Ispan wrote:Special report on the past two days, including today, composite of many reports, with maps, and some other links and stories. Edited and presented as best as I could. The translation from "military to human" is, as always, left as an exercise for the reader.
Approximate map of the latest developments in the northern Donbass Salient in the last 48 hours
YESTERDAY 09 May
General situation (summary Readovka)
Today, the situation on the fronts was calmer. Ukrainian artillery shelled Donetsk.
On May 9, the fighting for the island of Zmeiny continued. The Ukrainian side suffered heavy losses: 2 ships, 4 aircraft and almost 30 unmanned aerial vehicles.
In Odessa especially strong missile attacks, the infrastructure of the city was seriously damaged
In the north-east of Kharkov, the enemy's advance towards the Russian border.
The Izyum front stretched to the Luhansk region. The fighting is taking place along the entire contact line. In the west of Izyum, the Russian Armed Forces are fighting for Velikaya Komyshevakha.
In the La Liman area, the offensive is hampered by fires. East of Yampol, the Russian Armed Forces have crossed the Seversky Donets River, and there is fighting on Belogorovka.
In parallel, an offensive is developing near Lisichansk and from the Severodonetsk side. Popasnaya completely under Russian control.
Map showing the progress, in the inset, detail of the crossing of the Seversky Donetsk River and the advance along the flank of the end of the salient.
Summary: Rybar and other reports
Attack on Donbass from the north: the situation at the end of the day on May 9, 2022
The Allied forces managed to break through the enemy defenses in the Rubizhne-Severodonetsk-Lysichansk triangle.
Address Lisichansk-Severodonetsk, south flank:
The clearing of Popasnaya has been completed, shelling of enemy positions located to the north and west of the settlement is being carried out.
East of Popasnaya, on the western bank of the Seversky Donets, units of the Allied forces occupied the village of Toshkovka. The lower and adjacent heights, there are battles for the settlement.. The establishment of control over Toshkovka will allow access to the Lisichansk-Gorskoe highway and the southern outskirts of Lisichansk.
If, at the same time, a Popasna coup continues to the south, this will lead to the encirclement of the garrison of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Gorskoe-Zolotoe settlement and block the road to Lisichansk from the south.
Address Lisichansk-Severodonetsk, northern flank:
The Allied forces crossed the Seversky Donets River and entered the village. Belogorovka. Fierce battles were fought in the settlement throughout the day, the Armed Forces of Ukraine managed to partially prevent the crossing. . Fighting also continued in the Voyevodovka area
Intense battles and artillery duels are held along the banks of the Donets along the entire Kremenetskiye Lesy National Park in the village of Kremenets. Shipilovo, Privolye, Serebryanka.
The enemy was driven out of the territory of the Zarya gunpowder factory in Rubezhnoye.
Fighting continued in the forests adjacent to Severodonetsk. See report on the ambush in the forests
Address Krasny Liman
The struggles for control of Novoselovka, west of Drobyshevo, began.
The battles for Liman are complicated by heavy forest fires
East of Chepel, the fighting continues in the forest. The parties are engaged in artillery duels. Velikaya Kamyshevakha was taken, but a rupture of the front has not occurred. The fighting continues north of the Barvenkovo—Slavyansk highway
On the rest of the front without novelty, fighting of positions and artillery shelling.
On the Zaporozhye -Donetsk front, despite the lack of news near Gulyai-Pole and Orekhov, the fighting on the front line has intensified considerably in recent days. Local Telegram channels are actively encouraging inhabitants to donate blood for the injured.
In Donetsk, according to Strelkov:
"There are unconfirmed reports that, as a result of recklessness in relieving the fire-hardened personnel units of the People's Militia of the DPR by reservist units that have not yet been in combat, the enemy reoccupied the entire part of Maryinka that was previously liberated. Which, if true, has no serious meaning, except a purely tactical one.»
The Battle of Snake Island - Strelkov
About the situation around the island of Zmeiny. It seems to me (according to the available data) the following:
After the enemy demonstrated its anti-ship defense systems (anti-ship missiles, unmanned attack and reconnaissance aircraft coordinated by NATO air and satellite reconnaissance), the question of maintaining the island without further active offensive operations in the Odessa-Izmail area lost all meaning. With purely defensive actions, there was a threat of imminent complete isolation of the garrison and its subsequent liquidation as happened with the Ukrainian garrison. In addition, the defense of the island in the immediate vicinity of the coast equipped with enemy anti-ship weapons would inevitably lead to additional losses of the remaining ships and air forces of the Black Sea Fleet (for example, the Admiral Makarov frigate was attacked by Bayraktar without visible consequences). In this regard, a thoughtful decision was made to evacuate the garrison, which was not without losses (one Mi-8 helicopter and two landing craft of 61 tons displacement).
At the same time, apparently, the command of the Black Sea Fleet and the Russian troops managed to "catch" the enemy during their own attempt to occupy the island (important primarily from the point of view of propaganda). According to reports, the amphibious operation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine completely failed with heavy losses. According to various sources, the Ukrainian Armed Forces lost 1 Su-27 aircraft, 1 to 3 Su-24 attack aircraft, 1 to 3 Mi-8 transport and combat helicopters and 1 Mi-24 attack helicopter, 2 to 4 Bayraktar drones and several amphibious assault ships. During the fighting, several air defense batteries of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were also hit by fire, one battery was completely destroyed, up to 8 Pechora air defense systems destroyed. The total losses of the enemy amounted to 78 people officially killed and several dozen more "missing in action". There is unverified evidence that a significant part of the dead and "missing persons" (i.e. drowned) are unidentified foreign mercenaries.
Currently, the island of Zmeiny, apparently, is not occupied by the garrison of any of the belligerents.
TODAY 10 May
1. West of Izyum, the Ukrainian Armed Forces lost Velikaya Kamyshevakha, not having had time to strengthen their positions.
2. In the Liman district, Russia has occupied Shandrigolovo, and the battle for Novoselovka is underway. The capture of Novoselovka will split the Ukrainian army group into two parts and leave Liman without artillery and armor support (the bridge to Slavyansk is damaged, and the road beaten by machine-gun fire).
3. Russia tried to cross the Seversky Donets River and get to Belogorovka this time. It is unknown whose hands the village is in. Near Belogorovka passsto the Lisichansk-Bakhmut highway — this is the only road that allows you to leave the Lugansk region and supply the Ukrainian troops in the Severodonetsk agglomeration.
The General Staff of Ukraine confirms these territorial losses in its report.
The Russian army has made a small advance on the Ukrainian positions in Nikolaevka, near Slavyansk, a small town that is part of the Kramatorsk agglomeration. In a wooded area closer to the camps, the Nazis have placed artillery and their positions were destroyed with powerful salvos from the Russian army that has arrived there today.
After occupying the dominant height (244 meters above sea level) on Popasnaya, the Lugansk Militia advanced towards Artemovsk (194 meters above sea level). Soon, the Artemivsk-Svitlodarsk highway will be battered by fire, and the Ukrainian grouping in the Svitlodarsk Arch will begin to suffer.
Kharkov: Ukrainian amusement attacks
The withdrawal of LDNR units and Rosgvardiya units, fully staffed with poorly armed reservists, to new positions, significantly removed from Kharkiv in comparison with the previous ones, has ended. In some places, the withdrawal was carried out without the direct influence of the enemy, in others - as a result of his direct pressure on the extremely insufficiently armed, very small and completely untrained/inexperienced units of the "allies".
In the "liberated" localities (for example, Stary Saltov), repression began against local officials and activists who had the courage to cooperate with the Russian military authorities and did not have enough time or opportunity to retreat with them.
Currently, positional battles are continuing in the Kharkov region.
The situation in the Kharkiv region at 18.00 on May 10, 2022
The army of Ukraine, National Guard battalions and Territorial Defense detachments continue to expand the control zone north of Kharkov. The command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is preparing a large-scale offensive on Kazachaya Lopan and Tsupovka. The Russian army continues to maintain the defense in Liptsy. The fighting is taking place in Rubezhnoye next to the Seversky Donetsk River, just north of the Osko reservoir (not to be confused with the town of Rubezhnoye neighboring Severodonetsk in Luhansk, for which it has been fought for weeks)
At the same time, the Ukrainian command is preparing an operation to force the Seversky Donets River near Chepel and cut off the supply routes of the Izyum group.
The main task of the Ukrainian units in this area is to divert the forces of the Russian Armed Forces to the Zumsky and Limansky fronts.
Several groups of saboteurs have already been sent to the border regions with Russia. The task of coordinating them and conducting sabotage operations in the border area with Russia is assigned to the British officers of the SA).
From the Chuguev airfield aerial reconnaissance of Russian troops is carried out using the Bayraktar UAV, which correct artillery fire on columns of troops and equipment moving from the territory of the Russian Federation.
Along the western bank of the Seversky Donets River to the villages of Zaliman and Chervonoye (east of the village of.Chepel) the enemy deployed command and observation posts of the 14th Mechanized Brigade and 4th Tank Brigade.
The main efforts at the moment are focused on forcing small river assault groups into the area south of Chepel and taking control of the settlements Tudnevo and Divanovka.
About 300 men from the territorial defense units formed in the west of Ukraine were transferred to Razdolye.
The main attack with the crossing of the river via pontoons is likely to be launched simultaneously with the offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the area northeast of Kharkov.
Official statement Russian army 10 May, 19:00 hours
Operational-tactical and army aviation hit 74 targets during the day, including 2 command posts, 20 areas of concentration of troops and materiel, as well as two warehouses of rocket and artillery weapons.
Missile forces and artillery units hit 223 targets, three command posts and two ammunition depots were destroyed
As a result of the bombings, more than 100 nationalists were killed, 19 units of military equipment were destroyed.
Russian air defense systems in the air near the settlement of the SHIROKOE Dnepropetrovsk region shot down a Ukrainian Su-25 aircraft. In addition, in the NOVODMITROVKA area, an Mi-8 helicopter of the Ukrainian Air Force was shot down in the Kherson region.
In addition, four Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles were destroyed near Lysychansk, KRIVOY ROG and the KULINOVKA Kharkiv region.
In total, since the beginning of the special military operation, 164 aircraft, 125 helicopters, 798 unmanned aerial vehicles, 302 anti-aircraft missile systems, 2983 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 351 multiple rocket launchers, 1440 pieces of field artillery and mortars, as well as 2796 units of special military vehicles have been destroyed.
Another Ukrainian Bayraktar-TB2 unmanned aerial vehicle was destroyed by Russian air defense systems in the area of Zmeiny Island this afternoon.
Thus, the Kiev regime over the past three days has lost only 30 military unmanned aerial vehicles in this area. 9 of them Bayraktar - TB2.
All UAVs participated in the failed "PR campaign" of the Kiev regime to capture the island of ZMEINY on the eve of May 9, the Victory on the Great Patriotic War Holiday.
In addition, today the Russian military found on the coast three bodies of Ukrainian saboteurs who fell into the sea.
Now, as a result of the failure of the Kiev operation, 27 corps of militants of Ukrainian special forces units and nationalists remain on the island.
In total, during the senseless attempt from a military point of view to seize the island, the Kiev regime lost three Su-24 bombers and one Su-27 fighter in the ZMEINY area.
10 helicopters were destroyed. Of these, three Mi-8 helicopters with paratroopers on board and one Mi-24 support helicopter were shot down. In addition, six other Mi-8 and Mi-24 helicopters involved in the operation were destroyed on the ground near the village of Artsiz. Odessa Region.
Also at sea, three Ukrainian armored amphibious assault ships "Centaur" with amphibious troops on board were destroyed.
Therefore, this adventure ended in disaster for Ukraine. The thoughtless public relations campaign of the Kiev regime to seize the island of ZMEINY on the eve of Victory Day led to the senseless death of more than five dozen Ukrainian militants and soldiers of the elite units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the loss of four aircraft, ten helicopters, three ships and thirty unmanned aerial vehicles.
The Snake Island meat grinder Prestigious or valuable target?
- Possible intervention of Poland
According to a leaked memo published on the web, a letter to the commander of the State Border Service of Ukraine with an official notice about the impending entry of the contingent set of peacekeeping Polish-Lithuanian (up to 9500 military and 279 armored) in the territory of Ukraine.
The contingent is scheduled to cross the Rava-Russkaya —Grebenne border crossing at 4 a.m. on May 22. The formal reason is the need to ensure the security of Ukraine.
Ukraine's brutal tactic - sacrifice reservists as cannon fodder
The Ukrainian army sacrifices the militiamen of the territorial reserve as expendable troops in order to retain its professional soldiers with combat experience, and in a cruel exercise of Darwinism "survival of the fittest", to blight novice troops at the cost of heavy losses.
Zakhar Prilepin explains it in detail. Unfortunately, there are precedents, in 2014 something similar happened, and I already suspected this and there are several reports from front correspondents indicating the same thing. It is not only that the Ukrainian command does not care about the lives of its soldiers, much less taking the trouble to bury them, abandoning them like carrion on the battlefield, to save their relatives pensions, but also that the sacrifice of expendable units is a deliberate tactic. First they slaughtered the militiamen of the eastern Russian zones, and now they send to slaughter to the territories of the Western Ukraine.
The morale of these units is low, if a week ago a shattered paratrooper unit in Liman has become insubordinate, the territorians complain that their only protection against enemy artillery is shovels.
Overview of the situation on the frontline. Perspectives and tactics
By war correspondent (Voenkor) Kitten Z
Some interesting observations about the situation at the front and what tactics the Russian army could employ to solve problems. Of course, the problem is that every commentator is believed the Generalissimo Suvorov and has their opinion on how they should fight the war, so I selected the parts that are observations from the front, the possible rational solutions obvious to all involved, and I've screening are the personal opinion of the author or redundant.
1. Combat operations in the direction of Krasny Liman, in Popasnaya and other areas confirm that the enemy has begun to run out of time: they do not have time to dig trenches, so they throw cannon fodder to improvised positions in the fields and withdraw the main forces to the cities. He prepares for urban battles, builds fortresses in cities. This is bad, but here is a double reading: we should not take cities, but block them, preventing their supply. In addition to the railway to Kharkov, the enemy still has a railway to Kramatorsk. Let them stay in the cities. Let's start controlling more territories.
2. The conflict is long-term. We can dig siege trenches and block the cities. They won't be able to stay in the cities for long if we cut logistics. They will try to counterattack. We have to make them come out of their fortress and reject them. For us, this is good. The fact that now they do not have time to dig and build those fortifications that they had in the area of Avdeyevka, Maryinka, Lisichansk, the Slavyansk-Kramatorsk agglomeration.
4. What's our problem? With the enemy's high-precision weapons launched from attack UAVs that can "enter through the window". But we have advantage of firepower on the field. This means that we need to entrench in the field, dig, create fortified areas along the line of defense and wait for the enemy, grind his personnel on counterattacks and inflict critical losses on personnel.
6. Krivoy Rog is a long street full of factories. They are preparing a second Mariupol for us. The same metallurgical plants. What is Dnepropetrovsk? Manufacture. Zaporozhye has an island in the center of the Dnieper – Khortitsa. You can take the city, but if you blow up the bridges and line up the artillery, they will use the artillery of the island to bombard all attacking groups, they will bring everything by water - the Dnieper is wide there. Therefore, work from defense is effective, causing maximum damage to labor. The task is to neutralize 200-300 thousand of the enemy. Then the situation will begin to change.
7. He would already begin to equip a security zone around Kharkov. There we did not retreat, but gave ground without a fight, because the Luhansk mobilized with bolt-action rifles and helmets of the 1943 model were sent to the second line, and the assault groups went further to the Izyum sector. Naturally, it is impossible to maintain the situation with these forces, it is simply impossible, the troops are not prepared. Now the enemy is 7 km from the border of the Russian Federation.
Victims of Ukrainian shelling in Donbass
Since the war resumed in February, as a result of shelling by Ukrainian artillery on the cities and villages of Donetsk and Luhansk
133 civilians killed 671 injured
During this period, 108 civilians, including four children, were killed in the DPR. 488 civilians were injured, including 40 children.
In the LPR, 75 civilians were victims of Ukrainian aggression during this period, of whom 25 were killed and 50 injured. 1 child was killed and 4 children were injured.
Today Donetsk was again shelled with heavy Uragan rockets. Cluster bombs fell on the trauma hospital