Russian Invasion of Ukraine Situation Report #88
Military and Diplomatic Highlights:
The Ukrainian military is reported the following Russian losses:
o 274,950 Soldiers (Wounded or Killed) o 4,644 Tanks o 8,891 Armored vehicles o 6,177 Artillery o 315 Aircraft o 316 Helicopters o 4,858 Drones o 1,517 Cruise missiles o 20 Ships
The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense is reporting the following:
o Attacks behind Ukraine and Russian Lines: ü Over the last four days, both Russia and Ukraine have experienced unusually intense attacks deep behind their lines. There have been reports of explosions at Russian logistics sites, air bases and command posts in Crimea, the Krasnodar region, and near Moscow. ü It is highly likely that Russia’s Black Sea Fleet has again been heavily targeted. However, the explosions at Chkalovsky Air Base, near Moscow, are likely to be of most strategic concern to Russian leaders. This is a sensitive location because it hosts specialist military aircraft as well as VIP transport for Russian leaders. ü Reported damage to a COOT special mission aircraft is particularly relevant: the exact variant involved is unclear, but these valuable assets undertake missions which include electronic intelligence collection. ü Russia has launched long-range strikes at targets across Ukraine repeatedly over the last week. This unusual intensity is likely partially in response to the incidents in Russia and Crimea. With the ground battle relatively static, each side is seeking advantage by striking through their adversary’s strategic depth. o Liberation of Klishchiivka and Andriivka ü Since September 15th, the Ukrainian Armed Forces have secured the villages of Klishchiivka and Andriivka, approximately 8km to the south of the Donetsk Oblast town of Bakhmut. ü This tactical success brings Ukrainian forces closer to the T 05-13 road, one of the main supply routes into Bakhmut from the south. ü However, Russia continues to hold the railway line which runs along an embankment between Klishchiivka and the T 05-13, creating a readily defendable obstacle. ü Recent redeployments of Russian airborne forces from Bakhmut to Zaporizhzhia in southern Ukraine have likely weakened Russia’s defences around Bakhmut.
On September 21st, the U.S. Department of Defense announced an additional security assistance package. The capabilities in this package, valued at up to $325 million, includes:
o AIM-9M missiles for air defense o Additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems o Avenger air defense systems o .50 caliber machine guns to counter Unmanned Aerial Systems o 155mm artillery rounds o 105mm artillery rounds o Tube-Launched, Optically Tracked Wire-Guided missiles. o Javelin and AT-4 anti-armor systems o Over 3 million rounds of small arms ammunition o 59 light tactical vehicles o Demolitions munitions for obstacle clearing; and o Spare parts, maintenance, and other field equipment.
On September 22nd, the European Union (EU) disbursed another 1.5 billion Euros to Ukraine. These funds will assist the country on its EU path by supporting reforms.
Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant has completed drilling of ten groundwater wells, bringing the plant close to having a longer-term solution for the provision of cooling water to the shutdown reactors after Kakhovka dam destruction.
War and Atrocity Crimes Investigations Highlights:
As of September 10th, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights recorded 27,149 civilian casualties (9,614 killed and 17,535 injured) in the country.
The Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine between September 15-22 registered 737 new war crimes.
On September 21st, a Russian airstrike severely damaged the Gender Based Violence shelter and daycare center in Kherson. No one was injured in the attack.
Humanitarian Impact and Response and Recovery Highlights: · As of September 17th, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is reporting the following: o There are 17.6 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. o 5.1 million Internally Displaced Persons o There have been 1,100 thousand attacks on healthcare. o A total of 3,200 schools have been damaged and destroyed. o 1.4 million houses were damaged or destroyed. · On September 19th, a Russian airstrike destroyed a warehouse of the non-governmental organization Caritas-Spes in Lviv. This facility contained approximately 300 tons of relief supplies which were all lost. · The EU announced on September 20th that they are expanding the Solidarity Lanes to bring Ukraine’s grain out to the world, despite Russia’s blockade of the Black Sea. · Healthcare and Public Health Update: o As of September 21st, the polio outbreak in Ukraine was declared successfully closed. o The World Health Organization on September 22nd delivered essential supplies to seven hospitals in Zaporizhzhia. These supplies included critical medicines for infusions, anticoagulants and medical materials that will allow to support functionality of Zaporizhzhia healthcare facilities within the next 3-6 months. o The EU has received 3,208 requests for medical evacuations from the Ukraine as of September 19th: ü A total of 2,626 missions have been completed. Ø 89 missions are in progress. Ø 340 missions were cancelled. Ø A total of 10 missions are pending acceptance. ü Norway has transported 873 patients for treatment in Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Sweden & the Netherlands ü Romania has transported 27 patients for treatment in Denmark and Ireland. ü Russian Dis-information Campaign Highlights:
Belarus is spreading disinformation regarding the anniversary of the Soviet attack and invasion of Poland in 1939. They are rebranding it as the Day of People’s Unity.
Cultural Heritage Protection Highlights:
On September 15th, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) inscribed the L'viv: the Ensemble of the Historic Centre and the Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings on the list of World Heritage in Danger.
Sources: · Russia’s war on Ukraine | MEDEVAC operations - DG ECHO Daily Map | 19/09/2023 · Statement by the Humanitarian Coordinator for Ukraine, Denise Brown, on an attack that destroyed the Caritas-Spes warehouse in Lviv · Ukraine: Civilian casualties as of 10 September 2023 · Ukrainian Ministry of Defense Twitter Page · Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine Twitter Page
EU Commission President Twitter Page
EU ECHO Twitter Page
· United Kingdom Ministry of Defense Twitter Page · U.S. Secretary of Defense Twitter Page · EU East Stratcom Task Force Disinformation Review Twitter Page · International Atomic Energy Agency Twitter Page · UNESCO Kyiv 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
UN Refugee Agency Donations
UN Migration Agency Donations
UNESCO Paypal Account
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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U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants