Ukraine/Russland/NATO – der Sammler am 8. Juli 2022

Der Blick auf die Situation im andauernden russischen Angriffskrieg gegen die Ukraine – der Sammler am 8. Juli 2022:

• Das britische Intel Update:

Russia is likely concentrating equipment on the front line in the direction of Siversk, approximately 8km west of the current Russian front line. Its forces are likely pausing to replenish before undertaking new offensive operations in Donetsk Oblast.
Ukrainian forces continue to make gradual advances in the south-western Kherson sector.
There is a realistic possibility that Russia’s immediate tactical objective will be Siversk, as its forces attempt to advance towards its most likely operational goal of the Sloviansk-Kramatorsk urban area.

• Das Morgenbriefing des ukrainischen Generalstabs:

Operational update regarding the #russian_invasion as of 06:00 on July 08, 2022
The one hundred thirty-fifth (135) day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a russian military invasion continues.
No significant changes in the composition and activity of units of the armed forces of the republic of belarus in the border areas of Brest and Gomel regions were noted in the Volyn and Polissya directions.
In the Siversky direction, the enemy shelled the Myhalchyna Sloboda settlement of Chernihiv oblast with rocket artillery and mortars.
In the Kharkiv direction, the occupiers continue to conduct defensive operations. The enemy fired artillery, MLRS and tanks in the areas of Kharkiv, Mykilske, Lebyazhe, Udy, Dementiivka, Verkhniy and Stary Saltiv, Petrivka, Ruski Tyshki and Bayrak settlements. Made an airstrike near Petrivka.
Ukrainian soldiers resolutely suppressed an attempt of an enemy assault in the direction of Dementiivka.
In the Slovyansk direction, the enemy fired artillery of various calibers in the areas of Volobuyivka, Khrestyshche, Husarivka, Chepil, Mazanivka, Dolyna, Chervone, Dibrivne, Bohorodychne and Adamivka settlements.
In the Bohorodichny district, our defenders inflicted losses on the enemy during his next offensive attempt and pushed the invaders back.
In the Kramatorsk direction, the occupiers shelled the Siversk, Hryhorivka, Bilohorivka, Zolotarivka, Serebryanka, Verkhnokamyansky, Zvanivka, and Rozdolivka districts with barrel and jet artillery. The enemy led an offensive in the direction of Verkhnokamyansky, with partial success.
In the Bakhmut direction, the enemy fired mortars, barrel and rocket artillery in the areas of Bakhmut, Spirne, Ivano-Daryivka, Berestove, Pokrovske, Vershyna, Volodymyrivka, Opytne, Toretsk, Zaytseve, Kodema, Klynove and New York settlements. Carried out airstrikes near Vershyna and Vuglehirska TPP.
The occupiers are advancing in the direction of Veselaya Dolyna and in the area of the Spirne settlement, hostilities continue.
In the Avdiyivka, Novopavlivka and Zaporizhzhia directions, firefights continue along the contact line with mortars, tanks, barrel and rocket artillery. The enemy launched airstrikes near Vasylivka, Avdiivka, Novoselivka, Vesele, and Novomykhailivka.
In the South Buh direction, the enemy is concentrating its efforts on preventing the offensive of the Defence Forces of Ukraine. Carries out a systematic fire effect from barrel and rocket artillery along the contact line to constrain the actions of our troops.
Ukrainian aviation and rocket artillery units continue to inflict fire damage on concentrations of manpower, military equipment and ammunition depots of russian occupiers.

• Das Briefing des russischen Verteidigungsministeriums:

Russian Defence Ministry report on the progress of the special military operation in Ukraine
The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continue the special military operation in Ukraine.
Up to 290 Ukrainian servicemen and 29 units of armoured vehicles and equipment have been destroyed as a result of shelling of positions of 188th Battalion of 123rd Territorial Defence Brigade near Ochakov, Nikolaev Region.
Russian Aerospace Forces have neutralised temporary deployment point of 241st Territorial Defence Brigade near Nikolaev. The attacks have resulted in the elimination of more than 85 nationalists and up to 15 units of AFU weapons and military equipment.
High-precision sea-based weapons near Liman, Odessa Region have destroyed 2 Harpoon coastal missile systems delivered from the UK.
Russian Aerospace Forces‘ high-precision strike in Kramatorsk has destroyed 2 Tochka-U missile launchers and over 150 nationalists. 6 Grad multiple rocket launchers and 1 ammunition depot have been destroyed in Mayaki, Donetsk People’s Republic.
Within counter-battery fighting, 4 MLRS and 4 artillery batteries have been suppressed near Novoluganskoe, Semigor’e, Pershetravnoe, Zaitsevo and Kodema, Donetsk People’s Republic.
Operational-tactical and army aviation, and missile troops and artillery have hit 156 areas of AFU manpower and military equipment concentration, as well as 1 fuel depot for Ukrainian armoured vehicles in Annovka, Dnepropetrovsk Region.
Russian Aerospace Forces‘ Su-35s have shot down MiG-29 and Su-25 aircraft of Ukrainian air force near Lazarevka, Nikolaev Region.
Russian air defence means have shot down 1 MiG-29 aircraft of Ukrainian air force near Golubovka, Donetsk People’s Republic, and 9 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles near Zhovtnevoe, Boldyrevo, Kovalevka, Petrovka, Dolgenkoe, Kapitolovka in Kharkov Region and Kuibyshevo in Kherson Region.
In total, 237 Ukrainian airplanes and 137 helicopters, 1,488 unmanned aerial vehicles, 353 anti-aircraft missile systems, 3,964 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 730 multiple launch rocket systems, 3,112 field artillery and mortars, as well as 4,076 units of special military vehicles were destroyed during the operation.

• Die USA kündigten weitere Waffenlieferungen an die Ukraine an – unter anderem, wie das Pentagon erklärte, neuartige Präzisionsmunition im NATO-Kaliber 155mm für Artilleriegeschütze. Aus der Washington Post:

The United States will send Ukraine an additional $400 million in military assistance heavily focused on high-precision long-range weapons, the Pentagon said Friday.
The package consists of four high-mobility artillery rocket systems, also known as HIMARS, adding to the eight that Washington already has delivered to Kyiv. It also includes 1,000 rounds of what a senior U.S. defense official called a “new type” of 155 mm ammunition to use in the howitzer cannons that were part of previous transfers. Those rounds — which officials declined to identify by name, citing security concerns — are intended to enhance Ukraine’s ability to target Russian military assets.
The senior defense official, speaking on the condition of anonymity under ground rules set by the Pentagon, indicated the weapons’ precision should be more efficient than the standard rounds Ukrainian forces currently employ.

Denkbar ist unter anderem die Munition mit der Bezeichnung Excalibur (die die Niederlande bereits für ihre Panzerhaubitzen erprobt hatten). Eine weitere mögliche Lesart ist, dass es sich um die Munition mit der Bezeichnung Vulcano handeln könnte (die die Bundeswehr bislang nicht eingeführt hat).

Das Abendbriefing des ukrainischen Generalstabs:

Operational update regarding the #russian_invasion as of 18:00 on July 08, 2022
The one hundred thirty-fifth (135) day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a russian military invasion continues.
In the Volyn and Polissya directions, units of the Armed Forces of the republic of belarus are conducting reconnaissance, strengthening countermeasures against technical means of reconnaissance, primarily unmanned aerial vehicles. On the territory of this country, the closure of the airspace over the southern part of the country has been extended until October 7 of this year. The ban on civil aircraft flights has been in effect since February 24 of this year.
In the Siversky direction, the enemy operates without any particular changes.
In the Kharkiv direction, the enemy is conducting defensive operations and is trying to improve the tactical position in certain areas. Shelled the surroundings and the city of Kharkiv with barrel and rocket artillery, as well as the areas of the settlements of Udy, Dementiivka, Lebyazhe, Pischane, Zamulivka, Petrivka, Pytomnyk, Mospanove, Korobochkyne, Slatyne, Svitlychne, Shevelivka, Peremoha, Verkhniy Saltiv, Nove, and Bayrak. Near Dementiivka, our defenders repelled the enemy’s assaults twice and pushed them back. The enemy launched an airstrike near Petrivka.
In the Slovyansk direction, the enemy is trying to improve the tactical position of its units. The areas of Dolyna, Mazanivka, Krasnopilla, Husarivka, Novopavlivka, Chervony, Virnopilla and Khrestyshcha were shelled with mortars, barrel and rocket artillery. As a result of fire damage, the enemy’s offensive actions in the area of the settlement of Bohorodycne were choked. The occupiers, with losses, withdrew.
In the Kramatorsk direction, the enemy shelled civilian and military infrastructure in the areas of Siversk, Serebryanka, Karpivka, Slovyansk and Kryva Luka settlements. An airstrike was recorded near Tetyanivka.
The defense forces of Ukraine inflicted powerful fire damage on enemy positions in the Verkhnyokamyanske area, which forced the enemy units to withdraw from the settlement.
In the direction of Bakhmut, the enemy fired at our positions near Spirne, Ivano-Daryivka, New York and in the area of the Vuhlehirska TPP. It carried out airstrikes near Berestove and Pokrovske.
With the support of artillery and operational-tactical aviation, the occupiers unsuccessfully tried to launch an offensive in the areas of the settlements of Spirne and Ivano-Daryivka. They suffered losses and withdrew.
Fighting continues near Vesela Dolyna.
In the Avdiyivka, Kurakhivka, Novopavlivka, and Zaporizhzhia directions, shelling from mortars, barrel and rocket artillery continues along the contact line. The enemy launched airstrikes near Novoandriivka.
Enemy units tried to conduct offensive actions in the area of Velyke Artakove in the South Buh direction. Ukrainian soldiers quickly suppressed this attempt and chased away the invaders. There remains a great threat of missile strikes on critical infrastructure in the region.
The enemy’s naval group continues to perform tasks in the waters of the Black and Azov seas, the blockade of civilian shipping in the northwestern part of the Black Sea continues.