Nachgetragen fürs Archiv: Zum andauernden russischen Angriffskrieg gegen die Ukraine der Sammler am 18. November 2022:
• Die anhaltenden russischen Luftangriffe haben etwa die Hälfte der Energieversorgung der Ukraine zerstört, sagte der ukrainische Ministerpräsident Denis Schmyhal (hier aus einem Bericht der New York Times):
Nearly half of Ukraine’s energy grid has been knocked out by recent Russian missile strikes, at a time when temperatures are dropping into the 30s and winter is closing in, Ukraine’s prime minister said on Friday.
The prime minister, Denys Shmyhal, noted that on Nov. 15 alone Russia had fired 100 missiles at Ukrainian cities, targeting vulnerable points in the grid, like power plants and substations.
“Almost half of our energy systems has been taken out of service,” he said at a joint news conference with a visiting European Commission official. He said Russia’s strategy was “fighting against the civilian population and depriving them of light, water supply, heat and communications during the winter.”
Weitere Einzelheiten nannte Schmyhal bei einer Kabinettssitzung:
The situation is difficult. Not only the light in the homes of Ukrainians depends on the availability of electricity, but also heat, water supply, communication and transport.
More than 1000 missiles and drones have flown to our substations since the beginning of the full-scale war. All thermal and hydroelectric power plants and key substations that transmit energy from generating facilities to consumers have come under fire. Some substations were attacked by the enemy up to 8 times.
If the shelling continues, the frequency and duration of outages may increase. We restore everything as fast as we can. But the next waves cause new destruction. Accordingly, blackouts – both scheduled and emergency – may become more frequent and longer.
• Schweden gab am Freitag offiziell bekannt, dass es sich bei den Explosionen an den Nordstream-Pipelines in der Ostsee um Sabotage handelt. Bei den Einzelheiten blieb die zuständige Staatsanwaltschaft allerdings vage:
Mats Ljungqvist, der Staatsanwalt, der für die laufenden Ermittlungen zu den Detonationen an den Gaspipelines Nord Stream 1 und 2 zuständig ist, kommt zu dem Schluss, dass es sich bei dem Vorfall um grobe Sabotage handelt.
Bei den Tatortuntersuchungen vor Ort in der Ostsee wurden umfangreiche Sicherstellungen vorgenommen und das Gebiet gründlich dokumentiert. Die jetzt durchgeführten Analysen zeigen Sprengstoffrückstände auf mehreren der gefundenen Fremdkörper. Die fortgeschrittene Analysearbeit wird fortgesetzt, um zuverlässigere Schlussfolgerungen über den Vorfall zu ziehen“, sagt Mats Ljungqvist.
Die Voruntersuchung ist sehr komplex und umfangreich. Die laufenden Ermittlungen werden zeigen, ob jemand einer Straftat verdächtigt werden kann.
Die Zusammenarbeit mit den Behörden in Schweden und anderen Ländern ist ausgezeichnet. Für die Fortsetzung der Vorermittlungen und für die verschiedenen laufenden Kooperationen ist es wichtig, dass wir in Ruhe arbeiten können“, sagt Mats Ljungqvist, Oberstaatsanwalt.
Die Staatsanwaltschaft kann derzeit keine weiteren Auskünfte erteilen und ist für die Medien nicht erreichbar.
(Übersetzt mit deepl.com)
• Das britische Intel Update:
Following the withdrawal of its forces from west of the Dnipro River, Russian forces continue to prioritise refitting, reorganisation and the preparation of defences across most sectors in Ukraine.
Units have constructed new trench systems near the border of Crimea, as well as near the Siversky-Donets River between Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts.
Some of these locations are up to 60km behind the current front line, suggesting that Russian planners are making preparations in case of further major Ukrainian breakthroughs.
It is likely that Russia will attempt to eventually redeployed some of the forces recovered from Kherson to reinforce and expand its offensive operations near the town of Bakhmut in Donetsk Oblast.
Operational update regarding russian invasion as of 06.00, November 18, 2022
The two hundred sixty-eighth (268) day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a russian military large-scale invasion continues.
The enemy is concentrating its efforts on restraining 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 conducts offensive operations in the Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Novopavlivka directions. Constantly conducts aerial reconnaissance.
Over the past 24 hours, units of the Defence Forces repelled attacks of the occupiers in the areas of the settlements of Novoselivske and Stelmakhivka in the Luhansk oblast and Bilohorivka, Verkhnyokamianske, Spirne, Opytne, Pervomaiske, Vodyane and Novomykhailivka in the Donetsk oblast.
The enemy does not stop shelling the positions of our troops and settlements near the contact line. Over the past day, the russian invaders launched 5 air strikes and 27 missile strikes, carried out more than 50 MLRS attacks.
During the past 24 hours, civil infrastructure objects in Balakliya and Izyum settlements of Kharkiv oblast were damaged by rocket attacks; Vilniansk, Zaporizhzhia oblast; Dnipro and Nikopol in Dnipropetrovsk oblast; Ochakiv, Mykolaiv oblast, and Odesa.
The situation in the Volyn and Polissya directions has not changed significantly. The threat of the enemy launching missile and air strikes from the territory and airspace of the republic of belarus remains.
The enemy shelled in other directions:
in the Siversky direction – from mortars and barrel artillery, in the areas of the settlements of Gremyach and Senkivka in the Chernihiv oblast and Hirky, Seredyna-Buda, Ukrainske and Fotovyzh in the Sumy oblast;
in the Slobozhanskyi direction – from tanks and artillery of various types, in the areas of the settlements of Hlyboke, Ohirtseve, Osynove, Starytsa and Khatne of the Kharkiv oblast;
in the Kupyansk and Lyman directions – from tanks and the entire spectrum of artillery, in the areas of the settlements of Berestove, Kislivka, Krokhmalne, Pishchane and Tabaivka in the Kharkiv oblast; Hrekivka, Makiivka, Nevske and Stelmakhivka in Luhansk oblast and Kolodyazne in Donetsk oblast;
in the Bakhmut direction – from tanks, mortars, barrel and rocket artillery, in the areas of Andriivka, Bakhmut, Bakhmutske, Bilohorivka, Verkhnyokamianske, Klishchiivka, Kurdyumivka, Ozaryanivka, Opytne, Mayorsk, New York, Soledar, Spirne and Yakovlivka of the Donetsk oblast;
in the Avdiivka direction – from tanks and artillery, in the areas of Vodyane, Krasnohorivka, Maryinka, Novomykhailivka, Pervomaiske settlements of the Donetsk oblast;
in the Novopavlivka direction – from mortars, barrel and rocket artillery, in the areas of Bohoyavlenka, Vremivka and Vuhledar settlements of the Donetsk oblast;
in the Zaporizhzhia direction – from mortars, in the areas of Zaliznychne, Mali Shcherbaky and Shcherbaky of the Zaporizhzhia oblast;
in the Kherson direction – from barrel and jet artillery, in the areas of the settlements of Antonivka, Odradokamyanka and Chornobayivka in the Kherson oblast.
Active recruitment of workers of industrial enterprises to the private military company „wagner“ has begun in the Belgorod region. Thus, according to the agreement with the management of the Oskol electrometallurgical plant, workers of draft age will be involved in military training at the base of the „wagner“ PMC for a period of 30 days with retention of wages. Trainings are planned to be held in groups of 25% of employees of the specified category from the plant. Upon completion, participants will be offered to sign a contract with a private military company.
In connection with the significant losses of personnel and the insufficient number of medical personnel in the units of the occupiers on the territory of Ukraine, in the temporarily occupied territories of the Luhansk oblast, by order of the so-called ministry of health, employees of medical institutions in the region were obliged to register for military service for further additional staffing of vacant positions.
Over the past day, the Defence Forces of Ukraine have shot down 4 cruise missiles, 2 guided air missiles and 5 Shahed-136 unmanned aerial vehicles.
During the current day, Ukrainian units of the missile forces and artillery hit 4 control points, 22 areas of concentration of manpower, weapons and military equipment, 6 ammunition depots and 4 other important objects of the occupiers.
• Das Briefing des russischen Verteidigungsministeriums (interessant die Aussage, es seien Produktionsstätten für Atomwaffen zerstört worden):
Russian Defence Ministry report on the progress of the special military operation in Ukraine (18 November 2022)
On 17 November, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation launched a concentrated strike, using high-precision long-range air-, sea- and ground-based weapons, at the facilities of military control, defence industry, as well as related fuel and energy infrastructure of Ukraine.
The goals of the strike have been reached.
All the missiles have accurately stricken the assigned facilities.
The strike has resulted in the neutralisation of the production capacities for nuclear weaponry.
1 depot of artillery armament, delivered by western countries and prepared for being sent to troops, has been destroyed.
The redeployment of the reserve forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU), and the delivery of foreign armament to operations areas have been frustrated.
The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continue the special military operation.
Offensive operations of Russian forces have resulted in the liberation of Opytnoye (Donetsk People’s Republic).
The enemy made unsuccessful attempts to launch a counterattack near Sladkoye, Vladimirovka and Pavlovka (Donetsk People’s Republic), for halting the advance of Russian forces.
Artillery strikes and the action of Russian assault groups have resulted in repelling all the counterattacks. The AFU units have been scattered and driven back to their initial positions.
The enemy has lost over 100 Ukrainian personnel. 1 tank, 3 infantry fighting vehicles, 2 armoured personnel carriers, and 7 motor vehicles have been destroyed.
In Kupyansk direction, the operation of Russian artillery and heavy flamethrower systems has resulted in frustrating the attempts of 2 enemy’s company tactical groups to launch an attack towards Yagodnoye (Kharkov region), and Kuzemovka (Lugansk People’s Republic).
Over 50 Ukrainian personnel, 2 tanks, and 5 armoured motor vehicles have been eliminated.
In Krasny Liman direction, an attempt made by the AFU to launch an attack towards Chervonopopovka (Lugansk People’s Republic) has been prevented.
Concentrated fire strikes launched by Russian artillery have resulted in halting and scattering the redeploying enemy units.
Up to 40 Ukrainian personnel, 2 armoured combat vehicles, and 7 pickups have been eliminated.
Operational-Tactical and Army Aviation, Missile Troops and Artillery have neutralised the AFU command posts deployed near Shevchenkovo and Kupyansk (Kharkov region), Dimitrovo (Zaporozhye region), as well as 83 artillery units at their firing positions, manpower and hardware in 172 areas.
Within the counterbattery warfare, 1 launching ramp for Ukrainian Uragan multiple-launch rocket system (MLRS) has been destroyed near Volchansk (Kharkov region).
Air defence facilities have shot down 2 unmanned aerial vehicles near Goncharovka (Lugansk People’s Republic), and Nikolskoye (Donetsk People’s Republic).
Moreover, 10 rocket-propelled projectiles launched by Uragan and HIMARS MLRS have been intercepted near Strelechya (Kharkov region), Makeyevka and Ilovaysk (Donetsk People’s Republic).
In total, 333 airplanes and 177 helicopters, 2,522 unmanned aerial vehicles, 388 air defence missile systems, 6,689 tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles, 895 fighting vehicles equipped with MLRS, 3,595 field artillery cannons and mortars, as well as 7,266 units of special military hardware have been destroyed during the special military operation.
Operational update of General Staff of UAF regarding russian invasion as of 18.00, November 18, 2022
The two hundred sixty-eighth (268) day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a russian military large-scale invasion continues.
During the day, the enemy launched 5 missile strikes as well as more than 10 MLRS attacks.
The situation in the Volyn and Polissya directions has not changed significantly. The republic of belarus continues to support the armed aggression of the russian federation against Ukraine.
The enemy shelled in such other directions:
in the Slobozhansky direction – from tanks, mortars, barrel and rocket artillery, in the areas of Veterynarne, Hlyboke, Dvorichna, Ohirtseve, Osynovo, Starytsa, Khatnye and Fiholivka settlements of the Kharkiv oblast;
in the Kupyansk and Lyman directions – from artillery of various types, in the areas of Berestove, Kyslivka, Kotlyarivka, Krokhmalne, Pishchane and Tabaivka settlements of the Kharkiv oblast; Hrekivka, Makiivka, Nevske, Novoselivske, Ploshanka and Stelmakhivka in the Luhansk oblast and Kolodyazi and Torske in the Donetsk oblast;
in the Bakhmut direction – from mortars, barrel and jet artillery, in the areas of Andriivka, Bakhmut, Bakhmutske, Bilohorivka, Verkhnyokamianske, Klishchiivka, Kurdyumivka, Ozaryanivka, Opytne, Mayorsk, Rozdolivka, Soledar, Yakovlivka and Spirne settlements in Donetsk oblast;
in the Avdiivka direction – from the entire range of artillery, in the areas of Vodyane, Krasnohorivka, Maryinka, Novomykhailivka, New York and Pervomaiske settlements of the Donetsk oblast;
in the Novopavlivka direction – from artillery of various calibers, in the areas of Bohoyavlenka, Neskuchne, Vremivka, Vuhledar and Novopol in Donetsk oblast;
in the Zaporizhzhia direction – from mortars, barrel and rocket artillery, in the areas of the settlements of Hulyaipilske, Zaliznychne, Orihiv, Shcherbaki and Pavlivka of the Zaporizhzhia oblast and Prechystivka of the Donetsk oblast;
in the Kryvyi Rih direction – from artillery, in the area of the settlement of Mylove in the Kherson oblast.
In the Kherson direction, mortar and artillery shelling, in particular, was experienced in the area of Antonivka, Bilozerka, Mykolaivka, Odradokamyanka and Chornobayivka settlements of the Kherson oblast.
Enemy losses in the Kherson oblast over the previous days have been confirmed. Thus, in the city of Skadovsk, as a result of destruction of the area of concentration of the occupiers, the loss of personnel amounted to about 50 persons killed. And in the city of Chaplynka, the destruction of the ammunition depot is confirmed.
According to the available information, the movement of separate units of the russian occupation forces from the Kherson direction was observed in the city of Novoaidar in the Luhansk oblast.
In order to build up the engineering equipment of defensive lines in the Mykhailivka area, which is in the temporarily occupied territory of the Zaporizhzhia oblast, the occupiers plan to use the facilities of enterprises in Pryshyb, Zaporizhzhia oblast, for the production of defensive structures.
During the day, the Ukrainian aviation carried out 4 strikes in the areas of concentration of enemy’s personnel, weapons and military equipment.
During the current day, units of missile forces and artillery of the Defense Forces hit 2 control points, 9 areas of concentration of manpower, weapons and military equipment, 2 ammunition depots and a railway bridge.