Ispan wrote:Briefing and reports from the last three days
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War news 04/25/2022 special report
25 April, 2022 Zhukov
SATURDAY 23 April - Various reports
Some news I found, today another day of general bombardment, but no news
08:30 Confirms my part from yesterday, breakthrough in the north-west of Donetsk and defeat of the 25 Brigade
Shelling continues on the Zaporozhye Donetsk front, artillery preparation is very intense here, they have been shelling all the villages in the Giulay Pole sector for four days
Today there is no progress, but the bombardment continues to disorganize the enemy and prevent their regrouping
In general, we return to a century ago, the tactics of the First World War: "artillery conquers, infantry occupies"
Numerous defections among Ukrainian troops
Ineffectiveness of Western anti-tank weapons
To date, more than 7000 Javelin anti-tank systems have been sent to Ukraine. Ukraine consumes 1 week of Javelin in one day.
Only 269 Soviet tanks have been destroyed with visual confirmation
There is panic among the leaders of the United States, as reported by American military analysts, about running out of Javelin and about its ineffectiveness against Russian tanks. 1/3 of the total US reserve has been depleted in the old Soviet tanks, that is, according to the Pentagon.
The 269 visually confirmed losses are also not a concrete number, as many have been photographed twice and some misidentified. But the number will be out there
YESTERDAY 24 April
Military analysis of the situation in Ukraine for April 24, 2022. (Readovka and completed with other infromes)
Easter day in the special operation passed quietly - the news from the front lines is the minimum.
In general, the state of the front is static. Both sides are accumulating forces and exchanging artillery attacks. There was an increase in artillery pressure on the positions, locations and infrastructure of the Ukrainian army and territorial battalions in Nikolaev and its environs. Ukrainians are waiting for the Russian advance to the west. Based on this, they are trying to strengthen the barriers with the help of a reserve arriving from Odessa and the central regions of Ukraine.
Intensive shelling of the artillery of the Russian Armed Forces is underway in the Zaporozhye direction. along the entire southern line, there is a reinforced "artillery waltz".
Note: "Feuerwaltze" or "artillery waltz" descriptive name for the sophisticated artillery bombing techniques developed during the First World War and whose maximum exponent was Colonel Bruchmüller, architect of the bombings in the German offensives of 1918 that broke the stalemate of the Western Front.
As the name suggests, it is a dance or intricate choreography with changes of objective, frequency and intensity of bombing, to among other things induce the defenders to leave their shelters when the shooting lengthens or there is a pause and occupy the trenches, thinking that the assault is imminent only to be bombed out of the shelter protection. And so again and again.
What the informant means is that a complex and intense artillery preparation is underway, to soften and disorganize the enemy and achieve tactical surprise, because when bombing many targets, the defender will not know where or when the attack will take place.
Noteworthy is the capture of Malinovka and the encirclement by the Northeast of Gulyai-pole.
In Mariupol, the planned cleaning of "Azovstal" from the remains of the Azov soldiers and Nazis who have settled there continues. In general, the city is freed from the enemy. it is possible to talk about the transition to a peaceful life only after the complete cleansing of Azovstal.
Artillery fire on Maryinka, Avdeyevka and Peski also intensified. There is no infantry advance yet. Intense house-to-house fighting is taking place in Popasnaya. Most of the city is under the control of the Allied forces. Today, the village of Novotoshkovskoye, at the eastern end of the Donbass salient, an important fortified position, like all those on the former line of contact, came completely under the control of the People's Militia of the LPR.
From the north, Russian Forces reached the border of the Kharkov and Donetsk regions.
Ukrainian Forces began to move troops from Severodonetsk and Lysychansk to the Popasnaya area in order to stop the advance of the advancing Allied forces.
South of Izyum, Russian Forces are gradually expanding the springboard for the offensive in Slavyansk and Kramatorsk. The advance of the troops is slow, but effective, with a daily increase in territories liberated from the enemy.
In the village of Suligovka, south of Izyum there were fierce battles there for several days, until the Russians took it, it is full of abandoned corpses of Ukrainian soldiers. The heights and the nearby forest belts are cleared. And they advance towards Kurulki
The first northern settlements of the Donetsk People's Republic were liberated. The units and formations of the Second Army liberated the localities of Lozovoye (on the east bank of the Oskol reservoir) and Redkodub. Fighting is already underway in the Yampol area.
There are no changes in the direction of Kharkov. The only significant event during these days is an unsuccessful attempt by the Ukrainian Forces from the area north of Dergachy to attack the positions of the Russian Armed Forces in the Kazachaya Lopan area. Ukrainian armored infantry fighting vehicles tried to advance to the Russian positions and try to attack them. The enemy column defeated on the march by artillery and finished off by infantry. Having suffered losses of personnel and material, the Ukrainian units were forced to withdraw.
TODAY 25 April
Statement Russian army 19:00 hours
Long-range and high-precision weapons destroyed six substations in the areas of RED, ZDOLBUNOV, ZHMERINKA, BERDICHEV, KOVEL and KOROSTEN railway stations, through which foreign weapons and military equipment of the Ukrainian group of forces in Donbass are supplied.
During the day, 27 military installations of Ukraine were hit by high-precision air-launched missiles.
Including destroyed: four command posts, an ammunition depot in the SLAVYANSK region of the Donetsk People's Republic, the headquarters of the Pravy Sektor terrorist group on NOVOGRODOVKA, as well as 16 bastions and places of concentration of troops and military equipment.
The operational-tactical and military aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces hit 82 military installations of Ukraine during the day.
Among them: 4 command posts, 76 areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment of the enemy, as well as two fuel depots.
The missile troops achieved 15 hits.
The following were hit: the starting position of the Tochka-U tactical missile system, three command posts, an artillery battery and 10 areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment.
Up to 40 personnel and 17 armored personnel carriers and vehicles of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were destroyed.
Russian air defense systems shot down four Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles in the IZYUM, DONETSK and KHARKOV areas in one day.
In total, since the beginning of the special military operation, 141 aircraft, 110 helicopters, 570 unmanned aerial vehicles, 265 anti-aircraft missile systems, 2554 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 283 rocket launchers, 1104 field artillery guns and mortars, as well as 2380 units of special military vehicles have been destroyed.
during the day, the Armed Forces of Ukraine lost 348 killed, wounded D and captured. The total losses in killed, wounded and captured in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, National Guard and SBU are more than 44 thousand men.
14:45. Kurulki came under the control of the Russian army. Fighting is underway in the village of Pashkovo, 15 km east of Barvenkovo and 5 km from the railway.
This attack means that the Barvenkovo – Slavyansk highway and railway are already under artillery fire which will significantly limit the supply of the Ukrainian army in the area, as well as prevent thousands of Ukrainian terrorists from retreating.
However, the criticism of the fighters is intensifying because the Ukrainian railway system is not being attacked with sufficient energy. Like this:
"Now the Russian Forces are advancing in the Donbass: success is developing more actively from the north, in the Izyum - Liman direction... ero for some reason the enemy continues to replenish supplies of material resources and weapons along the still working railway.
Ammunition of all kinds was delivered on the trains from cartridge cans to nando anti-tank missiles. Civilian "evacuation" trains deliver replacements from Rivne and Ternopil - we are not even talking about rotation, but about the delivery of new batches of "cannon fodder".
Tonight, for example, another batch of recruits from western Ukraine will be sent by rail. And again on the same bridges across the Dnieper.»
21:00 Rubezhnoye has been completely liberated, the Ukrainians held out for weeks in the southern part of the city. It is noteworthy that they have managed to expel the Banderists from their fortified positions, using the element of surprise, which indicates the general weakening of the Ukrainian forces on the entire front.
"After successfully capturing the militants' positions, the fighters continued their offensive, thereby liberating the entire residential area of the city of Rubizhne. The "brave" Ukrainian defenders retreated so quickly that, just in case, they blew up the bridge connecting the city of Rubezhnoye and the village of Novodruzheske, behind which the main support base of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is located.»
Statement of the Donetsk Republic (fragment)
2. Since the beginning of the current day, the DPR military has destroyed thirty-two Ukrainian nationalists, six firing points, one tank and two infantry fighting vehicles. An armored personnel carrier, a ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft gun and a cargo vehicle were captured.
3. Five servicemen of the Donetsk People's Republic were killed in the line of duty, and seventeen were injured.
Note: With due reservation, the report like the previous ones seems plausible and true to reality, it seems that the casualty ratio is favorable to the Donetsk ones in a 1 to 3 ratio, it is also not that the Donetsk troops are engaged in active sectors now. In general, it seems that the ratio of own losses to those of the enemy increases to 1 to 5 or more, as the Ukrainian resistance capacity weakens once the fortified lines are broken and their artillery is silenced, due to destruction of the pieces or lack of ammunition.
Summary of the day April 25 - Boris Rozhin (Cassad)
1. Mariupool. No news. The Nazis cornered in Azovstal do not surrender and sporadic fighting in the northeastern part of the factory.
There are no changes to the Vasilyevka—Orekhov—Gulyai-Pole line. On Vasilyevka the Russian flag was raised. East of Gulyai-Pole fighting. The Ukrainian army admits that Russian army achieved a breakthrough of 7-10 km. The main breakthrough e Gulyai-Pole and Velikaya Novoselka, the advance is slow.
Serious fighting in the area of Novomikhailovka and Velikaya Novoselovka. There is no significant progress.
There is no significant progress and, as before, positional battles are taking place near the rubble hill.
There are no changes in the Avdiivka industrial park. The battles for Novoselka-2 are intensifying. The DPR army will clearly seek to cut off the Konstantinovka-Avdeyevka highway. Heading to New York, no change.
They are fighting near the outskirts of Rubizhne and on the outskirts of Severodonetsk. In Popasna, already the army of the RPL has a small breakthrough in the city center. Today they took Novotoshkovskoye, where a powerful fortified area was located
The troops continue to advance towards the Barvenkovo—Slavyansk highway. Fighting is taking place near the villages of Kurulka and Pashkovo. The village of Zarechnoye was taken, after which a direct exit to Krasny Liman was opened. The enemy is trying to force the open flank of the advancing group, attacking from the west and claiming to have occupied the village of Zavody west of Izyum.
Positional battles to the north and east of the city. Attempts to move in the direction of Hoptovka resulted in heavy losses for the Ukrainian Forces. There are attacks on the village of Nekhoteyevka on the territory of the Russian Federation. The battles here are mostly positional in nature.
The parties do not conduct an active offensive, they are engaged in the accumulation of forces. In the tactical confrontation in the villages between Kherson and Nikolaev, the front line shifted a little towards Nikolayev. Attempts by the Ukrainian Armed Forces to attack from Novovorontsovka were repelled. The garrison of Krivoy Rog says that the Russian army is preparing an offensive against the city.
No change. The enemy does not exclude the possibility of a landing and continues to strengthen the defense of the city, although part of the forces were previously transferred to the Nikolayev region. Ukraine continues to receive fuel and lubricants from Moldova and weapons from NATO countries through the Odessa region.
Izyum Front Reports - Сларше Адды
Tactics of the enemy
I would like to mention such an element of the tactics of the Ukrainian army as the construction of defensive lines along the forest belts. In the Izyum-Slavyansk direction, there are a huge number of such belts and forests, and almost in each of these stripes, there is an enemy unit that varies from a platoon to a company.
On the edge of the forest there are observation posts, soldiers hide in the depths. After our troops are detected from the enemy's observation post, the main units approach and get into ready-made and camouflaged trenches, and open fire, and after a short skirmish with the use of anti-tank missiles, machine guns and rifles, the Ukrainian troops withdraw.
The tactics are quite sensible, but if the enemy is discovered by our troops earlier, then he is lost. It is impossible to leave the forest belt, our artillery begins to bombard the forest hard, and then it is cleared by motorized infantry and tanks.
It all ends with the complete destruction of the defenders.
I talked to a prisoner and he told me that half of the unit was destroyed by artillery fire even before the attack of our tanks.
Interrogation of prisoners - ignorance of the situation
The text of my friend, who fully agrees with him, came to the same conclusions as a result of conversations with numerous prisoners.
"A little reflection on the fact that the captured Ukrainians do not know the big picture of the fighting.
All the prisoners captured by our military in the Izyum area could not even confidently name their right and left neighbors (which contradicts the basics of tactics), not to mention the location of the headquarters and other positions. And the point here is not in his character, stubbornness or desire to keep the state secret at all costs. Everything is much more prosaic.
The command sending units to the front line deliberately did not inform them about the specifics of the disposition of their troops. The reason for this is the early confidence in the destruction and capture of his soldiers. So they don't need to know anything.
Indeed, sending more and more cannon fodder into battle, the commanders did not even have a shadow of hope that their fighters could somehow oppose the Russian Army in battles. Therefore, they were abandoned in the open field in blissful ignorance of future events and their fate.»
Shortage of machine guns
A couple of weeks ago it was reported that in Ukrainian workshops PKM machine guns were removed from destroyed or unrepairable armored vehicles and buttstocks and bipods were put on them to hand them over to the infantry, and that NATO delivers weapons of this type to Ukraine. Photos of Spanish 7.62mm ammunition boxes for the MG-3 machine gun have been seen among the captured material.
Another reason for the shortage of is that there are no supplies and weapons for the three territorial brigades, numbers 101-102-103 that are being enlisted in western Ukraine. There are a lot of weapons in Ukraine, but they are sent to the front or "lost" on the way. As a result, it gets to the point that the mobilized citizens and volunteers, who are going to be used at the front as cannon fodder, have to buy the necessary equipment themselves.
Other news of interest;
The lie of the Bucha massacre: it was the work of the Ukrainians
Anyone who has researched the beginning of the war in 2014 and knows about atrocities such as the Odessa massacre or the bombing of Donbass knows that the Ukrainian regime has been committing war crimes for years and killing civilians in order to generate headlines and blame Russia. The Donbass thing is routine, the Bucha thing is only news because it was in the vicinity of Kiev.
It has already been proven, by the silence of the media, that Ukraine fires Tochka missiles at civilians. In Bucha, to summarize, bombed the population with projectiles loaded with darts of steel (flechettes) to not leave craters or remnants of shrapnel or corpses dismembered, as often do the shrapnel, and maintain the fiction that the dead in the streets had been executed by shooting. What they don't tell you is that there were executions of civilians, but on the Ukrainian side, there is a video of Ukrainian paramilitaries shooting civilians wearing identification bracelets, just for being "collaborators" with the Russians
More details on the Chervonets blog.
The return of the Cossacks
Cossack volunteer units played an important role in the war in 2014, between the heroic and the disappointing, and this time they have again answered the call to arms.
Cossack battalions participating in a special operation in Ukraine have been fighting for Donbass on the front line for a month
To date, there are two Cossack regiments and several battalions in the area of the special operation. As part of various military formations, about 4 thousand Cossacks from all Cossack societies and organizations in Russia are fighting together with soldiers of the Russian army.
The Kuban Cossacks of the Ataman Platov regiment, Ataman Chepegi and the 1st Crimean. The Cossacks of the Don and Tavrida divisions went to the battlefield. In the near future, the number of Cossacks participating in the special operation will increase to 5.5 thousand, and three more Cossack detachments will join the battles for the Donbass. At the beginning of April, more than 1,400 Cossacks took part in the fighting.
Terror attack on Russian journalists foiled
The FSB showed footage of the arrest of neo-Nazis planning the murders of Solovyov, Skabeeva, Kiselyov, Simonyan (Russia Today) and other Russian journalists
The betrayal of the OSCE exposed
At the OSCE headquarters in Mariupol, the staff left the archive. All OSCE field reports from 2014 have been found and thousands of war crimes committed in Ukraine have been documented, which the OSCE later concealed in the official reports of the mission in Ukraine.
In addition, a warehouse of Italian-made mortar shells was found in the garage of the OSCE building at 25 Primorskiy Boulevard, Mariupol. The labels on the boxes indicate that they were packed for delivery by sea 2022-3-11.
For the monitoring organization, at least the supply of weapons to one of the parties to the conflict is strange. It becomes clear that there is no healthy stir around the OSCE employees who were captured by the DPR armed forces and the "devastating" articles of the BBC and other "truthful" media!