1. The Russian authorities will study the option of exchanging the detained Ukrainian politician Viktor Medvedchuk for captured Ukrainian soldiers who left the Azovstal plant in Mariupol. This statement was made in Donetsk by the leader of the LDPR faction in the State Duma, Leonid Slutsky. “We will study the issue of the possibility of exchanging Medvedchuk for “Azov”. We are not the Liberal Democratic Party, but those people in Moscow who have such powers, ”Slutsky said at a press conference, answering a question from an Interfax journalist. The politician did not specify whether he was talking about the fighters of the Azov regiment or about everyone who left the Azovstal. (Source: Meduza).
1. Airborne assault company commander Adam Khamkhoev, who is the nephew of Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, Deputy Defense Minister of the Russian Federation, died in battle in Ukraine on the night of May 21. Khamkhoev was a “worthy guy”, and Yevkurov “helped him, built a career.” On May 22, the body of the deceased is going to be brought to Ingush Karabulak. Adam Khamkhoev is a graduate of the Ryazan Higher Airborne Command School. He did military service in a unit in Ulyanovsk. Yunus-Bek Yevkurov has been Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation since July 2019. Prior to that, he headed Ingushetia for 12 years. In December 2021, Yevkurov was promoted to the rank of Colonel General. (Source: Meduza).
2. The British Ministry of Defense, in its daily review of the situation in Ukraine, announced the deployment of Terminator tank support combat vehicles to the combat zone. BMPT “Terminator” sent to the Severodonetsk direction of the offensive in the Donbass. Such equipment is in service with only one of the tank regiments of the Central Military District, the British Ministry of Defense notes, adding that at the beginning of the invasion, the group of troops of the Central Military District suffered heavy losses when trying to break through to Kyiv. The Russian army has no more than 10 Terminator BMPTs in total, “they are unlikely to have a significant impact on the campaign,” the British Ministry of Defense notes. “Together with tank platoons, BMPTs are involved in the fire destruction of Ukrainian positions, armored vehicles, and crews of anti-tank missile systems,” the media said. BMPT “Terminator” was first adopted by the Russian army in 2018. There is no information in open sources that a decision was made on the mass production of the Terminators. The BMPT has two 30mm cannons, four Ataka-type 9M120-1 guided missile launchers with a laser guidance system, two grenade launchers and an upgraded 7.62mm Kalashnikov tank machine gun. (Source: Meduza).
3. The soldiers of the Azov Regiment, who held the defense in Mariupol for several weeks, were airlifted by helicopters, said its founder Andriy Biletsky, who took part in the operation. There were more than five attempts to transfer help to the Azov fighters by helicopters, and all of them, except for the last two, were crowned with success. “They flew, clearly understanding that the probability of dying is simply huge. But they flew because they understood that our people were dying there, ”he stressed. Helicopters delivered reinforcements, weapons, medicines, and also took away the wounded and the bodies of the dead. In particular, 72 Azov fighters were transported to the besieged Mariupol in this way. Five medics from the Dnieper left for the last flight to Mariupol. such operations are unparalleled in history. “In no Black Hawk Down, did the Americans ever allow themselves to enter more than a hundred kilometers into a deeply echeloned air defense system while patrolling enemy fighters in the air. There have never been such operations in the history of mankind,” he said. (Source: Meduza).
Economy, Social life, and Culture
1. Local partisans staged an explosion in the house where the “head of the military administration” of the occupiers, collaborator Andrei Shevchik, lives. It was on Sunday morning, May 22, in the temporarily captured Energodar, Zaporizhia region. The explosion thundered in a house on Kurchatov Street. Andrey Shevchik, 48, lives there. He was a deputy from the Opposition Platform for Life but then went over to the side of the occupiers and created a “people’s council”. During the explosion, Shevchik and his guards were injured. They were hospitalized with injuries of varying severity. they were waiting for the collaborator and hit accurately. In the Kherson region, the Russians kidnapped 35 out of 49 leaders of the region’s territorial communities. (Source: UNIAN).
2. The Verkhovna Rada extended martial law until August 23. Represented by the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council – Danilov. For – 320 votes. Also the people’s deputies approved by 315 votes the presidential decree on continuation of the general mobilization till August 23. (Source: Telegram).
1. In the village of Igra in Udmurtia, on the night of May 22, a Molotov cocktail was thrown into the building of the military enlistment office. The reserve room caught fire. The area of the fire was about nine square meters. in the room where the fire broke out, there were only personal belongings of the employees of the military registration and enlistment office, documents were not stored there. Udmurt politician Ivan Eliseev has published photographs that he says show the building of the military enlistment office after the fire. Since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, there have been at least 13 attempts to set fire to military registration and enlistment offices in different regions of Russia, including in Voronezh, Nizhnevartovsk, Ivanovo, Moscow, Ryazan and Sverdlovsk regions. (Source: Telegram).