Ukraine Defense Ministry: Russian forces use cluster munitions near Avdiivka

May 16, 2022

The eighty-second day. 

russian enemy continues to conduct offensive operations in the Eastern Operational Zone. russian enemy focused its main efforts on the Donetsk direction. In the Slobozhansky direction, it is trying to deter the offensive of the Defense Forces north of the city of Kharkiv and prevent them from reaching the State Border of Ukraine. Prepares for offensive operations by units concentrated in the area of the city of Izyum.

russian enemy's efforts are focused on the destruction of facilities in the Eastern Operational Zone and industrial facilities in the depths of Ukraine.

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

In the Slobozhansky direction, the enemy reinforces the grouping of troops with special forces and air defense units.

In the Kharkiv direction, the main efforts of the enemy are focused on maintaining their positions and preventing the advance of our troops. The enemy tried to fight in the direction of the village of Ternov, but was unsuccessful.

In the Slovyansk direction, russian enemy, with the help of units from the warehouse of the 20th Combined Arms Army, completes and replenishes losses, tries to resume the offensive.

The defense forces fired on enemy depots stationed in the town of Izyum, destroying a significant stockpile of ammunition.

In the Donetsk direction, russian enemy fired on our units with mortars, artillery, multiple rocket launchers and aircraft.

In the Lyman direction, russian enemy conducted offensive operations in the area of the village of Shandrygolove. In the direction of the settlement of Lyman, according to the results of hostilities, has no success, trying to strengthen the grouping of its troops.

In the Severodonetsk direction, russian occupiers fought in the area of the settlement of Borivske, suffered casualties.

In the Avdiivka direction, russian enemy acted in the direction of the settlement of Sukha Balka. It fired on individual positions of the Defense Forces with cluster munitions.

In the Bakhmut direction, russian enemy is fighting in the areas of Toshkivka and Pylypchatyne. In the area of Gorsky, the Russian occupiers suffered losses and withdrew.

In the Kurakhiv direction, russian enemy attacked in the area of Maryinka and Novomykhailivka, but had no success.

In Mariupol, russian enemy focused its efforts on blocking and defeating our units near the Azovstal plant. Continues massive artillery and air strikes.

russian enemy did not conduct active hostilities in the Novopavlovsk and Zaporizhzhya areas. He carried out fire damage to civilian infrastructure in the areas of the settlements of Vremivka, Novosilka, Mala Tokmachka and Novoandriyivka. Inflicted an air strike on the settlement of Malinovka. Takes measures for the logistical support of troops.

In the South Buh direction, russian enemy did not conduct active hostilities, shelling civilian infrastructure with artillery and mortars in the areas of the settlements of Oleksandrivka, Shevchenkove and Novovorontsovka.

The Defense Forces of Ukraine fired at the enemy's ammunition field near the settlement of Davydiv Brid.

The situation in the transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova remained without significant changes. Personnel of units of the operational group of russian troops continue to be on high alert. Provocations by the russian side in the region are not ruled out.

Ships of the Black Sea Fleet of the russian Federation in the Black and Azov Seas continue to perform tasks to isolate the area of hostilities, reconnaissance and fire support in the coastal direction.