May 20, 2022 | Daily briefing


First Deputy Chief of the President’s Administration of Russia Sergei Kirienko said that Russia was not at war with Ukraine, but with the “united West using Ukrainians as a proxy.”


Deputy Commander of the Azov Regiment Svyatoslav Palamar said that the regiment’s commandement and himself were staying on the territory of the Azovstal plant as of May 19.


The Associated Press published a video of the Ukrainian paramedic “Tyra” (Yulia Payevska), shot in Mariupol before she was captured. The video shows footage from Tyra’s body camera, taken in early March.


The occupiers continue to forcibly integrate Ukrainian children into Russia. To do this, the invaders enforce “russian standards” in Ukrainian educational institutions in the temporarily occupied territories. About 3,500 teachers from these institutions are already undergoing retraining in order to prepare for work in the temporarily occupied territories. The act of coercion and interference in the educational process is a direct violation of the rights guaranteed by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Geneva Convention.


In the Kherson region, the enemy continues to provocatively fire on the settlements occupied by them. Deploying weapons in imitation of the direction of fire from the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Russian fascists also use air defense equipment, shoot down their own missiles and put it as if the shelling of civilians were performed by the Ukraine’s Armed Forces. “In Zaporizhia oblast, the occupiers are starting to forge and disguise

themselves into Ukrainian military uniform to prepare further provocations against the civilian population.


The city of Rubizhne in the Luhansk region shared the same fate as Mariupol. The industrial city has been completely destroyed, there are no undamaged buildings left, and many houses cannot be restored. In the yards there are cemeteries.


Occupiers destroyed 19 more residences in Donetsk Region, dead and wounded – National Police.

Thirty-four civilian objects on the territory of the region have been damaged. Thirteen settlements came under fire, including: Soledar, Bakhmut, Avdeevka, Liman, Marinka, New York and others.

The Rashists used aviation, tanks, heavy artillery and Grad multiple rocket launchers against civilians.


Today Dmytro Kazatsky on callsign “Orest”, a soldier of the Azov regiment, posted freely available photos of his defenders of Mariupol with an appeal to the world media and those not indifferent to distribute them.

“So that’s it. Thanks for the shelter, Azovstal is the place of my death and my life. By the way, while I am in captivity, I will leave you a photo of the best quality, and send it to all journalistic awards and photo contests, if I win anything, it will be a pleasure after I get out. Thank you all for your support. See you soon.”


Russian troops have shelled the border areas of Chernihiv and Sumy regions with 120mm mortars over the past 24 hours – Ukraine’s State Border Service.


In the morning, the occupiers fired artillery at a school in Severodonetsk, where more than 200 people, including children, were sheltering. Three adults were killed on the spot.


The Russian Federation hit Malyn in Zhytomyr Region with missiles: nearly 100 buildings and infrastructure have been damaged. No civilian casualties, but three people were injured.


Ukraine has received the third and final tranche of €600m of macrofinancial assistance from the EU from the €1.2bn emergency macrofinancial assistance package.


The occupants have blocked all roads from the temporarily occupied Kherson Region to Ukrainian-controlled territory, operational command Yug has reported.


The Ukrainian Defence Ministry warns that the Russians have prepared to launch 16 Kalibr cruise missiles from the Black Sea. Also, the Russian Black Sea Fleet grouping continues to isolate civilian shipping and Ukrainian ports.


According to the Office of the President, sappers have completely demined the main roads of the Kyiv region. Electricity supply has been restored to 100% of the Kyiv region. The work lasted 45 days instead of the expected 60.


The Russian Federation launched a missile strike on the town of Lozovaya in the Kharkiv region. A house of culture was destroyed. Seven casualties, including an 11-year-old child. Fire extinguishing and debris removal continue.


Russian occupants have deployed 130 units of military equipment in the vicinity of Chornobaivka near Kherson – the report of the General Staff of the AFU.


Prosecutors general of five countries, namely the UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand have said they support Ukraine in investigating Russia’s war crimes – Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine.

“We are ready to cooperate with the attorney general and his office to ensure justice for every perpetrator,” the statement said.


Almost all of Azovstal was evacuated, Zelensky said in an interview on the occasion of the third anniversary of his inauguration.

The President noted that civilians, medics, and the seriously wounded were evacuated. It is planned to complete the evacuation of the remaining ones soon[.