The 453rd day of the Russia-Ukraine War: official operational information by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on 22.05.2023.
Russian aggression and tactics of terror
The Russian army is not giving up on its intentions for the complete occupation of Ukraine. It cynically continues to employ tactics of terror.
During this day, the Russian Federation conducted another massive missile and air strike on civilian and critical infrastructure objects in Ukraine. In total, Russian troops launched 21 missile strikes on the cities of Dnipro, Zaporizhia, and populated areas in the Kharkiv region, using 4 air-launched cruise missiles X-101/X-555 (destroyed by Ukrainian military ), 5 Kh-22 cruise missiles, 2 Iskander-M ballistic missiles, and 5 S-300 surface-to-air guided missiles, as well as 4 others (the type is being determined).
Additionally, Russian soldiers carried out 42 airstrikes, including the use of Iranian combat UAVs Shahed. According to updated information, Ukrainian troops destroyed 21 out of 21 drones. Furthermore, Russian military conducted approximately 50 shelling attacks with multiple launch rocket systems on Ukrainian military positions and populated areas. Unfortunately, there are casualties among the civilian population, and residential apartment buildings, private houses, a kindergarten, and other civilian infrastructure have been damaged.
The likelihood of missile and air strikes across the entire territory of Ukraine remains very high. The Russian army continues to concentrate its main efforts on the Kupiansk, Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka, and Marinka directions. In total, there were 25 clashes on the mentioned sections of the front during the day, with Bakhmut and Marinka remaining the epicenters of the conflict.
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Intensified frontline clashes and epicenters of conflict
The operational situation on the Volyn and Polissia directions remains unchanged, with no significant signs of Russian offensive group formations detected.
On the Siversk and Slobozhansk directions, the Russian army continues to maintain a military presence in the border areas with Ukraine. During the day, it carried out mortar and artillery shelling of the populated areas of Tymonovychi, Halahanivka, and Zarychchia in the Chernihiv region, as well as Khodyne, Hirky, Budky, Katerinivka, Tymofiivka, Oleksandrivka in the Sumy region, and Morozova Dolyna, Shevchenko, Kozacha Lopan, Hoptivka, Lukianivka, Zelene, Starycia, Hatysche, Pletenivka, Vovchansk, Varvarivka, Nesterne, Budarky, and Chuhunivka in the Kharkiv region.
On the Kupiansk direction, Russian soldiers conducted airstrikes in the vicinity of the settlements of Orlanske, Kyslivka, and Tabaivka in the Kharkiv region. Artillery and mortar shelling targeted Kamianka, Fiholivka, Novomlynsk, Dvorichna, Zapadne, Kupiansk, Husynka, Tabaivka, Berestove in the Kharkiv region, and Stelmakhivka in the Luhansk region.
On the Lyman direction, Russian military carried out airstrikes in the area of the settlements of Bilohorivka in the Luhansk region and Verkhniokamianske in the Donetsk region. Artillery shelling affected, among others, Nivske and Bilohorivka in the Luhansk region, and Torke, Spirne, and Vesele in the Donetsk region.
On the Bakhmut direction, the Russian army continues its offensive actions, and the fighting for the city of Bakhmut continues. Russian soldiers conducted air strikes near Bakhmut and Ivanivske. Vasukivka, Orikhovo-Vasylivka, Markove, Hryhorivka, Bakhmut, Ivanivske, Stupochky, Bila Hora, Toretsk, Pivnichne, Pivdene, and New York in the Donetsk region were affected by Russian shelling.
On the Avdiivka direction, Russian military conducted unsuccessful offensive actions towards Novokalynove and Vodyane. During the day, Russian soldiers carried out airstrikes in the areas of Avdiivka and Pervomaiske. They also conducted artillery shelling in the areas of Novokalynove, Berdychivka, Avdiivka, Vodyane, Pervomaiske, and Karlivka in the Donetsk region.
On the Marinka direction, Ukrainian Armed Forces repelled numerous Russian attacks in the vicinity of the city of Marinka. Additionally, the village of Pobeda in the Donetsk region was subjected to Russian shelling.
On the Shakhtarsk direction, Russian troops did not conduct offensive actions. However, they carried out airstrikes in the areas of Vuhledar, Prechystivka, and Zolota Nyva. They also conducted artillery shelling on the settlements of Vuhledar, Novoukrainka, and Prechystivka.
On the Zaporizhzhia and Kherson directions, the Russian army continues to engage in defensive actions. At the same time, it continues to destroy the infrastructure of settlements near the front line. During this day, Russian troops conducted airstrikes in the areas of Mala Tokmachka and Novodanilivka in the Zaporizhzhia region. They also shelled the settlements of Vremivka, Novopil in the Donetsk region; Olhivske, Hulyai-Pole, Bilohirya, Mala Tokmachka, Novodanilivka, Novoandriyivka, Mali Shcherbaky in the Zaporizhzhia region, as well as the city of Zaporizhzhia; Havrylivka, Berislav, Vesele, Kozatske, Burhunka, Antonivka, Veletenske in the Kherson region, and the city of Kherson.
Ukrainian aviation and artillery response
During the day, the aviation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine carried out 8 strikes on areas where Russian personnel and military equipment were concentrated, as well as 2 strikes on anti-aircraft missile complexes.
Ukrainian troops also destroyed a Russian Mi-24 attack helicopter and Russian reconnaissance UAV during the day.
Units of the missile forces and artillery hit 3 areas of armament and military equipment concentration, 3 ammunition depots, 11 artillery systems, and Russian radar station.