19 May: Zelensky in Saudi Arabia, the transfer of F-16 to Ukraine to be considered at the G7

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Situation summary of the war in Ukraine by region for Friday, May 19, 2023.
Illustrated Photo / Photo: Zelensky’s Official Telegram Channel

Illustrated Photo / Photo: Zelensky’s Official Telegram Channel

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By Pavlo Vitenko

Summary by regions

Kyiv Region

At night, the enemy also launched an anti-aircraft attack on the Kyiv region. Air defense was working. No hits, no casualties. As a result of falling debris, the forest floor caught fire in two places. The fire has been extinguished.

Lviv Region

In the morning, the Russians attacked the Lviv region with «Shahed». According to preliminary information, all drones were destroyed by air defense forces. There are no casualties. The data on the destruction are being clarified.

Luhansk Region

The Russians opened artillery and mortar fire yesterday in Stelmakhivka, Makiivka, Bilohorivka, Nevske. After the Russian shelling near Nevske, a deadlock broke out. It burned for almost a day, but, fortunately, the fire bypassed the boundaries of the settlement. There are also no casualties from the shelling. 

During the day, the enemy fired 104 rounds (497 shells). Due to significant losses, the enemy sent newcomers to the region. These are the so-called «Leopard» fighters («the country’s combat army reserve») and the «Storm Z» penalty squads, formed from among prisoners, which is a sign of the critical depletion of the Russian regular army.

Donetsk Region

Two civilians were killed and nine were wounded in a day. The enemy fired 41 shots. The populated areas were shelled: Avdiivka, Kostyantynivka, Toretsk, Ukrainsk, Chasiv Yar, Velyka Novosilka, Hostre, New York, Ocheretyne, Bohoyavlenka, Pokrovsk, Bokove, Vesele, Vremivka, Karlivka, Maksimivka, Novokalynove, Prechystivka, Bahatyr. 48 residential buildings (of which 17 are multi-apartment buildings), two buildings of the police department (Kostyantynivka), four premises of the Donetsk railway depot, four premises of the «Raduha» sanatorium-prophylaxis, two transmission lines, an electric substation, premises of a former warehouse, a railway track, a sports club, were damaged. shop, market premises, five civilian cars, three warehouses.

Sumy Region

At night and in the morning, the Russians carried out seven shellings of the border. 28 explosions were recorded. Seredyno-Buda, Yunakiv, and Putyvl communities came under fire. In advance – without consequences. The data is being verified. 

Yesterday, during the day, the Russians carried out 10 shellings. 62 explosions were recorded. Settlements of Yunakiv, Bilopilliia, Nova Sloboda, Myropillia, Esman, and Krasnopillia communities came under fire. A residential building was damaged in Myropillia. The enemy also shelled the village of Studenok with mortars. The shelling damaged a private residential building, an outbuilding, and a tractor. Two people were injured.

Kharkiv Region

In the Slobozhansk direction, the enemy carried out mortar and artillery attacks on the settlements of Staritsa, Synelnykove, Ohirtseve, Hatyshche, Nesterne, and Budarky. 

In the Kupiansk direction, Kamianka, Kolodyazne, Fiholivka, Novomlynsk, Dvorichna, Zapadne, Masyutivka, Lyman Pershyi, Tabaivka, and Berestovka were subjected to enemy artillery and mortar attacks. A 52-year-old local resident was killed as a result of an S300 air defense missile attack on Tsirkuny in the Kharkiv district. Two more civilian men, aged 41 and 57, were injured and hospitalized. Two residential buildings were completely destroyed, 13 private houses and 14 farm buildings were damaged. As a result of shelling from the «Hrad» anti-aircraft missile system, the village of Teshenkivka, Kupiansk district, damaged two warehouses, two trucks, and three harvesters. No casualties. 

In the village Staritsa of the Chuhuiv district, as a result of the shelling, a forest fire broke out in the Zhovtnevyi Forestry of the Vovchansk Forest Farm. Coniferous litter burned on an area of two hectares. In Vovchansk, Chuhuiv district, the occupiers’ shelling damaged residential buildings, fences, and power lines.

Dnipropetrovsk Region

Yesterday, the aggressor hit Nikopol with heavy artillery. There were no casualties. Four private houses were damaged, one of which was destroyed, power lines were broken. 

That night, several explosions rang out in Kryvyi Rih. The enemy hit a private industrial enterprise. Immediately several buildings were occupied. A 64-year-old woman was injured. She was hospitalized in serious condition. An enemy attack caused a fire in the administration building. It has already been extinguished. A 45-year-old man received minor injuries.

Zaporizhzhia Region

The occupiers fired 80 times per day at 17 front-line settlements: 70 from artillery at Gulyaipole, Zaliznychne, Stepove, four from rocket salvo systems at Orikhiv, Kamianska, and Maly Shcherbaky, one strike from aviation at Novodanylivka. A 57-year-old man in Gulyaipole was injured in his home in during an enemy attack. During the day, another 25 civilian objects were damaged: the enemy is destroying residential quarters. Data on the consequences are being clarified.

Kherson Region

During the day, the enemy fired 57 rounds (287 shells), and two rounds of MLRS (11 rounds) were fired at Kherson from anti-aircraft guns. The Russian military targeted the districts of 18 settlements in the region, two healthcare institutions, and one cultural institution in the city of Kherson. In just one day, one person was injured due to Russian aggression. 51 people were evacuated from the de-occupied territory of the region.

Regional Military Administrations and their membership are sources of information about events in each region of Ukraine

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«Offensive brigades, well done. We are preparing, without details», – Zelensky’s address on May 18

WORLD: The EU calls on China to «put pressure on Russia to stop military aggression» – CNN

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Zelensky will personally attend the G7 summit in Japan – Bloomberg

Charles Michel confirmed that the F-16 for Ukraine will be discussed at the G7 summit

The White House will allow the delivery of F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine – CNN

«They teach to hate their relatives»: Zelensky in Saudi Arabia about the deportation of Ukrainian children

Zelensky said that Russia deported hundreds of thousands of people.

Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky is visiting Saudi Arabia today, May 19. He called for help to protect Ukrainians, including Ukrainian Muslims.

Channel 24 writes about it.

It is noted that Mustafa Dzhemilev, the leader of the Crimean Tatar people, arrived together with Zelensky. The head of Ukraine recalled that the Crimean Tatars were the first to suffer from the Russian occupation and Russian repression.

Also, according to Zelensky, Ukraine, together with the Arab states, can have a common view on rescuing Ukrainian people from Russian prisons.

«I am more than sure that none of you would agree to give a third of your country to the invaders. I am more than sure that none of you would watch without a fight how strangers steal the children of your people,» Zelensky said.

Zelensky said that Russia deported hundreds of thousands of people.

«They are separated from their relatives and our children are being taught to hate their relatives there, in Russia,» the president explained.

By Pavlo Vitenko, Ukrainian Freedom News

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