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

The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation:
"During the retreat on June 4 from the city of Svyatogorsk of the Donetsk People's Republic, the units of the 79th Airborne Assault Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Ukrainian nationalists set fire to the wooden monastery of All Saints of the Land of the Russian Holy Dormition Svyatogorsk Lavra.
According to information from local residents, a burst of incendiary ammunition from a large-caliber machine gun mounted on a Ukrainian Kozak armored car was fired into the wooden walls of the domed space of the structure. After the arson, the Ukrainian nationalists left at high speed in a southerly direction, towards the settlement of Sidorovo controlled by Ukrainian troops. The units of the Russian Armed Forces located to the north of Svyatogorsk are not conducting combat operations in this area and are not shelling the territory of the Svyatogorsk Historical and Architectural Reserve."

 
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"Shots from the first person. An assault group of Russian paratroopers is attacking the enemy's opornik in the Bakhmut / Artemovsk direction."



"Photos from the opornik in the Bakhmut / Artemovsk direction, which was taken by storm by Russian paratroopers."

 

get2choppaaa

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The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation:
"During the retreat on June 4 from the city of Svyatogorsk of the Donetsk People's Republic, the units of the 79th Airborne Assault Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Ukrainian nationalists set fire to the wooden monastery of All Saints of the Land of the Russian Holy Dormition Svyatogorsk Lavra.
According to information from local residents, a burst of incendiary ammunition from a large-caliber machine gun mounted on a Ukrainian Kozak armored car was fired into the wooden walls of the domed space of the structure. After the arson, the Ukrainian nationalists left at high speed in a southerly direction, towards the settlement of Sidorovo controlled by Ukrainian troops. The units of the Russian Armed Forces located to the north of Svyatogorsk are not conducting combat operations in this area and are not shelling the territory of the Svyatogorsk Historical and Architectural Reserve."


Lord have mercy.

What a tragedy. I hope it survives
 
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation:
"Russian Aerospace Forces high-precision long-range air-launched missiles on the outskirts of Kyiv destroyed T-72 tanks supplied by Eastern European countries and other armored vehicles located in the buildings of a car repair enterprise."



"Presumably, the first footage of the use of the latest Kh-59MK2 air-to-surface guided missile from the Su-57 carrier aircraft during the special military operation in Ukraine. The strikes were carried out on the Darnytsia car repair plant in Kyiv this morning."



"Life in the liberated residential areas of Severodonetsk. The main battles continue in the area of the industrial zone. The enemy is actively bombarding the city with artillery deployed in Lisichansk."

 
"Evening briefing of the Russian Defense Ministry 06.06.2022
Statement on the situation with the battles for the liberation of Svyatogorsk:

The Russian armed forces are completing the liberation of the city of Svyatogorsk of the Donetsk People's Republic and the surrounding area.

◽️In order to prevent the retreat of Ukrainian troops from Svyatogorsk, Ukrainian nationalist formations acting as barrier detachments today blew up a bridge across the Seversky Donets River.
◽️Under the onslaught of Russian units, cut off from the main forces and supplies due to the undermining of the bridge, the remnants of the battalions of the 95th airborne assault brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the 81st separate airmobile brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine abandoned military equipment along with weapons and dispersed along the river bank.
◽️Up to 80 Ukrainian servicemen swam across the river. The Russian servicemen deliberately did not open fire on them.
◽️We regard the refusal of the Ukrainian military to defend the useless Kyiv regime led by nationalists as the only right thing to do, not cowardice.
In doing so, they all saved their lives.
◽️We call on all military personnel and members of the territorial defense units of Ukraine to follow this example and stop thoughtless resistance in order to save their lives. For its part, the Russian armed forces guarantee all Ukrainian servicemen and members of territorial defense units who voluntarily laid down their arms decent treatment and return to their families."



The official representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Major General Igor Konashenkov
 
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation:
"During the retreat on June 4 from the city of Svyatogorsk of the Donetsk People's Republic, the units of the 79th Airborne Assault Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Ukrainian nationalists set fire to the wooden monastery of All Saints of the Land of the Russian Holy Dormition Svyatogorsk Lavra.
According to information from local residents, a burst of incendiary ammunition from a large-caliber machine gun mounted on a Ukrainian Kozak armored car was fired into the wooden walls of the domed space of the structure. After the arson, the Ukrainian nationalists left at high speed in a southerly direction, towards the settlement of Sidorovo controlled by Ukrainian troops. The units of the Russian Armed Forces located to the north of Svyatogorsk are not conducting combat operations in this area and are not shelling the territory of the Svyatogorsk Historical and Architectural Reserve."


No photo confirmation yet:

"The Svyatogorsk Lavra has been liberated, the enemy has been driven out of the city of Svyatogorsk itself, the area is being cleaned up."

 
"The Svyatogorsk Lavra has been liberated, the enemy has been driven out of the city of Svyatogorsk itself, the area is being cleaned up."
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation:

"The testimonies of local residents and monks in the liberated Svyatogorsk of the Donetsk People's Republic confirm the deliberate arson on June 4 by Ukrainian nationalists of the wooden skete of All Saints of the Russian Land.
◽️ According to eyewitnesses, as early as the second of June of this year, the Ukrainian military came to the territory located to the south, across the river from the city, the Svyatogorsk historical and architectural reserve.
◽️ The goal was to survey the area for placement on the high bank, where the architectural reserve is located, artillery positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The equipment of these positions would make it possible to conduct direct fire on the units of Russian troops located on the other side. It was also planned to hold the defense of the bridge across the Seversky Donets River, already blown up on June 6 by the nationalists, here.
◽️ Knowing well that Russian military personnel do not shell temple buildings and cultural monuments, Ukrainian nationalists expected to hide behind the Orthodox shrines of the Lavra as their “shield”. The impudence of Ukrainian nationalists aroused the indignation of local residents.
They demanded that the military leave the territory of the Lavra in order to prevent its destruction.
◽️ By June 4 this year, during the fighting in Svyatogorsk, the Ukrainian group of troops had already lost control over most of the city.
Therefore, the retreating nationalists went on a monstrous provocation.
◽️ According to local residents, a large-caliber machine gun mounted on an armored car set fire to the wooden monastery of All Saints of the Russian Land with a burst of incendiary ammunition. Not only the monks, but also the members of the local territorial defense who came to help them tried unsuccessfully to put out the burning skete. The nationalists prevented this by opening fire to intimidate.
◽️ Despite the hostilities taking place in Svyatogorsk, no damage to historical and Orthodox monuments on the territory of the Holy Dormition Svyatogorsk Lavra was allowed by Russian military personnel.

◽️ Video footage of the current state of the cultural, historical, architectural and Orthodox monument of the Svyatogorsk Lavra is presented to everyone's attention.



◽️ Thus, Zelensky, with his statements about the allegedly deliberate destruction of the cultural heritage of Ukraine by Russia and the demands to “exclude Russia from UNESCO and the UN for this”, once again lied not only to the Ukrainian people, but to the entire world community.
◽️ The Russian Armed Forces continue a special operation to liberate Donbass, preventing shelling or possible damage to historical and cultural heritage sites.
◽️ The values of the Ukrainian Nazis settled in Kyiv are opposite to the historical values of the Orthodox people of Ukraine.
There is no future for the criminal anti-Christian policy pursued by the current Kyiv regime in Ukraine and cannot be.
"



The official representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Major General Igor Konashenkov
 
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North of Kharkiv update - map 07.06.2022
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"The situation in the north of the Kharkiv region as of 22:00 /Moscow time/ June 7, 2022
▪️ Fighting continues on the line of contact in Tsupovka and Velikie Prohody. Foreign mercenaries are participating in the clashes from the Ukrainian side.
▪️ In Dementievka, engineering units of the RF Armed Forces blockaded servicemen from the 92nd mechanized brigade
▪️ There are clashes near Rubizhnoye. According to some reports, the RF Armed Forces mined all approaches to the village.
▪️ Russian army continues to push the enemy out of Ternovaya.
▪️ The Armed Forces of Ukraine continue to strengthen the grouping in the Chuguev direction - reinforcements have been deployed to Bazalievka
▪️ In Akhtyrka, Sumy region, DRGs are being actively trained under the guidance of NATO instructors. They will be involved both in the border areas and on the line of contact in the Kharkiv region.
▪️ The RF Armed Forces attacked the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Odnorobovka, Korotych, Basovo, Ivashki, Cherkassky Tishki and Kharkov itself.
▪️ Several enemy UAVs were shot down in the vicinity of Liptsy, Dementyevka, Grakovo and Malyye Prokhod."

Soldiers and scouts of the volunteer Cossack detachment "Don" in the Kharkiv region.



 
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"The battle for Davydov Brod in the Nikolaev-Kherson direction: May 30 - June 7, 2022
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▪️ Before the start of the offensive on Davydov Brod, the line of demarcation between the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation passed, in fact, along the banks of the Vysun and Ingulets rivers. The entire section from Snigirevka to Chervony Yar by the end of May was one continuous gray zone, where sabotage and reconnaissance groups periodically collided with each other.
▪️ The Armed Forces of Ukraine occupied two small villages of Kalinovka and Murakhivka, transferring assault units and military equipment there. On the eve of May 30, the construction of a pontoon crossing in Veliky Artakovo began.
▪️ At the same time, tactical aviation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was deployed to the front, aircraft worked on the positions of the Russian Armed Forces from airfields in Krivoy Rog and Voznesensk, Russian fighter aircraft worked in response, and Calibers hit the runways.
▪️ On May 30-31, the Armed Forces of Ukraine managed to force the Ingulets river near Veliky Artakovo and transfer assault units to the southern bank. In the following days, battles began near Belogorka - it was there that the artillery units of the RF Armed Forces and aviation burned the ukrainian equipment.
▪️ The ratio in manpower was not in favor of the RF Armed Forces and the Armed Forces of Ukraine managed to push the RF Armed Forces towards Davydov Brod - the defense in the village was held by the forces of one platoon.
Having tied the defenders of the settlement in battle, the Armed Forces of Ukraine set up a crossing already in Davydov Brod itself to bring in additional units.
▪️ At that moment, the Russian Armed Forces sent reinforcements to this sector of the front - under the cover of artillery fire, the platoon holding Davydov Brod managed to leave the settlement.
▪️ By June 5, Davydov Brod was under the control of the Armed Forces of Ukraine - in that village, the units that forced the Ingulets under Veliky Artakovo and in Brod itself joined.
▪️ The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation destroyed the ukrainian crossing at Davydov Brod and began to strike at the village.
All Ukrainian units located in that area ceased to exist.
▪️ On the night of June 5-6, the RF Armed Forces launched a counteroffensive in two directions - control over Davydov Brod was returned, and Ingulets river was forced through the Ukrainian crossing at Veliky Artakovo.
▪️ As of June 7, the Armed Forces of Ukraine retain control over Kalinovka and Murakhivka, however, there are only spotters who correct the fire of Ukrainian artillery from Kaluga.
▪️ The RF Armed Forces continue to conduct counter-battery combat and build up a grouping to develop a counteroffensive on the northern bank of the Ingulets river."
 

Belgrano

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- The Ukrainians have excellent artillery training & equipment
- The AFU emphasize small unit tactics; this slowed down the Russian advance in the beginning of the war
- The Russian offensive routes largely matched with those the Ukrainians trained for in NATO exercises
- The border regions were full of photo traps & other surveillance equipment that gave the Ukrainians a good idea of what was happening militarily
- Even a full liberation of the DPR & LPR won't secure Donetsk from Ukrainian shelling because of long-range weapon systems
- The seemingly senseless shelling of Donetsk is explained by Ukrainian attempts to cause discontent among civilians in the sense that the Russian Armed Forces cannot protect them
- The capture of Lisichansk will mark the full liberation of the LPR
- "Small cauldron" tactics & the slow advances are deliberate, but not the tactics of choice; Russians are advancing at best with a 1:1 ratio and often against a numerically superior enemy
- Prisoner exchanges are still taking place, but not mass exchanges, 15 for 15, 30 for 30
- The Ukrainian army generally refuses to pick up their dead despite being offered ceasefires to do so
- The average level of experience in the AFU has dropped significantly since the start of the war, it's now 20% professionals and 80% conscripts
- Ukrainian infantry is of very low quality in terms of training & morale; their artillery & special forces are decent
- The Ukrainians generally don't accept close quarter combat and retreat instead, but they usually do so in an organized manner
- The volunteers from all over Russia who are trained in Gudermes (Chechnya) are doing quite well in the war
- This scale of combat is seen for the first time since WW2; Kots has never worked in a conflict of this intensity
- Russia is not at war with Ukraine, but with the entire NATO infrastructure: intelligence, satellites, communications, military equipment, counter-battery systems, electronic warfare systems
- "Bayraktars" are absolute crap, they're fish in a barrel for any decent anti-air
- The Ukrainians are having problems with some munitions, e.g. their Smerch & Uragan MLRS systems rarely fire in volleys nowadays, mostly single shots
- Ukrainian artillery is often the only thing slowing down Russian advances
- Securing Donbass won't automatically win the war
 

SensibleUlan

Pigeon
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The Ukrainians have excellent artillery training & equipment

Training maybe, but much of their arty equipment is destroyed or damaged by now. The NATO resupplies are being intercepted also.
The more professional troops are KIA or WIA the more this will be exacerbated, conscripts will fare poorly trying to take on Arty duty.

- Ukrainian artillery is often the only thing slowing down Russian advances

For now, see above.

- Even a full liberation of the DPR & LPR won't secure Donetsk from Ukrainian shelling because of long-range weapon systems
It will be much reduced due to those systems being singular launch and more easily tracked if missile-delivery and thus able to be countered by sat/drone surveillance and counter-fire.

- The border regions were full of photo traps & other surveillance equipment that gave the Ukrainians a good idea of what was happening militarily
Initially yes, but they aren't in-depth so the more Russia pushes in the less effective those will be.

All that said. Russia needs to start making some fairly significant gains by the end of this month, a breakthrough is imperative if they want to keep Ukraine on the backfoot.
 
Map - Severodonetsk 08.06.2022
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"The battle for Severodonetsk: the situation as of 11:30 /Moscow time/ June 8, 2022
▪️ The units of the 79th brigade and 10th brigade, located on the outskirts of Severodonetsk in Sirotino, are asked to give the command to retreat from the leadership because of the threat of being surrounded.
▪️ Part of the servicemen of the 115th ombr retreated to Lisichansk in small groups.
Earlier, units of the 79th Specialized Brigade and 10th Specialized Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as well as 111 territorial defense brigades, departed to Lysichansk in unorganized groups.
▪️ The flight was stopped by the transfer of units of foreign mercenaries to Severodonetsk, led by People's Deputy Maryana Bezugly. Foreign mercenaries acted as a detachment and were able to stop the collapse of the defense.
▪️ The RF Armed Forces are fighting in the industrial zone near the Azot plant - units of the 81st Airmobile Brigade are holding the defense there together with mercenaries of the International Legion of Territorial Defense.
▪️ Units of the RF Armed Forces are conducting successful battles north of Borovskoe, pushing the Armed Forces of Ukraine from the forests to the territory of the airfield and the village."
 

dicknixon72

Pelican


Again proving an old adage that you can't just give someone good weaponry and expect them to win based on the innate capability of those weapons alone.

Its like giving Iraqis an M1 Abrams - they run a single tank down a tight urban canyon of 4-5 story buildings, manage to perch it up on a smashed Renault truck and a concrete fountain, watch it get dogged by a group of teenagers throwing makeshift IEDs down from open windows, then complain about its 'inferiority.'

Reminds me of Korea and Viet Nam where its very obvious who were the pilots flying MiGs that achieved high kill ratios in A2A combat; it wasn't the natives.
 
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation:

"The testimonies of local residents and monks in the liberated Svyatogorsk of the Donetsk People's Republic confirm the deliberate arson on June 4 by Ukrainian nationalists of the wooden skete of All Saints of the Russian Land.
◽️ According to eyewitnesses, as early as the second of June of this year, the Ukrainian military came to the territory located to the south, across the river from the city, the Svyatogorsk historical and architectural reserve.
◽️ The goal was to survey the area for placement on the high bank, where the architectural reserve is located, artillery positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The equipment of these positions would make it possible to conduct direct fire on the units of Russian troops located on the other side. It was also planned to hold the defense of the bridge across the Seversky Donets River, already blown up on June 6 by the nationalists, here.
◽️ Knowing well that Russian military personnel do not shell temple buildings and cultural monuments, Ukrainian nationalists expected to hide behind the Orthodox shrines of the Lavra as their “shield”. The impudence of Ukrainian nationalists aroused the indignation of local residents.
They demanded that the military leave the territory of the Lavra in order to prevent its destruction.
◽️ By June 4 this year, during the fighting in Svyatogorsk, the Ukrainian group of troops had already lost control over most of the city.
Therefore, the retreating nationalists went on a monstrous provocation.
◽️ According to local residents, a large-caliber machine gun mounted on an armored car set fire to the wooden monastery of All Saints of the Russian Land with a burst of incendiary ammunition. Not only the monks, but also the members of the local territorial defense who came to help them tried unsuccessfully to put out the burning skete. The nationalists prevented this by opening fire to intimidate.
◽️ Despite the hostilities taking place in Svyatogorsk, no damage to historical and Orthodox monuments on the territory of the Holy Dormition Svyatogorsk Lavra was allowed by Russian military personnel.

◽️ Video footage of the current state of the cultural, historical, architectural and Orthodox monument of the Svyatogorsk Lavra is presented to everyone's attention.



◽️ Thus, Zelensky, with his statements about the allegedly deliberate destruction of the cultural heritage of Ukraine by Russia and the demands to “exclude Russia from UNESCO and the UN for this”, once again lied not only to the Ukrainian people, but to the entire world community.
◽️ The Russian Armed Forces continue a special operation to liberate Donbass, preventing shelling or possible damage to historical and cultural heritage sites.
◽️ The values of the Ukrainian Nazis settled in Kyiv are opposite to the historical values of the Orthodox people of Ukraine.
There is no future for the criminal anti-Christian policy pursued by the current Kyiv regime in Ukraine and cannot be.
"



The official representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Major General Igor Konashenkov

"Footage of Russian armored vehicles entering the streets of Svyatogorsk"

 
Its like giving Iraqis an M1 Abrams - they run a single tank down a tight urban canyon of 4-5 story buildings, manage to perch it up on a smashed Renault truck and a concrete fountain, watch it get dogged by a group of teenagers throwing makeshift IEDs down from open windows, then complain about its 'inferiority.'
Fun fact - M1 Abrams has a Halon based fire extinguisher system, when it activates the crew either jumps out or suffocates... and you can activate it from the outside by a quick pull lever /there are 3 of them/.
The Iraquis learned about them pretty fast... they used to send out kids to "play" near a tank and "accidentally" pull one of those levers - BIG, RED levers - can't miss them.
Causing the Halon System to be activated, which flooded the tank with Halon. And the crew had to bail or suffocate.
And at that point, they'd get gunned down...
 
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