Ispan wrote:Todays special report, covers yesterday fighting and some of today, lots of videos and news in the links
War news 05/05/2022 - special report
5 May, 2022 Zhukov
Map of the fighting on the Izyum front
YESTERDAY, 04 May
Summary of hostilities on May 4, 2022 by Vladislav Ugolny
Northern Front direction Kharkov – the Ukrainians launched a counterattack and seized several settlements: Russkaya Lozovaya and Stary Saltov. The bridge in the latter has been blown up and the Armed Forces of Ukraine are not able to develop an offensive against Volchansk. The Russians continue to strengthen their positions in the area of Kazachya Lopan and Tsirkuny. In addition, the Forces of Ukraine are trying to force the passage of the Seversky Donets River between Balakliya and Izyum, in the area of the village of Protopopovka.
The northern flank of the arch (from Balakleya to Popasnaya) - at the Izyum bridgehead, the fighting continues along the entire front line, in particular through the villages of Velikaya Komyshevakha, Pashkovo, Dolgenkoye. In the area of the Oskol River, about a thousand soldiers of the National Guard are still surrounded, communication was established between Izyum and the group advancing to the east.
Comment: That is, a continuous front has finally formed south of the Oskol reservoir between the Russian army and the Lugansk militia. without looking at the map I don't know if they will already control roads so that there is lateral communication along the front, but at last efforts can be coordinated instead of being two separate offensives.
It still remains to clear the rearguard pocket and repulse enemy counterattacks against the western flank in Izyum, but the starting bases are already in place to advance towards Slayvansk
The front line is located on the Sosnovoe-Shandrigolovo-Drobyshevo-Krasny Liman line. Yampol has been liberated, fighting is underway for access to Seversky Donets. The Ukrainian grouping on the right bank, due to the blasting of the bridges crossing the river, does not have the possibility of an organized withdrawal. In Rubezhnoye, the cleaning of the southern industrial zone continues, there are reports of battles for the settlement of Voevodovka that is located between Rubizhnoye and Severodonetsk. In Bakhmutka, breakthrough in the Orekhovo region. (red arrow on the map)
About the Ukrainian counterattack (source Rybar)
Composition of the offensive grouping of the Forces of Ukraine near Izyum
For several days now, the Ukrainian command has been trying to force the Seversky Donets River and settle in this position for an offensive
today we have already written about the transfer of personnel and material to the area of the Protopopovka, Zavgorodnee and Petrovskoe settlements.
In addition, in Pervomaisky and Razdolie, additional units of the 14th Brigade and the 4th Brigade were deployed
In total, more than 2,500 men and 80 armored vehicles, as well as several dozen artillery pieces and rocket launchers, took part in the attack on Izyum.
(from Popasnaya to Marinka) – the assault on Popasnaya in the PRL continues. In the Avdeyevka area, the DPR militia is advancing on Troitskoye and Novoselovka to reach New York. In Maryinka, no changes.
The southern flank of the arch (from the Dnieper River to Maryinka) - the fighting continues along the entire front line. According to preliminary information, it was possible to expand the control zone west of Velikaya Novoselka to the village of Temirovka.
Mariupol Cauldron: Humanitarian corridors have been established from Azovstal, the last center of resistance of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the city, to free civilians held by Ukrainian militants.
Direction Kherson-Nikolaev – the front line does not change along the Black Sea line - Aleksandrovka - Snigirevka - Velikaya Aleksandrovka - Ivanovka - the Dnieper River.
During the afternoon until midnight, the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the outskirts of Nikolaev were "ironed out" with artillery and rocket launchers for several hours.
According to the Russian statement this morning, 600 Ukrainian dead have been collected or identified between shelling and fighting. It is a plausible figure, the average is between 200 and 500 depending on the day. By testimonies of the Izyum front in a couple of days they collected 500 dead after the last advance.
"No news on the Donbass front"
good article by Marina Kharkova,
Brief combat reports
(Excerpts from the comments to the videos)
Russian troops and the People's Militia of the Luhansk People's Republic advanced towards Lisichansk from the south, entering the village of Nizhne
Advance of our troops to the Lysychansk-Severodonetsk agglomeration from the south. The breakthrough with the simultaneous destruction of enemy positions and the clearing of new territories from their militants is also taking place along the Seversky Donets River.
The head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, reported that Russian troops and fighters of the People's Militia of the LPR entered the village of Nizhne (population 2,000), which is located about 14 km away (as the crow flies) from the outskirts of Lisichansk
In case of success in Nizhny, our troops will be able to move on a converging front towards Lisichansk. The right flank – along the Seversky Donets, the left - along the road from Zolotye.
At the same time, there are already opportunities for artillery fire on enemy positions located on the southern and southwestern outskirts of Lisichansk.
Progress towards the Lisichansk-Severodonetsk agglomeration is also being made from other directions: from Rubizhne (north direction), Novoaydar (east direction) and Yampol (west direction). Thus, it can be stated that the enemy group near Lisichansk is in a contracting ring with the only remaining way out so far - in the direction of Soledar (PRD).
At the same time, an advance is being carried out on Popasnaya, block by block, with the defeat of the enemy and the expulsion of the remnants of the units of the armed forces of Ukraine entrenched there to the western outskirts of the city, which is also an important crossing railway station.
In Popasnaya, the Russian Armed Forces and the People's Militia of the DPR are advancing daily, literally street by street. The enemy is being pushed further and further into the western part of the city. .. At the same time, assault detachments are systematically eliminating enemy forces, occupying more and more new positions in the city, to which militants and Ukrainian troops are trying to cling.
Russian troops and the People's Militia of the DPR continue to advance in the area of the city of Krasny Liman, in the north of the republic. After reaching the city the Russian troops tried to build a defensive line in the forest zone south of the settlement. We remind you that it is precisely in the southern direction from the estuary that the advance of our troops is directed - towards Slavyansk.
To destroy the enemy's troops and materiel, which he is trying to use as cover "the green zone" - a wooded area where the trees already have foliage, various equipment is used, including TOS-1A thermobaric rocket systems "Solntsepek".It is reported that the enemy's positions in the forest belt under Krasny Liman were destroyed with the help of these rockets.
Videos of the impacts
Earlier, reports were received about the destruction of an enemy group occupying positions in the village of Novoselovka, north-west of the same Liman. As a result of the attack on the positions, at least 24 soldiers were killed, and about the same number were wounded. About a dozen more Ukrainian soldiers tried to disperse, but, according to some reports, they were captured.
Progress towards Slaviansk is not rapid. But it allows, as they say, to grind the enemy's forces and gradually take positions in several directions at once, including from the Izyum side
Summary of Cassad 04 Mayo
To complete although they all repeat the same thing and there was no great progress
TODAY 05 May
Analysis of the situation on the Izyum front:
Two tank brigades of the Ukrainian Forces, the 3rd and the 4th, which the Ukrainian command has deployed in the direction of Izyum - Slavyansk, immediately attract attention. One is on the first line near the village of Kurulka, the other is in reserve between Artemovsk and Kramatorsk. An important feature is that these tank brigades are not regular and are formed in wartime as part of the reserve corps and are completed according to the residual principle. By state, this is about 180 additional tanks. However, the number of tank brigades in the armed forces of Ukraine has doubled since the beginning of the war.
At the same time, despite the significant number of tanks in the army, during the fighting, the Ukrainian army has never deployed in battle tank units at the battalion level or higher, but prefer to use them in platoons (i.e. in groups of 4 tanks), most often to organize mobile fire ambushes, which provides a fairly high survival rate for such a vulnerable target as a tank.
In the Rubezhnoye triangle, Severodonetsk, Lisichansk, the 110th territorial defense brigade, which was formed in the Zaporozhye region, is defending itself... the Kiev regime has sent territorial militias to the front throughout the country, clearing them in the most problematic places. At the same time, in the same direction, the more combat-ready 79th Air Assault Brigade has retreated to the rear, which probably carries out mobile defense by incursion actions, while the teroborona (territorial defense, the Ukrainian Volksturm) maintains the front line.
At least two battalions and two companies of "Right Sector" nationalists are fighting in the Donbas, half of them in the Izyum sector, where soldiers of the 93rd mechanized brigade who complained about their command were recently captured. This fact once again confirms that radicals can play the role of "barrier detachments" in the battle formations of regular army units.
Russian artillery pulverizes the Ukrainian army
You can read directly the text translated into Spanish, with maps and format, in this link of the forum
The battle for Popasnaya: Russian troops approach the industrial zone to the west of the city
The situation in Kharkov at 12:00 on May 5, 2022 (Rybar)
Against the background of fierce clashes in the Izyum direction, the vicinity of Kharkov is a secondary sector of the front with a relatively lower intensity of fighting.
The DPR and LPR reservist units, as well as the Rosgvardiya (military police), withdrew from the operation. Russkaya Lozovaya and neighboring villages. A half-empty village, Stary Saltov, was occupied by the Kraken special forces of the Azov National Regiment.
Members of the Nazi battalion "Aidar" do not allow local residents to leave the village. They use people as "human shields" to protect themselves from Russian artillery attacks.
In Vesely a supply column of the Russian army was hit.
The Ukrainian command is trying to make the most of the low concentration of allied forces in the area near Kharkov and is trying to retake the liberated villages.
203mm guns in action
Various fighting videos