Monday, August 14, 2023

UKRaine's Air Defence Downs 13 Kinzhal and 20+ Other Ballistic Missiles; UKR Defence Forces Achieve Tactically Significant Success in W. Zaporizhzhia Oblast; Crimea Bridge Closed After Explosions, Wreathed in Dense Smoke; More than 30 Combat Engagements Occurred at Front in Past Day, LIVE UPDATES and MORE

Yurii Ihnat. Photo: Ukraine’s Air Force
Ukraine's air defence downs 13 Kinzhal and more than 20 other ballistic missiles – Air Force:
Ukrainian air defence shot down a total of 13 Kinzhal aeroballistic missiles, as well as more than 20 Iskanders and S-400s.
Source: Yurii Ihnat, spokesman for Ukraine’s Air Force, in an interview with Ukrainske Radio (Ukrainian national radio broadcaster).
Details: Ihnat says that the Russians produce about 100 missiles of various types every month, including the Kh-47 Kinzhals. However, Russia has a relatively small supply of these missiles.
Quote: "Regarding yesterday's (11 August – ed.) attack by the Russians, these were Kh-47 Kinzhal aeroballistic missiles, one of which was shot down in the Kyiv Oblast. These missiles can hit air defence equipment capable of working against ballistic missiles. There isn't much equipment [of such kind] in Ukraine, but there is still a result.
The air defence system of Ukraine has destroyed more than one Kinzhal. Six missiles [were downed] on 16 May, and six more – on 16 June, and now we have one more. That is, the air defence of Ukraine shot down 13 Kinzhal missiles. Add more than 20 downed ballistic missiles, including Iskanders and S-400s. Considering that a Kinzhal moves in the sky at a huge speed, more than seven thousand kilometres per hour, there is little time for its downing."
Details: Ihnat said the Russians' attack on 11 August confirms that Russian forces have information about infrastructure and military targets, and they are using it.
"The Ukrainian military leadership also understands this, and all the necessary measures are being taken to preserve the equipment and personnel and to ensure that the civilian population suffers as little as possible," Ihnat emphasised. --->READ MORE HERE
Defence forces achieve tactically significant success in western Zaporizhzhia Oblast – ISW:
The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) has observed tactically significant successes of the Defence Forces in the western part of Zaporizhzhia Oblast.
Source: ISW
Details: Analysts note that Ukrainian forces have made tactically significant gains in the western part of Zaporizhzhia Oblast as counteroffensive operations continued in at least three frontline areas on 11 August.
Geolocation data released on 11 August confirms that Ukrainian forces have reached the northern outskirts of Robotyne (10km south of Orikhiv) in western Zaporizhzhia Oblast, although the permanence and extent of these positions are unclear.
The ISW recalls that Ukrainian forces have been conducting regular ground attacks towards the settlement of Robotyne for several weeks now as part of operations aimed at weakening Russian defences.
According to the report, the ability of the Defence Forces to advance to the outskirts of Robotyne, which Russian forces have spent considerable effort, time and resources defending, remains significant, even if Ukrainian gains to date have been limited.
Geolocation footage released on 11 August shows that Ukrainian forces have advanced to Urozhaine (9 km south of Velyka Novosilka) along the border of Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia oblasts.
According to the experts, Ukrainian counteroffensive operations seem to be forcing the Russian military to laterally redeploy Russian forces defending the western part of Zaporizhzhia Oblast. This indicates that Ukrainian efforts there could significantly weaken Russian defences.
The ISW also points out that Russia's practice of conducting lateral redeployments in key areas of the front is likely to further weaken Russian defensive lines in general, as operations on both sides entrench Russian units in certain areas of the front. --->READ MORE HERE
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