Ukraine/Russland/NATO – der Sammler am 11. September 2022

Am 200. Tag des andauernden russischen Angriffskriegs gegen die Ukraine stehen die Vorstöße der ukrainischen Truppen im Nordosten des Landes im Mittelpunkt – die Russland weiterhin offiziell abstreitet und von eigenen Erfolgen in der Region spricht (s.u.). Der Sammler am 11. September 2022:

• Ergänzend zu dem in der Regel sachlich-nüchternen Lagebriefing veröffentlichte der ukrainische Generalstab am (heutigen) Sonntagmorgen ein Statement zur Offensive im Nordosten:

Die Streitkräfte der Ukraine befreien weiterhin von Russland besetzte Gebiete. Seit Anfang September sind mehr als 3.000 Quadratkilometer an die Kontrolle der Ukraine zurückgegeben worden.
In Richtung Charkiw begannen wir, nicht nur nach Süden und Osten, sondern auch nach Norden vorzurücken. Bis zur Ausfahrt zur Staatsgrenze sind es 50 km.
Diese Fotos zeigen die Ergebnisse der Arbeit mehrerer Einheiten der Streitkräfte. In enger Zusammenarbeit befreiten sie die Dörfer Bayrak, Nova Husarivka, Shchurivka und Vilkhuvatka.
Die Eroberung der mächtigen Festungen der russischen Truppen, die sie stolz „Moskau“, „Omsk“ und „Peter“ nannten, ermöglichte es, eine Gegenoffensive auf Balaklia, Izyum und Kup’yansk zu starten.
(Übersetzt mit Google Translate)

• Das britische Intel Update:

Over the last 24 hours, Ukrainian forces have continued to make significant gains in the Kharkiv region. Russia has likely withdrawn units from the area, but fighting continues around the strategically important cities of Kupiansk and Izium.
On 07 September 2022, President Putin said that only 60,000 tonnes of the grain exported from Ukraine since August had been sent to developing countries, and that the majority had been delivered to EU states.
Putin’s claim is not true. According to UN figures, around 30% has been supplied to low and middle-income countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
Russia is pursuing a deliberate misinformation strategy as it seeks to deflect blame for food insecurity issues, discredit Ukraine and minimise opposition to its invasion.

• Das Morgenbriefing des ukrainischen Generalstabs:

The operational update regarding the russian invasion as of 06:00, on September 11, 2022
The two hundred (200) day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a russian military invasion continues.
The enemy continues to focus its efforts on establishing full control over the territory of the Donetsk oblast, maintaining the temporarily captured districts of the Kherson oblast, part of the Kharkiv oblast, Zaporizhzhya region, and Mykolayiv oblast.
Conducts air reconnaissance, constantly tries to improve the tactical position, takes measures to improve the logistical support of its units and conducts shelling of the positions of our troops along the entire contact line.
A further threat of air and missile strikes remains on the entire territory of Ukraine.
Over the past 24 hours, the enemy has carried out 16 missile and 34 air strikes on military and civilian objects on the territory of Ukraine. 28 settlements were affected by this. In particular, Slavhorod, Velyka Pysarivka, Velyki Prohody, Avdiyivka, Nevelske, Maryinka, Neskuchne, Velyka Novosilka, Dnipro, and Bruskinske.
The situation in the Volyn and Polissya directions has not changed significantly.
In other directions, the enemy fired from tanks, mortars, barrel and jet artillery, namely:
in the Siversky direction – near Bilopyllya, Lynove and Hrabovske, Sumy oblast;
in the Kharkiv direction – in the areas of Lyutivka, Tymofiyivka, Dementiyivka, Zolochiv, Sosnivka, Pytomnyk, Ruski Tyshki, Cherkaski Tyshki and Borshcheva settlements;
in the Slovyansk direction – in the areas of the settlements of Slovyansk, Dolyna, Krasnopillya, Velyka Komyshuvakha, Dovhenke and Dmytrivka;
in the Kramatorsk direction – near Kryva Luka, Piskunivka, Sydorove and Rozdolivka;
in the Bakhmut direction – in the areas of Vesela Dolyna, Soledar, Bakhmutske, Bakhmut, Yakovlivka, Bilohorivka and Vesele settlements;
in the Avdiyivka direction – near Avdiyivka, Opytne, Vodyane, Pervomaiske, Karlivka and Krasnohorivka;
in the Novopavlivskyi direction – in the areas of Velyki Novosilky, Shevchenko, Vuhledar and Maryinka settlements;
in the Zaporizhzhya region – near Hulyaipole, Rivnopillya, Novosilka, Vilne Pole, Chervone and Malynivka;
in the South Buh direction – in the areas of Myrne, Stepova Dolyna, Bila Krynytsya, Sukhy Stavok, Lyubomirivka, Bezimenne and Nova Zorya settlements.
The enemy continues to suffer losses. In the Kharkiv direction, enemy units from the 3rd Motorized Rifle Division of the 20th Joint Arms Army were left without means of support, and the personnel were in a panicked mood. Also, it is known about numerous sanitary losses of the enemy in the indicated direction. During the previous day, more than 75 wounded russian soldiers were brought to the village of Valuyka in the Belgorod region, while more than a hundred occupiers were evacuated from Belgorod to Moscow.
Due to significant losses in manpower, the russian invaders plan to carry out the so-called „mobilization“ of the male population in the temporarily captured territories. Now men are forbidden to leave settlements.
In response to the successful actions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the russian invaders are carrying out „countermeasures“. In populated areas, in the temporarily captured territories of Kharkiv and Kherson regions, the occupiers are strengthening the administrative and police regime, entry and exit from populated areas is prohibited, and a curfew has been introduced. In Kherson, a search was made of the residential premises of the Skhidniy microdistrict, from which the Antoniv bridge can be seen. Local residents of Kakhovka and Kozatskyi were warned by the russian military to open fire on them if they approached the crossings.
At the same time, the Defense Forces repelled enemy attacks in the areas of Sosnivka, Mayorsk, Mykolaivka Druha, Zaitseve, Vesela Dolyna, Soledar, Bakhmut, Pisky, Pervomaiske and Novomykhailivka settlements.
The de-occupation of Ukraine continues. In general, in recent days, about two thousand square kilometers of Ukrainian territory have been freed from russian occupation. Our units entered Kupyansk, the liberation of settlements of Kupyansk and Izyum districts of Kharkiv oblast continues.
During the day, to support the actions of the land groupings, the aviation of the Defense Forces carried out 23 strikes, during which four anti-aircraft missile systems were destroyed, four strongholds and fifteen places where the enemy’s manpower and equipment were concentrated were hit. In addition, our air defense units destroyed two aircraft (Su-25 and Su-34), one Ka-52 helicopter, two UAVs and one guided air missile.
Missile troops and artillery of land groupings continue to perform tasks of counter-battery combat, fire damage to manpower and combat equipment, disruption of the enemy’s command and control system and logistical support. As a result of the fire impact, two control points of unmanned aircraft, strongholds, accumulation of weapons and military equipment of the enemy in the areas of concentration were hit during the day. A pontoon crossing and enemy watercraft with military equipment on them also fell into the affected area.

• Das Briefing des russischen Verteidigungsministeriums:

Russian Defence Ministry report on the progress of the special military operation in Ukraine
Russian Federation Armed Forces continue the special military operation.
The Russian Aerospace Forces, missile forces and artillery are launching precision strikes on AFU units and reserves in the Kharkov region.
The strikes has resulted in the elimination of the military personnel and military equipment of the units of the 14th and 92nd Mechanized Brigades of the AFU in the areas of Staroverovka, Chuguev and Volosskaya Balakleya, the 113th Territorial Defense Brigade in Novaya Vodolaga, as well as the deployment point of foreign mercenaries near Klugino-Bashkirovka.
Enemy losses were over 200 servicemen and more than 20 military equipment.
In addition, during the day, concentrated fire strikes destroyed Armed Forces of Ukraine units in the areas of Pristin , Boldyrevka, Sinikha, Beloye, Komarovka, Gorokhovatka, Kupyansk, Senkovo and Podvysokoye of Kharkov region.
More than 250 Ukrainian servicemen, 12 units of armored vehicles, three field artillery guns, one multiple-launch rocket system and 17 motor vehicles were destroyed.
On the Nikolayev-Krivoy Rog direction, high-precision missile strikes by the Russian Air Force destroyed a temporary deployment point of units of the 36th Brigade of the AFU Marine Corps near Nikolayev. More than 100 servicemen and 15 units of motor and armored vehicles of the enemy were lost.
In total, from September 6 to 10, the Kiev regime losses were more than four thousand dead and more than eight thousand wounded in these two areas alone.
Operational-tactical and army aviation, missile troops and artillery continue launching attacks at the military facilities in Ukraine.
Iskander high-precision ground-based missiles struck manpower and military equipment of the 28th AFU Motorized Infantry Brigade during unloading at the railway station of Krasnoarmeysk in the Donetsk People’s Republic.
In the area of Mirolubovka, Kherson region, the strikes of the Russian Space Forces has resulted in elimination of over 50 servicemen and 7 pieces of military equipment of the 60th Infantry Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Eight command posts of the AFU, including the headquarters of the 93rd and 24th Mechanized Brigades in the areas of Artyomovsk and Raigorodok of the Donetsk People’s Republic, the command posts of Battalions of the 1st Tank, 59th Motorized Infantry Brigades, 60th Infantry Brigade and the 35th Marine Brigade in the districts of Kalinovskoe, Maryanskoe of Dnepropetrovsk Region, Kaluga of Nikolayev Region and Belaya Krinitsa of Kherson Region, as well as 43 artillery units, enemy manpower and military equipment in 103 areas were destroyed.
Munition depots at Nikolaevka in the Donetsk People’s Republic and Voznesensk in the Nikolayev region were destroyed.
A radio detection and ranging station in Staraya Bogdanovka, Nikolayev region, was destroyed.
Russian air defence forces shot down an Mi-8 helicopter of the Ukrainian Air Force near Ugledar in the Donetsk People’s Republic.
Four unmanned aerial vehicles were also shot down in the air of Tomina Balka (Kherson region), Snigiryovka (Nikolayev region) and Kirillovka (Donetsk region).
Two Tochka-U ballistic missiles and two American HARM anti-radiation missiles were shot down in the air near the village of Udy, Kharkov region.
In the area of Novaya Kakhovka, Kherson region, 12 shells of the US-made HIMARS multiple rocket-launch systems and nine shells of the Olkha rocket system were intercepted.
In total, 293 aircraft and 153 helicopters, 1,933 unmanned aerial vehicles, 374 anti defence missile systems, 4,883 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 831 combat vehicles equipped with MRLS, 3,378 field artillery cannons and mortars, as well as 5,469 units of special military equipment have been destroyed during the special military operation.
In order to destabilize the situation in the territory liberated by the Russian Armed Forces and the suffering of civilians, the Kiev regime continues its deliberate shelling of energy infrastructure: generating facilities, transformer substations, and power lines.
Since September 1 this year, the territory of the Zaporozhye NPP and the city of Energodar have been subjected to artillery fire from the Ukrainian Armed Forces 26 times, including the territory of the nuclear plant.
At the same time, as a result of aimed fire on the transformer substation on September 6 and the power line on September 8, the city of Energodar was twice remained without electricity.
In the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Ukrainian artillery repeatedly struck 22 important power supply facilities in order to de-energize populated areas, kindergartens, life support facilities for the population, and industrial enterprises.
On September 1, three mines of the Donetsk Coal Energy Company, where dozens of miners were trapped underground, were de-energized as a result of the strike.
Yesterday, September 10, 19 transformer substations in the Petrovsky district of Donetsk were de-energized due to shelling by the Ukrainian Armed Forces. More than 1,600 civilian objects were remained without electricity as a result of the shelling.
It’s important to say that the daily strikes against civilian infrastructure are carried out by the Kiev regime in a deliberate and targeted manner.

• Die Reaktoren im russisch besetzte Atomkraftwerk Saporischja wurden (erneut) komplett heruntergefahren, wie unter anderem AP berichtet:

Europe’s largest nuclear plant has been reconnected to Ukraine’s electricity grid, allowing engineers to shut down its last operational reactor in an attempt to avoid a radiation disaster as fighting rages in the area.
The six-reactor Zaporizhzhia plant lost its outside source of power a week ago after all its power lines were disconnected as a result of shelling. It was operating in “island mode” for several days, generating electricity for crucial cooling systems from its only remaining operational reactor.
Nuclear operator Energoatom said one of those power lines was restored “to its operational capacity” late Saturday, making it possible to run the plant’s safety and other systems on electricity from the power system of Ukraine.

… und ein AP-Text zur Erläuterung, was das (technisch) bedeutet:

Ukraine’s nuclear operator Energoatom said the restoration of one of power lines linking the plant to the country’s power grid allowed engineers to shut down its last operating reactor.
Energoatom said the move was necessary to prevent a situation when the plant would have to rely exclusively on emergency diesel generators to keep the reactors cool and prevent a nuclear meltdown. The company’s chief told The Associated Press on Thursday that the plant only has diesel fuel for 10 days.

Ergänzung: Aus der Stellungnahme der Internationalen Atomenergieagentur:

A back-up power line to Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) has been restored, providing the plant with the external electricity it needs for reactor cooling and other essential safety functions, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) learnt at the site today.
Yesterday evening’s restoration of a 330 kilovolt (kV) reserve line – which connects Europe’s largest nuclear power plant to the Ukrainian network through the switchyard of a thermal power station in the nearby city of Enerhodar – enabled the ZNPP to shut down its last operating reactor early this morning. This reactor had over the past week provided the ZNPP with power after the facility was disconnected from the grid. With the line restoration, electricity needed for nuclear safety at the ZNPP once again comes from the external grid.
Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi welcomed the latest developments regarding the ZNPP’s power status – which were also confirmed by Ukraine – but he stressed that the situation at the plant remained precarious after weeks of shelling in the area that damaged vital power infrastructure. Even with all the reactors in shutdown, power is still required for reactor cooling and other systems needed to maintain safety.
“Despite this damage, plant operators and engineers have been able to restore one of the reserve power lines, in very challenging circumstances, to provide the ZNPP with badly-needed external electricity,” Director General Grossi said. “However, I remain gravely concerned about the situation at the plant, which remains in danger as long as any shelling continues. To address this serious situation, consultations have begun on the urgent need to establish a nuclear safety and security protection zone at the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP).” (…)
As is the case for the five other reactor units, ZNPP operating staff plan to bring unit 6 to a cold shutdown state, which can take about 30 hours. The ZNPP will still need electricity for safety-related functions. However, in this state only power from one diesel generator per reactor is needed to maintain safety.

• Der Vollständigkeit halber nachgetragen vom vergangenen Freitag: In der deutschen Debatte wird immer wieder NATO-Generalsekretär Jens Stoltenberg mit der Aussage zitiert, westliche Waffen für die Ukraine seien auch ein Sicherheitsgewinn für die abgebenden Länder – und das wird als Bekräftigung der Position zitiert, der Ukraine auch dann Waffen aus Deutschland zu geben, wenn sie der Bundeswehr fehlen. Um den sachlichen Hintergrund zu liefern, hier die Passage aus der Pressekonferenz Stoltenbergs mit US-Außenminister Antony Blinken:

Question: (…) And the question to the Secretary General, if I may, you’re constantly making the case for member states to send more ammunition, more arms to Ukraine. One of the replies we are constantly hearing from our defence ministers is that it would compromise capacities that they have pledged to NATO. So when push comes to shove and member states do have to make a decision on either supporting Ukraine or holding up their commitments to NATO, what is your suggestion? What’s the right decision to take?

Stoltenberg: NATO Allies have provided unprecedented support to Ukraine, with weapons, with ammunition and other capabilities. And of course, they have done that mostly by reducing existing stocks. And you are right that of course some Allies are now raising the issue of whether these stocks are depleted too much. My answer to that is actually twofold. One is to realise that the weapons, the munitions that we are providing to Ukraine are used to stop the aggressive actions of Russia against an independent sovereign nation in Europe, which is a close partner of NATO. And if President Putin wins in Ukraine, it’s not only bad for Ukrainians, but it is also dangerous for all of us. So actually, by ensuring that Russia, that President Putin, does not win in Ukraine, we are also increasing our own security and strengthening the Alliance by proving that we don’t allow that kind of behaviour close to our own borders. So the use of these stocks actually helps to increase our own security and reduce the risk of any aggressive actions by Russia against the NATO Allied countries. Let me also add that more than 80% of Russia’s land forces are now dedicated to the war in Ukraine. So of course what happens there matters for the total capacity of Russia to pose any threat to any NATO Allied countries. So my first thing, my first message, to Allies is that we welcome the unprecedented support, we are calling for even more support, and we urge them to dig deeper into the inventories, to the stocks, to continue to provide the supplies that Ukraine needs immediately. And we see that this is making a huge difference on the ground. Because as Secretary Blinken, Tony, just referred to, we see progress on the ground in Ukraine. But make no mistakes, we have to be prepared for the long haul. The second answer to the concern about the level of stocks is of course to produce more. And therefore we are now in close contact with the defence industry, with capitals. We have established structures here at NATO on defence planning, on capabilities, to ensure that we are now ramping up production, that we are replenishing the stocks, both to be able to continue to provide support to Ukraine, but this is not only about supporting Ukraine – it is also about ensuring that we have the weapons, the ammunitions, the capabilities in place for our own deterrence and defence.

• Das Abendbriefing des ukrainischen Generalstabs:

Operational update regarding the russian invasion as of 18:00, on September 11, 2022
The two hundred (200) day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a russian military invasion continues.
The enemy continues to focus its efforts on establishing control over the territory of Donetsk oblast, maintaining the temporarily captured territories and disrupting the offensive of our troops in certain directions.
The enemy conducts aerial reconnaissance, continues fire damage to the positions of our units, tries to take measures to restore the lost position by moving his troops.
A further threat of air and missile strikes remains on the entire territory of Ukraine. During the current day, the enemy launched 16 missile and 3 air strikes on objects on the territory of Ukraine. They affected 15 settlements, including Derhachi, Kramatorsk, Kostyantynivka, Dnipro, Voznesensk and Mykolayiv.
The situation in the Volyn and Polissya directions has not changed significantly.
In other directions, the enemy fired at military and civilian infrastructure from tanks, mortars, barrel and jet artillery:
in the Severskyi direction – in the areas of Seredyna-Buda, Bachivsk, Yastrubivka and Mayiske settlements of the Sumy oblast;
in the Kharkiv direction – Kostyantynivka, Baranivka, Svitlychne, Prudyanka, Dementiivka, Slatyne, Velyki Prohody, Borshchova, Ruska Lozova, Pytomnyk, Male Vesele, Rubizhne, Peremoha, Ukrainka and Stary Saltiv;
in the Slovyansk direction – Slovyansk and Stella;
in the Kramatorsk direction – in the areas of the settlements of Bohorodychne, Raihorodok, Hryhorivka, Mykolaivka, Kryva Luka, Siversk, Zvanivka, Ivano-Daryivka, Spirne and Rozdolivka;
in the Bakhmut direction – in the areas of Soledar, Bakhmutske, Bakhmut, Vesela Dolyna, Odradivka, Mykolayivka Druha, Zaitseve, Sukha Balka, Yuryivka, Rozivka and Opytne;
in the Avdiyivka direction, the settlements of Kamianka, Tonenke, Avdiyivka, Vodyane, Pervomaiske, Krasnohorivka and Maryinka were shelled;
in the Novopavlivskyi direction – in the areas of Shevchenko, Velyki Novosilky, Bohoyavlenka, Vuhledar and Mykilske settlements;
in the Zaporizhzhya region – in the areas of Komyshuvakha, Zelene Pole, Novopil, Hulyaipole, Poltavka, Rivnopil settlements.
In the South Buz region, the districts of Osokorivka, Novovoznesenskyi, Pervomaiskyi, Ukrainka, Murakhivka, Bilohirka, Shirokyi, Zori, Lyubomirivka, Lymaniv, Luparevo, Myrne and Sofiivka came under fire.
As a result of the successful counteroffensive of our troops in the Kharkiv direction, the russian troops frantically leave their positions and flee with the loot deep into the temporarily occupied territories or into the territory of the russian federation. In particular, it became known that about 150 servicemen of the armed forces of the russian federation left in a convoy from Borshchova and Artemivka of the Kharkiv oblast two buses, one truck and 19 stolen cars. The same situation is observed in the city of Svatove, Luhansk oblast. The occupiers hastily left the settlement in 4 Kamaz trucks, 20 Tiger armored cars and stole more than 20 cars belonging to local residents.
The enemy continues to commit terrorist acts and places its soldiers in educational institutions. In particular, the school in the village of Lyubomyrivka, Zaporizhzhya oblast, was turned into a hospital and more than 100 wounded, about 10 units of military equipment are placed around the building.
The defense forces have repulsed enemy attacks in the areas of Velyki Prohody, Kurdyumivka, Mykolayivka Druha, Zayitseve, Mayorsk, Ozeryanivka, Novobakhmutivka, Avdiyivka, Pervomayiske and Vodyane settlements.
The liberation of settlements from the russian invaders continues. In the Kherson oblast, the occupiers also withdrew from their positions in some settlements. Due to heavy losses in manpower, the russian invaders expelled all local residents from the Central City Hospital in Nova Kakhovka and use it exclusively for their military.
During the current day, in order to support the actions of the ground groups, the aviation of the Defense Forces carried out five strikes. Four concentrations of enemy manpower and military equipment and one anti-aircraft missile complex were hit. Enemy losses are being refined.
Missile troops and artillery of ground troops continue to perform tasks of counter-battery combat, fire damage to manpower and combat equipment, disruption of the enemy’s control system and logistical support, as well as support of counteroffensive actions of our troops.