Russia - Ukraine war operational update of the General Staff of Ukraine for the last 24 hours of Russia - Ukraine war as of 6:00 a.m., May 21, 2023.
452 day of the russian large-scale invasion has begun.
Over the past 24 hours, the russian forces has launched 7 rocket and 70 air strikes, launched 48 salvo rocket attacks on the positions of our troops and populated areas. Civilians suffered, private residential buildings and other civilian infrastructure were destroyed and damaged.
The probability of launching missile and air strikes on the entire territory of Ukraine remains high, because the enemy will continue to use terror tactics.
The enemy continues to concentrate its main efforts on the Kupyansk, Lymansk, Bakhmutsk, Avdiivsk and Marinsk directions. In total, during the past 24 hours, 53 combat clashes took place on the specified areas of the front, Bakhmut and Maryinka remain at the epicenter of hostilities.
In the Volyn and Poliske directions, the operational situation has not changed significantly, and no signs of the formation of offensive groups have been detected.
The enemy continues to maintain a military presence in the border areas with Ukraine in the Siverskyi and Slobozhanskyi directions. During the past day, it carried out an airstrike in the area of Nesterne settlement of Kharkiv region, carried out mortar and artillery shelling of Galaganivka settlements of Chernihiv region and Golyshivske, Volfine, Kindrativka, Yunakivka, Uhroidy of Sumy region, as well as Udy, Kozacha Lopan, Ternova, Gatishche, Vovchansk, Pletenivka, Pokalane, Nesterne, Budarky, Zemlianka, Ustinivka and Khatne in Kharkiv Oblast.
In the Kupyan direction, the enemy does not stop trying to improve the tactical position. Last day, he conducted unsuccessful offensive actions in the Masyutivka area. He carried out airstrikes in the areas of Kislivka and Kotlyarivka settlements of the Kharkiv region. Topoli, Figolivka, Novomlynsk, Dvorichna, Zapadne, Masyutivka, Kislivka, Kotlyarivka, Tabaivka of the Kharkiv region and Stelmakhivka of the Luhansk region were subjected to enemy artillery and mortar attacks.
During the past day, the enemy did not conduct offensive operations in the Lyman direction. He carried out airstrikes in the areas of the settlements of Bilogorivka, Dibrova, Yampil, and Spirne. Makiivka, Nevske, Belogorivka of the Luhansk region were hit by artillery fire; Torske, Verkhnokamyanske and Spirne of the Donetsk region.
In the Bakhmut direction, the enemy continues to conduct offensive actions. The battles for the city of Bakhmut do not stop. During the day, the enemy conducted unsuccessful offensive actions also in the direction of White Mountain. Launched missile strikes in the areas of Sloviansk, Kramatorsk, Druzhkivka and airstrikes in the areas of the settlements of Sloviansk, Druzhkivka, Bakhmut, Ivanovske, Bila Gora, Kurdyumivka and Toretsk. Vasyukivka, Orihovo-Vasylivka, Hryhorivka, Bohdanivka, Bakhmut, Ivanovske, Chasiv Yar, Stupochki, Predtechine, Bila Gora of the Donetsk region were affected by enemy shelling.
In the Avdiyivka direction, the enemy carried out offensive actions in the directions of Novokalynovy, Avdiivka, Severnogl, without success. Last day, it carried out an air strike in the Avdiivka area, carried out artillery shelling in the areas of Novokalynove, Berdychi, Stepove, Avdiivka, Tonenke, Pervomaiske, Karlivka and Nevelske settlements of the Donetsk region.
In the Maryinka direction, units of the defense forces once again repelled numerous enemy attacks in the area of the city of Marinka. The enemy carried out airstrikes in the areas of Krasnohorivka and Maryinka settlements. At the same time, Gostre, Georgiyivka, Maryinka and Pobeda of the Donetsk region were subjected to enemy artillery fire.
In the Shakhtarsk direction, the enemy conducted unsuccessful offensive actions in the area of Novomykhailivka. At the same time, he carried out airstrikes in the areas of the settlements of Vugledar and Prechistivka. He shelled the settlements of Paraskoviivka, Kostyantynivka, Novomykhailivka, Novoukrainka, Vugledar and Prechistivka.
The enemy continues to conduct defensive operations in the Zaporizhzhia and Kherson directions. He carried out airstrikes on the settlements of Poltavka in the Zaporizhzhia region and Beryslav and Kindyka in the Kherson region. At the same time, he shelled more than 40 settlements. Among them are Vremivka, Novosilka, Zelene Pole, Novopil of the Donetsk region; Olhivske, Gulyaipole, Biloghirya, Mala Tokmachka and Kamianske of the Zaporizhzhia region; Nikopol - Dnipropetrovsk and Zolota Balka, Vesele, Lviv, Antonivka, Dniprovske, Veletenske and the city of Kherson.
The Russian occupiers continue to convert educational institutions in the temporarily occupied settlements of Ukraine into military medical institutions. In particular, the invaders turned a secondary school in the village of Azov in the Zaporizhzhya region and a preschool in the village of Gladkivka in the Kherson region into field hospitals. About 50 occupiers with injuries of varying degrees of severity are being treated there.
During the day, the Air Force of the Defense Forces carried out 10 strikes on areas where enemy personnel and military equipment were concentrated. 4 strike and 7 reconnaissance UAVs of various types were also destroyed.
Missile troops and artillery units hit 4 areas of concentration of weapons and military equipment, 1 ammunition depot, 4 artillery units in firing positions, 1 air defense device and 1 more important target of the enemy.