MoD of Russia Reports from July 16, 2022…

The Russian Federation’s Joint Coordination Headquarters for Humanitarian Response, in coordination with designated federal executive authorities, continues to carefully record numerous crimes committed by the Kiev regime against civilians, as well as the use of educational institutions and residential buildings by Ukrainian nationalist groups for military purposes:

in Soledar, Donetsk People’s Republic, in the school №14 (Krasnoflotskaya st.), the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) have deployed their strongpoint, a munitions depot in the basement and heavy armament at the adjacent territory;

in Kharkov, at the lower and upper floors, as well as on the roofs of residential buildings (Pushkinskaya st.), Ukrainian armed groups have deployed large-calibre machine guns and multiple rocket launcher system (MRLS) crews, as well as munitions depots. At the same time, residents are forbidden to leave their flats, while any attempts of civilians to evacuate to safe areas are severely suppressed;

in Odessa, in the school №100 (Vernenskaya st.), AFU units have deployed armoured equipment, heavy artillery and MRLS, observation posts have been deployed along the perimeter of the educational entity, the approaches to the buildings are mined, but the local population has intentionally been left uninformed about it;

in Slavyansk, Donetsk People’s Republic, in the social orphanage ‘Sails of the Hope’ (Serafimovicha st.), militants of nationalist groups have deployed barracks and a strongpoint, while preschool teachers and children are retained in the basement as a human shield.

These acts commited by Ukrainian authorities show again their inhumane treatment to the lives of innocent Ukrainian citizens and total disregard to all moral norms and principles of the international humanitarian law. It occurs with the tacit consent of the collective West that continues turning a blind eye to the numerous war crimes of the Kiev regime.

In Poltavka, Zaporozhye region, militants of Ukrainian armed groups have mined the motorway bridge over Yanchur river for exploding it and accusing Russian Armed Forces of allegedly indiscriminate attacks at transport infrastructure facilities with wide coverage by Ukrainian and western mass media, in accordance with the well practiced scenario.

We emphasise again that Russian Armed Forces and military units of the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics do not launch attacks at civilian infrastructure facilities, treat the civilian population with high humanity and provide it with comprehensive assistance and support during the special military operation.

Despite all the difficulties and obstacles imposed by the official Kiev, 28,424 people have been evacuated from dangerous areas of Ukraine and Donbass over the past 24 hours, including 5,148 children, and in total, since the beginning of the special military operation, 2,612,747 people have already been evacuated, including 412,553 are children.

The state border of the Russian Federation has been crossed by 417,210 private motor vehicles, including 5,150 over the past 24 hours.

More than 9,5 thousand temporary accommodation centres continue to operate in the regions of the Russian Federation.  The arriving refugees are individually attended and promptly assisted in resolving various issues related to their further accomodation, employment, providing children with pre-school and educational services, as well as supplying with social benefits and allowances.

The hotline of the Joint Coordination Headquarters of the Russian Federation for Humanitarian Response, federal executive authorities, regions of the Russian Federation and various non-governmental organisations have received 42 requests to evacuate to Russia, the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics, as well as to the Russian Armed Forces-controlled areas of Zaporozhye, Nikolaev, Kharkov and Kherson regions. In total, the database contains 2,759,354 appeals of this kind from 2,139 settlements in Ukraine and Kiev-controlled territories of the Donbas republics.

In addition, 70 foreign vessels from 16 countries remain blocked in six Ukrainian ports (Kherson, Nikolaev, Chernomorsk, Ochakov, Odessa and Yuzhniy). The threat of shelling and high mine danger posed by official Kiev prevent vessels from entering the high seas unhindered.

As a result of a series of measures taken by the Russian Navy, the Mariupol harbour continues being under mine clearance works, the port infrastructure is routinely under reconstruction.

The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation have created the necessary conditions for the operation of two maritime humanitarian corridors that constitute safe lanes for navigation:

in the Black Sea (every day from 08:00 AM to 07:00 PM) to leave Kherson, Nikolaev, Chernomorsk, Ochakov, Odessa and Yuzhnyi ports towards south-west from Ukraine’s territorial sea, 139 miles long and 3 miles wide;

in the Sea of Azov (uninterruptedly) to leave Mariupol port, 115 miles long and 2 miles wide, towards the Black Sea.

Detailed information on the modus operandi of the maritime humanitarian corridors is broadcast daily every 15 minutes by VHF radio on 14 and 16 international channels in English and Russian.

The Kiev authorities continue to avoid engaging with representatives of states and ship-owning companies to resolve the issue of ensuring the safe passage of foreign vessels to the assembly area. The danger to navigation from Ukrainian mines drifting off their anchors along the coasts of Black Sea states remains.

The Russian Federation is taking a full range of comprehensive measures to ensure the safety of civilian navigation in the waters of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

Demining detachments of the Russian Armed Forces and the EMERCOM of Russia continue clearing the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics of explosive remnants.

A total of 4,040,89 hectares were explored (including 35,17 hectares over the past 24 hours), 39 buildings (including 13 socially important facilities), 4 bridges and 9.64 km of roads. 63,474 explosive remnants (over the past 24 hours: 3,153) have been detected and neutralised.

Federal executive authorities, in coordination with the regions of the Russian Federation, various public organizations, patriotic movements, continue to accumulate humanitarian aid.

This work has been mostly contributed by:

Ministry of the Russian Federation for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation, Federal Agency for Maritime and River Transport, Federal Service of Court Baliffs, Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography, Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs;

the republics of Bashkortostan, the Chechen Republic, Crimea, Dagestan, Kabardino-Balkaria, Sakha (Yakutia) and Tatarstan, as well as Arkhangelsk, Belgorod, Bryansk, Kaluga, Khabarovsk, Krasnodar, Leningrad, Moscow, Novosibirsk, Primorie, Rostov, Samara, Saratov, Sverdlovsk, Tula, Voronezh and Yaroslavl regions, the Khanty-Mansi autonomous region, as well as the cities of Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Sevastopol;

among political parties and non-profit organisations: United Russia, the All-Russian Public Movement ‘People’s Front’, the All-Russian Public Organisation of Veterans ‘Battle Brotherhood’, the autonomous non-profit organisation to support humanitarian programmes ‘Russian Humanitarian Mission’, the Open Joint Stock Company ‘Russian Railways’, the State Space Corporation ‘Roscosmos’ and the All-Russian Public State Organisation ‘Union of Russian Women’.

Over 47.3 thousand tonnes of prime necessity items, groceries, medication and medical products have been prepared at the collection points.

Since March 2, 2022, 44,560,6 tonnes of humanitarian goods within 1,316 humanitarian campaigns; over the past 24 hours, the civilian population has been provided with 353,8 tonnes of humanitarian goods within 5 humanitarian campaigns held in the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics, as well as in Zaporozhye and Kharkov regions.

On June 16, 2022, four humanitarian campaigns are being carried out in the Donetsk People’s Republic, in Zaporozhye and Kharkov regions, during which 356.7 tonnes of basic necessities, medicine and food are distributed.

The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continue the special military operation in Ukraine.

High-precision attacks launched by Russian Armed Forces resulted in the elimination of 115th Mechanised Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) that had operated towards Seversk. Over the past 48 hours, this brigade has lost over 600 servicemen. Residents of Seversk, Nikolayevka and other nearby Ukraine-controlled settlements are being urgently mobilised for manning the brigade.

High-precision attack launched by Russian Aerospace Forces at a provisional base of 123rd Territorial Defence Brigade of the AFU deployed in Nikolayev has resulted in the elimination of up to 200 nationalists and foreign mercenaries, as well as 13 armoured and motor vehicles.

In terms of successful action of Russian Armed Forces and considerable losses of the AFU, Ukrainian nationalists refuse to be involved in operations in Donbass. Particularly, 45 nationalists of 204th Battalion from 241st Territorial Defence Brigade abandoned their positions near Artyomovsk and demanded to redeploy them to the eastern part of Ukraine.

Russian Federation Armed Forces continue launching attacks at military facilities located in Ukraine.

Attacks launched by high-precision long-range air-based armament have resulted in the elimination of workshops for producing components and repairing Tochka-U ballistic missiles, as well as MRLS projectiles in Yuzhny Machinery Plant located in Dnepropetrovsk.

In addition, high-precision attacks launched by Russian Aerospace Forces have resulted in the elimination of 4 command posts, including those of 80th Air Assault Brigade near Serebryanka (Donetsk People’s Republic) and 3rd Tank Brigade of the AFU near Novopokrovka (Kharkov region), as well as a munitions depot near Konstantinovka (Donetsk People’s Republic) and 25 areas of AFU manpower and military equipment.

Within counter-battery warfare, 2 MRLS plattons, 15 Giatsing-B howitzer and D-30 artillery gun units deployed near Verkhnekamenskoye, Serebryanka, Seversk, Artyomovsk, Avdeyevka and Georgiyevka (Donetsk People’s Republic), as well as artillery units at their firing positions in 73 areas have been neutralised.

Operational-tactical and army aviation, missile troops and artillery have neutralised 21 command posts, 5 munitions depots, as well as 189 areas of AFU manpower and military equipment concentration areas.

Fighter aviation of Russian Aerospace Forces have destroyed 3 airplanes of Ukrainian Air Forces during an air combat: 2 MiG-29 near Novopavlovka (Nikolayev region), Vladimirovka (Dnepropetrovsk region) and 1 Su-25 near Seversk.

In addition, 2 Ukrainian helicopters (Mi-8 near Velikaya Novosyolka and Mi-24 near Seversk, Donetsk People’s Republic) have been shot down in air.

Russian air defence means have eliminated 14 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles near Dolgenkoye, Izyum, Malaya Kamyshevakha (Kharkov region), Kamyshany (Kherson region), Reshetilovskoye (Zaporozhye region), Alchevsk (Lugansk People’s Republic), Serebryanka, Grigorovka, Sparatak, Krasny Oktyabr and Krinichnaya (Donetsk People’s Republic).

1 Tochka-U ballistic missile has been intercepted near Novozvanovka (Donetsk People’s Republic),

2 Uragan MRLS projectiles near Izyum (Kharkov region).

In total, 256 airplanes and 139 helicopters, 1,557 unmanned aerial vehicles, 355 air defence missile systems, 4,073 tanks and other armoured combat vehicles, 746 combat vehicles equipped with MRLS, 3,149 field artillery cannons and mortars, as well as 4,364 units of special military equipment have been destroyed during the special military operation.

At the command post, Sergei Shoigu was informed by the commander of Southern group of troops General of the Army Sergei Surovikin, the commander of Central group of troops Colonel General Aleksandr Lapin and other commanders about the current situation, the action of the enemy and the progress of combat tasks fulfillment by the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.

After being informed, the chief of Russian military institution gave necessary decrees for intensifying the action of the groups of troops at all  fronts in order to prevent massive missile and artillery attacks launched by the Kiev regime at civilian infrastructure facilities, population of Donbass and other regions.

Artillery units of the Russian Federation Armed Forces destroy the artillery batteries and the defensive structure of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU), neutralise the command posts, the firepower, the armament and the military equipment of the enemy within the special military operation.

The range of fire of Msta-S 152 mm self-propelled howitzer crews is up to 30 kilometres. Servicemen use high-explosive, fragmentation and high-precision munitions that allow to maximise the damage to fortifications, concrete-reinforced positions and armoured vehicles of the enemy.

The units use Msta-S 152 mm self-propelled howitzers being capable of firing as from sheltered fire positions, as directly without preliminary preparation of fire positions.

After launching the projectiles, the artillery battery redeployed to additional firing positions in order to avoid a counterattack of the enemy.


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