May 8,2024

Victory Chronicles-DAY 805

Russians attack power facilities in six Ukrainian Oblasts overnight

In an attack overnight, Russians targeted energy facilities in six Oblasts of Ukraine. The Oblasts affected were Poltava, Kirovohrad, Zaporizhzhia, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, and Vinnytsia. The Ministry of Energy of Ukraine is still assessing the damage caused by the attack, and power engineers are working to restore the facilities. 

In response to the attack, the Ministry of Energy is urging the public to conserve electricity, particularly during the morning and evening hours. The statement emphasizes that saving electricity is a contribution that each citizen can make towards the country’s victory. 


Symbolic number of the Day


Russian forces launched a combined strike on Ukraine, using 55 missiles and 21 attack drones. The attack took place on the night of May 7-8 and targeted various locations. The Ukrainian air defense successfully destroyed 59 Russian air targets. The missiles used in the attack included a Kinzhal aeroballistic missile, Iskander-M ballistic missiles, Kalibr cruise missiles, X-101/X-555 cruise missiles from strategic bombers, Iskander-K cruise missile, and X-59/X-69 guided missiles. The attack drones used were Shahed-131/136 strike UAVs. The air defense forces of Ukraine were able to destroy a significant number of the cruise missiles launched by the Russians. This attack is part of the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, with Ukraine defending against Russian aggression.


War in Pictures


On the night of May 8, Russian occupiers attacked Zaporizhzhia, causing damage to critical and civilian infrastructure. According to Ivan Fedorov, the head of Zaporizhzhia Oblast Military Administration, there were no casualties reported. The State Emergency Service of Ukraine (SES) provided further details of the attack, stating that the occupiers also targeted a garage cooperative, a city park, and the city’s electric transport. Additionally, one of Zaporizhzhia’s fire stations suffered damage to its office space and facade, but no injuries were reported. The SES mobilized 32 rescuers and 7 equipment units to respond to the aftermath of the shelling. As of now, the work to eliminate the consequences of the attack has been completed.


Video of the Day

Today, as a result of Russian shelling, fragments of enemy missiles destroyed and damaged 13 private buildings and injured two people. Rescuers have posted a video of themselves eliminating the consequences of an enemy missile attack in Kyiv Oblast.


ISW report


Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) reported on May 7 that it exposed a network of Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) operatives who were planning to assassinate Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and other high-ranking Ukrainian intelligence and military officials. 

The SBU stated that the exposed agents included two colonels of Ukraine’s Office of State Security (State Guard) who were operating as part of the FSB’s Fifth Service.

The FSB’s Fifth Service originates from the Soviet Committee for State Security (KGB)’s Fifth Service, which conducted counterintelligence and espionage operations in non-Russian Soviet states and now essentially functions as a foreign espionage branch of the FSB. The SBU noted that the FSB recruited the agents out of Ukraine’s State Guard before the 2022 full-scale invasion. Both agents are facing life imprisonment on charges of treason.


War heroes

Mariupol defender Yuriy Lytvynenko, with the call sign Younger, died on May 8, 2022, as a result of an enemy air strike on the Azovstal plant, where Ukrainian defenders were stationed. On April 21, the fighter turned 22 years old.

Yuriy Serhiyovych was born and lived in Malyn, Zhytomyr Oblast. He graduated from Lyceum No. 1 and then studied at Malyn Vocational College. He was interested in football and photography. 

In 2018, he joined the contract service of the Azov Special Forces Detachment of the National Guard of Ukraine. Since 2019, he has been performing combat missions in the Joint Forces Operation. During the full-scale war, he was a senior machine gunner of the reconnaissance section of the Special Forces reconnaissance platoon of the first operational battalion. From the first days of the full-scale invasion, he and his comrades-in-arms took part in the defense of the city of Mariupol and the Azovstal Iron and Steel Works.

“Yura was always kind and sincere, always helping everyone. In Mariupol, together with his comrades-in-arms, he helped low-income families with many children. He was creative and kind, smart and courageous,” said his mother Iryna.

Posthumously, senior fighter Lytvynenko was awarded the Order “For Courage” III degree and the honorary citizen of the Malyn city territorial community. Yuriy is survived by his parents and younger sister.

*Yuriy’s story on the Heroes Memorial – a platform for stories about the fallen defenders of Ukraine.


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