Military and Diplomatic Highlights:
The Ukrainian military as of July 21st is reporting the following Russian losses:
o 240,690 Soldiers (Wounded or Killed)
o 4,133 Tanks
o 8,080 Armored vehicles
o 4,610 Artillery
o 315 Aircraft
o 310 Helicopters
o 3,933 Drones
o 1,298 Cruise missiles
On July 19th, the U.S. Department of Defense announced a new security assistance package. The capabilities in this package, which totals $1.3 billion, include:
o Four National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems and munitions
o 152mm artillery rounds
o Mine clearing equipment
o Tube-Launched, Optically Tracked, Wire-Guided missiles.
o Phoenix Ghost and Switchblade Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)
o Precision aerial munitions
o Counter-UAS and electronic warfare detection equipment
o 150 fuel trucks
o 115 tactical vehicles to tow and haul equipment.
o 50 tactical vehicles to recover equipment.
o Port and harbor security equipment
o Tactical secure communications systems
o Support for training, maintenance, and sustainment activities
The United Kingdom Ministry of Defense (UK MoD) is reporting the following:
o Russian assaults in Luhansk and Kharkiv oblasts:
ü In recent days there has been an increase in artillery fire along the north of the front line, in Luhansk and Kharkiv oblasts. This has likely been accompanied by some increase in Russian small-unit assaults, but the situation has been obfuscated by Russian disinformation.
ü Russia has likely only achieved marginal gains, but its renewed activity in the north highlights its importance to the Kremlin, when it is concurrently facing significant pressure in the southern Zaporizhzhia sector.
ü Russia’s Western Group of Forces is likely trying to advance back to the Oskil River to create a buffer zone around Luhansk Oblast, the possession of which Russia almost certainly considers one of its fundamental objectives of the war.
o Arrest of Igor Girkin:
ü Russian former intelligence officer and leading nationalist mil-blogger Igor Girkin was almost certainly arrested for ‘extremism’ on July 21st.
ü Girkin has long been a critic of the Russian Ministry of Defense’s conduct of the war. However, in recent days his comments turned to direct criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his time in power.
ü The move is likely to infuriate fellow members of the mil-blogger community - and elements within the serving military - who largely see Girkin as an astute military analyst and patriot.
ü He played a major role in Russia’s war in the Donbas from 2014 and spent months on the front line in 2022.
ü While Girkin is no ally of the Wagner Group, he was likely only prepared to push the limits of public criticism in the context of Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin’s June 2023 abortive mutiny. The taboo against unmasked criticism of the Putin regime has significantly weakened.
War and Atrocity Crimes Investigations Highlights:
As of July 16th, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) recorded 25,671 civilian casualties (9,287 killed and 16,384 injured) in the country.
The Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine registered 1,270 new war crimes between July 14-21.
On July 23rd, Russian forces attacked a Cultural center in Chasiv Yar. This center served as humanitarian center:
o No one was injured in the attack, however vital relief items and medical supplies were destroyed, and humanitarian and health services will be impacted.
o This is the fourth attack impacting humanitarian assistance in Ukraine in July alone, following tragic incidents that damaged aid facilities and assets in the Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions.
Russian forces on July 23rd launched a missile attack on Odesa:
o Six residential buildings were destroyed, and many buildings in the city center were damaged.
o At least one person was killed and 19 were injured.
The Security Service of Ukraine on July 20 identified 14 Russian war criminals:
o The commanders and servicemen of the 50th separate operational brigade of the "Russian guard."
o They suppressed peaceful protests in Kherson during the occupation. This included the shooting, kidnapping and the torture of protesters.
As of July 17th, it has been nine years since Russian forces shot down MH17:
o This attacked killed 298 people.
o The Russia government is still trying to spread disinformation on this attack. The EU East Stratcom Task Force Disinformation Review has maintained a disinformation database.
Humanitarian Impact and Response and Recovery Highlights:
As of July 23rd, there are:
o 7 million refugees recorded throughout Europe.
o There are 5.1 million Internally Displaced Persons.
The Ukraine Humanitarian Fund is supported by 56 partners and has provided vital assistance to nearly three million people.
The UN and its partners continue to provide relief aid throughout the country:
o On July 21st, relief aid was delivered to the Velyka Novosilka community on the frontlines in the Donetsk region. This aid included:
ü Health and hygiene supplies
ü Repair materials
o The residents of Toretsk still have very limited access to basic goods and services. On July 19th, food, repair materials, health and hygiene supplies were delivered.
o On July 18th, the U.S. Agency for International Development provided over $500 million in additional emergency assistance.
The Ukrainian Red Cross on July 19th issued a statement regarding the Belarus Red Cross conduct in the regions of Luhansk and Donetsk:
o This condemnation follows the airing of a segment titled “CHILDREN OF WAR” on the national channel “Belarus 1,” featuring the Secretary-General of the Belarus Red Cross, Dmitry Shevtsov. The segment showed his visit to the temporarily occupied areas of Ukraine, including Mariupol, Severodonetsk, and Lysychansk, under the pretext of a humanitarian mission.
o During this segment, the Secretary-General underscored the active involvement of the Belarus Red Cross in the deportation of children from Ukrainian territories.
o Moreover, prior to the segment’s broadcast, information surfaced on Telegram channels exposing Shevtsov’s previous visits to the temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories. During these visits, he was spotted wearing camouflage attire and a chevron adorned with the symbol “Z,” which is widely recognized as a representation of Russian aggression against Ukraine.
o The Ukrainian Red Cross is calling upon the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Federation of Red Cross, and Red Crescent Societies, as well as all Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies, to denounce the involvement of the Belarus Red Cross in the deportation of Ukrainian children and their activities within the internationally recognized borders of Ukraine.
o They are also calling on excluding the Belarus Red Cross from the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
Healthcare and Public Health Update:
o On July 18th, the World Health Organization (WHO) supported the Mykolaiv Oblast regional center of disease control and prevention in upgrading their water treatment system, along with providing the essential laboratory equipment and building the capacity of their staff.
o WHO also provided the Mykolaiv city hospital’s bacteriological laboratory with equipment and supplies for microbial detection system and microbial identification system.
o On July 17th, WHO and the Ministry of Health kicked off a nationwide catch-up campaign to vaccinate children against measles.
o WHO also donated defibrillators, emergency trauma bags, resuscitation, and other equipment for ambulances to the emergency medical care center in Odesa.
Black Seas Grain Initiative Update:
o As of July 16th, there have been 1,004 outbound voyages carrying 33 million tons of commodities.
o On July 17th, the Russian government failed to renew its involvement in this initiative:
ü The UK MoD believes that Russia likely made the decision to leave some time ago because it decided that the deal was no longer serving its interests.
ü Russia has masked their decision with disinformation, claiming its withdrawal is instead due to concerns that civilian ships are at risk from Ukrainian mines and that Ukraine was making military use of the grain corridor without providing evidence for these claims.
ü On July 19th, Russian forces issued a statement that it will assume that all vessels approaching Ukraine were carrying weapons.
ü The Russian Black Sea Fleet will likely now take a more active role in disrupting any trade which continues.
o The European Union (EU) has denounced Russia’s failure to renew the agreement. The EU Solidarity Lanes will continue bringing agrifood products out of Ukraine and to global markets.
o The UN has stressed the need for this agreement and its impact.
o On July 21st, Russia launched two missiles that destroyed 100 tons of peas and 20 tons of barley.
Russian Dis-information Campaign Highlights:
President Putin is spreading disinformation that RT and Sputnik was banned in the UK and the EU because they fear the truth. The fact check is available here.
Russian forces have been using the Crimean Bridge since May 2018 to transfer military equipment into Crimea.
Cultural Heritage Protection Highlights:
As of July 20th, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has verified damage to 270 cultural heritage sites. This includes:
o 116 Religious sites
o 27 Museums
o 95 Buildings of historical and/or artistic interest
o 19 Monuments
o 12 Libraries
o 1 Archive
On July 21st, UNESCO condemned the Russian attack on world heritage property in Odesa.
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