Ukraine Defense Ministry:  Russian forces bombard Ukraine airports but are unable to advance on the ground

May 8, 2022

The seventy-fourth day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a russian military invasion continues.

russian enemy continues to conduct full-scale armed aggression against Ukraine.

russian enemy does not stop conducting offensive operations in the Eastern Operational Zone in order to establish full control over the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts and maintain the land corridor between these territories and the occupied Crimea.

The main focus of russian enemy's efforts was to destroy the airfield infrastructure in order to prevent the actions of Ukrainian aircraft, including the Bayraktar UAV, to support the actions of air units in the area of responsibility of the Joint Forces and the Black Sea Operational Zone. Increased the intensity of operational and tactical aviation over the northwestern Black Sea.

In the Volyn and Polissya directions, russian enemy did not take active action. Until May 27 this year, a training meeting of territorial defense units will be held in the Minsk district with the involvement of conscripts who are in reserve.

There is a possibility that the units of the armed forces of the russian federation will launch missile and bomb attacks on the infrastructure of Ukraine from the territory and airspace of the republic of belarus.

russian enemy did not take active action in the northern direction. Intensified units of the Border Guard Service, as well as units of the Armed Forces of the russian federation, continue to be detained at checkpoints and in the border areas of the Bryansk and Kursk oblasts.

Further fire damage to our troops and infrastructure in the border areas is not ruled out.

In the Slobozhansky direction, russian enemy is concentrating reserves in the Belgorod region for hostilities near the state border of Ukraine. The deployment of separate units from the 1st Tank Army of the Western Military District has been confirmed in these areas.

russian occupiers did not carry out active offensive operations in the Kharkiv direction. The main efforts were focused on preventing the advance of Ukrainian troops. The group of russian enemies was strengthened by relocating units from the Western Military District from the area of recovery. Military and civilian infrastructure continues to be shelled.

In the Izyum direction, russian enemy regrouped its units, replenished its reserves in order to increase its offensive capabilities, and conducted air reconnaissance with the use of the Orlan-10 UAV in order to clarify the positions of Ukrainian troops.

In the Donetsk and Tavriya directions, russian enemy is fighting to restrain the actions of units of the Defense Forces of Ukraine.

During the last day, russian enemy intensified hostilities. It is trying to reach the administrative borders of Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts. Carried out regrouping, replenishment of losses, increased air defense systems and logistics, presumably in order to intensify hostilities in the settlements of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk.

In the Lyman direction, separate units of the 90th Tank Division tried to take full control of the settlement of Oleksandrivka, as well as, with the support of artillery, to gain a foothold in the northern outskirts of the settlement of Shandryholovo. It was not successful.

In the Severodonetsk direction, russian enemy is trying to seize the settlement of Rubizhne, but without success.

In the Popasna direction, russian enemy is trying to take up positions in the settlement of Popasna and take control of the section of the Popasna-Bakhmut highway.

russian enemy is advancing in the direction of the settlement of Novoselivka, it has no success, the fighting continues.

In the Kurakhiv direction, russian enemy is trying to improve the tactical situation in the direction of the settlement of Novomykhailivka, but has no success.

In the Mariupol direction, the intensity of hostilities has been reduced.

In the Novopavlovsk and Zaporizhzhya directions, russian enemy intensified air reconnaissance in the areas of the settlements of Orikhiv, Huliaipole, Komyshuvakha, and Yasna Polyana.

In the South Buh area, russian enemy is trying to hold positions with forces of up to 15 battalion tactical groups. It does not carry out active hostilities. It fired mortars, artillery and rocket-propelled grenades at positions of our troops. Carried out replenishment of losses. It used military aircraft in the area of the town of Careyerne.

Measures of the administrative-police regime in the temporarily occupied territories are underway. Thus, there is an intensification of filtering measures by rosguard units in the areas of Heroyske, Hola Prystan, and Kherson settlements.

There is a possibility that assault operations will be carried out in certain areas in order to improve the tactical situation, bind our troops and prevent the transfer of reserves.

The moral and psychological condition of russian occupiers remains low, there is a systematic use of alcohol and desertion. The personnel of russian enemy's units complain about the ineffectiveness of their attacks on the position of the Defense Forces of Ukraine in the Huliaipole area.