8 May: Night shelling, heavy fighting in Bakhmut

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Situation summary of the war in Ukraine by region for Monday, May 8, 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

Kyiv Region

the air alert lasted for almost four hours at night. The region was attacked by drones, and air defense forces were deployed. The facts of hits are not recorded.

According to preliminary data, dry grass caught fire in several communities of the region as a result of falling debris. The fires have been extinguished. A car was also damaged. Power lines were damaged in one of the communities. There are no casualties among the civilian population in the region.

In Kyiv, as a result of falling debris, houses and objects of social infrastructure were damaged in several districts. There are victims. Clarification of information is ongoing.

Luhansk Region

The Russians carried out 97 shellings during the day, firing a total of 415 shells. Areas south of Bilohorivka, namely near Spirny, were attacked by the enemy.

The invaders once again struck Novoselivske, Stelmakhivka, Makiivka, Nevske, and Bilohorivka with artillery and mortar strikes.

Donetsk Region

The Russian army shelled the Donetsk region 24 times during the day. 14 populated villages came under enemy fire: Druzhkivka, Komar, Chasiv Yar, Semenivka, Nelipivka, Kurakhove, Shcherbynivka, Velyka Novosilka, Petrivka, Katerynivka, Zoryane, Avdiivka, New York and Kramatorsk.

For attacks on the region, the enemy used the Geran-2 drone, artillery, Hrad rocket systems, a tank, and rockets (type not established). In total, two civilians were wounded in the region during the day.

16 residential buildings, including three multi-apartment buildings, as well as a market, five garages, a workshop of the Novokramatorskyi Machine-Building Plant, and a furniture workshop were damaged by Russian shelling during the day.

Chernihiv Region

Russian troops shelled the Chernihiv region 14 times a day. Novhorod-Siverskyi and Chernihiv districts were under enemy fire. Mortar and artillery attacks, rocket launches from helicopters, guided air bomb strikes from airplanes were recorded.

As a result of enemy attacks, one of the settlements of Chernihiv district was left without electricity due to damage. A hangar was damaged by a guided air bomb in the Novhorod-Siverskyi district. It passed without casualties.

Sumy Region

the Russians shelled the border four times at night, causing a total of 23 explosions. Settlements of Seredyno-Buda, Znob-Novhorod, and Nova Sloboda communities were subjected to enemy shelling.

In the Seredyno-Buda community, the Russian troops fired with barrel artillery – 20 explosions rang out. The village of Stara Huta was hit. Two households, a school building, and a tractor were damaged by enemy fire.

The invaders attacked the Znob-Novgorod community from aviation. As a result of the airstrike, three civilians were injured, and non-residential premises were destroyed.

Last day, during the day, the Russian army attacked the border of the Sumy region 16 times, causing 106 explosions. Settlements of Krasnopillia, Velyka Pysarivka, Znob-Novhorod, Esman, Seredino-Buda, Nova Sloboda, Bilopillia and Yunakiv communities suffered from enemy shelling.

Kharkiv Region

In the Slobozhansk direction, the invaders fired mortars and artillery at Udy, Vovchansk, Pletenivka, Bochkove, Mala Vovcha, Nesterne, Budarky, and Stroivka.

In the Kupiansk direction, the enemy carried out airstrikes on the areas of Hryanikyvka and Vilshanaya. Krasne Pershe, Fiholivka, Novomlynsk, Zapadne, Lyman Pershyi, and Berestov were subjected to artillery and mortar fire from the Russians.

Yesterday morning, the Russian army struck Balakliia, Izyum district, in particular, the territory of military unit 1352, an arsenal, a car park, and a military town. According to preliminary data, the invaders were hit by an S-300 missile. Six people were injured.

A 52-year-old paramedic of the emergency medical team, who was working on the spot, was injured during the second missile attack (previously S-300) on Balakliia. The victim did not require hospitalization.

At least three private houses and a car were damaged by enemy shelling in the village of Vovchanski Khutory, Chuhuiv district. Near the village of Buhaivka, Chuhuiv district, cluster charges for multiple rocket launcher systems were detonated yesterday. The victim, a 67-year-old woman, was hospitalized in a moderate condition.

Dnipropetrovsk Region

Yesterday Russian troops shelled Nikopol with heavy artillery, injuring a civilian, and damaging a gas station, a transport company, a power line, a car, and a truck. The night in the city passed without shelling.

Zaporizhzhia Region

The Zaporizhzhia region suffered almost a hundred strikes from the Russian troops during the day: 89 – from artillery, seven – from rocket salvo systems, two – from aviation, and one – from a drone. 21 settlements were affected by enemy fire, including Gulyaipole, Novodanylivka, Tavriiske and Novoyakovlivka. Another destruction was recorded.

In Komyshuvakha, a family was injured as a result of Russian shelling. The injured are a woman born in 1952 and a man born in 1982. A man born in 1957 was injured in Stepove.

Kherson Region

Russian troops shelled the Kherson region 42 times during the day, firing a total of 282 shells. In particular, the invaders attacked Kherson seven times, firing 19 shells into the city.

Areas of 21 settlements of the region were affected by enemy fire, including Kherson, Mykhailivka, Zolota Balka, Havrylivka, Antonivka, Kozatske, and Vesele. Dniprovske, Molodizhne and Inzhenerne.

Russian aviation continues to destroy Kizomys of the Bilozerka community – five hits by guided aerial bombs were recorded in the village. An enemy strike damaged a gas pipeline and about seven residential buildings, three of which were completely destroyed. There were no casualties.

The invaders struck with artillery near the village of Yantarne, as a result of which a 62-year-old woman was wounded.

A 54-year-old tractor driver ran into an anti-tank mine left by the Russians during tillage in a field near the village of Olhyne of the Vysokopillia community. The victim was hospitalized.

In total, two civilians were wounded by Russian shelling in the region during the day. Seven citizens were evacuated from the liberated territories of the region.

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The Russians are actively preparing for possible offensive actions of the Ukrainian army.

Ukraine can launch a counteroffensive in several directions at once.

The Washington Post predicted possible scenarios of the offensive of the Armed Forces.

The publication writes that one of the key goals for Ukraine is the destruction of the land bridge between Crimea and Russia. For this, it is necessary to «cut» Russian troops and logistical routes in the Zaporizhzhia region.

«In addition, Ukraine can focus on the south and make efforts to liberate Melitopol. The liberation of the Zaporizhzhia NPP and the Kakhovka HPP remains an important task,» the report says.

Another version of the analysts is the attack on Crimea. Liberation of the peninsula, according to the authors, is possible with naval operations and, perhaps, even landing on the beach.

At the same time, the Russians are actively preparing for possible offensive actions of the Ukrainian army. This is evidenced by numerous satellite images, where dug trenches and trenches in Crimea are visible.

Others indicate that Ukraine may launch attacks from Bakhmut, where fierce fighting is currently ongoing. Attacks from Kupyansk, Kharkiv region, are also possible. This will free the territories of Luhansk region. Another option would be an attack on the Russian positions through Vugledar in the direction of occupied Mariupol.

By Pavlo Vitenko, Ukrainian Freedom News

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