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This Week in Ukraine - Updated May 28th

Updated: May 29

by Tony Nastas (Reporting from Ukraine)

May 28th 2024

(Town of Vovchansk in Kharkiv area after a Russian attack)

May 24, 2024

  • Counterattacks in Kharkiv Sector: The General Staff reports that Russian troops have been halted in the Kharkiv sector, with Ukraine conducting counterattacks.

  • Putin Seeking Ceasefire: According to sources cited by Reuters, Putin is looking for a ceasefire to solidify Russian gains in Ukraine.

  • Damage and Casualties in Crimea: Partisans claim that an attack on occupied Crimea has damaged communications equipment and resulted in casualties.

  • Ukrainian Pilots Complete F-16 Training: The first group of Ukrainian pilots has completed their F-16 training in the United States.

  • Casualties from Russian Attacks: Russian attacks against Ukraine over the past day have killed 10 people and injured 48.

May 23, 2024

  • Street Fighting in Vovchansk: General Syrskyi reports that Russian forces are 'completely bogged down' in street fighting in Vovchansk and have deployed reserves.

  • Drone Attack in Tatarstan: Ukraine's military intelligence has confirmed a drone attack on Russia's Tatarstan Republic.

  • Casualties in Kharkiv: A Russian attack on Kharkiv has killed 7 people and injured 21.

  • Russian Fighter Jet Downed: Ukraine has shot down another Russian Su-25 fighter jet, marking the second such shootdown reported in one day.

  • Norwegian Military Aid: Norway has announced a new military assistance package for Ukraine worth $190 million.

(British Defense Secretary Grant Shepps said Russia was ramping up its invasion of Ukraine, sending more Russians to their deaths than at any time since the war began. PRAY FOR THE RUSSIAN PEOPLE!

Pray this war ends and Ukrainians and Russians no longer die!)

May 22, 2024

  • Chinese Lethal Aid to Russia: The UK defense secretary has revealed intelligence indicating that China is providing lethal aid to Russia and urged the world to 'wake up' to this development.

  • Sweden's Military Aid Plan: Sweden is planning to allocate $7 billion in military aid to Ukraine over the period from 2024 to 2026.

  • New SBU Weapon: Sources report that the SBU has developed a new weapon, the Grad-equipped Sea Baby drones.

  • Estonian PM on Russian Activities: Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas has stated that Russia is conducting a 'shadow war' against the West.

  • Civilian Shootings in Vovchansk: The police report that Russian forces are shooting civilians in Vovchansk.

May 21, 2024

  • Russian Missile Ship Struck: The General Staff has confirmed that the Russian missile ship Tsiklon was hit in occupied Crimea.

  • EU Council Funding Decision: The EU Council has approved using revenue from Russian assets to fund Ukraine.

  • Potential New U.S. Military Aid: According to Politico, the U.S. may announce a new military aid package for Ukraine this week.

  • Increased German Aid: Reuters reports that Germany plans to increase its military aid to Ukraine by 3.8 billion euros.

  • Convicts Joining Ukrainian Military: The Justice Ministry has stated that over 3,000 Ukrainian convicts have applied to join the military.

  • Possible Offensive in Sumy Oblast: The Border Guard has indicated that a Russian offensive in Sumy Oblast cannot be ruled out.

(The Navy of Ukraine debunked the myth about the super capabilities of the Russian "Zyklon")

May 20, 2024

  • Control in Vovchansk: According to the deputy governor, Ukraine controls approximately 60% of Vovchansk.

  • Defense in Kharkiv Oblast: The General Staff reports that Ukrainian forces have repelled a Russian attack near the village of Starytsia in Kharkiv Oblast.

  • Strike in Luhansk Oblast: The governor reports that Ukraine has struck a Russian base in the occupied Luhansk Oblast.

  • Drone Attack in Russia: Russian media reports that a drone attack has damaged an oil refinery in Russia's Krasnodar Krai.

  • NATO Training in Ukraine: The Estonian Prime Minister stated that NATO training soldiers in Ukraine will not escalate the war.

  • Negotiations to End the War: The secretary of Ukraine's Security Council emphasized that Ukraine 'clearly understands' the war will ultimately be resolved through negotiations.

May 19, 2024

  • Deadly 'Double-Tap' Strike in Kharkiv: A Russian 'double-tap' strike north of Kharkiv has resulted in the deaths of six people, including a pregnant woman.

  • Destruction of Russian Minesweeper: Ukraine’s Navy announced it has destroyed the Russian sea minesweeper Kovrovets overnight.

  • Drone Strikes on Russian Facilities: Media reports indicate that SBU drones have targeted and struck an airbase and an oil refinery in Russia.

  • UK Defense Secretary Criticizes Western Stance: The UK defense secretary has described the West's position on the Ukraine war as 'completely nonsensical'.

(Russian missiles hit the center of Kharkiv)

May 17, 2024

  • Drone Strikes on Russian Military Facilities: Ukrainian drones have struck military facilities in Russia and Crimea, while Russia claims to have downed over 100 drones.

  • Kharkiv Offensive Update: President Zelensky reports that the Russian offensive in Kharkiv Oblast has advanced up to 10 kilometers but was halted by Ukraine's first line of defense.

  • New Laws on Military Service: President Zelensky has signed amendments to the law that increase fines for draft evaders and permit some convicts to serve in the military.

  • Civilians Used as Human Shields: Police report that Russian forces are using civilians in Vovchansk as human shields.

May 16, 2024

  • Zelensky's Update from Kharkiv: President Zelensky reported that the situation in Kharkiv is 'difficult' but 'under control,' noting that Russian forces are experiencing significant losses.

  • New Danish Military Assistance: Denmark has announced over $815 million in additional military aid for Ukraine.

  • Civilians Captured in Vovchansk: A minister reported that Russian forces have captured and executed civilians in northern Vovchansk.

  • Drone Attacks on Russian Facilities: Sources indicate that Ukrainian drones have targeted facilities of a Russian defense manufacturer in Tula.

  • Ammunition Depot Hit in Crimea: Partisan groups report that an ammunition depot at Belbek airfield in occupied Crimea has been struck.

May 15, 2024

  • Zelensky: Ukraine stabilizes situation in Kharkiv Oblast amid Russian offensive

  • General Staff: Russian forces 'partially pushed out' from Vovchansk

  • Ukraine deploys more forces to Kharkiv Oblast

  • Blinken: US to give Ukraine additional $2 billion in military financing

  • Source: Ukraine's military intelligence drones strike oil depot in Russia's Rostov region

May 14, 2024

  • Security Council secretary: Over 30,000 Russian troops involved in attack on Kharkiv Oblast

  • General Staff: Ukrainian soldiers 'change positions' near Lukiantsi village in Kharkiv Oblast

  • US State Department does not anticipate Russian breakthrough toward Kharkiv

  • Budanov expects Russia to launch new attack on Sumy Oblast

  • Blinken emphasizes long-term US security commitment to Ukraine in visit to Kyiv

May 13, 2024

  • Evacuations in Kharkiv Oblast: Amid a Russian offensive, 5,900 people have been evacuated from Kharkiv Oblast, according to the governor.

  • Partial Success for Russian Forces: The General Staff reports that Russian forces have had 'partial success' near Lukiantsi in Kharkiv Oblast.

  • Challenges in Fortification Construction: An official stated that constructing fortifications around Vovchansk has been 'difficult'.


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