Ukraine/Russland/NATO – der Sammler am 31. Mai 2022

Im andauernden russischen Angriffskrieg gegen die Ukraine scheint die russische Konzentration auf einzelne Ortschaften im Osten des Landes einen zwar langsamen, dafür aber haltbaren Vormarsch der russischen Streitkräfte zu sichern. Der Sammler am 31. Mai 2022:

• Das britische Intel Update:

Russia’s capture of Lyman supports its operational main effort, which likely remains the encirclement of Sieverodonetsk and the closure of the pocket around Ukrainian forces in Luhansk Oblast.
Heavy shelling continues, while street fighting is likely taking place on the outskirts of Sieverodonetsk town.
Elements of Russia’s Southern Grouping of Forces are likely leading the most successful axis in the sector, supported by the Central Grouping of Forces attacking from the North. Progress has been slow but gains are being held.
Routes into the pocket likely remain under Ukrainian control. Russia has achieved greater local successes than earlier in the campaign by massing forces and fires in a relatively small area. This forces Russia to accept risk elsewhere in occupied territory.
Russia’s political goal is likely to occupy the full territory of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts.
To achieve this, Russia will need to secure further challenging operational objectives beyond Sieverodonetsk, including the key city of Kramatorsk and the M04 Dnipro-Donetsk main road.

• Das Morgenbriefing des ukrainischen Generalstabs:

The operational update regarding the #russian_invasion on 06.00 on May 31 2022.
The ninety-seventh day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a russian military invasion continues.
In the Volyn and Polissya areas, the main efforts of the Armed Forces of the republic of belarus are focused on strengthening the protection of the state border, engineering equipment positions, conducting reconnaissance and conducting combat training activities in the interaction of types and genres of troops. The threat of missile and air strikes from the territory of the Republic of belarus continues.
russian enemy did not take active action in the northern direction. The enemy carried out mortar shelling of settlements in the border areas of Chernihiv and Sumy regions.
In the Slobozhansky direction, the enemy continues to prepare for the offensive, studies the probable ways of advancing, supplying weapons and military equipment, and material resources from the territory of the russian federation.
The enemy did not take active action in the Kharkiv direction. He fired on civilian infrastructure in the areas of the settlements of Terny, Lozova, Protopopivka, Rudneve, Sokolivka and others.
In the Slovyansk direction, the enemy’s main efforts are focused on maintaining the occupied frontiers and supply routes, creating conditions for further offensive. It fired on civilian infrastructure in the areas of Dovhenke, Virnopillya, Hrushuvakha and Velyka Komyshuvakha.
There was an attempt to storm in the area of ​​Dovhenke, the enemy was unsuccessful, retreated to previously occupied positions.
In the Donetsk direction, the enemy is firing units of our troops with mortars, artillery and rocket-propelled grenade launchers along the line of contact. The main efforts are focused on establishing control over the city of Sievierodonetsk. Actively uses means of electronic warfare.
In the Lyman direction, the enemy regroups and prepares for the offensive. He tried to reconnoitre the routes of further advance in the area of ​​the settlement of Lyman, suffered losses, withdrew.
In the Sievierodonetsk direction, it is conducting assault operations in the areas of the settlements of Sievierodonetsk and Toshkivka, and hostilities continue.
In the Bakhmut direction, the enemy conducted combat and assault operations in the areas of the settlements of Zolote, Komyshuvakha, Nyrkove, Berestove, Pokrovske, and Dolomitne. There is no success, the fighting continues.
In the Avdiivka, Kurakhiv, Novopavliv and Zaporizhzhia directions, the enemy is trying to strengthen the group and make up for losses due to outdated and restored equipment. Conducted air reconnaissance. Inflicted air strikes on civil infrastructure in the areas of settlements Mala Tokmachka, Novoandriyivka.
The enemy did not conduct active hostilities in the South Buh area. He inflicted fire on civilian objects in the settlements of Oleksandrivka, Prybuzke, Posad-Pokrovske, Novohryhorivka, Osokorivka, Knyazivka and Trudolyubivka.
In the Bessarabian direction, in the transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova, no significant changes in the activities and position of the task force of russian troops are observed.
The main efforts of the ship groups of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation in the Black and Azov Seas are focused on maintaining a favourable operational regime and blocking civilian shipping in the northwestern Black Sea.
In the temporarily occupied territories, the enemy continues to commit illegal acts against the citizens of Ukraine.
During the previous day, the strike aircraft of the Air Force fired on some enemy units in the Kharkiv, Donetsk, Luhansk and Kherson regions. Anti-aircraft missile units in the Odesa region shot down an X-22 cruise missile.
In the past 24hrs, eight enemy attacks have been repulsed in Donetsk and Luhansk, one tank, four artillery systems, five armoured combat vehicles and two enemy vehicles have been destroyed. Air defense units shot down an X-59MK cruise missile.

• Das Briefing des russischen Verteidigungsministeriums – mit dem Vorwurf, die Ukraine habe die Leichen gefallener Soldaten in Mariupol vermint:

During an inspection of the Azovstal plant underground facilities in Mariupol, where the surrendered Nazis of the Ukrainian Azov formation were hiding, Russian servicemen found an isothermal van.
152 bodies of dead fighters and servicemen of the AFU were stored in the van with the broken cooling system.
I recall that before surrendering, the Azov command publicly appealed to Zelensky to take the bodies of the dead so that their families could bury them on Kiev-controlled territory.
However, there were no requests from Kiev to receive the bodies of the dead from the Azovstal plant.
Moreover, during the inspection of the van, Russian sappers found four mines under the bodies of the dead Ukrainian soldiers. The total mass of explosives in them was enough to destroy all the bodies left in the van.
Based on the results of interrogations of captured Azov fighters, it has been established that the mining of the bodies was carried out on direct orders from Kiev.
The purpose of the provocation is to accuse Russia of deliberately destroying the bodies and preventing their removal for transfer to relatives in order to save the political „reputation“ of the Kiev regime and Zelensky personally.
In the near future, the Russian side plans to hand over the bodies of Ukrainian fighters and servicemen found on the territory of Azovstal plant to representatives of Ukraine.
The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continue the special military operation in Ukraine.
During the day, high-precision air-based missiles have hit 4 control points, as well as 13 areas of concentration of Ukrainian manpower and military equipment.
Operational-tactical, army and unmanned aviation have hit 3 command posts, 69 areas of manpower and military equipment concentration, 1 radar station and 2 ammunition depots of the AFU near Raigorodok and Nikolaevka, Donetsk People’s Republic.
The attacks have resulted in the elimination of more than 290 nationalists and 23 weapons and military equipment. 1 Su-25 aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force has been shot down near Kobzatsy, Nikolaev Region.
Russian air defense means have shot down 6 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles near Donetsk, Makeevka in Donetsk People’s Republic, Popasnaya in Lugansk People’s Republic, Liptsy, Bolshie Prokhody in Kharkov Region, including 1 UAV have been shot down near Snake Island.
Missile troops and artillery have hit 38 command posts, 417 areas of manpower and military equipment concentration, and 46 firing positions of artillery and mortar batteries.
36 pieces of weapons and military equipment nave been destroyed, including 1 Ukrainian Uragan multiple-launch rocket system battery, 1 Grad multiple-launch rocket system battery, 2 ammunition depots, and 1 fuel depot.
In total, 184 Ukrainian aircraft and 128 helicopters, 1,070 unmanned aerial vehicles, 325 anti-aircraft missile systems, 3,342 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 454 multiple launch rocket systems, 1,738 field artillery and mortars, as well as 3,311 units of special military vehicles were destroyed during the operation.

• Das Abendbriefing des ukrainischen Generalstabs:

The operational update regarding the #russian_invasion on 18.00 on May 31 2022.
The ninety-seventh day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a russian military invasion continues.
The situation in the Volyn and Polissya areas has not changed. No signs of enemy offensive formations were found. The main efforts of the Armed Forces of the republic of belarus are focused on strengthening the protection of the state border.
The removal of tanks and infantry fighting vehicles from the storage bases of the republic of belarus was noted. Their further transfer to the armed forces of the russian federation in order to make up for current losses is not ruled out.
In the Sicersky direction, the enemy did not take active action, no signs of the formation of strike groups were found. In order to demonstrate the presence and prevent the transfer of units of the Defense Forces to other areas, it keeps certain units of the Armed Forces of the russian federation in the border areas of the Bryansk and Kursk regions.
russian enemy fired a missile at units of our troops in the Sumy oblast from Su-30SM aircraft. Artillery and mortar shelling of border settlements continues.
In the Slobozhansk direction, enemy groups from the units of the Western Military District of the Armed Forces of the russian federation are trying to hold their positions and prevent the advance of units of the Defense Forces into the temporarily occupied territory.
russian enemy is preparing to resume the offensive in the areas of Izyum and Slovyansk.
In the Donetsk direction, russian enemy, with the support of artillery and mortar fire, is conducting active assault operations in the Sievierodonetsk and Bakhmut directions, and fighting continues.
russian enemy is trying to establish full control over the settlement of Sievierodonetsk and surround the units of the Defense Forces operating in this direction. Prepares for the offensive in the areas of Siversk and Raihorodok.
In the Kurakhiv direction, russian enemy did not conduct active hostilities, and carried out fire damage to our troops with the use of artillery.
In other areas, it continues to fire in order to restrain the actions of our troops and prevent them from being transferred to other, threatening areas.
In the South Buh direction, the enemy is defending and mining the coast of the Inhulets River in areas of possible action by units of our troops. Leads a counter-battery fight. Inflicted air strikes with the involvement of army aircraft in the area of ​​the settlement of Davydiv Brid, Kherson oblast.
In the waters of the Black and Azov Seas, russian enemy naval groups continue to perform tasks to isolate combat areas. One carrier of high-precision weapons, the Admiral Makarov frigate, which has up to 8 Caliber cruise missiles on board, remains ready for use.
The enemy is demoralized, suffering losses, in some areas hastily moving to the defense. Defenders of Ukraine continue to defend our land and gradually displace the invaders from the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.