Ukraine Defense Ministry:  Russian forces step up assault on Donetsk and Luhansk provinces

May 25, 2022

The main focus of Russian enemy is on the defeat of the Joint Forces and attempts to establish fu control over the 

territories of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. Here the enemy tries to overcome the resistance of the units of the Joint Forces in order to create favorable conditions for the offensive. russian enemy focused its main efforts on the Bakhmut direction. It is trying to develop success in the Lyman direction. In addition, russian occupiers continue to actively prepare for offensive operations in the Novopavlivsk and Zaporizhzhia areas.

In the Volyn and Polissya directions, compared to the past, the situation is unchanged. At the end of May this year, practical actions of units of the Armed Forces of the republic of belarus are planned at the training grounds in Brest, Vitebsk, Grodno, Minsk and Mogilev regions. According to available information, the plan of these measures envisages the withdrawal of weapons and military equipment and the implementation of marches.

In the Sicerskyy direction, russian enemy continues to cover the russian-Ukrainian border in the Bryansk and Kursk regions. In order to prevent the transfer of our troops to other areas, the enemy is shelling civilian and military infrastructure in the border areas.

In the Slobozhansky direction, the occupiers are carrying out systematic high-intensity fire in the areas where our troops are concentrated. russian aggressor's units fired on civilian infrastructure in the settlements of Krasnopillya in the Sumy oblast, as well as in Ternovo, Ruski Tyshky, Dovhenke and Nova Dmytrivka in the Kharkiv oblast.

russian enemy is trying to improve the tactical position of its units in the areas of Izyum and Slovyansk. It made attempts at assault and offensive operations in the districts of Dovhenke, Kharkiv oblast, and Bogorodychne, Donetsk oblast, had no success, and withdrew.

In the Donetsk direction, russian enemy inflicts artillery and air strikes in the Lyman and Komyshuvakha districts of the Donetsk oblast and Severodonetsk and Novozvanivka in the Luhansk oblast.

russian enemy attempted offensive and assault operations in the Sievierodonetsk and Bakhmut areas in the areas of the settlements of Berestov, Lypovo, and Nyrkovo;

In the Avdiivka direction, russian occupiers carried out unsuccessful assaults in the areas of the settlements of Krasnohorivka, Kamyanka, Avdiivka and Pisky.

russian enemy carried out air strikes and artillery shelling in the Marinka, Mykilsky, Poltavka and Orikhov districts.

In the South Buh direction, russian enemy units tried to improve the tactical position in the direction of Mykolayiv and ensure access to the administrative borders of the Kherson region.

russian enemy fired on the positions of our troops and civilian infrastructure in the areas of Novooleksandrivka, Trudolyubivka, Novopavlivka, Blagodatny and Posad-Pokrovsky.

russian enemy continues to suffer losses of personnel and military equipment. Information is regularly received about the concentration of a significant number of wounded servicemen of the armed forces of the russian federation in medical institutions of settlements bordering on Ukraine.