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

Illustrative photo credit: Military Television of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
Illustrative photo credit: Military Television of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

After claiming the city of Mariupol, russian occupiers look up to resume the functioning of the city port. The occupation forces tighten their grip on the russian-controlled territories, preventing the citizens from leaving or receiving humanitarian aid from Ukraine

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has released a new operational update on the situation on the Ukrainian frontlines as of 06:00 on May 20, 2022.

Russians continue offensive operations in the Eastern Operational Zone in order to establish full control over the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions and maintain the land corridor with the temporarily occupied Crimea. Here are the key points of the report:

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The invaders continue to use terror tactics against Ukrainian civilians in the temporarily occupied territories. In particular, they prevent the evacuation of people from the Kherson region to the territory controlled by Ukraine. Russians refuse to open humanitarian corridors for the evacuation of children, elderly, sick people, and deliveries of food and medicine into the occupied territories.

In Mariupol, russians are actively restoring the city port. Demining of port infrastructure is being carried out.

Mariupol Port, Ukraine / Ukraine’s General Staff Operational Report: russians Demining Mariupol Port
Mariupol Port, Ukraine. April 29, 2022 / Photo credit: Yuriy Maltsev via Shuttlestock
On the frontlines, russian invaders shell along the entire line of contact and in the rear defense of Ukrainian forces in the Donetsk operational area and in the Slovyansk direction. In northeastern Ukraine, the state border area was shelled from the russian territory.

The intense fire continues also in the south, in the Mykolaiv and Kryvyi Rih directions. Russians deployed additional barrel and rocket artillery there.

An active offensive was recorded in the Donetsk direction. In the region, russians try to cross the Siverskyi Donets River in two operational directions at once: Slovyansk and Lyman directions. Additional deployment of pontoon equipment and personnel was spotted in the latter.

Illustrative photo: Ukrainian troops equipping a pontoon crossing / Photo credit: General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

General Staff expects deployments of additional forces in the Kharkiv direction as well.

In the Sloboda direction, russians focused mainly on defending the occupied positions.

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