Russians prepare to resume offensive on Sloviansk - General Staff Summary

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DENYS KARLOVSKYI – Saturday, 21 May 2022, 18:38

MAP OF HOSTILITIES IN DONBAS. PHOTO: WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Russian occupying forces are preparing to resume offensive operations from Izium to Sloviansk.

Source: evening summary of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine for 21 May

Quote: "The occupying forces are preparing to resume their offensive on the Sloviansk front. During the day, the enemy carried out artillery shelling in the areas of Velyka Komyshuvakha and Dovhenke in Kharkiv Oblast.

On the Slobozhansk front, the enemy continues to conduct hostilities in order to hold the occupied frontiers. In order to prevent our troops from reaching the state border, they launched air strikes and fired artillery at the areas of Chornohlazivka, Prudianka, Dementiivka and Ternova."

Details: Russian troops are also preparing for an offensive on the Lyman front.

On the Donetsk front, the enemy is trying to break through the Ukrainian troops’ line of defence and reach the administrative border of Luhansk Oblast.

Supported by aircraft and artillery, they carried out assault operations in the areas of Lypove, Vasylivka, Marinka and Novomykhailivka in Donetsk Oblast, but without success.

The Russians launched air and artillery strikes on civilian targets in Bakhmut and Vrubovka. An air strike was also launched on Mykilskyi in the Volnovakha district.

The aggressor did not carry out offensive operations on the Novopavlivsk and Zaporizhzhia fronts. Civilian infrastructure was shelled in the areas of Vremivka in Donetsk Oblast, and Olhivske, Zatyshshya, Guliaypole, Orikhiv, Novodanylivka and Kamianske in Zaporizhzhia Oblast.

On the Pivdennyi Buh, Siversk, Volyn and Polissia fronts, the situation has not changed significantly.

In Chernihiv Oblast, Russian invaders fired on the settlements of Semenivka, Bleshnia and Hirsk. Missile strikes were separately launched on targets in the Poltava and Zhytomyr regions.

Ukrainian intelligence continues to record that the Russian command is carrying out covert mobilisation to rotate troops that have suffered losses during the hostilities against the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Compulsory measures to enlist men from the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine are also continuing.

Under the slogan of "nationalisation", Russian invaders are looting the property of telecommunications companies in the occupied territories of the southern oblasts of Ukraine.

Background:

  •     In its morning summary, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported the aggressor’s plans to attack Sloviansk from the east - from the side of Siversk on the border of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

  •     As of the morning of 21 May, the Armed Forces of Ukraine have killed 28,500 Russian soldiers and destroyed 1,278 tanks, 3,116 armoured combat vehicles and 462 drones.