​Day 96th 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
 A rare Ukrainian T-84 tank in combat against Russian forces in the east
A rare Ukrainian T-84 tank in combat against Russian forces in the east

Ukraine was fighting with russia for 95 days showing a good sample of national resistance. On Sunday Armed Forces of Ukraine were resisting Russian attacks in Sievierodonetsk in Donbas, where fighting was taking place in the streets while Ukraine’s President Zelenskiy visited troops in Kharkiv and toured the city to see damage by Russian forces for himself. Monday starts new week of the war between Ukraine and russian federation. We hope the week will bring good news and success for the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the battle field

Brief Facts:

  • The President of the United States Joe Biden: US won't send rockets to Ukraine that could reach russia.
  • Russians shelled an evacuation column, a French journalist died.
  • Russian troops launched two missile strikes on the Odesa region, hitting a road and railway bridge across the Dniester estuary.
  • Ukrainian fighter jets shoot down two enemy targets over the Sumy region.
  • Polish Krab SPGs are already in Ukraine.

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

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00:50 Joint Forces Task Force posted an update as of May 30, 2022.

According to the report, all over the defense line, russian troops used combat aviation, multiple launch rocket systems, cannon artillery, tanks, mortar systems, launching missile and air strikes on civil infrastructure facilities and residential areas.

Read more in the article by Defense Express: Joint Forces Task Force Reported About Enemy Units Elimination on May 30

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Destroyed russia's armored infantry carrier / Open source photo

23:55 Operational Command South posted an update as of May 30, 2022.

Among the destroyed armament, the Armed Forces of Ukraine managed to destroy 8 units of infamous T-62.

More details in the article by Defense Express: Operational Command South: russia's T-62 Already Get Destroyed, Enemy Tu-22 Struck Odesa Region

Operational Command South: russia's T-62 Already Get Destroyed, Enemy Tu-22 Struck Odesa Region, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
Ukraine's fighter posing in front of destroyed russia's vehicle / Photo credit: General Staff in Ukraine

23:30 The Head of Luhansk Regional Military Administration Serhii Haidai: Street fighting underway in Sievierodonetsk.

“Rashists have advanced inside the city of Sievierodonetsk. Street fighting is underway,” Haidai noted. In his words, the Ukrainian military are attempting to push the enemy back, Ukrinform reports.

22:50 For the second time Ukraine’s T-84 MBT spot on the front line. Although the tank is relatively modern, it had some flows at first after presented.

More details in the article by Defense Express: Ukraine’s T-84U Tank Spot Twice On the Front Line (Photo)

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Tank T-84U is firing at the enemy / Photo credit: Twitter profile TankDiary, date of publication: May 29, 2022

22:05 The adviser to the mayor of Mariupol Petro Andriushchenko: the russians began to set up "filtration camps" for Ukrainians not only in the temporarily occupied territories, but also in Russia itself.

They are arranged in the area of crossing the state border of Russia with Estonia. It is known that the Russians send Ukrainians to such camps when they identify Ukrainians who want to flee to Estonia and are known as ones that has been sheltered from the war.

21:20 To win the russo-Ukraine war there shouldn’t be linear solutions. That’s why the United Kingdom is launching a campaign fund for the design and delivery of innovations to meet the Ukrainian military's urgent requirements.

Find more details in the article by Defense Express: The UK Creates an Innovation Fund to Help Ukrainian Military

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Illustrative photo: heavy lift drones are one of the innovation technoogies that is being used by the Ukrainian Army to counter russian aggression / Photo credit: KAMAN Corp.

21:00 The President of the United States Joe Biden: US won't send rockets to Ukraine that could reach russia.

"I won't send anything that can fire into Russia," Biden said at the White House on Monday when asked whether he was planning to send long-range rockets to Ukraine, Ukrinform reports, citing CNN.

20:15 Belarus to start military drills near Ukrainian borders in June. Belarusian military official Andrei Krivonosov said that starting on June 22, Belarus will hold military exercises in the Gomel Oblast, near the Ukrainian border, Kyiv Independent reports, citing NV.

19:50 The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has released the new operational update on the situation on the Ukrainian frontlines as of 18:00 on May 30, 2022.

According to the report, severe fighting continue in the east of Ukraine, namely Sievierodonetsk direction, invaders are ready to shoot cruise missiles from the Black Sea, Ukraine’s offensive in the south of Ukraine, the day is as tough as one can imagine.

Read more in the article by Defense Exress: Ukraine’s General Staff Operational Report: russia Reinforcing Crimea with S-300 SAM. Caliber Type Cruise Missile Attack From the Black Sea Remains

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Ukraine's artillery digests the enemy / Photo credit: General Staff of Ukraine

18:57 Explosion occurred in the center of Melitopol

Yevhen Balytsky's niece got injured due to the explosion in Melitopol / Photo credit: RIA-Melitopol

In the temporarily occupied city of Melitopol, Zaporizhzhia region, an explosion took place. The information was confirmed by the city Mayor Ivan Fedorov, Ukraine NOW reports. It happened next to the building where the self-proclaimed head of the regional military administration Yevhen Balytsky was located. According to the official, there is a probability that the russian-backed collaborator was the target. There is no data about Balytsky, only that his relative was injured.

Mayor Fedorov assumes there are two versions as to the causes of the explosion: either the russian occupiers are "cleaning up" collaborators who have failed in their "duties", or this was caused by guerillas.

18:35 France will hand additional Caesar SP howitzers to Ukraine

French foreign affairs minister Catherine Colonna announced a provision of more self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine during a briefing with Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba, Defense Express reports. According to the French MoF, France is in constant contact with Ukraine and is aware of the Ukrainian military needs looking for ways to meet these requests.

"Let me remind you that the President of the Republic [Emmanuel Macron] recently confirmed such a request from [Ukrainian] President Zelensky to continue our military assistance. As you know, Minister [Kuleba], there will be new supplies of Caesar SP howitzers soon, and we will continue the cooperation in this context," said Catherine Colonna.

French Caesar howitzers on the frontline / Photo credit: Joint Forces Operation

18:02 Russian forces deploy air defense on Zmiinyi Island

The russian military are equipping their positions on the Zmiinyi (Snake) Island in the Black Sea, to the south from Odesa. They also are transferring additional air defense there, according to Natalia Humeniuk from the southern Defense Forces press center, Suspilne.ua reports.

"The enemy is now trying to fortify there. It is aware of us receiving new equipment and weapons to destroy distant sea targets. They [the russians] are installing air defense systems there to try to protect their ships from our "Harpoons". For the same reason, they try to equip offensive positions as well. It's easier for them to reach the south of Odesa region from Zmiinyi," Natalia Humeniuk said.

The following satellite imagery was published on May 28 by Swiss OSINT blogger Tim Ehrhart. He said there were about 15 vehicles on the island. Later on May 29 he spotted numerous boats nearby.

Image credit: Tim Ehrhart, Maxar Technologies

17:22 New update from the UK Ministry of Defense

British Defense Intelligence released the following update on the situation in Ukraine as of May 30, 2022

16:55 Ukrainian Defense Intelligence will now work on POW exchange

The exchange of prisoners of war was held mostly by the Ministry for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories (MTOT) until now, said the MTOT Minister Iryna Vereshchuk on her social media. From now on this function of the ministry is under the jurisdiction of the Defense Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense.

This reorganization means that now profile authorities from the Defense Intelligence and Security Service will handle the exchange of captives in Ukraine. MTOT will handle the monitoring of prisoners' conditions and international coordination in the field.

16:29 The first war rape case went to trial

The suspect
Mikhail Romanov, a serviceman of the 239th Regiment of the 90th Guards Rifle Vitebsk-Novgorod Division of the Russian Armed Forces, is suspected of multiple war crimes including rape

Russian military serviceman Mikhail Romanov is suspected of multiple war crimes, the Security Service of Ukraine informs. According to the SSU investigation, in March, during the occupation of the Kyiv region, the drunk soldier shot the owner of a house dead and then raped his wife together with another accomplice russian occupier. The Prosecutor General's Office details, that the suspect repeatedly violated the woman while threatening to kill her and her child.

The trial will proceed in absentia.

15:53 Great Britain and South Korea contributed to the supply of Polish howitzers

Defense Express analyzed the recent news on the provision of Polish "Krab" heavy howitzers and found out that those have components of British and South Korean origin, which makes them "indirect contributors" to the military aid to Ukraine.

More details:

This is How British AS90 and Korean Tanks "Turned Into" Krab SP Howitzers

18 "Krab" Self-Propelled Howitzers will be delivered to Ukraine / Open source illustrative photo

15:47 Russians shelled an evacuation column, a French journalist died

Evacuation from the Luhansk region was thwarted, Serhii Haidai, Head of the region's administration, informs. Russian occupiers have opened fire on an evacuation transport that was going to pick up civilians. Shrapnel pierced through the armor of the vehicle, as result a French journalist got a fatal injury. The evacuation of 10 people from the occupied territories was officially stopped.

14:51 Russian 104th Platoon of Air Assault Forces destroyed in Ukraine

Ukrainian paratroopers state they have eliminated a whole platoon of russian Pskov air assault forces. The advancing russian unit was shelled by artillery and lost about 20 personnel with armored equipment, said the commander of the 80th Airmobile Brigade, reported by Air Assault Forces Command.

Photo credit: Air Assault Forces Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

14:31 Russians fired on border areas with flechette rounds

Photo credit: Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine

Several settlements in the Sumy region near the border with the russian federation got shelled, Operational Command "North" reports. According to preliminary data, russians opened fire from a 120mm mortar, eight explosions were recorded. During the inspection, flechettes from the shells were found.

There are no casualties among military equipment and personnel, the data on civilian casualties are being clarified.

14:17 Ukrainian air defense shot down another cruise missile over Odesa, southern Ukraine. Cruise missile of "Kh"-type was launched from the Black Sea by a strategic bomber, Air Force Command reports.

14:11 Rocket artillery destroys russian occupiers

The 81st Airmobile Brigade has revealed footage of the Ukrainian artillery work on russian positions in the Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine. According to the artilleryman on the video, this Ukrainian rocket artillery squad's mission was to cover the Land Forces.

"We constantly maneuver, because the enemy always tries to strike us back," he said. His unit has destroyed "numerous infantry and equipment, warehouses with ammunition".

13:45 Russians deploy obsolete armor to Ukraine

Russian invasion forces suffer from the lack of offensive machinery. According to Defense Express's own sources, since mid-May 64 units of T-80, 15 units of BMP and 4 units of Grad MLRS and 93 units of 152mm Msta-B and D-20 towed howitzers were decommissioned for the needs of the Southern Military District from storage and repair base №7016.

More details:

Russia to Remove From Storage Hundreds of Obsolete Armored Vehicles, Including the T-62 and T-80

13:22 Slovakia to hand "Zuzana 2" howitzers to Ukraine

Minister of Defense of Slovakia Jaroslav Nad' has confirmed the supply of "Zuzana 2" self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine, Defense Express reports referring to Defence24. Ukrainian artillerymen have already arrived in Slovakia to learn how to operate them. There is no information on how many artillery pieces will be sent, as well as when they will be deployed on the battlefield.

Update: according to minister Nad', Ukraine will receive eight howitzers.

More details:

Ukraine to Receive Eight Slovakian 155mm Zuzana 2 SPGs

Slovak "Zuzana 2" self-propelled howitzer / Open source illustrative photo

13:00 Lviv paratroopers destroyed a platoon of 104th assault regiment from Pskov oblast, according to the Command of the Assault Troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

"About twenty Russian occupiers were successfully eliminated, along with armored vehicles, which were advancing," said the commander of the 80th Separate Assault Brigade.

12:49 There is no light, no drinking water and almost no food in Mariupol. The bodies of the dead and garbage poison the water sources used by citizens. The occupiers store the bodies of Mariupol residents killed by the Russian army in supermarkets.

Mayor Vadym Boychenko spoke about the current situation in Mariupol on a national telethon.

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

Chronicle of the Russian Federation Crimes in Ukraine (May)

11:59 In Sievierodonetsk, Russian invaders do not retrieve the bodies of their dead from the battlefield, so a strong corpse odor prevails on the city outskirts. Fierce battles continue as the enemy is trying to advance toward the city center.

Serhiy Haidai, the head of the Luhansk Regional State Administration, said this on the air of the UA Razom Telethon

"The Russians always employ the same tactics, firing for several hours in a row – four to five hours – before going on the offensive. Those who go on the offensive die, then there’s shelling again, then they’re going on the offensive again, and so on, until they penetrate through our positions. As for the corpses they literally walk on, I can say that it is quite hot now, the temperature is high, and there is a persistent morbid stench on the Sievierodonetsk outskirts. They don't take away bodies," the head of the region said.

Sievierodonetsk
Sievierodonetsk

12:12 According to the Reuters Canada has asked South Korea to supply it with artillery rounds, Seoul said on Monday, apparently to "backfill" supplies that Ottawa has sent to Ukraine, upping pressure on South Korea to provide - at least indirectly - lethal aid in the war.

Canada's Defence Minister Anita Anand speaks with Canadian military personnel during a visit to highlight military aid for Ukraine at Canadian Forces Base Trenton in Trenton, Ontario, Canada, April 14, 2022. REUTERS/Lars Hagberg
Canada's Defence Minister Anita Anand speaks with Canadian military personnel during a visit to highlight military aid for Ukraine at Canadian Forces Base Trenton in Trenton, Ontario, Canada, April 14, 2022. REUTERS/Lars Hagberg

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

11:40 The European Union may approve the sixth sanctions package against Russia as soon as today.

The relevant statement was made by Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak on Telegram, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

“The EU may endorse the sixth sanctions package as soon as today. As EU High Representative Josep Borrell said, there were tough talks, but it is necessary to endorse a decision, including a Russian oil embargo,” Yermak wrote.

In his words, it is important for the EU to show a strong stance, as Russia’s key objective is to split unity and use it as a weakness of the EU, and this cannot be allowed.

Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak
The Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak

11:02 The Russian military command holds hostage the families of the occupiers who are fighting in Ukraine.

This was reported in the Defense Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

According to Defense Intelligence, in the western military district of Russia, the families of officers were forbidden to leave the country. If the occupiers refuse to perform combat missions, their wives and children are threatened with relocation to the depressed regions of the Far East.

10:29 Catherine Colonna, the French Foreign Minister, arrived in Kyiv. "I have just arrived in Ukraine to show Franceʼs support for the Ukrainian people," she wrote.

10:01 A total of 243 children have been killed and over 444 injured in Ukraine since the Russian invasion started.

The relevant statement was made by the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office on Telegram, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

“As of May 30, 2022, over 687 children in Ukraine were affected by the Russian armed aggression. According to the data from juvenile prosecutors, 243 children were killed and over 444 injured,” the report states.

These data are not final, as they are being investigated within the areas of hostilities, temporarily occupied and liberated areas.

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

Chronicle of the Russian Federation Crimes in Ukraine (May)

09:43 The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has published a new summary of total combat losses of the enemy from 24.02 to 30.05. Find them in an infographic by Defense Express:

So far, the list of the enemy's combat losses is the following:

Personnel - more 30350 (+200),

Tanks ‒ 1349 (+11) units,

APV ‒ 3282 (+12) units,

Artillery systems – 643 (+12) units,

MLRS – 205 (+2) units,

Anti-aircraft warfare systems – 93 (+0) units,

Aircraft – 207 (+0) units,

Helicopters – 174 (+0) units,

UAV operational-tactical level – 507 (+3) units,

Cruise missiles - 118 (+2),

Boats / cutters – 13 (+0) units,

Special equipment – 48 (+0),

Vehicles and Fuel tanks – 2258 (+18) units.

Russian enemy suffered the greatest losses (of the past day) at the Zaporizhzhya direction.

Data are being updated.

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

The 95th Day of the War: Russian Casualties in Ukraine

08:42 Russian troops launched two missile strikes on Odesa region, hitting a road and railway bridge across the Dniester estuary.

"Desperately continuing to destroy the non-functioning bridge across the Dniester estuary, the ruscists hit the previously broken track. The shock wave damaged several private houses nearby. No casualties among the population have been reported. One missile was shot down by the air defense units," Serhiy Bratchuk, Spokesman for the Odesa Military Administration, posted on Telegram.

Another missile was shot down by the air defense forces.

"On the morning of May 30, an anti-aircraft missile unit of the Air Command ‘South’ detected and destroyed a Kh-type cruise missile fired by a Russian strategic bomber from the Black Sea in Odesa region," he wrote.

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

Russians Use Obsolete Missiles to Launch Strikes on Ukraine

07:46 The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has released new operational update on the situation on the Ukrainian frontlines as of 06:00 on May 30, 2022. russian enemy does not stop conducting offensive operations in the Eastern Operational Zone. In the Volyn and Polissya directions there are without significant changes.

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Ukraine’s General Staff Operational Report: Enemy Regrouping for a Further Attack on Slovyansk

07:20 As Head of the Kryvyi Rih City Military Administration Oleksandr Vilkul posted on Telegram, the situation in Kryvyi Rih direction of the front remains tense, but at the same time stable and under control. The Armed Forces of Ukraine show real courage and heroism and successfully carry out combat missions.

“A successful counterattack was launched south of Kryvyi Rih, eliminating 63 Russian invaders and destroying 19 units of enemy equipment, including modern T-72 tanks, Grad multiple rocket launcher, artillery, helicopters and one Su-35 aircraft. We thank our soldiers for their courage!" the head of Kryvyi Rih wrote.

Ukraine's positions are being seriously reinforced on all lines of defense, Vilkul added.

As reported, on May 28, one of the plants in Kryvyi Rih was virtually destroyed by rocket fire.

05:05 Ukrainian airborne assault unit commander told about his estimation of russian troops acting in a his unit’s zone of responsibility

Russian forces are terrified by Ukrainian artillery and promise of rotation is the only incentive for russians to fight

This was stated by a Battalion Commander with the 95th Separate Assault Brigade, Hero of Ukraine Major Yevhen Shamataliuk, who is now leading his troops in the Izium direction, who spoke in an interview with Ukrinform.

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Soldiers of putin’s russia are Demoralized and Terrified by Ukraine’s Artillery

Ukrainian artillerymen make a fire from american M777 howitzer, Defense Express
Ukrainian artillerymen make a fire from american M777 howitzer

03:20 Kalush Orchestra sells Eurovision trophy, raises $900,000 for Ukraine’s Armed Forces. The 2022 Eurovision winner’s frontman, Oleg Psyuk, also sold his iconic pink bucket hat. The auction’s proceeds will be used to buy PD-2 unmanned aerial systems for Ukraine’s military.

Kalush Orchestra sells Eurovision trophy, Defense Express

01:50 The Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine shot down five enemy UAVs, two cruise missiles, destroyed russian company-tactical group and an ammunition depot on Sunday, May 29.

The relevant statement was made by the Air Force Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Facebook.

According to the statement, on May 29, the enemy somewhat reduced the intensity of rocket fire and air activity around Ukraine's borders.

During the day in the Sumy region, fighters of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine eliminated two enemy UAVs, three more drones were shot down by units of the Land Forces of the Joint Forces Task Force.

Anti-aircraft missile units of the Air Force in the Eastern direction downed two cruise missiles.

Strike aircraft of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine launched an air strike on the occupying forces near the village of Dovgenke. Su-25 attack aircraft and Su-24M bombers striked the company-tactical group, ammunition depot, clusters of russia’s armored combat vehicles and manpower.

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Ukraine’s Air Force Eliminated Enemy UAVs, Cruise Missiles, Company Tactical Group, Ammunition Depot

The Ukrainian 25th Airborne Brigade reports a shot down of a Russian ZALA KYB loitering munition, Defense Express
The Ukrainian 25th Airborne Brigade reports a shot down of a Russian ZALA KYB loitering munition

00:50 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. Defenders of Ukraine have repulsed 14 enemy attacks in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, with fighting going on in three areas on Sunday, May 29.

The relevant statement was made by the Joint Forces Operation Task Force on Facebook.

According to the statement, in the past 24 hours, JFO Group destroyed:

- 2 artillery systems,

- 11 armored vehicles;

- 10 enemy vehicles.

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Defenders of Ukraine Repel 14 Enemy Attacks, Destroy 11 Armored Vehicles in JFO Area on Sunday

The Ukrainian 25th Airborne Brigade reports a shot down of a Russian ZALA KYB loitering munition, Defense Express
The Ukrainian 25th Airborne Brigade reports a shot down of a Russian ZALA KYB loitering munition

00:10 President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky: Russia has lost its own future.

Russia has lost the battle not only for Kharkiv, Kyiv and northern Ukraine, but it has already lost its future and all cultural ties with the world.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said this in his video address, Ukrinform reports.

"Today I visited Kharkiv -- both the city itself and the frontline positions of our military in the region. Kharkiv suffered terrible strikes from the occupiers. The windows of black, burnt-out, half-ruined apartment buildings of the city face the east and north -- from where Russian artillery was firing, from where Russian combat aircraft arrived. They face Russia, and in them now, like in a mirror, the Russian state can see itself. It can see how much it has lost over these 95 days of the full-scale war against Ukraine," Zelensky said.

President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, Defense Express
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky

According to him, Russia has already lost not only the battle for Kharkiv, the battle for Kyiv and northern Ukraine, but it has lost its own future and any cultural ties with the world. "They all burned down, including there, in Saltivka," Zelensky said.

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