Timeline: day 79 of Ukraine's defense against russia's aggression
Today is May 13. russia's military attack on Ukraine has been going on for 79 days. We're reporting on all the current news. The article will be constantly updated.
What about today?
The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, General Zaluzhnyi: "During a telephone conversation tonight, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, asked me what victory means to us. This is a really important issue. For me, victory is the destruction of the enemy on our land and the liberation of all the territories it has captured."
We are fighting a compulsive and insidious enemy. But we are not afraid of russians on all fronts:
Over the past 24 hours, 250 occupiers have been destroyed!
On May 12, the air defense of the Air Force, Land Forces, and Assault Troops hit 7 air targets:
- 5 UAVs (Orlan-10);
- 1 helicopter (Ka-52);
- 1 cruise missile.
During the past day, thanks to the skillful actions of our soldiers in the Zaporizhzhia direction, our army has destroyed:
- 2S1 Gvozdika self-propelled artillery units – 3 units;
- armored combat vehicles – 2 units;
- automotive equipment – 7 units;
- UAV – 1 unit;
- car fuel refuelers – 4 units.
In the Donetsk and Luhansk directions, Ukraine's defenders repulsed 18 enemy attacks over the past 24 hours, and destroyed:
- 13 tanks,
- 8 artillery systems,
- 27 units of combat armored vehicles,
- 2 units of special engineering equipment,
- 5 enemy cars.
On the crossing of the Siverskyi Donets River near Bilohorivka in the Luhansk region, Ukrainian troops have recently destroyed 73 units of military equipment, including T-72 tanks, armored personnel carriers, infantry fighting vehicles, BMD, cars, and special equipment. This conclusion was reached by experts in the study of data (OSINT), analyzing images of the destroyed pontoon crossing. It is assumed that some other equipment sank.
The enemy's total losses in the southern direction over the past day were:
- 6 units of armored vehicles;
- 3 units of automotive equipment.
The fighting continues.
Only yesterday, russia fired about 20 missiles at Ukrainian cities, and since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, russia has launched 2,154 missiles on Ukrainian territory. Currently, at least 50 naval-based missiles are stationed in the Black Sea off the coast of Ukraine on russian ships. In addition, 2,770 enemy aircraft have been recorded in Ukraine's airspace.
"russia's strategic defeat is already obvious to everyone in the world and even to those who still continue to communicate with them. It's just that russia doesn't have the courage to admit it yet. They are cowards. And they are trying to hide the truth behind missile, air, and artillery strikes," said President Zelensky.
The title of Hero of Ukraine was awarded to Colonel Roman Kachur, Commander of the 55th Separate Artillery Brigade of the East Operational Command of the Land Forces. 269 servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were awarded state awards, 14 of them posthumously.
Eternal glory to all who stood up for Ukraine!
The first russian serviceman will stand trial in Ukraine today for war crimes. Vadim Shishimarin, a 21-year-old russian serviceman accused of killing a civilian in the village of Chupakhivka in the Sumy region on February 28, will be on trial. He shot dead an unarmed man riding a bicycle. The orc faces between 10 and 15 years in prison or life imprisonment. A fair punishment will catch up with each occupier!
UPD: The first trial of a russian soldier for killing a civilian in Ukraine has been postponed to May 18, the Solomianskyi District Court said. They referred to workload and additional evidence.
Ukraine has started talks on evacuating the wounded from Azovstal, Deputy PM Iryna Vereshchuk reported. It will take place in several stages and will begin with the rescue of severely wounded Ukrainian soldiers. "We've started a new round of talks on the special operation road map. We start with the seriously wounded. The Red Cross met with the russians. Negotiations were held with them, as well as with the UN, and they were given a mandate. We want a signed document: how exactly the evacuation from Azovstal will take place. We're preparing to sign it," Vereshchuk said.
The Deputy Prime Minister clarified that Turkey had agreed to act as a mediator in the current round of talks. This is not Turkey's first attempt to help Ukraine save its heroes. The leader of the Crimean Tatar movement, Mustafa Dzhemilev, said that Turkey had already prepared a ship to evacuate Ukrainian Azovstal fighters in early May and was even ready to guarantee that they wouldn't fight until the end of the war, but the russians refused. The russian Defense Minister said that Volodymyr Zelensky should give the command to surrender, and the Ukrainian military was allegedly guaranteed normal treatment.
Today, May 13, 2022, from 10:00 to 15:00, a green humanitarian corridor is open for citizens who need to travel to the temporarily occupied territories near Vasylivka. The command of the Defense Forces of the Zaporizhzhia region asks to monitor the security situation because, in case it changes, the corridor will be closed, the Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration said.
Way to the EU
"russia's position on Kyiv's desire to join the EU has changed, now it is similar to the position on Ukraine's accession to NATO," said Polyansky, the UN's deputy envoy. So, now russia is against it. Oh really! And what? Will you start a war against Ukraine?
Who's coming to Ukraine?
About financial aid, weapons, and politicians
Yesterday, many media outlets reported that Kentucky Senator Rand Paul had blocked a bill to provide Ukraine with a record amount of nearly $40 billion. But there's no betrayal in this, as well as "blocking." In fact, Senators Rand Paul and John F. Kennedy supported the bill on allocating funds to Ukraine but called for introducing a special inspector general to control spending to avoid fraud. "I sympathize with Ukraine; I wish them good luck, I want them to defeat the russians, I want them to drive the orcs out of their country. But we should also be concerned about our country and the double-digit inflation here, it will only make the situation worse," said Rand Paul.
The European Union plans to provide an additional 500 million euros in military assistance to Ukraine, the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell said.
Sanctions on the aggressor!
Japan bans exports of high-tech goods to russia. These include 3D printers, quantum computers, and electron microscopes. Finally, such a russian-beloved Soviet Union will come back to russia. No technology, no progress, no future.
Life considering hostilities
Epicenter announced the reconstruction of all destroyed shopping centers by the russian occupiers. In the first months of the full-scale war in Ukraine, the russian occupiers destroyed three Epicenter shopping centers in Chernihiv, Mariupol, and Bucha, with a total area of 59,157 square meters. Two more shopping centers, one in Kyiv and one in Kharkiv, were severely damaged.
Kyiv and the region
Diving units of the Mobile Rescue Center of the SES of Ukraine inspect and clean the water area of the Kyiv region from explosive objects.
russians are worse than fascists: orcs planted explosives in a girl's piano in Bucha. The family returned home. The child reached for a musical instrument. However, the girl's mother noticed that the girl's awards were not sitting the same as before, and forbade her daughter from touching the instrument, after which it turned out that the piano had an explosive.
The number of people injured in the russian airstrike in Novhorod-Siverskyi has risen to 19 people.
russia is sending additional artillery units to the border areas of the Bryansk region to increase shelling of settlements in the Chernihiv region near the border, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Donetsk and Luhansk regions
The russians storm the Hirske and Popasna communities: almost 60 houses were destroyed, and the bridge in Rubizhne was damaged. The russians opened fire 31 times in the direction of residential areas of the Luhansk region on May 12.
Seven high-rise buildings were damaged in Sievierodonetsk, one was shelled in Lysychansk. However, the Popasna and Hirske communities were shelled the most. There the occupiers carried out assault operations in the direction of Orikhove and in the Komyshuvakha area. They were unsuccessful, but more than 50 houses were destroyed: 15 in Vrubivka, 12 in Zolote, 11 in Komyshuvakha, 6 in Toshkivka, 4 in Troitske, and 9 in other villages of the Popasna community. In addition, during the day rescuers eliminated the fire in a coal warehouse in Lysychansk.
The orcs fail to defeat the Ukrainians in battle, so the ruscists deliberately destroy the region, turning it into a desert. Most of our settlements have been destroyed by 70%, those that are under occupation are destroyed even more, Haidai said.
In the Donetsk region, a cruise missile almost hit a crowd of retirees. On May 12, an enemy cruise missile hit a two-story building in the center of Cherkaske in the Donetsk region, near the front line in the Izium direction. At that moment, not far from the place where the missile hit, residents were waiting in line for retirement payments. Fortunately, no one was injured, the National Police said.
Two people were killed and four were injured (including two medics) as a result of yesterday's shelling of Derhachi in the Kharkiv region. The mayor of the city Viacheslav Zadorenko reported about it. According to him, the humanitarian headquarters, and the premises of the Civil Registry Office were seriously damaged, the food block of the Derhachi Hospital, part of the polyclinic together with the X-ray room were destroyed, and the ambulance building was damaged.
The mayor also said that today the Tokarivka, Mali Prokhody, Kozacha Lopan village districts (completely), Tsupivka of the Prudiany district, and the village of Nove of the Lozova district in the Derhachi community are under russian occupation.
In Oleksandrivka of the Stanislav community, more than 350 houses are not suitable for living due to shelling by the russian military; this is 35 percent of all houses in the village, the head of the Stanislav territorial community Ivan Samoilenko said.
russia is preparing to capture the entire Kherson region. This is stated in the report of the South Air Command. According to available data, russia is raising resources, restoring technical capacity, and preparing engineering units to build pontoon-bridge crossings. The Ukrainian Armed Forces are also preparing. Orcs will get everything they deserve.
Residents of Maly Kopani, Velykyi Klyn, and Hladkivka organized themselves and helped the Tavriisk community to put out the forest fire. Neither the head of the regional military administration nor the deputies of the regional council could do anything in this situation, said Viktoria Tkachenko, the head of the Hladkivka village district.
On the evening of May 12, Mykolaiv was shelled with MLRS, two infrastructure facilities, residential buildings, and a forest area were damaged. Around the first night, there were shellings in the Shyroke community. There are no victims, houses are damaged.
The russians are trying to take the destroyed landing craft out of Zmiinyi Island. New satellite images taken over the island in the afternoon of May 12 show that the horde fitted a floating crane to the island's berth. Probably, their task is to get the landing boat of the Serna project, which sank after the Ukrainian attack on May 7. The boat was hit by a missile from the Bayraktar drone. Its body blocks the normal entry of other landing craft into the bay.