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The situation in the Ukrainian SMO on May 27 2023

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Battlefield Ukraine Counter Offensive

Brief summary, Zaporozhye direction
Today, around 13:00, an enemy equipment convoy was discovered in the Novoandreevka area, west of Orekhov.
This column was subjected to rocket and bomb attacks by Russian Aerospace Forces forces and artillery fired on the surviving enemy who attempted to evacuate.
This is not the first attempt to concentrate enemy forces in this area, earlier on May 26 and 25 rocket artillery of the RF Armed Forces attacked enemy columns in the Pavlovka-Malye Shcherbaki road area


Zaporizhia direction Situation as of 12.00 May 27, 2023

 Judging by the characteristic signs, the AFU have completed the main preparations for the offensive. The enemy grouping is practically formed for an attack in three areas: Orekhovsky, Pologovsky and Gulyaipolsky.

In addition, the tactical group “Marun” was created in the southeast of the Dnipropetrovsk region, which included the forces of 46 Airmobile Brigade, 82 Air Assault Brigade and 132 reconnaissance battalions of the DShV, as well as 71 Jaeger Brigade of the AFU.

Previously, 132 orbs were not observed near Zaporozhye. Also in Gavrilovka there appeared units transferred from the Kharkiv region, presumably from the Spartan assault brigade. And members of the 3rd battalion of the 33rd Mechanized Brigade of the AFU were located in Chaplino.

🔻 HIMARS MLRS firing points are equipped along the contact line in the areas of the settlements of Primorskoye, Krasnaya Krinitsa, General, Gulyaipole, Novosoloshchino.

MiG-29 and Su-25 tactical aircraft with Storm Shadow cruise missiles (CR) regularly operate from the airfield in Dnepropetrovsk. At the same time, attacks on Russian cities are being delivered from the same districts – Krasnogorsk, Gavrilovka and Novosoloshchino.

A tank unit with a T-64 was deployed from Dnepropetrovsk to the Zaporozhye region, and four tanks and several MaxxPRO AFVs were delivered to the Vremievsky ledge to reinforce the 110th Brigade .

Armed Forces of Ukraine(AFU) have launched preliminary operations as part of a counteroffensive, but it will take quite a long time for it to gain momentum, Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the head of the office of the Ukrainian president, said in an interview with The Guardian 

Komsomolskaya Pravda military reporter Sasha Kots commented on Podolyak statement
“The value of such statements about the counteroffensive, which, as it were, and as if it were not, is left to the reader’s judgment. We only recall that six months ago, the same Podolyak promised gullible Ukrainians live broadcasts from Yalta:

“I will definitely turn on the phone there, and we will talk about what Crimea will be like. And at that time, all the Russians will have already left there.”

According to our information, the British very strongly advised Zelensky to provoke Russia to go on the offensive in any way. It is important to lure the Russians out of defense.
Related to this is the recently increased shelling of Russian border territories.

The back-up plan is to provoke a squabble in the Russian information space due to the fact that these chaotic shelling cannot be prevented in any way. Plus, to provoke Russian dissatisfaction with the “weakness” of the Kremlin.

The West has given tacit permission for strikes on Russian territory.

So the Armed Forces of Ukraine are chaotically swindling across the territory of Russia. Today, only one civilian was killed and about 6 people (including children) were injured. 

There were no attempts to penetrate the territory of the Bryansk region of the DRG from Ukraine – this is reported by the governor of the region Alexander Bogomaz.
The governor clarified that today the Ukrainian armed forces fired on three settlements in the Klimovsky district: no one was injured.
“In response to the actions of Ukrainian nationalists, the border troops and the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation carried out retaliatory actions. The firing points have been suppressed,” the governor said

 Governor of the Belgorod region Vyacheslav Gladkov reports:

“The hardest day in the Shebekinsky district.

One person died. This is a security guard of the operating enterprise of the city, at the time of the shelling he was on the street.

There are children among the victims – two teenagers: a 15-year-old girl with lower limb injuries and a 17-year-old boy with contusion. They are transported to the children’s regional hospital. All necessary medical assistance is provided.

Another man with dissections of the scalp was treated by the doctors of the Central District Hospital. Hospitalization is not required.

By firing. There are shells hitting the territory of two large enterprises, as a result there is a fire at the facility. Fire crews are on site. Employees of the enterprise have now been taken to a safe distance.

Also in the city there is damage to the power line. Emergency and operational services continue to survey the territory.”

A massive attack of kamikaze drones on Kyiv and the region.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine have to use air defense against drones – this can be seen from the records on which missiles hit UAVs.

There are casualties due to downed UAVs over the city. Debris fell on residential buildings, gas stations, malls, and warehouses.

The Russian Armed Forces are trying to increase the shortage of air defense ammunition in the Armed Forces of Ukraine with the help of drones.

It is with the help of air defense (most likely it is iris-t or nasams) that you have to shoot down drones. Anti-aircraft complexes do not cope.
The cost of one launched missile costs the budget of Ukraine from $200 to $1 million

Today, one of the most massive kamikaze UAV attacks in Ukraine. Almost everything is red and flies everywhere!
A lot flew through the Kiev region to western Ukraine, where arrivals were recorded in regional centers (polygons).

No one advertises this information, and it is not visible to civilians, since all the landfills are located remotely from civilian settlements.

Also, a massive UAV arrival is recorded along the front 100 km zone near the LBS.
The Russians are trying to disrupt the accumulation of forces and preparations for the offensive by the Office of the President.

Explosions are heard in Kyiv. The city is being attacked by drones.

According to Klitschko, the explosions were in the Solomensky district. Services are sent to the location.

In the Pechersky district, according to preliminary data from the Kyiv city military administration, a fire on the roof of a 9-storey building was caused by the fall of UAV fragments.

-Ukrainian channel Strana (


Klitschko: “explosions and fire in the Goloseevsky district of the capital. The next wave of UAVs is coming to Kyiv. Stay in cover. Massive attack!

Russia CONTINUES Advance On Bakhmut Flanks

PMC “Wagner” revealed the number of destroyed  militants of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

PMC “Wagner” reported the destruction of more than 70 thousand soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. This was reported by the press service of the founder of the organization Yevgeny Prigozhin.

According to data from published documents, during the year the fighters of the group destroyed over 72,000 fighters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and also captured 509 people.

In addition, the files provide information about liquidated Ukrainian equipment, including 309 tanks, 566 infantry fighting vehicles, 131 armored personnel carriers, 124 self-propelled gun mounts, 83 multiple-launch rocket systems, and 45 air defense systems.

Some readers asked about Wagner’s losses during the battle for Artemovsk. I can answer that only in vague terms. The battle lasted 200+ days with varying degrees of severity.  Lots of times,  casualties weren’t published but if we took into consideration that some days brought between 20-50 Kia at the beginning and middle stages and around 100 and over in the finishing stage,  we can only guess that they are in the range of 6000 at best and up to 15000 at worst case scenario. As you see, the span is so huge that it can’t be said anything with certainty. Also, one needs to keep in mind that Prygozhin way of communication leaves people in doubt. So all in all, it is what it is. Whatever the real number, the guys did a splendid job, and one big THANK YOU to them. And eternal glory to the fallen.

Prigozhin on the musicians’ plans:

“As I said before, we come out of Bakhmut, go into field camps, tidy ourselves up, refine, complete and depending on the situation in Ukraine, depending on the situation in the world, we decide what we do next.
As a matter of fact, today about 15-20 thousand people are ready in flak jackets, with personal and collective weapons and ammunition to go to any place in the world and fight straight from the wheels. If not required to work in Ukraine, we could liberate in a couple of months some territory equivalent to about twenty percent of the African continent, given that less than a thousand men have made Central Africa completely safe in just six months.
But most of the troops will stay in Russia to prepare for the next tasks”.

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS | Russian Forces Attack Avdiivka | Bakhmut Meatgrinder | Full Front Update 270523

Fighting near Donetsk situation as of 16.00 on May 27, 2023

At the Avdeevsky sector, Russian assault groups conducted reconnaissance in force in the Novokalinovo direction from Krasnogorovka. As a result of intense clashes, 20 people of the 105th battalion of the 109th troop unit were liquidated.

Ukrainian units from the 129th brigade of the territorial defense of the Armed Forces of Ukraine tried to counterattack the positions of the RF Armed Forces near the H20 road from Novokalinovo, but the Russian fighters repulsed the attack.

However, something else is interesting: the other day, one of the units of the 17th tank brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine arrived at the Severnoye-Tonenkoye line, where the 53rd Ombre of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is located. Previously, the formation participated in the battles in the Soledar direction, but due to losses it was withdrawn near Kharkov.

The appearance, even partial, of the 17th brigade indicates a reinforcement near Avdiivka and may be associated with the planned offensive.

In the context of the increase in the grouping near Avdiivka, curious changes are also observed near Maryinka, where the assault on the city by Russian soldiers continues.

Units of the 23rd Ombr of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are establishing communication with other formations along the LBS. The number of contacts with the help of satellite communication systems has increased several times – a similar situation was observed near the Belgorod region before the attack of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The 23rd brigade itself, judging by the supply of Western-style weapons, will be part of the shock backbone in the Donetsk direction. The 55th artillery brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was located approximately in the same place.

At the same time, the grouping of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has a problem with the supply after a missile attack on the Karlovsky reservoir. Because of this, the water level in the Volchya River has risen and logistics has become difficult through the villages of Galitsinovka, Karlovka, Zhelannoye Pervoi and Vtoroye — deliveries are now bypassed and take longer.

NabrezhnyeIntel:   “STORM-Z” Special Units have arrived in #Vodyane & #Pisky, Donetsk after the bombing of the #Karlivka reservoir; as-well as the arrival of newly formed units of the Donetsk Army Corps may symbolise a future assault on #Avdeevka and #Pervomaisky.

🔻Additionally, the shelling on #Avdeevka has significantly increased, with smaller targets,  being leveled. The utilisation of FABs and Aviation in the city almost EXCLUSIVELY within this region may show that Russian Forces are seeking to suppress all movements of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in this sector. Within the city of #Avdeevka; the entire regional area on the western side has been cleared, with the settlement of #Kamenka being fully secured.

🔻In the #Stepnove and #Novokalynove Region, Russian units have continued their advance around these settlements (and #Novobakhmutovka); fighting is now, for the first time, taking place within the sector of the #Avdeevsky coal deposit; as fighting has progressed beyond the garbage deposit. A section of the railway (nearby to #Stepnove) has been taken by Russian Forces.

🔻In #Nevelskoye, fighting takes place, however is utterly complicated by high-rise buildings and “steppes”; large terrains of flat grass which are hard to advance on. The settlement is completely destroyed.

Report from a source: The low moral in the Ukrainian army is starting to hit, There are reports of a mass surrender of Ukrainian servicemen: 15 people in the Avdiivka area and 20 people in the Belogorivka area in the north.
These are the first cases of mass surrender in a long time.

Ukraine Front Update [27 May 2023]

Russian Defence Ministry Report on the Progress of the Special Military Operation (27 May 2023)⚡️

The RF Armed Forces continue the special military operation.

💥 In Kupyansk direction, Ground-Attack and Army aviation and artillery of the Zapad Group of Forces have engaged the AFU units close to Masyutovka, Timkovka, Krasnoye Pervoye, and Novomlynsk (Kharkov region).

◽️ 1 SRG of the AFU has been disabled close to Novoselovskoye (LPR).

◽️ More than 45 AFU troops, 2 AFVs, 4 motor vehicles, 1 Msta-B howitzer, and 1 U.S. AN/TPQ-36 counter-battery radar station have been destroyed during the day.

💥 An ammunition depot of the AFU’s 92nd Mechanised Brigade  has been hit close to Stelmakhovka (LPR).

💥 In Krasny Liman direction, Operational-Tactical Aviation and artillery of the Tsentr Group of Forces engaged the units of the enemy close to Yampolovka, Serebryanka (DPR), and Chervonaya Dibrova (LPR). Up to 60 troops, 3 AFVs, 3 motor vehicles, 2 D-30 howitzers, and 1 Gvozdika self-propelled artillery unit have been eliminated in this direction during the day.

💥 In Donetsk direction, Operational-Tactical and Army aviation, units, and artillery of the Yug Group of Forces have eliminated more than 260 troops, 2 AFVs, 5 motor vehicles, 1 Gvozdika self-propelled artillery system, and 2 D-30 howitzers during the day. An ammunition depot of the AFU’s 110th Mechanised Brigade has been hit close to Avdeyevka (DPR).

💥 In South Donetsk and Zaporozhye directions, aviation and artillery of the Vostok Group of Forces inflicted a fire damage on AFU units close Nvomikhayilovka (DPR), and Malaya Tokmachka, Marfopol, and Komsomolskoye (Zaporozhye region).

◽️ The enemy losses in these directions amounted to up to 120 troops, 1 IFV, 1 AFV, 2 motor vehicles, 1 Polish Krab 2 Akatsiya and Gvozdika self-propelled howitzers, 1 D-30 howitzer, and 1 U.S. AN/TPQ-37 counter mortar radar.

💥 In addition, 2 ammunition depots of the AFU’s 79th Air Assault Brigade and 128th Mountain Assault Brigade have been hit close to Novomikhaylovka (DPR) and Stepovoye (Zaporozhye region).

💥 In Kherson direction, Russian troops have neutralised up to 10 troops, 3 motor vehicles, 1 D-30 howitzer, and 2 Gvozdika self-propelled howitzers during the day.

💥 Operational-Tactical and Army aviation, and artillery of the Russian Group of Forces have engaged 82 AFU artillery units, manpower, and hardware in 96 areas during the day.

◽️ Command posts of the AFU’s 24th and 54th mechanised brigades were eliminated close to Verkhnekamenskoye and Toretsk (DPR).

💥 Air defence forces have shot down 2 Storm Shadow, 19 HIMARS MLRS projectiles, and 2 HARM anti-radiation missile during the day.

💥 In addition, 12 UAVs were destroyed in the areas of Zatishnoye, Kremennaya, and Chernopopovka (LPR), Kremenets, Yasnoye (DPR), Pologi, and Removka (Zaporozhye region).

Special operation, May 27th. Main:

▪️Russian air defense shot down two Ukrainian Storm Shadow cruise missiles, two HARM anti-radar missiles, 12 drones, the Russian Defense Ministry said;

▪️In the Kupyansk and Krasnolymansk directions, Ukrainian forces lost more than 100 people, in the Donetsk direction more than 260, in the South-Donetsk and Zaporozhye – up to 120, the department said;

▪️The appearance of the Ukrainian Mykola-type naval drones, assembled in Ukraine from Western components, does not correspond to the profile of those who attacked the Ivan Khurs ship of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation, a source told RIA Novosti;

▪️Ukraine received a batch of new Western-made marine unmanned vehicles, most likely from Great Britain, the source added;

▪️There were no attempts by the Ukrainian sabotage group to penetrate the territory of the Klimovsky district of the Bryansk region, the governor of the region said;

▪️One person died during shelling by the Armed Forces of the Shebekinsky district in the Belgorod region, Governor Gladkov said, also reporting three victims.

Russian defence ministry reveals US bioweapons development in Ukraine

The US is developing biological weapons on Ukrainian territory and sees Ukraine as a springboard for the deployment of NATO contingents, the Defence Ministry has said.

According to the Russian Defence Ministry, data proves that the US is actively setting up bio-labs near the borders of its geopolitical adversaries and studying “economically significant infections” there.

Igor Kirillov, head of the Radiological, Chemical and Biological Defence Forces (RCBD), said: “This once again confirms that biological weapons components are being developed by the United States outside national jurisdiction, including in Ukraine.”

In addition, Kirillov said that the US Army’s Walter Reed Research Institute had supervised the collection of biomaterials from the population in Ukraine. Thus, according to Kirillov, documents available to the Russian Ministry of Defence confirm the involvement of US researchers “in the study of antibiotic resistance of microorganisms isolated from AFU servicemen during military actions in Donbass”. In four Ukrainian military hospitals, 813 microorganisms from 162 patients were studied.

Igor Kirillov: “A legitimate question arises: why would the US Army Institute study the drug resistance of microorganisms isolated in Donbass? This is yet another proof that the US was considering the territory of Ukraine as a springboard for the deployment of NATO troops.”


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The “exchange of views” on hypothetical peace terms between Russia and Ukraine, which took place here in the form of statements by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and Zelensky’s adviser Mikhail Podolyak, shows one important thing: no public offer of peace terms until the enemy is ready to accept them will have an effect if do not count as such additional points for enemy propaganda. Until the Armed Forces of Ukraine are defeated, and the Ukrainian government is not on the verge of fleeing the country, they will not accept any conditions – at least because behind them all there is a big bwana with a stick that beats it painfully for deviating from the course.

And for us, given the situation, to seriously talk about the conditions of peace now is simply to work to inspire the enemy, who will propagandize his population along the lines of: “The Muscovites are asking for peace? It means they are getting weaker! Even if he thinks differently about himself.

Many people have already said, I will say again: the enemy is waging a media war, he put a lot into the formation of the “correct” media background and showing him even a hint of a possible doubt is working for his propaganda. We have no right to offer peace to Ukraine. We must seek her surrender

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