Lviv hit by a rocket; Russia denies Ukraine hit logistic ship

Provincial governor Maxim Kozitsky said that four Russian missiles completely destroyed the target. According to preliminary information, no one was injured in the attack.

According to the Ukrainian Air Force, several missiles were fired from the Black Sea into the Lviv region, two of which were successfully intercepted.

Moscow has not yet responded to the incident.

Russia’s Defense Ministry on May 14 dismissed Ukraine’s claim that it had damaged a modern Russian Navy logistics ship in the Black Sea.

Military authorities in the Odessa region said May 12 that Ukrainian naval forces attacked and damaged the ship Vsevolod Bobrov.

In an online post, the Russian Defense Ministry published photos allegedly taken on May 14 by the ship Vsevolod Bobrov in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol in Crimea.

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The ship Vsevolod Bobrov docked in the port of Sevastopol

“The photos clearly show that the ship was not damaged at all,” the post reads.

In a further development, according to The Guardian, Ukrainian officials said Russia was preparing to hold a referendum on annexing the country in the southern port city of Mariupol.

Petro Andryushchenko, an adviser to the Mariupol mayor, said some sources in the group of those who have not yet evacuated believe Russia is preparing a vote on the city’s future.

Much of Mariupol is already under Russian control, although around 1,000 Ukrainian soldiers are still holed up at the Azovstal Steel Works.

Russia did not comment on this information.

On May 15, the 81st day of the Russian military operation, British Defense Intelligence stated in a press release from the British Ministry of Defense that the activity of Russian forces in Donbass “has lost momentum and is significantly slowing down”. It said on Twitter: “Under the current conditions, Russia cannot accelerate its advance in the next 30 days.”

According to statements by the Ukrainian military and a May 14 assessment by the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), Russia appears to have completely withdrawn its forces from the city of Kharkiv, the second-largest city in eastern Ukraine, in advance of the Ukrainian counterattack. ISW believes that Ukraine won the Battle of Kharkiv and successfully prevented Russia from encircling or controlling the city of Kharkiv.

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Meanwhile, The Kyiv Independent today quoted a statement from the Ukrainian military as warning that despite casualties in some areas of Donbass, Russian forces continued to advance as they regrouped. The Ukrainian military claimed to have repelled 14 Russian attacks in Donbass on May 14, destroying 8 tanks, 5 artillery systems and 5 military vehicles.

Ukrainian President Zelenskyy said that the situation in Donbass is still very difficult and that Russian forces are still trying to win there.

There is currently no information on Russia’s reaction to the British military assessment, as well as the above statement by the Ukrainian military.

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In related information, the Russian news agency TASS on May 15 quoted the Russian ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov as saying that Moscow would not back down on its military operation in Ukraine.

The diplomat noted that the goals and tasks of the military special operation were clearly formulated. “All we want is no threat to the Russian Federation from Ukraine,” he said.

According to Ambassador Antonov, the US is being drawn deeper and deeper into the conflict, with unpredictable consequences.

In addition, he said the Russian embassy in Washington was under threats, including threats of physical violence, and the embassy’s operations were now restricted.

TASS quoted Ambassador Antonov as saying that Russian diplomats in Washington are being threatened with violence while US intelligence services are constantly trying to contact them in order to seduce them.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the State Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

In another development, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced on May 14 that he had just arrived in Berlin, Germany, where he would “unofficially meet with NATO foreign ministers to discuss the Alliance and take action against it to seize the Russian war translation to Ukraine.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted a photo with Mr Blinken, writing that the two had met and that “more arms and support were on their way to Ukraine”.