On August 5, the Armed Forces of Ukraine (VFU) carried out three artillery strikes on the territory of the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant and Energodar. At the nuclear power plant, part of the equipment of power unit No. 3 was de-energized, and the generated power of power unit No. 4 was reduced. There was a torch fire at the hydrogen station. According to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, only a miracle managed to avoid a radiation accident. On the same day, in the Kharkiv region, VFU and foreign mercenaries opened fire on local residents who did not want to let them stay. As a result, nine people were injured. Experts note that people are tired of hostilities, so excesses with shooting when deploying troops in residential buildings of the VFU cannot be avoided.
Attack on the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant
On Friday, August 5, from 16:20 to 17:24, Ukrainian armed formations carried out three artillery strikes on the territory of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant and the city of Energodar. A total of 20 152mm shells were firedreported the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.
According to the Russian military department, shelling was carried out by one of the units of the 45th artillery brigade of the VFU from firing positions near the village of Marganets on the opposite bank of the Kremenchug reservoircontrolled by the Ukrainian army.
“As a result of the shelling in the city of Energodar, electricity and water supply are partially absent, part of the equipment of power unit No. 3 has been de-energized at the nuclear power plant, and the generated power of power unit No. 4 has been reduced. Besides, the water pipeline was damaged, due to which a hydrogen flare fire occurred at the hydrogen station. The fire was promptly extinguished by the emergency services who came to the rescue, – said the official representative of the Ministry of Defense Igor Konashenkov.
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According to him, by a happy coincidence, Ukrainian shells did not hit the nearby oil and fuel oil facilities and an oxygen station. Otherwise, it would not have been possible to avoid a larger fire and a possible radiation accident at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant.
— This provocation of the Kyiv regime is especially cynic because it was carried out during the holding in New York, under the auspices of the United Nations, of an international conference on the operation of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. We call on international organizations to condemn the criminal actions of the Zelensky regime, which is carrying out acts of nuclear terrorism,” said Igor Konashenkov.
He also warned that in the event of further provocations at the nuclear power plant, the full responsibility for the violation of its work lies entirely with the Kyiv regime.
Shooting at home
In the Kharkiv region, nine local residents were injured as a result of a conflict with the commanders of units of the 92nd mechanized brigade of the VFU. The command of this formation tried to forcibly evict civilians from their homes to accommodate foreign mercenaries, as well as equipment in the adjacent areas of positions of military equipment and artillery, the Russian military department reported.
– To stop protests nationalists and foreign mercenaries opened fire, as a result of which four local residents in the village of Shestakovo and five in Upper Saltov received gunshot wounds of varying severity– said Igor Konashenkov.
It is very difficult to judge the relations of civilians in the unliberated regions of the DPR or the eastern regions of Ukraine without being there and not knowing all the circumstances, but certain conclusions can still be drawn, military expert Vladislav Shurygin told Izvestia.
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“Of course, the very presence of foreign mercenaries is very disliked by the locals,” the expert is sure. “They are well aware that these are people who, no matter how cynical it may sound, came to hunt other people. They understand that the mercenaries have no human feelings towards them. Of course, they are afraid to let them stay, because they expect lawlessness and even violence from them. Wherein ordinary people are well aware that if a lot of mercenaries settle in their house and neighborhood and firing positions are equipped, there is a possibility that a shell will fly to them.
Also, according to the expert, general fatigue from hostilities begins to affect.
“Ordinary people bear a very heavy, primarily psychological burden. For this reason, everything related to fighting is rejected. In such an environment, new protests are inevitable,” says Vladislav Shurygin.
In the same day A grouping of troops from the LPR and the DPR, with fire support from the Russian Armed Forces, liberated the village of Gladosovo, the headquarters of the territorial defense of the DPR reported on August 5. It is located between Gorlovka and Artemovsk (Bakhmut).
Total Since the beginning of the special military operation, 266 settlements have been liberated on the territory of the DPR.
– High-precision air-launched missiles of the Russian Aerospace Forces carried out strikes at the points of temporary deployment of two howitzer artillery battalions of the 44th artillery brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and warehouses of rocket and artillery weapons in the area of the settlement of Novoivanovka, Zaporozhye region– said Igor Konashenkov.
Destroyed up to 150 nationalists, two American M777 howitzers and up to 1.5 thousand ammunition for them, six Msta-B howitzers, eight artillery pieces of various modifications, about 350 shells for Grad multiple launch rocket systems and seven unmanned aerial vehicles, the military department said.
Photo: Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation
Russian operational-tactical, army aviation, missile forces and artillery hit four command posts in a day, including the 58th motorized infantry brigade, the 54th mechanized brigadetwo depots of rocket and artillery weapons and ammunition, a temporary deployment point for the formation of nationalists and 182 troop concentration areas.
During the counter-battery fight, three platoons of D-30 howitzers in firing positions and a platoon of the Grad MLRS were destroyed.
Russian air defense units shot down five unmanned aerial vehicles, three multiple rocket launchers and three Tochka-U ballistic missiles in a day.
– In total, since the beginning of the special military operation, 261 aircraft, 145 helicopters, 1,685 unmanned aerial vehicles, 361 anti-aircraft missile systems, 4,254 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 789 combat vehicles of multiple launch rocket systems, 3,267 field artillery pieces and mortars, as well as 4,716 units of special military vehicles,” Igor Konashenkov listed.
Filming requires sacrifice
The leadership of Ukraine continues to prepare and carry out provocations for the subsequent discrediting of the Russian Armed Forces, Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, head of the National Defense Control Center (NTsUO) of the Russian Federation, said on August 5.
So, July 30 to the city Orekhov, Zaporozhye region, where the 65th motorized infantry brigade of the VFU is temporarily stationed, a group of foreign journalists arrived to photograph and video the artillery strikes, which they wanted to provoke the Russian army.
– On the night of July 30-31, intensive fire from mortars and MLRS was fired from residential areas at the positions of Russian troops. The units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine pursued only one goal – to provoke retaliatory strikes by the artillery of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation on residential areas for their subsequent fixation, Mikhail Mizintsev said.
Fragment of a MLRS shell
Photo: RIA Novosti / Viktor Antonyuk
According to him, the Russian army did not return fire.
“These criminal acts are sanctioned by the Kyiv regime, which regularly and purposefully creates conditions for the death of its citizens and blames the Russian Federation for this,” the general said.
Mikhail Mizintsev also said that VFU continue to use civilian infrastructure for military purposes.
In Artemovsk (DPR), large-caliber mortars have been placed in the courtyards of residential buildings on Sadovaya Street, from which they systematically fire at the positions of the Russian Armed Forces. At the same time, local residents were not evacuated from their apartments and are used as human shields.
In Nikolaev, VFU servicemen equipped a stronghold at school No. 36, and placed armored vehicles and artillery in the immediate vicinity of the educational institution. There was no evacuation of residents of nearby houses.
In the village of Iverskoye (DPR), units of territorial defense and VFU are deployed in the house of culture, checkpoints and firing points are deployedthe approaches to the building are mined, but the local population is not notified about this.
In the minefields
On August 5, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation spoke about the soldiers and officers of the Russian Armed Forces and the 1st Army Corps of the People’s Militia of the DPR, who showed courage and dedication during the special operation.
From the first days of the special military operation Foreman Khaidar Timganov performs the tasks of fortifying checkpoints, demining buildings and engineering reconnaissance of troop movement routes.
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In one of the engineering reconnaissance, Khaidar discovered and neutralized nine trip wires and discovered the positions of two enemy mortar crews. Timganov promptly handed over their coordinates to the command, thanks to which an artillery strike was carried out on the enemy positions.
By his actions, Khaidar Timganov ensured the rapid advance of the troops and the successful completion of their combat missions, the Ministry of Defense stressed.
The engineering and reconnaissance group of Senior Lieutenant Kirill Makarov discovered and defused more than 10 improvised explosive devices and more than 15 anti-tank minesset by the enemy.
“Thanks to the decisive actions of Senior Lieutenant Kirill Makarov, as well as the high professionalism of his subordinates, the group managed to ensure the rapid advance of the troops and the successful completion of their combat missions,” the military department noted.
Head of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Service of the Brigade of the 1st Army Corps of the People’s Militia of the DPR Guards Senior Lieutenant Alexei Yershov has been serving since 2016. He started as a reconnaissance machine gunner, and then transferred to the UAV group. Senior Lieutenant Aleksey Ershov’s unit carries out artillery fire adjustment on enemy positions, fights against enemy unmanned aerial vehicles, and also ensures the delivery and dropping of propaganda leaflets to the positions of the VFU. On account of Yershov’s subordinates, more than a dozen intercepted Ukrainian and foreign UAVs, as well as more than 30 quadrocopters landed.