War Between Ukraine and Russia 2022. Day 59th

Kostiantyn Golubtsov

Kostiantyn Golubtsov

Published: April 23 2022 at 10:57 am
Source: defence-ua.com

Russia continue the second stage of warfare with an offensive in Donbas. Yet, there are no major advances so far. As Ukraine and Russia exchange control over minor settlements, the world's countries step up in slowly but surely increasing military aid supplies to Ukraine. Mariupol remains in a dire situation where thousands of civilians and servicemen are locked in the siege of the Azovstal steel plant

Brief facts:

The United States will provide Ukraine with additional direct financial aid in the amount of $500 million

Shmyhal invites International Finance Corporation to help rebuild Ukrainian cities

Army kills up to 130 Russian invaders in eastern Ukraine in past day

The Kremlin's 'second phase' goal is to take over southern Ukraine and Donbas

Bombing, execution and torture: UN says evidence of Russian war crimes growing

Side note: news are marked in accordance with the Kyiv time zone: Eastern European Time (EET), GMT/UTC+2

Last News

10:43 Daily update on registered investigations on Russian military's war crimes:

Infographics: Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine
Infographics: Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine

10:19 General Staff released an update on Russian combat losses from 24.02 to 23.04 (approx.):

  • Personnel – about 21600 people
  • Tanks ‒ 854 units
  • Armored Personnel Vehicles ‒ 2205 units
  • Artillery systems – 403 units
  • Multiple Launch Rocket Systems – 143 units
  • Anti-aircraft warfare systems – 69 units
  • Aircraft / helicopters – 177 / 154 units
  • Vehicles – 1543 units
  • Boats / cutters – 8 units
  • Fuel tanks – 76 units
  • UAV operational-tactical level – 182 units
  • Special equipment – 27 units
  • Mobile SRBM system – 4 units

09:55 General Staff: operational information regarding the Russian invasion as of 06:00, 23.04.2022. Key points of the report:

  • The greatest activity of Russians is observed in Slobozhansky and Donetsk directions (Eastern Ukraine). Units of Russian occupiers are regrouping.
  • In the northeast, the occupiers are carrying out reconnaissance using UAVs. There is a threat of "false flag" provocations by Russian forces in Glushkovo, Russia, at the Ukraine-Russia border.
  • The occupiers have deployed an S-300VM battery to bolster their air defense near the city of Skadovsk, Southern Ukraine. They try to create favorable conditions for advance
  • There are indications that units of the 64th Independent Motorized Rifle Brigade, which took an active part in the mass killings, torture and rape of civilians in Bucha city, are now operating in the area of Izyum and have already suffered casualties.
  • Russian private military company "Wagner" has trained up to 200 people to replenish the reserves. The advanced group of the mercenaries was transferred to the Novobakhmutivka district to reconnoiter the area and clarify the order of actions. The information is being clarified.

09:12 Canada Delivered M777 Howitzers and Carl Gustaf missiles in military aid to Ukraine

"The M777 lightweight 155-mm towed howitzer is lighter and smaller, yet more powerful than any gun of its kind," the National Defence department wrote in a statement. "The M777 provides indirect firepower capable of accurately hitting targets at a range of distances up to 30km."

In addition to the howitzers, Canada provided more ammunition for Carl Gustaf ATGMs.

More details in the story from Defense Express:

Canada Delivered M777 Howitzers to aid Ukraine

Illustraticve photo: U.S. Marine Corps attach a M777 howitzer to a helicopter during a training in April 2017 / Photo credit: Vertical Flight Society
Illustraticve photo: U.S. Marine Corps attach a M777 howitzer to a helicopter during a training in April 2017 / Photo credit: Vertical Flight Society

07:14 SSSCIP of Ukraine has revealed the list of five hackers groups that attack Ukraine on cyberfront

State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine reports 802 cyberattacks on critical infrastructure in the first quarter of the year 2022. For comparison, last year, during the same period 362 attacks were detected.

Together with the state cybersecurity company CERT-UA, SSSCIP outlined five key hacking groups connected mostly with Russia or Belarus:

  1. UAC-0010 aka Armageddon (GammaLoad, GammaDrop, HarvesterX): the so-called advanced persistent threat (APT) group of the FSB of the Russian Federation
  2. UAC-0041 (AgentTesla, XLoader): hacktivists from Russia
  3. UAC-0056 (Pandora hVNC, RemoteUtilities, GrimPlant, GraphSteel): Russian hacktivists-cyberspies
  4. UAC-0051 a.k,a, UNC1151: another APT-group with links to Belarus
  5. UAC-0028 a.k.a. APT28: APT-угрупування, яке повʼязують із ГРУ рф. APT-group connected with Russian intelligence

SSSCIP believes there is close contact and information sharing between those hackers and Russian intelligence.

05:30 Spain provided 200 tons of ammunition and dozens of vehicles to Ukraine

"I want to announce that a new batch of weapons has been sent to Ukraine. Spanish ship Isabel, which today departed from a Spanish port for Poland, carries 200 tonnes of ammunition and other materials, 30 trucks loaded with military supplies, and 20 armored vehicles," said Pedro Sanchez, the Prime Minister of Spain following the meeting with his Dutch counterpart Mette Frederiksen and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv, Ukrinform reports.

More details in Defense Express coverage:

Spain to Send Cargo Ship With Lend-Lease for Ukraine. What’s inside, Defense Express Finds Out

Auxiliary cargo ship of the Spanish Navy, Ysabel / Illustrative photo from open sources
Auxiliary cargo ship of the Spanish Navy, Ysabel / Illustrative photo from open sources

05:19 The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will pay a visit to Ukraine. He will meet with Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on April 28. Guterres will also meet with staff of UN agencies to discuss the humanitarian assistance to the people of Ukraine, goes the statement from his secretary Stephane Dujarric.

02:16 The UK is considering sending tanks to Poland to further provide Ukraine with Soviet-era tanks

Tanks would be sent to "backfill" in Poland so Warsaw can send to Kyiv the T-72 tanks – which Ukrainian troops are familiar with. Prime Minister of UK Boris Johnson mentioned the potential plan when speaking in the Indian capital, New Delhi.

Challenger II battle tanks could potentially replace the Soviet-era T-72s at Polish current disposal.

He said it is essential to step up immediate military support to Kyiv, warning there is a "realistic possibility" the conflict could drag on for a "long period". More details here:

UK Set to Provide Poland with Challenger II Tanks in Ukraine Arms Drive

Polish T-72 / Open source photo
Polish T-72 / Open source photo

01:23 Eight attacks of the Russian invaders were repulsed by the Ukrainian military in Donbas on April 22.

9 tanks, 3 artillery systems, 18 units of armored vehicles, 1 armored combat vehicle, 13 units of motor vehicles, and 1 tanker of the Russian forces were eliminated as well as four UAVs.

More details and footage in a publication from Defense Express:

Ukrainian Troops Successfully Repulsed Eight rushists Attacks in Joint Forces Operation Area

01:00 According to the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, who delivered a video address to the nation on Friday, April 23, russia’s plans to seize the southern part of Ukraine to gain a corridor to the border with Moldova only confirm the assumption that invading Ukraine was Russia’s first step on the path of capturing other countries.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky

“Today, with reference to the Russian military, the news was spread that their task now is allegedly to establish control over the south of Ukraine and reach the Moldovan border. And allegedly there, in Moldova, the rights of Russian-speakers are violated.(…) Well, this only confirms what I have said many times: the Russian invasion of Ukraine was intended only as a beginning, then they want to capture other countries,” said Zelensky.

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