Russian Invasion of Ukraine Situation Report #83
Military and Diplomatic Highlights:
The Ukrainian military is reporting the following Russian losses:
o 252,780 Soldiers (Wounded or Killed) o 4,290 Tanks o 8,318 Armored vehicles o 5,043 Artillery o 315 Aircraft o 313 Helicopters o 4,197 Drones
The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense is reporting the following:
o Redeployment of Russian Troops: ü Russia has likely redeployed airborne forces’ (VDV) units from the Kherson region to the heavily contested Orikiv sector in Zaporizhzhia Oblast. The 58th Combined Arms Army (58 CAA) has been in combat facing Ukrainian assaults since June 4th. ü As early as July 11th, the then commander of 58 CAA was sacked, likely partially because of his insistence that elements of his force needed to be relieved. Reports suggest that the 70th and 71st Motor Rifle Regiments have faced particularly intense attrition and heavy combat on the front line. ü There is a realistic possibility that the arrival of VDV will finally allow elements of these regiments to be pulled out for rest and recovery. However, the redeployment will likely leave Russia’s defences near the east bank of the Dnipro River weaker, where they are increasingly harassed by Ukrainian amphibious raids. o Belarus Military Exercise: ü On August 7th, the Belarussian Ministry of Defense announced that the 6th Separate Guards Mechanized Brigade (6 SGMB) would conduct an exercise in the Grodno area of north-western Belarus, near the Polish and Lithuanian borders. ü The ministry said that the exercise intended to incorporate lessons learnt by the Russian military in Ukraine. There is a realistic possibility that the Belarussian troops will be joined by a small number of Wagner Group advisors acting in a training role. ü These specific exercises are highly likely part of the Belarussian military’s routine training cycle. 6 SGMB’s home garrison is in Grodno, and it is unlikely that the formation is currently deployed with the enablers it would need to make it combat-ready. However, Russia is almost certainly keen to promote Belarussian forces as posturing against NATO. o Disruption of Russian Virtual Private Networks: ü Over the last week, the Russian authorities have likely increased their ongoing efforts to disrupt Russian citizens’ access to Virtual Private Networks (VPNs). Reports suggest many of the most popular VPNs have become unusable in some regions of Russia. ü VPNs allow users to obfuscate their access to the internet, to maintain privacy and to bypass state-imposed censorship. ü VPNs are hugely popular in Russia, despite being illegal since 2017. They allow users to access objective international news sources, including about the war in Ukraine. VPNs likely represent the greatest single vulnerability within the Russian state’s attempts at pervasive domestic information control. ü As well as increased technical disruption, the Russian state has also launched a public information campaign, attempting to scare citizens into avoiding VPNs by claiming they put their personal data at risk. War and Atrocity Crimes Investigations Highlights:
The Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine reported that as of August 11th, 1,081 new war crimes were registered.
On August 10th, a Russian hypersonic missile attack hit a hotel that was being used by UN personnel and other humanitarians.
The Humanitarian Research Lab and the Conflict Observatory have released evidence that Russian attacks have damaged 77% of medical facilities in Mariupol between February to May 2022.
Humanitarian Impact and Response and Recovery Highlights:
Over the last six months, the Ukrainian Red Cross in collaboration with the World Food Programme have provided over 170,000 food kits to the most vulnerable people in the Kherson and Kharkiv regions.
The Ukrainian Red Cross delivered the first water purification station for the community of Dnipropetrovsk. This unit can produce 1,000 liters of clean water per hour from any water supply source.
As of August 8th, the EU have transferred more than 2,500 Ukrainian patients to hospitals across Europe.
More than four million refugees have been provided haven throughout Europe as of August 10th.
Russian Dis-information Campaign Highlights:
The Russian government is trying to link the Ukrainian trident to slavery. Despite there are no historic records or cultural interpretations associating the trident with slavery.
In Russia it is illegal to call the war in Ukraine a war. However, the Russian government is trying to claim that the Western media is under military censorship. Here is the fact check.
Russia is still trying to justify their attacks on Ukrainian grain storages, medical facilities, and residential areas. The fact check is available here.
Cultural Heritage Protection Highlights:
The Ukrainian Ministry of Culture and Information Policy on August 7threported that 763 objects of cultural heritage were damaged by Russian attacks.
On August 9th, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) documented damage to more than 50 cultural properties in Odessa due to Russian attacks.
UNESCO through its Heritage Emergency Fund has allocated $169,000 to support emergency measures in Odessa. These funds will be used to protect already vulnerable cultural properties and train the first responders.
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· Ukrainian Ministry of Defense Twitter Page · Ukrainian Red Cross Twitter Page · Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine Twitter Page · Ukrainian Ministry of Culture and Information Policy Twitter Page · United Kingdom Ministry of Defense Twitter Page · PolyGraph Info Twitter Page · EU East Stratcom Task Force Disinformation Review Twitter Page · Conflict Observatory Twitter Page Resources UN Refugee Agency, Ukrainian Refugee Operational Data Portal http://data2.unhcr.org/en/situations/ukraine Centre for Humanitarian Data, Ukraine Data Explorer https://data. humdata.org/visualization/ukraine-humanitarian-operations/ Humanitarian Logistics Association, Ukraine Crisis Information Website https://www.humanitarianlogistics.org/donate ACAPS Ukraine Analysis Hub https://ukraine-analysis-hub.acaps.org/ UKRAINE- HEALTH CLUSTER ACTIVITIES Dashboard https://www.humanitarianresponse.info/en/operations/ukraine/ukraine-health-cluster-activities U.S. Department of State, Disinformation Website https://www.state.gov/disarming-disinformation/ U.S. Department of Defense, Support for Ukraine https://www.defense.gov/Spotlights/Support-for-Ukraine/ Alliance For Securing Democracy War in Ukraine Dis-Information Dashboard https://securingdemocracy.gmfus.org/war-in-ukraine/ National Democratic Institute Disinformation Coordination Hub https://t.co/OctUrivBQC International Fact-Checking Network, #Ukraine Facts https://ukrainefacts.org/ Monetary Donations
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United Nations Crisis Relief
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International Council of Museums
Ukrainian Emergency Art Fund
WHO Foundation, Ukraine
Center for International Disaster Information
Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Ukraine
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
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