Ukraine War News from August 14
- From the start of the invasion Ukraine’s military understood that to engage the Russians head on would be suicidal. Ukraine therefore deployed asymmetrical warfare tactics, sending small units to operate against soft targets in the Russian rear taking out their logistics, ammunition and food supplies. Battalion, brigade and regimental headquarters were hit with surgical artillery strikes, decapitating Russian command and control. The attack on Kyiv sputtered. Denied its own airpower, Ukraine was quick to integrate commercial off-the-shelf drones into its small units as artillery spotters and target designators. Where Russian vehicles presented themselves, Ukrainian ingenuity turned camera drones into remote-control bombers.
- Pope Francis has called for urgent food aid for Somalia as a famine in the East African country looms, saying the war in Ukraine has created a distraction away from world hunger.
- The largest Muslim republic in the North Caucasus, Daghestan, has suffered more losses in Ukraine than any other member of the Russian Federation. According to some reports, it is among the leaders in both draft resistance and the refusal of soldiers to fight.
- Fighting in Luhansk Oblast is raging day and night, regional governor Serhiy Hayday said in a Telegram post on Aug. 14, adding that Russia is pursuing scorched earth policy in Luhansk Oblast.
- On 18 July, investigators from Bellingcat and The Insider reported that Igor Girkin, the former so-called “Minister of Defence of the Donetsk People’s Republic,” used a forged passport in the name of Sergei Runov, issued by the Russian special services. Girkin was detained in occupied Crimea on 13 August as he was travelling to the war in Ukraine with forged documents.
More Ukraine War News
- In the Kryvyi Rih direction, the Russian military is using remote mine-laying systems and uncontrolled mine barriers in the territories of settlements already liberated by the Ukrainian army, Oleksandr Vilkul, the head of the military administration of Kryvyi Rih announced.
- The first ship to depart Ukraine under a UN-brokered deal to resume grain exports from the country two weeks ago was approaching the Syrian port of Tartus on Sunday, two shipping sources said. The Sierra Leone-flagged Razoni set sail from Ukraine’s Odesa port on Aug. 1.
- Skadovsk mayor Oleksandr Yakovliev said the Skadovsk City Council plans to start the new 2022-2023 academic year on Sept. 1, 2022. He stressed the educational process would take place in an online and individual form. “All our school students are automatically promoted to the next grade and will be able to study regardless of their location,” he said.
- People in the eastern Ukrainian town of Rubizhne have started exhuming bodies that were hastily buried in courtyards at the height of fighting, anxious to be able to lay them to rest with dignity.
- According to information published by the Slovak Ministry of Defense on August 13, 2022, Ukraine took delivery of the first batch of Zuzana 2 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzers manufactured by the Slovak company Konštrukta Defense.
- Ukrainian citizens who lost their homes due to the war will now be able to use temporary modular housing in Irpin, near Kyiv, Ukraine’s Regional Development Ministry said in a message on its website.
- Ukraine troops have blown up two primary bridges that Russian troops used to access occupied territory as the country’s top soldier said Saturday that one fifth of invading ground forces have been “destroyed” with the conflict nearing its sixth month.
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