The Russian-Ukrainian War of 2022 (News and battle updates)

TruckDriver9

Woodpecker
Severodonetsk-Lysychansk - Allied troops took control over Voevodovka, Zarya industrial area /north of Severodonetsk/ was cleared.

During the retreat from Voevodovka, the Armed Forces of Ukraine blew up a road bridge across the Borovaya River between Rubizhne and Severodonetsk.



Belgorovka - "At the moment, the battles for Belogorovka continue. The fighting there is heavy, because the loss of Belogorovka means an early cutting of the Soledar-Lysichansk highway with all the ensuing consequences /a potential boiler is estimated at 8000-9000 people/. Therefore, the enemy has seized Belogorovka and is actively hammering artillery at our bridgehead and crossing to prevent us from gaining a foothold on this bank of the Donets and repeating what the Izyum grouping did in the Kamenka area. The active use of artillery and MLRS by both sides causes serious losses of the parties. At the moment, the battles for Belogorovka continue. The enemy recognizes the deterioration of the situation. In the coming days, the intensity of the fighting in this direction will only increase."

North-east of Belgorovka



Kremenchug refinery /Kolomoisky/ got hit /again/ it is said that the damage is beyond repair



It is claimed that this video shows the destruction of railway tracks by Russian special forces in the Dnipropetrovsk region.



Snake Island / new ukrainian activity - "It is very likely that a remake of the failed operation to capture Snake Islandon May 9 is being prepared. Only already taking into account the fact that the Russian Federation is expecting it, so it is possible that adjustments will be made to the plans related to attempts to attack the ships of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation and reduce the operational capabilities of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in the Snake area in advance, so as not to step on the same rake as in the past once."

 
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During the retreat from Voevodovka, the Armed Forces of Ukraine blew up a road bridge across the Borovaya River between Rubizhne and Severodonetsk.



Belgorovka - "At the moment, the battles for Belogorovka continue. The fighting there is heavy, because the loss of Belogorovka means an early cutting of the Soledar-Lysichansk highway with all the ensuing consequences /a potential boiler is estimated at 8000-9000 people/. Therefore, the enemy has seized Belogorovka and is actively hammering artillery at our bridgehead and crossing to prevent us from gaining a foothold on this bank of the Donets and repeating what the Izyum grouping did in the Kamenka area. The active use of artillery and MLRS by both sides causes serious losses of the parties. At the moment, the battles for Belogorovka continue. The enemy recognizes the deterioration of the situation. In the coming days, the intensity of the fighting in this direction will only increase."

North-east of Belgorovka



Kremenchug refinery /Kolomoisky/ got hit /again/ it is said that the damage is beyond repair



It is claimed that this video shows the destruction of railway tracks by Russian special forces in the Dnipropetrovsk region.



Snake Island / new ukrainian activity - "It is very likely that a remake of the failed operation to capture Snake Islandon May 9 is being prepared. Only already taking into account the fact that the Russian Federation is expecting it, so it is possible that adjustments will be made to the plans related to attempts to attack the ships of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation and reduce the operational capabilities of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in the Snake area in advance, so as not to step on the same rake as in the past once."


If an M777 was indeed captured, that is a pretty significant PR win for Russia. Surprised they are not advertising this more.
 

TruckDriver9

Woodpecker
If an M777 was indeed captured, that is a pretty significant PR win for Russia. Surprised they are not advertising this more.
That picture is online for about an hour.. exact time and location are not disclosed.
Those howitzers don't operate alone - wonder what happened to the rest of the battery ?
Advertising...:hmm:
There are daily trophy photos of captured western weapons /although this is the first "big gun"/ and nobody in the west cares about that



 

TruckDriver9

Woodpecker
Belgorovka update

"At the moment, the battles for Belogorovka continue. The fighting there is heavy, because the loss of Belogorovka means an early cutting of the Soledar-Lysichansk highway with all the ensuing consequences /a potential boiler is estimated at 8000-9000 people/. Therefore, the enemy has seized Belogorovka and is actively hammering artillery at our bridgehead and crossing to prevent us from gaining a foothold on this bank of the Donets and repeating what the Izyum grouping did in the Kamenka area. The active use of artillery and MLRS by both sides causes serious losses of the parties. At the moment, the battles for Belogorovka continue. The enemy recognizes the deterioration of the situation. In the coming days, the intensity of the fighting in this direction will only increase."

Russian troops crossed the river in sevaral locations - both "up" and "down" of Belgorovka and are fighting in the town.
At one of the crossings /Belgorovka proper/ an allied unit /probably a full battalion tactical group/ got mauled.
How hard ?

"The Russian troops tried to build the crossing itself three times, of course, in the same place. The classic Chernobaevka syndrome - the Ukrainians destroy the equipment of the RF Armed Forces, the Russian command brings in new equipment, then the cycle repeats. Lack of training of the Russian command, after 3 months of war, scares." - Russian war correspondent Kotenok /Yura Podolyak/

"Didn’t the commander of the crossing at Belogorovka have information that in the third month of the war, it was impossible to travel in large columns, and even more so to accumulate them in a narrow area in front of a water barrier? How much of an idiot do you have to be to not understand this?" - Russian channel associated with VDV troops

"Until we find out the name of this "military genius" who laid the BTG near the river and he does not publicly answer for this, then there will be no reforms in the army." - Maksim Fomin aka "Vladlen Tatarsky" /2014 Donbass vet/



- BMP / BMD - 38 units
- BTR - 4 units
- Tank T-72 - 6 units
- Trucks - 3 units
- MT-LB - 4 units
- Boats - 2 units
- Machines for the construction of pontoon crossings - 5 units
- BREM - 1 unit
- Other BBM - 9 units." - Russian war correspondent Kotenok /Yura Podolyak/

Number of casualties is unknown.
All the photos are taken from a drone so the exact level of damage is unknown.
Russian troops did not retreat from the area, they crossed and expanded the bridgehead in Belgorovka /and in other villages around/


There are also Russian "armchair CSI" channels going deep into this.
They arrived at this conclusion:

"The most probable version of what happened at the crossing in the Belogorovka area. The place of crossing fell in love with both sides.
And, at first, the Ukrainians raked there, but the Russian (allied) forces also suffered losses during the crossing.
The “mixed” /Russian, Ukrainian and National Militia/ equipment and its condition indicate that the parties fought for the crossing for some time until it passed into the hands of the allied forces.
This is also indicated by Ukrainian photos and videos taken from a respectful distance. The crossing is clearly not under the control of the Ukrainian forces, otherwise we would have been flooded with materials with hopak on the bones and broken equipment. They have a known tendency to tik-tok wins.
By the way, the bodies are not visible, which indicates that one of the parties had the opportunity to take them out.
Another curious detail:
The General Staff of Ukraine stated that on the evening of May 11, “The enemy is trying to seize positions on the right bank”, and by the next morning “the enemy had crossed the river Siversky Donets for an offensive”. So the propaganda somehow immediately ceases to bloom and smell, and begins to smell like something else."
 

TruckDriver9

Woodpecker
Izium front update


Izyum front, Dolgenkoe village - "We entered the village, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are trying to counterattack."



Lugansk front, south of Popasna - "From the LNR they report that the Armed Forces of Ukraine blew up the gateway at the Mironovsky /Myronivskyi/ reservoir. Representatives of the Republic announced the threat of flooding in a number of settlements of the LPR."

 

Caduceus

Pelican
This "special military operation" has been going on for almost 3 months and the Russians haven't secured 1 major Ukrainian city, removed (((Zelensky))) or his cronies from power, and haven't even liberated the 2 small eastern regions who's independence they recognised in February.

Im all for Putin, but seems he's not getting very far with the tactics used up till now.
 
This "special military operation" has been going on for almost 3 months and the Russians haven't secured 1 major Ukrainian city, removed (((Zelensky))) or his cronies from power, and haven't even liberated the 2 small eastern regions who's independence they recognised in February.

Im all for Putin, but seems he's not getting very far with the tactics used up till now.
I am absolutely not a Putin Fanboi and many people have very valid complaints about this kind of Fanboi echo chamber.

That said, in the past decades we've seen war only from the perspective of the west, where there is an unbelievable asymmetric advantage, with total air superiority on one side vs another. This war is entirely different, and the concept of progress should be seen accordingly. The amount of territory that Russia has gained, and held, is substantial, increasing incrementally, with very little chance of getting recaptured. The Ukrainian military is taking losses that simply cannot be replaced. 3 months is still a very short period of time.

Let's look at it from the other side. In addition to the billions donated before the war, this war has cost the US around 50 billion in 3 months - a truly staggering amount of money that even for America is unsustainable. That is the kind of money that comes at cost to the United States itself. Up to 10 billion has also been given by the EU.

These numbers don't even include the additional cost of plussed up national defense budgets across Europe and America. What is the additional economic costs attributed to higher gas prices? Who knows at this point.

Again, we don't know how successful Russia is really doing at this point. Perhaps there is a quagmire of sorts for them, perhaps not.

But this is certain: It is almost unfathomable the amount of money the west is throughing away for this. And STILL- Russia slowly grind away.

From this lens, I think one side is actually making incredibly good progress.
 

911

Peacock
Catholic
Gold Member
This "special military operation" has been going on for almost 3 months and the Russians haven't secured 1 major Ukrainian city, removed (((Zelensky))) or his cronies from power, and haven't even liberated the 2 small eastern regions who's independence they recognised in February.

Im all for Putin, but seems he's not getting very far with the tactics used up till now.

Mariupol and Kherson have been secured, and will either be annexed to Russia or part of an independent Novorossiya. Although not the very largest cities, they are of huge strategic importance, and that is what ultimately counts in terms of the order of cities and regions taken.

The Ukies have built up their defensive positions over 8 years in the Donbas, Russia is proceeding at a slow and steady grinding pace which minimizes their losses. As well, they've started the war at the worst possible time, right before the mud season, which is only ending now.

Ukraine has thrown the bulk of its military might into the Donbas front, when that position falls, it will open up progress through the center and south of the country. As well it will cut off Kharkov from Ukraine, the Russians will probably wait to cut off and encircle the city before investing it (see the liberation of Aleppo in Syria).

My guess is that the Donbas front is going to rage on for a couple more months, then Nikolayev and Zaporizhzhia will be next.
 
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get2choppaaa

Hummingbird
Orthodox
I am absolutely not a Putin Fanboi and many people have very valid complaints about this kind of Fanboi echo chamber.

That said, in the past decades we've seen war only from the perspective of the west, where there is an unbelievable asymmetric advantage, with total air superiority on one side vs another. This war is entirely different, and the concept of progress should be seen accordingly. The amount of territory that Russia has gained, and held, is substantial, increasing incrementally, with very little chance of getting recaptured. The Ukrainian military is taking losses that simply cannot be replaced. 3 months is still a very short period of time.

Let's look at it from the other side. In addition to the billions donated before the war, this war has cost the US around 50 billion in 3 months - a truly staggering amount of money that even for America is unsustainable. That is the kind of money that comes at cost to the United States itself. Up to 10 billion has also been given by the EU.

These numbers don't even include the additional cost of plussed up national defense budgets across Europe and America. What is the additional economic costs attributed to higher gas prices? Who knows at this point.

Again, we don't know how successful Russia is really doing at this point. Perhaps there is a quagmire of sorts for them, perhaps not.

But this is certain: It is almost unfathomable the amount of money the west is throughing away for this. And STILL- Russia slowly grind away.

From this lens, I think one side is actually making incredibly good progress.
I don't think a lot of people understand how well entrenched the Ukrainian forces are in the Donbass area. It's literally trench warfare.

Secondly, let's be realistic, Russia is taking land and capturing resources.

Which major cities should they have?

Kyiv? (Never going to happen) Lviv (never going to happen)?

Maybe Odessa at some point in the future. But the first 2 above are never going to become part of Russia with out a very very very costly insurgency. Russia doesnt want to repeat Afghanistan there.
 

TruckDriver9

Woodpecker
Ukrainian activity west of Izium:
Rare update on ukrainian activity - Kharkiv/ Izyum

"The command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine continues its attempts to force the Seversky Donets River in the Kharkiv region. Engineer units, under the cover of air defense systems, established two crossings across the river. A battalion of the 14th brigade with tanks and armored personnel carriers, a 122-mm Gvozdika installation and MLRS installations was transferred to the area of the settlements of Zavgorodnee, Protopopovka and Petrovskoye. Target designation is carried out by the Bayraktar UAV, probably from the Chuguev airfield.
Moreover, additional units from the 14th brigade and 4th brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have been transferred to Pervomaisky and Razdolie.
In total, more than 2,500 people and 80 armored vehicles, as well as several dozen artillery mounts and MLRS are involved in the attack on Izyum.
The efforts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are focused on securing on the opposite bank of the river and reaching the flank of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation through the forest. For many days now, the Ukrainian command has been trying to force the Seversky Donets River and gain a foothold in this position for a subsequent offensive."




Lugansk front, north of Popasna



Bilgorovka update:
"We are getting ready for two great offensives of rashists on Sєverodonetsk and a break through on the Lysychansk-Bakhmut highway from the side of Popasnaya and Bilogorivka" - Sergiy Gaidai, head of the Luhansk regional state administration /ukrainian official/ - Russian bridgehead confirmed

"Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Zaluzhny showed a photo of the use of American M777 howitzers" - my guess Izium front



Russian channels say that those howitzers are in the most basic setup without a digital fire control system
 
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911

Peacock
Catholic
Gold Member
Published today on Moon of Alabama, blog of a former German military officer:

If Ukraine Is Winning Why Is The U.S. Requesting A Ceasefire?​

Yesterday the U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin called the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Sergei Shoigu.

Why?

The U.S. readout of the call says:

On May 13, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu for the first time since February 18. Secretary Austin urged an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and emphasized the importance of maintaining lines of communication.
Austin initiated the call and the U.S. is seeking a ceasefire in Ukraine!!!

Are we not told that the Ukraine is winning the war? That it will soon push the Russian forces back over the border? The operation to 'weaken Russia', which Austin had publicly announced two weeks ago, does not seem to go that well.

Told ya so!

Gonzalo Lira thinks that the call points to a soon coming collapse of the Ukrainian forces. Let us hope that this is indeed the case because it seems to be the only chance that the war will end soon.


The Ukraine is losing up to 15,000 men per month to the war. The total Ukrainian casualties, dead and wounded, are likely already at 50,000. The weapons the U.S. and others provide, are not sufficient to sustain the war. The Ukraine has only 3 days reserves of diesel and gasoline left. The main parts of its forces are immobile and are getting surrounded by Russian forces. Their situation is hopeless.

The Pentagon of course knows this all and that is why Austin initiated the call and asked for a ceasefire.

The Russia side will not agree to a ceasefire. At least not unless the 'west' offers to take back some of the 6,400 sanction measures it has initiated against Russia.

There are recently a number of other issues that also go in favor of Russia:

Cont. reading: If Ukraine Is Winning Why Is The U.S. Requesting A Ceasefire?
 

TruckDriver9

Woodpecker
Offensive on Donbass: the situation by the end of May 14, 2022

Detailed map of Donbass /map file is again to big to load/ - https://i.ibb.co/KwrT6yp/14-05-1-1.jpg

"◾️ Izium front:
- In the Izyum direction, the Armed Forces of Ukraine tried to force the Seversky Donets River and strike at the western flank of the group advancing on Slavyansk. Ukrainian units were covered with artillery fire when building a crossing.
- Fights continue under the busy settlement of Dolgenkoe, taken the day before. The Armed Forces of Ukraine made an attempt to recapture the settlement, but were driven back.

◾️ Fierce battles continue for the bridgehead on the western bank of the Seversky Donets in the area of Belogorovka and Privolye. The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, after a debriefing (we assure you, this debriefing was initiated from the very top), changed tactics and are fighting for control over the ill-fated area with violent fury.

◾️ Urban fighting continues in Severodonetsk - several blocks have been taken.

◾️ The security zone around Popasna is expanding. To the north of the settlement, Alexandropol was taken, an offensive is developing in the direction of Kamyshevakha. In the event that the settlement and the transport hub located behind the settlement are occupied, the Armed Forces of Ukraine will be surrounded in Gorskoye, which will automatically create a threat of complete encirclement of the group in the Severodonetsk-Lysichansk agglomeration.

◾️ The Armed Forces of Ukraine blew up the dam of the Mironovsky reservoir near Svetlodarsk. Potentially, this threatens with flooding of several areas of Lugansk.

◾️ Donetsk front:
- The offensive near Avdiivka is successfully developing: the strongholds of the Armed Forces of Ukraine around Troitskoye have been taken, the road to New York (Novgorodovka) has been opened, fighting continues in Novoselka.
- There is fighting on the western outskirts of Novobakhmutovka - control over the Avdiivka-Konstantinovka highway is contested.
- After a long artillery preparation, an offensive began on Novoselovka-2 from Novobakhmutovka, and on Kamenka from Yasinovataya.
- In Pesky, Marinka and Novomikhailovka, as well as near Ugledar, the front line remained unchanged."
 

TruckDriver9

Woodpecker
Updates:

Lviv Oblast - Yavoriv was hit by precision missiles, western weapons I assume



Severodonetsk-Lysichansk



At least 11 artillery shellings in the last 24 hours. Russian BMPT "Terminator" was spoted in the area

Liman front - Another batch of western trophies taken by the "O" group

"American missiles and 120 mm mortar mines supplied by the US Armed Forces and the Czech Republic.
Model of American ammunition (in boxes) - high-explosive fragmentation shells with a caliber of 120 mm HE-PD Mortar Bomb IM238.
Czech ammunition sealed in tubes also has a caliber of 120 mm, the model is unknown. Another trophy of the "O" traditionally became the American Javelin ATGM."



Donetsk front - New York
"In the evening the allied forces reached the settlement of New York (Novgorod) and knocked out Ukrainian units from fortified positions on the outskirts of the village. It is reported from the field that the fighters of the first separate mechanized battalion of the DPR territorial defense, with the support of the Russian army, in particular artillery, managed to destroy the fortified area on the outskirts of the village. The defense there was held by units of the 25th brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which were later replaced by the territorial defense units. Russian artillery literally plowed up the fortified area, forcing the Ukrainian Teroboronists to abandon their positions and retreat." - Russian TV correspondent Poddubny

Zaporozihia front

 

Pointy Elbows

Kingfisher
Orthodox
Azovstal is a black hole of artillery shelling and mystery at this point. We have rumors of bio-weapon labs, US Generals, mercs, French Foreign Legion, Brits, Turks, you name it. I don't necessarily doubt the possibility, but we haven't seen real proof for any of these claims. Lots of circumstantial evidence, but not what I would call proof.
 

TruckDriver9

Woodpecker
Updates

Azovstal
"An agreement was reached with representatives of the Ukrainian military blocked at Azovstal in Mariupol on the removal of the wounded, a regime of silence was introduced and a humanitarian corridor was opened through which the wounded Ukrainian soldiers will be taken to the hospital in Novoazovsk (DPR)" - Russian Defense Ministry

"The removal of the Ukrainian wounded from Azovstal has begun, they will be taken to hospitals on the territory of the DPR /Novoazovsk/. - The first batch of wounded from Azovstal is 51 people. The process is not going fast, they are dragged on a stretchers through the ruins, while they have not yet been brought to the place where the buses stand..." - Russian correspondents

There is talk about 600 - 700 wounded in total.

Donetsk front - Units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and the People's Militia of the DPR entered New York





Liman front




 
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TruckDriver9

Woodpecker
Azov surrenders Azovstal

"From Azov commander Prokopenko: The defenders of Mariupol carried out the order, despite all the difficulties, for 82 days they pulled the superior enemy forces towards themselves and gave the Ukrainian army the opportunity to regroup, train more personnel and receive a large amount of weapons from partner countries.
For the sake of saving lives, the entire Mariupol garrison fulfills the approved decision of the high military command and hopes for the support of the Ukrainian people."



"They surrender under guarantees of saving lives - no one promised to exchange them. About 300 militants were evacuated from Azovstal, 50 of them were wounded. The wounded will be taken to the Central District Hospital of the city of Novoazovsk /DPR/
While the healthy ones will have an interesting pastime in the village of Yelenovka..."





"It's funny to read how the army of cocks, that is, the fighters of the Azov battalion, are trying to build a legend about the 82 day defense of Mariupol. Mariupol - a very large and extremely convenient city for defense, surrendered almost a month ago.
The remnants hid in the cellars of Azovstal while we were establishing a peaceful life in the city. By the morning all more than two thousand diggers at Azovstal will surrender.
I would not focus on Azov - yes, we know that this is a nationalistic rabble - but on the entire Mariupol garrison, an impressive part of the military mass that held control over the agglomeration with a population of half a million people.
Their weapons and some part of the surviving equipment, and also the most valuable knowledge, probably foreign mercenaries and trauma for all the Armed Forces of Ukraine." - Military correspondent Alexander Kots.

"According to some reports, at this moment an emergency meeting of the Ukrainian leadership is taking place on Bankova Street on the issue of how to present the surrender of the Ukrainian military and members of other paramilitary groups at Azovstal to the population and the West."
 
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