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  • Situation update of General Staff of UAF regarding russian invasion as of 6 a.m., May 20, 2023
    Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, posted 20 May 2023 06:38

    Day 451 of the russian full-scale military aggression against Ukraine has begun.

    Last night, russian terrorists launched yet another air strike in Ukraine that employed Shahed UAVs. Information on the aftermath of this terrorist attack is currently being updated.

    During the day of May 19, the adversary launched 6x missile, 62x air strikes, and 65x MLRS attacks at the positions of Ukrainian troops and various settlements. Civilian infrastructure was damaged. In particular, the shelling of Kryvyi Rih (Dnipropetrovsk oblast), Stepnohirs’k (Zaporizhzhia oblast), Beryslav, Zelenivka (Kherson oblast) killed and wounded civilians. A child was killed, private homes, medical facilities, and other civilian infrastructure destroyed.

    The likelihood of missile and air strikes across Ukraine remains high, as the enemy continues to use terror tactics.

    The adversary continues to focus its main efforts on Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka, Mar’inka, and Shakhtars’ke axes. Over 80 combat engagements took place in the above-mentioned areas of the frontline during the day of May 19, with the fiercest fighting taking place for Bakhmut, Mar’inka and in the vicinities of Avdiivka, Stepove, and Novomykhailivka.

    Volyn, and Polissya axes: no significant changes or signs of the formation of enemy offensive groups were found.

    Sivershchyna and Slobozhanshchyna axes: the adversary continues to maintain military presence in the areas of russia bordering Ukraine.

    During the day of May 19, the invaders launched air strikes in the vicinities of settlements of Hlyboke, Pletenivka, and Zemlyanky (Kharkiv oblast). The occupiers fired mortars and artillery at the settlements of Bleshnya, Karpovychi (Chernihiv oblast), Malushyne, Shpyl’, Volfyne, Oleksiivka, Sadky, Mohrytsya, Tur’ya, Slavhorod, Verkhnya Pozhnya, Pozhnya (Sumy oblast), Udy, Hatyshche, Pletenivka, Pokalyane, Budarky, Zemlyanky, and Topoli (Kharkiv oblast).

    Kup’yans’k axis: the adversary conducted unsuccessful offensives in the vicinity of Bilohorivka (Luhansk oblast). The invaders launched air strikes near Hryhorivka, Vil’shana, and Kyslivka (Kharkiv oblast). The adversary fired artillery and mortars at the settlements of Fyholivka, Novomlyns’k, Petropavlivka, Dvorichna, Zapadne, Masyutivka, Lyman Pershyi, Kyslivka, Kotlyarivka, Tabaivka, Berestove (Kharkiv oblast), and Stel’makhivka (Luhansk oblast).

    Lyman axis: the enemy did not conduct any offensive operations during the day of May 19. The invaders launched air strikes in the vicinities of settlements of Novolyubivka and Dibrova (Luhansk oblast). Studenok (Kharkiv oblast), Makiivka, Nevs’ke, Bilohorivka (Luhansk oblast), Verkhn’okam’yans’ke, and Spirne (Donetsk oblast) were shelled with artillery.

    Bakhmut axis: the enemy continues its offensive operations. Heavy battles for the city of Bakhmut continue. In addition, the adversary conducted unsuccessful offensive operations towards the settlements of Ivanivske and Bila Hora during the day of May 19.

    The invaders launched air strikes in the vicinities of settlements of Fedorivka, Orikhovo-Vasylivka, Bakhmut, Khromove, Ivanivske, Stupochky, and Bila Hora. Vasyukivka, Orikhovo-Vasylivka, Hryhorivka, Bohdanivka, Bakhmut, Ivanivske, Chasiv Yar, Predtechyne, Bila Hora, Dyliivka, Druzhba, and Pivnichne (Donetsk oblast) came under enemy fire.

    Avdiivka axis: the adversary conducted offensive operations towards Novokalynove, Stepove, Avdiivka, Pervomais’ke, to no success. During the day of May 19, the invaders launched an air strike near Avdiivka. The occupant forces fired artillery in the vicinities of settlements of Novokalynove, Berdychi, Avdiivka, Tonen’ke, Pervomais’ke, Karlivka, and Nevel’s’ke (Donetsk oblast).

    Mar’inka axis: Ukrainian Defense Forces repelled more than 20x enemy attacks in the vicinity of the city of Mar’inka. At the same time, Krasnohorivka, Heorhiivka, Mar’inka, Kurakhove, and Katerynivka (Donetsk oblast) were shelled by the enemy.

    Shakhtars’ke axis: during the day of May 19, the enemy made more than 10x unsuccessful attempts at offensive operations in the vicinity of Novomykhailivka. At the same time, the invaders launched air strikes in the vicinity of settlements of Vuhledar, Prechystivka, and Zolota Nyva; shelled the settlements of Novomykhailivka Vuhledar, Bohoyavlenka, Maksymivka, Zolota Nyva, and Velyka Novosilka.

    Zaporizhzhia and Kherson axes: the adversary continues to defend. The occupant forces launched an air strike at the settlement of Kizomys.

    The invaders shelled settlements near the line of active combat, including Hulyaipole, Novodanylivka, Mali Shcherbaky, Stepove, Kam’yans’ke, Plavni (Zaporizhzhia oblast), Zolota Balka, Beryslav, Zelenivka, Stepanivka, Kizomys (Kherson oblast), and the city of Kherson.

    The russian occupiers continue to force russian passports on the residents of Kakhovka (temporarily occupied territory of Kherson oblast). To speed up the process, the invaders are conducting demonstrative raids purported to intimidate civilians with possible mobilization and alienation of property. In particular, the occupiers make door-to-door and house-to-house visits. They are conducting a census and exerting psychological pressure, forcing people to get the passports. The enemy is also threatening Ukrainian citizens who refuse to obtain a russian passport with forced eviction from their homes and power cuts.

    During the day of May 19, the Ukrainian Air Force launched 13x air strikes on the concentrations of troops and military equipment, as well as 8x air strikes on the anti-aircraft missile systems of the adversary.

    The Ukrainian Defense Forces also intercepted 3x Kalibr cruise missiles, 18x Iranian Shahed combat UAVs, 4x Lancet loitering munitions, and 10x various-type reconnaissance UAVs of the enemy.

    The Ukrainian missile and artillery troops hit 1x command post, 7x concentrations of weapons and military equipment, 2x artillery units at their firing positions, 6x electronic warfare stations, 1x ammunition depot, and 1x S-300 radar station.

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