After the Lysychansk victory the Russian ground offensive resumes in the “War of the Highway” and in the next few hours an increase in attacks on T1302 villages leading to Pakmut is reported. An “operational break” was ordered until yesterday Putin He preferred a lull in the advance and attacks to give the troops exhausted by the conflict a breather. But it was a pause, so to speak, as Russian missiles continued to rain down not only on military targets from the air, sea and land: Ukrainian police counted at least 54 civilian targets in the region. Donetsk in 24 hours. A firestorm of unguided rockets, R-77 missiles, S-300 systems, multiple launch Tornado-S, Uragan, Krat and Smerch over 12 settlements from Kramatorsk to Pakmut and Sloviansk. 36 houses, a school, a stadium, a market, a water tower, two fields, several power lines, a chemical plant in Avdiivka and the central square of Kramatorsk were affected.
The Institute for War Studies in Washington explains that the next two days will be a coordinated push by Moscow to capture all of Donetsk. The same Russian Defense Minister, Shoigu, said that he had “ordered new measures to military units in all operational areas to rule out the possibility – he said – that the Kiev regime would launch massive rocket and artillery attacks against civilian infrastructure and residents.” Settlements in the Donbass and other regions. A way to justify resuming the campaign. “Since July 15 the Russians have re-emerged from a sustained operational pause with probably limited ground offensives – ISW writes – northwest of Sloviansk, southeast of Pakmut and southwest of Donetsk city”. But while they haven’t succeeded so far, the “suspension of operations” is behind us, saying that “attacks will be extended over the next 72 hours,” although ten days of rest is not enough. Sufficient impact power. North-east of Bagmut, in particular, the Russians are trying to control the highway from Lysizansk to Bagmut. Bombing across Ukraine again.
Sirens were heard in the morning in Kiev. In Dnipro, a factory for Dochka-U missile components was destroyed. Rockets from a Tubolev 95 strategic bomber over Russian territory caused a massive fire in a warehouse over Odessa. Dead and wounded in Kharkiv district. Nikopol was another victim, hit by 53 Grad rockets. To bombard Dnipro, the head of the regional council writes in Telegram, the Russians launched six Kh-101 precision missiles worth $13 million each, a total of $78 million. Some of the attacks would launch from the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. But the Ukrainians, for their part, receive (and use) several high-mobility rocket launchers, Himars, the Americans, with which they killed three colonels of the 106th Airborne Division in recent days, as well as destroyed several ammunition depots. Shoigu refers to this when he says that Ukraine’s “kidney attacks” should be avoided.
Russian military bloggers continue to criticize the generals on how to handle Himars and other Western weapons. Computers are identified and then the problem is with the slowdown that hits. Igor Kirkin argues that the military is not doing enough to cut down on communications as new weapons arrive. The more famous Rybar observes that Russian forces in Syria were able to reduce the time of identification and attack and destruction by Iranian UAV drones to just 40 minutes, a quagmire of bureaucracy in the Ukrainian campaign. Command will be more centralized and the number of authorizations required will be greater. The White House has already condemned Russia’s drone shopping spree in Iran twice, with Iran’s Kashan airport on June 8 and July 15 to witness demonstrations of drone sales.
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