Ukraine Army raid in Donbas sees success as troops advance
On May 2, the Armed Forces of Ukraine conducted a successful mission near the village of Novozvanivka, having advanced 1 km forward and gained favorable positions.
"Three battalion servicemen were wounded in hostilities. They received emergency medical treatment and were evacuated to a military hospital," Commander of the Donbas-Ukraine Battalion's unit Viacheslav Vlasenko wrote on Facebook.
According to intelligence reports, on May 2, nine occupiers were wounded as Ukrainian forces returned fire amid shelling by Russian-backed troops.
In total, Russia's hybrid military forces on May 2 mounted 15 attacks on Ukrainian army positions in Donbas.
Russian occupation forces opened fire from 120mm and 82mm mortars, weapons installed on infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers of various types, heavy machine guns, and small arms. Under attack came Ukrainian positions near the towns of Avdiyivka and Maryinka, as well as near the villages of Novotroyitske, Hnutove, Lebedynske, Shyrokyne, Pishchevyk, Pavlopil, Novoluhanske, and Luhanske.
"Russia's armed formations are again returning to the tactics of using nomadic batteries. Yesterday, while conducting training on duty mortar calculations, the enemy fired 82mm mortars at our positions near Novoluhanske and 120mm mortars near Avdiyivka, hiding behind the civilians of the villages of Dolomitne, Yakovlivka and Mineralne," the press center of Ukraine's Joint Forces Operation said in an update published on Facebook.
The Ukrainian military did not return fire.
"From midnight on Friday, Russia-led forces attacked Ukrainian positions near the villages of Novotroyitske, Berezove, and Pishchevyk, using 120mm and 82mm mortars, automatic grenade launchers, heavy machine guns, and small arms. There were no casualties among the Ukrainian military [on Friday]," the report said.