Ukraine Defense Ministry:  Russsian forces bombard Ukraine defenders but fail to capture territory

May 18, 2022

russian enemy continues its offensive in the Eastern Operational Zone. It inflates fire along the entire line of contact and in the depths of the defence of our troops in the Donetsk operational area and in the Slovyansk direction, takes measures to strengthen the offensive group.

In the Volyn and Polissya areas, certain units of the Armed Forces of the republic of belarus continue to carry out tasks to cover the Ukrainian-belarusian border. The second stage of the combat readiness check is underway in the Armed Forces of the republic of belarus until May 21. Issues of forcing water barriers and checking the next forces and means of air defence are being worked out. The threat of missile and bomb strikes from the territory of the Republic of belarus remains.

In the Siversky direction, russian enemy units fired artillery and mortars at the settlements of Yanzhulivka and Progres, Chernihiv and Sumy oblast, respectively.

russian enemy continues to equip additional firing positions and defensive structures in the border areas of Bryansk and Kursk regions. russian enemy conducted air reconnaissance with the use of UAVs in order to identify units of Ukrainian troops, artillery positions and deployment routes.

According to available information, units of the Armed Forces of the russian federation, stationed in the border areas of the Kursk region, are replenishing supplies of logistics and ammunition.

In the Slobozhansky direction, in the border areas of the Belgorod and Voronezh regions, russian occupiers continue to keep units of the 32nd Air Defence Division of the 6th Air and Air Defence Forces Army of the Armed Forces of the russian federation ready for use.

In the Kharkiv direction, russian enemy's main efforts were focused on maintaining the occupied frontiers and firing on units of our troops. russian enemy tried to counterattack in order to restore the lost positions.

As a result of the offensive of Ukrainian troops, the settlement of Dementievka was liberated. russian enemy is advancing in the area of ​​the settlement of Ternov, fighting continues.

In the Slovyansk direction, russian occupiers, with the support of artillery, fought in the Dovgenke area, had no success, and suffered losses. russian enemy increased the intensity of air reconnaissance with the use of UAVs.

In the Donetsk direction, russian enemy fired on the positions of units of Ukrainian troops along the line of contact from the entire spectrum of weapons, including aircraft.

In the Lyman direction, russian occupiers are trying to gain a foothold on the previously occupied borders. The enemy used aircraft to strike at civilian targets in the areas of Toshkivka, Zolote, Avdiivka, Volodymyrivka and Vodiane.

In the Severodonetsk direction, russian enemy carried out assault operations in the area of ​​the settlement of Nizhne, without success.

In the Bakhmut direction, russian enemy is conducting offensive operations, trying to improve the tactical situation. It carried out assault operations in the area of ​​the settlement of Katerynivka, has no success.

In the Avdiivka direction, russian enemy conducted offensive operations in the area of ​​the settlement of Novoselivka, suffered losses, and retreated. The assaults of the russian occupiers near the settlements of Novobakhmutivka and Vesele were unsuccessful.

In the Kurakhiv direction, russian enemy launched an offensive in the area of the settlement of Pobeda, without success.

russian occupiers did not carry out active hostilities in the Novopavlovsk and Zaporizhzhia areas, and carried out artillery and mortar shelling of infrastructure facilities and residential buildings in the areas of the settlements of Novoandriyivka, Kamyanske, Orikhiv, Olhivske and Poltavka.

In the South Buh direction, the enemy fired on the settlements of Lupareve, Posad-Pokrovske, Vysunsk, Osokorivka and Novovorontsovka. russian enemy continued the measures of engineering equipment positions. In order to adjust the artillery fire, it used the Orlan-10 UAV.

No significant changes have been recorded in the Bessarabian direction.

According to available information, spontaneous protests of members of the families of persons who were forcibly mobilized into the ranks of the russian occupation forces took place on May 16-17 in the temporarily occupied territory of Luhansk region. Protests were recorded in Luhansk and Rovenky. The main requirement is to return the mobilized home.