Ukraine/Russland/NATO – der Sammler am 3. Juli 2022 (Update: Ukraine bestätigt Aufgabe von Lyssytschansk)

Im andauernden russischen Angriffskrieg gegen die Ukraine wurde die Stadt Lyssytschansk von den ukrainischen Streitkräften aufgegeben; damit ist Gebiet Luhansk vollständig unter russischer Kontrolle. Der Sammler am 3. Juli 2022:

Update: Der ukrainische Generalstab bestätigte am (heutigen) Sonntagabend, dass Lyssytschansk aufgegeben wurde:

After heavy fighting for Lysychansk, the Defense Forces of Ukraine were forced to withdraw from their occupied positions and lines.
In the conditions of the multiple superiority of the russian occupying forces in artillery, aviation, MLRS, ammunition and personnel, the continuation of the defense of the city would lead to fatal consequences. In order to preserve the lives of Ukrainian defenders, a decision was made to withdraw.
We continue the fight. Unfortunately, steel will and patriotism are not enough for success – material and technical resources are needed.
The defenders of Luhansk oblast and other oblasts of our country heroically perform their civil and military duties.
We will be back and we will definitely win!

• Nach Darstellung aus Moskau sollen die russichen Streitkräfte die Stadt Lyssytschansk und damit die ganze Provinz Luhansk unter ihre Kontrolle gebracht haben. Aus der Meldung der russischen Agentur Interfax:

Der russische Verteidigungsminister Sergej Schoigu hat dem russischen Präsidenten Wladimir Putin über die Befreiung der Volksrepublik Luhansk berichtet. (…)
Als Ergebnis erfolgreicher Kampfhandlungen haben die Streitkräfte der Russischen Föderation gemeinsam mit Einheiten der Volksmiliz der Volksrepublik Luhansk die vollständige Kontrolle über die Stadt Lyssytschansk und eine Reihe von nahe gelegenen Siedlungen erlangt, von denen die größten Bilohoriwka, Nowodruschewsk, Maloryazantsevo und Bila Hora sind“, teilte Armeegeneral Sergej Schoigu mit.
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• Im Briefing des russischen Verteidigungsministeriums ist diese Erfolgsmeldung nicht enthalten, das kam aber vor der Schoigu-Meldung heraus:

Russian Defence Ministry report on the progress of the special military operation in Ukraine (July 3, 2022)
The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continue the special military operation in Ukraine.
Successful offensive of Central group of troops commanded by Colonel General Aleksandr Lapin have resulted in establishing contol in Verkhnekamenka, Zolotaryovka, Belogorovka, reaching Seversky Donets river and having cordoned Lisichansk in coordination with Southern group of troops commanded by General of the Army Sergey Surovikin.
Ukrainian group of troops has been completely isolated in this pocket. 38 Ukrainian servicemen, whose major part constitute local residents forcibly mobilised by the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU), have surrendered in this area just over the past 48 hours.
Russian troops and units of the Lugansk People’s Republic are fighting near Lisichansk and defeating the isolated enemy. Novodruzhevsk, Maloryazantsevo and Belaya Gora located near Lisichansk had been liberated over the past day.
The enemy suffers considerable losses on all fronts.
54th Mechanised Brigade of the AFU has lost over 60 per cent of personnel and equipment near Maryinka (Donetsk People’s Republic) during several days. The rest of the personnel is demoralised and refuse to fulfil combat tasks.
High-precision attacks launched by Aerospace Forces near the eastern part of Kharkov has resulted in the elimination of provisional base of 127th Separate Territorial Defence Brigade.
The attack has resulted in the elimination of over 100 Ukrainian servicemen and 15 units of equipment.
Up to 120 ’soldiers of fortune‘ have been eliminated by an attack launched by Russian Aerospace Forces at a base of foreign mercenaries.
A unit of 5th Separate Assault Regiment from 1st Separate Brigade of the President of Ukraine has been eliminated near Spornoye (Donetsk People’s Republic). 18 Ukrainian militants have been eliminated, 2 of them have surrendered, and the rest have escaped. 
Russian Federation Armed Forces continue launching attacks at military facilities located in Ukraine. 
High-precision attacks launched by Russian Aerospace Forces have resulted in the elimination of 10 command posts near Spornoye (Donetsk People’s Republic), Lepetikha (Nikolayev region), Zelenodolsk (Dnepropetrovsk region), 7 munitions depots near Konstantinovka, Bakhmut (Donetsk People’s Republic), Malaya Shesternya (Kherson region), Visunsk, Nikolayevka and Polyana (Nikolayev region), as well as AFU manpower and military equipment in 15 areas.
Within the counter-battery warfare, high-precision attacks launched by Russian Aerospace Forces have resulted in the neutralisation of 3 artillery and 5 mortar plattoons near Verkhnekamenskoye (Donetsk People’s Republic), Belogorovka, Maloryazantsevo, Zolotaryovka (Lugansk People’s Republic).
Operational-tactical and army aviation, missile troops and artillery have neutralised: 32 AFU command posts, 1 munitions depot, as well as manpower and military equipment in 287 areas.
Russian air defence means have shot down 2 Su-25 of Ukrainian Air Force near Dibrovnoye (Kharkov region) and Kvitnevo (Nikolayev region).
10 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles have been shot down near Novoye (Zaporozhye region), Volnovakha, Donetsk (Donetsk People’s Republic), Dmitrovka, Izyum, Berezovka and Kupyansk (Kharkov region).
8 MRLS projectiles have been intercepted, including 4 laucnhed by HIMARS near Stakhanov (Lugansk People’s Republic) and 4 launched by Uragan near Popasnaya (Lugansk People’s Republic) and Kamenka (Kharkov region) and near the city of Donetsk.
In total, 229 airplanes and 134 helicopters, 1,440 unmanned aerial vehicles, 353 air defence missile systems, 3,893 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 704 combat vehicles equipped with multiple rocket-launching systems, 3,078 field artillery cannons and mortars, as well as 3,979 units of special military equipment have been destroyed during the special military operation.
Tonight, from 03.00 AM to 03.30 AM (Moscow time), the Kiev regime launched an intentional attack by Tochka-U ballistic missiles with cluster munitions and Tu-143 Reys unmanned aerial vehicles at the residential areas of Belgorod and Kursk that have no military facilities.
I emphasise that this missile attack had been intentionally planned and was launched at civilian population of Russian cities.
Russian air defence means have destroyed all the 3 Tochka-U ballistic missiles launched by Ukrainian nationalist at Belgorod. Fragments of one of the destroyed Ukrainian missiles fell down at a residential buildings in the city.
In addition, Russian air defence means have destroyed 2 Ukrainian Tu-143 Reys unmanned aerial vehicles charged with explosives while approaching Kursk.

• Eine Bestätigung der Ukraine für die Einnahme von Lyssytschansk gibt es (noch) nicht; im Morgenbriefing des ukrainischen Generalstabs wird die Lage noch etwas anders dargestellt:

Оperational update regarding the #russian_invasion as of 06:00 on July 03, 2022
The one hundred thirtieth (130) day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a russian military invasion continues.
No signs of the formation of enemy offensive groups were detected in the Volyn and Polissya directions. According to the available information, from July 1, 2022, the rotation of units of the armed forces of the republic of belarus in the Brest region began. The air defense system is being strengthened at the expense of units of the Eastern Military District of the Armed Forces of the russian federation.
In the Siversky direction, the enemy continues to provide increased protection of the section of the Ukrainian-russian border. In addition, the enemy fired from the territory of the russian federation at the positions of the Defense Forces and civilian infrastructure near Bachivsk and Vovkivka, Sumy oblast.
In the Kharkiv direction, the enemy is defending the previously occupied positions. The areas of the settlements of Ruska Lozova, Peremoha, Verkhniy Saltiv, Zamulivka, Volobuyivka, Milova, Protopopivka, Pytomnyk, Prudyanka and Nortsivka were shelled with artillery.
Our soldiers successfully repelled an enemy assault near Prudyanka. The enemy launched an airstrike near Mospanovo and Hrakovo.
In the Slovyansk direction, the occupiers are defending themselves. Areas of the settlements of Dibrovne, Mazanivka, Krasnopillya, Sukha Kamyanka, Virnopillya and Mayaki were shelled from tanks, mortars, barrel and rocket artillery. On several occasions, unsuccessful attempts were made to conduct assaults near Mazanivka. They were repulsed and left. The enemy uses electronic warfare systems.
In the Donetsk direction, the occupiers are concentrating their main efforts on securing positions in the area of the cities of Lysychansk and Verkhnokamyanka. Conducted offensive actions near Bilohorivky, had no success, were forced to retreat.
In the direction of Bakhmut, the enemy fired near Novoluhansky and Travnevy. Conducted an airstrike near Pokrovsky. Attempts are being made to conduct an offensive in the area of the settlement of Spirne, hostilities are ongoing.
In the Avdiyivka, Kurakhivja, Novopavlivja, and Zaporizhzhia directions, the enemy fired at our positions in the areas of Pisky, Nevelske, Novomykhailivka, Novodanilivka, Poltavka, Bilohirya, Olhivske, and Kamianske settlements. With offensive actions, the enemy is trying to improve the tactical position in the area of Spartak settlement.
In the South Buh direction, the enemy is concentrating its efforts on preventing the advance of units of the Defense Forces in the likely directions of attack. Conducted systematic shelling from barrel and rocket artillery. It carried out an airstrike in the area of the settlement of Ivanivka.
The russian occupiers are launching systematic rocket attacks in the direction of Mykolayiv.
In the northwestern part of the Black Sea, the ship group of the Black Sea Fleet continues to perform the task of blocking Ukraine’s maritime communications and conducting reconnaissance. Two carriers of sea-based cruise missiles of the „Calibre“ type are in readiness for the use of missile weapons in the waters of the Black Sea.
Aviation of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine worked in fact in all directions of hostilities – in the Mykolayiv, Zaporizhzhia, Kharkiv, Donetsk and Luhansk regions. It made almost one and a half dozen group flights. About twenty units of enemy equipment and two field ammunition depots were destroyed. Our units continue to successfully perform missile and artillery fire missions. The total losses of the enemy are being clarified.

• Das britische Intel Update:

Russian-backed officials have said they will hold a referendum on Kherson Oblast joining the Russian Federation by autumn 2022. Russia is likely prioritising a pseudo-constitutional vote in an attempt to legitimise its control of the region.
On 28 June 2022, Ihor Kolykhaiev, the elected mayor of Kherson city, was arrested, highly likely in an attempt to suppress opposition to the occupation. However, widespread armed and peaceful resistance continues across occupied areas.
Kherson is the region which has been brought under the new Russian occupation most comprehensively since February.
Finding a constitutional solution for the occupation is likely a priority policy objective for Russia. It will highly likely be prepared to rig voting to achieve an acceptable result.

• Der Einsatz deutscher (und/oder niederländischer) Panzerhaubitzen an der Front in der Ostukraine war in den vergangenen Tagen bereits bestätigt worden. Inzwischen gibt es Hinweise darauf, dass auch deutsche Hi-Tech-Munition, die Suchzünder-Munition Artillerie (SMArt 155), zum Einsatz kommt.

Die Hinweise stützen sich vor allem auf ein Video, dass der ukrainische Generalstab am (gestrigen) Samstag veröffentlichte. Im Text dazu wird zwar weder die Panzerhaubitze 2000 noch die SMArt-Munition genannt; es scheint jedoch für Experten der typische Fallschirm dieser Munition in der Endphase erkennbar (mit aller Vorsicht so weitergegeben).

• Das Abendbriefing des ukrainischen Generalstabs (ein Blick auf die Veröffentlichungszeit bei Facebook zeigt, dass es vor der gesonderten Meldung zur Aufgabe von Lyssytschansk verfasst wurde):

Operational update regarding the #russian_invasion as of 18:00 on July 03, 2022
The one hundred thirtieth (130) day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a russian military invasion continues.
russian enemy continues to launch rocket attacks on civilian objects on the territory of Ukraine.
There are no significant changes in the position and nature of the activities of the armed forces of the republic of belarus in the Volyn and Polissya directions.
On the Siverskyi direction, the enemy fired artillery and mortars at the border settlements of Bachivsk and Vovkivka, Sumy oblast.
In the Kharkiv direction, the occupiers are concentrating their main efforts on preventing the advance of our troops in the direction of the state border. The enemy carried out artillery fire in the areas of the settlements of Zolochiv, Khrestyshche, Malynivka, Cherkaska Lozova and Chepil.
In the Slovyansk direction, the enemy shelled the territory near Dolyna, Kurulka, Bogorodychne, Adamivka and Husarivka with artillery. Ukrainian units repelled the assault in the direction of Pasika – Dolyna.
In the direction of Kramatorsk, the enemy has forced the Siverskyi Donets River, is trying to develop success and take possession of Bilohorivka. Fire continues to influence units of our troops in order to constrain their actions. Artillery shelling was recorded near Hryhorivka and Bilohorivka.
In the Lysychansk direction, the enemy is shelling from barrel artillery in the areas of Zolotarivka and Verkhnokamyanka settlements. It led an assault in the direction of Zolotarivka and took control of the settlement.
In the direction of Bakhmut, the occupiers are shelling the districts of Soledar, Pokrovske, Bakhmut, and Klynove with artillery.
Ukrainian soldiers successfully repulsed offensive actions in the direction of Nyrkove – Berestove. Also, the enemy unsuccessfully tried to carry out combat reconnaissance in the direction of Vasylivka – Berestove. Conducted assault operations in the Vovchoyarivka – Spirne and Mykolaivka – Spirne directions. Suffered significant losses and withdrew.
In the Avdiivka, Kurakhivka, Novopavlivka, and Zaporizhzhia directions, in order to restrain the actions of our units, the enemy carried out artillery shelling of the areas of the settlements of Avdiivka, Pisky, Novomykhailivka, Vremivka, Hulyaipole, Charivne. Airstrikes near Kamianka, Avdiivka and Shevchenko.
In the South Buh direction, the enemy is concentrating its efforts on preventing the advance of units of the Defense Forces on probable offensive lines. Takes measures for the logistical support of the troops and improves the engineering equipment of the positions.
The aggressor continues to launch missile attacks on military and civilian infrastructure facilities in the Mykolaiv direction with the aim of reducing the offensive capabilities of our troops.