The Russian military stepped up offensive operations in the Donetsk region on May 23. According to the President of Ukraine, the situation in the Donbass is “very difficult, as expected,” but the Armed Forces of Ukraine hold the line
The situation in the Donbass— “as expected, very difficult,” said President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky (the appeal was published on his Telegram channel). According to him, the enemy has concentrated in the region “maximum artillery, maximum reserves.”
wrote the head of state.— And we are doing everything to strengthen it.
A few days ago, Zelensky spoke about the very difficult situation in the Donbass, emphasizing that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are holding back the offensive.
Since February 24, Russia has been conducting a special military operation in Ukraine to “demilitarize and denazify”. In mid-April, Moscow announced the start of its second stage, during which the Russian military intends to take control of the Donbass and the southern part of Ukraine.
To date, the Russian military and the forces of the People's Militia of the DPR and LPR control the Kherson region, most of the Zaporozhye region, as well as several settlements in the Kharkov region of Ukraine.
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At the request of Roskomnadzor, RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information from Russian official sources.
On May 20, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to the President that the Mariupol Azovstal plant had been taken under control, from where more than 2,400 Ukrainian soldiers had left, holding the defense for more than 90 days. The plant was the last center of resistance of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the city. After that, on May 23, Daniil Bezsonov, deputy head of the Ministry of Information of the DPR, announced the resumption of active offensive operations on the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the area of Avdeevka, Novoselivka Vtoroy and Krasny Liman of the Donetsk region.
A day later, the DPR reported that Svetlodarsk had been taken under control, and later— about the capture of Krasny Liman.
On May 25, the head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, announced that the Russian military and LPR forces had entered Lisichansk— a city in the west of the republic, as well as “almost entered” to Severodonetsk, neighboring Lisichansk. On the evening of May 27, he declared control over the line of contact in Severodonetsk.
At the same time, the deputy head of the People's Militia of the DPR, Eduard Basurin, indicated that the republic's forces did not plan to enter Avdiivka (a city 9km north of Donetsk). Basurin recalled that Avdiyivka Coke Plant, one of the largest chemical plants in Europe, is located on the territory of the city. According to him, the Ukrainian military is shelling Yasinovataya and Donetsk from this territory “in the hope that we will destroy their artillery crews with return fire and, at the same time, coke will suffer.”
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