Russian Invasion of Ukraine Situation Report #85
Military and Diplomatic Highlights:
The Ukrainian military is reporting the following Russian losses:
o 263,490 Soldiers (Wounded or Killed) o 4,459 Tanks o 8,613 Armored vehicles o 5,530 Artillery o 315 Aircraft o 316 Helicopters o 4,421 Drones o 1,445 Cruise missiles
On August 28th Ukrainian forces liberated the village of Robotyne.
The U.S. Department of Defense on August 29th announced additional Security Assistance for Ukraine. This package is worth $250 million and includes:
o AIM-9M missiles for air defense o Additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems o 155mm and 105mm artillery rounds o Mine clearing equipment o Tube-Launched, Optically Tracked Wire-Guided missiles o Javelin and other anti-armor systems and rockets o Hydra-70 Rockets o Small arms ammunition o Armored medical treatment vehicles and High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle Ambulances o Demolitions munitions for obstacle clearing. o Spare parts, maintenance, and other field equipment
The United Kingdom Ministry of Defense is reporting the following:
o Kerch Strait: ü The Kerch Strait is a bottleneck for military logistics support to Russian forces in occupied areas of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia Oblasts. Russia is heavily reliant on the Crimean bridge and ferries to cross the Straits. ü Russia is employing a range of passive defenses such as smoke generators and underwater barriers, alongside active defense measures such as air defense systems, to strengthen the survivability of water crossings and minimize damage from future attacks. The bridge's importance for both logistics and symbolism of Russian occupation mandates these extensive protection measures. ü As of August 29th, imagery confirms Russia has created an underwater barrier of submerged ships and containment booms to deter against Uncrewed Surface Vehicle (USV) attacks against the Crimean Bridge. At the southern part of the bridge, this includes several vessels 160 meters apart. These are located at the same place as the Ukrainian "Sea Baby" USV attacks on July 17th. ü Previously, in September 2022, the Russian Navy briefly trialed radar decoys on barges for several days, likely to deter radar seeking missiles. o Russian Soldiers Refusing to Fight: ü On August 25th, two Russian soldiers were sentenced to serve at least two years in a penal colony by a military court for refusing to obey orders to return to the front in Ukraine. ü On July 18th, the Mediazona news outlet reported that Russia was convicting close to 100 soldiers a week for refusing to fight. If this trend continues, there will be approximately 5,200 convictions a year for refusing to fight. ü The high rate of convictions demonstrates the poor state of morale in the Russian Army and the reluctance of some elements to fight. Refusal to fight likely reflects the lack of training, motivation and high stress situations Russian forces face along the entire Ukrainian frontline. ü Although some soldiers have refused to fight and attrition rates remain high, Russia highly likely mitigates their loss by committing a mass of poorly trained soldiers to the frontline. ü Since Russia’s September 2022 partial mobilization, Russia has adapted its approach to warfare by utilizing sheer mass for offensive and defensive operations.
September 1st marked the one year anniversary of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Support and Assistance Mission to the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant.
War and Atrocity Crimes Investigations Highlights:
The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has recorded as of August 27th, 26,717 civilian casualties (9,511 killed and 17,206 injured) in the country.
The Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine between August 25th to September 1st registered 860 new war crimes.
The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) and the Ukrainian National Police (NPU) signed a Protocol that will enable the Main Investigative Department of the NPU to use a ICMP system to process data to locate, reunify and identify wartime missing persons.
Humanitarian Impact and Response and Recovery Highlights: · There are currently 5.8 million refugees recorded across Europe and 5.1 million Internally Displaced Persons. · A total of 392 humanitarian organizations are actively working in the country. · Intensified hostilities in Kupiansk and surrounding areas of Kharkivska Oblast since early August have resulted in a rapid deterioration of the already dramatic conditions faced by thousands of civilians living in these front-line communities: o Ukrainian authorities ordered the evacuation of civilians from Kupiansk and 53 of the 270 villages and towns of Kupianskyi Raion. o The majority of those recently uprooted are arriving in Kharkiv with very few or no personal belongings and need urgent support to meet their most immediate needs, including a place to stay, food, water, hygiene, and household items. o Many of those arriving in Kharkiv are also in immense distress, traumatized and require counselling and health care. o Humanitarian organizations are working to expand operations to provide much-needed assistance to civilians in Kupianskyi Raion and in areas receiving those fleeing. · The World Bank announced a new project to assist 100,000 families in Ukraine make repairs to their homes: o This project will enable homeowners to make light repairs, such as replacing broken windows or fixing damaged roofs. o It will also provide repair funds to owners of multifamily residential buildings that are moderately damaged but do not require structural repairs. o This initial financing, which totals $232 million, will compensate people whose homes have suffered partial damage, including some 98,000 single homes and 8,000 households in 160 residential buildings across five municipalities. · The Food and Agricultural Organization has delivered 23 generators out of 100 from a new batch provided by the German Foreign Office to support Ukraine's food industry. · Healthcare Update: o The World Health Organization supported the opening of the first infection prevention and control center in the country. o As of September 1st, the EU has transferred more than 2,500 patients to hospitals across Europe. · The Ukrainian State Emergency Services reported that they have lost 102 employees since the start of the Russian invasion. Russian Dis-information Campaign Highlights:
Adam Delimkhanov a member of the Russian Duma has claimed that Aymani Nesievna (Kadyrova) has only done charity work around the world. This was in response to the United States imposing sanctions against her for her involvement in illegally deporting Ukrainian children.
Ukraine: Deteriorating humanitarian situation in Kharkivska oblast - Flash Update #2: Kupiansk Raion (31 Aug 2023)
World Bank Announces Support for Critical Housing Repairs in Ukraine
Ukraine: Civilian casualties as of 27 August 2023
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