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Kiev’s Lies And Russia’s Victories In Eastern Ukraine
South Front, May 18 2022

Despite the attempts of the Kiev regime to hide the truth and present their defeats as victories, the Russian military has recently achieved several victories in Eastern Ukraine. After fierce battles along the entire front line in the Donbass region, the joint Russian-led forces pulled the Ukrainian units out of several settlements in different areas. In the LPR, forces of the People’s Militia took control over the village of Orehovo located on the road between Popasnaya and Lisichansk. To the south of Popasnaya, the village of Novozvankova also fell under the LPR control. The town of Zolotoe remains under the control of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, but their military positions are heavily shelled by Russian artillery and the Aerospace Forces. Assault on the town should be expected as the LPR units are close to surrounding it. Clashes continue in the area around Popasnaya, where Russian forces are expanding their control zone. To the north, LPR forces are storming the towns of Kamishevakha and Toskovka. To the west of Lisichansk, clashes continue near Privolie and Belogorovka. Russian-led forces approached the outskirts of the city of Severodonetsk. No major assault has begun so far, while clashes continue on the outskirts. According to LPR military officials, the AFU grouping of about 15-16 thousand servicemen is deployed in the Severodonetsk-Lisichansk region.

To the west of Severodonetsk, Russian-led forces pull the AFU units out of their positions in the area of Liman. The DPR People’s Militia claimed control over the village of Drobishevo. In the DPR, the village of Novoselovka Druha located less than 10 km north of Avdiivka is also under the DPR control. Roads leading to the AFU strongholds in Avdiivka are already under the fire control of Russian-led forces. In the area of Gorlovka, DPR forces recently approached New York. The assault of the town continues. In the Zaporizhia region, positional battles continue. No advances are reported by any of the warring sides after the AFU failed to counter attack the Russian military a few days ago. The Russian Ministry of Defence revealed the details of the offensive operation of the AFU which took place on May 14 near the village of Vishnevoe. Two Ukrainian battalions were involved in the operation. As a result of the strikes by the Russian UAVs and artillery, 26 tanks and 12 infantry fighting vehicles were destroyed. About 100 Ukrainian servicemen were killed.

Another defeat of Kiev’s forces was the surrender of Ukrainian servicemen including members of nationalist battalions from the Azovstal plant in Mariupol. According to the lies of the Ukrainian President Zelensky, the surrender is another successful operation carried out by the Ukrainian military and intelligence officers. While the AFU advance in the Kharkov region was stopped, the reinforcement of Kiev’s positions in the border areas with Russia. Territorial defense units are being transferred to the settlements of Pokrovka, Grabovskoye, Slavgorod and Popovka in the Sumy region. The Russian retreat in the Kharkov region threatens the border areas with an assault of Ukrainian troops on the Russian territory. Such an offensive would distract the Russian Army from the military operations in Ukraine and would become another big victory of the Kiev regime in the media. The Armed Forces of Ukraine are constantly supplied with foreign military equipment. They also outperform Russian-led forces in manpower on various battlefields. The Kiev forces are looking for some weak points of the Russian defense preparing to deliver a crushing blow. So far, they have not achieved success on the main front lines in the Donbass.

Recent Russian Strikes On The Territory Of Ukraine
South Front, May 18 2022

Intense Russian strikes across Ukraine continue. Russia is constantly pounding the military facilities of the AFU (Armed Forces of Ukraine) and strategically important facilities used for military supplies of the AFU grouping in the Donbas region. Recently, Russia has been carrying out a number of strikes against key and strategically important AFU positions. The strikes have targeted warehouses, railways and bridges. The Russian Federation is staking on the strategic aspect, which could serve as a catalyst for military successes of the Russian Federation on several fronts. On May 17, the Russian Armed Forces carried out a strike in the Lviv region, targeting the arms depots with military equipment brought from Europe. On May 16, the Russian Federation resumed strikes against the military-industrial complex in Lviv. The mayor of Lviv Andrey Sadovoy in his Telegram channel clarified that the Russian Armed Forces carried out 8 strikes, and that 11 people were killed as a result of the strikes. These were the largest strikes since the start of the Russia’s special operation. Ukrainian air defense systems were very active. Lviv is armed with S-300 missile systems, although there are not many of them left. Ukrainian air defenses are intensely defending weapons depots, which could mean that some important cargo is stored there.

After a series of shelling on the depots, the Russian Armed Forces once again carried out a series of strikes, targeting the military base in Yavrov in the Lviv region. According to unconfirmed information, a warehouse with NATO weapons was destroyed in the area. The Yavrov base was used for accommodation of foreign militants. LINK On May 17, the Russian cruise missile hit the railway infrastructure in the Lviv region.

On the night of May 17, Russian strikes on military facilities of the AFU in the Kharkiv and Sumy regions intensified. Russian air defenses also shot down one helicopter and two warplanes in the Kharkiv Region. Fire near Kharkiv:

In the Chernihiv region, Russian aviation struck the Desna training center of the Ukrainian Army. The missile strike hit the barracks of the military base. The regional administration of Chernihiv confirmed the information about the killed and wounded Ukrainian servicemen.

On the same day, the Russian Armed Forces struck the town of Akhtyrka in the Sumy Region. A total of about eight strikes were carried out. Despite the Kiev’s claims that only civilian facilities were hit, the analysis of the footage from the spot revealed that the target was the training ground of the 91st regiment of the National Guard of Ukraine. One warehouse and four barracks were destroyed. This was the second strike on the territory of the military facility since the beginning of the Russia’s military operations in Ukraine.

In the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, the Russian Aerospace Forces are constantly shelling the AFU military positions.

Russian KA-52 Alligator helicopters in action over the Donbass front lines:

Russian Su-25s in eastern Ukraine:

The Russian Defense Ministry published a review of its «Orlan-10» UAVs in action. The drones perform reconnaissance flights, adjust fire for Russian artillery and carry out pinpoint strikes on the AFU positions.

The AFU assumed that the number of Russian forces will increase in the Black Sea in the future. Amid the Russian threat, the AFU decided to strengthen the grouping in the Odessa region. As a result, military facilities in the region are targeted on a regular basis. On May 16, there were a series of strikes on the outskirts of Odessa by Russian forces. The Ukrainian media reported that the strikes hit a recreation center located in Odessa. As a result, three people were injured. Russian warplanes were reportedly used in this attack. The head of the Odesa Military District, Maxim Marchenko, said that the strike destroyed the recreation center and a private house. The former recreation center turned out to be a military base used for accommodation of fighters.

On May 18, the Russian Armed Forces struck once again a bridge over the Dniester estuary in the Odessa region. LINK The Russian Federation continues its strategically aligned course of destroying the Ukrainian strategic chains, as well as destroying Ukrainian military facilities.

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