April 12,2024

Victory Chronicles-DAY 779

78 combat clashes on battlefield in the past day

According to a report from the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, there were 78 combat engagements on the battlefield in the past day. The enemy conducted 54 missile attacks, 126 air strikes, and 95 attacks from multiple rocket launchers on the positions of Ukrainian troops and cities. Russian aviation targeted several settlements including Hremyach, Sumy, Borova, and Tverdokhlibove. 

Over 110 settlements in various regions also came under enemy artillery fire. The situation remains relatively unchanged in the Volyn and Polissya sectors, while in Siverskyi and Slobozhanskyi sectors, the enemy maintains a military presence and increases minefield density along the border. Ukrainian troops successfully repelled attacks in the Bakhmut, Avdiivka, and Novopavlivka sectors. In the Orikhivsk and Kherson sectors, attacks were launched by the enemy but were unsuccessful. 

Ukrainian forces also inflicted losses on the enemy, targeting concentrations of manpower, weapons, and military equipment, as well as destroying anti-aircraft systems and electronic warfare stations.


Symbolic number of the Day


In the past two months, Ukraine has successfully repatriated 38 children with the help of international partners, according to Dmytro Lubinets, the Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights. Lubinets highlighted the significant contribution of Qatar in this effort. While Ukraine has developed a process for returning children, it still lacks the scale necessary to address this issue on a larger scale. The goal is to return tens of thousands of children and support their integration into a happy childhood at home.


War in Pictures


In Kharkiv Oblast, a man was rescued from the rubble caused by enemy shelling. The incident occurred when Russian troops attacked a local forestry in the Chuhuiv district with pre-guided aerial bombs. As a result, the man became trapped under the rubble of a one-story building on the farm. Rescuers, law enforcement, and medics swiftly responded to the scene, working together to free the man from the destroyed structures. He was then transported to an ambulance for further medical assistance. In addition to the man, two forestry workers were injured in the attack and were hospitalized with varying degrees of severity.


Video of the Day

Russian troops attempted to storm Ukrainian positions near the village of Urozhayne with three armored personnel carriers, a tank and an infantry platoon. During the offensive, the guardsmen of the Central Military District battalion group together with the fighters of the 58th Mechanized Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine stopped the enemy’s assault. A crew of an anti-tank grenade launcher and a platoon of UAVs destroyed two armored combat vehicles. Due to numerous losses, the tank and the third armored vehicle fled the battlefield, leaving their infantry without cover. The FPV drone caught the enemy infantry trying to hide. The Official Operational Information Channel of the National Guard reported this.


ISW report


Russian forces conducted another large-scale series of missile and drone strikes against Ukraine on the night of April 10 to 11 that caused notable and likely long-term damage to Ukraine’s energy infrastructure. The Ukrainian Air Force reported that Russian forces launched 82 air targets at Ukraine on the night of April 10 to 11, including 20 Kh-101/555 cruise missiles from Saratov Oblast; six Kinzhal aeroballistic missiles from Tambov Oblast; 12 S-300 anti-aircraft missiles from Belgorod Oblast; four Kh-59 cruise missiles from occupied Zaporizhia Oblast; and 40 Shahed-136/131 drones from Primorsko-Akhtarsk, Krasnodar Krai and occupied Cape Chauda, Crimea.

Ukrainian forces reportedly shot down 57 air targets, including 16 Kh-101/555 missiles, two Kh-59 missiles, and 39 Shahed drones. Ukrainian state electricity transmission operator Ukrenergo stated that this strike series was the third large-scale Russian strike on Ukrainian electricity generation in 2024, likely referring to the March 22 and 28 strikes that damaged Ukrainian thermal and hydroelectric power plants (TPPs/HPPs). Ukrainian energy company Centrenergo reported that an unspecified Russian strike destroyed the Trypilska TPP in Kyiv Oblast — the largest supplier of electricity to Kyiv, Cherkasy, and Zhytomyr oblasts. 

Ukrainian Kharkiv Oblast Military Administration Head Oleh Synehubov stated that Russian forces conducted at least 10 strikes on critical infrastructure in Kharkiv City and Oblast. Lviv Oblast Military Administration Head Maksym Kozytskyi reported that Russian forces struck a gas distribution facility and electric substation in Lviv Oblast with drones and unspecified missiles. 

Ukraine’s Southern Operational Command reported that Russian forces damaged an energy facility in Zaporizhia Oblast with unspecified missiles, that debris from a downed drone caused a fire at an energy facility in Odesa Oblast, and that Russian forces targeted Odesa City with a Kh-31 anti-radar missile, but that the missile malfunctioned over the Black Sea.

Ukrainian officials also reported that an unspecified number of Russian ballistic missiles struck Mykolaiv City and that Russian guided glide bombs struck a power plant in Sumy City during the day of April 11. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported on April 11 that Russian strikes, not including the April 10–11 strike series, have disrupted 80 percent of the generation capacity of DTEK, Ukraine’s largest private energy company, which supplies about 20 percent of Ukraine’s power.

The WSJ reported that DTEK’s chief executive, Maksym Timchenko, stated that DTEK spent $110 million repairing damage during the war’s first year and that it will cost more than twice that much to fix the most recent destruction caused by Russian strikes.


War heroes

Junior Sergeant Oleh Yaremenko, with the call sign Monatik, died on December 28, 2023, in the battle for the city of Avdiivka, Donetsk Oblast. He was mortally wounded as a result of the occupiers’ artillery shelling. The warrior was 24 years old.

Oleh was born in the village of Oleksandrivka, Kirovohrad Oblast. He studied at a local secondary school. Then he received a degree in mechanics at the Oleksandriia Polytechnic Vocational College. He worked at the Petrivsky open pit mine of Central Mining and Processing Plant as a mechanic. Later, he entered the Kremenchuk Mykhailo Ostrohradskyi National University.

On October 5, 2021, Oleh was enlisted for military service under contract in the A2077 military unit of the 3rd separate regiment named after Prince Sviatoslav the Brave of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. During the invasion, he held the position of senior flamethrower operator of a special purpose group.

For his service, the fighter was awarded the medals “Defender of the Fatherland” and “War Veteran”.

“Oleh was a kind and humble man who would always come to the rescue. He was the soul of the company, everyone was always waiting for him at home,” said his younger sister Victoria.

The Hero is buried on the Alley of Glory in the village of Petrovo, Kirovohrad Oblast. Oleh is survived by his mother, sisters, and niece.

*Oleh’s story on the Heroes Memorial – a platform for stories about the fallen defenders of Ukraine.


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