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 Update for Russian military operations in Ukraine for May 17, 2022: Brian Berletic

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1. Russia continues to make slow and steady progress in Donbas, the primary area of Russia’s focus;

2. Additional Russian salients and encirclements take shape within the much largers Izyum, Lyman, Severodonetsk, Papasnya cauldron area;

3. Ukrainian “offensive” northeast of Kharkov appears to have been a costly photo-op and little more;

4. Ukrainian militants hiding in the Azovstal industrial complex begin to surrender dealing a mostly political blow to Ukraine;

5. Ukrainian militants had long since been out of the fight (since mid to late-April);

6. Pentagon claims most M777 howitzers are already on the front in Kharkov and Donbas;

7. US M777s have yet to make any discernible difference on the battlefield;

8. Pentagon admits Russia still has the majority of its combat power prepared against Ukraine available to it;

References: US Department of Defense – Senior Defense Official Holds a Background Briefing May 16, 2022:…

Guardian – Hundreds of Ukrainian troops evacuated from Azovstal steelworks after 82-day assault:…

BBC – Mariupol: Hundreds of besieged Ukrainian soldiers evacuated:…

BBC – Ukraine underplays role of far right in conflict (2014):…

Financial Times – ‘Don’t confuse patriotism and Nazism’: Ukraine’s Azov forces face scrutiny:…

Institute for the Study of War – RUSSIAN OFFENSIVE CAMPAIGN ASSESSMENT, MAY 16:…

Ukrainian General Staff (Facebook) – Operational Update for May 17, 2022:…



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