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Russo-Ukraine War - 29 May 2022 - Day 95

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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]

"It's not the Russian regulars who are bearing the main burden of war in Eastern Ukraine. It is the troops of pro-Russian puppet states Donetsk People's Republic and Luhansk People's Republic. Just now 105th and 107th regiments of the DPR refused to fight..." Kamil Galeev noted. "Many in the DPR army are unwilling to fight any further. They were forcibly mobilised and now their discontent reached the point when they dared to show an open disobedience. Russian government is way more comfortable with using them as the cannon fodder than with using the Russian citizens. After all, DPR and LPR casualties are not even counted as "Russian" ones"... Since DPR casualties are not counted as "Russian", you'll mobilise in Donetsk everyone you can catch and then send them to attack the massive Ukrainian fortifications. You run out of the Donetsk males of course, but on the bright side you keep official Russian casualties low."

Former Italian Air Force Chief of Staff General Leonardo Tricarico urged the European Union not to provoke Russia and not to try to win in Ukraine. The Italian generalurged the European Union to abandon the "crazy idea of winning in Ukraine" in order to maintain relations with Russia. “If we want to reach an agreement with Putin on Ukraine, then we must avoid provocations and useless things, such as NATO expansion, which risks subsequently destabilizing the region instead of strengthening security ... NATO bears its share of responsibility in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. We must force Ukraine to capitulate and not provoke Russia into more serious actions,” Trikariko said.

Kyiv's victory in the Ukrainian conflict "is not certain. It probably isn’t likely. It might not even be possible". Doug Bandow, former special assistant to the 40th US President Ronald Reagan, wrote in the American Conservative magazine. As Bandow noted, the current US administration overestimates the capabilities of the Kyiv regime in its opposition to the special operation of the Russian Armed Forces to denazify Ukraine. “Pouring money and arms into an extended conflict in Ukraine is dangerous as well as costly. Using Ukraine to fight a proxy war against Moscow risks Russian retaliation, especially when allied support is deadly and overt, even ostentatious” he wrote. In addition, the former Reagan aide noted that in the current situation, as he believes, the American authorities need to get Kyiv to resolve the current situation through diplomacy. “Given the uncertainty, the U.S. should push for negotiations, offering support to Kiev to make peace, and providing sanctions relief to Moscow if it does the same” Bandow concluded.

President Volodymyr Zelensky fired SBU chief in Kharkiv on the spot for alleged inaction during war. Zelensky said that law enforcement agencies would investigate Roman Dudin, the head of the Security Service of Ukraine’s (SBU) branch in Kharkiv Oblast. Zelensky said that Dudin had failed to contribute to the city’s defense since Russia launched its large-scale invasion of Ukraine in February. The UK Ministry of Defence reported that on 25 May, Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Andrei Rudenko, said Russia is ready to provide a humanitarian corridor for vessels carrying food through the Black Sea in return for the lifting of sanctions. The minister also requested Ukraine de-mine the area around the port of Odesa to allow the passage of ships. Rudenko’s request for Ukraine to de-mine follows a core tenet of modern Russian messaging strategy: introducing alternative narratives, however unconvincing, to complicate audiences’ understanding. In this instance, Ukraine has only deployed maritime mines because of the continued credible threat of Russian amphibious assaults from the Black Sea. Russia has demonstrated is it prepared to leverage global food security for its own political aim and then present itself as the reasonable actor and blame the West for any failure. Russia’s attempt to achieve a reduction in the severity of international sanctions also highlights the stresses sanctions are placing on the regime.

The ninety-fifth day of the heroic opposition of the Ukrainian people to the Russian military invasion continues. The Russians did not stop conducting offensive operations in the Eastern Operational Zone in order to establish full control over the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions and block Ukraine's maritime communications in the northwestern part of the Black Sea.

The main goal of the Russians is to surround Ukrainian troops in the areas of Lysychansk and Severodonetsk and to block the main logistics routes. The Russians were actively using aircraft, forces and means of missile forces and artillery, electronic warfare. In order to make regular attempts to force the Seversky Donets River in certain areas, it replenished ammunition and fuel and lubricants. In the Kurakhiv direction, the Russians fired along the line of contact with mortars, artillery, rocket-propelled grenades, army and operational-tactical aircraft to deplete Ukrainian personnel and destroy fortifications. In the Lyman direction, some Russians units were withdrawn from the Lyman settlement. In the Severodonetsk direction, in order to support the actions of ground forces, the Russians continues to fire on Ukrainian troops with the use of artillery and rocket artillery. The Russians conducted an air strike by operational and tactical aircraft in the area of the village of Ustynivka. He is trying to gain a foothold on the northeastern outskirts of the city of Severodonetsk, conducting assault operations in the direction of the city center.

The capture of Severodonetsk in the Luhansk region of Ukraine will not bring Russia any significant military or economic benefits, but it will allow Russia to announce that it has completely occupied the Luhansk region, the US Institute for War Research (ISW) estimated. Severodonetsk itself is important at this stage of the war mainly because it is the last significant population center in the Luhansk region, which is not controlled by the Russians. Its conquest will slowly announce full occupation of the region in Moscow, but it will not give Russia any other military or economic benefits" - writes ISW. The institute emphasizes that Russian forces are destroying the city during the attack, so when they capture it, they will control the ruins.

The Institute for War Studies claims that the Russians are making very little progress in taking new territory in the Donetsk region. "The seizure of Severodonetsk could help them conquer the rest of the Donetsk region only if it allowed them to gain momentum in conducting further operations, but the battle for Severodonetsk will most likely rule out further large-scale Russian offensives," says the US think tank. According to the Institute, the Russian troops made progress in the Severodonetsk area mainly due to the fact that Moscow concentrated its forces and equipment around it, shifted from other axes of the fighting, where the Russians have been unable to obtain new gains for weeks. Despite this, the ISW stresses, the Ukrainian forces inflicted heavy losses on the aggressors. "Moscow will not be able to regain significant combat power, even if it takes Severodonetsk, as it strained it significantly by attacking the city," writes ISW.

The Volyn and Polissya directions were without significant changes. In the Seversky direction, the Russians continue to hold units of the 1st Tank Army of the Western Military District and airborne troops on the Russian-Ukrainian border in the Bryansk and Kursk regions in order to prevent the transfer of Ukrainian troops to other threatening areas. The aggressor continued shelling the border areas of Chernihiv and Sumy regions. In particular, the settlements of Senkivka, Hirsk, Hrynivka, Gasychivka, Chernihiv region and Bachivsk, Seredyna Buda, Boyaro-Lezhachi, Manukhivka, Sumy region. In order to clarify the position of Ukrainian troops, the Russians conducted air reconnaissance using UAVs.

In the Slobozhansky direction, the Russians focused its main efforts on maintaining its occupied positions. In the Kharkiv direction, the Russian occupiers used tube and rocket artillery to fire, and conducted air reconnaissance. In addition, they launched an air strike on the village of Prudyanka. In the Slavic direction, the Russians, with the support of artillery, carried out assault operations in the direction of Pasik - Bogorodichne, had no success, retreated to previously occupied positions. He fired several artillery and mortar shells at the settlements of Velyka Komyshuvakha, Dovhenke and Vernopillya. The occupiers waged active hostilities in Severodonetsk, Bakhmut and Kurakhiv directions.

In the Bakhmut direction, the Russians prepared for assault operations, fired mortars, artillery shells, and multiple rocket launchers in the areas of the settlements of Komyshuvakha, Dolomitnoye, and New York. Inflicted an air strike by operational and tactical aircraft in the areas of Berestove and Pokrovske. He fired four missiles at the settlements of Verkhnekamyanske, Vrubivka and Soledar. In the Avdiivka and Kurakhiv areas, the Russians fired intensively at the positions of Ukrainian troops, inflicting air strikes with operational-tactical planes and helicopters of army aircraft. In the South Bug direction, the Russians focuses its efforts on maintaining the occupied frontiers and their engineering equipment. In the Kryvyi Rih direction, the occupiers fired at Ukrainian troops with mortars, rocket and tube artillery in the areas of Trudolyubivka, Mala Shesternya, Dobryanka, Knyazivka, Tokareve, Shiroke, Pervomaiske, Novomykolaivka, Kotlyarevo, Novohryhoriivske, Tavrykivskyi, Povogryskerivske and Tav. In the Nikolaev direction Russians carry out movement of reserves for restoration of the lost positions in areas of the settlements Andriyivka, Belogorka and Bila Krynytsia. In the area of Staraya Bogdanovka, the Russians used a strike UAV.

In the waters of the Black and Azov Seas, ships of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation continue to perform tasks to isolate the area of hostilities. The Russians are also blocking civilian shipping in the northwestern part of the Black Sea. Operational-tactical, army and unmanned aircraft of the Russian Armed Forces hit two command posts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as well as 53 areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. This was announced by the official representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Major General Igor Konashenkov. In total, as a result of Russian air strikes, more than 300 nationalists and up to 50 units of military and special equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were destroyed. The Russian Aerospace Forces destroyed a large arsenal of Ukrainian troops on the territory of one of the enterprises in Krivoy Rog, the Ministry of Defense reported.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited the frontline positions of the Ukrainian military during a working trip to the Kharkiv region. The Head of State got himself acquainted with the operational situation in the area of responsibility of the relevant units. Volodymyr Zelenskyy presented state awards and valuable gifts to the servicemen, and talked with the defenders of Ukraine. "I want to thank each of you for your service. You risk your life for all of us and our state. Thank you for defending Ukraine's independence. Take care of yourself!" the President said.

Foreign fighters who have joined the UAF are frustrated by the discrepancy between what they expected in Ukraine and what they got. The Washington Post writes about it. Some mercenaries complained about the lack of weapons and information, which is why they decided to leave the battlefield and return to their home countries. Thus, a veteran of the US Marine Corps (call sign - Dakota) said that he went to Ukraine to “help” the military of the Armed Forces of Ukraine learn how to use Javelin anti-tank systems, but his detachment was given weapons without installing batteries necessary for work. A German mercenary (call sign Pascal) complained that their walkie-talkies were tapped by Russian troops and did not have additional charging batteries.

In the past two weeks, thousands of soldiers from self-proclaimed Moscow-controlled so-called The Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics have laid down their arms and refused to fight against Ukraine, informed the Ukrainian human rights spokeswoman Ludmyla Denisova. As she added, there are even incidents with the use of weapons."On the territory of the so-called people's republics there are mass revolts of men who are forcibly conscripted into the Russian army. These people do not want to become" cannon fodder ". Therefore, protests of conscripts and their wives against the local" authorities "are organized," Denisova wrote.

As the spokeswoman emphasized, there have even been cases of incidents with the use of weapons between the forcibly mobilized residents of Donbas and Russian soldiers. "The so-called 'military prosecutor's office' of the Donetsk People's Republic dispersed the protesters, but this only aggravated the situation," added the Ukrainian politician.

One of the servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine captured during the special operation said that their command had forgotten about him and his colleagues. The video recording of his story was provided by the Russian Ministry of Defense. “In one forest plantation we dug in. Stayed there for several days. Our unit retreated, but we were not told. There was no connection. They just forgot about us ,” he said. Also, the captured military of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said that after that they, together with their colleagues, decided to retreat, waiting for the dark time of the day, however, due to the fact that the Ukrainian military did not know where their other units had gone and where they were, they came to the settlement where they were Russian troops and there they were taken prisoner.

In Germany, high-ranking functionaries repeatedly stated that the Bundeswehr simply does not have heavy weapons in the proper quantity, and the FRG itself lacks them, and two mutually exclusive statements were made. German Vice Chancellor Robert Habek said that Germany cannot fulfill all of Ukraine's arms requests, as the entire Bundeswehr now has only 50 new Leopard-2 tanks. And the State Secretary of the German Ministry of Defense, Zimtje Meller, let slip that Germany was in no hurry to supply weapons to Ukraine, since Western countries decided not to supply BMPs and tanks to Ukraine.

Over the past nine weeks, the German government has reduced arms supplies to the Kyiv regime "to a minimum". This was reported by the Welt am Sonntag newspaper, citing documents at the disposal of the editors. In two months, only two batches of weapons were sent there. They contained small devices - mines, parts of machine guns, radios, hand grenades, detonators, the Welt newspaper writes, citing documents in its possession. The publication also reports that the Gepard tanks promised to Kyiv are being delayed due to the fact that the Ukrainian military needs to be prepared to work with them. This will take place at the beginning of August.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has so far refused to supply direct deliveries of heavy weapons to the Kiev regime and promised, as part of the so-called circular exchange, to provide East European countries with new German weapons in exchange for old USSR-made weapons so that the military of the Armed Forces of Ukraine can use them without additional training. At the same time, the head of the German Defense Ministry, Christina Lambrecht , promised the supply of Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft guns to Kiev, for which the Ukrainian military is currently being trained in Germany.

The Czech government has sent more than 3.5 billion crowns ($152 million) worth of military materials to Kyiv and is preparing new deliveries. This was announced by Defense Minister Yana Chernokhova. “So far, the Czech Republic has provided Ukraine with military materials totaling more than 3.5 billion crowns. We will propose to the government to carry out new deliveries to Ukraine for another 600-700 million crowns ($26-30 million),” the head of the military department was quoted by Ceské noviny. Earlier, Chernokhova refused to confirm the words of the head of the Pentagon, Lloyd Austin, that the Czech Republic transferred combat helicopters, tanks and missiles to Ukraine. She noted that she appreciates the words of the American colleague, but will not comment on such information for tactical reasons.

French reporter Georges Malbrunot for Le_Figaro says: “Russia has lost 28,000 soldiers in three months of war in Ukraine, according to estimates by the DGSE, the French foreign intelligence service...""

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