- Russian forces make some progress in Donbass – Ukrainian army
- Ukraine says it is attacking near the Izium
- The President of Finland has confirmed the bid for NATO membership
- Russian Donbass campaign loses momentum – British Army
Ruska Lozova, Ukraine, May 15 (Reuters) – Russia hit positions in eastern Ukraine on Sunday as it surrounded Ukrainian forces in the Donbass war and tried to counter a strategic Russian-controlled offensive around Ukraine, its defense ministry said on Sunday. Isiam city.
At a meeting in Germany, the Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) said that Ukraine could win the war and sought immediate support for bids from Finland and Sweden to join the military support and alliance.
Ukraine has had a series of conquests since the Russian invasion on February 24, forcing Russian commanders to abandon progress on the capital, Kiev, before a quick victory over Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv.
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Since mid-April, Russian forces have focused on capturing the two eastern provinces known as the Donbass after failing to capture most of their firepower in Kiev.
Russia lost about a third of its ground forces in February, according to British military intelligence. Its Donbas attack was “significantly behind schedule” and the assessment said it was unlikely to make rapid progress in the next 30 days.
“Russia’s war in Ukraine did not go as planned in Moscow,” said NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky welcomed the victory, but said the situation in Donbass was “very difficult” and that Russian forces were still trying to secure some sort of victory in the conflict-torn region since 2014.
“They did not stop their efforts,” he said. read more
‘There is nowhere to bury anyone’
Russia has fired missiles at Ukrainian positions in the east on Sunday, targeting command bases and arsenals, and trying to encircle Ukrainian divisions between Izium and Donetsk. Reuters could not confirm these statements independently. read more
The Isium crosses the Donets River about 120 km (75 mi) from Kharkiv on the main highway to the southeast.
If Ukraine is able to maintain pressure on the Izium and Russian supply lines, it will make it harder for Moscow to encircle war-torn Ukrainian troops east of the Donbass.
“The hottest spot is in the direction of Izium,” he said in a statement posted on social media by Ukrainian regional governor Ole Sinekubov.
“Our armed forces have turned to counter-attack there. The enemy is retreating at some point.”
In Ruska Losova, a village in the clearing fields between Kharkiv and Ukraine’s border with Russia, Ukrainian commanders said they hoped to re-deploy troops to Moscow, backing their opponents with artillery fire and defending the IG.
“The Russian attack on Kharkiv was destroyed, and they understand this,” said Ihor Obolensky, commander of the National Guard and Volunteer Force that captured Ruska Losova eight days ago. “They want to try for a new success and keep the isthmus.”
But the Ukrainian military acknowledged the setbacks in an update on Sunday morning: “Despite the casualties, Russian forces continue to advance in the vast Donbass region of Lyman, Siverodonetsk, Avtivka and Krakw.”
In western Ukraine, near Poland, the missiles destroyed military infrastructure overnight on Saturday and were launched from the Black Sea into the Lviv region, Ukrainian officials said. read more
Nine civilians were injured in a Russian shelling attack on a Shivrodonetsk hospital yesterday evening, the governor of the eastern Luhansk region Sergei Guido said in a telegram.
The regional council said without elaborating that 10 more civilians had been injured in the southern part of Mykolayiv in the past 24 hours. Reports could not be verified independently.
On Sunday, weeks after the city fell into Russian hands, the Ukrainian military said there was no shortage of bombings on steel works in the southern Russian port of Mariupol.
The video, released by a pro-Russian separatist commander, showed brightly burning ammunition falling down steel works. read more
A large convoy carrying refugees from the Mariupol ruins arrived in the Ukrainian-held city of Zaporizhia on Saturday night after waiting several days for Russian troops to leave. read more
Irina Petrenko, 63, who was on the convoy, said she initially stayed to take care of her 92-year-old mother and later died.
“Since there was no place to bury anyone, we buried her next to her house,” he said.
Both Finland and Sweden have said they see NATO members as a way to strengthen their security, although Russia has warned that Helsinki would be wrong to abandon its neutrality.
Sweden’s ruling Social Democrats came out in support of joining NATO on Sunday, paving the way for the application and abandoning decades of military mobilization. read more
Both NATO’s Stoltenberg and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken expressed hope that Turkey’s concerns could be overcome in the Baltic auctions, with Stoltenberg pointing out that an expedited access process and interim security arrangements were possible. read more
With the loss of large numbers of people and more military equipment, Russia has been hit by sanctions, while Western nations have provided military assistance to Ukraine.
The U.S. embassy in Kiev said Ukraine had lined up several of its new US M-777 howitzers and that Washington had provided all but one of the 90 artillery they were to send. read more
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Additional report by Jonathan Landay, Natalia Zinets, Gleb Garanich, Leonardo Benassatto, Tara Oakes, Tom Balmforth, Idrees Ali, David Ljunggren, Lidia Kelly and other Reuters bureau; Written by Aidan Lewis and Simon Cameron-Moore; Editing: William Mallard and David Clark
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