- Sumy region comes under mortar fire from Russian territory.
- At night, Russian troops fired on the Dnipropetrovsk region from Uragans MLRS.
- In the Zaporizhia direction, enemy try to build a multi-tiered defense.
- The US is sending 10,500 new troops to Europe to replace soldiers who were earlier deployed.
- Azovstal defenders call on Western leaders to help with evacuation of the wounded.
- The Defense Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine states that invaders destroy bridges to complicate Ukraine’s counter-offensive.
Side note: news are marked in accordance with the Kyiv time zone: Eastern European Time (EET), GMT/UTC+2
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00:30 Head of the Luhansk Regional State Administration Serhiy Haidai: Russian troops seek to capture Sievierodonetsk, cut off Lysychansk-Bakhmut highway.
"We are getting ready for two major ruscist attacks on Sievierodonetsk and an assault on Lysychansk-Bakhmut highway from Popasna and Bilohorivka. The Russians need a regional center ‘for a tick’, and the highway – to cut off the region from connection with other regions, i.e., to encircle it,” Head of the Luhansk Regional State Administration Serhiy Haidai posted on Telegram, Ukrinform reports.
23:15 The Armed Forces of Ukraine have eliminated 80 invaders, destroys three tanks in eastern Ukraine
The Operational and Tactical Group East reported this on Facebook.
“During the day, May 14, in the area of responsibility of the operational and tactical group "East", Russian fascist troops carried out 9 attacks, fighting continues,” the statement said.
Read more in the article by Defense Express: Operational-tactical Group "East" Repelled Nine Attacks During the Day, the Battles Are Continuing
22:15 Sumy Regional Military Administration press service: Sumy region comes under mortar fire from Russian territory.
Velyka Pysarivka territorial community of Sumy region was shelled with mortars from the territory of the Russian Federation. No casualties have been reported.
"Tonight, enemies fired on Velyka Pysarivka community from the territory of Russia. About six mortar shots were fired. No casualties have been reported," the press service of Sumy Regional Military Administration posted on Telegram, Ukrinform reports.
21:45 Spokesman for the Operational Command “South”, Vladyslav Nazarov: russia’s Black Sea Fleet Command withdraws most of ships to bases in Crimea.
"A naval group of the enemy forces has left two ships on patrol, the rest reinforce their strength and supplies at the bases in Crimea. But this does not diminish the threat of a missile attack and a desperate landing of ruscist paratroopers," Vladyslav Nazarov, spokesman for the Operational Command “South”, posted on Facebook, Ukrinform reports.
According to him, the enemy doesn't conduct offensive actions on the ground but fired Smerch MLRS on Mykolayiv city last night. Suburban infrastructure facilities were struck, no one was injured.
21:00 Dutch IFVs are already in service of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, these days our servicemen are applying them during military exercises before sending them to hot spots.
Read more in the article by Defense Express: Dutch YPR-765 Infantry Fighting Vehicles Already in Ukraine to Help Polish T-72M1 Destroy russian Occupiers
19:50 The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has released an operational update on the state of warfare as of 18.00 on May 14, 2022.
According to the report, tensions in Ukraine-bordering regions seem to calm down a bit, while Ukrainian Donbas is still under constant attacks from russian occupation forces. At the same time Ukrainian troops move towards state border near Kharkiv.
Russians continue their offensive operations in the Eastern Operational Zone.
Read more in the article by Defense Express: Ukraine's General Staff Operational Report: Tensions Decrease in Belarus and Transnistria
18:52 Ukrainian military pushed occupiers to the state border
One more village was liberated to the north from Kharkiv, northeastern Ukraine. It was reported by Ukrainian journalist Andrii Tsapliienko.
"Mere hundreds of meters left here to the state border," he wrote on his Telegram channel
18:26 Russians let the evacuation column from Mariupol depart
A column of approx. 500 to 1000 autos was held in place by the occupiers for three whole days, reported Petro Andriushchenko, the adviser to the Mariupol Mayor. Today, at last, the civilians were allowed to leave the city towards Ukraine-controlled Zaporizhzhia city.
17:43 Ukrainian artillerymen using M777
Operational Command "West" of the Ukrainian Armed Forces made a video showing artillery squads firing from newly received M777 howitzers provided by the USA
"American M777 howitzers are already destroying the occupier. Weapons have been transferred to combat units, so now the invaders get a real "jackpot" in the form of Three Sevens," goes the message attached to the video.
17:01 Ukraine to receive $40 billion from the USA next week
The decision on providing Ukraine with roughly 40 billion USD may come as soon as next week, said Andriy Sybiha, Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine. The assessment comes after President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with a delegation of the US Senate.
"Today, our state has the strong bipartisan and bicameral support of American friends. And the American people. Therefore, a decision on 40 billion USD in support [of Ukraine] is expected next week. As well as further tightening of sanctions against the russian aggressor and increasing defense support. Implementation of the land lease program," the official wrote on his Facebook.
The official statement from the presidential office says Volodymyr Zelenskyy "expressed hope that the US Senate will promptly approve a package of additional funding to support the Ukrainian people" worth $ 39.6 billion, which has been previously approved by the lower house of the US parliament.
16:25 Russian army personnel reserves have been exhausted
Russia has already exhausted reserves of combat-capable battalion-tactical groups, stated Vadym Skibitskyi, the representative of the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine on the air of a national TV marathon. According to him, to mitigate this lack of personnel, russia continues covert mobilization. New units of the occupying forces are being formed of conscripts and mobilization resources and then sent to the Ukrainian territory. However, such troops are largely ineffective.
"We actually understand that today the russian federation has exhausted the resources of the most combat capable battalion tactical groups," said the representative of the military intelligence of Ukraine. "Although it still has enough reserves to enter the territory of Ukraine."
Vadym Skibitskyi said the most depressed morale is observed among the forcibly mobilized servicemen of the 1st and 2nd Army Corps from the temporarily occupied territories of Luhansk and Donetsk regions.
"Untrained personnel, who have, essentially, no combat experience, are now heading to the most important directions".
16:13 A batch of the U.S. M777 howitzers is going to Ukraine
The US Department of Defense published a video of M777s being loaded on a C-17 cargo aircraft for further delivery to Ukraine
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15:48 Ukraine has spent about $8.3 billion on the war against russia
Finance Minister of Ukraine Serhiy Marchenko gave an interview to Reuters. Ukraine NOW provides key takeaways from it:
- Ukraine has already spent 245.1 billion UAH or about 8.3 billion USD on the war already
- The use of funds pledged for the development of the country range from the purchase and repair of weapons to emergency assistance to internally displaced persons.
- Only 60% of the planned tax revenues were collected in April, and in May–June, this figure may drop to 45-50%.
- Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, needs foreign financial support,.5 billion dollars a month is needed to finance the state budget.
15:21 A video of a Ukrainian MLRS attacking russian forces in Chornobaivka appeared
Ukrainian Land Forces have posted a video of Ukraine’s BM-27 "Uragan" MLRS combat use against russian invaders. The video shows a battery of three BM-27 "Uragan" units launching a strike on russian positions on May 12 night.
This is presumably the 19th time russians get shelled in Chornobaivka village near Kherson. It is reported that Ukrainian artillerymen have hit the enemy positions in the area of Chornobaivka as many as 25 times already.
14:52 Dead russians from Zmiinyi Island are being delivered to Crimea
Defense Intelligence of Ukraine states that russian invaders, killed and wounded on the Zmiinyi Island in the north-western Black Sea are being collected in the occupied Sevastopol city of Crimea. According to the data obtained by intelligence, eight people arrived on a base located there, 10 more corpses were delivered along with them.
Ukrainian Intelligence said the hospitals in the occupied Crimean Peninsula are full of wounded russian servicemen. A blood donation campaign is carried out in the area, including in a compulsory way.
14:07 Ukrainian air defense shot a helicopter
59th Motorized Brigade of Ukrainian Armed Forces showed footage from the crash site where a russian helicopter was downed. It was shot by Ukrainian air defense units of the southern operational command. Ukraine Weapons Tracker suggests this one is either Mi-24P or Mi-35M of the russian air force.
13:40 Russian river crossing eliminated once more
Operational Command "South" reports another pontoon river crossing over prevented in Bilohorivka, Luhansk region. Drone footage of the site you can find here, provided by the 57th Motorized Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Russian attempts to create a pontoon over the Siverskyi Donetsk River near Bilohorivka led to at least five successful Ukrainian strikes, many russian personnel and pieces of equipment have already been destroyed. Although there are no exact figures yet, Ukrainian media and officials say about hundreds of armored vehicles blown up there.
13:25 Russians retreat from Kharkiv region
Ukrainian military push back the russian occupiers in the region, said Oleh Synyehubov, Head of Kharkiv region administration. Russians didn't shell Kharkiv, the second-largest city in Ukraine, over the past day. But their artillery still reaches multiple cities in the region.
"The hottest spot is still the Izium direction. Our Armed Forces are on the counter-offensive. The enemy is retreating in some directions. This is the result of the Ukrainian warriors' character," said the official in his report on social media.
While on retreat, russians leave explosives "absolutely everywhere", according to Synyehubov, including furniture in people's homes. The demining works are underway. He urged evacuated citizens to postpone returning to their homes until they are completely safe.
12:58 Petro Andriushchenko, adviser to Mariupol mayor, posted on Telegram video on present situation in Mariupol. The residents have little access to drinking water in the blocked Mariupol, while all the basements of residential buildings are flooded.
He wrote: "Mariupol. Right now. Humanitarian situation. Water. All basements are flooded, streets have turned into rivers. The water utility workers have received diving equipment and make futile attempts to repair breaches in the basements. The residents still have little access to drinking water. Majority of Mariupol residents have to walk a long way to water delivery points (barrels or water tanks), but there is not enough water there”.
"About 150,000-170,000 Mariupol residents remain hostages of the occupying power and have almost no chance to flee to Ukraine," the adviser to Mariupol mayor added.
Mariupol experiences one of the biggest humanitarian catastrophes provoked by Russian aggression. The city has no normal energy, water, and gas supply. The Mariupol mayor said that up to 20,000 civilians had died in the city since the Russian invasion.
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12:20 The Operational Command North reported on Facebook, that russian troops fired on a border settlement in the Chernihiv region.
"This morning the occupiers fired at a border settlement in Chernihiv region from Russian territory. At about 06:30, a report was received that eight explosions (tentatively from a mortar) had been recorded on the outskirts of Bleshnia," the statement reads.
There are no losses among personnel and equipment, the report said.
Late on May 13, servicemen of the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service recorded five explosions on the outskirts of a border village in the Shostka district, Sumy region. The enemy fired at the border area of the Sumy region using unguided air missiles.
11:40 The heads of diplomatic missions of the United States, Great Britain, France and Germany met in Kyiv for the first time since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine.
11:00 German Chancellor Olaf Scholz told T-online publication what he talked with Putin over the phone.
Scholz didnʼt see Moscowʼs desire to change its position on Ukraine. Though itʼs obvious that Russia has not achieved any of the goals set at the beginning of the war.
The only way out for Putin is to negotiate with Ukraine. This may affect the lifting of sanctions.
With its invasion, Russia has only strengthened NATO.
10:37 As Reuters report, more than 700,000 people fleeing the war in Ukraine have been recorded in Germany thus far, Welt am Sonntag newspaper reported on Saturday, citing Interior Ministry data.
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10:20 The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has published the new summary of total combat losses of the enemy from 24.02 to 14.05. Find them in an infographic by Defense Express:
So far, the list of the enemy's combat losses is the following:
Personnel - more 27200 (+300),
Tanks ‒ 1218 (+13) units,
APV ‒ 2934 (+34) units,
Artillery systems – 551 (+9) units,
MLRS – 195 (+2) units,
Anti-aircraft warfare systems – 88 (+0) units,
Aircraft – 200 (+0) units,
Helicopters – 163 (+1) units,
Vehicles and Fuel tanks – 2059 (+17) units,
Boats / cutters – 13 (+0) units,
UAV operational-tactical level – 411 (+6) units,
Special equipment – 41 (+0),
Cruise missiles - 95 (+0).
Russian enemy suffered the greatest losses (of the past day) at the Sloviansk and Bakhmut directions.
Data are being updated.
09:18 Analysts at the American Institute for War (ISW) believe that Ukraine has won the battle for Kharkiv — Russian troops are moving away from the city. They failed to surround Kharkiv.
The withdrawal of enemy troops was also reported by the General Staff.
08:33 At dawn on May 14, Russian troops fired on the Shyrokiv community in the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast from Uragans, said Oblast administration head Valentyn Reznichenko.
No one was killed or injured. Windows were broken in several houses, and cluster munitions fell in several yards.
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07:40 The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has released an operational update on the state of warfare as of 06.00 on May 14, 2022.
According to Ukraine’s General Staff operational report, russian enemy continues to conduct a full-scale armed aggression against Ukraine. The main goal is to establish full control over the territory of Donetsk, Luhansk and Kherson oblasts and ensure the stability of the land corridor with the temporarily occupied Ukrainian Crimea.
- The greatest activity of russian occupiers is observed in Slobozhansky and Donetsk directions.
- There is still a threat that the enemy will launch missile and bomb strikes on military and civilian facilities in Ukraine.
- In the Volyn and Polissya directions, the enemy did not take active action.
- In the Siversky direction, russian enemy provides enhanced protection of the Ukrainian-russian border in the Bryansk and Kursk regions.
- russian enemy did not conduct active hostilities in the Kharkiv direction.
- In the Slovyansk direction, russian enemy carried out artillery shelling of civilian and military infrastructure in the areas of the settlements of Dovgenke, Dolyna and Husarivka.
- In the Donetsk and Tavriya directions, russian enemy used mortars, artillery, rocket-propelled grenades and aircraft to inflict maximum losses on units of the Defence Forces, deplete personnel and destroy fortifications.
- In addition, russian enemy is trying to improve the tactical situation in the areas of Komyshuvakha, Krasnohorivka, Novomykhailivka, Kostiantynivka and Pobeda. It is not successful.
- In the city of Mariupol, russian enemy continues to blockade our units near the Azovstal plant. Inflicts massive artillery and air strikes.
- In the Zaporizhiz direction, in order to maintain the occupied territory, there are preparatory measures for the construction of a multi-tiered defence by the occupiers.
- The situation in the South Buh area has not changed significantly. The enemy continues to shell the positions of our troops with mortars and artillery.
07:15 Russia has entered the third phase of a full-scale war in Ukraine and is now preparing for a long battle. This was announced on Friday, May 13, on the air of the all-Ukrainian telethon by the adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs, Viktor Andrusiv.
The adviser noted that the first phase was an attempt to capture the whole of Ukraine "in a few days", the second was to encircle Ukraine’s Defense Forces in the country’s east.
"They had plotted to make one of such encirclements especially large, cutting us off from Pavlohrad, another one was supposed to include Kramatorsk and Sloviansk, and now they have a very small encirclement on the table. In fact, it’s Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk, but they’re failing to do that, too," Andrusiv stressed.
The official noted that the occupiers have now moved on to the third phase of the war as they are beginning to prepare for holding the ground they have managed to gain.
"This indicates that they have decided to turn the war into a very long one ... They hope that the crises caused by the war will put the West at the negotiating table, and that the West will try to swap us for something," the adviser to the minister of interior said.
06:30 The German Security Council is discussing the supply of ten Diehl IRIS-T SLM air defense systems to Ukraine. This was reported by Bild citing sources in the German government.
The range of IRIS-T SLM system is 40 km, while its operating altitude is 20 km. With the help of these air defense systems, the forces can repel the attacks of combat aircraft, helicopters, cruise missiles, and drones.
If the supply is approved by the German Security Council, Ukraine may receive the first complexes in November 2022. It will take three to four years to produce all ten complexes requested by Ukraine. Ukrainian soldiers will have to undergo appropriate training in Germany.
It should be recalled that on April 28, the Bundestag approved the supply of heavy weapons to Ukraine. On May 9, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that Russia's aggression leaves Germany no choice but to supply weapons to Ukraine.
In the coming days, Ukrainian artillerymen will be trained to handle PzH 2000 tank howitzers, which Germany and the Netherlands plan to deliver to Kyiv.
Ukrainian troops acting as a part of Joint Forces Operation (JFO) Group continue to conduct a defense operation in a certain area of responsibility in the Donetsk and Luhansk areas. The situation is difficult, but controlled. The Ukrainian military have repulsed 10 enemy attacks in Donetsk and Luhansk Regions on Friday, May 13.
The relevant statement was made by the Joint Forces Operation Task Force on Facebook.
“The enemy is using combat aviation, multiple rocket launcher systems, cannon artillery, tanks and mortars all over the defense line. They are launching missile and air strikes on civil infrastructure facilities, residential areas, destroying administrative buildings, hospitals, secondary and nursery schools,” the report states.
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00:45 US sending 10,500 new troops to Europe for new rotation.
The US is sending 10,500 new troops to Europe to replace soldiers who were earlier deployed, the Pentagon’s spokesperson John Kirby also announced in his briefing today, The Guardian reports. He said the deployments were “one for one unit replacements” and that the turnovers would happen in the coming weeks and into the summer: “It will be a rotation over time.”
Kirby explained: “These are not permanent moves. These moves are designed to respond to the current security environment. Moreover these forces are not going to fight in Ukraine. They are going to support the robust defense of Nato allies.”
00:30 Azovstal defenders call on Western leaders to help with evacuation of the wounded.
Russian troops continue to massively bombard the Mariupol-based Azovstal plant with planes. Many Ukrainian defenders, who have been seriously wounded, are remaining within the plant and need to be urgently evacuated.
The relevant statement was made by Azov Regiment Deputy Commander Captain Sviatoslav Palamar at a special panel session during the Kyiv Security Forum, Ukrinform reports.
“The enemy is cynical; the enemy does not follow any international conventions. The enemy does not adhere to the Geneva Conventions. Knowing that about 600 wounded fighters are remaining within the Azovstal plant, they continue to drop bombs on a military hospital. This way, as usually, they violate all international regulations,” Palamar said.
Palamar called on Western leaders to help with the evacuation of the wounded.
“I would like to address all representatives of this conference, thank you once again, and say that, perhaps, such a great nation and representatives of such a great nation, the United States of America, would help us to evacuate our wounded fighters,” Palamar stressed.
Palamar asked them to make every effort, if possible, to help with the extraction procedure for the Ukrainian garrison. In his words, the courage of Mariupol defenders prevented the enemy from advancing.
“Believe me, if we had not done this, this horde would have gone farther on. They would have seized other areas, advanced deep into the territory of Ukraine, and the front line would have looked differently now,” Palamar added.
00:10 Ukrainian military authorities loaded the bodies of Russian soldiers onto refrigerated rail cars on Friday, saying they were prepared to return the bodies to Russia in accordance with internal law, Reuters reports.
The authorities loaded the bodies after fighting in the Kyiv and Chernihiv regions.
From the news agency:
Volodymr Lyamzin, the head of Ukraine’s civil-military cooperation, said his country was acting in accordance with international law and was ready to return the bodies to Russia.
“According to the norms of international humanitarian law, and Ukraine is strictly following them, after the active phase of the conflict is over, sides have to return the bodies of the military of another country “Ukraine is ready to return the bodies to the aggressor, he said.
Lyamzin said there were several refrigerator trains stationed in different regions across Ukraine where the bodies of Russian soldiers were being kept.
Several hundred bodies were being stored at a facility on the outskirts of Kyiv filmed by Reuters.