General Staff: Ukrainian Armed Forces mount offensive in Kherson Oblast, Russian troops defend unfavourable positions

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Kateryna Tyshchenko – Saturday, 28 May 2022, 18:34

In Kherson Oblast, Russian troops suffered losses in the wake of an offensive mounted by the Ukrainian Armed Forces and took up unfavourable defensive positions.

Source: General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Facebook, information as of 18:00 on 28 May

Quote: "As a result of an offensive operation conducted by units of [Ukrainian - ed.] Defence Forces, the enemy suffered losses and took up unfavourable defensive positions near Avdiivka, Lozove, and Bilohirka in Kherson Oblast. Fighting continues.

The Russian occupiers fired on civilian infrastructure in and around the villages of Prybuzke, Posad-Pokrovske, Blahodatne, Osokorivka, and Novooleksandrivka, and the town of Novovoronstovka, among others. The enemy continues to reinforce its air defence system, in particular by deploying S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems."

Details: On the Sloviansk front, Russian troops are taking measures to enable them to resume their offensive. They continue to use the railways to transport weapons, military equipment, and other supplies from the Russian Federation to an area near Kupiansk in Kharkiv Oblast, Ukraine.

Having conducted air reconnaissance using unmanned aerial systems, Russian forces fired on the positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces using artillery, approaching the towns and villages of Nova Dmytrovka, Velyka Komyshuvakha, Dovhenke, and Dibrova. Russian helicopters conducted an air strike on the village of Dovhenke.

Russian troops attempted to mount an artillery-supported offensive near the village of Pasika, but were unsuccessful and retreated.

On the Donetsk front, Russian forces are conducting active hostilities on the Lyman, Sievierodonetsk, Bakhmut, Kurakhove, and Avdiivka fronts. Their main goal is to encircle Ukrainian troops in Lysychansk and Sievierodonetsk and to advance to the administrative border of Luhansk Oblast.

On the Lyman front, units of Russian troops are attempting to consolidate their hold on the city of Lyman. Russian assault aircraft conducted three air strikes on the village of Dibrova.

On the Sievierodonetsk front, Russian troops conducted an artillery-supported assault operation on the village of Borivske, but suffered losses and retreated to their earlier positions. They are conducting reconnaissance of the area in order to identify and inflict damage on Ukrainian Armed Forces’ rocket launch systems.

On the Bakhmut front, Russia is trying to improve the tactical positions of its troops near the town of Komyshuvakha and the village of Novoluhanske, but has not been successful so far. Fighting continues.

On the Avdiivka front, Russian forces conducted heavy artillery strikes on Ukrainian troops’ positions along the entire line of contact; fighting continues. Assault aircraft conducted air strikes on Avdiivka, Vesele, and Kamianka.

On the Kurakhove, Novopavlivske, and Zaporizhzhia fronts, Russian troops conducted counter-battery operations and inflicted fire damage on Ukrainian troops.

On the Kharkiv and Pivdennyi Buh fronts, Russian troops focused their efforts on maintaining their current positions.

Two Russian ships carrying Kalibr naval-based cruise missiles are being deployed in the Black Sea waters, ready to launch missiles on the territory of Ukraine.

On the Siversk front, Russian forces maintain their presence on the Russian-Ukrainian border in Bryansk and Kursk oblasts in order to prevent the deployment of Ukrainian troops currently stationed there on other fronts. Russia is rotating some of its units; Russian forces are carrying out combat engineering tasks to reinforce their positions.

Russian troops opened mortar fire on Ukrainian border guards four times near the villages of Seredyna Buda, Stari Vyrky, and Znob-Trubichevska. In addition, an operational-tactical aircraft conducted a missile strike on a civilian industrial facility in Ukaine’s Sumy Oblast from the airspace over Kursk Oblast, Russia.

The situation has not changed significantly on the Volyn and Polissia fronts.