September 13,2023

Victory Chronicles-DAY 567

Ukrainian Defense Forces drive Russians out from their positions on Melitopol front

Ukraine’s Defense Forces have made some progress near the settlement of Klishchiivka in Donetsk Oblast and near the village of Robotyne in Zaporizhzhia Oblast. At the same time, the Russian army has suffered heavy losses attacking the settlements of Novomykhailivka in Donetsk Oblast and south of Novodarivka in Zaporizhzhia Oblast.

“Ukraine’s Defence Forces are on the defensive in the country’s east and south, carrying out offensive operations on the Melitopol front and offensive efforts on the Bakhmut front, crushing the enemy, liberating the temporarily occupied territories step by step, and consolidating their positions. Thirty-four combat engagements occurred over the past 24 hours. The enemy delivered 7 missile strikes and 35 air strikes, attacked the positions of the Ukrainian forces and civilian targets of our state over 56 times using multiple-launch rocket systems,” reported General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Facebook.


Symbolic number of the Day


Ukraine’s Air Force downed 32 Shahed kamikaze drones out of 44 launched by Russian forces over the territory of Ukraine on the night of 12-13 September.

“On the night of 12-13 September 2023, the Russian occupiers attacked Odesa and Sumy oblasts with several groups of Shahed-136/131 attack drones from three areas: Primorsko-Akhtarsk (Russia), Cape Chauda (Crimea), and Kursk (Russia)”. A total of 44 Shahed drone launches were recorded. 32 enemy attack drones were destroyed as a result of air defense operations, reported Ukraine’s Air Force.


War in Pictures


The Defense Forces of Ukraine have posted footage showing the aftermath of a Russian night attack on Odesa Oblast. Head of Odesa Oblast Military Administration Oleh Kiper reported that seven civilians were injured as a result of raids by Russian attack UAVs on the Izmail district: six people in Reni and one in Izmail.

As Kiper reported, two men from Reni are in intensive care in a serious condition. They will be transported to Odesa. Four other people injured in the attack are in moderate condition and continue to be treated in Reni.


Video of the Day

Ukrainian UAV shoots down Russian APC in Melitopol sector. The video captures the 47th separate mechanized brigade’s attack UAV work. 


ISW report


Russian President Vladimir Putin has ultimately decided to conduct a second reserve mobilization wave in the near term. ISW previously observed an increase in discussions about reserve mobilization preparations and speculations in the lead-up to the spring conscription cycle earlier in 2023.

Select Russian officials have also proposed more dramatic mobilization measures that have not materialized. Putin also emphasized Russian contract service recruitment rates when responding to the question about the potential second reserve mobilization wave at the Eastern Economic Forum on September 12. 

Putin’s response does not necessarily set information conditions to prepare Russian society for involuntary mobilization and instead may suggest his commitment to ongoing crypto mobilization practices. Any new reserve mobilization wave depends on Putin.


War Heroes


It is with indescribable sadness that the “Advocate of the Future” community announces that Serhii “Zyma” Yarmolenko, an expert in the program, was killed while performing a combat mission. 

Prior to the full-scale invasion, Serhii was a criminal lawyer, an expert and co-author of the program for the development of soft skills of newly elected prosecutors of the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, and a coordinator of the international cooperation of the Expert Committee on the Development of Artificial Intelligence under the Ministry of Digital Transformation. Before that, he was a prosecutor. 

Serhii was an outstanding criminal justice professional and an honorable man. He was an investigator in the most high-profile investigations. He made a lot of efforts to change and develop the criminal justice system and, at a crucial moment for the country, went to defend our land from Russian invaders. 

He started his service in the ranks of the Anti-Terrorist Operation and defended the north of Ukraine. Later, he performed combat missions as part of an assault company in the Donetsk Oblast. Serhii was a junior lieutenant. The “Advocate of the Future” community expresses its deepest condolences to Serhii’s family, brothers and sisters, colleagues, and friends. Serhii is survived by his daughter and wife.


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