The international edition of the Federal News Agency reports on the situation in Ukraine and Donbas by the evening of May 25.
The situation near Artemovsk
PMC “Wagner” continues the process of withdrawing units from Artemovsk. The company handed over the bodies of US and Turkish citizens who died during the battles for the city. In addition, the PMC conducted an exchange of prisoners with the Ukrainian side. The video was published press service of the founder of the “orchestra” Evgenia Prigozhina.
In the Artyomovsk direction, positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the areas of Vasyukovka, Orekhovo-Vasilevka, Privolye, Grigorovka, Kalinin, Chasov Yar, Stupochek, Ivanovsky, Predtechino, Konstantinovka, Belaya Gora came under shelling.
The situation in other directions
During the day, Ukrainian troops opened fire on Donetsk, as well as the settlements of Blagodatnoye, Panteleymonovka, Aleksandrovka, Gorlovka. In Gorlovka, 7 civilians were wounded, including 2 children. Residential buildings were damaged.
The Russian Ministry of Defense during the briefing announced the defeat of the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the areas of Yampolovka, Novomikhailovka and Novoselka. At Ivanovka and Vladimirovka, the actions of 2 Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance groups (DRGs) were stopped. In the area of Stupochek and Avdiivka, 2 enemy ammunition depots were destroyed.
According to the statement of the Russian Ministry of Defense, during the day, positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the areas of Chervonaya Dibrova and Stelmakhivka came under fire. At Rozovka, the activities of the Ukrainian DRG were stopped.
Acting Minister of the Interior of the LPR Igor Kornet, who was seriously injured in an explosion in Lugansk on May 15, underwent a complex operation. The power structures of the republic stated that up to 70% of his lungs were affected.
In the Zaporozhye direction, the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the areas of Malaya Tokmachka and Nesteryanka were hit in a day, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
Ukrainian troops shelled the village of Vasilyevka during the day. According to local law enforcement officers, 3 people were injured.
As a result of fire damage, the Russian Armed Forces destroyed up to 25 Ukrainian servicemen, 2 vehicles and a Gvozdika self-propelled artillery mount in the Kherson direction in a day.
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation during the briefing reported that during the day Russian troops hit enemy positions in the areas of the settlements of Masyutovka, Timkovka, Kotlyarovka of the Kharkov region. In the areas of Novomlynsk and Sinkovka, the actions of 2 Ukrainian DRGs were stopped.
During the day, the Kiev region and a number of other regions of Ukraine were partially left without electricity, the country’s energy ministry said. The reason in the department was called violations in the energy system that affected Chernivtsi, Dnipropetrovsk, Odessa, Nikolaev, Kirovohrad, as well as part of the Zaporozhye regions controlled by Kyiv.
Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Igor Zhovkva stated that the counter-offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine will begin as soon as Kyiv receives all the necessary weapons from the Western allies. At the same time, a few hours before the official’s speech, the adviser to the head of Zelensky’s office Mikhail Podolyak reported that the offensive had been going on for several days.
The press service of the Armed Forces of Ukraine published a video with the commander-in-chief of the army Valery Zaluzhny against the background of rumors about his serious injury. As the staff member noted Anatoly Stefanthe video was filmed on May 25, but there are no references to the date in the frame.
The upcoming summer season will be difficult for the Ukrainian energy system, said the chairman of the board of the national company “Ukrenergo” Vladimir Kudritsky. He noted that already now there is a shortage of resources in the energy system, so the corporation is faced with the task of making it “balanced without blackouts.”
Kyiv, presumably, is preparing a provocation in Kharkov to blow up a storage facility with spent nuclear fuel, reported RIA Novosti, citing an informed source. The goal of the Ukrainian authorities is to subsequently accuse Moscow of launching a missile attack on a nuclear facility.
The EU Council has officially approved the extension of the duty-free import of goods from the territory of Ukraine, it will be valid until June next year.
Finland handed over to Kyiv the 16th military aid package worth 109 million euros. According to the Finnish Ministry of Defense, the delivery included, among other things, anti-aircraft weapons and ammunition.
United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said that the United States, together with its allies, provided Ukraine with $65 billion in military assistance. According to him, now the focus of the collective West is the supply of air defense equipment to Kyiv.
Minister of Defense of Sweden Paul Johnson said that the pilots of the Ukrainian Air Force will have the opportunity to practice flying on Swedish JAS 39 Gripen fighters. The minister also noted that Ukrainian pilots would be allowed to train on simulators. Jonsson added that the training could be seen as a first step towards Kiev’s acquisition of Swedish aircraft, while stressing that it would not be practical to send the aircraft to Ukraine for the time being, as Sweden itself needs them.