6 May: Prigozhin’s statements about Bakhmut, explosions in Crimea

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Situation summary of the war in Ukraine by region for Thursday, May 4, 2023.
Illustrated Photo/ Photo: Zelensky’s Official Facebook Channel

Illustrated Photo/ Photo: Zelensky’s Official Facebook Channel

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By Pavlo Vitenko

Summary by regions

Luhansk Region

The invaders carried out 106 shellings (fired 467 shells) during the day.

The Russians opened fire from artillery and mortars on Stelmakhivka, Makiivka, Nevske, and Bilohorivka.

Donetsk Region

Russian troops shelled 17 settlements, including Kramatorsk, Kostyantynivka, Kurakhove, Avdiivka, Sloviansk, Bakhmut, New York, Velyka Novosilka, Karlivka, Novopokrovske, Predtechyne, Novoukrainka, Shcherbynivka, Bohoyavlenka, Katerynivka, Druzhkivka.

22 residential buildings (including four multi-apartment buildings), three shops, a farm building, a home for the elderly, an administrative building and workshops were damaged.

Four people died and three were injured in the region during the day.

Sumy Region

5 shellings were recorded at night and in the morning, and 15 explosions were heard. Settlements of Esman, Hlukhiv, Seredyno-Buda, Bilopillia, and Myropillia communities were under fire.

From the territory of the Russian Federation, the enemy hit Hlukhiv with two guided aerial bombs from the Su-35 aircraft. Two private houses were completely destroyed and 34 were damaged, as well as educational institution No. 5 and power lines. According to preliminary data, five people were injured, including a 12-year-old child.

In addition, yesterday, during the day, the Russians carried out 9 shellings of the border communities of the Sumy region. About 33 explosions were recorded. Settlements of Znob-Novhorod, Esman, Shalyhyne, Nova Sloboda, Yunakiv, and Velyka Pysarivka communities were shelled.

Kharkiv Region

In the Slobozhansk direction, the Russian army carried out mortar and artillery shelling of Chervona Zorya, Udy, Veterynarne, Hranova, Kozachoa Lopan, Hoptivka, Hlyboke, Lukyantsi, Neskuchne, and Staritsa.

In the Kupiansk direction, Bolohivka, Krasne Pershe, Fiholivka, Novomlynsk, Dvorichna, Lyman Pershyi, Pishchane, and Stelmakhivka were shelled.

As a result of shelling from artillery and mortars, at least seven residential buildings were damaged in Vovchansk, Chuhuiv district. No casualties.

Dnipropetrovsk Region

At night, the Russians directed drones to the Dnipropetrovsk region. All four Shahed drones were neutralized by troops from the Eastern Air Command. Debris fell in the Synelnykove district: 5 private houses and a power line were damaged. No casualties.

The enemy attacked the Nikopol district from drones, hit from heavy artillery and «Hrad». The communities of Marhanets and Chervonohryhorivka and Nikopol came under attack. A private house and an outbuilding were damaged.

Zaporizhzhia Region

Over yesterday, the Russian army fired 104 times at 16 populated areas of the Zaporizhzhia region (one missile attack, two air strikes, two UAV attacks, three attacks from anti-aircraft missiles, and 96 artillery shells).

Front-line Hulyaipole, Zaliznychne, Stepnohirsk, and Kamianske were under enemy fire. The enemy hit residential buildings, administrative buildings, and utility networks.

In Yehorivka, a woman born in 1985 was injured during the shelling.

Four people were injured during the day.

Kherson Region

The Russians carried out 71 shellings (fired 411 shells) during the day, in particular, Kherson was shelled 11 times (49 shells). In total, the Russian military targeted the areas of 30 settlements.

The invaders attacked the villages of Vesele and Kozatske of the Nova Kakhovka community. In Vesele, the church building was destroyed and residential buildings were damaged. One person was injured.

In total, about 20 residential buildings were damaged in populated areas due to the strikes of the Russian aircraft.

A 30-year-old tractor driver was injured when a Russian mine blew up in the village of Maksym Horkyi, Beryslav district.

Another 155 people were evacuated from the territory of the region liberated from the Russians.

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

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«They simulated a specific action in the Kremlin» – Podolyak about the explosions in the Kremlin

The entire entourage of the Russian dictator Vladimir Putin is in a state of affect.

Russia carried out a drone attack on the Kremlin to try to «legalize» the strikes on the center of Kyiv and the attempts to kill Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Mykhailo Podoliak, adviser to the head of the President’s Office, UNIAN writes.

«They simulated a specific action in the Kremlin in order to have, as they think, the legal right to strike, with one or another missile weapon, in the center of Kyiv in order to eliminate a person whose will they cannot cope with in any other way.» – he emphasized.

According to the Russians, an attack on the government quarter of Kyiv or physical destruction of a person who «willfully decides to keep this war in the right scenario will allow them to avoid catastrophic consequences in the war.»

«They filmed this production video themselves. After that they decided: «Let’s quickly strike back this very night with something at the decision-making centers in Kyiv. In this way, we will show that the taboos have finally been lifted,» Podoliak noted.

He also noted that Russia reacted quite indifferently to the attack on the Kremlin. If it had not really been carried out by the Russian special services, according to Podoliak, Putin would have reshuffled those responsible for the security of Moscow.

By Pavlo Vitenko, Ukrainian Freedom News

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