The situation in the Ukrainian SMO on May 25 2023
Ukraine Is FALLING APART As Putin Marches West
It seems that enemy is clearly preparing for an offensive in the near future on the Zaporozhye direction. We can say it has begun. systematic work on our rear infrastructure is going on. our guys are not sleeping too. constantly Our Air Force is carrying out powerful blows with CAB
Ukraine’s counteroffensive has been preparing for about five months, – Victoria Nuland
(https://focus.ua/voennye-novosti/568752-kontrnastuplenie-ukrainy-gotovilos-okolo-pyati-mesyacev-nuland)The United States is helping Ukraine to build security and military power in such a way that they are a sufficient deterrent for Russia so that the Russian Federation will not be able to start a new war in the future.
Victoria Nuland, US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, commented on Ukraine’s offensive at the front and said that the AFU counteroffensive had been preparing for about five months. She reported the details during the 15th annual Kiev Security Forum.
The American does not hide that she believes in the victory of Ukraine, which will be a successful state. According to her, the United States is also working to make the offensive happen and be effective. The corresponding preparation, as Nuland noted, lasted 4-5 months.
“This is what we are currently working on in Washington,” she said.
The Deputy Secretary of State added that the United States is now helping Ukraine to build military power and security in the defense industry in such a way that Russia receives a sufficient deterrent in order not to attack a neighboring state. In her opinion, this will ensure stable security of Ukraine in the future. According to her, our state has everything to move towards EU membership, as well as to play a role in the European community.
Ukraine, as Nuland noted, can create jobs in the IT sector and in the production sector, as well as provide displaced people with work. Special attention should be paid to Ukrainian defenders who, after the end of the war, will return from the front to civilian life.
“Speaking about the Ukrainian economy, we are talking not only about survival, but also about prosperity,” Nuland said.
The dam of the Karlovsky reservoir was blown up, through which the supply of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Donetsk direction was carried out,near Pervomaisk.
The dam blown up during the fighting has an important military significance – it is one of the roads along which the supply of Ukrainian troops in the Donetsk direction was carried out.
The Kiev regime blames the Russian army for this, Karlovka is under the control of Ukraine.
The villages of Galitsinovka, Желанное первое и Желанное второе are under threat of flooding. The explosion of the dam seriously complicates the supply of the Ukronazist group in the Donetsk direction.
Rocket strikes of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Tokmak, Vasilievka and Berdyansk. A lot of. Their NATO artillery and MLRS work.
The enemy obviously does not feel shell-missile hunger, is full of ammunition and is stepping up strikes, trying to neutralize the infrastructure and headquarters.
On our first line, the enemy uses kamikaze drones and some kind of chemical munitions.
The enemy inflicts massive strikes on our rear before the offensive
Air defense right now reflects massive missile strikes from HIMARS and Storm Shadow missiles.
Explosions are thundering in the cities of the Zaporozhye region: in Berdyansk, Tokmak, Vasilyevka.
Air defense worked again in the Rostov region.
Earlier, the United States openly announced a strategy that, before the onset of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, it would seek to damage our aviation, bases and infrastructure.
British Ministry of Defense intelligence monitors the situation in the Black Sea
This is evidenced by today’s publication of the department on Twitter.
British intelligence complains that “since May 14, the Russians have been transmitting deliberately false data from the transponders of merchant ships. The ships are allegedly heading in the form of a “Z” symbol at a speed of 102 knots (188 km / h), which indicates that the data is faked.
Wagner troops begin withdrawing from Bakhmut
Wagner Chief wants elite to participate in war
Where were the Ukrainian formations aiming in Crimea?
(https://t.me/rybar/47546)Tonight, the Armed Forces of Ukraine tried (https://t.me/rybar/47539) once again to strike with drones on the Crimean peninsula. In total, seven Mugin-5 UAVs were used at facilities in different parts of the Republic. Target designation was provided by the American RQ-4B UAV.
▪️In the north of the peninsula, one UAV was planted by an electronic warfare unit near the village of Steregushchee . The drone could move further in the direction of Dzhankoy or in the direction of the airfield south of Slavny .
To the north of Dzhankoy, two Mugins were destroyed by air defense rifle detachments near the Mamut railway station : the Armed Forces of Ukraine again intended to disrupt logistics with the Kherson region.
Also, one UAV was suppressed near Maslovo , and it was heading either further to the railway line or to military depots in the southeast. A Mugin-5 was struck in the Komsomolsk area near a warehouse.
▪️In the south, one drone was destroyed near the village of Zavetnoe . Its target was most likely a water pumping station (https://t.me/dva_majors/15849) : the UAV was shot down by a rifle squad a couple of hundred meters away.
Also, two Mugin-5 UAVs were shot down by a mobile air defense detachment at the naval aviation airfield of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Navy near Kacha . The drones were destroyed by small arms on the approach.
ðŸ”»The drone attack was quite expected. In anticipation of the air raid over the Black Sea, five reconnaissance aircraft of the US Air Force and NATO Air Force were operating (https://t.me/rybar/47511) .
In this case, it is more interesting how effectively the air defense units of the RF Armed Forces have adapted to regular attacks. If earlier anti-aircraft missiles were used, now most of the UAVs are shot down by rifle detachments, which have proven their effectiveness against low-flying targets.
Military Expert Boris Rozhin on the Situation in the #Artyomovsk Sector as of 00:06 Moscow Time, 26 May 2023⚡️
ðŸ”¹1. The City is under full Control of the Wagner PMC and the RF Armed Forces.
The process of rotation of Wagner PMC units for rest and replenishment is under way. Positions are being handed over to other units.
ðŸ”¹2. The Enemy continues to shell the western outskirts of #Artyomovsk.
ðŸ“Œ There are no AFU positions in the “Airplane” area. “Defence of Bakhmut” continues only virtually.
ðŸ”¹3. The Awarding of Wagner PMC fighters with state awards has started.
The DPR established an award “For the liberation of Artyomovsk”.
ðŸ”¹4. Fighting continues to the northwest and southwest of #Artyomovsk.
➖The AFU claim that they have advanced a little towards the west of #Kleshchiyevka, where landing battles are taking place.
➖ On our side, one stronghold to the northwest of the city is reported to have returned to our control. The fighting is gradually taking on a positional character.
ðŸ”¹5. Fighting also continues near #Khromovo, but our troops have not yet entered the village itself. Most likely, this issue will be resolved after the completion of rotations in the town.
ðŸ”¹6. The Beginning of the Rains again complicate the active actions of the parties.. The fields have been muddied again.
ðŸ”¹7. The Enemy is strengthening its defensive positions in #Konstantinovka and Chasov Yar. In #Konstantinovka today there were the traditional arrivals on AFU concentrations.
PMC “Wagner” began the withdrawal of units from Bakhmut (Artemovsk) – units of the “Orchestra” retire to the rear
This was reported by the press service of Prigozhin. Now the “musicians” go to the rear areas. The head of the PMC himself is present on the spot. It is planned that the “Orchestra” will restore strength and repair equipment, follows from the video published by the press service.
All positions will be transferred to the military of the RF Armed Forces. Ammunition will also be left to the Russian army, but in case it is difficult for her, some “musicians” will remain in the city. Prigozhin announced the withdrawal of PMCs on the day Bakhmut was released – then he announced that on May 25, Wagner would go to the rear.
The Russian army went on the offensive near Artyomovsk on 2 “roads of life” of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the key villages of Khromovo and Ivanovskoye
The Artyomovskoe (Bakhmutskoye) direction remains the most difficult, with the highest intensity of fighting, Ukrainian military analysts report in reports.
▪️Heavy clashes continue on the flanks of the direction.
▪️After the approach of the reserves, the Russian troops seek to seize the initiative and attack Khromovo and Ivanovskoye.
▪️ Northeast and east of Khromovo village, the Russian Armed Forces are conducting assault operations in two directions, along the forest belt and through the forest plantation.
▪️ South of the village, Russian troops first conducted reconnaissance in battle towards the intersection of Yubileynaya and Podgornaya streets, and then began to attack.
▪️In its latest reports, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine confirms the offensive of the Russian army on Ivanovskoye and Khromovo.
In the Bakhmut direction, the RF Armed Forces carried out offensive operations in the direction of Ivanovsky and Khromovo with the support of aviation, which inflicts air strikes on the Belaya Gora area. Also under fire are the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the areas of the settlement. Vasyukovka, Ozaryanovka, Orekhovo-Vasilyevka, Markovo, Grigorovka, Stupochki, Konstantinovka, Toretsk, Northern, Southern and New York.
War Map and the Situation on the Fronts in the Evening of 25 May 2023; pub. 00:05⚡️
ðŸ¤š A Prisoner of War Exchange took place today (https://t.me/readovkanews/59533) between the Wagner PMC and the AFU. More than a hundred people captured during the liberation of #Artyomovsk were handed over to the Ukrainian side. In addition, the press service of the “Orchestrator” stated (https://t.me/readovkanews/59522) that the bodies of two dead foreign mercenaries from the USA and Turkey had been sent.
⚔️ The Situation on the Fronts over the past Day:
ðŸ”¹#Svatovo – #Kremennaya Direction:
➖ The Russian army is attempting an offensive from #Masyutovka.
➖ Also, our fighters attacked militant positions near #Belogorovka.
➖ In addition, four Ukrainian SRGs were destroyed near #Sinkovka in the #Kharkov region, #Ivanovka in the DNR and Rozovka in the LPR.
ðŸ”¹#Artyomovsk (#Bakhmut) Sector:
▪️ Russian forces attacked near #Artyomovskoye (#Khromovo). Also, ours are advancing on #Krasnoye. The Wagner PMC stated (https://t.me/readovkanews/59497) about the withdrawal of the “Musicians” units to the rear areas and the transfer of positions and ammunition to the RF Armed Forces.
▪️ Russian army fighters continue to cover #Avdeyevka, in parallel trying to break the militants’ defence in #Pervomayskoye.
➖ In #Maryinka, fighting continues for the western outskirts.
ðŸ’¥ In the occupied Territory of the DPR, the dam of the #Karlovskoye reservoir, which is an important road for the militants, was destroyed (https://t.me/readovkanews/59542). Thus, the AFU lost its logistical route to #Avdeyevka. It is not known at this time what exactly caused the destruction of the dam.
Special Operation, 25 May 2023, Main; pub. 21:31⚡️
▪️ Three saboteurs recruited by Kiev prepared attacks against Russian NPPs on Victory Day, two detained, one wanted, FSB said;
▪️ Russia’s Solntsepek has hit Ukrainian forces’ strongholds near #Pervomayskoye in the DPR, the Russian Ministry of Defense told RIA Novosti;
▪️ The West is waging an undeclared war against #Russia and #Belarus, Shoygu said;
▪️ Western countries have already pumped Ukraine with more than $65bn worth of weapons, Shoygu also said;
▪️ #China’s special envoy Li Hui to visit #Moscow on 26 May for consultations on the Ukrainian crisis, to meet with Lavrov, Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said;
▪️ Kiev, amid a lack of military successes, may undertake a high-profile provocation that could involve a spent nuclear fuel storage facility in #Kharkov, a source told RIA Novosti;
▪️ #EU Council approves extension of duty-free imports from #Ukraine until June 2024, the organisation said in a statement;
▪️ #EU countries have frozen more than 200 billion euros of Russian central bank assets, European Commission spokesman Wiegand said;
▪️ In #Ukraine, the #US is at war against #Russia, using the potential of #NATO, the #EU and neo-Nazis, Patrushev said.
Russian Defence Ministry Report on the Progress of the Special Military Operation (25 May 2023)⚡️
The RF Armed Forces continue the special military operation.
ðŸ’¥ In Kupyansk direction, aviation and artillery of the Zapad Group of Forces inflicted fire damage on the units of the enemy close to Masyutovka, Timkovka, Kotlyarovka (Kharkov region), and Stelmakhovka (LPR).
◽️ In addition, actions of 4 SRGs of the AFU were thwarted near Novomlynsk, Sinkovka (Kharkov region), Ivanovka (DPR), and Rozovka (LPR).
◽️ Up to 190 troops, 3 motor vehicles, and 1 D-30 howitzer have been neutralised in these directions during the day.
ðŸ’¥ In Krasny Liman direction, Operational-Tactical and Army aviation, artillery, and heavy flamethrower systems of the Tsentr Group of Forces engaged the units of the enemy close to Raygorodka, Chervonaya Dibrova (LPR), and Yampolovka (DPR).
◽️ Up to 65 troops, 3 pickup trucks, 1 Gvozdika self-propelled artillery system, as well as D-20 and D-30 howitzers have been eliminated.
ðŸ’¥ In Donetsk direction, units, aviation, and artillery of the Yug Group of Forces have eliminated up to 270 troops, 3 AFVs, 2 motor vehicles, and 1 D-30 howitzer during the day.
◽️ Moreover, 2 ammunition depots of the 80th Air Assault and 110th Mechanised brigades of the AFU have been annihilated close to Stupochka and Avdeyevka.
ðŸ’¥ In South Donetsk and Zaporozhye directions, aviation, artillery, and heavy flamethrower systems of the Vostok Group of Forces have hit the enemy units in the areas of Novomikhaylovka, Novosyolka (DPR), and Malaya Tokmachka and Nesteryanka (Zaporozhye region).
◽️ 1 SRG of the AFU has been disabled close to Vladimirovka (DPR).
◽️ Up to 110 troops, 4 motor vehicles, and 2 D-30 howitzers have been neutralised in these directions during the day.
ðŸ’¥ In Kherson direction, up to 25 troops, 2 motor vehicles, and 1 Gvozdika self-propelled artillery system have been destroyed over the past 24 hours.
ðŸ’¥ Operational-Tactical and Army aviation, and artillery of the Russian Group of Forces have engaged 95 AFU artillery units, manpower and hardware in 102 areas during the day.
ðŸ’¥ Russian air defence forces have intercepted 8 HIMARS MLRS shells during the day.
◽️ In addition, 28 Ukrainian UAVs were destroyed in the areas of Tokarevka (Kharkov region), Chervonaya Dibrova, Kremennaya, Zhitlovka, Zatishnoye, Novokrasnyanka (LPR), Svetlodarskoye, Yevgenovka, Zeleny Gay (DPR), Chubarevka (Zaporozhye region), and Kairy (Kherson region).
And it seems that the Russian government understands everything, but does not speak. And we are waiting for them to finally declare their intention to destroy the Ukrainian state, return the territories and end the war on this. They’ll say it soon, everything points to it. A little bit more.
Peskov: Russia stands in solidarity [with the West that the conflict in Ukraine cannot be allowed to freeze]. Russia is only considering the possibility of completing a special military operation: ensuring its interests, achieving the goals facing Russia either through a special military operation or by other available means. So far there are no preconditions for a peaceful settlement, obviously. The special military operation continues. Negotiations with Kiev can hardly be discussed now, because any negotiations with the Russian Federation are prohibited by the authorities of Ukraine itself. https://t.me/dimsmirnov175/48509
The murder of Putin and Prigozhin is the goal of Ukrainian intelligence – Deputy Head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, General Vadim Skibitsky, in an interview with Welt.
To the question, “What is your relationship with Yevgeny Progizhin, the head of the Wagner mercenary group?” Skibitsky replied: “We are trying to kill him.”
He also said that Putin is “at the top of the list” of GUR targets.
I think that soon we will hear about new, real, Russian goals in Ukraine. And we will see the achievement of these goals in action and the Nazi Ukrainian state will be finished.
Kremlin Responds To Ukrainian Threat To Kill Putin
Ukraine’s leadership has again proven its “terrorist” nature by threatening to assassinate President Vladimir Putin, Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov has said, while giving assurances that the Russian leader is well protected.
“A terrorist regime talks about its terrorist aspirations,” Peskov said on Thursday. He said that such threats show that the military operation, launched by Russia in Ukraine in February 2022, was “more than justified, more than necessary and that it must be completed.”
In an interview with Die Welt Vadim Skibitsky, deputy head of Ukraine’s Main Directorate of Intelligence (GUR) said on Wednesday that Putin was on his agency’s kill list. He claimed that Putin “notices that we’re getting ever closer to him.” Ukrainian operatives have so far been unable to get to him because the Russian leader “stays holed up,” he added.
Prigozhin Saying what I always say. Russia needs to move to total war footing and get this over with.
The longer it drags, the bolder the West becomes, the more arms Ukraine gets, the more Russians and Slavs die.
“The Wagner group forecasts disaster if Russia does not move into total war footing”.
Yevgeny Prigozhin has been ramping up pressure on Russia’s military leadership and extending his criticism to the country’s moneyed elites.
Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev told how Ukraine can disappear.
“I recently wrote why Ukraine will disappear.
Now it’s time to say how Ukraine will disappear, and also what is the risk of a resumption of conflict in Europe and in the world.
It will depend on which path the process of disintegration of this dying state will take as a result of the lost military conflict. There are two of them.
Or the path of relatively slow erosion of Ukrainian statehood with the gradual loss of the remaining elements of state sovereignty.
Or the path of its instant collapse with simultaneous annihilation of all signs of statehood. In any case, after such a collapse, three possible scenarios are likely.
The first. The western regions of Ukraine are coming under the control of a number of EU states with the subsequent “anschluss” of these lands by recipient states. At the same time, a certain “no-man’s-land” Ukrainian territory will remain, which is squeezed between Russia and lands that have passed under the sovereignty of a number of European countries. The remaining ownerless territory declares its succession from the former Ukraine, its international legal personality and its intention to return the lost lands by all means. Naturally, referring only to those lands that became part of Russia. At the same time, this “new” Ukraine immediately declares its desire to join the European Union and NATO, which is happening in the medium term. The armed conflict resumes after a short time, turning into a permanent one, but with the threat of its rapid flow into a full-fledged Third World War.
Second. Ukraine disappears after the completion of its own in the process of its division between Russia and a number of EU states. The government of Ukraine is being formed in exile in one of the European countries. The conflict ends with reasonable guarantees of its non-renewal in the near future, but with the preservation of the terrorist activity of the Ukrainian Nazis, who will be dispersed on the territory of the EU states that have received Western Ukrainian lands. The risk of the resumption of a full-fledged conflict or its escalation into a world war in this case can be considered moderate.
Third. The same thing happens as in the first case, but with the opposite sign. The western lands of Ukraine are joining a number of EU countries. The people of the central and some other ownerless regions of Ukraine, within the framework of Article 1 of the UN Charter, immediately declare their self-determination by joining the Russian Federation. His request is granted, and the conflict ends with sufficient guarantees of its non-renewal in the long term.
There are simply no other options. And this is already clear to everyone, even if it is unpleasant for someone out there in the West to admit it.
We may be temporarily satisfied with the second option, but we need a third one.”
Nuclear munitions transfer from Russia to Belarus has started – Lukashenko
Today the Russian and Belarusian defence ministers signed
documents on keeping Russian non-strategic nuclear weapons on the territory of Belarus. This has become an official confirmation of the earlier verbal deal between Putin and Lukashenko, said the President of Belarus.
As the leader of the Republic noted at the summit of the Eurasian Economic Union, the relocation of nuclear warheads has already begun. All necessary measures have been taken to place them in the country.
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Control over nuclear weapons in Belarus remains with Russia
“Russia does not transfer (control over) nuclear weapons to the Republic of Belarus: control over them and the decision to use them remains with the Russian side,” Shoigu said during the signing of documents defining the procedure for keeping Russian non-strategic nuclear weapons in a special storage facility on the territory of the republic.
The Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation noted that “in the future, additional measures may be taken to ensure the security of the Union State and respond to the military-political situation.”
“The main fundraiser” – in the States they suspected that Zelensky could lose control of the country, yielding it to the intelligence services
In the material of the American edition of The American Conservative, it is noted that despite the prohibitions of the United States not to attack the territory of Russia, Kiev nevertheless did it. It follows that the Ukrainian leader lost control of the situation, since, according to the President of Ukraine, he knew nothing about the intelligence plans and their preparations for an invasion of the Belgorod region, the newspaper says.
“Did Zelensky really lose control of his country because of the intelligence services? Has he been demoted to the level of chief fundraiser?” – the article says.
In addition, the publication emphasized that earlier the West explained the sending of weapons to Kiev by the fact that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are showing success on the front line, and now they are providing them with military assistance due to their deplorable situation at the front. The United States and its allies still cannot recognize the absence of rational reasons for continuing to support Ukraine.
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According to the spokeswoman, the authorities of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) have information on Ukrainian nationalists illegally harvesting biological materials from POWs, locals and wounded Ukrainian soldiers. According to existing data, in the active combat zone, 20-30 people per day end up being operated on by the “organ harvesters” many of whom traveled to Artyomovsk from foreign countries specifically for this purpose.