Ukrainian Defense Ministry: Russian shelling continue but ground advances are blocked by Ukraine forces

May 5, 2022

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

russian enemy continues to conduct full-scale armed aggression against Ukraine.

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

At the same time, russian enemy provokes tensions in the transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova and in the territory of the republic of belarus. Carries out regrouping, takes measures to replenish ammunition and fuel. russian enemy is trying to improve the tactical position of his troops.

In the temporarily occupied territories, russian occupiers continue to steal the products of agricultural enterprises. russian side continues to accuse the Government of Ukraine of creating a humanitarian catastrophe in the territory controlled by the occupiers. Also, russian invaders imitate humanitarian activities with demonstrative distribution of food kits and medicines to local residents.

russian enemy continues to launch missile strikes on transport infrastructure to prevent the movement of humanitarian aid and military-technical assistance.

The use of mortars and artillery along almost the entire line of contact continues.

russian enemy did not take active action in the Volyn and Polissya directions. In the armed forces of the republic of belarus, it has been noted that certain units have been brought to a higher level of combat readiness for the purpose of verification.

Engineering equipment for positions in the border areas of the Kursk region continues in the Seversky direction.

In the Slobozhansky direction, russian enemy tried to restore the lost positions near the city of Kharkiv, made an unsuccessful attempt to attack near the settlement of Stary Saltiv.

Due to the constant sanitary losses of personnel, russian enemy is increasing the system of medical support of troops, using a network of civilian medical institutions in the temporarily occupied territories of Kharkiv region. The occupiers built a hospital on the basis of Kupyansk City Hospital.

russian enemy does not stop trying to improve the tactical position of its units in the area of ​​the city of Izyum, carries out artillery shelling of nearby settlements, and it has no success.

Due to heavy losses, russian enemy withdrew units from the 4th Tank Division of the 1st Tank Army and the 106th Airborne Division of the Armed Forces of the russian federation to rebuild.

In the Donetsk direction, russian enemy tried to capture Popasna, take full control of the city of Rubizhne and provide favorable conditions for the continuation of the offensive in the direction of the cities of Lyman and Severodonetsk, but was unsuccessful.

In the South Bug area, russian enemy focused on fortifying positions, replenishing ammunition, fuel and logistics.

Administrative and police measures are underway in the temporarily occupied territories. russian occupiers continue to carry out filtering measures against local residents, preventing evacuations to the territory controlled by the Ukrainian authorities. At the same time, russian occupiers are taking measures to replenish personnel losses through accelerated training of military servicemen under contract.

We keep the system! We believe in the Armed Forces of Ukraine! Together to victory!