Ukraine Defense Ministry:  Russian forces lob shells at Ukanians but fail to advance on the ground

May 19, 2022

Day 85 of the Russian invasion

The main focus of russian enemy was on the Donetsk direction, where it used aircraft, artillery and mortars.

In the Volyn and Polissya areas, the situation has not changed significantly. The threat of missile and bomb strikes on civilian and military infrastructure from the territory of the republic of belarus remains.

In the Siversky direction, russian enemy continues to equip additional firing positions and defensive structures in the border areas of Bryansk and Kursk regions. In order to clarify the position of our units, artillery positions and deployment routes, russian enemy conducted air reconnaissance with the help of UAVs.

russian enemy fired artillery and mortars at the border settlements of the Sumy region: Esman, Sopych and Seredyna-Buda.

In the Slobozhansky direction, russian enemy focused its efforts on maintaining its occupied positions and preventing the Defense Forces of Ukraine from advancing into the temporarily occupied territory. In some areas it tried to conduct unsuccessful counterattacks in order to restore lost positions.

Fighting continues in the areas of Ternovo and Borshchiv. russian enemy is conducting enhanced air reconnaissance.

In the Slovyansk direction, russian enemy fired on civilian infrastructure in the areas of the settlements of Pryshyb, Hrushuvakha and Bogorodichne.

In the Donetsk direction, in order to improve the tactical situation in some areas, russian enemy intensified offensive and assault operations.

In the area of Severodonetsk, russian enemy carried out assaults, suffered losses and retreated to previously occupied positions. Fighting continues in the area of Toshkivka.

russian occupiers carried out offensive operations in the area of the settlement of Oleksandropil (until 2016 - Rozivka) of the Yasynuvata district and tried to improve the tactical situation in the areas of the settlements of Pylypchatyne, Druzhba and Trypillya. It was not successful.

In the Avdiivka direction, with the support of artillery, russian enemy conducted assault operations in the area of Novobakhmutivka, had no success, suffered losses and retreated.

In the Kurakhiv direction, russian enemy, with the support of jet artillery and heavy flamethrower systems, launched an offensive in the areas of the settlements of Stepne, Slavne and Marinka, without success.

In the Lyman direction, russian enemy did not conduct offensive operations, firing on civilian infrastructure in the areas of Ozerne and Lyman.

russian enemy did not conduct active hostilities in the South Buh area. Under cover of mortar and barrel artillery fire, it continued the engineering equipment of the positions. Strengthened the grouping of electronic warfare units.

The situation in the Bessarabian operational district in the transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova has not changed.

russian enemy ship groups in the Black and Azov Seas continue to carry out tasks to isolate combat areas, conduct reconnaissance, support ground operations and block civilian shipping.

In the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, russian enemy continues to take measures of the administrative and police regime, violates the rights and freedoms of civilians, prohibits free movement and relocation to the territory controlled by the Government of Ukraine.

The personnel of russian enemy are demoralized, the promised payments for participation in hostilities by the command of the russian occupation forces are not made. russian personnel continue to suffer significant losses in battles with the Defense Forces of Ukraine. Cases of desertion of individual units of russian occupying forces are recorded.