More Ukrainian successes in the south, another shelling of Mykolayiv Oblast: last night's highlights
30 May, 2022
A woman leaves a flag in honor of those killed in the war with Russia, Kyiv, May 29, 2022 Photo: AP Photo / Natacha Pisarenko

The Ukrainian military is carrying out a counterattack in the south of Ukraine, and the occupiers once again fired at a city in the Mykolayiv Oblast. Here is what you may have missed from the previous night.

Successes of the Armed Forces in the south

Operational Command "South" reported that units of the Armed Forces in the south continue the offensive and try to restrain the occupiers and prevent the redeployment of their reserves. On May 29, the Ukrainian military eliminated 67 occupiers, their equipment, an unmanned reconnaissance command post, as well as a command post of one of the units.

The American Institute for the Study of War claims that a successful counterattack by the Ukrainian army in the Kherson Oblast could disrupt the Russians' plans, making them draw additional forces from other areas. A counterattack could also slow down the consolidation of the occupiers in the south.

Shelling in Mykolayiv Oblast

In the evening on May 29, occupation troops fired at the city of Novyi Buh in Mykolayiv Oblast. The city council says that the shelling caused the central part of the city to be severely damaged.

Rally in Warsaw

In Warsaw, on May 29, Ukrainians held a march of gratitude to the Polish people for their help in resisting Russian aggression and accepting refugees. They also organized a concert there as part of the international charity telethon Save Ukraine. Ukrainian stars performed on the stage and Ukrainian Ambassador Andriy Deshchytsia delivered a speech.

He even said from the stage that the Polish people deserve the Nobel Peace Prize. And during the Book Fair in Warsaw, Ukrainians organized a Thanksgiving event, during which they distributed 10,000 gingerbreads.

Lavrov comments on Putin's illness

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has denied reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin has serious health problems. The Russian foreign minister said that Putin appears in public every day, so everyone can see what he looks like.

"You can watch him on the screens, read and listen to his speeches. I do not think that sane people can see in this person signs of any illness or disease. I leave it to the conscience of those who spread such rumors in spite of everyday opportunities to see what people look like," Lavrov stated.

The situation with the supply of weapons

Ukraine has already concluded almost all arms supply agreements, but their implementation will take some time, said Deputy Defense Minister of Ukraine Hanna Malyar. She stressed that the process of arms supply is long, and the transit of weapons through the territory of other countries usually requires a permit at the highest level.

Fighting in the Donbas

The Joint Forces reported that during the week, they repulsed 76 enemy attacks and destroyed dozens of occupiers' equipment in the Donbas. Ukrainian fighters destroyed 22 tanks, 17 artillery systems and 67 units of armored combat vehicles.

EU and anti-Russian sanctions

The European Union was unable to agree on an embargo on Russian oil on May 29, a day before the planned EU summit to discuss the war in Ukraine, energy and food security, according to Reuters. European diplomats will try to make progress in supplying oil products through pipelines to Central Europe ahead of the summit on May 30-31.

However, a senior EU diplomat told the agency that there were "still too much detail to sort out" to hope for an agreement before the Brussels meeting.