Thursday, May 18, 2023

RUssian Forces Make Unsuccessful Attempts to Advance on Kupiansk and Marinka Fronts; UKRainian Military Achieves Success on Flanks in Bakhmut; UKR Forces Capture over 10+ Positions Near Bakhmut; UKR Air Force Downs 25 Ru Drones, 3 Missiles Overnight, LIVE UPDATES and MORE

Russian forces make unsuccessful attempts to advance on Kupiansk and Marinka fronts – General Staff report
On Sunday, 14 May, Russian forces conducted unsuccessful offensive operations on the Kupiansk front. Ukrainian forces also repelled numerous Russian assaults near Marinka. Fighting for the city of Bakhmut continues.
Source: General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Facebook, information as of 18:00 on 14 May
Details: Over the course of today, Russian forces conducted six missile strikes, targeting the city of Kharkiv and the village of Zolochiv, among other settlements. Russian forces also carried out 27 airstrikes and deployed multiple-launch rocket systems (MLRS) to conduct around 20 attacks on positions of Ukrainian forces and civilian settlements. Several civilians were injured; a number of private houses and other civilian infrastructure facilities were damaged or destroyed. There is an ongoing threat of further missile strikes and airstrikes across Ukraine.
Russian forces are continuing to focus their main efforts on the Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Marinka fronts. Over the course of the day, around 30 clashes took place across these four fronts, with the cities of Bakhmut and Marinka still at the epicentre of hostilities.
There is no evidence that Russia is forming offensive units on the Volyn and Polissia fronts, and the operational situation there remains much the same as before.
On the Sivershchyna and Slobozhanshchyna fronts, Russian forces are continuing to maintain their presence in areas near the Russian-Ukrainian border. Throughout the day, they deployed mortars and artillery to fire on Hirsk, Leonivka and Popivka (Chernihiv Oblast); Volfyne and Sadky (Sumy Oblast); and Oleksandrivka and Starytsia (Kharkiv Oblast).
The Russians conducted unsuccessful offensive operations in the vicinity of Masiutivka and Synkivka on the Kupiansk front. They carried out airstrikes on areas near Vilshana and Kyslivka and deployed mortars and artillery to fire on Kamianka, Topoli, Krasne Pershe, Fyholivka, Novomlynsk, Dvorichna, Zapadne, Kindrashivka and Tabaivka (Kharkiv Oblast) and Stelmakhivka (Luhansk Oblast). --->READ MORE HERE
Serhii Nuzhnenko via REUTERS
Ukrainian military achieves success on flanks in Bakhmut, says Israeli military expert:
It appears that the situation in battle of Bakhmut is approaching a turning point in favor of Ukraine, believes Victor Vertsner, a military expert and reserve officer of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).
“It’s too soon to say, but it seems so because the Ukrainian forces are counterattacking on the flanks, creating certain problems for the Russian invaders in the Center of Bakhmut,” Vertsner said in an interview with Radio NV on May 13.
He also explained how the Ukrainian Armed Forces were able to achieve success, saying that “there is a certain difference between Russian troops, including Wagner mercenaries, who operate in the city itself, and Russian Armed Forces units that operate on the flanks.”
“There is a motivational difference. They are not as powerful, not as well-trained, and not as motivated. That is why the Ukrainian military is having some success on the flanks.
”Vertsner added that the invasion forces have retreated, mercenary company military company, Yevgeny Prigozhin, announced the retreat of the Russian Armed Forces’ 72nd Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade from Bakhmut, and alleging that they had left behind “500 dead bodies”.
The commander of the Azov Tactical Group, Andriy Biletsky, seemingly confirmed Prigozhin’s statement, reporting that the Ukrainian military had practically completely destroyed the 6th and 8th companies of the Russian 72nd Brigade during their offensive operations. --->READ MORE HERE
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