Ukraine Defense Ministry: Russia sends 400 jailed criminals to fight in Ukraine

September 19, 2022

The enemy continues to focus its efforts on attempts to fully occupy the Donetsk oblast, organize defence and hold the captured territories, as well as disrupt the active actions of the Defence Forces in certain areas. It fires at the positions of our troops along the contact line, carries out measures to regroup its units in separate directions, introduces reserves and does not stop conducting aerial reconnaissance.

The enemy continues to shell the houses of civilians and civilian infrastructure objects, violating the norms of International Humanitarian Law, the laws and customs of war.

Over the past day, the enemy launched 3 missiles and 22 air strikes, carrying out more than MLRS 90 attacks on objects on the territory of Ukraine. Since the beginning of this day, the enemy has carried out three more missile strikes.

The infrastructure of more than 30 settlements was damaged. These are, in particular, Mykolayiv, Zaporizhzhya, Soledar, Bilohirya, Novopil, Pershotravneve, Temyrivka, Sukhy Stavok, Myrolyubivka, Petrivka, Bereznehuvate, Bilohorivka, Spirne, Krasnohorivka, Stepove and Olhivske.

There remains the threat of air and missile strikes throughout the territory of Ukraine.

The situation in the Volyn and Polissya directions has not changed significantly.

In other directions, the enemy fired from tanks, mortars and artillery, namely:

in the Slobozhansk direction - in the areas of the settlements of Hoptivka, Huryiv Kozachok, Kamyanka and Kupyansk;

in the Kramatorsk direction - Svyatohirsk, Rayihorodok, Serebryanka and Bilohorivka;

in the Bakhmut direction - Siversk, Rozdolivka, Soledar, Bakhmutske, Bakhmut, Vesela Dolyna, New York, Yuryivka, Rozivka and Zayitseve;

in the Avdiyivka region - Avdiyivka, Opytne, Karlivka, Kostyantynivka, Maryinka and Pervomayiske;

on the Novopavlivsk and Zaporizhzhya directions – Vuhledar, Velyka Novosilka, Mali Shcherbaky, Myrne, Vilne Pole and Vremivka.

In the South Buh direction, the enemy was shelling along the entire contact line. More than 18 settlements were affected by the fire. Among them are Bila Krynytsia, Myrolyubivka, Visokopillya and Andriyivka.

In connection with the significant shortage of both human and material resources, the Russian occupiers continue to resort to non-standard ways of replenishing them. For example, 400 people who are in prison serving sentences for criminal offences, were sent from the Russian city of Tambov to strengthen units fighting in Ukraine. In the Krasnodar region, public organizations of "Afghan soldiers" received the task of collecting money from the local population for the purchase of warm clothes for the regional volunteer battalion.

Over the past day, units of the Defence Forces have repelled enemy attacks in the areas of Mykolayivka Druha, Vesela Dolyna and Bakhmut settlements.

During the day, the aviation of the Defence Forces carried out 21 strikes - it was confirmed that 16 areas of concentration of enemy manpower and strongholds and 5 positions of anti-aircraft missile systems were hit.

Over the past day, missile forces and artillery have fired at more than 14 enemy targets. In particular, for 6 command and control points, 3 support points and areas of concentration of personnel and military equipment. Objects of air defence, electronic warfare and 3 ammunition warehouses fell into the affected area.