28 Oct. DPR casualties this year: 3539 military, 1014 civilian killed, 14989 military, 3265 civilian injured.
21 Oct. Cartoon about Svidomyi piglets' appeared, "what Europe supports must remain in Europe". (Created by a Russian author; attributed to Israeli Channel 7, but attribution is not supported; logo shown is Hebrew-language antifascist/pro-Russian Telegram channel INN).
19 Oct. Pranksters Vovan and Lexus interview with Sergey Pashinsky, Ukrainian weapons baron since Maidan days, presently the head of Ukr. Association of Defense Enterprises. Shows tight link with the US/NATO, + less specific Ukrainian projects with parts (+ electronic warfare and other assistance) sought from the West 1, 2, 3.
17 Oct. Kherson. Russian forces repelled 12 Ukrainian attacks, with superior Ukrainian troop numbers. Advancing Ukrainian tanks and armored vehicles were destroyed.
16-17 Oct. Report: "On the night of Oct. 16-17, the Ukrainian forces attacked the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant using NATO artillery. HIMARS GMLRS were fired at the critical infrastructure of the nuclear power plant and the city of Energodar. Complex of technical and administrative buildings of the station, as well as a thermal power plant and the Energomash plant came under fire. Shelling is carried out from the right bank of the Dnieper. Critical damage has been already sustained by equipment in several workshops of the nuclear power plant. According to the local administration, the strikes are targeted and corrected from the UAV".
10 Oct. Russia launched massive missile strikes from the air, sea, and land against Ukrainian energy, military command, and communications facilities. @7.04 BBC correspondent ducks as Kyiv blast heard.
According to Ukr PM, 11 infrastructure targets in 8 regions were hit. Unintended hits may be to do with antiaircraft activity, including antiaircraft missiles themselves, fired over residential areas. (It appears that in several instances Ukrainians showed off antiaircraft "Buk" preformed fragmentation elements, claiming that those are from Russian missiles 1, 2, 3-4. There are videos showing building striken with missilies with engine working, and fired from nearby and landing in residential area -also showing working engine contrail )
Russia tried to avoid this, but Ukraine and its backers did not. Those facilities were jointly built in the Soviet era.
9 Oct. Alexander Kots: "Ukrainian neo-Nazi Zhorin from "Azov" * showed footage of the massacre of the civilian population of Kupyansk". The militant first wrote that it was Kupyansk in the Kharkiv region, "Civilian population. There will be retribution!" After a wave of criticism, he added that the video was allegedly from the phone of a certain "occupier".
8 Oct. An explosion with a truck on the Crimean Bridge partly destroyed the bridge. Three spans on the westward leading road bridge have collapsed (photo 1, 2; videos 1, 2) The explosion also caused seven cars of tanker train to catch fire. The eastward leading road bridge is intact (is this seeking for the last red line? Is this a prelude to a major Ukrainian attack in the south?)
There is little doubt, and partial confirmation by Ukrainian and Western sources that Ukraine is behind. Some Russian sources accuse British SAS of involvement, and suspect Western assistance or backing in general. Explosion was well-timed, with a fuel train stuck on the tracks right there. Nothing looked suspicious in the truck as it was briefly inspected. Believed to be Russian driver (with some Tatar roots} was probably unaware, having received an internet order to deliver fertilizers (in another report, a truckload of film). His relative owned the truck, but said it was sold and not re-registered. No connection to nationalist causes was implicated. Delivery scheme of the film claimed by Kots/KP
There was a small water wave towards/under the bridge, seconds before explosion. It is unclear whether it's relevant (waves at sea happen). Yet it's aiding alternative theories, some featuring an undersea drone -some discovered on 21 Sept -- (and promoted by BBC). There is quite intensive charring on top of the car bridge, which disfavors under-bridge theories; yet the blow appears to go somewhat sideways, and enveloping the structures.
The Crimean authorities have announced that they are preparing to launch a ferry across the Kerch Strait". By the evening, the bridge was reopened for train and limited car traffic.
1 Oct. Ru MoD: Russian forces "withdrawn from Krasnyi Liman, because of the threat of being surrounded, and to take more advantageous positions".
Reports surfaced in the western media blaming Russian forces for an attack on a civilian convoy days earlier. A civilian convoy was attacked whilst crossing into no mans land from Kupiansk in Kharkov region heading towards Svatovo in LPR territory. More than twenty people fleeing from Ukrainian held Kupiansk are thought to have died.