Six months of war between Russia and Ukraine: Ukraine lost 20% of its territory, Russia has fired more than 3,500 cruise missiles

The conflict between Russia and Ukraine lasted for 182 days or six months. The Russian Ministry of Defense claimed victory in Kherson and Mykolaiv, occupying 48 thousand square kilometers of land. The Russian army is also making progress in the direction of Avdiivka and has liberated more than 75% of the land in Marinka. In this regard, the news of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense is that it has repelled the Russian army’s offensive in the above-mentioned areas, and has repeatedly attacked bridges in the Kherson area. The results claimed by the Russian army are subject to further verification.

Ukrainian battlefield situation map
Ukrainian battlefield situation map

Battle Report of the Russian Ministry of Defense. In the past 24 hours, the Russian military used aircraft, missiles, and artillery to hit more than 190 Ukrainian targets. Russian air defense forces shot down one Su-27 fighter jet and six drones, and intercepted 15 rockets fired by MRL launchers.

The Russian army launched an offensive in the direction of Kherson-Mykolaiv in the Alexanderrovka region, severely damaged the 28th Ukrainian Mechanized Infantry Brigade, and reached the administrative border of the Mykolaiv Oblast, liberating Kherson state. The Russian army also occupied Komsomolskoye, advancing 3 kilometers in this direction, liberating 12 square kilometers of Mykolaiv Oblast.

The Ukrainian 35th Marine Brigade and 46th Air Mobility Brigade suffered heavy losses near Andreevka and were driven out of Blagodatovka and adjacent populated areas. The Russian army’s offensive in the direction of Donetsk has achieved results and has liberated more than 75% of the land in Malinka.

The Russian army surrounded the 214th battalion of the Ukrainian army near Kodama in the Avdiivka region. The 81st Air Mobility Brigade of the Ukrainian Army in Sloviansk, Donetsk People’s Republic, and the 95th Airborne Assault Brigade in Konstantinovka were attacked by Russian airstrikes, losing more than 200 people and 18 pieces of heavy equipment.

The 2nd Mechanized Battalion of the 66th Mechanized Infantry Brigade of the Ukrainian Army suffered heavy losses near Novi Mikhailovka, lost its combat effectiveness, and a large number of soldiers fled.

Situation map of the Donbas battlefield
Situation map of the Donbas battlefield

Ukraine admits that nearly 9,000 Ukrainian troops were killed:  According to Ukraine’s Interfax news agency, on August 22, local time, at a veterans event, Ukrainian Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief Zaluzhny said that since the outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, nearly 9,000 Ukrainian soldiers have died. According to the United Nations, since the outbreak of the conflict on February 24, a total of 5,587 civilians have been killed and 7,890 injured. This estimate may be higher than the actual situation. At least 972 Ukrainian children have been killed or injured in the conflict since the end of February, the United Nations children’s agency said on August 22.

Russia has fired nearly 3,500 cruise missiles at Ukraine: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky revealed in a video speech on August 22: Since the start of the war, Russia has launched nearly 3,500 cruise missiles into Ukraine.

The light frigate of the Russian Black Sea Fleet launched the "Kalibr" cruise missile.
The light frigate of the Russian Black Sea Fleet launched the “Kalibr” cruise missile.

Ukraine receives 5,000 “Starlink” satellite communication terminals: Ukraine’s Minister of Digital Transformation Mikhail Fedorov said on August 22 that Poland provided Ukraine with 5,000 “Starlink” satellite communication terminals free of charge. With the receipt of this batch of equipment, Ukraine will have about 20,000 Starlinks. “Starlink” is a next-generation satellite network designed to provide broadband Internet access anywhere in the world. The project was launched by SpaceX in February 2018.

Ukrainian soldier with Starlink device
Ukrainian soldier with Starlink device

Some of the weapons that the U.S. has aided Ukraine have not been disclosed: According to the US “Politico” speculation, the United States has provided more military aid to Ukraine than disclosed to the media. The newspaper cited the example of the HARM anti-radar missile, the modification of which was made public long after it was delivered to Ukraine. The newspaper also cited unnamed sources as saying the U.S. has also secretly included Excalibur-guided artillery shells in its latest package of military aid to Ukraine. According to Politico, the U.S. government and Congress have reached a secret agreement to not disclose some of the weapons lists that aid Ukraine.

AGM-88 anti radar missile
AGM-88 anti radar missile

Ukraine and Sweden signed an agreement to strengthen military cooperation. On August 23, Ukraine and Sweden signed an agreement on strengthening military cooperation, which was updated on the basis of the 2001 Ukrainian-Swedish Protocol on Cooperation in the Field of Defense. Due to the need for confidentiality, the two sides have not disclosed the content of the agreement, only announcing that it involves the training of military personnel and the strengthening of exchanges between the two militaries.

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