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Today, day 189 of the war: Ukraine gets Russia to withdraw from several points in Kherson
Ukrainian resistance gains ground in Kherson region. The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) He assures that the counteroffensive launched by Ukraine continues with ground combat and assaults on Russian lines of communication around the Dnieper River, with frequent attacks on Russian ferries crossing the river.
The british intelligence states that, with these attacks, Ukrainian forces have pushed back the front line at some points, taking advantage of the fact that the Russian defenses were “relatively weak”. Only to the north of the province would Russia have undertaken an attack, according to the American ISW.
Kremlin attacks persist in cities like Kharkov, Izyum, Bakhmut and Donetsk. The thinktank US states in its daily report that Russian forces continue to move military equipment to Crimea after the assaults experienced on the peninsula in recent weeks.
The British Ministry of Defense declares that Russia insists on “generating new reinforcements [para combatir] in Ukraine”, hence the last battalion of volunteers has already left Moscow for Ukraine. The mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will also arrive, expected this Thursday, to visit the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant.
Tuesday, August 30, day 188 of the war: The Ukrainian counteroffensive begins in Kherson
The Ukrainian counteroffensive is already underway. The Southern Command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces has confirmed the start of a military operation in the southern region of Khersona province bordering Crimea and the first to fall at the beginning of the Russian “special operation”.
According to him Institute for the Study of War (ISW)Kremlin troops have only carried out “a limited ground assault” in northwest Kherson, with the Ukrainian resistance threatening control of already occupied areas. However the British Ministry of Defense points to that it is still early to know the extent of the Ukrainian advancesand that since the beginning of August “Russia has made significant efforts to reinforce its force on the west bank of the Dnieper River, around Kherson.”
English intelligence also does not forget that Ukraine’s long-range precision strikes continue to disrupt Russian resupply in different parts of the country. For his part, the thinktank The US indicates that the fighting in Sloviansk, Siversk, Bakhmut and Donetsk, as well as in the homonymous region, continue for another day, while the Russian troops have not attacked the Kharkov province.
Monday August 29, day 187 of the war: Russia continues to attack the east without making much progress
During the weekend, the Russian attacks on cities such as Siversk, Sloviansk, Izyum, Kharkov, Bakhmut or Donetsk have continued, without leading to much progress. In Kherson, Ukrainian forces continue to attack Russian land lines of communication and military infrastructure, while support raids on the Dnieper Riveraccording to the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).
Russian and Ukrainian fonts launch mutual accusations of shelling in the area near the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. A team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will travel and visit throughout the week the great infrastructure for assess the situation in.
The British Ministry of Defense also reports problems with its Russian namesake. Apparently, the leadership of Minister Sergei Shoigu would be in questionsince “operational commanders report directly to President Putin on the course of the war.”
Sunday August 28, day 186 of the war: Fighting intensifies in Siversk and Bakhmut
The fighting has intensified this weekend in the Donetsk region, especially in the surroundings of the cities of Siversk and Bakhmut, where Russian attacks have taken place, the British Ministry of Defense has reported.
Also, pro-Russian separatist militias have reportedly made some progress towards the Pisky village center, near the Donetsk airport. Overall, however, “Russian forces have made few territorial gains,” British intelligence added.
The focus of the operations is also centered this Sunday in Khersonwhere the Russian forces would have carried out “a limited ground attack to the north of the city”, while the Ukrainian troops would have damaged Russian weapons, according to what has been pointed out the Institute for the Study of War (ISW)in your daily report.
The situation in Zaporizhia remains tense. kyiv has again appealed to the international community to force Russia to release the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant and Russia accuses Ukraine of launching new projectiles at the facility.
Saturday August 27, day 185 of the war: Russia conducts ground attacks on Izyum and Donetsk
Russian forces have carried out “limited” ground attacks southwest of Izyum, northeast and south of Bakhmut, and on the northwestern outskirts of the city of Donetsk, according to the report. Institute for the Study of War (ISW)in your daily report.
The Ukrainian army, for its part, has continued to attack Russian land lines of communication and military infrastructure in Kherson Oblast that support operations on the west bank of the Dnieper River, adds the US think tank.
In Zaporizhia, concern about the nuclear power plant continues. The Ukrainian president, Volodímir Zelenski, has assured that the situation is “dangerous” and “risky” and has urged the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to visit it “as soon as possible” to avoid problems such as the recent disconnection for hours from the power plant to the electricity grid.
Friday, August 26, day 184 of the war: Russia claims to “deliberately slow down” the war while bombing continues
Russia has recognized being the perpetrator of the attack to a train station in the city of Chaplínin Dnipropetrovsk, which claimed the death of 25 people last Wednesday, when Ukraine’s Independence Day was celebrated.
The same day, russian defense ministerSergei Shoigu, declared before the Shanghai Cooperation Organization – made up of the leaders of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan – that “he was deliberately reducing the pace of his military campaign in Ukraine, driven by the need to reduce civilian casualties”, according to the daily report of the british intelligence.
Russian offensives continue in Sloviansk, Bakhmut, Donetsk and in the Kharkov region. Report it on Institute for the Study of War (ISW)which also points to attacks between both sides persist in Kherson: Russia tries to take over the northwest of the area while the Ukrainian resistance continues to attack Russian military assets and land lines of communication.
In Zaporizhiathe last two operating reactors of the nuclear power plant were disconnected from the electricity grid after registering several nearby fires, and that damaged the lines that connect the great infrastructure with the network. in the last hours electricity has been restored.
Thursday, August 25, day 183 of the war: Russia improves its military presence in the Zaporizhia power plant
Despite the celebration of Independence Day –with the Surprise visit British Prime Minister Boris Johnson – the bombings continued for another day on Ukrainian soil. The country’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskyhas accused Russia of kill at least 25 people and leave fifty wounded in a missile attack on a train station in the Dnipropetrovsk region.
The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) it also reports Russian offensives in Izyum, Bakhmut, Donetsk and in the Kherson region. In that area, as in Zaporizhia, Ukrainian forces continue to cut off Kremlin communications.
The british intelligence points to that Russia has maintained “an enhanced military presence” at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in recent days, with the deployment of armored vehicles around reactor number five. The British Ministry of Defense indicates that Russian troops are aware of the risks of operating nearby, such as the interruption of cooling systems, damage to energy supplies or errors by operators, who work under pressure.
On February 24, the Russian invasion of Ukraine began with air strikes and ground offensives. In the 26th week of war, from August 18 to 25, Ukraine’s Independence Day was celebrated, which led to an attack on a train station in Dnipro and left 25 dead and more than fifty fires. The Zaporizhia plant continues to be a source of international concern, with several fires declared in the area.
In the following link you can consult the diary of the conflict in that week and access those of previous weeks.
Ana Martín Plaza, Daniel Flores, José Ángel Carpio, Cristina Pozo García, Jaime Gutiérrez, Paula Guisado, Pilar Bayón and the RTVE Design team contribute to the preparation of this information.
The situation in Ukraine is constantly changing, but the flow of information is not constant. Therefore, this piece is not intended to be exhaustive, but rather to provide a general overview of the attacks. Past events may continue to appear on maps and others may take time to reflect.
There is a methodological debate that assigning entire geographical areas to the control of Russian troops may imply that there is no resistance or counterattacks by the Ukrainian armed forces. However, these maps seek to visualize the areas in which the advances and maneuvers of the Russian troops take place, taking a standard military approach to record daily the movements of a conventional maneuver war like the one Russia is waging in the Ukraine. This monitoring of maneuvers and tactics is essential to understand and evaluate the evolution of the war.
The information on the advance of the Russian troops comes from the reports of the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) of Washington in conjunction with the Critical Threats project. Its daily updates indicate the parts of Ukraine that are under Russian control, understanding ‘control’ as influence over an area against an enemy. In that sense, the colored areas do not imply the complete elimination of local resistance.
To complete the information, updates from the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine are used, as well as data, videos and photographs provided by news agencies, international media and other sources of reliable information reviewed by the team of DataRTVE.