Im andauernden russischen Angriffskrieg gegen die Ukraine bereitet Russland in internationalen Gesprächen ein weiteres Absenken der Schwelle für einen Nukleareinsatz vor. Der Sammler am 23. Oktober 2023:
• Die russische Regierung ist erneut darum bemüht, den Vorwurf zu streuen, die Ukraine bereite einen Anschlag mit einer so genannten schmutzigen Bombe vor, also mit Kernmaterial zur Verseuchung. Neu ist, dass der russische Verteidigungsminister Sergej Schoigu diesen Vorwurf in Telefonaten mit Verteidigungsministern der NATO erhebt, zunächst gegenüber dem französischen Verteidigungsminister Sébastien Lecornu – die Mitteilung des russischen Ministeriums in der veröffentlichten englischen Fassung:
On 23 October 2022, Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu, held telephone conversations with French Defense Minister Sebastien Lecornu.
They discussed situation in Ukraine, which is rapidly deteriorating.
General of the Army Sergei Shoigu conveyed to the French counterpart his concerns about possible provocations by Ukraine with the use of a ‘dirty bomb.’
Der britische Verteidigungsminister Ben Wallace reagierte via Twitter öffentlich auf das Gespräch:
At the request of the Russian Ministry of Defence, the Secretary of State for Defence spoke with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu, this afternoon. Minister Shoigu alleged that Ukraine was planning actions facilitated by Western countries, including the UK, to escalate the conflict in Ukraine.
The Defence Secretary refuted these claims and cautioned that such allegations should not be used as a pretext for greater escalation.
The Defence Secretary also reiterated UK and wider international support for Ukraine and desire to de-escalate this conflict. It is for Ukraine and Russia to seek resolution to the war and the UK stands ready to assist.
The Secretary of State observed that both Ministers were professional and respectful on the call.
Am Abend äußerte sich auch der französische Verteidigungsminister ebenfalls via Twitter:
Der Verteidigungsminister telefonierte am Sonntag, dem 23. Oktober, auf Wunsch seines russischen Amtskollegen Sergej Schoigu mit diesem. Sergej Schoigu äußerte die Befürchtung, dass die Ukrainer auf ihrem Territorium eine schmutzige Bombe zünden könnten, um Russland die Verantwortung dafür zuzuschieben.
Der Verteidigungsminister erinnerte daran, dass Frankreich jede Form der Eskalation, insbesondere der nuklearen Eskalation, ablehne. Frankreich fordert Russland auf, seinen Angriffskrieg gegen die Ukraine zu beenden und alles zu tun, um zur Deeskalation beizutragen. Der Verteidigungsminister betonte ebenfalls, dass Frankreich entschlossen sei, an der Seite seiner Verbündeten zu einer friedlichen Lösung des Konflikts beizutragen. Die beiden Minister vereinbarten, in Kontakt zu bleiben.
Der Verteidigungsminister wird in Kürze ein Gespräch mit seinem ukrainischen Amtskollegen führen.
(Übersetzt mit deepl.com)
In russischen Medien wird als Ort für eine solche schmutzige Bombe die südukrainische Stadt Mykolajiw genannt. Auch Russland als Nuklearstaat weiß allerdings, dass die Herkunft spaltbaren Materials bei einer solchen Terrorwaffe aufgrund physikalischer Bestimmungsmöglichkeiten nachzuweisen ist.
Schoigu setzte die Reihe seiner Telefonate mit NATO-Verteidigungsministern mit einem Gespräch mit US-Ressortchef Lloyd Austin fort – interessanterweise fehlt in der russischen Darstellung des Gesprächs der bei den anderen Gesprächspartnern verwendete Hinweis auf die schmutzige Bombe:
Russian Defence Minister holds telephone talks with US Secretary of Defense
On 23 October 2022, Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu, has held telephone talks with US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.They discussed situation in Ukraine.
• Das britische Intel Update:
On 19 October, Wagner Group owner Yevgeny Prigozhin claimed online that his engineering team were constructing an extensive fortified ‘Wagner Line’ of defences in Russian-occupied Luhansk Oblast, and posted a map showing the planned extent of the project.
Imagery showed a section of newly constructed anti-tank defences and trench systems southeast of Kreminna in Luhansk Oblast.
If the plans are as extensive as Prigozhin claims, the works likely aim to integrate the Siversky Donetsk river into the defensive zone, partially following the 2015 Line of Control.
The project suggests Russia is making a significant effort to prepare defences in depth behind the current front line, likely to deter any rapid Ukrainian counter offensives.
Nachtrag: Das gemeinsame Statement von USA, Großbritannien und Frankreich dazu:
The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, France, and the United Kingdom.
We, the Foreign Ministers of France, the United Kingdom, and the United States, reiterate our steadfast support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s ongoing aggression. We remain committed to continue supporting Ukraine’s efforts to defend its territory for as long as it takes.
Earlier today, the defense ministers of each of our countries spoke to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu at his request. Our countries made clear that we all reject Russia’s transparently false allegations that Ukraine is preparing to use a dirty bomb on its own territory. The world would see through any attempt to use this allegation as a pretext for escalation. We further reject any pretext for escalation by Russia.
The Foreign Ministers also discussed their shared determination to continue supporting Ukraine and the Ukrainian people with security, economic, and humanitarian assistance in the face of President Putin’s brutal war of aggression.
The operational update regarding the russian invasion on 06.00, on October 23, 2022
The two-hundred-forty-second (242) day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a russian military large-scale invasion continues.
The enemy is trying to hold the temporarily captured territories, concentrates efforts on restraining the actions of the Defence Forces in certain directions, at the same time, it does not stop trying to conduct offensive actions in the Bakhmut and Avdiivka directions.
Over the past 24 hours, units of the Defense Forces repelled the attacks of the occupiers in the areas of the settlements of Bakhmut, Bakhmutske, Ivanhrad, Maryinka, Soledar, Ozaryanivka, Odradivka in the Donetsk oblast and Bilohorivka in the Luhansk oblast.
The enemy is shelling the positions of our troops along the contact line and conducting aerial reconnaissance. Last day, the russian occupiers again resorted to massive shelling of critical infrastructure and civilian housing, violating the norms of International Humanitarian Law, laws and customs of war. More than half of cruise missiles and attack UAVs were shot down by the Defense Forces of Ukraine.
In total, over the past day, the invaders launched 32 missile and 25 air strikes, carried out more than 80 MLRS attacks.
Energy and critical infrastructure facilities in the Volyn, Rivne, Kharkiv, Khmelnytskyi, Kirovohrad, Cherkasy, Zaporizhzhia, Odesa, and Mykolaiv regions were hit by enemy attacks.
The situation in the Volyn and Polissya directions has not changed significantly.
The enemy shelled in such directions:
in the Siversky direction – from mortars and barrel artillery, in the areas of the settlements of Hudove and Khodyne of the Chernihiv oblast and Seredyna Buda, Vovkivka and Yunakivka of the Sumy oblast;
in the Kupyansk and Lyman directions – from mortars, barrel and jet artillery, in the areas of the settlements of Kolodyazne, Kotlyarivka, Kyslivka of the Kharkiv oblast, Stelmakhivka of the Luhansk oblast, and Zarichne and Terny in the Donetsk oblast;
in the Bakhmut direction – from tanks and artillery of various calibers, in the areas of Andriivka, Bakhmutske, Bakhmut, Vesele, Zelenopilya, Klishchiivka, Mayorsk, Kurdyumivka, Ozaryanivka, Opytne, Soledar and Yakovlivka settlements of the Donetsk oblast;
in the Avdiivka and Zaporizhzhia directions – from tanks, mortars, barrel and jet artillery, in the areas of the settlements of Avdiivka, Vremivka, Velyka Novosilka, Vuhledar, Novobakhmutivka, Neskuchne in Donetsk region, and Dorozhnyanka and Orihiv in the Zaporizhzhia region.
In the South Buh direction, the enemy shelled the military and civilian infrastructure of more than 20 settlements near the contact line. Among them are Bezymenne, Bilohirka, Davidiv Brid, Novogryhorivka, Novoukrainka, Partyzanske, Pravdyne and Chervona Dolyna.
According to detailed information, the destruction of enemy personnel and equipment in the previous days has been confirmed:
in Nova Kakhovka, Kherson oblast, as a result of the damage to the location of the invaders, 6 units of weapons and military equipment were destroyed and up to 150 servicemen were injured;
in the Zaporizhzhia region, 5 units of weapons and military equipment were destroyed and about 100 servicemen were injured. Information about the dead occupiers is being clarified.
Aviation of the Defense Forces carried out 17 strikes during the past day. It has been confirmed that 15 areas of concentration of weapons and military equipment, as well as two positions of the enemy’s anti-aircraft missile systems, have been destroyed. Air defense units shot down one Ka-52 helicopter and 3 Orlan unmanned aerial vehicles.
Over the past 24 hours, military personnel of the missile forces and artillery hit three control points, six areas of concentration of manpower, weapons and military equipment, an ammunition depot and five other important enemy facilities, including one radar station.
• Das Briefing des russischen Verteidigungsministeriums:
Russian Defence Ministry report on the progress of the special military operation in Ukraine (23 October 2022)
The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continue the special military operation.
In the past 24 hours, the Russian Armed Forces have continued launching attacks by high-precision long-range air-based armament at the military control and energy systems of Ukraine.
All the assigned targets have been neutralised.
In the Kupyansk direction, the enemy made attempts with up to two motorised infantry companies to attack the Russian troops‘ positions in the direction of Kuzemovka (Lugansk People’s Republic) and Berestovoye (Kharkov region).
All the enemy attacks have been repelled. Artillery fire and active actions of Russian troops annihilated more than 20 Ukrainian personnel, two armoured personnel carriers, and one car.
In the Krasny Liman direction, the enemy attempted to break through with a reinforced motorised infantry battalion the defence of Russian troops close to Novosadovoye (Donetsk People’s Republic) and Torskoye forestry.
Russian airstrikes and concentrated artillery fire from pre-prepared lines inflicted fire damage on the AFU units.
About 70 Ukrainian personnel, three infantry fighting vehicles, seven armoured personnel carriers, and three pickup trucks were destroyed.
In the South-Donetsk direction, the enemy attacked the Russian positions with the forces of two company tactical groups reinforced with tanks in the directions of Novomikhailovka, Nikolskoye, and Slavnoye (Donetsk People’s Republic).
Artillery fire stopped and dispersed the hostile units. More than 40 Ukrainian servicemen, seven armored fighting vehicles, and four cars were destroyed.
In the Nykolayev–Krivoy Rog direction, the enemy with a reinforced motorised infantry battalion failed to attack the Russian positions in the directions of Bruskinskoye, Pyatikhatki, Koshara, Sukhanovo, and Ishchenko (Kherson region).
All the attacks have been successfully repulsed by the Russian troops. The enemy has been driven back to its initial positions.
More than 90 Ukrainian personnel, three tanks, and eight armoured fighting vehicles were destroyed.
Operational-tactical and army aviation, missile troops and artillery strikes eliminated: the AFU command post close to Novotavrichnoye (Zaporozhye region), AFU units near Novaya Kamenka, Pyatikhatki, and Novaya Kaluga (Kherson region), Yampol, Novoukrainka, and Kirovsk (Donetsk People’s Republic), and Izyumskoye (Kharkov region); 67 artillery units at the firing positions, manpower, and military hardware in 167 areas.
Five AFU munition depots were annihilated near Kupyansk-Uzlovoy and Dvurechnaya (Kharkov region), Trifonovka (Kherson region), Torskoye (Donetsk People’s Republic), and the city of Nikolayev.
An oil terminal storing diesel fuel for AFU military hardware was destroyed close to Alekseyevka (Dnepropetrovsk region).
A fuel depot was eliminated near the village of Smela (Cherkasy region), where more than 100,000 tonnes of aviation fuel for the Ukrainian Air Force were stored.
In the past 24 hours , air defence systems shot down 15 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) close to Staritsa, Ishchenka, Borozenskoye, Tokarevka (Kherson region), Lyubimovka (Zaporozhye region), Yegorovka, Staromayorskoye, Blagoveschenka (Donetsk People’s Republic), Verkhnyaya Duvanka, Kuzemovka, and Oborotnovka (Lugansk People’s Republic).
Moreover, six projectiles of the American HIMARS MLRS and one HARM high-speed anti-radiation missile were intercepted close to Kakhovka (Kherson region) and Svatovo (Lugansk People’s Republic).
In total, 325 airplanes and 162 helicopters, 2,323 unmanned aerial vehicles, 383 anti-aircraft missile systems, 5,997 tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles, 874 combat vehicles equipped with multiple rocket-launching systems, 3,517 field artillery cannons and mortars, as well as 6,720 units of special military hardware have been destroyed during the special military operation.
Kiev regime continues its provocations aimed at creating a possible technological disaster at the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant.
During the day, the artillery of the Armed Forces of Ukraine fired more than 30 artillery shells targeting eastern outskirts of Energodar and the territory adjacent to the nuclear power plant.
The strikes were carried out from the AFU-controlled areas of Nikopol and Chervonogrigorovka (Dnepropetrovsk region).
The hostile firepower has been neutralised by Russian artillery’s counter-attack.
There are no casualties and destruction at the station. The radiation environment remains normal.
The operational update regarding the russian invasion on 18.00, on October 23, 2022
The two-hundred-forty-second (242) day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a russian military large-scale invasion continues.
The enemy is trying to keep the temporarily captured territories, improve the tactical position, concentrates efforts on restraining the actions of the Defense Forces in certain areas. At the same time, it conducts offensive operations in the Bakhmut and Avdiivka directions.
To maintain the war in Ukraine, the russian federation continues to equip units at the expense of mobilized persons and removes military equipment from storage.
Units of the Defense Forces of Ukraine repelled the attacks of the occupiers in the areas of Bakhmut, Klishchiivka, Novomykhailivka, Maryinka, Nevelske, Pervomayske and Avdiivka settlements of the Donetsk oblast.
The enemy is shelling the positions of our troops along the contact line and conducting aerial reconnaissance. During the day, the enemy again carried out missile and air strikes on the infrastructure and residences of the civilian population, violating the norms of International Humanitarian Law, the laws and customs of warfare.
In total, during the day, the occupiers launched 2 rocket and 25 air strikes, carried out about 30 MLRS attacks.
Civil infrastructure facilities in Mykolaiv, Zaporizhzhia, and Novotavrycheske of the Zaporizhzhia oblast were hit by enemy attacks.
The situation in the Volyn and Polissya directions has not changed significantly. The threat of missile and air strikes against Ukrainian critical infrastructure facilities from the territory of the republic of belarus remains. In particular, with the use of iranian-made strike UAVs.
The enemy shelled in other directions:
in the Kupyansk and Lymansk directions – from mortars, barrel and rocket artillery, in the areas of Yampolivka, Kamianka and Bilogorivka settlements;
in the Bakhmut direction – from tanks, mortars, barrel and jet artillery, in the areas of Bakhmutske, Bakhmut, Klishchiivka, Ozaryanivka, Opytne, Soledar and Yakovlivka settlements of the Donetsk oblast;
in the Avdiivka and Zaporizhzhia directions – from tanks and artillery of various types, in the areas of Avdiivka, Pervomaiske, Nevelske, Vodyane, Novomykhailivka, Maryinka, Prechistivka, Novopil, Novosilka and Zaliznychne settlements.
In the South Buh direction, the enemy shelled the military and civilian infrastructure of the settlements, which are not far from the contact line. Nikopol and Ilyinka of the Dnipropetrovsk oblast were hit by rocket and barrel artillery fire.
The russian military command has problems with the material support of mobilized citizens. Thus, in the Kherson oblast, demobilized russian servicemen are poorly equipped, most of them lack military shoes and other elements of uniforms and equipment.
It is known that the mobilized personnel of the russian occupation forces are sent to war to review the operational situation. The command does not pay attention to the level of their training. In this way, the russian military leadership is trying to hold the front line. Due to the weak organization of interaction, there are rare cases of so-called „friendly fire“ between enemy units.
According to detailed information, the destruction of enemy personnel and equipment was confirmed on October 22 of the current year. In the area of the city of Enerhodar, as a result of fire damage, 4 D-30 howitzers, 3 trucks with ammunition, up to 50 enemy servicemen, and about 40 more were wounded. On one of the directions, 2 units of the enemy’s „Hurricane“ anti-aircraft missile system along with combat calculations were hit.
Aviation of the Defense Forces made 6 strikes during the day. It has been confirmed that 6 areas of concentration of weapons and military equipment of the enemy have been destroyed. Earlier today, air defense units shot down twelve „Shahed-136“ UAVs.
Missile troops and artillery hit the command post, five areas of concentration of manpower, weapons and military equipment, ammunition warehouse and anti-aircraft missile system of the enemy.