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spokesman for the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Oleksandr Stupun The seventy-ninth era of the Ukrainian nation’s heroic confrontation with the Russian military invasion has begun. The enemy does not cease offensive operations in the Eastern Operational Zone in order to establish full control over the territory of Donetsk, Luhansk and Kherson regions and maintain the land corridor between these territories and the temporarily occupied Crimea. At the same time, it maintains tensions in the Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova and in the territory of the Republic of Belarus.
The enemy did not take active action in the Volyn and Polissya areas. The main efforts of the armed forces of the Republic of Belarus were focused on covering the state border in Brest and Gomel regions. In the northern direction, measures are being taken to strengthen the protection of the Ukrainian-Russian border in the Bryansk and Kursk regions. According to available information, the enemy is transferring additional artillery units to the border areas of the Bryansk region to increase provocative shelling of settlements in the Chernihiv region, located near the state border of Ukraine.
In the Slobozhansky direction, the enemy took measures to regroup units, replenish supplies of ammunition and fuel and lubricants to restore offensive capabilities. He did not conduct offensive operations in the Kharkiv direction. The main efforts were focused on preventing the advance of our troops in the area of the settlement of Vesele. In the Voronezh and Belgorod regions of the Russian Federation, the increased level of terrorist threat has been extended until May 25, 2022.
In the Donetsk direction, the enemy continues to focus its efforts on establishing full control over the settlement of Rubizhne. In the Lyman direction, enemy units tried to gain a foothold in the area of the settlement of Oleksandrivka. In the Bakhmut direction, the occupiers carried out assault operations in the direction of the settlement of Orikhove and in the area of the settlement of Komyshuvakha, but were unsuccessful. In the Kurakhiv direction, the enemy conducted offensive operations in the direction of the settlement of Marinka.
He continued to launch artillery and air strikes on Mariupol, focusing his efforts on blocking units of our troops near the Azovstal plant. In order to establish full control over the city and suppress the resistance of Ukrainian defenders, it uses strategic aviation. Due to the evacuation of local residents, the fire should be expected to increase in the near future.
In the Novopavlovsk and Zaporizhzhya directions, the enemy conducted artillery shelling of units of our troops along the entire line and air reconnaissance with the use of UAVs. In the South Buzh direction, the occupying units did not carry out active hostilities, firing at units of our troops with artillery and mortars in the areas of the settlements of Oleksandrivka, Tavriyske, Kotlyareve, Hannivka and Osokorivka. In the previous day, the air defense units of the Land Forces, the Air Force and the Airborne Assault Forces had hit seven air targets: five Orlan-10 UAVs, one Ka-52 helicopter and one cruise missile.
The air force in certain directions continued to fire at the enemy and support the fighting of our troops. In the Donetsk and Luhansk directions alone, the defenders of Ukraine repulsed eighteen enemy attacks, destroyed thirteen tanks, eight artillery systems, twenty-seven units of armored combat vehicles, two units of special engineering equipment and five enemy vehicles. The enemy has losses in other areas. We will announce the general figures in a separate summary. Let’s win together! Glory to Ukraine!