Ukraine Defense Ministry: Russian forces suffer heavy manpower losses, training new recruits to replenish them

May 15, 2022

The eight-first day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a Russian military invasion continues.

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

There are no active actions of russian enemy units in the Volyn and Polissya areas. No signs of formation of offensive groups were found. Units of the Armed Forces of the republic of belarus continue to carry out tasks to cover the section of the Ukrainian-belarusian border.

In the Siversky direction, russian enemy is intensifying the protection of the Ukrainian-russian border in the Kursk and Belgorod regions. It fired on our territories and fired missiles at civilian infrastructure in the settlements of Shipylivka and Shevchenkove, Sumy oblast.

In the Kharkiv direction, russian enemy focused its main efforts on maintaining the occupied positions and preventing the advance of our troops to the State Border of Ukraine. In this direction, russian enemy uses units that were formed during the mobilization in the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

In addition, russian occupiers systematically shelled the settlements of Ruski Tyshky, Ternova and Petrivka. They are trying unsuccessfully to conduct offensive and assault operations in the areas of Dovhenke and Bogorodychne settlements.

In the Donetsk direction, russian enemy continues to carry out intense shelling along the line of contact and tries to gain a foothold in the occupied positions, replenishing stocks of ammunition and fuel and oil. The main efforts of russian enemy continued to focus on the Lyman, Severodonetsk, Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Kurakhiv areas.

russian occupiers suffered significant losses in manpower and equipment. In some areas, the staffing of units, according to the results of hostilities, is less than 20 percent. In the Popasna direction, due to heavy losses and inability to act independently, units of the airborne troops of the armed forces of the russian federation are teaming up with representatives of russian private military companies for further action as part of the combined units.

In the Severodonetsk direction, russian enemy, with the support of artillery, fought in the area of the village of Toshkivka. In the area of Borivskyi, russian occupiers suffered losses and retreated.

Fighting continues in the Bakhmut direction in the Komyshuvakha area.

russian enemy fought in the Avdiivka direction and suffered losses in the area of the settlements of Pisky and Novokalynove. It used heavy flamethrower systems in some areas.

It conducted assault and offensive operations in the Kurakhiv direction, using artillery support. It was not successful.

In Mariupol, russian enemy continues to focus its efforts on blocking and defeating our units in the area of the Azovstal plant. Inflicts massive artillery and air strikes.

In the Novopavlovsk and Zaporizhzhya directions, russian enemy tried to fire our troops with multiple rocket launchers, artillery and mortars. There were attempts to fight the counter-battery.

In the South Buh direction, enemy units did not conduct active hostilities. In the Kryvyi Rih and Mykolayiv directions, russian enemy fired at our units with artillery and mortars. Continues the engineering equipment of the occupied positions.

The command of the armed forces of the russian federation is trying to recruit and replenish the losses of its troops at the expense of reservists. Two and a half thousand reservists are being trained at landfills in Voronezh, Belgorod and Rostov oblasts. It is planned to send them to the territory of Ukraine to take part in the war