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Russo-Ukraine War - 01 May 2023 - Day 432

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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" (SVO - spetsialnaya voennaya operatsiya) 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 UK Ministry of Defence reported that since summer 2022, Russia has constructed some of the most extensive systems of military defensive works seen anywhere in the world for many decades. These defences are not just near the current front lines but have also been dug deep inside areas Russia currently controls.

Imagery shows that Russia has made a particular effort to fortify the northern border of occupied Crimea, including with a multi-layered defensive zone near the village of Medvedevka. Russia has also dug hundreds of miles of trenches well inside internationally recognised Russian territory including in the Belgorod and Kursk regions.

The defences highlight Russian leaders' deep concern that Ukraine could achieve a major breakthrough. However, some works have likely been ordered by local commanders and civil leaders in attempts to promote the official narrative that Russia is 'threatened' by Ukraine and NATO.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that the Russian Federation launched another massive missile attack on civilian objects of our state.

In total during the day, Russian forces carried out 19x missile strikes (our defenders successfully destroyed 15x Russian cruise missiles of the Kh-101 and Kh-555 types), 13x air strikes and launched 13x rounds from MLRS. Unfortunately, there are dead and wounded civilians, including children. Apartment residential buildings, private houses, schools, hospitals, kindergartens and other civil infrastructure were destroyed and damaged.

The threat of further missile and air strikes on the entire territory of Ukraine remains high.

Russia continues to focus its main efforts on conducting offensive operations on the Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Mar'yinka axes - more than 30x Russian attacks were repelled during the day. Bakhmut and Mar'yinka remain at the epicenter of hostilities, Ukrainian soldiers bravely defend themselves.
Volyn' and Polissya axes: no signs of the formation of Russian offensive groups were detected.
Sivershchyna and Slobozhanshchyna axes: Russian forces continue to maintain a certain number of troops in the border areas of the Russian Federation with Ukraine. During the day, Russian forces carried out an air strike with guided air bombs on the settlement of Lyzunivka in the Chernihiv Oblast, a child was killed. In addition, they conducted mortar and artillery shelling of the settlements of Leonivka, Krasnyi Khutir, Gremyach, Novgorod-Siverskyi of the Chernihiv Oblast; Seredyna-Buda, Shostka, Khodyne, Iskryskivshchyna, Volfyne, and Sadky of Sumy Oblast, as well as Udy, Hoptivka, Strelecha, and Khatnye in Kharkiv Oblast.
Kupyansk axis: Russian forces did not conduct any offensive operations. The settlements of Figolivka, Zapadne, Liman Pershiy, Kislivka, Kupyansk, Krokhmalne, and Berestov of the Kharkiv Oblast were hit by Russian artillery and mortar fire.
Lyman axis: Russian forces tried to improve the tactical position, led unsuccessful offensive actions in the Novoselivskyi and Bilogorivka areas. They launched an airstrike on the settlements of Bilogorivka, Hryhorivka and Spirne. Makiivka, Dibrova, Belogorivka in the Luhansk Oblast and Verkhnokamianske and Spirne in the Donetsk Oblast were hit by Russian artillery fire.
Bakhmut axis: Russian forces continue to conduct offensive actions. Fighting continues in the city of Bakhmut. Also, Russian forces carried out unsuccessful offensive actions on the axis of the settlement of Predtechyne. They launched an airstrike on Bakhmut and Bila Gora. Vasyukivka, Orikhovo-Vasylivka, Novomarkove, Hryhorivka, Bakhmut, Chasiv Yar, Ivanivske, Kostyantynivka, Diliivka and Pivdenne of the Donetsk Oblast were affected by Russian shelling.
Avdiivka axis: Russian forces carried out offensive actions in the Pervomaisky Oblast of the Donetsk Oblast, without success. Air strike was conducted on Avdiivka. They shelled the settlements of Avdiivka, Lastochkine, Pervomaiske and Karlivka in the Donetsk Oblast.
Mar'yinka axis: Russian forces continue to attack the positions of the defense forces. Battles continue for Mar'yinka. Georgiivka, Donetsk Oblast, also got under Russian fire.
Shakhtars'ke axis: during the day, Russian forces did not conduct offensive operations. Shelled the settlements of Vugledar, Bogoyavlenka, and Novoukrainka in Donetsk Oblast.
Zaporizhzhia and Kherson axes: Russia continues to conduct defensive operations. During the day, Russian forces shelled Vremivka, Novosilka, Novopil' of the Donetsk Oblast; Malynyvka, Gulyaipole, Biloghirya, Mala Tokmachka, Novodanilivka, and Zeleny Gai of the Zaporizhzhia Oblast, as well as Ivanovske, Kozatske, Osokorivka, Zolota Balka, Kachkarivka, Berislav, Vesele, Odradokamyanka, Tyaginka, Bilozerka, Kizomys, and the city of Kherson.

During the day, the aviation of the Ukrainian Defense Forces conducted 4x strikes on areas of concentration of Russian personnel, and units of missile troops and artillery hit the control post, 2x areas of Russian concentration of weapons and military equipment, 2x warehouses of ammunition and 1x warehouse of fuel and lubricants.

The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reported that the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation launched a long-range high-precision air and sea-based missile strike against Ukrainian military-industrial complex facilities.

The goal of the attack has been reached. All the assigned targets have been neutralised.

Enterprises producing ammunition, weapons and military equipment for Ukrainian forces have been disrupted.

In Kupyansk direction, the attacks, launched by aviation and artillery of the Zapad Group of Forces, have resulted in the neutralisation of the AFU units near Dvurechnaya, Timkovka and Krakhmalnoye (Kharkov region).

The actions of five Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance groups were suppressed close to Masiutovka, Kislovka, Sinkovka (Kharkov region), and Novosyolovskoye and Rozovka (Lugansk People's Republic).

The enemy losses were over 85 Ukrainian servicemen, two motor vehicles, and one D-20.

One ordnance depot of 127nd Mechanised Brigade of the AFU has been destroyed near Izbitskoye (Kharkov region).

In Krasny Liman direction, the attacks, launched by Operational-Tactical and Army aviation, as well as artillery of the Tsentr Group of Forces, have resulted in the neutralisation of the AFU units close to Olgovka (Kharkov region), Chervonaya Dibrova (Lugansk People's Republic) and Serebrianka (Donetsk People's Republic).

Two Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance groups have been suppressed close to Torskoye (Donetsk People's Republic) and Nevskoye (Lugansk People's Republic).

The enemy losses were up to 55 Ukrainian servicemen, one armoured fighting vehicle, one pickup truck, one D-20 howitzer, and two D-30 howitzers.

In Donetsk direction, the assault detachments continued to destroy the enemy in the western part of Artyomovsk.

The Airborne Troops support the actions of the assault detachments and restrain the AFU units on the flanks.

The attacks, launched by Operational-Tactical and Army aviation, as well as artillery of the Yug Group of Forces, have resulted in the neutralisation of the enemy manpower and hardware close to Kalinovka, Chasov Yar, Nikolayevka and Stupochki (Donetsk People's Republic).

The Russian aviation have made 6 sorties in this area during the day. The Group's artillery have performed 64 firing missions.

The enemy losses were up to 330 Ukrainian personnel, one tank, four armoured fighting vehicles, four motor vehicles, and one D-30 howitzer have been eliminated.

One ordnance depot of 53th Mechanised Brigade of the AFU has been destroyed near Novoukrainka (Donetsk People's Republic).

On South Donetsk and Zapororozhye directions, aviation, as well as artillery and heavy flamethrower systems of the Vostok Group of Forces inflicted a fire damage on the enemy units near Ugledar, Privolnoye (Donetsk People's Republic) and Malaya Tokmachka (Zaporozhye region).

The actions of a Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance group have been disrupted close to Sladkoye (Donetsk People's Republic).

The enemy losses were up to 55 Ukrainian servicemen, one armoured fighting vehicle, two motor vehicles, and one Msta-B howitzer.

In Kherson direction, the enemy losses were up to 15 Ukrainian servicemen, two motor vehicles, one Akatsiya self-propelled artillery system, and one Msta-B howitzer.

Operational-Tactical and Army aviation, Missile Troops and Artillery of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation have neutralised 87 artillery units at their firing positions, manpower and hardware in 109 areas.

The 72th Mechanised Brigade's battalion command and observation post has been hit near Ugledar (Donetsk People's Republic).

Air defence facilities have destroyed eight unmanned aerial vehicles close to Gorobyovka (Kharkov region), Kremennaya, Krasnorechenskoye (Luhansk People's Republic), Vodyanoye (Donetsk People's Republic), and Peschanovka (Kherson region).

In total, 413 airplanes, 230 helicopters, 3,913 unmanned aerial vehicles, 421 air defence missile systems, 8,927 tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles, 1,095 fighting vehicles equipped with MLRS, 4,703 field artillery guns and mortars, as well as 9,893 units of special military vehicles have been destroyed since the beginning of the special military operation.

Russian forces have advanced further within the city from the north.

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