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Russo-Ukrainian Conflict Update*

Reporting from Warsaw: Russia Escalates Attacks on Ukraine’s Infrastructure as Conflict Intensifies

ComplexDiscovery Staff in Warsaw, Poland

In the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Russian forces launched a large-scale drone and missile attack on Ukrainian energy infrastructure and civilian areas late on May 31st and into the early hours of June 1st. According to Lieutenant General Mykola Oleshchuk, the Ukrainian Air Force Commander, the assault involved 47 Shahed-136/131 drones and 53 missiles, including 35 Kh-101/555 cruise missiles launched from aircraft over the Caspian Sea, four Iskander-M ballistic missiles and an Iskander-K cruise missile fired from occupied Crimea, 10 Kalibr cruise missiles launched from the northeastern Black Sea, and three Kh-59/69 cruise missiles deployed by aircraft over Russian-controlled parts of Zaporizhia Oblast.

Ukrainian air defenses managed to intercept and destroy a substantial number of the incoming weapons, including 46 Shahed drones, 30 Kh-101/555 cruise missiles, the Iskander-K cruise missile, and four Kalibr cruise missiles. However, several critical energy facilities and civilian areas still suffered significant damage. The Ukrainian Energy Minister, Herman Halushchenko, reported that Russian missiles struck energy infrastructure in Zaporizhia, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Kirovohrad, and Ivano-Frankivsk oblasts.

According to Ukrhydroenergo, Ukraine’s state-owned hydroelectric power plant (HPP) regulator, two unspecified HPPs sustained critical equipment damage. DTEK, Ukraine’s largest private energy operator, also reported serious damage to two thermal power plants (TPP). Russian military bloggers claimed that the targeted facilities included the Kremenchuk HPP in Kirovohrad Oblast, the Dnipro HPP in Zaporizhia Oblast, the Burshtyn TPP in Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast, and the Ladyzhyn TPP in Vinnytsia Oblast. Additionally, Ukrainian officials reported damage to civilian areas, critical infrastructure, and energy facilities in Kharkiv, Lviv, Vinnytsia, Odesa, Kherson oblasts, and Zaporizhzhia City.

The escalating Russian attacks on Ukraine’s energy grid and populated areas are part of an ongoing campaign to weaken Ukraine’s military and economic capacity. Despite the success of Ukrainian air defenses in intercepting many of the incoming weapons, Russia appears determined to continue these bombardments. Military analysts suggest that the Kremlin is also seeking to overextend Ukrainian forces by threatening new potential fronts in the north, near the borders of Bryansk and Kursk oblasts inside Russia, which could force Ukraine to reallocate troops from active combat zones in the east.

Ambiguity surrounding US authorizations for Ukraine to strike targets on Russian soil using American-provided weapons is further complicating the situation. The lack of clear guidance from Washington has left Ukrainian leaders frustrated about the limits of their forces’ “counter-fire” capabilities. Experts argue that the US is failing to seize an opportunity to more effectively deter Russian aggression and preparations for offensive action along the border.

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Western allies are sending conflicting signals regarding the future use of advanced weapons systems, such as F-16 fighter jets, once Ukrainian pilots complete their training later this year. Belgium has stipulated that their planes must only be used over Ukrainian territory, while the Netherlands maintains that they are not imposing such restrictions, provided that Ukraine adheres to international law and the UN charter’s inherent right to self-defense against armed attack.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has acknowledged that some Ukrainian reserve brigades remain understrength, citing delays and shortfalls in arms deliveries from the US as a major factor hindering efforts to properly equip, expand, and rotate frontline units to maintain an effective defense. Kyiv asserts that Russian forces are attempting to exploit these weaknesses by applying pressure on Ukrainian lines in multiple directions, forcing them to spread their resources thin.

The timely arrival of the latest shipments of heavy weaponry and ammunition from the US and NATO, expected within the next one to two months, could be crucial to Ukraine’s ability to withstand the Russian onslaught. These reinforcements are needed to strengthen reserve formations and create new units capable of countering Russia’s current advantages in artillery, armor, and manpower.

As a frontline NATO member state and strong supporter of Ukraine, Poland continues to support military and humanitarian efforts for the protracted and increasingly intense conflict. The Polish government has called for strengthening the alliance’s eastern defenses while serving as a critical conduit for supplies and equipment flowing into Ukraine. Simultaneously, Polish citizens and aid organizations are working to accommodate the millions of refugees who have crossed the border since the beginning of Russia’s invasion.

With no clear end to the war in sight, Ukrainians remain resolute in the face of Russia’s ongoing assault. However, as the conflict becomes increasingly brutal and the path to victory remains uncertain for either side, it is difficult to predict how long this bloody stalemate may persist. ComplexDiscovery OÜ staff will continue to closely monitor developments on the battlefield and in the diplomatic arena, providing timely updates on this still-unfolding crisis at the heart of Europe.

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