DAY 442

Victory Chronicles
-DAY 442

May 11,2023


Above: From May 9, the Polish official state name for the enclave formerly known as Kaliningrad will be Królewiec.  The region has been named Old Prussian Twangste before 1255, Polish Krolewiec (1454-1657), German Königsberg (1657-1945), Russo-soviet Kaliningrad (1945-2023). The Kremlin angrily threatened to get more angry.  (Photo: Notes from Poland)

Above: A new global poll by Gallup found that majorities in 81 countries out of 137 surveyed disapprove of Russian leadership. 

Above: Economic Pravda says that the Ukrainian labor market is moving in the right direction.  The job seeking website Work.UA reports that new vacancies are 80% of the annual 2021 average, while job seeking resumes are only 10% above the 2021 average. 

Above: UK Ministry of Defence

  • US  Attorney General Merrick Garland authorized the first transfer of seized Russian oligarch assets to aid Ukraine. Millions of dollars in seized assets from Russian oligarch Konstantin Malofeyev will be the first transferred to Kyiv. The US has a task force, dubbed KleptoCapture, that specifically targets Russian oligarchs who sought to evade the deluge of US sanctions imposed against Russian entities.
  • Chinese exports to Russia in April reached a record level, jumping by 153% compared to the previous year – to 9.6 billion dollars, which indicates the increasingly close economic relations between Beijing and Moscow.
  • General Zaluzhny did not attend the NATO Military Committee meeting in Brussels on Wednesday due to more pressing obligations. The meeting brought together the heads of national defense from member countries including Finland for the first time.  This year Sweden was invited to participate in anticipation of its membership as soon as Turkiye provides approval.

General Staff’s Daily Video Digest with English subtitles


Above: Oryx

Ukrainian General Staff of the Armed Forces estimated enemy losses since February 24, 2022 (with daily additions)

  • Liquidated personnel, 196,920 (+610)
  • Tanks, 3,740 (+4)
  • Armored personnel vehicles, 7,287 (+12)
  • Artillery systems/MLRS, 3,053/557 (+14/2)
  • Anti-aircraft systems, 310 (+2)
  • Aircraft/helicopters, 308/294 (0)
  • Unmanned aerial vehicles, 2,627 (+3)
  • Cruise missiles, 970 (0)
  • Warships/boats, 18 (0)
  • Vehicles and fuel tanks, 5,984 (+10)
  • Special equipment, 391 (+2)


Above: Destroyed sewing workshop in Orikhiv, Zaporizhzhia. On Tuesday, the invaders destroyed several residential neighborhoods in the town 60 km southeast of Zaporizhzhia City. (Aljazeera)

Glory to Ukraine!
The 442nd day of the Russian large-scale invasion has begun.

  • During the day of May 10, the adversary launched 1x S-300 missile strike at the civilian infrastructure of Kostyantynivka (Donetsk oblast). In addition, the invaders launched 45x air strikes and 53x MLRS attacks at the positions of Ukrainian troops and various settlements in Kherson oblast. The attacks caused civilian casualties, damage and destruction of private housing and other civilian infrastructure.
  • The likelihood of further missile and air strikes across Ukraine remains high, as the enemy continues to use terror tactics.
  • The adversary continues to focus its main efforts on Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka, and Mar’inka axes, with 39x enemy attacks repelle The fiercest fighting is for the cities of Bakhmut and Mar’inka.
  • Sivershchyna and Slobozhanshchyna axes: the enemy fired mortars and artillery at the settlements of Bleshnya, Leonivka, Krasny Khutir (Chernihiv oblast), Bachivs’k, Khodyne, Boyaro-Lezhachi, Volfyne, Bilovody, Popivka, Pavlivka, Basivka (Sumy oblast), Veterynarne, Zelene, Hatyshche, Zybyne, and Budarky (Kharkiv oblast).
  • Kup’yans’k axis: The occupant forces launched air strikes at the vicinities of settlements of Masyutivka, Pershotravneve, and Terny. The invaders fired artillery and mortars at Mykolaivka, Krasne Pershe, Fyholivka, Novomlyns’k, Dvorichna, Masyutivka, Lyman Pershyi, Kyslivka (Kharkiv oblast), and Stel’makhivka (Luhansk oblast).
  • Lyman axis: The invaders launched air strikes at the vicinities of settlements of Bilohorivka, Verkhn’okam’yans’ke, and Spirne. Makiivka, Bilohorivka, Vesele (Luhansk oblast), Yampolivka, Spirne, and Berestove (Donetsk oblast) were shelled with artillery.
  • Bakhmut axis: the adversary carried out air strikes at the vicinities of Tors’ke, Bakhmut, Klishchiivka, Kurdyumivka, and Bila Hora. Orikhovo-Vasylivka, Bohdanivka, Bakhmut, Ivanivske, Chasiv Yar, Stupochky, Zalizne, and New York (Donetsk oblast) suffered from enemy shelling.
  • Avdiivka axis: the adversary launched air strikes at the vicinities of Novokalynove and Avdiivka. He fired at the settlements of Berdychi, Avdiivka, Pervomais’ke, and Nevel’s’ke (Donetsk oblast).
  • Mar’inka axis: the settlements of Heorhiivka and Pobjeda (Donetsk oblast) were shelled by the enemy.
  • Shakhtars’ke axis: Enemy forces launched air strikes near Prechystivka and Novosilka. The invaders shelled the settlements of Novomykhailivka, Vuhledar, Prechystivka, and Novoukrainka.
  • Zaporizhzhia and Kherson axes: The occupant forces launched air strikes at the vicinities of Hulyaipole, Mala Tokmachka, Stepnohirs’k, Kizomys and Stanislav. The invaders shelled the settlements of Vremivka, Novopil’ (Donetsk oblast), Malynivka, Hulyaipole, Mykil’s’ke, Mala Tokmachka, Orikhiv, Kam’yans’ke (Zaporizhzhia oblast), Marhanets’, Nikopol’ (Dnipropetrovsk oblast), Dudchany, Beryslav, Vesele, Antonivka, Dniprovs’ke, Berehove, Bilozerka, Kizomys, Shyroka Balka, Stanislav (Kherson oblast), and the city of Kherson.

Support the Armed Forces! United we will win! Glory to Ukraine!


Above: Rocket-propelled grenade action near Kreminna, Luhansk. (Aljazeera)

  • Russian forces conducted ground attacks near Kupyansk on May 10. Russian forces in the Kupyansk direction attempted to improve their tactical positions and conducted unsuccessful offensive operations near Masyukivka (13km northeast of Kupyansk) and Stelmakhivka (33km southeast of Kupyansk). Russian forces struck Kupyansk itself with Iskander short-range ballistic missiles.
  • Russian forces conducted ground attacks near Kreminna on May 10. Russian forces conducted unsuccessful offensive operations near the Serebrianske forest area and Bilohorivka, both about 10km south of Kreminna.
  • Russian forces are using S-300 surface-to-air missiles to strike Ukrainian-controlled territory in Luhansk Russian forces are less active along the entire Kupyansk-Svatove-Kreminna line and only three combat clashes occurred in this area over the past day.


Above: Combat operations with a howitzer near Bakhmut. (New York Times)

  • Ukrainian forces conducted successful limited counterattacks around Bakhmut on May 9. Geolocated footage published on May 9 and 10 indicates that Ukrainian forces likely conducted successful limited counterattacks north of Khromove (immediately west of Bakhmut) and northwest of Bila Hora (14km southwest of Bakhmut) and made marginal advances in these areas. Ukrainian forces destroyed the 6th and 8th companies of the 72nd Motorized Rifle Brigade of the 3rd Army Corps near Bakhmut and advanced 2.6km along a 3km frontline in the area.
  • There were 28 combat clashes in the Bakhmut Russian and Wagner Group forces continued offensive operations in and around Bakhmut on May 10, despite Wagner financier’s previous threat that Wagner would withdraw from the area at midnight.  Russian forces conducted unsuccessful offensive actions within Bakhmut and in the direction of Ivanivske (6km west of Bakhmut) and Stupochky (13km southwest of Bakhmut).
  • Russian forces continued limited offensive operations along the Avdiivka-Donetsk front on May 10. Geolocated footage on May 10 likely confirmed previous claims that Russian forces captured Kamianka (5km northeast of Avdiivka) as early as March 20. Russian forces conducted unsuccessful offensive operations near Avdiivka and Novomykhailivka (36km southwest of Avdiivka).


Above: Loading Ukrainian grain at a port in Izmail, Odesa, on the Danube Delta. Russia continues to make trouble for the Black Sea Grain Initiative, continually halting the process to demand removal of sanctions. (New York Times)

  • Russian forces conducted airstrikes on Ukrainian positions in Kherson and Zaporizhzhia oblasts on May 10. Russian forces conducted airstrikes along the frontline in Zaporizhia Oblast and struck Hulyaipole, Mala Tokmachka, Orikhiv, and Stepnohirsk, as well as Kizomys and Stanislav, southwest of Kherson City.
  • Over the past three days, the russian occupiers have “evacuated” about 300x civilians, including children, from the temporarily occupied territories of Zaporizhzhia oblast to Berdyansk.

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