Both the so-called “military” of the unrecognized Kremlin-backed Moldovan territory of Transnistria, and the Russian troops stationed there, have been brought up to full combat readiness, rendering a tense situation in the Bessarabia region,” the General Staff of Ukraine reported in an update on May 8.
On the Slobozhanskyi axis, Russian invaders are focused on preventing further advancement of the Ukrainian Armed Forces towards the state border of Ukraine to the north and northeast of Kharkiv. The occupiers carried out artillery shelling in the areas of Prudyanka, Slatyne, and Tsyrkuny, while near Kozacha Lopan they are taking measures for engineering installation of positions to strengthen their defense.
On the Izyum axis, the Russian Federation is preparing to continue their offensive on the Izyum-Barvinkove and Izyum-Slovyansk axes. In order to strengthen their grouping, two battalion tactical groups from the 35th Combined Arms Army have been redeployed to this area from the Russian territory. Aerial reconnaissance is being conducted near Izyum and Kamyanka.
On the Donetsk front, Russian troops continue offensive operations on the Popasna, Sievierodonetsk, Avdiyivka, and Lyman axes. On the Lyman axis, as a result of assault actions, the enemy captured the northern environs of Shandryholove; on the Kurakhiv axis, Russians are trying to resume their offensive towards Novomykhailivka.
On the Mariupol axis, the invaders continue to storm and blockade Ukrainian units on the territory of the Azovstal steelworks.
On the Pivdennyi Buh and Tauride axes, Russian forces are conducting airstrikes on military and civilian targets, and regrouping and reinforcing units.
On the Kryvyi Rih axis, the invaders used an Orlan-10 drone to identify the positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.