DAY 510

Victory Chronicles
-DAY 510

July 18,2023

Missile in room and broken windows − consequences of Russian attack on Odesa

As a result of the night attack by the Russians on Odesa, the wreckage of downed missiles and the blast wave from the downing damaged port infrastructure facilities, several private houses, smashed windows in cafes, and several other buildings. One person was injured, reported the Operational Command Pivden (South). “The wreckage of the downed missiles and the blast wave from the downing damaged port infrastructure facilities and several private households. An elderly man was injured in his own home, and he was hospitalised.”

Photo: FB Operational Command South

Symbolic number of the Day - 9,300

Around 9,300 civilians have died since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine began in February 2022, UN Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo said at the UN Security Council meeting. “According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, 9,287 civilians have been killed and 16,384 wounded, most of them by the fire of Russian troops,” DiCarlo said, adding that this figure includes 537 killed and 1117 injured children.

Photo: ЕРА/UPG

War in Pictures

The commander of the Azov Brigade, Lieutenant Colonel Denys “Redis” Prokopenko, met with personnel. “When I was in captivity, I said that for me, this war will not end until we return our last fighter from captivity and restore Ukraine’s borders to the state of 1991. I am a fighter. I am not interested in any other areas of activity except military affairs. My heart, soul, and body belong to Azov,” said “Redis” during a meeting with the brigade’s fighters. Currently, Lieutenant Colonel Denys “Redis” Prokopenko is undergoing rehabilitation and will soon resume his duties.

Photo: FB Azov

Video of the Day

Successful combat use of attack UAVs by the 82nd separate airborne assault brigade units of the Air Assault Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was captured on video.

ISW report

Russian logistics to southern Ukraine will likely suffer in the short and medium-term, likely exacerbating recent and significant complaints about inadequate Russian supplies in southern Ukraine. Former Russian 58th Combined Arms Army (Southern Military District) Commander Major General Ivan Popov’s recent complaints about the Russian military command’s mistreatment of Russian forces defending against the Ukrainian counteroffensive in southern Ukraine sparked great ire in the Russian information space.

Many of Popov’s complaints indicated that the 58th Combined Arms Army, and likely other Russian formations deployed in Zaporizhia Oblast, suffer from supply shortages that will further worsen if tourist and other civilian traffic slow down logistics routes supporting Russian forces in southern Ukraine.

Further issues with support for this grouping, and further resulting complaints that emerge in the Russian information space, are likely to draw further outrage from the Russian ultranationalist community and undermine confidence in the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD).

War Heroes

Defender Vitalii Kovtunovskyi, with the call sign Manyunia, died while performing a combat mission near Mariinka, Donetsk Oblast. The warrior was 30 years old.

Vitalii was born in Vinnytsia and studied at school No. 5. He graduated from Vinnytsia Transport College with a Fire Protection Organization and Technology degree. In civilian life, he worked as a driver. He got married and was raising two children. He liked to spend his free time with his family and wished his loved ones a peaceful life.

During the full-scale Russian invasion in July 2022, the man joined the Airborne Assault Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and served in the 79th separate airborne assault brigade. He was a sniper and performed combat missions in the Donetsk Oblast. “You can’t find such a man anymore. My angel, my beloved, will always be 30 and always be with us. He just wanted to live, to love, to see his little princess and son grow up,” said the wife of the deceased, Yana. The defender was buried on the Alley of Glory at Sabariv Cemetery in Vinnytsia. He is survived by his father, wife, son and daughter.


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