Operational report September 12, 2022 by the General Staff of AFU on the Russian invasion of Ukraine

All maps are provided by the Institute for the Study of War and AEI’s Critical Threat Project.

The valiant Ukrainian people’s resistance to a Russian military invasion is still going strong on day 201.

The Russian Federation’s efforts are still concentrated on taking over Donetsk oblast’s territory, preserving the temporarily taken areas, and impeding Ukrainian troops’ offensive operations in specific directions.

Russia provides illegal aerial surveillance, keeps firing on Ukrainian soldiers’ positions, and attempts to take action to get its soldiers back into the position it lost. All throughout Ukraine’s territory, air and missile attacks remain a possibility.

Russian forces continue to terrorize and intimidate Ukraine’s civilian population. Russian soldiers, unable to reply on the battlefield, once more launched missiles towards the vital infrastructure of tranquil Ukrainian cities. Russian rockets and MLRS struck the energy, water supply, industrial, and residential structures in Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, Kostiantynivka, Sloviansk, and Kramatorsk. Pervomayiske, Bilohorivka, Zaytseve, Vesela Dolyna, Sukhyi Stavok, Shyroke, Partyzanske, and Liubomyrivka villages all suffered infrastructural damage.

On the whole, the Russian army attacked military and civilian targets on Ukrainian territory with more than two dozen MLRS assaults, more than a dozen air raids, and five missile strikes today.

There hasn’t been much of a shift in the Volyn and Polissya directions.

Russia also used tanks, assault vehicles, barrel and jet artillery to fire upon Ukrainian military and civilian infrastructure in the following directions:

  • Kostyantynivka and Udy districts, in the Kharkiv direction;
  • the neighborhoods of Mykilske, Prechystivka, Velyka Novosilka, and Vuhledar in the Novopavlivsky direction;
  • in the communities of Novoandriyivka, Novopil, Poltavka, Huliaipole, Vremivka, Malynivka, Zelenyi Hai, Mali Shcherbaky, and Vilne Pole in the Zaporizhzhia oblast;
  • in the communities of Staryi Karavan, Sloviansk, Tetianivka, Piskunivka, Rayhorodok, and Kryva Luka in the direction of Kramatorsk;
  • near Krasnohorivka, Mariyinka, Vodiane, Pervomayske, and Novomykhaylivka in the direction of Avdiyivka;
  • the localities of Vesele, Mykolayivka Druha, Zaytseve, Soledar, Bakhmutske, Bakhmut, and Rozdolivka in the direction of Bakhmut.

Along the whole line of contact in the direction of South Buh, the Russian troops fired with barrel and rocket artillery. Additionally, they used drones to conduct fifty-five flights for illegal aerial surveillance.

The Russian Federation’s military leadership has put a hold on sending newly constituted troops to Ukrainian territory. Many volunteers were compelled to unequivocally reject the possibility of serving in combat circumstances due to the existing state of affairs in the theatre of operations and mistrust of the higher leadership. Information on the real death toll has an impact on the situation, but casualties from private military companies and those deployed from temporarily held territory are ignored. The common attitude toward their own injured deepens the issue. In particular, diagnosis and the nature of war injuries are purposefully made simple in Russian hospitals, and no time is allowed for rehabilitation to expedite the return of personnel to the fighting zone.

In the regions of Mayorsk, Mykolayivka Druha, Bakhmut, Krasnohorivka, Maryinka, and Novomykhailivka, Ukrainian troops effectively resisted Russian attacks.

The Ukrainian air force conducted 7 attacks during the day to assist the activities of the ground formations. 5 strongholds and locations where the Russian army concentrated equipment and personnel were targeted and 2 anti-aircraft positions were destroyed.

Command and control locations of various levels and places where Russia’s personnel was concentrated were impacted by the impact of firing on missile soldiers and artillery units throughout the present day. Affected areas included Russian anti-aircraft defense, electronic warfare, artillery, ammunition, and gasoline and oil storage facilities

There is still a significant potential of mine hazard while stabilization efforts are still being carried out in the freed areas. On Ukrainian land, the Russian Federation perpetrated mass atrocities, and there is evidence of their breaking the laws of war and international humanitarian law. Representatives of the military administrations are working closely with the Ukrainian Defense Forces to prevent a humanitarian crisis that could result from ongoing Russian airstrikes, missile attacks, and shelling as well as a lack of electricity, food, and medicine during earlier operations in previously taken territory by Russians. The effort to remove civilians from the conflict zone continues to be made.

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