Attacks on Servicemen, Civilians, and Civilian Infrastructure

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Attacks on Servicemen, Civilians, and Civilian Infrastructure

Between August 4th and 11th, the Joint Forces Operation in eastern Ukraine recorded 66 Russian ceasefire violations, and OSCE observers recorded over 570 violations. Due to extreme shelling, both Ukrainian defenders and a civilian lost their lives. Two servicemen died on the front lines, while a third passed following transport to a hospital. Near Novoselivka Druha, an eighty-six-year-old civilian was killed. In addition, seven soldiers and one civilian were wounded.

Occupiers also targeted a truck crane working to restore damaged civilian infrastructure, attacking it with three anti-tank guided missiles. Four Ukrainian settlements lost electricity in the shelling, several losing access to water lines as well. Moreover, Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Liudmyla Denisova publicly asserted that occupiers in Donetsk and Luhansk are pursuing the militarization of local children. Yet, invading forces accuse Ukraine’s armed forces of targeting civilians and residential areas.

Ukraine disputes that it targets civilians as well as other misinformation spread by occupying forces. To refute repeated Russian denials of using its military to attack Ukraine from Donbas, Ukraine hopes to use arecovered Russian POM-2 mine from which occupiers neglected to remove the manufacturer code as evidence. According to military correspondent Andriy Tsaplienko, the International Criminal Court should view this mine as proof of Russian war crimes in Ukraine.

Focused on increasing broader Ukrainian defense capabilities, Ukrainian forces continue to drill. Zelensky made personal visits to Zmiinyi Island and Mykolaiv region events. Notably, reservists in Kyiv hosted exercisesin six different locations around the city between August 10th and 13th to practice securing the capital.

Meanwhile, the countdown to the Crimean Platform summit continues, with 38 participants confirming their attendance as of August 11th. On August 23rd, leaders from all involved countries will meet in the new format to discuss ways to work toward Crimean de-occupation and restoration of Ukrainian sovereignty. Several leaders have expressed the hope that the Crimea Platform will become a long-lasting, impactful new standard of the Western response to Russian aggression.

During the Crimean Platform summit, leaders will also discuss ways to protect the ethnic Crimean Tartar population. This week, the world celebrated the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, which freshly illuminates the challenges facing Crimean Tartars. Currently, 93 Crimean Tartars face persecution for political reasons, 78 Crimean Tartars serve political sentences in Russia, and Mejlis (a Tartar representative body) bear the Russian label “extremist organization.”