September 12,2023

Victory Chronicles-DAY 566

Ukrainian defenders repel over 10 Russian attacks near Robotyne: 30 combat clashes on contact line in 24 hours

Thirty combat clashes took place in all sectors of the contact line over the past day. Russian forces continue to assault the defenses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and the Ukrainian Defense Forces repelled more than 10 attacks near Robotyne and Novodanylivka in Zaporizhzhia Oblast alone.

“Ukrainian fighters are bravely holding the defense, having repelled more than 10 Russian attacks in the areas of Robotyne and Novodanylivka in Zaporizhzhia Oblast. They have succeeded in the areas south and southeast of Robotyne and are consolidating their positions,” reported General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Facebook. The operational situation in the east and south of Ukraine is reported as remaining quite difficult.


Symbolic number of the Day


The Defense Forces have spotted 250-300 drones in the air simultaneously in some sections of the contact line. “If we take the territory from Zaporizhzhia to Lyman, in some areas of the contact line, we can record 250-300 drones in the air at the same time,” said Ivan Pavlenko, Head of the Electronic Warfare and Cyber Security Main Directorate. Pavlenko specified that this concerns different types of drones on both sides. He said that as of 2022, most foreign experts had no idea of the scale of drone use in modern warfare.


War in Pictures


Instructors from the Armed Forces of the Republic of Lithuania (Lietuvos kariuomenė) and the Canadian Armed Forces are training Ukrainian military personnel in Great Britain in the framework of a basic military training course as part of the multinational operation INTERFLEX. 

International instructors teach fighters medical, engineering, fire, psychological, and tactical skills. In particular, they teach how to conduct assault actions in an urbanized area and behave properly during battles in the city. In this way, the Armed Forces of Lithuania and Canada provide educational and training assistance to Ukraine in defense against russian occupation. The Armed Forces of Ukraine are grateful for this contribution of the international community to Ukraine’s future victory over the aggressor.


Video of the Day

The first minutes after the shelling: Nikopol police recorded the grave consequences of the Russian attack. On September 11, at about 1 p.m., the occupiers insidiously fired multiple rocket launchers at the city’s shopping center. The shelling from heavy artillery continued almost all day and after midnight. Police officers from the Nikopol District Police Department and other special services immediately arrived at the scene of the shelling and began to provide first aid. 

They evacuated the wounded and secured the scene. As a result of another Russian attack, people were injured, a shopping center building, an administrative building, an educational institution, a shop, a private enterprise, a five-story residential building and private houses, outbuildings, a car were damaged, and gas and power lines were cut. Fortunately, there were no casualties in the Marhanets community. The investigative teams are currently establishing the final consequences of the nighttime attacks.


ISW report


Russian border guards expressed similar grievances about limited capabilities and equipment to those voiced by Russian troops serving in Ukraine and continued to express concern over potential Ukrainian raids into Russia.

A Russian milblogger who serves on the Kremlin’s human rights council amplified complaints that the Russian had authorities poorly equip border guard units and failed to supply them with sufficient digital communications systems, reconnaissance and strike drones, mobile transport, and medical supplies. The milblogger noted that these grievances come from almost all border service departments within the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB).

The milblogger noted that border service units formed task forces to participate in the Soviet war in Afghanistan and were equipped with artillery, aviation, and armored vehicles, implying modern FSB border guard units need similar capabilities. The milblogger claimed that border guard units only receive anti-tank missiles and mortars from personal connections with Russian military units, and advocated for Russian authorities to provide better equipment — including self-propelled artillery systems and electronic warfare systems — to current border guards, especially those in Bryansk, Kursk, and Belgorod oblasts, which border Ukraine.

The milblogger’s reference to the Soviet border guards’ participation in the war in Afghanistan and call for the provision of more complex systems suggest that Russian border guards continue to be concerned about the threat of possible Ukrainian cross-border raids into Russia and Ukrainian drone attacks on Russian territory.


War Heroes

In Cherkasy, 26-year-old Oleksandr Shevchenko, a defender who gave his life for Ukraine, was buried with his family, reported Anatoliy Bondarenko, the mayor of Cherkasy.

Oleksandr Hryhorovych was born and raised in the village of Lukashivka in the Chornobaiv Oblast. After school, he continued his studies at the Cherkasy Professional Road Lyceum. He began his military career in 2016 and served under contract in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. He served in various positions, most recently as deputy commander of a special forces group of a special forces company of a special operations detachment. He received many awards and honors during his service.

Oleksandr Shevchenko had many plans for life in a free Ukraine: he studied at the South Ukrainian National Pedagogical University to become a physical education teacher and planned to get married soon. Oleksandr was killed while performing a combat mission, defending Ukraine’s independence from the armed aggression of the Russian Federation. Eternal memory to the Hero, low bow and sincere condolences to the family.


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