Russia presses on in Donbas, Belarus troops put on high alert

5 May, 09:13 PM
The sculpture Fearless girl in New York, wearing a Ukrainian flag. May 4, 2022. (Photo:REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)

The sculpture Fearless girl in New York, wearing a Ukrainian flag. May 4, 2022. (Photo:REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)

As Russia’s stuttering offensive in Donbas continues, the Belarussian military has been put on high alert, Ukraine’s General Staff said in a Facebook post on May 5.

Moscow is continuing its efforts to capture the entirety of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, as well as maintain a land link to annexed Crimea, the General Staff said. At the same time, the Kremlin is attempting to ratchet up tensions around Moldova’s Transnistria and in Belarus.

On temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, Russian troops are stealing the produce from agricultural businesses and are staging publicized sham “humanitarian aid” handouts to locals.

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Russia continues to target Ukraine’s logistical infrastructure with missile strikes, attempting to disrupt the flow of military and humanitarian aid from the West, the General Staff said.

Some regiments of the Belarusian army have been put on high alert, for inspection purposes. In Kursk region, the Russians are establishing defensive positions near the border with Ukraine.

A Russian attempt to regain recently lost ground near Kharkiv, around Staryi Saltov, has failed.

Mounting personnel losses are forcing Moscow to bolster its military medical infrastructure; some civilian hospitals near Kharkiv are being used as military medical facilities.

As part of their hitherto unsuccessful attempts to improve their tactical situation near the city of Izyum in Kharkiv Obast, Russian forces continue to shell nearby settlements.

In Donetsk region, the Russians tried to capture Popasna and establish full control over Rubizhne, but did not succeed.

Moscow continues to “filter” Ukrainian nationals in temporarily occupied areas, preventing locals from fleeing to safer parts of Ukraine, the General Staff said. The Kremlin is also speeding up the training of its professional soldiers, in order to recover from the high rate of casualties on the battlefield.

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