Ukraine Defense Ministry:  Russian forces seek full control over Sievierodonetsk 

May 31, 2022

 

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

The situation in the Volyn and Polissya areas has not changed. No signs of enemy offensive formations were found. The main efforts of the Armed Forces of the republic of belarus are focused on strengthening the protection of the state border.

The removal of tanks and infantry fighting vehicles from the storage bases of the republic of belarus was noted. Their further transfer to the armed forces of the russian federation in order to make up for current losses is not ruled out.

In the Sicersky direction, the enemy did not take active action, no signs of the formation of strike groups were found. In order to demonstrate the presence and prevent the transfer of units of the Defense Forces to other areas, it keeps certain units of the Armed Forces of the russian federation in the border areas of the Bryansk and Kursk regions.

russian enemy fired a missile at units of our troops in the Sumy oblast from Su-30SM aircraft. Artillery and mortar shelling of border settlements continues.

In the Slobozhansk direction, enemy groups from the units of the Western Military District of the Armed Forces of the russian federation are trying to hold their positions and prevent the advance of units of the Defense Forces into the temporarily occupied territory.

russian enemy is preparing to resume the offensive in the areas of Izyum and Slovyansk.

In the Donetsk direction, russian enemy, with the support of artillery and mortar fire, is conducting active assault operations in the Sievierodonetsk and Bakhmut directions, and fighting continues.

russian enemy is trying to establish full control over the settlement of Sievierodonetsk and surround the units of the Defense Forces operating in this direction. Prepares for the offensive in the areas of Siversk and Raihorodok.

In the Kurakhiv direction, russian enemy did not conduct active hostilities, and carried out fire damage to our troops with the use of artillery.

In other areas, it continues to fire in order to restrain the actions of our troops and prevent them from being transferred to other, threatening areas.

In the South Buh direction, the enemy is defending and mining the coast of the Inhulets River in areas of possible action by units of our troops. Leads a counter-battery fight. Inflicted air strikes with the involvement of army aircraft in the area of the settlement of Davydiv Brid, Kherson oblast.

In the waters of the Black and Azov Seas, russian enemy naval groups continue to perform tasks to isolate combat areas. One carrier of high-precision weapons, the Admiral Makarov frigate, which has up to 8 Caliber cruise missiles on board, remains ready for use.

The enemy is demoralized, suffering losses, in some areas hastily moving to the defense. Defenders of Ukraine continue to defend our land and gradually displace the invaders from the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.