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"Yesterday, Russian border guards celebrated their professional holiday. The fighters of the Russian Volunteer Corps congratulated them by successfully crossing the 'holey' state border once again," one of the Russian militia groups fighting on Ukraine's side said on May 29.
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Russian troops hit the villages of Kozatske and Zolota Balka in Ukraine's southern Kherson Oblast on May 29, the regional administration reported. A 61-year-old man was killed in his house as a result of the Kozatske shelling, according to the report.
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Russia shelled two villages in the Kupiansk district of Kharkiv Oblast on May 29, injuring at least seven people, including the elderly, children, and a pregnant woman, Governor Oleh Syniehubov reported.
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Moldova’s President Maia Sandu warned against the dangers of Russian propaganda and disinformation in the country and proposed the creation of a new governmental body to counter this threat. The envisioned “Patriot Center” would coordinate and implement the state's strategy on combatting disinformation, Sandu said during a press conference on May 29.
10:41 AM
According to updated information by the General Staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces, Russia launched 40 cruise missiles and 38 attack drones in the overnight attack. Ukraine’s air defense successfully intercepted 30 Shahed kamikaze drones and 36 Kh-101/Kh-555 cruise missiles, the General Staff wrote.
9:32 AM
Ukraine launched an attack on Russian positions in Russian-occupied Berdiansk in the southeastern Zaporizhzhia Oblast, the exiled local authorities reported on May 29. At least five strikes were allegedly conducted on the evening of May 28, the authorities said, while local Telegram channels reported explosions near the airport.
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According to the report, Russia has also lost 3,801 tanks, 7,467 armored fighting vehicles, 6,207 vehicles and fuel tanks, 3,435 artillery systems, 575 multiple launch rocket systems, 331 air defense systems, 313 airplanes, 298 helicopters, 3,054 drones, and 18 boats.

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UK intelligence: Russia likely restarted intense missile strikes to degrade Ukraine's air defense

by The Kyiv Independent news desk May 21, 2023 3:59 PM 1 min read
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Russia has restarted its intense waves of long-range missile strikes deep inside Ukraine, targeting cities such as Kyiv, likely to degrade the Ukrainian air defense, the U.K. Defense Ministry said on May 21.

Since early May, Russian forces have once again ramped up their missile and drone attacks against Ukrainian cities far from the battlefield. Kyiv, which had enjoyed 51 days without air attacks till late April, was targeted for the 11th time this month on May 20. But the Ukrainian air defense, bolstered by Western air defense systems, has so far protected the city from significant damage.

In its May 21 intelligence bulletin, the U.K. Defense Ministry said that Russia is "innovating on earlier waves of deep strikes" by more frequently using surveillance drones, such as Russian-produced SuperCam UAVs, which are relatively cheap but have "sufficient range to fly over the cruise missiles’ targets."

"Russia has highly likely adopted this tactic in an attempt to obtain more timely battle damage assessment and improve its targeting cycle," the U.K. Defense Ministry said.

"The Russian military’s slow and inefficient targeting process has been a major weakness in its performance in Ukraine," it added. "However, slow surveillance UAVs are highly vulnerable to Ukrainian air defenses."

Meanwhile, Ukraine has shown an exceptional air defense capability in May, downing Kinzhal hypersonic missiles for the first time.

One of the two Patriot systems suffered minor damage during the May 16 attack, but the Pentagon said Ukraine has already been repaired and is "fully back online and operational" by May 18.

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