Nachgetragen fürs Archiv: Zum andauernden russischen Angriffskrieg gegen die Ukraine der Sammler am 16. November 2022:
• Die Folgen der massiven russischen Luftangriffe auf die Ukraine und vor allem die Einschläge auf polnischem Territorium bestimmen die Debatte am Mittwoch. Nach übereinstimmender Einschätzung der USA, Polens und der NATO sind die Explosionen in Polen auf den Absturz einer ukrainischen Flugabwehrrakete zurückzuführen. Die Ukraine beharrt dagegen darauf, dass es sich um ein russisches Geschoss gehandelt habe.
Aus dem Statement von NATO-Generalsekretär Jens Stoltenberg nach einem Treffen des Nordatlantikrats in Brüssel zu den Explosionen in Polen:
„Since the start of Russia’s illegal war in Ukraine, NATO has increased vigilance across our eastern flank,“ NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said after the meeting. He stated that we need to await the outcome of the ongoing investigation, but „we have no indication that this was the result of a deliberate attack and we have no indication that Russia is preparing offensive military actions against NATO“. He added: „Our preliminary analysis suggests that the incident was likely caused by a Ukrainian air defence missile fired to defend Ukrainian territory against Russian cruise missile attacks. But let me clear: this is not Ukraine’s fault. Russia bears ultimate responsibility as it continues its illegal war against Ukraine.“
Der ukrainische Präsident Wolodymyr Selenskyj erneuerte dagegen die Aussage, es sei eine von russischen Streitkräften, nicht von der Ukraine abgefeuerte Rakete gewesen. Aus der Meldung der New York Times:
Despite indications that Russia did not fire the missile that caused a deadly explosion in Poland on Tuesday, President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine continued on Wednesday to assert that Russia had done so.
That position is at odds with the preliminary findings of Poland and NATO, which indicate that a Ukrainian air defense missile caused the blast.
“I have no doubt that it was not our missile,” Mr. Zelensky told Ukrainian news outlets. However, he allowed for the possibility he was mistaken. “I want us to be fair, and if it was the use of our air defense, then I want that evidence,” he said, urging that Ukraine be allowed to join the investigation into the blast.
Als Reaktion – und offensichtlich vor allem auf Wunsch Polens – kündigte das Verteidigungsministerium mehr Unterstützung Polens bei der Luftverteidigung an – mit Kampfflugzeugen vom Typ Eurofighter für ständige Luftraumpatrouillen, wie es sie auch mit deutscher Hilfe bereits im März gegeben hatte. Ministeriumssprecher Christian Thiels vor der Bundespressekonferenz am Mittwoch:
Thiels: Als Sofortreaktion auf die Ereignisse in Polen werden wir Polen die Verstärkung des Airpolicings mit „combat air patrols“ über seinem Luftraum mit deutschen Eurofightern anbieten. Dies kann bereits ab morgen erfolgen, wenn Polen dies wünscht. Die Jets müssen dafür nicht nach Polen verlegt werden; die Patrouillen können von deutschen Luftwaffenbasen aus erfolgen. Wir haben das in diesem Jahr bereits bis Juli getan. Das ist also bewährt. Wir stehen mit der polnischen Seite bereits in Kontakt. Die Verteidigungsministerin wird noch heute das Gespräch mit ihrem polnischen Amtskollegen zu diesem Angebot suchen.
Wie Sie wissen, haben wir bereits unsere Luftverteidigungssysteme vom Typ Patriot in der Slowakei stationiert, aktuell gemeinsam mit den Niederlanden. Verteidigungsministerin Lambrecht hat entschieden, diese Präsenz, die bis Mitte 2023 befristet war, mindestens bis Ende 2023 zu verlängern. Wir prüfen zudem, ob darüber hinaus die Stationierung dieser wichtigen Fähigkeit zur Luftverteidigung an der Ostflanke der Allianz in der Slowakei noch weiterhin verlängert werden kann, also bis ins Jahr 2024.
Beim Treffen der EU-Verteidigungsministerinnen und -Verteidigungsminister in Brüssel gestern hat die Ministerin bereits verkündet, dass wir ein Instandsetzungszentrum für die an die Ukraine gelieferten deutschen Waffen wie die Panzerhaubitze 2000 oder den Mehrfachraketenwerfer MARS II in der Slowakei eingerichtet haben. Dieses Zentrum hat seinen Betrieb bereits aufgenommen. Wir planen nun in Absprache mit der Slowakei die zusätzliche Absicherung dieses Zentrums durch Systeme zum Nah- und Nächstbereichsschutz. Für alle, die fragen, was das für ein System ist: Es ist das System MANTIS, über das die Bundeswehr verfügt.(…)
Frage: Herr Thiels, wie viele Eurofighter wurden Polen nun angeboten? Um wie viele Flugzeuge handelt es sich? (…)
Thiels: Die Patrouillen finden immer in bestimmten festgelegten Lufträumen statt. Das muss mit der polnischen Seite natürlich genau abgestimmt werden. Dann sind immer sogenannte Rotten unterwegs, immer zwei Maschinen gemeinsam. Es wäre jetzt also schwierig, zu sagen, wie viele Maschinen insgesamt involviert sind. Wenn die polnische Seite sagen würde: „Bitte macht das in zwei Lufträumen gleichzeitig, die wir euch zuweisen“, dann wären es vier Maschinen. Aber das alles muss man natürlich mit der polnischen Seite konkret abstimmen. Es ist ja deren Luftraum. Dem will ich nicht vorgreifen.
Auch mit den Explosionen in Polen gebe es keine neue Entwicklung, die auf eine Gefährdung Deutschlands hindeute, sagte der Leiter des Ukraine-Stabs im Verteidigungsministerium, Brigadegeneral Christian Freuding. Deshalb sei es auch nicht erforderlich, die Bereitschaft deutscher Streitkräfte zu erhöhen:
Die Einschläge in Polen haben in der öffentlichen Wahrnehmung eine andere gefährliche Entwicklung verdrängt: Bei gleich zwei ukrainischen Atomkraftwerken waren durch die Angriffe die Verbindungen zum Stromnetz beeinträchtigt. Aus der Mitteilung der Internationalen Atomenergieagentur IAEA:
Ukraine’s Khmelnytskyy Nuclear Power Plant (KhNPP) lost all access to the electricity grid yesterday due to military attacks in the country, forcing it to temporarily rely on diesel generators for back-up power, Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said today, citing information he had received from Ukrainian authorities.
The KhNPP’s grid connection was completely lost at 18:35 local time on 15 November, after the site’s four operating power lines were progressively lost over a two-and-a-half-hour period because of missile attacks on the country’s energy infrastructure, Ukraine told the IAEA. During this period, the plant’s two reactors were shut down, halting their delivery of electricity to households, factories and others.
More than nine hours later – at 03:45 this morning – the plant regained off-site electricity through two 330 kilovolt (kV) back-up power lines, and the diesel generators were stopped. One of those lines was again lost about an hour later and only restored at 11:25. The two reactor units remain in shutdown mode.
Another nuclear power plant also located in western Ukraine – Rivne – lost the connection to one of its 750 kV power lines yesterday afternoon. As a result, the plant reduced its power output, and one of its four units was automatically disconnected. At 04:00 today, the plant increased the power of one of its other units to continue supplying electricity to the Ukrainian network
While Ukraine’s largest nuclear power plant – Zaporizhzhya – has lost off-site power several times during the current military conflict in the country, yesterday’s events underlined the fragile nuclear safety and security situation also at its other nuclear facilities. Ukraine has 15 reactors at four nuclear power plants, as well as the Chornobyl site.
• Das britische Intel Update:
The Kakhovka Dam on the Dnipro River is the site of major hydroelectric power plant as well as providing one of the two main road crossing points of the lower reaches of the Dnipro River.
Ukrainian precision strikes have targeted the site since August, successfully disrupting Russian military resupply.
On 11 November 2022 the site suffered further significant damage, almost certainly because of controlled demolitions by retreating Russian forces. This was likely done in an attempt to hinder future Ukrainian advances.
Three spans of both the road and rail bridges on the northern end of the dam were destroyed, rendering the crossings impassable.
However, the three spillway gates below this section of the dam remained largely intact. The current level of damage is unlikely to result in major flooding downstream.
Operational update regarding the russian invasion as of 06:00, on November 16, 2022
The two hundred sixty-sixth (266) day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a russian military large-scale invasion continues.
The enemy is trying to restrain the actions of the Defence Forces in certain directions and continues to equip defensive lines on the left bank of the Dnieper. At the same time, it does not stop offensive operations in the Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Novopavlivka directions.
Over the past 24 hours, Ukrainian soldiers have repelled attacks by russian invaders in the areas of Bilohorivka, Kurdyumivka, Novokalynivka, Vesele, Avdiivka, Pervomaiske, Vodyane, Novomykhailivka, and Vremivka settlements in the Donetsk oblast.
Over the past day, the russian federation launched a massive missile attack on the military and civilian infrastructure of Ukraine. Residential buildings of citizens and objects of critical infrastructure in Kyiv, Zhytomyr, Vinnytsya, Poltava, Lviv, Khmelnytskyi and other regions of our country were affected.
The enemy fired more than 90 Kh-101 and Kalibr missiles and more than ten attack UAVs. According to detailed information, 77 cruise missiles, 10 Iranian attack drones „Shahed-136“ and one UAV „Orion“ were destroyed by the units of the Defence Forces. Additional information is being clarified.
In addition, the enemy does not stop shelling the positions of our troops and settlements along the contact line. So, during the past day, the occupiers carried out 43 airstrikes and carried out more than 40 MLRS attacks.
The situation in the Volyn and Polissya directions has not changed significantly.
The enemy shelled in such other directions:
in the Siversky direction – from artillery of various types, in the areas of Krasnopilla, Ryzhivka, Kindrativka and Slavhorod settlements of the Sumy oblast;
in the Slobozhansky direction – from mortars, barrel and jet artillery, in the areas of the settlements of Vovchansk, Kamianka, Starytsa, Strilecha, Hlyboke, Ternova, Kozacha Lopan and Hoptivka;
in the Kupyansk and Lyman directions – from tanks and artillery of various calibres, in the areas of the settlements of Berestove, Novoselivske, Stelmakhivka, Nevske, Terny, Ploshanka, Kislivka, Makiivka, Zarichne, Bilogorivka, and Spirne;
in the Bakhmut direction – from tanks and the entire range of artillery, in the areas of Soledar, Andriivka, Bakhmut, Bakhmutske, Kurdyumivka, Ozaryanivka, Zelenopillia, Yakovlivka, New York and Opytne;
in the Avdiivka direction – from tanks, mortars, barrel and jet artillery, in the areas of Avdiivka, Vodyane, Maryinka, Nevelske, Novomykhailivka, Novokalynove settlements;
in the Novopavlovsk direction – from tanks and artillery of various types, in the areas of the settlements of Bohoyavlenka, Velyka Novosilka, Vremivka, Vuhledar, Pavlivka, Prechystivka;
in the Zaporizhia direction – from tanks and artillery, in the areas of Zaliznychne, Shcherbaky, Temyrivka, Stepnohirsk, Bilohirya, Dorozhnyanka, Malynivka, Olhivske, Novopil, Hulyaipole settlements;
in the Kherson direction – from the entire spectrum of artillery, in the districts of Illinka, Dudchany, Kachkarivka, and Prydniprovskyi.
In connection with significant losses in the course of hostilities, in the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, cases of desertion in units of the occupying forces increased and the morale and psychological state deteriorated significantly. Thus, after the battles in the area of the settlement of Mayorsk, the 1st Horlivka territorial battalion lost its combat capability. Losses in it amounted to over 50 percent killed and wounded, the morale and psychological condition of servicemen is unsatisfactory. The enemy command disbanded the mentioned unit. The remaining personnel are distributed among other military units.
During the past day, the aviation of the Defense Forces of Ukraine struck the enemy 14 times. 11 areas of concentration of personnel, weapons and military equipment, as well as 3 positions of the enemy’s anti-aircraft missile systems were hit.
Soldiers of the Ukrainian missile forces and artillery over the past day struck 3 areas of concentration of manpower, weapons and military equipment, a radio-electronic warfare station and an ammunition warehouse of the occupiers.
• Das Briefing des russischen Verteidigungsministeriums:
Russian Defence Ministry report on the progress of the special military operation in Ukraine (16 November 2022)
On 15 November, Russian Armed Forces launched a massive attack using high-precision long-range air- and sea-based weaponry, at the military control system of Ukraine and energy facilities related to it. The goal of the attack has been reached.
All the launched missiles have accurately stricken the assigned targets. All the facilities have been neutralised.
We want to emphasise that the high-precision attacks were launched only at the targets located in Ukraine and no closer than 35 kilometres from the Ukrainian–Polish border.
The footage of the wreckage detected in Przewodów, published in the evening on 15 November in Poland, has definitely been identified by professionals of Russian defence industrial complex as elements of S-300 air defence guided missile of Ukrainian Air Force.
The statements of various Ukrainian sources and foreign officials on the fall of alleged ‚Russian rockets‘ in Przewodów are a deliberate provocation aimed at escalating the situation.
We also want to stress that no missile strikes were launched at any facilities in Kiev within high-precision firepower’s massive attack on the facilities located in Ukraine.
All the destructions in the residential quarters of the Ukrainian capital, demonstrated by the Kiev regime, are the direct consequence of the fall and self-destruction of the air defence missiles launched by Ukrainian forces from the foreign-manufactured air defence systems deployed within the city limits.
The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continue the special military operation.
In Kupyansk direction, the Army Aviation of Russian Aerospace Forces have frustrated the attempts made by 3 company tactical groups from 14th and 92nd mechanised brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) to launch an offensive towards Berestovoye, Kolesnikovka (Kharkov region) and Novosyolovskoye (Lugansk People’s Republic).
Over 80 Ukrainian personnel, 6 tanks, 8 armoured fighting vehicles, 2 armoured motor vehicles, and 3 self-propelled artillery systems have been eliminated.
In Krasny Liman direction, artillery fire operation and intensive action of Russian units have resulted in repelling 2 attempts made by AFU company tactical groups to attack Russian positions towards Kolomyichikha (Lugansk People’s Republic).
The comprehensive firepower’s operation has resulted in causing casualties of over 100 Ukrainian personnel, 2 tanks, and 4 armoured fighting vehicles.
In Donetsk direction, the AFU made unsuccessful attempts to halt the advance of Russian units by counterattacks towards Kurdyumovka, Avdeyevka, Staromikhaylovka and Georgiyevka (Donetsk People’s Republic).
Artillery operation and decisive action of assault groups have resulted in halting and scattering the enemy units.
Over 160 Ukrainian personnel, 3 tanks, 5 armoured fighting vehicles, 1 pickup, and 2 motor vehicles with ordnance have been eliminated.
In South Donetsk direction, Russian forces have prevented an attack launched by AFU battalion tactical group towards Stepnoye (Donetsk People’s Republic).
Firepower’s operation has resulted in halting and driving the enemy back to initial positions.
Over 65 Ukrainian personnel and mercenaries, 2 infantry fighting vehicles, 5 armoured motor vehicles, and 3 motor vehicles have been eliminated.
Operational-Tactical and Army Aviation, Missile Troops and Artillery have neutralised 7 AFU command posts near Krakhmalnoye, Berestovoye (Kharkov region), Stelmakhovka (Lugansk People’s Republic), Sadovoye, Tyaginka, Zmiyevka (Kherson region), Kirovo (Donetsk People’s Republic), as well as 94 artillery units at their firing positions, manpower and hardware in 185 areas.
1 U.S.-manufactured AN/TPQ-50 counterbattery warfare radar has been destroyed near Novoyegorovka (Lugansk People’s Republic).
1 AFU ordnance depot has been destroyed near Orekhov (Zaporozhye region).
Within the counterbattery warfare, 2 batteries of U.S.-manufactured M-777 artillery systems have been neutralised near Kolesnikovka (Kharkov region).
Moreover, 1 Ukrainian Akatsiya self-propelled artillery system has been destroyed near Mylovoye (Kherson region), as well as 1 Ukrainian fighting vehicle for Grad multiple-launch rocket system (MLRS) has been destroyed near Artyomovka (Lugansk People’s Republic).
Operational-Tactical Aviation of Russian Aerospace Forces has shot down 1 Mi-8 helicopter of Ukrainian Air Force near Novosyolovka (Zaporozhye region).
Air defence facilities have destroyed 3 unmanned aerial vehicles near Rayskoye (Kherson region), Petrovskoye (Donetsk People’s Republic), and Krasnorechenskoye (Lugansk People’s Republic).
Moreover, 11 projectiles launched by HIMARS and Uragan MLRS have been intercepted near Kalanchak and Novonikolayevka (Kherson region).
In total, 333 airplanes and 177 helicopters, 2,514 unmanned aerial vehicles, 388 air defence missile systems, 6,644 tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles, 892 fighting vehicles equipped with MLRS, 3,587 field artillery cannons and mortars, as well as 7,240 units of special military hardware have been destroyed during the special military operation.
Operational update regarding russian invasion as of 18.00, November 16, 2022
The two hundred sixty-sixth (266) day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to the russian military large-scale invasion continues.
The enemy does not stop shelling the positions of our troops and settlements near the contact line. During the day, the russian occupiers carried out 2 air strikes, 3 missile strikes and launched more than 13 MLRS attacks. A rocket attack was made against a civil infrastructure object in the city of Zaporizhzhia.
The situation in the Volyn and Polissya directions has not changed significantly.
The enemy shelled in such other directions:
in the Slobozhansk direction – from artillery of various types, in the areas of the settlements of Strilecha, Hlyboke, Morokhovets, Ternova, Starytsa, Vovchansk, Bilyi Kolodyaz, Bochkove, Mala Vovcha and Komisarove;
in the Kupyansk and Lyman directions – from artillery of various calibers, in the areas of the settlements of Kislivka, Berestove, Novoselivske, Stelmakhivka, Andriivka, Hrekivka, Makiivka, Nevske, and Terny;
in the Bakhmut direction – from tanks and the entire range of artillery, in the areas of the settlements of Spirne, Yakovlivka, Soledar, Bakhmutske, Bakhmut, Opytne, Zelenopillia, Kurdyumivka and Ozaryanivka;
in the Avdiivka direction – from tanks, mortars, barrel and jet artillery, in the areas of Kamianka, Avdiivka, Pervomaiske, Nevelske and Maryinka;
in the Novopavlivsk direction – from artillery of various types, in the areas of the settlements of Vuhledar, Bohoyavlenka, Prechystivka Zolota Nyva;
in the Zaporizhzhia direction – from mortars, barrel and jet artillery, in the areas of settlements of Novopil, Temyrivka, Olhivske, Malynivka, Hulyaipole, Dorozhnyanka, Zaliznychne, Bilohirya and Shcherbaky.
In the Kherson direction, the settlements of Nikopol and Chervonohrihorivka of the Dnipropetrovsk oblast were directly affected by the fire of barrel and jet artillery.
russian occupation forces continue to suffer losses on the territory of Ukraine. Thus, as a result of strike on the area of the enemy’s concentration on November 15, in the settlement of Denezhnikovo, Luhansk oblast, the enemy’s losses amounted to about 50 people killed and wounded. The elimination of 8 occupiers and wounding of 16 servicemen on November 9 in the area of the city of Amvrosiivka, Donetsk oblast, was also confirmed.
As a result of the actions of the Defense Forces, a railway bridge was damaged in the area of Chernihivka, Zaporizhzhia oblast. This makes it impossible to use the structure in the interests of the russian occupiers.
A successful fire attack on the location of enemy personnel on November 15 in the areas of Skadovsk, Novomykolaivka and Nova Mayachka settlements was confirmed. Information on the number of casualties of the invaders is being clarified.
In Melitopol, the broadcast of russian TV channels has been disabled. There are also significant problems with water supply in the city.
Aviation of the Defense Forces of Ukraine struck the enemy 2 times during the day. 2 enemy anti-aircraft missile systems were hit.
During the current day, soldiers of the missile troops and artillery struck 2 control points, 3 areas of concentration of manpower, weapons and military equipment, and 2 ammunition depots of the russian invaders.