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Russo-Ukraine War - 17 May 2022 - Day 83

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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. 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 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]


The eighty-third day of the heroic opposition of the Ukrainian people to the Russian military invasion continues. The Russians do not stop conducting offensive operations in the Eastern Operational Zone.

As expected, Finland's parliament approved NATO bid with an overwhelming majority. 188 for, 8 against, 3 abstained. The vote came after two days of parliamentary debate, during which the foreign affairs committee said that "Russia's long-standing aggressive policies and the goal of dividing Europe into new spheres of influence took on a new dimension after the country's invasion of Ukraine." It added "Failure to respond would lead to a narrowing of Finland's foreign, security and defense policy".

Among the small group of Finnish lawmakers opposing the application was the Left Alliance's Markus Mustajarvi, who said Finland's border would become "the border between the military alliance and Russia." He said "New tensions would not be a risk only during the application process but rather a new and permanent condition of our foreign and security policy".

Turkey said it could back Sweden and Finland's NATO bids if they stop supporting terrorists and lift export bans. Aspiring NATO bids require unanimous approval from existing members to join the alliance. Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Sweden and Finland must stop supporting terrorists in their countries, provide clear security guarantees and lift export bans on Turkey.Finnish and Swedish diplomats plan to travelto Ankara this week to talk to representatives of the Turkish Foreign Ministry. President Niinisto said that although statements from Turkey have "become harder during the last few days," he was sure that the situation could be solved with the "help of constructive discussions."

Both NATO Secretary General Jens Stoletenberg and US President Biden have said they are confident differences with Turkey can be overcome, although questions remain as to what conditions Turkey could attach on greenlighting Swedish and Finnish NATO membership.

Just days after Finland announced it was ready to join NATO, reports claim Russia has been moving nuclear-capable missiles to the Finnish border. Reports said at least seven Iskander missiles were spotted along Russia's Vyborg town. Russia had reportedly parked the Iskander-M short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) systems near the Ukraine border before the February 24 invasion. In 2018, Russia had deployed nuclear-capable missiles in Kaliningrad. The short-range Iskander missiles has a range of 500 km and can carry either conventional or nuclear warheads.

The Russians continued to launch missile strikes on military and civilian infrastructure in Lviv, Chernihiv and Sumy regions. No significant changes in the position and condition of the Russians's troops were recorded in the Volyn, Polissya and Seversky areas. Certain units of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus continue to carry out tasks to strengthen the Ukrainian-Belarusian border in Brest and Gomel regions. The Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus are continuing the measures of the second stage of the combat readiness test. As part of these activities, training in pontoon crossing and forcing a water obstacle was marked at one of the landfills. The threat of missile and bomb strikes from the territory of the Republic of Belarus on infrastructure facilities on the territory of Ukraine remains.

In order to prevent the transfer of units of Ukrainian troops in the northern direction, the Command of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continues to maintain units from the Eastern Military District in the border areas of Bryansk and Kursk regions. From the territory of the Russian Federation, the Russians fires on settlements in the Sumy and Chernihiv regions. In the Kharkiv direction, the Russians's main efforts are focused on maintaining their positions and preventing the advance of Ukrainian troops to the state border of Ukraine. The Russians fired artillery at Ukrainian troops. In the Slavic direction, the occupiers were regrouping and replenishing troops and accumulating reserves in order to prepare for the offensive in the direction of Slavyansk. The Russians tried to improve the tactical situation in the area of Dovgenke, but were unsuccessful.

In the Donetsk direction, the Russians group is trying to conduct offensive operations along the entire line of contact, shelling settlements with artillery. In the areas of Bakhmut, Klinovy, Soledar and Vovchoyarivka, the Russians fired missiles from Su-35 aircraft. The Russians also conducted air reconnaissance using the Orlan-10 UAV. In the Severodonetsk direction, with the support of artillery, the occupiers are trying to launch an offensive in the direction of the settlements of Borovenky and Severodonetsk. In the Bakhmut direction, the Russians tried to break through the defenses of Ukrainian troops, was unsuccessful, and withdrew.

In the Avdiivka direction, the Russians carried out assault operations in order to take control of the Novobahmutivka-Novoselivka Druha road, but was unsuccessful. In the Kurakhiv direction, with the support of artillery and aircraft fire, they attacked the village of Novomykhailivka, where fighting continued. Units of the occupiers made an unsuccessful attempt to attack in the direction of the village of Marinka.

In Mariupol, the Russians focused its efforts on blocking Ukrainian units near the Azovstal plant. More than 260 Ukrainian fighters have been evacuated from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol to Russian-held territories, and efforts to rescue the remaining ones continued. Russia said 265 Ukrainian fighters had surrendered from a besieged final stronghold in the steel plant, hours after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the mission to defend the facility was over and several fighters had been moved to Russian territory.

The speaker of Russia’s parliament said it will consider banning the exchange of Russian prisoners of war for captured members of Ukraine’s Azov regiment. Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of the State Duma, said its members were “Nazi criminals” who should not be included in prisoner exchanges. “They are war criminals and we must do everything to bring them to justice,” he said. Legislator Leonid Slutsky, one of Russia’s negotiators in stalled peace talks with Ukraine, called the evacuated combatants “animals in human form” and said they should receive the death penalty. “They do not deserve to live after the monstrous crimes against humanity that they have committed and that are committed continuously against our prisoners,” he said.

In the Novopavlovsk and Zaporozhye directions, the Russians did not wage active hostilities. In order to bind Ukrainian troops, they fired artillery and mortars. At the same time the Russians carried out engineering equipment of the second line of defense. The occupiers did not carry out active hostilities in the South Bug area. Mortar and artillery shelling of Ukrainian units was recorded. The occupiers were continuing engineering work to equip the second line of defense with reinforced concrete structures.

Russians naval groups in the Black and Azov Seas performed tasks to isolate combat areas and block civilian shipping. In the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea, measures were being taken to restore the combat capability of Russian units that have suffered significant losses. Thus, according to available information, combat coordination of units of the 126th Separate Coastal Defense Brigade and the 810th Separate Marine Brigade was planned at some ranges of the peninsula.

The new package of US military assistance to Ukraine includes 3 counter-battery radars and 18 howitzers, the shipment of these weapons and equipment will begin immediately. This was stated at a regular briefing by US Defense Department spokesman John Kirby. "This package will include 18 155mm howitzers, 18 tactical vehicles for towing them, 18 artillery pieces <...> and three AN/TPQ-36 radars for counter-battery combat," he said. Kirby added that the supply of these weapons and equipment will begin immediately. Kirby added that the supply of these weapons and equipment will begin immediately. The representative of the Pentagon found it difficult to name the exact date when this weapon will appear in Ukraine, saying that this will happen "very soon."



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