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Russo-Ukraine War - 06 May 2022 - Day 72

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On 24 February 2022, Ukraine was suddenly and deliberately attacked by land, naval and air forces of Russia, igniting the largest European war since the Great Patriotic War. The military buildup in preceeding months makes it obvious that the unprovoked and dastardly Russian attack was deliberately planned long in advance. During the intervening time, the Russian government had deliberately sought to deceive the world by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

"To initiate a war of aggression... is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole." [Judgment of the International Military Tribunal]

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a "special military operation" in Ukraine in response to the appeal of the leaders of the "Donbass republics" for help. That attack is a blatant violation of the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine. Putin stressed that Moscow's goal is the demilitarization and denazification of the country.

The seventy-second day of the heroic opposition of the Ukrainian people to the Russian military invasion continues. Germany will hand over seven PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine, a corresponding agreement has been reached on this, German Defense Minister Christina Lambrecht said. The Panzerhaubitzen 2000 artillery system is a track-mounted vehicle with a cannon that can fire 155mm shells up to 40 kilometers (25 miles). Germany will also offer training on how to use the heavy artillery. Lambrecht made the announcement during a trip to Slovakia to meet with German soldiers who have been deployed in the eastern European country that shares a small border with Ukraine.

The delivery of German howitzers marks another shift in Berlin's policy towards arming Ukraine. The German government under Chancellor Olaf Scholz had repeatedly come under fire, especially from its partners in Kyiv, for not doing enough to support Ukraine against the Russian invasion. The first U-turn saw Berlin go back on its tradition of not sending weapons into regions involved in conflict, but until recently, it had been reluctant to send heavy weaponry.

The German Defense Ministry did not give a time frame for the delivery of the howitzers, but the training of Ukrainian soldiers is set to begin next week. The seven artillery pieces will not be taken out of those that have been made available for the German Bundeswehr but rather from a separate pool that includes pieces that have been set aside for repairs. Germany has more than 100 of these howitzers, of which only 40 are currently ready for deployment. The heavy weapons will be delivered following maintenance over the next few weeks, Lambrecht and her chief of defense, General Eberhard Zorn, told reporters.

The German artillery will expand the handful of howitzers that have also been pledged by the Netherlands. The German and Dutch militaries are set to cooperate in the training of some 20 Ukrainian soldiers — already with some artillery experience — who will be trained starting next week in the western German state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

A Russian frigate is burning off the coast of the Odesa region following a Ukrainian attack, a Ukrainian YouTube channel claimed. The Project 11356P Burevestnik warship, known by the NATO reporting name Krivak, was hit by a Ukrainian Neptune misile near the Zmiinyi Island (Snake Island), the Odesa & Transport channel claimed. It said Russian warplanes were circling above the ship, and that Russian vessels from occupied Crimea are moving towards it to rescue the crew. The 409ft Admiral Makarov (hull number 799) was struck by the same Neptune missiles that sunk the Russian missile cruiser Moskva in the Black Sea last month.

The ship "Admiral Makarov" is a multi-purpose patrol ship of the far sea zone, the third frigate of project 11356, which is in service with the Russian Black Sea Fleet. The ship is part of the 30th division of surface ships. Named after Vice-Admiral of the Russian Imperial Navy Stepan Osipovich Makarov. The project of the patrol ship was developed by the Northern Design Bureau. The ship is designed to conduct combat operations against surface ships and submarines, to repel air attacks both independently and as part of a formation. Also, its tasks include: defensive and shock missions in the Black Sea, as well as the waters adjacent to it, and participation in anti-terrorist and anti-piracy operations. Port of registry - Sevastopol. Putin's Black Sea Fleet was already down to just three major warships after the sinking of Moskva on April 14. The new missile-frigate Admiral Makarov is thought to be a valuable target for Ukrainian missile crews as one of the most modern vessels in the Russian Navy. Anton Gerashchenko, a Ukrainian government advisor and former minister, said on Twitter: "Russian ship is on fire. It seems to be one of the newer Russian ones, Admiral Makarov."

Ukrainian MP Oleksiy Goncharenko claimed the warship was burning - but had not sunk. He said on Telegram: "The frigate Admiral Makarov, the Russian Navy’s patrol frigate, is on fire. "Yes, yes, you got that right! The God of the Seas is taking revenge on Ukraine’s abusers."

The Pentagon denied reports that it helped Ukrainian forces sink the Russian warship Moskva in the Black Sea last month in a stunning setback for Moscow’s invasion. “We did not provide Ukraine with specific targeting information for the Moskva,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement. Kirby said the US had “no prior knowledge” of the plan to strike the ship, which sank April 13, leaving a still-unclear number of Russian sailors dead or missing. “We were not involved in the Ukrainians’ decision to strike the ship or in the operation they carried out,” Kirby said.

The United States supports the negotiations between Russia and Ukraine and believes that Kyiv should, among other things, through such a diplomatic process, decide what an acceptable outcome of the current situation would look like for it, said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, commenting on the statements of Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States Oksana Markarova about what Kyiv would consider a victory for the "restoration of sovereignty" extending to Crimea and the Donbass. "We have long said that we would support the Ukrainians and their negotiated efforts, as well as the diplomatic process, to determine what victory looks like," US Presidential spokeswoman Joe Biden said.

The UK Ministry of Defence reported that Russian forces in Mariupol continued their ground assault on the Azovstal steel plant for a second day, despite Russian statements claiming they would seek only to seal it off. The renewed effort by Russia to secure Azovstal and complete the capture of Mariupol is likely linked to the upcoming 9 May Victory Day commemorations and Putin’s desire to have a symbolic success in Ukraine. This effort came at personnel, equipment and munitions cost to Russia. While Ukrainian resistance continues in Azovstal, Russian losses will continue to build and frustrate their operational plans in southern Donbas.

The Ukrainian General Staff reported successful offensive further north-east of Kharkiv. Ukrainian army regained control over 6 settlements: Oleksandrivka, Fedorivka, Ukrayinka, Shestakovo, Peremoha, and part of Cherkaski Tyshky. Near Kharkov, the Armed Forces of Ukraine were trying to counterattack in the direction of the border. After the withdrawal of units of the RF Armed Forces from Stary Saltov, the withdrawal of units from the northeastern outskirts of Kharkov was a matter of time. To prevent the RF Armed Forces from being locked in the boiler, the command made a decision to withdraw Russian units from Tsirkuny, Cherkassky Tishki and Liptsy (settlements between Kharkov and the Russian Border).

The Russians continued to conduct full-scale armed aggression against Ukraine. The Russians did not stop the offensive in the Eastern Operational Zone in order to establish full control over the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions and maintain the land corridor between these territories and the occupied Crimea. In the Luhansk sector, the RF Armed Forces completed the cleansing of the residential areas of Rubizhne, the last enemy units fortified themselves at the Zarya gunpowder factory. The settlement of Voevodovka was taken (between Rubizhny and Severodonetsk.) In the eastern quarters of Severodonetsk and the forests from Voevodovka - fighting.

The greatest activity of the Russians continued to be observed in Slobozhansky and Donetsk directions. The Russians launches missile strikes on transport infrastructure facilities and residential areas of settlements. In the Volyn and Polissya directions, the Russians did not take active action. Certain forces and means of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus continued to perform tasks to cover the Ukrainian-Belarusian border in Brest and Gomel regions. Currently, units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation remain in the Republic of Belarus, consisting of up to eight launchers of Iskander-M operational-tactical missile systems and up to six aircraft of various modifications that may be involved in air and missile strikes on Ukraine.

Some units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continue to carry out tasks to cover the Ukrainian-Russian border in the Bryansk, Kursk and Belgorod regions. The engineering equipment of the positions was carried out near the border crossing points. According to available information, in the village of Klyntsi, Bryansk Oblast, units of the 144th Motorized Rifle Division of the 20th Combined Arms Army of the Western Military District were conducting combat coordination in order to further participate in hostilities on the territory of Ukraine.

In the Slobozhansky direction, the Russians continued to increase the number of troops. From the area of the settlement of Urazovo of the Belgorod region to the territory of Ukraine carries out movement of divisions from structure of the Eastern military district. The Russians were blocking some remote settlements in the Kharkiv region, carrying out systematic high-intensity shelling, including with the use of rocket-propelled grenade launchers, in areas where Ukrainian troops are concentrated. Also, the Russians led the offensive in the direction of the settlement of Nova Dmytrivka, had no success.

As a result of the offensive, units of the Defense Forces of Ukraine regained control over the settlements of Oleksandrivka, Fedorivka, Ukrainka, Shestakovo, Peremoha, and part of the village of Cherkaski Tyshky. In the Donetsk and Tavriya directions, in order to restrain the actions of Ukrainian units, the Russians fired along the entire line of contact, continuing airstrikes and missiles.

In the Lyman direction, the Russians carried out assault operations in the direction of the settlement of Shandrygolove. They tried to establish control over the settlements of Rubizhne and Voevodivka in the Severodonetsk direction, but were unsuccessful. The establishment of full control over Severodonetsk is impossible without the occupation of Lisichansk, located on the high western bank of the Donets. Units of the NM LPR were advancing from the south towards Lisichansk. There is little progress, there were fights in Nizhny and Orekhovo. In Popasna, the confrontation continues, for each building. In the Popasnyansky direction Russians carried out assault operations in the direction of the settlement of Nyzhne. In the Avdiyevsky and Kurakhiv directions, Russians were limited to shelling the positions of units of the Defense Forces of Ukraine. In the city of Mariupol, the Russians focused its efforts on blocking and defeating units of Ukrainian defenders in the Azovstal area.

The Russians conducted reconnaissance by fighting in the direction of the settlement of Prechistivka, were unsuccessful, and retreated. In the South Bug direction, the Russians did not conduct active offensive operations, inflicting fire damage on the positions of Ukrainian troops in some areas. They focused efforts on maintaining the occupied frontiers, replenishing ammunition and engineering equipment positions.

In the Bessarabian direction, the Russian Federation continued to provoke tensions in the Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova. The personnel of the Operational Group of the Russian Troops are in "Full".

On the Izyum part of the front, the Armed Forces of Ukraine pulled up reserves, reinforced with artillery, hit with MLRS and Points to a greater depth. Troops of the Russian allied forces break through the enemy's defenses to the south. Under Liman, progress slowed down a bit due to forest fires.

In Zaporozhye, Russian troops using aviation and artillery launched an offensive against the settlements of Gulyaipole and Orekhovo. The Armed Forces of Ukraine suffer losses in manpower and equipment. Ukrainian troops attacked the town of Pologi. There were civilian casualties.

The Russians continued to suffer significant losses in personnel and equipment. According to available information, up to 800 wounded and up to 200 dead soldiers of the Russians were in the psychiatric hospital of the village of Malotokmatsky, Rostov region, which was partially handed over to the armed forces of the Russian Federation.

The main thing from the statement of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation: Russian air defense systems shot down a Ukrainian Su-27 aircraft; The Russian Armed Forces with high-precision air-launched missiles hit 31 areas of concentration of manpower of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and an ammunition depot in the Popasnaya area; Russian air defense intercepted two Smerch multiple rocket launchers near Izyum; The Russian Aerospace Forces destroyed up to 310 personnel and 27 units of weapons and military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

High-precision air-based missiles of the Russian Aerospace Forces destroyed a large ammunition depot of the Ukrainian group of troops located on the territory of the Energomashspetsstal plant in the city of Kramatorsk according to the Russian Ministry of Defense.

Amnesty International says it has documented war crimes in Ukraine, including the “wilful killings of civilians” by Russian forces when they occupied an area northeast of Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, in February and March. Civilians have also suffered abuse such as “reckless shootings and torture” at the hands of Russian forces in the early stages of Russia’s invasion, the rights group said in a report.

Evacuations of civilians trapped in a bombed-out steelworks in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol resumed. At least 25 civilians, including children, were evacuated from the Azovstal complex in the port city, which is besieged by Russian forces, to a camp in the Russian-controlled town of Bezimenne.

Africa faces an “unprecedented” crisis caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, particularly with soaring food and fuel prices, United Nations officials said. The conflict and Western sanctions on Moscow were disrupting supplies of wheat, fertilizer and other goods, compounding difficulties facing Africa from climate change and the coronavirus pandemic. “This is an unprecedented crisis for the continent,” UNDP Africa chief economist Raymond Gilpin told a press conference in Geneva.

Retired Russian Col. Mikhail Khodaryonok admitted on Channel One state television 06 May 2022 that his country needed to "replenish the losses in terms of personnel, weapons and equipment" that it has suffered in the war in Ukraine. Khodaryonok made the comments while also questioning whether mobilizing more troops would help Russia in the war, which has now stretched on for 75 days. The clip begins with Khodaryonok saying "let's imagine the drumroll, the sound of fanfare, and the mobilization is declared.

"How soon under this mobilization will we get the first fighter aviation regiment? We would get it by New Year's," he said. "If tonight we order new ships to be built, how soon will we get the first one? In two years," he continued. "That's the deal with mobilization," Khodaryonok argued. "If we set a goal of forming a new tank division, when would it be ready? I would say in at least 90 days. And it wouldn't be equipped with modern weaponry because we don't have modern weapons and equipment in our reserves," he added.

Khodaryonok, speaking to a panel, also said "sending people armed with weapons of yesteryear into a war of the 21st century to fight against global standard NATO weapons would not be the right thing to do. Of course, we need to replenish the losses in terms of personnel, weapons and equipment, but this should be done through industrial enterprises manufacturing modern, advanced equipment," he said in the video. "Mobilization would not solve these issues."

On May 5, the losses of personnel of the Russian troops increased by 200 to 24,900 killed, and the Ukrainian military also destroyed 18 tanks and 3 aircraft over the past day, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said. The Russians lost 3 aircraft over the past day (total - 199), 18 tanks (total - 1,110), 35 armored combat vehicles (total - 2,686), 3 artillery systems (total - 502), 2 units of rocket artillery (total - 171), 19 vehicles and tankers (total - 1,926), 12 drones (total - 324), 1 ship / boat (total - 11), 1 cruise missile (total - 90). Since the beginning of the war, the Russians also lost 155 helicopters, 83 units of air defense equipment, 38 units of special equipment.

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