Im andauernden russischen Angriffskrieg gegen die Ukraine deuten die Meldungen beider Seiten auf sehr wenig Bewegung in den Frontverläufen hin. Interessantes Detail: Die Ukrainer berichten von russischen Versuchen, (erneut) die Satelliten-Internetverbindungen zu blockieren – da das ein übliches Vorgehen sein dürfte, ist die gesonderte Erwähnung bemerkenswert. Der Sammler am 18. Juli 2022:
• Das britische Intel Update:
Russia has used private military company Wagner to reinforce front-line forces and to mitigate manning shortfalls and casualties.
Wagner has almost certainly played a central role in recent fighting, including the capture of Popasna and Lysyschansk. This fighting has inflicted heavy casualties on the group.
Wagner are lowering recruitment standards, hiring convicts and formerly blacklisted individuals. Very limited training is made available to new recruits.
This will highly likely impact on the future operational effectiveness of the group and will reduce its value as a prop to the regular Russian forces.
Wagner head, Yevgeniy Prigozhin, has recently been made a Hero of the Russian Federation for Wagner’s performance in Luhansk.
This, at a time when a number of very senior Russian military commanders are being replaced, is likely to exacerbate grievances between the military and Wagner. It is also likely to impact negatively on Russian military morale.
Operational update regarding the #russian_invasion as of 06:00 on July 18, 2022
The one hundred forty fifth (145) day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a russian military invasion continues.
In the Siversky direction, the enemy periodically carries out aerial reconnaissance and artillery shelling of the positions of our troops in the border areas of Chernihiv and Sumy oblasts.
In the Kharkiv direction, the enemy is trying to prevent our troops from advancing towards the state border. It carried out shelling in the districts of the city of Kharkiv and the settlements of Derhachi, Pechenigy, Prudyanka, Ruski Tyshky, Pytomnyk, and Korobochkyne. It carried out airstrikes near Verkhnyi Saltiv and Rubizhne.
In the Slovyansk direction, the enemy shelled the areas of the settlements of Novomykolayivka, Dibrovne, Kostyantynivka, Bohorodychne, Mazanivka, Kurulka, Chepil, Virnopillia, Nova Dmytrivka and others with artillery. Made an airstrike near Bohorodychne.
In the Donetsk direction, enemy units fired on civilian and military infrastructure in the areas of Donetske, Siversk, Verkhnokamyanske, Hryhorivka, Ivano-Daryivka, Spirne and other settlements. The enemy is trying to conduct an assault near Hryhorivka, the fighting continues. Our defenders successfully repulsed the assaults in the areas of Verkhnokamianske, Spirne and Serebryanka settlements.
In the direction of Bakhmut, shelling was recorded near Berestove, Kurdyumivka, Vesela Dolyna, Soledar, Bakhmut, Vershyna, Travneve, and the territory of the Vuhlehirska TPP. The enemy carried out assaults in the areas of Novoluhanske, Semihirya and Vuhlehirska TPP, without success, retreated. Delivered missile and air strikes near Berestove.
In the Avdiivka, Kurakhivka, Novopavlivka and Zaporizhzhia directions, the occupiers shelled the positions of our troops with mortars, barrel and rocket artillery, in particular in the areas of the settlements of Kamyanka, Avdiivka, Krasnohorivka, Novomykhailivka, Kamyanske, Mali Shcherbaky, Prechistivka. Airstrikes were carried out near Novodanylivka and Novoandriivka. Ukrainian soldiers nullified all attempts of enemy assaults in the areas of Kamyanka, Novomykhailivka and Vuhledar settlements. The invaders retreated with losses.
The enemy used means of radio-electronic warfare to suppress satellite communication channels.
In the South Buh direction, mutual shelling with the use of barrel and rocket artillery continues along the line of contact. The enemy launched an air strike near Potyomkine. In order to detect changes in the position of our troops and adjust the fire, it conducted aerial reconnaissance of the UAVs.
The enemy’s naval group continues to block civilian shipping in the northwestern part of the Black Sea.
• Das Briefing des russischen Verteidigungsministeriums:
Russian Defence Ministry report on the progress of the special military operation in Ukraine
High-precision air-based missiles in Kostantinovka, Donetsk People’s Republic, have neutralized temporary deployment point of mercenaries of so-called Ukrainian „Foreign Legion“. The attacks have resulted in the elimination of more than 250 military personnel and 12 special vehicles.
As a result of high-precision long-range air-based weaponry strike on temporary deployment point of battalion of 118th Territorial Defence Brigade of AFU in Vitovo, Cherkasskaya Region, up to 60 nationalists, 2 multiple rocket launchers and 4 artillery mounts have been destroyed.
More than 10 Ukrainian Grad multiple rocket launchers and 8 armoured vehicles have been destroyed near Udachnoye railway station in Donetsk People’s Republic.
Also, 2 Ukrainian Mi-8 helicopters have been destroyed and 2 more helicopters suffered significant damage as a result of rocket artillery strike on AFU field airfield near Novyi Donbass, Donetsk People’s Republic.
As part of counter-battery warfare, 2 batteries of Uragan multiple-launch rocket systems near Predtechino, 3 platoons of Grad MLRS, 14 artillery platoons of Hyacinth-B howitzers and D-30 guns near Seversk, Verkhnekamenskoye, Serebryanka, Dronovka and Zvanovka, Donetsk People’s Republic have been neutralized.
Operational-tactical and army aviation, missile troops and artillery have hit 14 command posts, including 28th Mechanized Brigade near Nikolaev, 60th Infantry Brigade near Novoaleksandrovka in Zaporozhye Region and 15th Battalion of 58th AFU Motorized Infantry Brigade in Pokrovskoye in Donetsk People’s Republic, as well as 286 areas of AFU manpower and military equipment concentration.
1 Buk-M1 self-propelled launcher near Kramatorsk in Donetsk People’s Republic, 3 depots with missile and artillery weapons and 1 fuel depot near Novoaleksandrovka in Zaporozhye Region have been destroyed.
Russian air defence means have shot down 6 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles near Peschanoye, Chervonyi Oskol, Liptsy in Kharkov Region, Korsun‘ in Donetsk People’s Republic and Novokamenka in Kherson Region.
2 shells of Uragan multiple rocket launcher have been also intercepted near Stakhanov in Lugansk People’s Republic.
In total, 257 Ukrainian airplanes and 142 helicopters, 1,564 unmanned aerial vehicles, 356 anti-aircraft missile systems, 4,099 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 759 multiple launch rocket systems, 3,157 field artillery and mortars, as well as 4,392 units of special military vehicles were destroyed during the operation.
Operational update regarding the #russian_invasion as of 18:00 on July 18, 2022
The one hundred forty-fifth (145) day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a russian military invasion continues.
The situation has not undergone significant changes in the Volyn and Polissya directions.
In the Siversky direction, the enemy continues to conduct aerial reconnaissance of our facilities in the border areas of Chernihiv and Sumy oblasts. Also, the enemy launched a mortar attack near Atynske, Sumy oblast.
In the Kharkiv direction, the enemy continues to conduct combat operations in order to prevent the advance of our troops towards the state border.
The enemy shelled the positions of our troops with barrel and rocket artillery in the districts of the city of Kharkiv and the settlements of Uda, Prudyanka, Slatyne, Borshchova, Ruski Tyshky, Pechenihy, Chuhuiv, and Lebyazhe. There were airstrikes near Prudyanka, Rubizhne, and Verkhnyi Saltiv.
In the Slovyansk direction, the enemy is trying to improve the tactical position of his units in the direction of Izyum – Barvinkove.It carried out artillery shelling from artillery of various calibers in the areas of Chepil, Karnaukhivka, Virnopillya, Bohorodychne, Dibrovne, Dolyna, Krasnopillya and Adamivka settlements. Airstrikes were recorded near Prudyanka and Bohorodychne.
Ukrainian soldiers inflicted losses and pushed the enemy back when he tried to advance in the direction of Brazhivka and Dmytrivka.
In the Donetsk region, the enemy continues offensive attempts in the direction of the cities of Bakhmut and Siversk.
The enemy shelled the areas of Tetyanivka, Donetsk, Dronivka, Hryhorivka, Starodubivka, Siversk and Mykolaivka from tanks, barrel and jet artillery. Conducted an airstrike near Verkhnokamyanskyi. Conducted aerial reconnaissance of the UAVs.
With offensive actions, the enemy tried to improve the tactical position in the directions Bilohorivka – Hryhorivka, Zolotarivka – Verkhnokamianske, Zolotarivka – Serebryanka and Lysychansk Refinery – Verkhnokamianske. There is no success. Fighting continues.
In the direction of Bakhmut, the enemy fired at our positions near Vyimka, Berestove, Bilohorivka, Pokrovsk, Veselaya Dolyna, Kurdyumivka, Travneve, and Shumy. It carried out airstrikes in the areas of the settlements of Berestove and Pokrovske.
Our defenders repelled the enemy assault in the direction of Myronivka – Vuhlehirska TPP.
In the Avdiyivka direction, the enemy intensified hostilities. Tried to improve the tactical position in the direction of Verkhnytoretske – Kamyanka, was unsuccessful, suffered losses and withdrew.
The enemy did not conduct active offensives in the Kurakhiv and Zaporizhzhia directions. It carried out artillery shelling from barrel and rocket artillery in the areas of the settlements of Tonenke, Nevelske, Novomykhailivka, Vuhledar, Prechistivka, Pavlivka, Novopil, Hulyaipole, Yurkivka, Orihiv and Mali Shcherbaky. Airstrikes near Novodanilivka and Novoandriivka.
In the South Buh direction, the enemy is concentrating its efforts on holding the occupied lines and preventing the offensive of the Defense Forces, actively conducting aerial reconnaissance by UAVs.
Artillery shelling was recorded in the areas of Kavkaz, Bila Krynytsia, Murakhivka, Kobzartsi, Olenivka, Shevchenkove, Stepova Dolyna, Ukrainka, Blahodatne, Nova Zorya and Tavriyske settlements. And airstrikes – near Potyomkine and White Krynytsia.
The occupiers are keeping two carriers of high-precision weapons in readiness for launching missile strikes on objects on the territory of Ukraine.
The enemy’s personnel is demoralized, which is due to the constant postponement of their rotation dates. The invaders are afraid of the active resistance of the local population, which is increasing in particular in the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia oblasts. All this leads to an increase in the refusal of the occupiers to participate in hostilities on the territory of Ukraine.