As of May 22, a total of 6,552,971 people had fled Ukraine.
The largest number – more than 3.5 million – went to Poland.
UNHCR estimates that more than 961,000 people have crossed the border into Romania and more than 919,000 have been rescued in Russia. According to UNHCR, about 644,000 Ukrainians arrived in Hungary, more than 471,000 in Moldova, about 442,000 in Slovakia and more than 27,000 in Ukraine.
At the same time, 2,048,500 Ukrainians have returned to their countries since February 28.
Earlier on February 24, when Russian troops launched an invasion of a neighboring country on the orders of President Vladimir Putin, 37 million people lived in areas controlled by the Ukrainian government.
Rubles and hryvnia will be used for the settlements of Kherson that occupy Russia
From now on, a two-currency zone will be introduced in the occupied Kherson region, where the ruble and the hryvnia will be in circulation at the same time, the head of the military administration’s military occupation, Vladimir Saldo, said.
He noted that after the issuance of the relevant decree, all traders in the Kherson region have the right to set price tags in hryvnia and rubles, but later this requirement will be mandatory.
The exchange rate is set at two rubles per hryvnia, the head of the administration of the occupiers said on the site “Telegram”. This is comparable to the exchange rate set by Russian Central Bank for both currencies.
Balance also announced that the first branch of a Russian bank will soon be opened in Kherson, where applications to open an account will be accepted.
For ten years, from 2002 to 2012, Saldo was mayor of Kherson. He was then a member of the Ukrainian Parliament of the Party of Regions and has supported the occupation of the Kherson Oblast since the beginning of the Russian war.
Sergei Aksenov, the previously annexed Crimea leader, said that both Kherson and Zaporozhye regions “will be in the same country as Crimea.” Russia’s deputy prime minister, Marat Hushunulin, has expressed confidence that Kherson will “take its rightful place in the Russian family.”
Offensive Russian occupation forces are focused on Severodonetsk
General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine announced that the Russian occupation army will focus its forces on Severodonetsk and will try to occupy the entire Luhansk region.
Ukraine’s armed forces say Russia has stepped up its attacks. It aims to destroy critical infrastructure on the battlefields.
Ukraine reportedly repulsed 11 attacks by Russian troops in the last 24 hours.
The current situation on the front
- Towards Severodonetsk, Russian forces fired on Ukrainian positions along the length of contact with dragmin and machine guns, concentrating the major forces towards Severodonetsk and Lysichansk. Russia attacked the settlements of Oskolonivka, Purdivka, Shchedrishcheve and Smolyanov. The attack on the Ukrainians has taken place, Russian forces have suffered losses and retreated to previous positions.
- Towards Bahmut, with artillery support, Russian forces tried to improve their tactical situation in the Tripila, Lipove and Vasilivka districts, where combat operations continued. Invaders in the direction of Avdijivka suffered damage in the vicinity of Krasnohorivka, reports the Ukrainian army. Towards Novipavlivské and Zaporizhia, the enemy tried to establish itself at the occupied borders, firing on units of the Ukrainian Defense Forces and civilian infrastructure.
- According to a report by the British Ministry of Defense, in the three months since the Russian invasion, Russia could have suffered about the same loss of life as the Soviet Union in the nine-year war in Afghanistan (USSR lost 15,000 troops). Britain predicts that Russia’s losses will continue to rise and will become increasingly difficult to hide from the public, which could increase “the public’s dissatisfaction with the war and its willingness to speak out”.
- The loss of life of Russian troops in Ukraine reached about 29,200 soldiers by Monday morning, according to estimates by the General Staff of the Ukrainian Army. Since the beginning of the invasion on February 24, Russian forces have lost 1,293 tanks, 3,166 armored personnel carriers, 604 guns, 201 multi-barrel aircraft launchers, 93 anti-aircraft guns, 204 aircraft, 170 helicopters, 476 unmanned vehicles, 110 car without equipment. autopilot and 2206 vehicles. and 43 specialized vehicles. Russia still calls the war a “special operation” and does not publish regular reports of casualties.
- Russian cruiser “Admiral Makarov” from the port of Sevastopol helped strengthen a group of seven large Russian landings and two other warships in the Black Sea. Admiral Makarov is one of the newest ships in the Russian Black Sea Fleet.
- Russia has exported the Iskander-M missile operation complex to the Belgorod region, and Russia is expanding its facilities and repairs.
Photo: Bomb shelter in Severodonetsk