​Day 90th of War Between Ukraine and Russian Federation (Live Updates)

Defense Express collects operative information on Russia's invasion of Ukraine – official sources and senior Ukrainian authorities' announcements
The Armed Forces of Ukraine use light vehicles equipped with the american automatic grenade launchers Mk 19 to attack the russian occupiers / Photo credit: Operational Command "West"
The Armed Forces of Ukraine use light vehicles equipped with the american automatic grenade launchers Mk 19 to attack the russian occupiers / Photo credit: Operational Command "West"

Exactly three months since the russian federation unleashed its unprovoked and devastating invasion on Ukraine. Since then a de-facto coalition of civilized world's countries has formed around Ukraine to help protect its people's lives, sovereignty and the whole world, which was once again testified during the Ukraine Defense Contact Group meeting of 44 defense ministers from across the globe

Brief Facts:

  • EU approves 500 million euro tranche of military aid for Ukraine.
  • Ukraine's Prosecutor General's Office states that number of children injured amid Russia's war against Ukraine increased to over 667.
  • Fierce battles raging in Luhansk Region, Russians attempt to encircle Sievierodonetsk, Lysychansk.
  • Dnipropetrovsk Region and Kryvyi Rih came under artillery fire.
  • Russian army has launched 2,275 missile strikes at Ukraine – Zelensky.
  • Denmark to provide Ukraine with Harpoon anti-ship missiles: one of the results of today's Ukraine Defense Contact Group meeting.
  • New Zealand to send 30 army personnel to train Ukrainian soldiers in the UK.

Side note: news are marked in accordance with the Kyiv time zone: Eastern European Time (EET), GMT/UTC+2

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01:10 At a meeting with G7 colleagues, Canadian Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland informed that she was being called by Russian sanctioned oligarchs. In addition to travel restrictions and asset freezes, they complain that they cannot distance themselves from the war due to the threat of repression by the Kremlin.

Thus, the sanctioned oligarchs have made a proposal: they can leave a significant part of their billion-dollar assets to the West so that later Ukrainians can use this money to rebuild the destroyed infrastructure. Instead, they would like to disappear from all sanctions lists.

Canadian Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland
Canadian Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland

Read more details in a publication by Defense Express:

Canada Provides $50 Million in Small Arms and Ammunition for Ukraine

00:40 Russia claims Mariupol sea port was demined, ready for foreign ships to leave. On the morning of May 25, foreign flag vessels will be able to leave the port in the Sea of Azov through the humanitarian corridor, 115 miles long and 2 miles wide, towards the Black Sea, the Russian Defense Ministry claimed.

Mariupol sea port
Mariupol sea port

Read more details in a publication by Defense Express:

Ukraine’s General Staff Operational Report: russians Demining Mariupol Port

00:10 Speaking to CNN’s Melissa Bell, Petro Andriushchenko — who has fled to Ukrainian held territory — said that Mariupol town hall officials believe that at least 22,000 residents of the city were killed during three months of war — a figure that cannot be independently supported, with the free press now unable to get access to the city and those still inside too scared to speak openly.

The figure of 22,000 is based, Andriushchenko said, on the many contacts he and other town hall officials continue to have with officials trapped inside. But he believes the actual figure could be much higher.

Andriushchenko said that the process of reburying the dead has been complicated by Russian official insistence that reclaimed bodies be brought to a morgue and that a person claiming a body must agree to record a video in which the applicant says the deceased was killed by the Ukrainian military.

Illusrative photo / Mariupol, present days
Illusrative photo / Mariupol, present days

Andriushchenko said that, based on the information gathered from his network of sources, Mariupol tonight is a city thrown back to the Middle Ages.

“It is absolutely dark inside the city. The only lights are from Russian troops and Russian patrols,” he said. “Everywhere it’s the smell of death and the smell of fire.”

Read more details in a publication by Defense Express:

Chronicle of the Russian Federation Crimes in Ukraine (May)

23:45 Ukraine’s National Guard serviceman has destroyed a Russian Su-25 Grach aircraft in Zaporizhzhia Region.

The relevant statement was made by the National Guard of Ukraine on Facebook, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

On May 23, 2022, when completing a combat mission, the Ukrainian serviceman caused damage to the enemy for the second time over the past month.

“With an accurate shot, the National Guard serviceman destroyed the occupiers’ Su-25 Grach attack aircraft,” the report states.

23:20 The US Treasury Department has announced that it will not renew the general license, which temporarily allowed Russia to make payments to service its foreign debt in dollars under sanctions. This requirement takes effect on the night of May 25.

United States Department of the Treasury
United States Department of the Treasury

Read more details in a publication by Defense Express:

Sanctions are Working: Russia Failing to Restore Combat Capability of Units Withdrawn from Ukraine

23:00 The russian federation's actions indicate preparations for a prolonged military operation on the territory of Ukraine

This was stated by the speaker of the Ministry of Defense Oleksandr Motuzianyk in the air of the TV marathon.

"In general, the actions of the Russian army indicate that Russia is preparing to conduct a long-term military operation," Motuzianyk said.

He stressed that the situation on the front is very complicated. According to him, it is hotter now in the Donetsk and Slovyansk directions.

The speaker of the Ministry of Defense Oleksandr Motuzianyk
The speaker of the Ministry of Defense Oleksandr Motuzianyk

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Ukraine’s General Staff Operational Report: russia Continue Create Humanitarian Crisis on Occupy Territory Of Ukraine

22:20 Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and European Council President Charles Michel have discussed steps on Ukraine's movement towards its membership of the European Union.

Zelensky said this on Twitter.

"On the eve of the special meeting of the European Council on May 30-31, continued dialogue with Charles Michel. Aid to Ukraine will be a cross-cutting issue. Coordinated steps to strengthen sanctions, food security, rebuild Ukraine and move towards EU membership," he said.

21:30 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 relevant statement was made by the Joint Forces Operation Task Force on Facebook.

Along the entire line of defense, the enemy uses combat aircraft, multiple rocket launchers, large-caliber barrel artillery, tanks, mortars of various systems, and launches missile and bomb strikes on civilian infrastructure and peaceful residential areas.

According to the Joint Forces Operation Task Force statement, the occupiers fired on more than 40 settlements in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, destroyed and damaged more than 60 civilian objects, including 50 residential buildings, hospital, coke plant, railway station, construction base, shopping center, national police station, prosecutor's office building, power substation and garage cooperative.

As a result of these shellings, at least 14 civilians were killed and 15 others were injured in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Read more details in a publication by Defense Express:

Defenders of Ukraine Repels 9 Enemy Attacks in JFO Area on May 24

20:45 Canada has purchased 20,000 artillery rounds of NATO standard ammunition for Ukraine to support it in its defense against Russia's invasion, Defense Minister Anita Anand said on Tuesday.

The ammunition was bought from the United States for about C$98 million ($76.32 million) and would soon be delivered to Ukraine.

Defense Minister of Canada  Anita Anand
Defense Minister of Canada Anita Anand

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Monday said that some 20 countries had announced new security assistance packages for Ukraine during a virtual meeting with allies aimed at coordinating arms for Kyiv.

Read more about Canadian support for Ukraine in a publication by Defense Express:

Canada Provides $50 Million in Small Arms and Ammunition for UkraineCanada Provides $50 Million in Small Arms and Ammunition for Ukraine

20:02 The Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orbán, has declared a state of emergency. This will give the government "room for maneuver and the ability to respond immediately" to the effects of the war in Ukraine, Orban said.

According to him, the government will announce its first measures in a state of emergency on Wednesday, May 25.

Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orbán
Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orbán

19:40 In an interview with NHK, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Ukraine would be ready to return to talks with Russia after the de-occupation of all territories seized after February 24. He stressed that the victory for Ukraine will be the return of Donbas and Crimea, but now the main goal is to de-occupy the occupied territories over the past three months.

"We are fighting for ourselves to reach at least the position of February 24. And then we offer to sit down at the negotiating table again and agree on peace, an end to the war, and the return of our territories," he said.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy

18:55 Ukraine’s Special Operations Forces published video footage of a Russian tank being destroyed by the drone in an undisclosed location. It looks like Switchblade kamikaze drone was used by Ukraine’s SOF Operators.

A video of the drone working against russian occupiers was posted on official page of Special Operations Forces Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine of Facebook.

“SOF operators in Ukraine have developed skills in using another type of modern weapon. An example of this is another destruction of an enemy tank along with the enemy's manpower. According to our soldiers, the Russian occupiers were quietly drinking alcohol at one of the positions, sitting on the armor of their tank. However, the usual Russian occupation was abruptly interrupted by an unexpected attack from the air. A modern kamikaze drone, equipped with a powerful explosive, flew straight into the tank, causing irreparable damage to the enemy. The whole process of destroying the enemy was filmed by a camera located on the killer drone,” the explanatory caption to the video reads.

Whatch the video and find more details on the theme in a publication by Defense Express:

Ukraine’s SOF Operators Eliminates russia’s Tank, Personel by American Loitering Munition (Video)

According to Ukraine's SOF operators, russians were quietly drinking alcohol at one of the positions, sitting on the armor of their tank, Defense Express
According to Ukraine's SOF operators, russians were quietly drinking alcohol at one of the positions, sitting on the armor of their tank...

18:30 82% of Ukrainians against any territorial concessions in peace deal with Russia – poll

A new survey has found that 82% of Ukrainians believe that their country should not sign away any of its territories as part of a peace deal with russia under any circumstances.

Researchers at the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology spoke to 2,000 adult citizens of Ukraine between 13 and 18 May, The Guardian reports.

They found that 82% of respondents said they did not support territorial concessions.

Only 10% believed that some territories could be abandoned in order to achieve peace and preserve independence, researchers said.

According to the poll, 77% of Ukrainians living in Russian-occupied territory opposed any land concessions.

In the east of the country where the most intense fighting with Russian forces is currently taking place, only 19% of respondents said they were ready to make territorial concessions; 68% said they were against.

In the south of Ukraine, 83% of respondents said they were against any territorial concessions and 9% found it acceptable for Ukraine to concede territory to achieve peace.

From Politico’s Christopher Miller:

18:15 Chief of Kyiv region’s National Police department: More than 10 mass graves of civilians found in Kyiv region.

More than 10 mass graves of civilians have been found in Kyiv region so far, but this figure is not final.

“So far, we have found more than 10 mass graves of civilians in Kyiv region. Most of them – eight – are located in Bucha district, the most massive [killings] took place in Bucha, so there were 40 and 57 bodies, respectively. And, unfortunately, this figure is not final," Chief of Kyiv region’s National Police department Andriy Nebytov said during the nationwide telethon, Ukrinform reports.

Nebytov noted that 418 bodies had been found and examined in Bucha alone, and more than 50 percent of those people died not in the mine blast or under rubble but from gunshot wounds.

"These crimes are terrible, and they are recorded. And thus, I hope, the Russian aggressor will be brought to justice," he said.

Chief of Kyiv region’s National Police department, More than 10 mass graves of civilians found in Kyiv region, Defense Express
Chief of Kyiv region’s National Police department: More than 10 mass graves of civilians found in Kyiv region

Asked how to bring to justice those who committed these atrocities, the chief of Kyiv region police department said that the entire law enforcement system and security forces were currently working under the guidance of the Prosecutor General’s Office.

He said that the law enforcement officers hoped that with the involvement of foreign experts, including International Criminal Court specialists, it will be possible to gather evidence to bring organizers and perpetrators of these crimes to justice under national and international law.

17:50 The US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, spoke with his Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba, and discussed potential ways to get Ukraine’s grain out of the country, a spokesperson for the US state department said, The Guardian reports.

The spokesperson said in a statement: “The Secretary noted the global food security crisis resulting from President Putin’s brutal war requires a global response, and they discussed potential means to export Ukraine’s grain to international markets.”

Blinken also gave Kuleba details about the $40.1 bn in supplemental appropriations that was signed into law by President Joe Biden this weekend, the statement said.

The US secretary “underscored the United States’ strong support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Moscow’s aggression”, the spokesperson added.

Kuleba also tweeted about the call and said the pair “discussed ways to unblock Ukraine’s exports and ensure global food security”.

17:35 Sievierodonetsk completely controlled by Ukrainian authorities.

The town of Sievierodonetsk, Luhansk region, is completely controlled by the Ukrainian authorities. The Armed Forces of Ukraine hold the defense.

"Sievierodonetsk is completely controlled by the Ukrainian authorities. The Armed Forces of Ukraine hold the defense. But the situation is very difficult. We see the Russians throwing all their forces to either capture Sievierodonetsk or lay siege to the government-controlled part of Luhansk region," Head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration Serhiy Haidai said during the nationwide telethon, Ukrinform reports.

In Luhansk direction, he said, there are 25 Russian battalion groups, each numbering up to 500 people, totaling 10,000 troops at least, as well as huge amount of equipment.

Haidai clarified that “there are no battles in Sievierodonetsk. There are battles on the outskirts, because sometimes it is possible to achieve some success in certain areas, in the villages near Sievierodonetsk, but there are no battles in the town itself."

Head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration Serhiy Haidai , Defense Express
Head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration Serhiy Haidai

According to the Head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, the shelling of Sievierodonetsk has increased manifold, and the invaders may make a breakthrough, but the Ukrainian troops hold strong defense.

"They [invaders] may succeed somewhere, but our guys are very motivated, they stay there, there have weapons. Today we have been defending for exactly three months. Three months have passed, and they [Russians] unable get through even a small part of Luhansk region. We will hold it as long as necessary, "Haidai said.

17:05 EU approves 500 million euro tranche of military aid for Ukraine.

This was announced by the press service of the EU Council on Tuesday

Out of the total, 490 million euros are earmarked for military equipment, and 10 million euros to cover protective gear, first aid kits and fuel.

Previously the European Union had approved another 1.5 billion euros in military aid for Ukraine, bringing the total to 2 billion euros.

As Defense Express reported earlie, France-provided 155mm CAESAR SPG are already fighting for Ukraine’s freedom.

Read the article by Defense Express: French 155mm CAESAR SPG In Ukraine, Combat Use On the Front Line (Video)

France-provided 155mm CAESAR SPG are already fighting for Ukraine’s freedom, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
Illustrative photo from open sources

16:40 Enemy again fires on Azot chemical plant, killing five people.

This morning, the aggressor fired on the Azot chemical plant in Sievierodonetsk, Luhansk region, killing five people.

“This morning, the Russians resumed fire on the territory of the Azot plant which, as everyone knows, has several bomb shelters. As a result, four people were killed. Another resident was seriously injured in the central part of the town. He was quickly taken to the humanitarian headquarters and given the assistance, but the injury turned out to be fatal," Head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration Serhiy Haidai posted on Telegram.

As reported, Luhansk region is under constant Russian fire. Many residential buildings, infrastructure facilities, educational institutions have been destroyed and hospitals have been damaged. Until recently, about 40,000 civilians stayed in the region refusing to evacuate.

16:15 Prosecutor General's Office: Number of children injured amid Russia's war against Ukraine increased to over 667: Some 234 killed, 433 wounded.

More than 667 children suffered in Ukraine as a result of Russia's full-scale armed aggression: as of the morning of May 24, 2022, the official number of child victims increased to 234, and the number of injured also increased to 433, the Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) has said.

These figures are not final, since work is underway to establish them in places of active hostilities, in temporarily occupied and liberated territories, the PGO said.

Children suffered the most in Donetsk region, namely 146 children, while 116 in Kyiv; some 103 in Kharkiv; some 68 in Chernihiv; some 50 in Luhansk; some 49 in Kherson; some 45 in Mykolaiv; some 28 in Zaporizhia; some 17 in Sumy; some 16 in Kyiv and 15 in Zhytomyr.

Prosecutor General's Office, Number of children injured amid Russia's war against Ukraine increased to over 667: Some 234 killed, 433 wounded, Defense Express

On May 22, a 12-year-old girl died in a medical institution in the city of Dnipro, who was severely injured on May 7 as a result of shelling by the invaders.

On May 20, due to artillery shelling by the Russian troops of the village of Chkalovske, Chuhuiv district, Kharkiv region, a 16-year-old boy was severely injured, from which he died.

It became known that on April 8, as a result of enemy shelling of the city of Lysychansk, Severodonetsk district of Luhansk region, two boys aged 11 and 13 were wounded.

Due to the bombing and shelling of Ukrainian cities and villages by the Russian armed forces, some 1,848 educational institutions were damaged. At the same time, 173 of them were completely destroyed.

15:45 Navy Men of Russia’s Caspian Flotilla Refuse to Fulfill Combat Tasks Because TheirShips are Not in the Condition

Navy seamen participating in the war against Ukraine as part of the naval grouping, refuse to carry out combat missions due to the bad state of their ships.

The seamen and the ships are from the 106th brigade of surface ships of the Caspian Flotilla of the Southern Military District of Russia

The Defense Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine reported this. Ukraine’s Defense Intelligence say that the situation emerged due to international sanctions imposed against russia in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Find more details on the theme in a publication by Defense Express:

Navy Men of Russia’s Caspian Flotilla Refuse to Fulfill Combat Tasks Because Their Ships are Not in the Condition

Landing boats of the Caspian flotilla of the Russian Navy perform a demonstrative redeployment to the Black Sea, April 2021, Defense Express
Landing boats of the Caspian flotilla of the Russian Navy perform a demonstrative redeployment to the Black Sea, April 2021

15:00 Lyman under heavy enemy shelling, multiple casualties reported.

Heavy enemy shelling is ongoing in the Lyman district of Donetsk region. Multiple casualties have been reported, while there is no possibility to continue evacuation.

Lyman Mayor Oleksandr Zhuravlov delivered the news live during the UArazom telethon, Ukrinform reports.

"Currently, the situation in the city is very difficult amid heavy shelling in both the southern and northern parts of the city. There are reports of many wounded, as well as those killed. A lot of households and infrastructure facilities have been destroyed. According to my estimates, there are currently about 7,000 to 000 people remaining in town. There are people who want to flee but due to the intense shelling, there is no possibility to evacuate them," the mayor said.

Read also: "We caught a Ukrainian yesterday, he’s now in another world" - intercept exposes more Russian war crimes

He noted that there has been no electricity, water and gas supplies in the town of Lyman for two months already as all major highways have been cut off by enemy forces.

Lyman under heavy enemy shelling, multiple casualties reported

"We used to deliver food kits and medication during the evacuation. And at the moment it is not possible to proceed with evacuations, so we can't bring in any food. There are bomb shelters and basements for local residents to hide," Zhuravlov said.

But he assured that as soon as the situation becomes favorable, the authorities are set to evacuate the remaining population.

14:25 Four civilians killed by Russian shelling of residential building in Sievierodonetsk.

As the head of the Luhansk region Governor Serhiy Haidai stated in his post on Telegram, two men and a woman were found dead after the shelling; another woman was found with serious injuries and later died in a hospital.

Russian forces shell the city of Sievierodonetsk “chaotically and uninterruptedly,” Haidai said. Overall, Russia’s war has killed 314 people in Luhansk Oblast as of May 24.

14:00 Russia’s war has killed 415 civilians in Donetsk region since February 24.

The head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration, Pavlo Kyrylenko stated this on Telegram.

According to the head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration, 1,146 civilians have been injured in the region as of May 24. However, the figures do not include casualties in occupied Mariupol and Volnovakha.

13:30 Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba: Russian attack in Donbas ‘largest one on European soil since WWII’, says Ukraine

Ukraine’s foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, said the Russian offensive in the Donbas is “the largest one on European soil since WWII”, The Guardian reports.

Kuleba tweeted that it was “too early” to conclude that Kyiv already has all the weapons it needs to defend itself against the Russian offensive.

He urged allies to “speed up deliveries of weapons and ammunition, especially MLRS (multiple rocket launch systems), long-range artillery, APCs (armoured personnel carriers)“.

Kuleba later accused Russian “thieves” of stealing Ukrainian grain, loading it onto ships and then passing through the Bosphorus to try to sell it abroad.

He urged countries to “refuse such proposals” and to not buy the stolen grain adding:

“Don’t become accomplices to Russian crimes. Theft has never brought anyone luck.”

12:55 The Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine: Russia installs on warships components from China-made household appliances.

The Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine: Russia installs on warships components from China-made household appliances, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
Illustrative photo from open sources

Due to international sanctions imposed on Russia, certain components of Chinese-produced household appliances have been installed on some Russian warships, Ukrinform reports.

"International sanctions imposed against the occupying power hinder full-fledged maintenance and repair of navigation diesel equipment of their fleet's warships," the statement said.

12:45 France-provided 155mm CAESAR SPG are already fighting for Ukraine’s freedom.

Read the article by Defense Express: French 155mm CAESAR SPG In Ukraine, Combat Use On the Front Line (Video)

France-provided 155mm CAESAR SPG are already fighting for Ukraine’s freedom, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
Illustrative photo from open sources

12:22 Advisor to the Mayor of Mariupol, Petro Andriushchenko: About 200 bodies found when dismantling rubble of apartment block in Mariupol.

Advisor to the Mayor of Mariupol, Petro Andriushchenko: About 200 bodies found when dismantling rubble of apartment block in Mariupol, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
Photo credit / Advisor to Mariupol Mayor Petro Andriushchenko

“When dismantling the rubble of an apartment block on Myru Avenue, about 200 bodies of victims were found in a basement with a high degree of decomposition,” Andriushchenko wrote.

In his words, as local residents refused to collect and pack the bodies of the dead, Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry simply left corpses at the scene. As the rubble was partially dismantled, the stench can be felt all over the residential quarter.

In addition, as the so-called State Corporation Ritual from occupied Donetsk started to deal with funeral and exhumation services, the reburial of civilians who were buried in the yards of apartment blocks during hostilities actually suspended, Ukrinform reports.

12:12 Special Operations Forces Command posted on Facebook the video of Ukraine’s drone working against russian occupiers. Stating, that such drones demoralize and force the enemy to remain tense all the time.

11:45 Head of Luhansk Regional Military Administration Serhii Haidai: Fierce battles raging in Luhansk Region, Russians attempt to encircle Sievierodonetsk, Lysychansk.

Head of Luhansk Regional Military Administration Serhii Haidai: Fierce battles raging in Luhansk Region, Russians attempt to encircle Sievierodonetsk, Lysychansk, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
Ukraine's Grad MLRS ar work / Open source photo

“Regarding the situation at the front line, the enemy has focused efforts on the offensive operation to encircle Lysychansk and Sievierodonetsk. Now, with the support of artillery, they are conducting assault operations in the direction of Toshkivka and Ustynivka, near Lysychansk,” Haidai wrote, Ukrinform reports.

In his words, Russia’s shelling is very strong. Sometimes it is impossible to record all the damage on time, as it is difficult to reach the impact areas.

11:25 There’s been rather controversial news from Germany regarding supplying Ukraine with spare and unnecessary armored vehicles. What’s the problem with that and what obstacles are faced to successfully complete German military aid to Ukraine?

Read in the article by Defense Express: "Scholz's Fake Game": Germany Hides "Extra" Marder Infantry Fighting Vehicles, Doesn’t Let Rheinmetall Strengthen the Armed Forces of Ukraine

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Illustrative photo from open sources

10:35 British Defense Intelligence update on 24 May 2022.

British Defense Intelligence update on 24 May 2022, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war

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 24.05.

According to the report, about 29350 agressor's troops eliminated, 967 air targets (excluding cruise missiles) of invaders were shot down, thousands of tanks, armored vehicles and tracks were destroyed by defenders of Ukraine.

Find more details in the article by Defense Express: The 90th Day of the War: Russian Casualties in Ukraine

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09:55 Head of Dnipropetrovsk Region Military Administration Valentyn Reznichenko: Dnipropetrovsk Region comes under extensive enemy fire.

“The restless night has been replaced with a restless morning. The enemy shelled the Zelenodolsk community with the Uragan MLRS. Velyka Kostromka was hit. Destructions were reported,” the message states, Ukrinform reports.

09:15 Head of the Kryvyi Rih Military Administration Oleksandr Vilkul: Enemy fires Uragan systems on Kryvyi Rih district.

Head of the Kryvyi Rih Military Administration Oleksandr Vilkul: Enemy fires Uragan systems on Kryvyi Rih district, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
Illustrative photo from open sources

"At night, there were many enemy shellings along the entire line of contact. In Kryvyi Rih district, the village of Velyka Kostromka came under 15 Uragan attacks. A household was destroyed," Oleksandr Vilkul, head of the Kryvyi Rih military administration, posted on Telegram, Ukrinform reports.

08:30 Ukroboronprom Press Secretary Nataliia Sad: russian forces seize 5 Ukroboronprom enterprises since start of war.

Information is currently unavailable about employees that were working at the locations of Ukraine’s main aerospace and defense company that are under Russian control or damaged by hostilities, according to Ukroboronprom Press Secretary Nataliia Sad, Kyiv Independent reports.

08:08 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 24, 2022.

According to Ukraine’s General Staff operational report, sixteen enemy attacks have been repulsed in the Donetsk and Luhansk directions, eight tanks, twenty-two units of armored combat vehicles and one enemy vehicle have been destroyed over the past 24hrs.

Read more details in the article by Defense Express: Ukraine’s General Staff Operational Report: Division of Iskander-M Deployed Near Ukraine’s Border, Sloviansk Offensive to Resume

Ukraine’s General Staff Operational Report: Division of Iskander-M Deployed Near Ukraine’s Border, Sloviansk Offensive to Resume, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
Photo credit: General Staff of Ukaine

06:40 The Operational Command "South": Russians guide civilian cars towards mines, shoot survivors.

The Operational Command
Destroyed russia's tank / Open source photo

"The enemies, losing the chance for successful air reconnaissance, lost 23 ruscists, several units of armored personnel vehicles and vehicles," the Operational Command "South" posted on Facebook, Ukrinform reports.

"When the locals tried to evacuate, the occupiers first guided them towards permitted route through the mined area, and then shot the blast survivors. Two primary school-aged children are among the dead," the Operational Command "South" reports.

05:50 Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Governor Valentyn Reznichenko: Russian missiles damage railway infrastructure in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast.

He said that the four missiles that hit the region earlier on May 23 caused severe damage, Kyiv Independent reports.

04:37 An extremely difficult shot from the "Stugna-P" anti-tank missile got on video

Kyiv-based State-owned Design Bureau “Luch” once again published a video with the work of the Stugna-P ATGM’s crew targeting the enemy MT-LB armored combat vehicle, moving at a distance of about 4 km from the launcher.

Defense Express explains what is so notable about this shot:

Ukrainian Stugna-P ATGMHit a Target That Almost Disappeared Over the Horizon, at a Distance of 4 km (video)

Ukrainian Stugna-P ATGMHit a Target That Almost Disappeared Over the Horizon, at a Distance of 4 km (video)
Stugna-P ATGM’s crew targeting the enemy MT-LB armored combat vehicle, moving at a distance of about 4 km from the launcher

01:22 EU embargo on Russian oil is expected "within days"

Robert Habeck, German Economic and Climate Protection Minister, at the World Economic Forum 2022 in Davos, Switzerland, May 23, 2022. / Photo credit: Arnd Wiegmann, Reuters

The European Union will likely impose ban on russian oil imports in the coming days, as Germany's economy minister Robert Habeck told German broadcaster ZDF

"We will reach a breakthrough within days," he said, according to Reuters. However, he warned that an embargo would not automatically weaken the Kremlin's war machine. After the United States announced an embargo on russian oil, the global prices rose, so russia could have more income while selling lower volumes of its resources.

That's why the effective way for the European Commission and United States would be to manage global oil prices, Habeck said.

00:05 Ukrainian forces have repelled 17 russian in Donbas over May 23

The Joint Task Force operating in the Ukrainian Eastern Operational Zone, the so-called Donbas, has published a regular report on the situation in its area of responsibility. On May 23, the Ukrainian forces of this unit repelled 16 russian attacks. One more attack was carried out in the area of responsibility of the operational-tactical task force "East".

More details and statistics on russian losses:

Ukrainian Defenders Repelled 17 russian Attacks in the Eastern Regions

Ukrainian Defenders Repelled 17 russian Attacks in the Eastern Regions
Air defense units of the Air Assault Forces on watch defending the Ukrainian skies / Photo credit: Air Assault Forces Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

00:00 Russian army has launched 2,275 missile strikes at Ukraine

Another missile attack on the bridge connecting Lysychansk and Severodonetsk ruined it
Another missile attack on the bridge connecting Lysychansk and Severodonetsk made it fall / Photo credit: State Emergency Service of Ukraine

In total, since February 24, the Russian army has launched 1,474 missile strikes at Ukraine, using 2,275 different missiles. The data was provided by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky in hid daily address to the nation.

The vast majority of the attacks were aimed at civilian objects. More than 3,000 airstrikes were carried out by russian aircraft and helicopters in less than three months.

"What other country has withstood such a scale of strikes?" Zelensky noted.

He said, the most difficult fighting situation today is in Donbas, Eastern Ukraine. According to the Head of State, russian forces "organized a massacre there and are trying to destroy everything living there. Literally. Nobody destroyed Donbas as much as the Russian army does now."

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