In the Donetsk region, Russian occupation forces tried to block the main route to Bakhmut, and The New York Times published new evidence of atrocities committed by the Russian military during the occupation of Bucha in Kyiv region. Here is what you may have missed from the previous night.
Zaluzhny spoke with NATO commanders
Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valeriy Zaluzhny took part in a meeting of the NATO Military Committee at the level of Commanders-in-Chief. He said that the Ukrainian defenders managed to strip the enemy of the strategic initiative, inflict critical losses and force to abandon the key objective during the first phase of the war — to capture the city of Kyiv.
Maneuvers in the Donetsk region
In the Donetsk region, Russian occupation forces tried to cut off the main route to Bakhmut, but the Armed Forces of Ukraine repulsed the enemy and liberated the settlement from which it was moving.
Shelling continues on the front line in the Donetsk region, in particular near Avdiivka, Ocheretivska community, Marinka, Krasnohorivka, and Toretsk. The city of Bakhmut was hit by six missiles, bombs and air strikes.
More atrocities in Bucha
The New York Times published new evidence of atrocities committed by the Russian military during the occupation of Bucha in the Kyiv region. The newly emerged video shows how the occupiers executed at least eight Ukrainians on March 4.
In one video, the Russian military leads nine Ukrainian prisoners. An investigation by The Times found that only 43-year-old builder Ivan Skyba survived — he was hit in the side and pretended to be dead, and when the occupiers left, he fled.
New evidence — including three videos obtained by The New York Times — shows how Russian paratroopers rounded up and executed at least eight Ukrainian men in Bucha on March 4, a likely war crime. https://t.co/EnA2q943Ds pic.twitter.com/BRMDeGo0u6— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 19, 2022
Zelensky is the most influential person of 2022
The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky took the first place in the ranking of the most influential people in 2022 according to the readers of Time magazine. Entrepreneur Elon Musk came second, while British PM Boris Johnson was third.
Losses of the enemy
In the south of Ukraine, units of the Armed Forces destroyed 40 occupiers during the day on May 19, another enemy ammunition depot, two Russian tanks, a howitzer, two Grad systems, TOR and other equipment.
And in the Donbas, the Ukrainian military from the Joint Forces repulsed 14 enemy attacks in one day, destroyed eight tanks, 14 units of armored combat and six vehicles, as well as shooting down an Orlan-10 drone.
The occupiers opened a "children's center" in the dilapidated building of a kindergarten in Mariupol. They plan to teach children the propaganda "Alphabet of Donbas", where there are poems with such lines as "Donbas — Russian land" and "Russia — our fatherland".
Also, the Russian occupiers continue to forcibly integrate Ukrainian children into Russia: for this purpose, about 3,500 teachers are being retrained to teach according to "Russian standards".