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Translated by:Himalaya Washington DC-boylatin1L

1. In Kyiv and northeastern Ukraine, Russian missiles hit the old Jewish cemetery in Glukhov in the Sumy oblast and shelled the Shostka district.

2. In Kharkiv, the Russian army may be gathering in Belgorod, preparing to send reinforcements to the area around Kharkiv to prevent the Ukrainian counter-offensive in this area from reaching the border. Belgorod has assembled the Russian First Tank Army headquarters, ready to deploy near the fence rather than reinforce other battlefields in eastern Ukraine. On May 8, the Ukrainian counter-offensive did not make any confirmed progress.

3. In the southern Kharkiv, Donetsk, and Luhansk regions, on May 8, the Russian army did not attack from any direction in Izyum. Instead, the Ukrainian General Staff stated that the Russian military continued to reorganize its troops, replenish its equipment and ammunition, and reconnoiter Ukrainian positions to continue the offensive in the direction of Balvinskov and Slovyansk. On the other hand, the Russian army intensified its ground, air, and artillery attacks on Donetsk and Luhansk. Ukrainian sources reported that Ukrainian forces had withdrawn from Popasna, confirming that the Russian troops had occupied the city. In addition, intense exchanges of fire between the two sides in the area of Lysychansk indicate that the Russian forces may intend to encircle Severodonetsk from the south, echoing the offensive of Rubizhne to the north of Severodonetsk, and push westward to the border of Luhansk Oblast.

The Ukrainian General Staff also reported that the Russian 90th Tank Division headquarters was operating near Shandrikhorov in northern Bonliman, less than 20 kilometers from the Donetsk Oblast border.

4, In Mariupol, on May 8, the Russian army continued to attack the Azovstal steel plant. The Azov regiment commander Denis Prokopenko said that after the evacuation of all civilians, the Ukrainian military organized a defense inside the Azovstal factory, and the fighting was still going on.

5. On the southern front, on May 8, the Russian army did not conduct any confirmed ground offensive on the south axis. However, satellite images clearly show that between April 27 and May 5, the Russian army assembled a group of anti-aircraft missile units and multiple rocket launchers in Filatovskaya, northern Crimea. It indicated that the Russian military might be preparing for future Offensive operations to resume in a few days, possibly in the direction of Zaporizhzhia and Kavbas. However, the probability of its success was doubtful.

In addition, Russian troops continued to target Odessa with missile strikes on May 8. The situation in the Transnistria region remains tense but has not changed substantially.


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