The Armed Forces of Ukraine launch an offensive and liberate more of Kharkiv Region - General Staff

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Units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have liberated the settlement of Dementievka in the Kharkiv region from the Russian occupiers.

Source : evening summary of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on 18 May.

Quote : "On the Kharkiv front , the Russian occupying forces’ main efforts were focused on maintaining the occupied frontiers and firing on units of our troops. The Russian occupying forces tried to counterattack in order to restore lost positions.

As a result of the offensive of our troops, the settlement of Dementievka has been liberated. The Russian occupying forces are advancing in the area of the settlement of Ternov, fighting continues.

On the Slobozhansky front, in the border areas of Belgorod and Voronezh regions, the occupiers continue to keep units ready for use in the 32nd Air Defence Division of the 6th Air Force and Air Defence of the Air Force of the Russian Armed Forces. "

Details: In the Donbas, the occupying forces continued to fire on the positions of the Armed Forces along the entire front line and deep into the defence of Ukrainian troops in the Donetsk operational area and in the Slovyan direction.

On the Slovianskyi front, with the support of artillery, Russian troops fought near Dovgenky, but, having suffered losses, retreated.


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On the Donetsk front, the Russian occupying forces have fired at Ukrainian positions with all kinds of weapons, including aircraft.

On the Lyman front, the occupiers are trying to gain a foothold on the previously occupied borders. The Russian occupying forces used aircraft to strike at civilian targets in the areas of Toshkivka, Zolote, Avdiivka, Volodymyrivka and Vodiane.

On the Severodonetsk front, the Russian occupying forces carried out assault operations in the area of the settlement of Nizhne, without success.

On the Bakhmut front, the Russian occupying forces are conducting offensive operations, trying to improve the tactical situation. They carried out assault operations in the area of the settlement of Katerynivka, with no success.

On the Avdiivka front, the Russian occupying forces conducted offensive operations in the area of the settlement of Novoselivka, suffered losses, and retreated. The assaults of the Russian occupiers near the settlements of Novobakhmutivka and Vesele were unsuccessful.

On the Kurakhiv front, the Russian occupying forces launched an offensive in the area of the settlement of Pobeda, without success.

On the Zaporizhzhia front, the occupiers did not conduct active hostilities. However, during the day, mortars and artillery fired on residential buildings and civilian infrastructure in Novoandriyivka, Kamyansky, Orikhiv, Olhivsky and Poltavka.

On the front line in Mykolayiv and Kherson regions , the Russian occupying forces fired on the settlements of Lupareve, Posad-Pokrovske, Vysunsk, Osokorivka, and Novovorontsovka. Russian troops also continued engineering measures. In aerial reconnaissance, the Russians are using the Orlan-10 UAV.

On the northern border of Ukraine with Belarus, Ukrainian intelligence continues to record measures to cover the border by Belarusian troops. As part of the second phase of testing the combat capability of troops until 21 May, the Belarusian army is conducting manoeuvres, working on the construction of pontoon bridges to cross rivers, and testing forces and means of air defence.

On the Chernihiv front, the Russians fired artillery and mortars at the border village of Yanzhulivka, and in the Sumy oblast from the village of Progress.

In the border areas of the Bryansk and Kursk regions, the Russian occupiers continued to build firing positions and defensive structures. The Russian occupying forces also conducted air reconnaissance with drones to identify the location of Ukrainian units, artillery and deployment routes.

In addition, Ukrainian intelligence notes that Russian units located in the Kursk region are replenishing supplies of logistics and ammunition.

In addition, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, on 16-17 May in the occupied Luhansk and Rovenky relatives of men who were forcibly mobilised to form the so-called "LNR" went on spontaneous protests. Their main demand is the return of the mobilised men.

What happened before: As of 18 May, Russian troops had already lost more than 28,300 troops in hostilities against the Armed Forces.