Ukraine Defense Ministry: Russian SU-35 aircraft fire missiles to support military operation near Donetsk

May 17, 2022

The 83rd day.

russian enemy does not stop conducting offensive operations in the Eastern Operational Zone. The enemy continued to launch missile strikes on military and civilian infrastructure in Lviv, Chernihiv and Sumy oblasts.

No significant changes in the position and condition of russian enemy's troops were recorded in the Volyn, Polissya and Siversky areas.

Certain units of the Armed Forces of the republic of belarus continue to carry out tasks to strengthen the Ukrainian-belarusian border in Brest and Gomel regions.

The Armed Forces of the republic of belarus are continuing the measures of the second stage of the combat readiness test. As part of these activities, training in pontoon crossing and forcing a water obstacle was marked at one of the training fields.

The threat of missile and bomb strikes from the territory of the republic of belarus on infrastructure facilities on the territory of Ukraine remains.

In order to prevent the transfer of units of our troops in the northern direction, the Command of the Armed Forces of the russian federation continues to maintain units from the Eastern Military District in the border areas of Bryansk and Kursk regions. From the territory of the russian federation, russian enemy fires on settlements in the Sumy and Chernihiv regions.

In the Kharkiv direction, russian enemy's main efforts are focused on maintaining their positions and preventing the advance of our troops to the state border of Ukraine. The enemy fired artillery at our troops.

In the Slovyansk direction, russian occupiers are regrouping and replenishing troops and accumulating reserves in preparation for the offensive in the direction of Slovyansk. russian enemy tried to improve the tactical situation in the area of Dovgenke, but was unsuccessful.

In the Donetsk direction, russian enemy group is trying to conduct offensive operations along the entire line of contact, shelling settlements with artillery. In the areas of Bakhmut, Klynovy, Soledar and Vovchoyarivka, the enemy fired missiles from Su-35 aircraft. The enemy also conducted air reconnaissance using UAVs "Orlan-10".

In the Severodonetsk direction, with the support of artillery, russian occupiers are trying to launch an offensive in the direction of the settlements of Borovenky and Severodonetsk.

In the Bakhmut direction, russian enemy tried to break through the defenses of our troops, was unsuccessful, and withdrew.

In the Avdiivka direction, russian enemy carried out assault operations in order to take control of the Novobahmutivka-Novoselivka Druha road, but was unsuccessful.

In the Kurakhiv direction, with the support of artillery and aircraft fire, russian enemy is attacking the village of Novomykhailivka, fighting continues.

Occupying russian units made an unsuccessful attempt to advance in the direction of Marinka.

In Mariupol, russian enemy focused its efforts on blocking our units near the Azovstal steel plant.

In the Novopavlovsk and Zaporizhzhia directions, russian enemy did not wage active hostilities. In order to bind our troops, it fired with the use of artillery and mortars. At the same time the enemy carries out engineering equipment of the second line of defense.

The occupiers did not carry out active hostilities in the South Buh area. Mortar and artillery shelling of our units was recorded. russian occupiers are continuing engineering work to equip the second line of defense with reinforced concrete structures.

russian enemy naval groups in the Black and Azov Seas perform tasks to isolate combat areas and block civilian shipping.

In the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea, measures are being taken to restore the combat capability of russian units that have suffered significant losses. Thus, according to available information, combat coordination of units of the 126th Separate Coastal Defense Brigade and the 810th Separate Marine Brigade is planned at some training landfills of the peninsula.

Ukraine's Defense Forces inflict losses on russian enemy in all directions and are ready for any changes in the operational situation.