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Russo-Ukraine War - 10 May 2023 - Day 441

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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 on 09 May 2023, the make-up of Russia's annual Victory Day Parade in Red Square highlighted the materiel and strategic communications challenges the military is facing 15 months into the war in Ukraine.

Over 8,000 personnel reportedly took part in the parade, but the majority were auxiliary, paramilitary forces, and cadets from military training establishments. The only personnel from deployable formations of regular forces were contingents of Railway Troops and military police.

A vintage T-34 from a ceremonial unit was the sole tank on parade. Despite heavy losses in Ukraine, Russia could have fielded more armoured vehicles. The authorities likely refrained from doing so because they want to avoid domestic criticism about prioritising parades over combat operations.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that during this day, Russian forces struck a C-300 missile strike on the civilian infrastructure of Konstantinovka in Donetsk region. In addition, they launched 35 air strikes and carried out 4 bombardment from jet systems of Ukrainian troops and settlements of Kherson region. civilians were injured, destroyed and damaged private residential buildings and other civilian infrastructure.

The probability of missile and air strikes across Ukraine remains high.

Russia continues to focus his main efforts in the Limansky, Bakhmutsky, Avdiiv and Maryinsky directions. During the day, Russian forces carried out more than 30 attacks on mentioned areas of the front. The fiercest battles continue for the cities of bahmut and marinka.
In Volyn and Polísʹkomu directions, no signs of the formation of offensive groups have been detected. The landfill of the Republic of Belarus continue to be identified units of the armed forces of the Russian Federation.
Russia continues to maintain a military presence in the Síversʹkomu and Slobožansʹkomu directions. During the day, Leonivka carried out mortar and artillery shelling of the settlements of Chernihiv region; Bačivsk, Khodine, Boyaro-Ležači, Volfine, Bílovodi and Popívka of Sumy region, as well as Veterinary, Zelene, Gatishche, Zybine and Budarki in Kharkiv region.
In the Kupyan direction during the day, Russian forces did not conduct offensive actions. He made air strikes in the areas of Mas веtívka, Pershotravneve and Terni. Russian artillery and mortar shelling struck the settlements of Nikolaevka, Krasne Perše, Figolivka, Novomlinsk, Dvoríčna, Mas леріtívka, Port First, Kislivka Kharkiv region and Stelmahívka Luhansk region.
In the Limansky direction, during the day, Russian forces led unsuccessful offensive actions in the area of Serebryansk forestry. He made air strikes in the areas of bílogorívka and spírne. Artillery shelling suffered makííí стріvka, bílogorívka, merry luhansk region and yampolívka, spirne and berestove donetsk region.
In the Bakhmutsʹkomu direction, Russia continues to lead the attack.
During the day, there were unsuccessful offensive actions in the city of Bakhmut. Russia made aviation strikes in the areas of the settlements of Torske, Bakhmut, Klí ,í .vka and Kurdy Завmivka. Russian forces shelling suffered from oríhovo-vasilívka, bogdanívka, bahmut, ivanívsʹke, times gap, stupočki, iron and new york donetsk region.
In the avdííí противvsʹkomu direction, Russian forces led unsuccessful offensive actions in the area of avdííivka. I made air strikes in the areas of Novokalynovogo and Avdííí таvka. They carried out shelling of settlements Berdyči, Avdiíivka, Pervomaisk and Nevelsʹke of Donetsk region.
In the Marins відkomu direction, the Ukrainian defense forces units repelled numerous Russian attacks in the area of the city of Marinka. At the same time, the settlements of Georgiyevka and Pobed of Donetsk region were under attack.
In the Shakhtar direction during the day, Russia was leading offensive actions in the area of Novomykhaylivka, had no success. It conducted air strikes in the areas of Prečistívka and Novosílki. It shelled the settlements of Novomykhaylivka, Vugledar and Novoukrainka.
Russia continues to conduct defensive actions on Zaporizhzhya and Kherson directions. Made aviation strikes in the areas of the settlements of gulâjpole, small tokmachka, stepnogírsʹk, kizomis and stanislav. In the meantime, carried out shelling at the settlements next to the line of combat. Among them - Vremivka, Novopil Donetsk region; Malinivka, Gulyaypole, Mykilske, Mala Tokmachka, Orikhov, Kamyansk Zaporizhzhia region; Dudchany, Antonivka, Dniprovsk, Belozerka, Beregovove Kherson region and the city of Kherson.

Mass dissatisfaction of locals with the temporarily captured Tokmak of Zaporizhzhia region, which the Russian occupation administration "evacuated" to Berdyansk. In particular, people complain that the Russians placed them in terrible household conditions, in rooms without windows, lighting, hot water and furniture. Also, the invaders have banned indefinitely "evakujovanim" citizens to return back to the city of tokmak.

Russian occupation troops continue to suffer heavy losses on the battlefield. As a result, Russia equips civilian educational institutions temporarily occupied territories under medical institutions. Yes, in Luhansk, the premises of three local hospitals are fully equipped by occupants under military hospitals with mild and medium-severe injuries.

Russian occupants, under the pretext of the evacuation of civilians, continue to remove looted property from the frontline settlements of the Zaporizhzhia region. Yes, in Enerhodar, soldiers of Russian occupation troops completely looted all city medical institutions, all medical equipment of the city was taken to the temporarily occupied Simferopol of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. Also completely looted all enterprises, which are located in the industrial zone near the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant.

The Defense Forces aviation struck 3 strikes in the areas of the focus of the Russian forces' personnel and military equipment in a day. And the missile and artillery units hit 1 anti-aircraft missile complex, 2 life force focus areas, 1 fuel and lubricant warehouse, and the Russian forces' radio-electronic combat station.

The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reported that in Kupyansk direction, Operational-Tactical and Army aviation and artillery of the Zapad Group of Forces have engaged the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine close to Timkovka Sinkova, Zagoryukovka, and Tabayevka (Kharkov region).

Close to Krakhmalnoye and Timkovka (Kharkov region) and Stelmakhovka (Lugansk People's Republic) the Russian Armed Forces have prevented infiltration attempts of five sabotage and reconnaissance groups.

The enemy suffered losses of up to 50 Ukrainian troops, two armoured fighting vehicles, and one Akatsiya self-propelled artillery system.

In Krasny Liman direction, Operational-Tactical and Army aviation and artillery of the Tsentr Group of Forces have inflicted fire damage on enemy manpower and hardware close to Stary Karavan, Terny (Donetsk People's Republic) and Chervonaya Dibrova and Nevskoye (Lugansk People's Republic).

The enemy suffered losses of up to 60 Ukrainian troops, two armoured fighting vehicles, two motor vehicles, one Akatsiya self-propelled artillery system, as well as one D-20 howitzer.

In Donetsk direction, assault detachments continued their offensive in the north-west and west part of the city of Artyomovsk. Airborne Troops support the action of the assault detachments paralysing the enemy on the flanks. Russian aviation conducted 10 sorties in this area during the past 24 hours. The artillery of the Yug Group of Forces have performed 98 fire tasks overnight.

Operational-Tactical and Army aviation and artillery of the Yug Group of Forces inflicted fire damage on the 67th Mechanised Brigade, 80th Air Assault Brigade, and 5th Assault Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) close to Krasnoye, Stupochki (Donetsk People's Republic) and in the western suburbs of Artyomovsk.

The enemy has suffered losses of over 240 Ukrainian troops and mercenaries, three armoured fighting vehicles, four motor vehicles, as well as one Gvozdika self-propelled artillery system in the past 24 hours.

Moreover, a missile artillery storage of the 55th Artillery Brigade of the AFU close to Belokuzminovka (Donetsk People's Republic) has been destroyed.

In South Donetsk and Zaporozhye directions, aviation, artillery, and heavy flamethrower systems of the Vostok Group of Forces carried out an attack against AFU units in the areas of Ugledar, Nikolskoye, Vodyanoye (Donetsk People's Republic) and Orekhov (Zaporozhye region).

Close to Vladimirovka, the Russian Armed Forces have prevented infiltration attempts of five sabotage and reconnaissance groups.

In these directions, up to 70 Ukrainian troops, one command post vehicle, three armoured fighting vehicles, seven motor vehicles, and one Msta-B howitzer have been neutralised during the day.

Moreover, an ammunition depot of the 65th Mechanised Brigade of the AFU has been destroyed close to Preobrazhenka (Zaporozhye region).

In Kherson direction, Russian troops have neutralised up to 80 Ukrainian troops, four motor vehicles, and one Akatsiya self-propelled artillery systems during the day.

Moreover, an ammunition depot of the 121st Territorial Defence Brigade close to Kizomys (Kherson region) has been destroyed.

Operational-Tactical and Army aviation, Missile Troops and Artillery of the Russian Group of Forces have engaged 98 AFU artillery units, manpower, and hardware in 119 areas during the day.

Close to Petrovskoe (Donetsk People's Republic), the 107th Territorial Defence Brigade's command outpost has been eliminated.

Moreover, close to Orekhov (Zaporozhye region), the 65th AFU Mechanised Brigade's weaponry and hardware maintenance post has been obliterated.

Russian air defence units have shot down one Su-27 airplane of Ukrainian Air Force near Izyum (Kherson region).

Air defence systems have downed four HIMARS projectiles during the day.

In addition, 10 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles were destroyed close to Avdeevka (Donetsk People's Republic), Kuzemovka, Varvarovka (Lugansk People's Republic)), Zherebyanki, and Rovnoye (Zaporozhye region).

In total, 420 airplanes and 230 helicopters, 4,062 unmanned aerial vehicles, 421 air defence missile systems, 9,067 tanks and other armoured combat vehicles, 1,098 combat vehicles equipped with MLRS, 4,780 field artillery cannons and mortars, as well as 10,103 units of special military equipment have been destroyed during the special military operation.

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