#UKRAINERUSSIAWAR. In Germany they suggest a Patriot deployment from NATO areas. Russians advance towards Lyptsi, Kharkov. Zelensky says no to Olympic peace.

In Germany, it has been proposed to use Patriot from NATO territory to protect Ukraine, as reported by the Spiegel newspaper; “If air defense is deployed on the borders of Poland, Hungary and Slovakia, NATO countries will not have to send their troops to the territory of Ukraine,” said SPD MP Jo Weingarten.

Volodymyr Zelensky announced this weekend: “We are against any truce that plays into the hands of the enemy regarding the Olympic truce.” The Ukrainian president said: “The offensive in the Kharkov region could be the first wave of attacks by the Russian forces. The situation in the region is under control, but not stabilized.” And again he said: “The Russian forces want to attack Kharkov, but they understand that it is difficult. The Russians do not yet have the strength for a large-scale attack on Kiev. There is a critical shortage of air defense (25% of the need). And Ukraine needs 120 to 130 modern F-16 fighter jets.”

Again from Ukraine, but from the social sphere we learn that: “A summons will be sent via email to Ukrainians abroad. Source: Reserve+ application, screenshots of which can be found online.”

We also learned via social media that the first recruitment center for Special Operations Forces (SSO) has been opened in Kiev. At the MTR Recruitment Center you can get advice on preparation, services and working conditions in the MTR, help in choosing a military specialty and full legal support for registration upon enlistment.

Reports continue to emerge from the Russian social sphere about American RQ-4B Global Hawk UAVs hovering over the Black Sea and monitoring Crimea.

And now a look at the front line, updated at 2pm on May 20.

Towards Kharkov, the Ukrainians have deployed significant reserves to defend the settlement area. In Lyptsi and Vovčans’k they launch counterattacks. In Lyptsi, the Russian troops advanced to a depth of between 200 and 400 meters, towards Vovčans’k, from 150 to 600 meters. On May 18, Buhruvatka was occupied, Russian forces attacked towards the settlement of Prylipka.

There is fighting on the eastern edge of Khasiv Yar, Russian forces are advancing and south of the Sivers’kyi Donets’-Donbas Channel microdistrict, Russian forces are expanding the zone of control.

In the direction of Donetsk, Russian troops fight in Paraskoviivka (west of Novomykhailivka) and Krasnohorivka. According to the pro-Russian social sphere, most of Netalove is occupied by Russian troops.

West of Avdiivka, Russian forces are advancing in Umans’ke, the bulk of which comes from Ukrainians who withdrew from the area, and in Yasnobrodivka.

On the Vremivka ridge, battles for Urozhaine and Staromaiors’ke take place, the Ukrainians counterattack, there are no significant changes on the front line.

The Zaporozhzhia Front is characterized by the actions of Russian infantry groups in Robotyne under Ukrainian artillery and drone fire. Media information about the advance of Russian forces towards Huljajpole was not confirmed on the spot.

Ukrainian attacks on Russian forces continue towards Kherson. In Radensk, a civilian was killed by a Ukrainian drone that hit a car.

In the Belgorod region, civilians are dying and injured as a result of attacks by the Ukrainian armed forces. Shebekino was hit by the MLRS of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, eleven people were injured, including three children. In Rzhevka, Shebekinsky district, two more civilians were injured as a result of the shelling. In Belgorod, a drone flew into the window of an apartment building and debris fell on an 11-year-old girl playing in the backyard playground.

In the Kursk region, Gordeyevka of Korenevsky district, Sudzha checkpoint, Guevo village and Oleshnya farm of Sudzhansky district, village named Kalinin of Glushkovsky district and Goptarovka village of Belovsky district were bombed. In Gorodishche, Rylsky district, two Ukrainian drones damaged a car. Explosives from helicopters were dropped in Guevo and Sverdlikovo, in the village of Kurilovka in Sudzhansky district, in the village of Gordeevka in Korenevsky district and in the village of Tyotkino in Glushkovsky district. Electronic warfare suppressed UAF helicopters near the village of Neonilovka, to the villages of Elizavetovka and Khodyakovka in the Glushkovsky district, to the villages of Gornal and Guevo, to the village of Kurilovka in the Sudzhansky district, to the Sudzha checkpoint, to the villages of Gordeyevka in Korenevsky District and Kozino in Rylsky District.

In the DPR, a man died as a result of Ukrainian attacks and a woman was injured in the village of Aleksandrivka, Petrovs’kyi district of Donetsk. 13 attacks were recorded, the Ukrainian Armed Forces fired 29 rounds of artillery of 155 mm caliber, including cluster UAVs, attack UAVs and kamikaze UAVs. Donetsk, Horlivka and the Volnovakha district are under fire from the Ukrainian armed forces.

Graziella Giangiulio

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