Russo-Ukraine War - 24 May 2022 - Day 90
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 ninety days of the heroic opposition of the Ukrainian people to the Russian military invasion continue.
Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said it would be "fatal" for the West to get swept up in the "mood of the moment" and forget Russia's position of power within Europe, and suggested Ukraine should give up territory. Kissinger, 98, was speaking during the World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland. Kissinger said “Ideally, the dividing line should be a return to the status quo ante. Pursuing the war beyond that point will not be about the freedom of Ukraine, but a new war against Russia itself.
"Parties should be brought to peace talks within the next two months. Ukraine should've been a bridge between Europe and Russia, but now, as the relationships are reshaped, we may enter a space where the dividing line is redrawn and Russia is entirely isolated. We are facing a situation now where Russia could alienate itself completely from Europe and seek a permanent alliance elsewhere. This may lead to Cold War-like diplomatic distances, which will set us back decades. We should strive for long-term peace."
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy sat down for an exclusive interview with NHK. "For all Ukrainians, victory means regaining our territory including the Donbas region and the Crimean Peninsula. But first, we are fighting to get our territory back to what it was before February 24th. Then, we will propose Russia come to the negotiating table to end this war."
The UK Ministry of Defence reported that Russia has increased the intensity of its operations in the Donbas as it seeks to encircle Severodonetsk, Lyschansk, and Rubizhne. At present the northern and southern axes of this operation are separated by approximately 25 km of Ukrainian-held territory. There has been strong Ukrainian resistance with forces occupying well dug-in defensive positions. Ukraine’s long-established Joint Force Operation likely retains effective command and control of this front. Russia has, however, achieved some localised successes, due in part to concentrating artillery units. Russia’s capture of the Severodonetsk pocket would see the whole of Luhansk Oblast placed under Russian occupation. While currently Russia’s main effort, this operation is only one part of Russia’s campaign to seize the Donbas. If the Donbas front line moves further west, this will extend Russian lines of communication and likely see its forces face further logistic resupply difficulties.
In the Donetsk direction, the Russians launched air strikes on civilian infrastructure in the settlements of Kramatorsk, Lyman and Slovyansk. In the Lyman direction, the Russians intensified hostilities. With the support of artillery and aircraft, they led the offensive in the direction of the village of Lyman. In the Severodonetsk direction, with the support of artillery fire, the Russians were advancing in the direction of the settlement of Severodonetsk, where the fighting continued. In the Donetsk direction, the Russians continue to conduct active offensive operations, trying to break through the defenses of Ukrainian troops and reach the administrative borders of Luhansk region. The governor of Luhansk, Serhiy Hayday, said that the Russians had beefed up their forces with some 12,500 soldiers who were attempting to seize Luhansk.
The analyst who posts well-informed, detailed daily updates of the war situation on Twitter under the nom-de-guerre “Jomini of the West” wrote" ... the stability of the Russian breakout from Popasna depends on the long-term coherence of this OMGs logistic sustainment. Otherwise it will be unable to make gains for much longer, let alone create a cauldron in Severodonetsk that forces Ukraine forces to withdraw. Likewise, supporting this has been a missing element of Russian offensive capability, effective supply of sustained combat operations. The Popasna OMG has remained effective largely in part because it has been better supplied than previous Russian offensives.... the breakthrough at Popasna has been the result of a better application of doctrinal methodologies and the integration of new combat assets (like BMPT AFV) that has allowed Russian forces to maneuver more effectively and outflank Ukrainian defenses..... Russia’s push against Severodonetsk will likely determine the success or failure of this current phase of the war. Russian failure to secure the borders of Luhansk & at least make a meaningful advance into Donetsk risks not achieving the Kremlin’s aims."
Ukraine remains threatened by missile and air strikes from the territory of the Republic of Belarus. The situation in the Volyn and Polissya areas has not changed significantly. In the northern direction, the Russians continues to take measures to cover the Ukrainian-Russian border and equip bases in the Bryansk region. The aggressor struck airstrikes on civilian and military infrastructure in the Sumy region. In the Slobozhansky direction, the Russians's units focused their main efforts on maintaining their positions.
In the Kharkiv and Slavic areas, the Russians did not take active action, conducted reconnaissance and carried out measures to create favorable conditions for the resumption of the offensive. They carried out artillery shelling of units of the Defense Forces in the area of the village of Tsirkuni. The Russians also conducted reconnaissance in the area of the settlement of Pasika, suffered casualties and withdrew.
In the Bakhmut direction, the Russians were advancing in the areas of the settlements of Lypove and Belogorovka. In the Avdiivka, Kurakhiv, Novopavliv and Zaporizhzhya directions, the occupiers carried out attacks with assault and army aircraft. At the same time, the Russians did not stop mortar and artillery shelling of the positions of the Defense Forces and civilian infrastructure in the areas of Avdiivka, Pisky and Marinka.
The Russians did not conduct active hostilities in the South Bug area. They fired at Ukrainian troops with mortars, multiple rocket launchers, artillery and counterattack, and inflicted an air strike near the settlement of Nikolaevka. Russians carried out measures of engineering and logistical support of troops.
In the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, the Russians were forming reserve units to conduct hostilities on the territory of Ukraine. The occupiers continued to violate the rights of Ukrainian citizens in the temporarily occupied territories - they hinder free movement and create artificial conditions for the development of the humanitarian crisis.
Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak announced the establishment of an international advisory group that will develop proposals on security guarantees for Ukraine. He will co-lead the group with former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. This was announced by Andriy Yermak, speaking at the Securing Europe panel in the framework of the World Economic Forum, which is taking place in Davos. “Today, I'm glad to announce here in Davos that together with the former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen we're establishing an international advisory working group. Its aim is to make some recommendations for reliable and efficient security guarantees for Ukraine. Leading figures from security, policy and diplomacy as well as scientists will be invited to join in and contribute,” the Head of the Office of the President noted.
Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Nikolai Platonovich Patrushev told AiF "We are not chasing deadlines. Nazism must either be 100% eradicated, or it will rear its head in a few years, and in an even uglier form. All the goals set by the President of Russia will be fulfilled. It cannot be otherwise, since truth, including historical truth, is on our side.... NATO is not a defensive, but a purely aggressive offensive military bloc, joining it implies the automatic transfer of a significant part of its sovereignty to Washington. If the military infrastructure of the alliance expands on the territory of Finland and Sweden, Russia will perceive this as a direct threat to its own security and will be obliged to respond....
"If Ukraine had remained independent, and not ruled by the current puppet regime, obsessed with the idea of joining NATO and the EU, then it would have long ago expelled all Nazi evil spirits from its land. Meanwhile, an endlessly smoldering conflict in this country is seen as an ideal scenario for the entire North Atlantic alliance led by the United States. The West needs Ukraine as a counterbalance to Russia, and also as a testing ground for the disposal of obsolete weapons. By fueling hostilities, the United States is pumping money into its military-industrial complex, again, as in the wars of the 20th century, remaining on the winning side. At the same time, the United States considers the inhabitants of Ukraine as a consumable...
"Some experts express an opinion about the man-made coronavirus infection, believing that it could have been created in the Pentagon laboratories with the assistance of a number of major multinational pharmaceutical companies. Clinton, Rockefeller, Soros and Biden funds were involved in this work under state guarantees . Instead of caring for the health of mankind, Washington spends billions on the study of new pathogens."
The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation will open from 08:00 Moscow time on May 25 a humanitarian corridor in the direction of the Black Sea for the safe exit of foreign ships from the port of Mariupol. This was announced on 24 May 2022 by the head of the National Defense Control Center of the Russian Federation, Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev. "For the safe exit of foreign ships from the port of Mariupol from 08:00 Moscow time on May 25, a humanitarian corridor 115 miles long and 2 miles wide in the direction of the Black Sea is being organized," said Mizintsev, who heads the Russian interdepartmental coordination headquarters for humanitarian response in Ukraine.
A total of 70 foreign ships from 16 states remain blocked in six ports of Ukraine, Mizintsev said. "In six ports (Kherson, Nikolaev, Chernomorsk, Ochakov, Odessa and Yuzhny), 70 foreign ships from 16 states remain blocked. The threat of shelling and high mine danger created by official Kyiv do not allow ships to freely go to the open sea," said Mizintsev.
South Korean Daewoo Shipbuilding refused to build tankers for the same Arctic LNG-2. The contract amount is $ 300 million. All because the Russians could not pay for the order on time. And they could not because of the unavailability of the international payment system Global Interbank Banking Financial Telecommunications Association, which everyone knows as SWIFT. Everything is bad for the Russians, too, with the existing tanker fleet. Currently, a record amount of crude oil from Russia is at sea, which cannot be unloaded in ports due to the announced sanctions. In total, about 62 million barrels of Russian Urals oil have accumulated on sea routes , which is three times higher than the pre-war average.
On May 24, the losses of personnel of the Russian troops increased by 100 to 29,450 killed, and the Ukrainian military also destroyed 3 tanks, 1 aircraft and 11 drones over the past day. The General Staff of the Armed Forces announced the enemy lost 1 aircraft over the past day (206 in total), 3 tanks (1,305 in total), 19 armored combat vehicles (3,213 in total), 5 vehicles and tank trucks (2,217 in total), 1 special equipment unit (total - 44) and 11 drones (total - 491). Since the beginning of the war, the enemy has also lost 170 helicopters, 201 rocket artillery, 606 artillery systems, 93 air defense systems, 112 cruise missiles and 13 ships/boats. The greatest losses of the enemy over the past day were observed in the Lyman direction.
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