the offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine began, the raid of the “Russian Corps” in the Belgorod region

On May 25, the people of Kiev rest on one of the central squares of the city, where the skeletons of the destroyed Russian armored vehicles are exhibited. Throughout May, Kyiv has been constantly under attack from Russian missiles and drones. On the night of May 25, 36 drones were shot down over the Ukrainian capital.Photo: Daniel Carde, ZUMA Press Wire, Scanpix

The 65th week of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine has ended. “Delovye Vedomosti” tells about the main events.

Adviser to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, one of the key speakers in the Ukrainian executive branch, Mykhailo Podolyak, on May 25, in an interview with the Italian TV channel RAI, said that the announced offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine already started. He clarified that while we are talking about “separate operations”, and the front is stretched for 1500 km. At the same time, Podolyak noted that Armed Forces of Ukraine received a significant amount of Western weapons, which will significantly affect the situation on the battlefield. “We will use the weapons that we were given to destroy the positions of the Russian Federation in the territories occupied by Moscow, including the Donbass and Crimea,” he said.

On May 22, groups of armed people, as well as light armored vehicles, from the territory of Ukraine penetrated the border areas of the Belgorod region of the Russian Federation. The fighting between the border guards and the detachments that entered the territory of Russia took place in the area of ​​the Kozinka border crossing, border villages and the city of Grayvoron. According to Russian authorities, 12 civilians were injured in the raid. Another woman died on the bus “during evacuation measures.” The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reported on the killing of more than 70 “Ukrainian terrorists”, without reporting, however, on their own losses, as well as the losses of the FSB troops guarding the border.

Activists of the Russian Volunteer Corps as part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine during a press conference. The RDK is founded by far-right Russian nationalists but fights on the side of Ukraine.Photo: SERGEY BOBOK, AFP, Scanpix

Responsibility for the raid was claimed by the Russian Volunteer Corps and the Legion “Freedom of Russia” – units within the Armed Forces of Ukraine, consisting of citizens of the Russian Federation. The Ukrainian authorities said that they were “studying the situation, but they were not directly related to it.” And only “opposition-minded citizens of Russia who are ready for an armed struggle against Putin’s criminal regime” are involved in the raid. RFC fighters, who gave a press conference shortly after the raid in the Sumy region of Ukraine, near the Russian border, said they lost two fighters during the raid. They also demonstrated an armored personnel carrier seized from the FSB. It should be noted that on May 20 and 21, the Russian media also published separate reports about attempts to infiltrate the territory of the Russian Federation by armed groups from Ukraine.

The founder of PMC “Wagner” Yevgeny Prigozhin through his press service on May 25 reported about the beginning withdrawal of company fighters from Bakhmut and transfer it under the control of the regular troops of the Russian Federation. The Wagnerites will be completely withdrawn from the city by June 1. In turn, Ukrainian troops continue to maneuver in the vicinity of the destroyed city. On May 21, Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Anna Malyar said that Ukrainian troops “took Bakhmut into a semi-encirclement.”

On May 25 in Minsk, Minister of Defense of Belarus Viktor Khrenin and Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Sergei Shoigu issued documents for the deployment of Russian nuclear weapons on the territory of Belarus. Shoigu stressed that the Russian non-strategic nuclear weapons deployed on the territory of the republic would remain under the control of the Russian Federation.

Belarusian opposition leader in exile Svetlana Tikhanovskaya called on the international community to do everything to prevent the deployment of a nuclear arsenal on the territory of the country. She notedthat the signed documents directly violate the non-nuclear status of Belarus, prescribed in the constitution. At the same time, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that the transfer of nuclear weapons to the territory of the country had already begun.
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation stated that on May 24 at 5:30 three unmanned speedboats of Ukraine unsuccessfully tried to attack the reconnaissance ship “Ivan Khurs”, “performing the tasks of ensuring the safety of the operation of the Turkish Stream and Blue Stream gas pipelines in the exclusive economic zone of the Republic of Turkey.” The Russian military insists that the attack was successfully repulsed. At the same time, the Ukrayinska Pravda publication published video, which shows that the unmanned boat managed to get close to the side of the vessel. According to the publication, the ship was damaged.
The situation with Ivan Khurs is interesting because it is one of the most modern ships in the Russian fleet. In addition, the attack appears to have taken place in Turkish waters. Finally, Russian pro-war bloggers, including former defense minister of the self-proclaimed DNR, terrorist Igor Strelkov claimthat the drone that attacked the Khurs was launched from one of the ships passing through the “grain corridor”. According to the Russian telegram channel “Sea power of the state”the damaged ship is being towed to Sevastopol for repairs.
The United States will soon announce a new $300 million military aid package for Ukraine, the agency reported on May 25. Reuters citing sources in the White House. The package is expected to include more guided multiple rocket launchers (GMLRS) for HIMARS launchers, as well as other munitions. It is expected that supplies will come from US Army warehouses.

Fighter F-16 based in Denmark. The transfer of modern Western combat aircraft and the training of pilots were among the key topics in the discussion of assistance packages to Ukraine in May. Denmark became one of the first countries of the “fighter coalition”, announcing that it would transfer flight equipment to Kyiv.Photo: BO AMSTRUP, Ritzau Scanpix / AFP, Scanpix

The White House announced the previous aid package on May 21. According to US President Joseph Biden, it includes additional ammunition, artillery and armored vehicles. In addition, this week the head of the Pentagon, Lloyd Austin, announced that the allies had already transferred military assistance to Ukraine totaling $65 billion as part of the next Ramstein.

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