Russians focus on destroying airfield infrastructure

Russians focus on destroying airfield infrastructure

KATERYNA TISHCHENKO SUNDAY, MAY 8, 2022, 6:32 PM

On Sunday, the Russians focused their main efforts on destroying the airfield infrastructure in order to prevent Ukrainian aviation from operating in eastern Ukraine and the Black Sea operational zone.

Source : General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine from 6:00 p.m.

Literally: “The enemy has focused its main efforts on destroying the infrastructure of the airfield in order to prevent the activities of our aviation, including the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) ‘Bayraktar’, in support of the units under the responsibility of the joint forces grouping and in the Black Sea operational zone from the air. They increased the intensity of the use of operational and tactical aviation over the sea zone of the northwestern part of the black Sea.

Details: On the Donetsk and Taurida fronts, the enemy carries out military operations in order to constrain the actions of units of the Defense Forces.

Over the past 24 hours, the enemy has intensified hostilities. They are trying to reach the administrative borders of the Lugansk and Donetsk regions. They regrouped, rebuilt their losses, and reinforced their air defense and logistics systems, presumably in an effort to intensify hostilities in the settlement areas of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk.

On the Limansky front, with the help of individual units of the 90th tank division, the occupying forces tried to take full control of the Oleksandrivka settlement, and also, with the support of artillery, to gain a foothold in the northern outskirts of the Shandryholovo settlement. They had no success.

On the Severodonetsk front, the enemy tries to seize the settlement of Rubizhne, but does not succeed.

On the Popasna front, the occupiers are trying to take position in the village of Popasna and take control of a section of the Popasna-Bakhmut highway.

The occupying forces lead an offensive towards the settlement of Novoselivka, but have had no success; the fighting continues.

On the Kurakhivsk front, the Russians tried to improve the tactical situation in the direction of the Novomykhailivka settlement, but without success.

On the Mariupol front, the intensity of hostilities was reduced.

On the Novopavlivsk and Zaporizhzhia fronts, the enemy intensified aerial reconnaissance in the areas of the settlements of Orikhiv, Huliaipole, Komyshuvakha and Yasna Polyana.

On the Volyne and Polesie fronts, the enemy did not carry out active offensive operations. Until May 27 of this year, training camps of territorial defense units are taking place on the territory of the Minsk region with the participation of reservists subject to military service.

It is still possible that units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation will launch missiles and bombs against Ukrainian infrastructure from the territory and airspace of Belarus.

On the Seversk front, the enemy did not carry out active offensive operations. At checkpoints and border areas of the Bryansk and Kursk regions, reinforced border patrol units, as well as units of the Russian Armed Forces, continue to be maintained.

Fire damage to Ukrainian troop units and infrastructure in border areas remains possible in the future.

On the Slobozhansky front, the enemy is concentrating reserves in the Belgorod region to conduct combat operations near the state border of Ukraine. The deployment of individual units of the 1st Tank Army of the Western Military District in the indicated areas has been confirmed.

On the Kharkiv front, the occupying forces did not carry out active offensive operations. Their main efforts were aimed at preventing the advance of Ukrainian troops. Their regrouping was strengthened by moving units from the western military district of the area where combat capability is being restored. The bombing of military and civilian infrastructure continues.

On the Izyum front, the enemy regrouped its units, resupplied in order to strengthen its offensive capabilities and carried out aerial reconnaissance using the “Orlan-10” drone in order to clarify the positions of the armed forces Ukrainians.

On the Yuzhnobuzhsky front, the enemy is trying to hold their positions with 15 battle groups of battalions. The occupiers did not conduct active hostile operations. They carried out shelling from mortars, cannon artillery and multiple rocket launcher systems on the positions of Ukrainian troops. They made up for the losses. They used army aviation in the Karierne settlement area.

The measures of the administrative and police regime in the temporarily occupied territories continue. The strengthening of filtration measures by National Guard divisions in the areas of the settlements of Heroiska, Hola Prystan and Kherson is noted.

There remains the possibility that [Russian troops will] conduct assault operations in certain directions in order to improve the tactical situation, immobilize Ukrainian troops and prevent the transfer of reserves.

Invader morale remains low, there is systemic drinking and desertion. Personnel of enemy units complain about the ineffectiveness of their attacks on Ukrainian Defense Forces positions in the Huliaipole area.

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