The army of the Russian Federation used aircraft to fire on the eastern operational zone and industrial facilities in the depths of Ukraine.
“From 06:00 on May 16, the enemy does not stop carrying out offensive operations in the Eastern operational zone. The enemy has concentrated its main efforts in the direction of Donetsk. In the direction of Slobozhansky, it is trying to deter the offensive of the Ukrainian Defense Forces north of the city of Kharkiv and to prevent them from reaching the state border of Ukraine. The enemy is preparing an offensive by forces gathered in the Izium region,” said the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Facebook.
In addition, Russian planes fired at civilian and military infrastructure in the Eastern Operational Zone and industrial facilities in the depths of Ukraine.
In the Volyn and Polissya directions, the enemy did not take active action. The Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus (up to seven battalions) continue to guard the Ukrainian-Belarusian border.
In the direction of Siversky, the enemy has tightened control of the Ukrainian-Russian border in the Bryansk and Kursk regions and is carrying out demonstration activities to keep units of the Ukrainian Defense Forces in this direction and prevent their transfer to the eastern operational area.
In the direction of Kharkiv, the enemy is concentrating its main efforts on holding its positions and preventing the advance of Ukrainian troops towards the state border between Ukraine and Russia.
The enemy did not conduct active hostilities in the direction of Sloviansk.
The Russian army fired artillery at civilian infrastructure in the area of the settlements of Dovhenke, Ruski Tyshki, Ternova and Petrivka. The enemy carried out aerial reconnaissance with the Orlan-10 drone.
In the direction of Donetsk, the Russian army fired with the full range of available weapons, including aircraft, to deplete personnel and destroy the fortifications of Ukrainian Armed Forces units.
In the Lyman, Bakhmut and Kurakhove directions, the enemy continues to advance. The fighting continues.
In the direction of Avdiivka, the enemy suffered losses and retreated to previously captured positions.
In the directions of Sievierodonetsk and Novopavlivsk, the enemy did not conduct active hostilities and tried to fire at the Ukrainian positions.
In Mariupol, the enemy continues its massive artillery and air strikes. The main efforts of the Russian army focused on blocking and eliminating Ukrainian units in the area of the Azovstal steelworks.
In the southern direction of Buh, the enemy did not conduct active hostilities, fired at the Ukrainian armed forces from artillery and mortars.
Ukrainian Defense Forces struck enemy positions near the village of Chornobaivka. The losses of manpower and material of the enemy are specified.
During the past day, air defense units of the Ground Forces and Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine shot down 11 enemy air targets: two helicopters (Ka-52 and Mi-28), seven operational drones and tactics and two cruise missiles.
Seventeen enemy attacks have been repelled in the directions of Donetsk and Luhansk in the past 24 hours. Three enemy tanks, one artillery system, six armored personnel carriers and one vehicle were destroyed. Russian manpower losses are being clarified.