Zum andauernden russischen Angriffskrieg gegen die Ukraine der Sammler am 12. Dezember 2022 – mit der interessanten Einschätzung der britischen Nachrichtendienste: Russian ground forces are unlikely to make operationally significant advances within the next several months.
• Im Osten der Slowakei wurde ein Reparaturstützpunkt vor allem für deutsche Waffensysteme in Betrieb genommen, die in die Ukraine geliefert wurden, wie dpa am (heutigen) Montag berichtet:
Mit einem neuen Reparaturzentrum nahe der slowakischen Grenze zur Ukraine wollen Regierungen und die Rüstungsindustrie den weiteren Einsatz schwerer Waffen zur Abwehr des russischen Angriffskrieges sicherstellen. Der Stützpunkt habe den Betrieb aufgenommen, sagte Brigadegeneral Christian Freuding, Leiter des Sonderstabes Ukraine im Verteidigungsministerium in der Stadt Kosice im Osten der Slowakei.
Der deutsch-französische Landsystem-Konzern KNDS, ein Zusammenschluss der deutschen Firma Krauss-Maffei Wegmann und des französischen Unternehmens Nexter, hatte die Einrichtung dieses so genannten Hubs im November angekündigt. Nach Angaben des deutschen Verteidigungsministeriums soll es zusätzlich durch das Luftverteidigungssystem Mantis der Bundeswehr vor Angriffen zum Beispiel mit Drohnen geschützt werden.
• Das britische Intel Update:
On 8 December 2022, Russian presidential spokesman Dimitry Peskov rearticulated the main goals of the ‘special military operation’.
He said that one of Russia’s main objectives was the ‘protection’ of residents of the Donbas and south-eastern Ukraine but claimed there was still much work to be done regarding ‘liberation’ of those territories.
Peskov’s comments suggest that Russia’s current minimum political objectives of the war remain unchanged.
Russia is likely still aiming to extend control over all of Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson Oblasts. Russian military planners likely still aim to prioritise advancing deeper into Donetsk Oblast.
However, Russia’s strategy is currently unlikely to achieve its objectives: it is highly unlikely that the Russian military is currently able to generate an effective striking force capable of retaking these areas.
Russian ground forces are unlikely to make operationally significant advances within the next several months.
Operational update regarding russian invasion as of 06.00, December 12, 2022
The two hundred ninety-second (292) day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to the russian military large-scale invasion continues.
Over the past day, units of the Defense Forces of Ukraine have repelled attacks by occupiers in the areas of Stelmakhivka, Makiivka, and Serebryansk Forestry of Luhansk oblast, and Verkhnyokamyanske, Bilohorivka, Soledar, Yuryivka, Krasnohorivka, Maryinka, Novomykhailivka, and Vremivka of Donetsk oblast.
In addition, the enemy carried out 2 missile strikes on the civilian infrastructure of the city of Kostyantynivka, Donetsk oblast, 11 airstrikes on the positions of our troops along the contact line, and also carried out more than 60 MLRS attacks on the civilian infrastructure of the city of Kherson and the positions of our troops.
The threat of strikes with the use of missiles and attack UAVs against the objects of the energy system and critical infrastructure throughout the territory of Ukraine remains.
In the Volyn and Polissya directions, the situation has not changed significantly, and no signs of the formation of enemy offensive groups have been detected.
In the Siverskyi and Slobozhanskyi directions, the settlements of Strilecha, Starytsa, Ohirtseve, Hatyshche, Volokhivka, Okhrimivka, Dvorichna, Kamianka in the Kharkiv oblast and Ivanivske in the Donetsk oblast were hit by mortar and artillery fire.
In the Kupyansk and Lyman directions, the enemy shelled the areas of sixteen settlements. Among them – Kislivka, Kotlyarivka, Tabaivka and Berestovka of the Kharkiv oblast; Novoselivske, Stelmakhivka, Pischane, Makiivka and Ploshchanka in the Luhansk oblast and Chervonopopivka, Terny, Yampolivka and Torske in the Donetsk oblast.
In the Bakhmut and Avdiivka directions, the enemy fired at the positions of the Defense Forces from tanks, mortars, barrel and rocket artillery in the areas of twenty-four settlements. These are, in particular, Verkhnokamianske, Bilohorivka, Soledar, Bakhmut, Druzhba, Zalizne, New York, Avdiivka, Opytne, Nevelske, Krasnohorivka and Maryinka of the Donetsk oblast. The occupiers struck with the forces of operational-tactical and army aviation in the areas of Spirne and Bilohorivka.
In the Novopavlivsk direction, enemy fire activity was recorded near Novoukrainka, Prechystivka, and Vuhledar in the Donetsk oblast.
In the Zaporizhzhia direction, the enemy shelled the settlements of Vremivka in the Donetsk oblast and Zelene Pole, Novopil, Novodarivka, Malynivka, Hulyaipole, Dorozhnyanka, Hulyaipilske, Charivne and Mali Shcherbaky in the Zaporizhzhia oblast.
On the Kherson direction the enemy shelled the settlements of Chervonyi Mayak, Lvove, Inzhenerne, Chornobayivka and the city of Kherson.
In violation of International Humanitarian Law, the enemy continues to use civilians as human shields. In the village of Troitske in the temporarily occupied Luhansk oblast, the russian occupiers are placing military equipment and setting up firing positions near residential buildings where the civilian population lives.
During the current day, the aviation of the Defense Forces made 14 strikes on the areas of concentration of personnel, weapons and military equipment, as well as a strike on the positions of the enemy’s anti-aircraft missile complex.
Missile troops and artillery units of the Defense Forces of Ukraine hit 9 control points, 17 personnel concentration areas, an artillery concentration area, and 2 munitions depots of the occupiers.
• Das Briefing des russischen Verteidigungsministeriums:
Russian Defence Ministry report on the progress of the special military operation in Ukraine (12 December 2022)
The Russian Federation Armed Forces continue the special military operation.
In Kupyansk and Krasny Liman directions, up to 70 Ukrainian servicemen, three armoured combat vehicles, and five vehicles were destroyed as a result of complex fire attacks against the areas where Ukrainian troops and military hardware are concentrated.
In Donetsk direction, the Russian troops continued the offensive. As a result of pre-emptive fire, an attempt by an enemy company of the 59th Motorised Infantry Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces was foiled to counterattack Russian positions in the direction of Peski (Donetsk People’s Republic). Up to 30 Ukrainian personnel, two armoured fighting vehicles, and three pickup trucks were eliminated.
Operational-Tactical Aviation, Missile Troops and Artillery defeated 83 artillery units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in firing positions, as well as manpower and military hardware in 156 areas.
An ammunition depot of the 102nd Territorial Defence Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces has been destroyed near Gulyai Pole (Zaporozhye region).
A Ukrainian Smerch multiple-launch rocket launcher was hit during a counter-battery firefight at a firing position close to Zeleny Gai (Kharkov region).
One Ukrainian combat vehicle for Uragan MRLS has been neutralised near Krasny Liman (Donetsk People’s Republic).
Russian air defence forces have destroyed two MiG-29 aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force in the areas of Rodinskoye and Pavlovka (Donetsk People’s Republic). In addition, two Ukrainian Mi-8 helicopters were shot down in the area of Kurakhovo and Konstantinovka (Donetsk People’s Republic).
Six unmanned aerial vehicles were destroyed overnight near Golikovo, Ploshchanka, Melovatka, and Popasnoye (Lugansk People’s Republic), Terny (Kharkov region) and the city of Donetsk.
Moreover, two Ukrainian Tochka-U ballistic missiles and two HIMARS rockets were intercepted near the village of Yubileynoye (Kherson region).
In total, 343 airplanes and 183 helicopters, 2,653 unmanned aerial vehicles, 396 air defence missile systems, 7,076 tanks and other armoured combat vehicles, 928 combat vehicles equipped with MRLS, 3,678 field artillery cannons and mortars, as well as 7,568 units of special military equipment have been destroyed during the special military operation.
Operational update of General Staff of UAF regarding the russian invasion as of 18.00, on December 12, 2022
The two hundred ninety-second (292) day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a russian military large-scale invasion continues.
The enemy is concentrating its efforts on conducting offensive actions in the Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka, and Zaporizhzhia directions. In other directions, the enemy is trying to restrain the actions of units of the Defense Forces of Ukraine.
During the day, the occupiers launched 6 rocket attacks, 4 of which hit the civilian infrastructure of the city of Kostyantynivka, Donetsk oblast, as well as shelled the city of Kherson with multiple rocket launchers.
In the Volyn, Polissya, Siversk and Slobozhanskyi directions, the situation remains without significant changes, no signs of the formation of offensive groups of the enemy have been detected. Certain units of the armed forces of the republic of belarus and the russian federation continue to be located in the border areas with Ukraine. During the day, the enemy carried out mortar and artillery shelling in the areas of Seredyna-Buda and Ryasne settlements of the Sumy oblast, as well as Strilecha, Starytsa, Ohirtseve, Hatyshche, Volohivka, Okhrimivka, Chuhunivka, Ambarne, Dvorichna and Kamianka of the Kharkiv oblast.
In the direction of Kupyansk, the areas of the settlements of Kyslivka, Kotlyarivka, Tabaivka, Berestove in Kharkiv oblast and Stelmakhivka in Luhansk oblast came under fire.
Terny, Yampolivka and Torske districts of Donetsk oblast were hit by fire in the Lyman direction.
In the Bakhmut direction, the enemy fired tanks, mortars, barrel and rocket artillery in the areas of almost twenty settlements. In particular, these are Verkhnokamianske, Spirne, Bilohorivka, Vesele, Soledar, Bakhmutske, Bakhmut, Chasiv Yar and Druzhba in Donetsk oblast.
Zalizne, New York, Berdychi, Avdiyivka, Opytne, Vodyane, Nevelske, Krasnohorivka, and Maryinka of the Donetsk oblast came under fire in the Avdiivka district.
In the Novopavlivka direction, the areas of Vuhledar, Bohoyavlenka, Novoukrainka and Prechystivka of the Donetsk oblast were shelled.
In the Zaporizhzhia direction, the enemy inflicted fire damage on Vremivka in Donetsk oblast and Zelene Pole, Novopil, Novodarivka, Malynivka, Hulyaipole, Dorozhnyanka, Hulyaipilske, Charivne, Bilohiria, Mala Tokmachka and Orikhiv in the Zaporizhia oblast.
In the Kherson direction, the enemy shelled settlements in the Kherson region and the city of Kherson with barrel and rocket artillery, there were casualties among the civilian population, and civilian infrastructure was damaged.
russian occupiers continue to loot civil infrastructure objects in the temporarily captured territory of the Kherson region. Thus, as of December 11 of the current year, the equipment of local agricultural enterprises was removed from the settlement of Rubanivka.
In Mizhvodny and Chornomorsky, which are in Crimea, the russian occupying power intensified administrative and police and counter-intelligence measures.
The enemy continues to suffer losses. There are more than 100 enemy servicemen with injuries of varying degrees of severity in the local hospital of Kreminnaya, Luhansk oblast.
With the aim of replenishing the losses in manpower and re-staffing the units of the 1st Army Corps, women are called up for mobilization. 28 women have already been drafted and sent for training by the Kalinin District Military Commissariat of the city of Donetsk.
During the current 24 hours, the Air Force of the Defense Forces made 4 strikes on areas where the enemy’s personnel, weapons and military equipment are concentrated.
Ukrainian rocket launchers and gunners hit 2 control points and 4 areas of concentration of personnel of the occupiers.