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What's Happening 11:55 19 Aug 2022

Timeline: day 177 of Ukraine's defense against russia's aggression

Today is August 19. russia's military attack on Ukraine has been going on for 177 days. We're reporting on the current news. The article will be updated.

What about today?

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At least four explosions happened this night in Sevastopol. The explosions occurred on the outskirts of the Belbek military airfield north of Sevastopol. More than 40 units of fighter aircraft of the occupiers were at the Belbek military airfield in Sevastopol at the time of the explosions.

There are several possible reasons for the explosions in Russian-occupied Crimea. Still, it is currently impossible to definitively confirm the source of their origin. A preliminary conclusion of the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) says, "It is unclear at the time of publication whether the reported explosions are due to Ukrainian attacks or reconnaissance, poor Russian handling of military equipment, successful Russian air defenses, or nervous Russian defenders who are likely steeling themselves for additional attacks in areas that the Russian military had believed until now to be out of the range of Ukrainian forces." 

At the same time, analysts add that Ukrainian defenders will continue their campaign of strikes against russian military facilities in the russian-occupied Crimea to impair russia's logistical capabilities and support operations on the west bank of the Dnieper.

Also, at midnight, explosions rang out in Nova Kakhovka.

Fighting continues in Donbas in two directions. The occupiers try to attack, but the military repulses the enemy assaults. The fight continues in the direction of Pokrovske-Bakhmutske, as well as toward Lozove-Pershotravneve. The occupiers struck with attack aircraft in the Soledar area.

The South operational command informs that during the day, units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine twice launched an offensive to liberate populated areas.

For the first time since July 6, russia has not declared territorial "gains" in Ukraine, the Institute for the Study of War writes in its daily analysis.

The losses of the russians in staffing only for the past day amount to 400.

супутник

Ukrainian volunteers took the satellite of the ICEYE group for an indefinite lease. We also get access to images of all satellites of this group for a whole year. The amount of the deal is $17 million. ICEYE devices monitor the Earth in the SAR range, which allows you to get images of the surface at any time of the day and under any weather conditions. Updates occur every few hours, enabling you to observe the theater of operations at a tactical level. The photo's resolution is up to 25 cm per pixel, making it possible to distinguish pictures of silhouettes of people. Why do we need a satellite if the USA already shares satellite images? Yes, the USA transfers intelligence to Ukraine quickly, but with certain restrictions. Now, the Armed Forces will have unlimited intelligence with its own satellite.

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