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UKRAINE WAR BULLETIN - May 4, 2022 - 6 p.m. EDT
Embassy of Ukraine in the USA
Wash, D.C., Wed, May 4, 2022, 6 pm EDT
Distributed by U.S.-Ukraine Business Council www.USUBC.org
General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
The total combat losses of the enemy from 24.02 to 04.05 were approximately:
personnel - about 24500 (+300),
tanks ‒ 1077 (+15),
APV ‒ 2610 (+43),
artillery systems – 491 (+16),
MLRS - 163 (+1),
Anti-aircraft warfare systems - 81 (+1),
aircraft – 194 (+0),
helicopters – 155 (+0),
vehicles and fuel tanks - 1867 (+24),
boats / cutters - 10 (+0),
UAV operational-tactical level - 303 (+12)
special equipment - 38 (+0).
cruise missiles - 87 (+3).
The seventieth day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to a Russian military invasion continues.
The enemy does not stop conducting offensive operations in the Eastern Operational Zone in order to establish full control over the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts and maintain the land corridor with the temporarily occupied Ukrainian Crimea.
In order to destroy Ukraine’s transport infrastructure, the enemy fired missiles at facilities in Dnipropetrovsk, Kirovohrad, Lviv, Vinnytsia, Kyiv, Zakarpattia, Odesa and Donetsk oblasts.
In order to check the readiness to perform the assigned tasks, one missile division of the 465th Missile Brigade of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus is moving from the point of permanent deployment to the destination area.
In the Siversky direction, no signs of formation of an offensive group by the enemy were found. As part of strengthening the protection of the Russian-Ukrainian border, units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation from the Central Military District have been deployed in the areas of the "Novi Yurkovichi", "Pohar" and "Lomakovka" checkpoints in the Bryansk region.
In the Slobozhansky direction, the enemy fired artillery and mortar shells at the city of Kharkiv and the village of Protopopivka. Conducted air reconnaissance in the area of Kutuzivka and Oleksandrivka settlements of Barvinkovsky district of Kharkiv oblast. The enemy tried to conduct offensive operations in the direction of the settlement of Dovgenke, but was unsuccessful.
In the Donetsk and Tavriya directions, in order to restrain action, the occupiers are shelling units of Ukrainian troops.
In the Lyman direction, the enemy is advancing in the direction of the village of Shandrygolove, fighting continues. enemy strengthened the group of troops and intensified air reconnaissance.
The occupiers carried out assaults in the area of Popasna, fighting continues.
In Mariupol, the occupiers continue to launch air strikes and fire at our positions in the Azovstal area.
In the Zaporizhzhia direction, the enemy carried out assault operations in the direction of the settlement of Orikhiv, without success.
In Horlivka, more than 100 bodies of mobilized servicemen of the 1st Army Corps who died in the Zaporizhzhia oblast were taken to the central morgue.
In the direction of the South Buh, in order to destroy the fortification equipment of our positions, the enemy used artillery, rocket-propelled grenade launchers, and armament of tanks along the entire line of contact. It intensified hostilities in the area of the settlement of Tomyna Balka.
The situation in the Bessarabian direction remains tense and under the control.
During the previous day, the air defense units of the Air Force and the Land Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine hit seven UAVs and 8 enemy cruise missiles, the data are being clarified.
Twelve enemy attacks have been repulsed in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts over the past 24 hours, six tanks, five artillery systems (three of them - multiple rocket launchers), fifteen units of armored combat vehicles and nine units of enemy vehicles have been destroyed. The enemy has losses in other areas.
The command of the Russian troops is trying to increase the pace of the offensive in the east of Ukraine in order to reach the administrative borders of Luhansk and Donetsk oblast, as well as to develop an offensive in the Zaporizhzhia and Kryvyi Rih areas.
In order to achieve certain goals, Russian enemy is trying to inflict losses on units of the Defense Forces, regroup and strengthen its troops, and increase the system of fire damage and logistics.
Russian enemy has intensified the task of missile and bomb strikes in order to destroy Ukraine's transport infrastructure.
In the Slobozhansky direction, there is Russian enemy group consisting of separate units of the 6th Combined Arms Army of the Western Military District, the 41st Combined Arms of the Central Military District, the coastal troops of the Baltic and Northern Fleets. Airstrikes and shelling continue in the city of Kharkiv. Russian occupiers in the Valuysky district of the Belgorod region deployed an auxiliary command post of the 36th Combined Arms Army y of the Eastern Military District.
As part of the strengthening of the grouping of troops in this direction, Russian enemy is moving personnel from the territory of the Belgorod region.
In the Izyum direction, Russian enemy is trying to seize the initiative and conduct offensive operations in the Izyum-Barvinkove direction. To this end, Russian enemy is carrying out artillery shelling of the positions of Ukrainian troops in the areas of the settlements of Hrushuvakha, Nova Dmytrivka, and Kurulka.
In addition, Russian enemy concentrated up to 40 attack and transport helicopters Mi-24 and Mi-8 on the territory of the Belgorod region in the immediate vicinity of the state border of Ukraine.
In the Donetsk direction, the main efforts of the enemy are focused on conducting an offensive on the settlements of Lyman, Orikhove, Popasna, Velyka Novosilka, Huliaipole, Komyshuvakha, and Orikhiv.
During the day, in the Lyman direction, enemy made unsuccessful attempts to gain a foothold in the village of Oleksandrivka.
In the Severodonetsk direction, occupiers launched an offensive in the direction of the settlement of Voevodivka, but were unsuccessful.
In the Popasna direction, the enemy tried to expand control over the settlement of Orikhove, but without success.
In order to restrain the actions of units of the Defense Forces of Ukraine, enemy fires at the positions of Ukrainian troops almost along the entire line of contact. The enemy inflicts airstrikes in the areas of Avdiivka, Mariupol, Severodonetsk, Kramatorsk, and Huliaipole.
Blockades and attempts to destroy our units in the Azovstal area in Mariupol continue. In some areas, with the support of aircraft, Russian enemy resumed the offensive in order to take control of the plant. It is not successful.
In the Novopavlovsk direction, occupiers attempted to attack the settlement of Novosilka. Russian enemy suffered losses and retreated. In order to strengthen the grouping of troops, the enemy transfers equipment and personnel by rail.
In the South Buh and Tavriya directions, occupiers, forces of separate units of the 8th and 49th Combined Arms Armies, the 22nd Army Corps, the Black Sea Fleet Coast Guard, and the Airborne Forces are fighting to hold temporarily occupied territories and create conditions for active actions in the directions Kherson-Mykolaiv and Kherson-Kryvyi Rih.
In the Volyn, Polissya and Siversky directions, certain units of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus continue to carry out tasks to strengthen the section of the Ukrainian-Belarusian border in the Brest and Gomel regions. There is an increase in the air defense system in the Gomel region, the training of electronic warfare units. In the future, demonstration and provocative actions in areas close to the state border of Ukraine are not excluded.
In order to maintain tensions at the border and prevent the transfer of reserves of Ukrainian troops to threatening areas, Russian enemy keeps units of the 90th Tank Division of the Central Military District near the Ukrainian-Russian border near the village of Kozino, Kursk region. Intensification of shelling from the specified area across the territory of the Sumy region is not excluded.
In the Black and Azov Seas, Russian Black Sea Fleet continues to carry out tasks to isolate the area of hostilities, reconnaissance, and fire support in the coastal direction. The possibility of involving the specified ship composition in the task of missile strikes on the territory of Ukraine is not excluded.
Three carriers of naval cruise missiles "3M-54 Kalibr" (SS-N-27 «Sizzler») are in the Black Sea in readiness for the use of missile weapons.
Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine
Massive missile strike damages 6 railway substations in central and western regions
Last night, a massive missile strike damaged 6 railway substations in the central and western regions.
Due to the Russian attack, a number of trains were delayed, and the course of some passenger trains was changed. Currently, the Ukrzaliznytsia is promptly solving the problem of train schedules in order to reduce the number of delays as soon as possible.
As a result of the enemy attack, there are no casualties among passengers and employees of JSC Ukrzaliznytsia. All responsible entities have already started restoration work.
The Ministry of Infrastructure continues to work systematically to address the logistical problems caused by the full-scale invasion of Russia. We ensure the stability of rail passenger and freight traffic, despite the enemy's attempts to worsen our lives. Recovery is fast and efficient; we are neither intimidated nor stopped.
We foresaw similar scenarios of missile strikes in advance, in particular, plans for alternative logistics routes were developed. This minimizes damage to passenger traffic, businesses and Ukrainian defense forces.
Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine
On the evening of May 3, the Russian Armed Forces launched a rocket attack against the Zakarpattia region. Due to the hit, an infrastructure facility caught fire. Debris damaged buildings within a 500-meter radius, windows were broken, and other property damage was caused. The shock wave also damaged the gas distribution pipeline, which temporarily left more than 50 houses in the village without gas supply.
Multiple launching rocket systems were fired at people waiting for public transport in Avdiivka. 10 dead, 20 injured. Similar picture of premeditated killings of civilians by RF soldiers is documented throughout Ukraine.
Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights
On the evening of May 3, the Russian military fired about 18 missiles from the Caspian region, targeting Lviv, Odessa, Kyiv, Kirovograd, Zakarpattia, Vinnitsa, Donetsk, and Dnipropetrovsk regions. The occupiers hit six railway stations in central and western Ukraine.
Russian hackers threaten some media outlets to destroy their websites.
The media reported that two Zaporizhzhya-based websites inform.zp.ua (http://rm.zp.ua/) and 061.ua (http://061.ua/) started receiving threats from the hacker group Noname057(16) regarding cyber attacks against them if they "do not stop the wave of fakes about Russia”.
Both sites are currently operating in normal mode.
Similar threats have been made against other Ukrainian media outlets, particularly the Volyn media. In addition, a large number of regional media outlets have ceased operations as a result of threats from Russian occupants, their seizure of editorial offices, and the inability to operate under the temporary occupation.
Cyber threats to media outlets pose a significant danger, as the aim of seizing media resources may be their further use for Russian propaganda.
President of Ukraine
Address by President Zelenskyy to the Danish people on the anniversary of the liberation of Denmark from the Nazis
Today you celebrate the anniversary of the day that was a dream. It has long been a dream of freedom and peace. This dream has become a reality.
Five years. It was on this day that the five long years of Nazi occupation of your country came to an end. They lost. And freedom won. Life won.
Denmark and the whole world then celebrated and hoped that such a brutal war would be the last and that no one would want to destroy peace anymore.
They hoped that there would be no more feeling of mortal danger. That people can get rid of military habits. They hoped to forget forever about the light masking that was required. They hoped that air-raid sirens would no longer sound to report the real threat. That they can be turned on only once a year to remember the war that took place.
But the war came again. It is here and now. It is in Ukraine. And it is not going to stop on our land. And it has already become as brutal as that war, the victory in which we all remember every year in May. I remember addressing you and the Folketing on the 34th day of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
I said then that Russia used 1370 missiles against our country. Today - already 1993 missiles. Just imagine how many lives they took. Most of them hit non-military targets.
Then, on March 29, I told you that the Russian occupiers had destroyed 773 educational facilities in our country. And today - twice as much. 1584. These are kindergartens, schools, universities. This is what the Russian army is fighting against in Ukraine.
The invaders have already killed 220 Ukrainian children. And we do not yet know for sure the situation in the occupied territories.
But when I spoke to you last time, there were 144 names on the list of children killed. You see these terrible numbers grow. There were 144. Now - 220 children killed! They did not even have time to feel what life is like.
The Russian state is not yet ready to stop the war. They still dream of capturing Ukraine and other European countries. They still dream that freedom in Europe must disappear. But their dreams must not come true.
The dream of peace must come true. Our and your dream. Just like it was 77 years ago.
Right now in Ukraine it is being decided how people will live on our continent. Whether there will be peace. Not only for us, but also for our neighbors, for you and us.
Evil does not know what state borders are. Tyranny never stops at capturing just one country.
You are already helping us fight. We are grateful to you. Fight with weapons, with your "yes" vote for our accession to the European Union, with honesty in the issue of sanctions and with sincerity towards our people.
The sea of Ukrainian flags here today, the sea of flags on the streets of your cities shows that you understand everything.
No one will now say how many more days this war, unleashed by the Russian Federation, will last. But I believe that our Liberation Day is approaching.
I believe that just as I am addressing your people now, when you celebrate the anniversary of the liberation of your country, your representatives will address the Ukrainian people as we celebrate the anniversary of our peace.
Now, as every year, you light candles across the country in memory of that war and victory over evil. And I ask you, when you see the warm light of candles, remember, please, about Ukrainian children. About those 220 children whose lives were taken by this war.
Remember that Europe can do its best to keep this horrible list of children killed from growing. Never again.
President of Ukraine had a phone conversation with the UN Secretary-General
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy had a phone conversation with Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres.
The President thanked the Secretary-General personally for his efforts to evacuate Ukrainian citizens from Azovstal.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy informed António Guterres about the successful completion of the first stage, during which 121 people were evacuated from Azovstal, and expressed hope for a successful continuation of the ongoing evacuation operation.
The President of Ukraine thanked the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross, which demonstrated the possibility of making progress in the most difficult humanitarian crises.
"The whole world has learned about the role of the UN and the ICRC in this. This has shown that international organizations can be effective," the President said.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy also appealed to the UN Secretary-General to assist in the evacuation of all the wounded from Azovstal.
"The lives of the people who remain there are in danger. Everyone is important to us. We ask for your help in saving them," the President said.
Russia and every other potential aggressor must see that by war you will not achieve anything.
The Head of State stressed that Russia had launched a full-scale war against Ukraine, hoping that the democratic world would not dare to react in a consolidated way for peace. But the Russian leadership was wrong.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed that after the victory of Ukraine, in which he has no doubts, the world must forever abandon the preservation of relations - both political and business - at any cost with those who do not respect international law and do not recognize treaties, which they sign.
According to the Head of State, several important steps need to be taken to restore the rule of law in the world.
"The first is the complete isolation of the aggressor, first of all economic. The second is sufficient help for Ukraine to endure this war, the struggle for freedom and our rights. The third is the reconstruction of what was destroyed by the war. When these three things happen, both Russia and every other potential aggressor will see that war does not help achieve anything," Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
He is convinced that working with a terrorist state inevitably results in tens of thousands of casualties, hundreds of billions of dollars in losses and destabilization of markets. Therefore, it is necessary to leave the Russian market.
Prime Minister of Ukraine
The provision of military and financial assistance, sanctions policy and Ukraine’s integration into the EU were discussed during a telephone call between Prime Minister of Ukraine Denis Shmyhal and Prime Minister of Portugal António Costa.
According to the Prime Minister of Ukraine, the supply of modern weapons to our country should be accompanied by increasing sanctions on Russia. He thanked Portugal for supporting all packages of sanctions of the European Union and stressed that the timeliness of sanctions is very important for Ukraine.
"We are confident that the next 6th package will be shortly approved. Tough and effective sanctions can bring an end to the war in Ukraine, "the Prime Minister said.
During the conversation, Denys Shmyhal expressed hope that Portugal would support the provision of additional financial support to Ukraine in the form of 10% of special borrowing rights received from the IMF in August 2021 to strengthen our country's economic stability in the face of the enemy.
The counterparts tackled Portugal's support for recognizing Ukraine as an EU candidate country and gaining membership under the accelerated procedure.
"Together, we can offer Ukraine a speedy reconstruction based on democratic development and a market economy. EU membership itself can be the idea around which all branches of government and the people will be consolidated in the post-war development of the country, " the Prime Minister of Ukraine stressed and added that the country is working on the rebuilding plan of Ukraine and called on partners not only engage in its development but to help with the restoration of liberated areas, in particular in the process of demining.
The Prime Minister of Portugal António Costa expressed his solidarity with Ukraine in the fight against the Russian aggressor. He stressed that Portugal is ready to provide all necessary assistance, especially to support the victims. According to António Costa, Portugal supports sanctions against Russia and granting Ukraine the status of a candidate country for EU membership.
Ministry of Justice of Ukraine
The Minister of Justice of Ukraine Denys Maliuska met with a delegation of the non-governmental human rights organization Amnesty International led by its Secretary General Agnès Callamard.
During the meeting, the participants discussed the cooperation of the Ministry of Justice with the investigations team of the International Criminal Court, the mechanisms of international and national justice, the possibility of paying compensation and reparations by Russia for losses caused to Ukraine as a result of aggression. International human rights activists were also briefed on the work of the Ministry of Justice in documenting violations and war crimes committed by the aggressor in Ukraine, as well as the role of Ukraine's international partners in this process.
The parties agreed to exchange information for the detailed recording of war crimes and bringing them to the attention of the international community. In particular, Amnesty International promised to support Ukraine in bringing those responsible to justice for violations of international humanitarian and human rights law.
It should be noted that a joint team of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine and Middleware have launched a chatbot that allows to fix the crimes against humanity by the Russian federation during the war in Ukraine.