Ukraine Defense Ministry:  Russian forces in Donetsk using airstrikes, artillery in attempt to break through Ukraine lines

May 21, 2022

Day 87 

The greatest russian enemy activity continues to be concentrated in the Eastern Operational Zone.

In the Volyn and Polissya areas, the situation has not changed significantly.

In the Siversky direction, russian enemy fired on the settlements of Semenivka, Bleshnya, and Hirsk in the Chernihiv region. It fired missiles at targets in Zhytomyr and Poltava regions.

In the Slobozhansky direction, russian enemy continues to fight to hold the occupied frontiers. In order to prevent our troops from reaching the state border, it launched air strikes and fired artillery at the areas of the settlements of Chornohlazivka, Prudyanka, Dementiivka and Ternova.

Occupation forces are preparing to resume the offensive in the Slovyansk direction. During the day, russian enemy carried out artillery shelling in the areas of the settlements of Velyka Komyshuvakha and Dovhenke in the Kharkiv region.

In the Donetsk direction, russian enemy is trying to break through the defenses of our troops and reach the administrative borders of Luhansk region. It inflicted fire on all weapons, including aircraft, on positions of the Defense Forces and civilian targets along the line of contact. In addition, it struck airstrikes on civilian infrastructure in the settlements of Vrubivka, Luhansk oblast and Bakhmut, Donetsk oblast.

russian enemy continues to prepare for the offensive in the Lyman direction.

With the support of aircraft and artillery, it carried out assault operations in the areas of the settlements of Lypove, Vasylivka, Marinka and Novomykhailivka in the Donetsk oblast, and was unsuccessful.

russian enemy inflicted an air strike on the settlement of Mykilske, Volnovakha district, Donetsk oblast.

russian enemy did not conduct offensive operations in the Novopavlovsk and Zaporizhia directions. It carried out shelling of civilian infrastructure in the settlements of Vremivka, Donetsk oblast, Olhivske, Zatyshshya, Gulyaypole, Orikhiv, Novodanylivka and Kamyanske, Zaporizhia oblast.

russian occupiers did not carry out active hostilities in the South Buh area. The main efforts were focused on maintaining the occupied frontiers, conducting reconnaissance and activities on the engineering equipment of the positions. Mortar and artillery shelling of settlements directly adjacent to the line of contact continues.

The Command of the Occupying Troops of the russian federation continues to carry out covert mobilization measures in order to replace servicemen who have suffered casualties outside the territory of Ukraine. Work is underway to attract to the ranks of the armed forces of the aggressor's troops persons who are on temporarily occupied by russian occupiers territories of Ukraine. To strengthen the groups, russian enemy forms reserves from the 36th Combined Arms Army of the Eastern Military District and actively uses military transport aircraft to transfer manpower and logistics to the areas bordering Ukraine.

At the same time, russian occupation authorities are working on the so-called "nationalization" of telecommunications companies.

russian enemy suffers numerous losses in the war on the territory of Ukraine. Defenders of the State continue to heroically defend our land.