Extremely Detailed Map of Ukraine’s 🇺🇦 Mykolaiv- Kherson Front (May 17 9:00 AM) This regional map gives a pretty good picture of the current status of every village either controlled by Russia (Red), Ukraine (Green), or Neutral/Unknown (White) #Ukraine #UkraineWar #Kherson
Russian forces raised a sunken Ukrainian ship from the sea floor in the port on May 15. Petro Andryushenko, an aide to Mariupol's mayor, said another sunken Ukrainian ship and mines are preventing Russian forces from reopening the port.
Russian forces are trying to reopen the Port of Mariupol to establish shipping routes from Russia. The Donetsk People’s Republic claimed that proxy militia will demine the port by May 25.
#Mariupol Update: #Russian and #Ukrainian officials negotiated the evacuation of 264 wounded Mariupol defenders from #Azovstal Steel Plant to occupied #Donetsk Oblast on May 16. isw.pub/RusCampaignMay…
Such targeted Ukrainian attacks are likely putting continued pressure on Russian logistical capabilities around Izyum and contributing to the disruption of any planned Russian offensives in this area.
Ukrainian forces are continuing to mount attacks against Russian positions in the Izyum area, and the Ukrainian General Staff claimed that Ukrainian troops destroyed a Russian ammunition depot in Izyum on May 16.
Meanwhile, Russian forces did not make any confirmed advances in any direction from Izyum on May 16 and focused instead on regrouping in preparation of renewed offensives, likely toward Slovyansk.
Ukrainian forces in the area are reportedly destroying Russian communications routes and railway bridges between Rubizhne and Severodonetsk to disrupt further Russian offensives on Severodonetsk and Lysychansk.
This is consistent with ISW's previous assessment that Russian troops are likely increasingly unable to commit to a full-scale encirclement of the area east of the Izyum-Slovyansk-Debaltseve highway and are opting for a shallower encirclement with artillery support.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian General Staff noted that Russian forces did not conduct active ground operations in Severodonetsk and instead heavily shelled Ukrainian positions in the Rubizhne-Severodonetsk-Lysychansk area.
The Head of the Luhansk Regional State Administration Serhiy Haidai stated that Russian forces in the area are focusing on securing territory from the direction of Bilohorivka, continuing attempts to seize Severodonetsk, and taking control of the highway to Lysychansk.
Eastern #Ukraine Update: #Russian troops reportedly conducted ground assaults towards #Lyman, #Bakhmut, #Kurakhove, #Shandrygolove, and around #Donetsk City on May 16. These assaults, however, continued to be largely ineffective. isw.pub/RusCampaignMay…
The Russians might alternatively hope to conduct a counter-counter-offensive to push back south toward Kharkiv, although such an effort is highly unlikely to succeed.
Russian troops may seek to retain positions in Ukraine and continue artillery strikes on Ukrainian positions in order to prevent Ukrainian forces from getting into tube or rocket-artillery range of the outskirts of Belgorod.
Russian forces around Kharkiv City are notably trying to hold the border and prevent Ukrainian troops from advancing further north, as opposed to previous Russian withdrawals from around Kyiv, Chernihiv, and Sumy earlier in the war, which saw them pull completely back to Russia.
#Kharkiv Update: #Ukrainian forces reached the #Russian border in an unspecified location northeast of Kharkiv City on May 15. isw.pub/RusCampaignMay…
Southern Axis Update: #Ukraine’s Southern Operational Command reported that Ukrainian forces struck a #Russian ammunition depot in #Chornobaivka again, likely near the #Kherson City Airport. isw.pub/RusCampaignMay…
#Russian and #Ukrainian authorities negotiated the evacuation of 264 wounded #Ukrainian servicemen from the #Azovstal Steel Plant on May 16. Read today's full report from @TheStudyofWar & @criticalthreats: isw.pub/RusCampaignMay…
Updates: To the North of Lyman, 🇷🇺 have captured Shandryholove, Derylove, and Stavky. Reports that 🇷🇺 may have also taken control of Drobysheve.