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War news 07/03/2022 special report
3 July, 2022 Zhukov
TODAY 03 July
Summary of Boris Rozhin 10:40 (revised and corrected translation)
The city is liberated. A clean-up operation is underway. The remnants of the enemy group escaped through Belogorovka to Seversk.
In the coming days, Lisichansk will no longer be mentioned in military reports. The liberation of the Lugansk Republic from Ukrainian occupation will be announced after the capture of Belogorovka. The enemy lost all the important cities of the former Lugansk region.
The Seversk-Soledar line is the next line of defense of the Armed Forces of Ukraine covering Artemivsk and the Slaviansk—Artemivsk highway. The enemy has strengthened its reserves and hopes to delay the offensive of the Russian Armed Forces after the end of the clearing of the Lisichansk salient.
The Russian Armed Forces are fighting in the Nikolaevka area and on Spornogo, and and clearing Verkhnekamenskoye, through which the advance to Seversk will go.
In Berestovo and Belogorovka (others) unchanged.
The "Wagner Group" expelled the enemy from the locality of Klinovoe. The starting bases for advancing to Artemovsk have been reached. Pokrovskoe is still in the hands of the enemy.
On the southeastern outskirts of Artemivsk, the Ukrainian Armed Forces are equipping positions in residential buildings, expelling residents.
Fighting in the Kodema and Semigorye area, where our troops are trying to isolate the group defending the Novoluganskoe and Uglegorsk thermal power plants from the main enemy forces.
Note: This bag on the Svitlodarsk reservoir power plants is kept only because the Russians want to capture the power plants intact
Details about the taking of Klin - Cassad
The fighting there continued for quite a long time, the enemy defended himself by relying on the artillery group concentrated in the Artemovsk area. But the other day, even before our forces drove out the enemyfrom Klin, preparations began for defensive positions on the southeastern outskirts of Artemivsk, local residents began to be evicted from their homes, where they began to equip firing positions, digging trenches and equipping anti-tank positions became more active. The command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine obviously suspected that Klin could not be held for a long time and in advance began to strengthen the defenses of Artemovsk in this direction.
Klinovoye, by the way, was taken by the fighters of the PMC "Wagner". Another plus in the reputation of a strong assault infantry.
Battles near Bogorodichny, Dolina, Krasnopolya, Sidorovo. The shelling of the group defending Slavyansk has intensified. After the capture of Seversk, the advance to Slavyansk from the east will begin.
Positional battles on Bolshaya Kamyshevakha, Kurulka.
The enemy is trying to force the flank of the Izyum group by shelling from Barvenkovo, and trying to force the passage of the Seversky Donets River, but has not achieved any success. The front in the direction of Barvenkovo does not change. The Russian Armed Forces launch missile attacks on Pavlograd, on the communication lines of the Slavyansk group.
No change. Located near the Avdeyevka—Kostiantynivka highway. Advance to Krasnogorovka is not possible. There is no progress in New York.
The enemy shelled Donetsk, Makeyevka, Yasinovataya and launched rockets at targets in the deep rear of the LDNR territory, targeting ammunition depots and headquarters with the information of American intelligence.
Fighting in the area of Pavlovka, Yegorovka, Shevchenko. The enemy's activity was unsuccessful, although it forced our troops to make efforts to repel the attempted offensive. Operationally, the situation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has not improved. There are no changes in Novomikhailovka and Marinka.
There are no changes on the line Kamenskoye—Orekhov—Gulyai—Pole-Velikaya Novoselka. Positional battles, patrol activity on both sides. Activation of operations on this front is possible towards the end of the summer and depends on the course of the battle in the Donbas. The enemy will try to organize an offensive on Pologi or Vasilyevka in the coming months.
Positional battles in the Nikolayev, Krivoy Rog and Nikopol directions. In the direction of Krivoy Rog, the Ukrainian Armed Forces occupied Ivanovka, which was located in the gray zone.
The Russian Armed Forces continue to launch high-intensity missile strikes against Nikolayev.
On the night of July 3, Belgorod was shelled from the Kharkov direction from multiple rocket launchers. Located in the center of Belgorod, on Mayakovsky Street. Private houses were destroyed. At 10.00 Moscow time, the death of 5 people was reported.
Note: among them a refugee family from Kharkov
The Russian Armed Forces are increasing pressure on the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the area of Dementievka and Verkhnikov Prokhodov. The Ukrainian Armed Forces recognize the withdrawal from the border and the advance of the front to the northern outskirts of Kharkov.
Kharkov is not expected to be stormed. The Russian Armed Forces are improving their positions, crushing the opposing forces of the enemy (in some parts, losses are up to 20-30% per week) and preventing the enemy command from transferring forces to the Donbass, where the Ukrainian army has an acute shortage of combat-ready units.
Note: This is a secondary front and the forces engaged are very small, they are estimated between about 7-9 battalion groups on both sides, that is, about ten thousand men, probably in a 3 to 1 ratio in favor of the Ukrainians. That is why some villages change hands so easily and in which the defense is solidified the Russian advance is stopped. There are simply no means of storming Kharkov or doing more than keeping the enemy at bay and away from the Russian border.
11. Island of Snakes.
The enemy attacked the abandoned Russian materiel on the island. Before that, the island was bombed by Russian aircraft. The infrastructure on the island is destroyed. The enemy does not carry out the occupation of the island, with the excuse that the landing zones are mined. We are waiting for the landing of a helicopter for a photo shoot in order to cover the difficult situation in the Donbas with pictures of Zmeiny. The island is still in the "gray zone".
The forgotten fronts: the central front
What happens in Ugledar? Chronicle of the battles from June 22 to July 2 – Rybar
The front in the Ugledar district stabilized in in March, so you may get the impression that there is no fighting there. This is not true - the situation on the site is simply poorly covered in the media due to serious communication problems in the region.
There are constant artillery duels along the contact line, and the Ukrainian Armed Forces are even making offensive attempts. One of them happened at the end of last month.
Since the spring, the Armed Forces of Ukraine have periodically tried to attack the positions of the Russian Armed Forces and the Donetsk People's Militia on the Pavlovka-Nikolskoye — Vladimirovka line. The Ukrainian army did not have any significant successes: even with the numerical superiority, only a few villages, such as the Novomayorskoe locality southwest of Ugledar, were captured by the enemy during all this time.
Villages along the contact line became a humanitarian disaster zone, and some residents could not be evacuated in an organized manner due to the constant shelling of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Progress of the battle
At the end of June, the Ukrainian command was able to concentrate up to several incomplete battalions in a small area and go on the offensive. On the night of June 21, Ukrainian forces attacked the Russian positions in Pavlovsk from the northern and western directions.
The village was in the hands of a single Marine unit, and fighting broke out in it. By the middle of June 22, Ukrainian units had captured the village and its surroundings, and several Russian servicemen were captured. Shevchenko's small farm was also under enemy control.
On the same day, Ukrainian units tried to take advantage of their success and launched an attack. However, they met resistance from Russian units and a military police battalion of the Donetsk Republic. Heavy clashes broke out on the outskirts of the village.
The next day, on June 23, several companies from Ukraine secretly tried to reach the rear of the Allied forces on Yegorovka through a gap, however, they were quickly detected by a drone. Artillery fire was opened on the attackers, and the arriving Russian helicopters accurately attacked them from the air.
The Ukrainian units suffered heavy losses and retreated to Pavlovka. According to the radio interception, the survivors refused to go to the next attack and accused their own command of treason and sabotage.
Since June 23, the Allied forces have been conducting a counteroffensive in the area - they pushed the enemy back from the front line. Recovered Yegorov also established control over Shevchenko, placing positions there. Pavlovsk is still occupied by the Ukrainian army.
What is the result?
The attackers did not achieve even significant tactical successes. The Ukrainian attack stalled, and the units of the Russian Armed Forces and the People's Militia of the DPR, which are much inferior in number, even regained some of their positions and continue to occupy the "gray zone".
The plan of the Ukrainian command also raises questions: there are no strategically significant supply lines or facilities in the area near Ugledar, the demolition of which could seriously complicate the situation of the Allied forces. The capture of a single village is difficult to call even a satisfactory result with incomparably higher losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Kiev will again try to launch an offensive in the Ugledar sector. The Ukrainian army does not yet ha e critical problems with the lack of troops, so the Ukrainian army will continue to send a large number of untrained units into battle, regardless of losses, in order to take advantage of the numerical advantage over the allied forces in the sector
Other reports and news of interest
Losses of the Donetsk Republic
Let's remember those who fell in combat to achieve victory, those who fell by the wayside and do not come out in the photos of the liberation, in the words of Boris Rozhin:
"...first of all, it is worth remembering those who took Popasnaya, as a result of which many of the fruits of our success in the Donbas blossomed. In addition to those who broke the defense of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the area of Novotoshkovsky and Toshkovka, which made it possible to encircle first the fortified area in the Gorsky and Zolotoy, and then run on the road Artemovsk-Lisichansk, which in fact forced the command of the army of the Ukrainian begin to retreat from the fortified area of Lisichansk".
Official losses of the DPR from January 1 to July 1, 2022:
About the Russian tactics
But if we talk about losses, I would like to give a few words to the opposite side.
The retreating Ukrainian army, with every attack of our troops, suffers serious losses. I will describe a large offensive operation that took place before my very eyes
Before advancing towards the Ukrainian positions, they are subjected to massive artillery shelling. So massive that I'm not afraid to call it artillery terror. Even before the end of the artillery preparation, our infantry forces begin to move in the direction of the enemy (to the front). At the end of the artillery preparation, the enemy, who does not yet have time to recover and make a count of the damage suffered, is faced with an assault on their positions. If suddenly the enemy finds the strength to put up at least a relatively stubborn resistance, then our infantry does not attack, but retreats in an organized manner to the starting line. And the terror of artillery begins again. Once again, our infantry is approaching.
This can be repeated 2, 3, 4 or even more times. As long as the enemy is not in a position where it simply makes no sense to continue fighting: losses in killed and wounded are great, fortifications have been severely destroyed, materiel and ammunition depots have been destroyed.
Most often, the next attack of our infantry ends with the fact that we advance and occupy the enemy's broken and abandoned positions.
Problems of liberation - The poverty of the peasants of Ukraine
I have never seen anything more gloomy than the villages of the Volnovakha district, which are closer to Velikaya Novoselovka. Most of the courtyards look shabby. Most of the houses were built during the Soviet era. Of course, schools and kindergartens of the same era.
It can be seen that in the early 2000s, some well-to-do residents, by the standards of the village, managed to put plastic windows and slightly improve their courtyards.
There are well-built farms, but they do not contribute to the prosperity of the village. The roads are dead, everything is gloomy. Most of these farms have been destroyed by Grad rockets.
It is difficult for local residents to adhere to any ideology, since absolutely nothing has changed for them for decades. They see no point in it. Many immediately took the side of the Donetsk Republic, hoping that Russia would quickly end everything and not kill their cow.
The people of the villages are bitter. There is no electricity, communication in certain places, there are no pensions, humanitarian workers do not come. The front is close, so be very careful. The spoken language is Surzhik (mixed dialect of Russian and Ukrainian)
Observations and reflections:
I remember testimonies of Ukrainian propaganda fighters in which the inks were loaded with the poverty of the rural inhabitants of Donbass in contrast to the "prosperous and European" cities of Ukraine. What makes it cruelly ironic is that in reality these peasant rabble were either descendants of the Ukrainian peasants who populated the region since the tsars regained the "Wild Fields" or emigrants from other regions of Ukraine. The Russians founded and populated the cities. These peasants who did not support the Donbass rebellion were actually more "Ukrainians", if there is such a thing, than the Russians from the Nazi battalions converted to Ukrainian nationalism from Dnipro and Kharkov. One of the testimonies I read about the 2014 campaign, on Diana Mihailova's blog (bmpd livejournal), from a Ukrainian tank captain, said that he was struck, in the midst of the general hostility of the inhabitants, and mutual contempt, that in a village a woman with a child in her arms cheerfully greeted the passage of his column. It might as well be true.
In reality it has always been like this, the peasants are always poor and backward everywhere, what the Ukrainian propagandists were ignoring is that most of the villages of Western Ukraine are like this, or worse, because the soil is not so fertile. In reality, this civil war is a struggle between the countryside and the city, the rural peasantry of Galicia against the urban proletariat of the industrial workers of Donbass. In reality, Ukrainian nationalism is just another repetition of the eternal serf revolts, which unfortunately took over the power of a Moderna, with its repressive machinery and its army.
Being cynical, while the Russian army prevents the bombing of cities, as the majority of its inhabitants are russians, we may not have much contemplation with small towns, as civilian losses are minor and of all forms of the inhabitants of the towns, except in Kharkov, are, or were supporters of Ukraine, although in reality the farmers are generally submissive to the powers that be.
It is a small consolation that among the civilian victims there is a proportion who have sought it, and if this seems cruel, imagine how the Donbass Russians feel. In testimonies that I read on Telegram channels, which the Russians themselves consider the best source of information, a war correspondent felt frightened by how divisions are festering among the population of the liberated territories. Past the fear of the regime, when the minority of supporters of Ukraine could still intimidate the rest, once it has become clear that the Russians have come to stay, the inevitable reckoning of civil wars occurs. It all depends on the specific people, for example, there was a woman whose son was fighting with the Ukrainians and she was treated with respect as just another victim of the war. After all, there are cases that break the heart, like the one that Commander Khodakovsky told of a mother from Donbass who called him to ask if her son, an officer in the Ukrainian army, was among the Mariupol prisoners, but how long will this attitude to death and the suffering inflicted by the Ukrainian revenge bombings on the liberated cities last? Will this not provoke hatred and reprisals against the former supporters of Ukraine?
No doubt the informers and those committed to the crimes and oppression of the regime will receive their due, if they do not flee, but in my opinion, based on the historical experience of the besieged populations, confirmed in this war, is that the Ukrainian regime with its criminal tactics of using civilians as hostages and shields, of razing everything in its scorched earth tactic, and in revenge bombings is alienating the entire population. He turns not only the indifferent and submissive mass against him, but also his own supporters.