Situation Report 30 – April 2022 : Diplomat Magazine

On the grande strategic level,  Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has told Chinese state media that in peace talks with Ukraine, Russia has called for sanctions to be lifted.


In the interview, Lavrov Russia’s foreign urged the US and NATO to stop supplying Kyiv with arms if they are “really interested in resolving the Ukraine crisis.”


After all of Russia’s nuclear sabre rattling Russian official tells state media that Moscow believes the risks of nuclear war should be kept to a minimum amid conflict in Ukraine.


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has warned conditions in Kharkiv and Donbas are difficult and Ukraine is in “the fight for our lives.”


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that he was more committed than ever to reinforcing Ukraine.


French President Emmanuel Macron said that France would “intensify” its supply of military and humanitarian support following a conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart President Zelenskyy.


In terms of operations, The UK said Russia has been forced to merge and redeploy depleted and disparate units from failed advances in northeast Ukraine. Shortcomings in Russian tactical coordination remain. A lack of unit-level skills and inconsistent air support have left Russia unable to fully leverage its combat mass, despite localised improvements. The UK believes Russian forces in Ukraine are likely suffering from “weakened morale.”


The Russia military has said that they hit 17 Ukrainian military facilities with high-precision missiles, destroyed a command post, and a warehouse used to store rockets and artillery.

In an online post, the defence ministry also said air force attacks during the day killed more than 200 Ukrainian troops and destroyed 23 armoured vehicles. 


On the ground, Russian and Belarusian forces continue “demonstrative actions” to fix Ukrainian forces around Kyiv in place.


Russia is also continuing to build up troops in the northeast, intended to partially blockade the heavily hit city of Kharkiv. 


Kharkiv’s regional military administration says the city has been hit by multiple Russian attacks.


Ukrainian military had regained control over four settlements in the Kharkivska region.


Russian artillery continued to strike the eastern residential area of Saltivka.


Ukrainian forces pushed back a Russian attempt to advance near the villages Sulyhivka and Dovhenke.


Russian General Simonov Commander 2nd Guards Combined Arms Army was reportedly killed when Ukrainian forces struck and destroyed a Russian military command post near Izyum along with 100 Russian soldiers killed in the attack. 


Russian forces hit the village of Komyshuvas in Luhansk region’s Popasna district.


Fighting is still continuing in the towns of Popasna, Lysychansk and Hirske. 


There seems to be a concerted effort by Russian forces to surround two large urban areas the towns of Kramatorsk and Sloviansk in the Donetsk region. 


Ukraine forces blew up a strategic bridge overnight in Lyman, which would have been very important for Russia to move in heavy military equipment and troops closer to Sloviansk.


Russian shelling overnight hit the towns of Orikhovo, Rubizhne and Novodruzhesk in the eastern Luhansk region.


Ukraine’s military has said that Russian planes continued to launch attacks on the besieged city of Mariupol, focusing on the Azovstal steelworks where troops and civilians are sheltering. 


The Russian military is shelling the occupied settlements around Kherson. 


 Russian forces continue to try to advance toward the city of Mykolaiv with increased shelling and artillery attacks as a stepping stone to Odesa. 


Odesa Airport has been hit by several Russian missiles, putting the runway out of action.


Russia Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned Moldova is being dragged into NATO and said that this won’t help its security. Moldova is lightly defended and maybe targeted for invasion or hybrid warfare ending with merger of Transnistria and ultimately Russia. 



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