocking civilian shipping in the northwestern part of the Black Sea.
5 sea-based cruise missile carriers are kept ready to launch missile strikes on objects on the territory of Ukraine.
• Das Briefing des russischen Verteidigungsministeriums:
Russian Defence Ministry report on the progress of the special military operation in Ukraine (June 20, 2022)
Russian Federation Armed Forces continue launching attacks at military facilities located in Ukraine.
Oniks high-precision missile launched by Bastion coastal missile system has striken Artsiz airfield in Odessa region. The attack has resulted in destroying a control station for Bayraktar-TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and 2 UAVs of this system on the ground.
Within the counter-battery warfare, 11 plattoons of Grad multiple rocket-launching systems have been neutralised near Kurtimovka, Ochertino, Tonenkoye, Sukhaya Balka, Novgorodskoye, Mayorovka, Otradovka and Zaytsevo over the past 24 hours.
In addition, 12 artillery plattoons of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) have been neutralised at their firing positions near Dzerzhinsk, Novgorodskoye, Nikolayevka, Leninskoye and Zaytsevo.
2 M777 155-mm howitzers and their crews have been eliminated near Podgornoye.
Operational-tactical and army aviation has neutralised 47 manpower and equipment concentration areas.
The eliminated targets include: manpower and military equipment near Vesyoloye, Privolchye and Bogorodichnoye (Donetsk People’s Republic), a launching ramp of Buk-M1 multiple rocket-launching system near Seversk (Donetsk People’s Republic), as well as illumination and observation radar of S-300 air defence missile system near Novodruzhesk (Lugansk People’s Republic).
Missile troops and artillery have neutralised 148 manpower and military equipment concentration areas of the AFU, 25 command posts, as well as 59 artillery units at their firing positions.
Attacks launched by aviation, missile troops and artillery have resulted in 450 nationalists, 13 tanks and other armoured combat vehicles, as well as 16 special vehicles.
Russian air defence systems have shot down 1 MiG-29 of the Ukrainian Air Force near Apostolovo (Dnepropetrovsk region).
In addition, 9 Ukrainian UAVs have been shot down near Alisovka (Kharkov region), Verkhnetoretskoye (Donetsk People’s Republic), Grechishkino (Lugansk People’s Republic), mound Mogila Kulicha, Tomina Balka and Chernobayevka (Kherson region).
9 projectiles launched by Uragan multiple-launching system have been intercepted near Malaya Kamyshevakha and Dolgenkoye (Kharkov region), Makeyevka and Avdeyevka (Donetsk People’s Republic).
In total, 208 airplanes and 132 helicopters, 1,260 unmanned aerial vehicles, 345 anti-aircraft missile systems, 3,696 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 576 combat vehicles equipped with multiple rocket-launching systems, 2,055 field artillery cannons and mortars, as well as 3,731 units of special military equipment have been destroyed during the special military operation.
The enemy suffers considerable losses during the special military operation.
Since May 19, during the month, only the 14th Mechanised Brigade of the AFU has lost 2,100 persons who resulted dead and wounded. Due to low moral and psychological conditions, 800 persons destined for replenishing the losses of this unit, refused to go to the operational area and accused officers of incompetence, bribery and cronyism in paying money allowance.
About 100 servicemen of a reconnaissance unit of the 10th Mountain Assault Brigade have been relieved of combat duty and transported to Kremenchug for investigation.
A considerable part of the commanders of the 30th Mechanised Brigade of the AFU have abstracted themselves from managing their units and refuse to fulfil combat tasks. All kinds of pretexts are used for simulating illness. The majority of units have already been left without any officers.
Operational update regarding the #russian_invasion as of 18:00 on June 20, 2022
he one hundred seventeenth (117) day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a russian military invasion continues.
russian aggressor continues to launch missile and air strikes on military and civilian infrastructure in Ukraine.
In the Volyn, Polissya and Siversky directions there are without significant changes. In the Siversky direction, the enemy fired on civilian infrastructure in the border areas of Sumy oblast.
In the Kharkiv direction, the enemy, in order to identify weaknesses in the defense of our troops, tried unsuccessfully to conduct reconnaissance by fighting near Rtyshchivka. In addition, shelling of civilian infrastructure was recorded in the areas of the settlements of Uda, Ukrainka, Korobochkine, Mykhailivka and Petrivka.
In the Slovyansk direction, the main focus of the enemy is on holding positions. It carried out artillery shelling in the areas of the settlements of Dibrivne, Hrushuvakha, Velyka Komyshuvakha, Krasnopillya and Dolyna. In the area of the settlement of Bohorodychne our defenders successfully repulsed the enemy assault.
The enemy did not take active action in the Kramatorsk direction.
In the Siverodonetsk direction, the occupiers continue to fire from artillery and rocket-propelled grenade launchers at units of our troops. Air strikes were inflicted on civilian infrastructure facilities in the Ustynivka and Lysychansk settlements.
Artillery shelling of civilian infrastructure was recorded near Lysychansk, Hirsky and Ustynivka. Fighting continues for control of the city of Siverodonetsk. In addition, Ukrainian soldiers thwarted attempts to storm the enemy in the areas of Myrna Dolyna and Bila Hora.
On the Bakhmut direction, under cover of artillery attacks, around the settlement of Mykolayivka the sabotage and reconnaissance group of the enemy tried to operate. As a result of the fire received from our soldiers, it retreated. Later, the enemy attempted an assault, but was unsuccessful. In addition, the occupiers fired on civilian infrastructure in the settlements of Bilohorivka, Berestove, Yakovlivka, Pokrovske. They launched air strikes near Maloryazantsevo and Bilohorivka.
In the Avdiivka, Kurakhivka, Novopavlivka and Zaporizhzhia directions, the enemy did not take active action. It fired on civilian infrastructure near Kamyanka, Huliaipole, Avdiivka, Vuhledar, Malynivka and Zaliznychny. He struck air strikes on the settlements of Mali Shcherbaki, Marinka, Vuhledar, Kostiantynivka and Novomykhailivka.
In the direction of the South Buh direction, in order to restrain the actions of our units, the enemy fired artillery and mortars at the areas of Chervony Yar, Kalynivka, Topolyne and Zeleny Hay.
Due to the significant losses, the personnel of some units of the occupying forces have a very low level of moral and psychological condition and are looking for an opportunity to avoid further participation in hostilities.
Thus, according to available information, this is especially common among the personnel of the 1st Army Corps of the russian occupation forces. In the divisions which are deduced on restoration of combat capability from the areas of Kherson, Mykolayiv and Popasna.