September 14,2023

Victory Chronicles-DAY 568

Ukraine's Security Service and Navy conduct unique special operation near Yevpatoria


The military counterintelligence of the Security Service of Ukraine and the Navy of Ukraine conducted a unique special operation near Yevpatoria on the night of 13-14 September, destroying a Russian Triumf air defense system worth US$1.2 billion. The UP source in the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) says that drones and Neptun missiles attacked the target. First, SSU drones hit the “eyes” of the system – its radars and antennas. After disabling the radar stations, Navy units hit the S300/400 Triumf launch systems, using two Neptune cruise missiles.


Symbolic number of the Day


Eleven children returned from temporarily occupied left-bank Kherson Oblast. “Eleven children from Kherson Oblast are back home. They were successfully returned to the territory controlled by Ukraine from the temporarily occupied left bank of Kherson Oblast,” reported the Kherson Oblast Military Administration. It is noted that among the children, two are deprived of parental care, the other nine have parents. The youngest of them is a three-year-old girl.


War in Pictures


56th separate motorized infantry brigade of Mariupol: They have seen many torn-up military vehicles through their hands, and there was not one that their skillful hands did not bring back to life. Anatoliy and Rafail work as tractor drivers in civilian life. Since the beginning of the war, they have remembered their half-forgotten conscript skills and have been repairing equipment from the battlefield for a year and a half. 

The men do not complain about their fate, saying that it is still harder for guys on the front line, so neither their own fatigue nor the complexity of the repair scares them. In just a little while, another BMP will growl its engine, clatter its tracks, and drive out of the gates of the depot. And the maintenance specialists will have a new job. But the guys assure us that they have enough patience, everything will be done on time and with high quality, so there will be no shortage of military equipment at the front. 


Video of the Day

The 11th Brigade of the Hrushevskyi National Guard fighters destroyed the latest Russian T-90 “Proryv” (Breakthrough) tank in Kherson Oblast. The aerial reconnaissance men delivered precision fire to the enemy tank, after which the ammunition detonated and blew off the turret. The kamikaze drone struck the rear of the tank, which was purposeful, as the Russians had covered the tank with bags of earth in front (as seen in the video), providing “additional protection.”


ISW report


Ukrainian forces conducted missile strikes on occupied Sevastopol, Crimea, on September 13, damaging a Russian landing ship, a Kilo class submarine, and port infrastructure. 

The Department of Strategic Communications of the Ukrainian Armed Forces stated that Ukrainian forces successfully conducted missile strikes on Russian naval means and port infrastructure in occupied Sevastopol. Main Military Intelligence Directorate (GUR) Spokesperson Andriy Yusov stated that the missiles struck the Russian state-owned ship repair facility Sevmorzavod, damaging repair facilities as well as a landing ship and a submarine, both of which he described as unrecoverable.

The Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) claimed that Russian air defenses intercepted seven out of 10 Ukrainian cruise missiles targeting the Sevmorzavod ship repair facility but acknowledged that Ukrainian missiles struck two ships under repair. Geolocated footage published on September 13 shows explosions at the dry dock in the Sevastopol port. Satellite imagery published on September 12 shows one Ropucha class landing ship and one Kilo class submarine at the dry dock, and satellite imagery published on September 13 shows that the Ukrainian missile strike likely destroyed the two vessels.

Ukrainian Southern Operational Command Spokesperson Captain First Rank Nataliya Humenyuk stated that there were no Russian missile carriers present during the strike but noted that Ukrainian intelligence is still unaware of which submarine was at the dry dock. The apparent destruction of the two vessels will likely render the dry dock inoperable until Russian forces can clear the debris, which may take a significant amount of time. The extent of the damage to Sevmorzavod’s repair facilities beyond the dry dock is unclear, and any damage to one of the Russian Black Sea Fleet’s main repair facilities in occupied Crimea will likely have reverberating impacts in the event of further Ukrainian strikes on Russian naval assets.


War Heroes


On September 12, a 30-year-old fighter with the Third Separate Assault Brigade from Odesa, Oleksandr, with the call sign “Farsh,” was killed in the Bakhmut sector.This w as reported on social media by the fighter’s family and friends. Oleksandr joined the Armed Forces of Ukraine after the start of the full-scale Russian invasion. The man fought at the Kyiv, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia fronts. He is survived by his little daughter, wife and parents.

“I will not write much. I’ll just say that we met during a full-scale war and I know for sure that you were a decent and modest man. You didn’t ask for anything too much, because you realized that there were other guys,” Kateryna Madens, head of the Odesa branch of Automaidan, wrote in a post on social media. “Farsh” is known for an interview published by the press service of the 3rd Separate Brigade on July 31. He said that he was “not really afraid to die.”


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