Timeline: day 139 of Ukraine's defense against russia's aggression
Today is July 12. russia's military attack on Ukraine has been going on for 139 days. We're reporting on the current news. The article will be updated.
What about today?
At night, the occupied Nova Kakhovka "glowed" after the Ukrainian army's HIMARS missiles struck the russian military base. According to preliminary information, at the time of the attack, there was a large fleet of vehicles, including at least 50 fuel tankers and about 200 rockets for the Smerch multiple-rocket launching system and many personnel at the base of the invaders in Nova Kakhovka. People's windows are flying out, but they are still happy because it means that the Ukrainian forces are near.
Another russian general is eliminated. It was done by a HIMARS missile hitting the russian headquarters in the Kherson region, said Serhii Bratchuk, the speaker of the Odesa regional military administration. In particular, we're talking about the Chief of Staff of the 22nd Army Corps of the russian federation (military unit 73954, Simferopol), Major General Nasbulin.
The South operational command reports the latest situation in the south of Ukraine: our attack aircraft carried out three airstrikes on ammunition warehouses in the Mykolaiv region, in the areas of Snihurivka and Liubymivka. With helicopters, the Ukrainian forces struck the enemy's stronghold in the Pravdyne area and enemy positions around Oleksandrivka. Enemy losses due to air strikes are being clarified.
According to the results of firing missions by our missile and artillery units, the enemy lost:
- 52 ruscists,
- one Msta-B howitzer,
- one mortar,
- one unit of armored and automotive equipment,
- warehouse with ammunition in Nova Kakhovka.
A total of ten HIMARS destroy ammunition depots and enemy command posts every day. Missiles that hit the target accurately aren't detected by russian air defense. If these machines were not there, then the advance of the russian troops in the direction of Bakhmut would be much more dangerous. The strikes in the Kherson region are preparing our offensive to liberate the south.
On the other hand, the russian troops in the southern direction are not talking about an offensive; they are only trying to hold their positions, the Institute for the Study of War states. The russians are preparing for city fights if the Defense Forces reach Kherson.
The main point from the morning summary of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine:
- In most other directions, the russian forces fired artillery and rocket systems and carried out airstrikes.
- In the Kharkiv direction, the Ukrainian military repressed an attempted assault in the Dementievka area.
- In the Sloviansk direction, the russians were pushed back after unsuccessful assaults in the areas of Mazanivka, Ivanivka, and Dolyna.
"Courage, dedication, and professionalism of medics save the lives of thousands of our soldiers. By saving lives, they make a great contribution to our victory!" Photographer Arsen Petrov takes pictures on the battlefield and shows how Ukrainian service members are rescued.
Who's coming to Ukraine?
On financial and information aid, weapons and politicians
The Ukrainian forces received the Swedish FH77 BW Archer self-propelled guns. It is the most technologically advanced self-propelled artillery in the world that uses 155 mm Excalibur shells with a range of 60 km. You can not leave the cabin for 24 hours and have 30 seconds to prepare for the shot.
The Lithuanian government on Monday approved an aid package worth 10 million euros to help Ukraine with urgent reconstruction work. "This state aid is money for critical infrastructure, basic needs, and services. Ukrainians will win because they have the truth and the determination to defend and build on their side. They outweigh the destruction and brutality of the aggressor," Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė said.
The Lithuanians also bought anti-drones and Wingman radars for Ukraine. Anti-drones will help the Ukrainian military shoot down russian UAVs at a short distance. The Lithuanian journalist and TV presenter Andrius Tapinas, who organized the fundraising, announced this. He published a photo of the device, which he called the Orc Killer. "We bought 110 anti-drones for Ukraine and called them Orcrist or Orc Killer," he noted.
In Ukraine, training of the first professional operators for the Army of Drones has begun at the Dronarium school. In the first stage, they plan to train 150 service members. Soon they promise to open training centers in many cities in Ukraine. This was announced by the Minister of Digital Transformation, Mykhailo Fedorov.
News from partners
Mariupol orphans from the Wings of Hope charity fund sang the national anthem of Ukraine at a charity football match in Switzerland. The game aimed to draw the attention of the world community to the war in our country. The training and charity match was held under the slogan "Match for Peace! Stop the War!" FC Dynamo Kyiv and FC Lausanne-Sport took part in it.
The fourth meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group (UDCG), known as the Ramstein format, will take place on July 20 and be held online. The Pentagon press service reported in a statement on the telephone conversation between the US and Ukrainian defense ministers, Lloyd Austin and Oleksii Reznikov.
Sanctions on the aggressor!
The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, called Canada's decision to hand over the Nord Stream turbine unacceptable. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine summoned the representative of Ottawa due to the change in the sanctions regime.
Life considering hostilities
Ukraine's National Bank presented commemorative coins Strength In Unity dedicated to the international support of Ukraine. The obverse of the 5-hryvnia coins includes the Trident in the center, surrounded by a symbolic composition of the unity of people worldwide. On the reverse are an inscription and a stylized design of the colored flags of countries that helped Ukraine fight against russia.
Donetsk and Luhansk regions
russia kills civilians! On July 11, rescuers found another eight dead under the rubble of a high-rise building in the city of Chasiv Yar, including the body of a 9-year-old boy. In total, 34 people died in Chasiv Yar.
Another person died yesterday in Maryinka. Two civilians were injured in the region, Pavlo Kyrylenko, Donetsk region's governor, reported.
A woman was wounded in Sloviansk due to nighttime shelling, the mayor of the city, Vadym Liakh, said. Several private houses were also damaged.
At night, the russians launched a missile attack on Kharkiv, Oleh Syniehubov, the head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, said. At 3:30 am, two rockets hit between houses in the Shevchenkivskyi district. There are no casualties.
On the morning of July 12, the russian army again attacked Mykolaiv. Massive rocket fire caused destruction and fires. As of 10:00 am, 12 people are known to be injured, with no victims preliminarily. The head of the Mykolaiv Regional Military Administration, Vitalii Kim, said that two medical institutions and residential buildings were previously known to have been broken into.
Yesterday, the occupiers attacked the Odesa region with rockets three times during the day. Some missiles hit a private house of civilians in a coastal village, port infrastructure facilities, fields, and agricultural land.
Ukrainian grain began to be exported from the ports of the Odesa region. "The liberation of Zmiinyi Island is, in my opinion, the first stage before the unblocking of our ports, particularly Odesa," Serhii Bratchuk, the spokesperson for the Odesa region, reports. There are already eight foreign ships in Ukrainian ports that will deliver Ukrainian agricultural products to other countries. Restoring this work is, first of all, filling the Ukrainian budget.