Meanwhile, the Ukrainian military command, hoping for yet-to-be-negotiated prisoner exchanges, ordered the remaining defenders of Azovstal to surrender, which generated outrage in the Russian information space and demands in the Russian parliament for laws prohibiting exchanging the surrendered defenders of Azovstal.
Morning report day 84 – May 18
The report is based on media reports, expert analyses, and official information posted online.
According to information from the General Staff as of 06.00 18.05.2022, supplemented by its [18:00 assessment].
“[Russian forces do not stop conducting offensive operations in the Eastern Operational Zone.]
Russian forces are firing along the entire line of contact and in the depths of the defence of Ukrainian troops in the Donetsk operational area and the Sloviansk direction, taking measures to strengthen the offensive group.
In other areas, Russian forces’ main focus is on maintaining previously occupied frontiers, conducting reconnaissance, engineering equipment positions, replenishing stocks, and trying to improve its tactical position.
Russian invaders continue to launch missile strikes on military and civilian targets throughout Ukraine.
[No significant changes in the position and condition of Russian forces’ troops were recorded in the Volyn, Polissia and Siverskyi directions.] Units of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus are carrying out tasks to strengthen the Ukrainian-Belarusian border in the Brest and Gomel regions. The threat of missiles and airstrikes on the objects of our State from the territory of Belarus remains.
- To demonstrate the presence and restraint of units of the Defence Forces of Ukraine, the enemy continues to maintain units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in the border areas of Bryansk and Kursk oblasts. In some areas, Russian forces strengthen the system of air defence and engineering equipment positions.
- Russian forces continue to shell artillery positions of Ukrainian troops and civilian infrastructure in the border settlements of Chernihiv and Sumy oblasts.
- [The Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus are continuing the measures of the second stage of the combat readiness test. As part of these activities, training in pontoon crossing and forcing a water obstacle was marked at one of the training fields.]
In the [Slobozhanskyi direction], Russian forces focused on maintaining their positions and preventing the further advance of our troops. Russian aggressor is carrying out artillery shelling of the settlements of Tsyrkuny, Ruski Tyshky, Cherkasy Tyshky, and Pytomnyk.