War in Ukraine / May 23

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The war in the center of Europe has been going on for three months

Exactly three months ago, on February 24, Russia started the war in Ukraine. In Russia itself, this is called a “special military operation” and at the state level, all actions of the country are not officially called war. However, according to the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Russia has already lost nearly 30,000 soldiers killed, about 80,000 wounded, and broken equipment by more than $10 billion. British intelligence claims that in three months of war, Russia has suffered greater losses than in 10 years of war in Afghanistan. There was no victorious war in three days.

At the same time, Ukraine’s losses are much greater. No matter how positive the reports of the top authorities may seem, the situation in Ukraine is quite difficult in all directions.

  • To begin with: Russia has occupied about 1/5 of the entire territory of Ukraine, which is almost three times more than the situation as of February 23: under Russian control – 125,000 km². The territories of Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Kharkiv regions are temporarily occupied, excluding Donetsk and Luhansk regions and Crimea.
  • According to various estimates, more than 13 million people left their homes, and up to 6 million went abroad. This is the largest wave of migrants in Europe in decades.
  • According to the UN, during the war among civilians killed 3,930 adults and 257 children, about the same number were injured. But even the UN itself admits that it cannot count the number of civilians killed in areas where active hostilities are taking place, such as in Mariupol. According to the mayor of Mariupol, more than 20,000 were killed, according to representatives of the Azov regiment – more than 25,000.
  • Ukraine’s economy has faced a real shock: the blockade of ports, declining exports, shutting down businesses. By the end of the year, Ukraine’s GDP may decline by 45%, and total losses are already estimated at more than $1 trillion. Infrastructure losses – $97 billion.

The war in Ukraine has affected the whole world: Western experts are constantly talking about the food crisis that awaits countries in Africa and the Middle East. Due to the stopping of exports, the price of wheat has doubled since the beginning of the year. Ukraine is one of the five largest exporters of this crop and feeds 400 million people annually.

The most difficult thing is to accept the fact that no one has any idea when and under what circumstances the war could end. Earlier it was speculated that after the huge losses of the army, Putin would agree to peace, but today it is clear that he does not plan to stop the war. The Ukrainian side also announced the suspension of talks. The situation is further complicated by the fact that Russia will simply not leave the already occupied territories: they are actively building fortifications against possible counterattacks right now. At the same time, Ukraine is ready to at least talk about returning to the borders on February 23, more than 80% of the population does not support the idea of ​​surrendering some territories. The Ministry of Defense points out that a counter-offensive will be impossible without additional weapons.

Six countries have already recognized the actions of the Russian army in Ukraine as genocide of the Ukrainian people. In the heart of Europe in the XXI century.

Latest war investigations of the Molfar team:

  1. Drama Theater in Mariupol
  2. Bombing of the children’s hospital and maternity hospital in Mariupol
  3. Strike in the center of Donetsk by rocket missile Tochka-U

Airstrike, missile and MRL damage

Kharkiv region:

  • There was shelling of Lebiazhe village in Chuhuiv district. As a result of shelling there was a fire of 4 houses, 2 outbuildings, a shop and a cafe.
  • There was shelling of one of the Kharkiv districts, Pavlove Pole. 1 person received a concussion. Windows were smashed in the kiosk, cars, houses. Cluster munitions were used during the shelling.
  • 8 residential houses were damaged.
  • Due to shelling, a fire broke out in two private houses. In Bezruky, the monument to those who died during the Second World War was damaged.
  • The missile hit the railway station in the city. Two missiles destroyed and damaged 30 houses and the power grid.
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Kirovograd region:

Sumy region:

  • Russian troops shelled the city of Bilopillya from strategic aviation and self-propelled guns from the territory of the Russian Federation. ~11 private houses of civilians were destroyed or significantly damaged. The blast wave and shrapnel damaged the adjoining buildings and fences of private sectors. 
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Zaporizhzhya region:

  • Temrivka, Malynivka, Novodanylivka, Bilohirya, Ольгівське, Charivne, Chervone, Zaliznychne, Shcherbaky, Vilne pole, Preobrazhenka were shelled by Russian troops. In Enerhodar, an employee was shot at a nuclear power plant, and the man was taken to the hospital.
  • Two houses, a car, a gas pipe and a household building were damaged as a result of Orichiv and Preobrazhenka shelling. One house was destroyed as a result of a direct hit. Power lines were damaged, as a result of which 2891 consumers were left without electricity – part of the Orichiv city and the entire village of Preobrazhenka. A gas pipeline between Orichiv and Preobrazhenka was also damaged, leaving 848 consumers in Preobrazhenka without gas.
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Luhansk region:

  • The main gas pipeline with a diameter of 1200 mm was damaged due to shelling. As a result of the shelling of Severodonetsk, 6 houses were damaged, there were casualties. Another 6 houses were damaged in Lysychansk, 4 houses – in Zolote, 3 houses – in Novodruzhesk.
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Mykolaiv region:

  • The Russian army shelled Nikolaev and the settlements of Bereznehuvate and Shyroke communities. Residential buildings, summer cottages, vehicles, and outbuildings were damaged.

15 civilians were injured.

Donetsk region:

  • There was an airstrike on the old part of the city. As of morning on May 23, it is known about 3 wounded people (1, 2).
  • Russian troops shelled the city (1, 2).
  • Russian troops shelled the city in the morning, one house was damaged (1, 2). According to the head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration, 1 person was injured (1, 2). At ~16:30, according to media reports, the Russian army launched a missile on the city using a heavy multiple rocket launcher (1, 2). The number of victims is to be specified.
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Dnipropetrovsk region:

  • Russian troops shelled the village twice, the missile hit in the field between the villages, the houses were not damaged. Gas pipeline was damaged and a cat was killed by an explosion in Mala Kostromka. Cluster munitions were used during the shelling.
  • There was one missile air strike on the railway infrastructure. The railway track and power grid were destroyed. 7 residential buildings, an outbuilding and a car were damaged. Presumably, the air strike was in Petropavlivka area.
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Chernihiv region:

  • During field work in the village of Kyinka, a tractor exploded as a result of a collision with an anti-tank mine. The special equipment was destroyed, the 59-year-old tractor driver died from injuries in an ambulance. Near the epicenter of the explosion, one TM-62M mine was found and defused.
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Zhytomyr region:

  • City Korosten was attacked with cruise missiles. An industrial facility was damaged. Debris from a downed missile damaged 3 houses, another missile hit the train station.
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