Ukraine Defense Ministry:  Ukraine forces capture five villages near Kharkiv and inflict heavy losses on Russian forces

May 6, 2022

The seventy-second 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 the offensive 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.

The greatest activity of russian occupiers continues to be observed in Slobozhansky and Donetsk directions.

russian enemy launches missile strikes on transport infrastructure and residential areas of settlements of Ukraine.

In the Volyn and Polissya directions, russian enemy did not take active action. Certain forces and means of the Armed Forces of the republic of belarus continue to perform tasks to cover the Ukrainian-belarusian border in Brest and Gomel regions.

Currently, units of the Armed Forces of the russian federation remain in the Republic of belarus, consisting of up to eight launchers of Iskander-M operational-tactical missile systems and up to six aircraft of various modifications that may be involved in air and missile strikes on Ukraine.

Some units of the Armed Forces of the russian federation continue to carry out tasks to cover the Ukrainian-russian border in the Bryansk, Kursk and Belgorod regions. The engineering equipment of the positions was carried out near the border crossing points.

According to the available information, in the settlement of Klyntsi, Bryansk region, units of the 144th Motorized Rifle Division of the 20th Combined Arms Army of the Western Military District are conducting combat coordination in order to further participate in hostilities on the territory of Ukraine.

In the Slobozhansky direction, russian enemy continues to increase the number of troops. From the area of ​​the settlement of Urazovo of the Belgorod region to the territory of Ukraine carries out movement of divisions from structure of the Eastern military district.

russian enemy is blocking some remote settlements in the Kharkiv region, carrying out systematic high-intensity shelling, including with the use of rocket-propelled grenade launchers, in areas where our troops are concentrated. Also, russian enemy led the offensive in the direction of the settlement of Nova Dmytrivka, had no success.

As a result of the offensive, units of the Defense Forces of Ukraine regained control over the settlements of Oleksandrivka, Fedorivka, Ukrainka, Shestakovo, Peremoha, and part of the village of Cherkaski Tyshky.

In the Donetsk and Tavriya directions, in order to restrain the actions of Ukrainian units, russian enemy fires along the entire line of contact. Continues airstrikes and missiles.

In the Lyman direction, russian enemy carried out assault operations in the direction of the settlement of Shandryholove. It tried to establish control over the settlements of Rubizhne and Voevodivka in the Severodonetsk direction, but was unsuccessful. In the Popasna direction russian enemy carried out assault operations in the direction of the settlement of Nyzhne. In the Avdievka and Kurakhiv directions, russian enemy limited himself to shelling the positions of units of the Defense Forces of Ukraine.

In the city of Mariupol, the enemy focused its efforts on blocking and defeating units of Ukrainian defenders in the Azovstal area.

The occupiers conducted reconnaissance by fighting in the direction of the settlement of Prechistivka, were unsuccessful, and retreated.

In the South Buh direction, russian enemy did not conduct active offensive operations, inflicting fire damage on the positions of our troops in some areas. It focused the efforts on maintaining the occupied frontiers, replenishing ammunition and engineering equipment positions.

In the Bessarabian direction, the russian federation continues to provoke tensions in the transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova. The personnel of the operational group of the russian troops are in combat readiness "Full".

russian enemy continues to suffer significant losses in personnel and equipment. According to available information, up to 800 wounded and up to 200 bodies of dead enemy russian servicemen are in the psychiatric hospital of the village of Malotokmatsky, Rostov region, which was partially transferred to the use of the armed forces of the russian federation.