My optimism in hoping Russia’s forces might ease off their provocation attacks was wishful thinking. With Volodymyr Zelensky having won Ukraine’s presidential elections, I thought the Kremlin may have ordered a period of calm, but alas no. Presumably, Russia wants to keep the lead flying in a hope it puts pressure on Ukraine during any future peace negotiations. Zelensky, who takes up his official presidential role in late May or early June, has indicated his willingness to talk with Putin about the conflict.
Ukrainian Ministry of Defence website for the details seen below.
Monday 22nd: The very next day after the election and things quickly got back to the normal. Along the 457km front line, Russia’s forces opened up seven times, killing 1 Ukrainian soldier dead and wounding 1.
Tuesday 23rd: Yesterday saw another Ukrainian soldier killed and another wounded. Slight increase in fighting, with Russia’s forces reported as launching 9 firing attacks, two using heavy weapons.
Currently the Donetsk Oblast (province) is on the receiving end of most of the firing. As we’ve seen before, this could well change, with Russia’s forces routinely changing their attacks from Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts.
In case anyone is wondering, yes, Ukraine does fire back.