Ukraine Defense Ministry: Russian forces step up artillery attacks on Ukraine military
May 20, 2022
The 86th day of the Russian invasion
russian enemy does not stop conducting offensive operations in the Eastern Operational Zone and shelling the area along the line of contact and in the depths of the defence of our troops in the Donetsk operational area and in the Slovyansk direction.
russian occupiers are launching missile strikes on infrastructure facilities and residential areas in Ukraine. Artillery shelling of Ukrainian cities continues, resulting in numerous civilian casualties.
In the Volyn and Polissya directions, units of the Armed Forces of the republic of belarus (up to seven battalions) perform tasks on a rotating basis to cover the section of the Ukrainian-belarusian border.
According to available information, two missile divisions of the Tochka-U tactical missile complex and the Tornado multiple rocket launcher division have been deployed at separate ranges in the territory of the republic of belarus.
Meetings with conscripts are planned to be held in the Gomel region from June 22 to July 1 this year.
The threat of rocket bombings and artillery shelling from the territory of the republic of belarus has not disappeared.
In the Siversky direction, in order to clarify the position of our units, russian enemy conducts air reconnaissance with the use of UAVs, continues the engineering equipment of positions on the territory of the russian federation along the state border of Ukraine.
In the Slobozhansky direction, russian aggressor fired artillery at the positions of our troops north of the city of Kharkiv. Inflicted air strikes and conducted remote mining on the routes of possible deployment of units of the Defence Forces.
In the Slovyansk direction, russian enemy group the main efforts are focused on conducting offensive operations, regrouping troops, as well as the accumulation of material and technical resources. The enemy fired artillery at the positions of our troops south and southwest of the city of Izyum. In order to clarify the position of our troops, he conducted air reconnaissance with two Orlan-10 UAVs.
According to available information, in the area of the village of Yaremivka, russian enemy is trying to build a pontoon crossing over the Siversky Donets River.
In the temporarily occupied territories of Kharkiv oblast, the enemy continues to block the work of Ukrainian mobile operators, distributes propaganda materials, and tries to broadcast russian TV and radio channels.
In the Donetsk direction, russian enemy is trying to conduct active hostilities in the Lyman, Siverodonetsk and Bakhmut directions.
In the Lyman and Siverodonetsk directions, russian enemy fired on the positions of our units in the areas of the settlements of Lyman, Siversk, Lysychansk, and Severodonetsk.
In the Bakhmut direction, with the support of artillery, russian enemy is conducting an offensive, trying to seize new frontiers in the area of the settlement of Popasna, but has no success.
In the Kurakhiv direction, with the support of artillery and assault aircraft, russian enemy launched an offensive in the direction of the settlement of Novomykhailivka (10 km south of Marinka), but had no success.
In Mariupol, russian enemy is filtering the local population.
In the Novopavlovsk, Kryvyi Rih, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia areas, russian enemy continues to fire on units of our troops.
In the South Buh and Tavriya directions, the grouping of russian occupying forces focuses on the maintenance of the occupied frontiers, conducting reconnaissance, engineering equipment of positions and logistical support of units.
russian enemy continues engineering work on the equipment of the second line of defense.
In order to prevent the offensive of our units, the bridge over the Inhulets River near Davydiv Brid was mined.
As part of the recruitment of units that suffered casualties, in the area of the village of Chornobaivka, russian enemy moved about 130 units of military equipment.
In the Tavriya direction, russian enemy took measures to provide logistics to the troops.
In the bessarabian direction, russian special services are taking measures to destabilize the situation in the region. Information about the mining of social infrastructure facilities and so-called "state" institutions in the cities of Tiraspol, Bender, Dubossary and Rybnitsa has been spread again.
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