Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 81

As the Russia-Ukraine war enters its 81st day, we take a look at the main developments.

A view shows an explosion at a plant of Azovstal Iron and Steel Works during Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine May 11, 2022.
An explosion at the besieged Azovstal Iron and Steel Works in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine [File: Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters]

Here are the key events so far on Sunday, May 15.

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  • “Russia has now likely suffered losses of one third of the ground combat force it committed in February,” the UK’s defence ministry said.
  • British military intelligence said Russia’s offensive in the Donbas “has lost momentum and fallen significantly behind schedule” with a dramatic acceleration unlikely over the next 30 days.
  • Four missile attacks hit military infrastructure in Yavoriv in western Ukraine near the Polish border, Lviv region’s Governor Maxim Kozitsky said.
  • Russia, rejecting Ukraine’s claim to have set alight a modern navy logistics ship in the Black Sea, showed photos of what it said was the Vsevolod Bobrov with no signs of damage.
  • Refugees from bombed-out Mariupol spoke of devastation as they reached Ukrainian-controlled Zaporizhzhia in a large convoy of vehicles after waiting days for Russian troops to let them leave.
  • Russia’s defence ministry said its forces hit Ukrainian command posts, ammunition depots, and other military equipment in several regions, including the Donbas, killing at least 100 Ukrainian “nationalists”.


  • Top NATO diplomats meet in Berlin to discuss providing further support to Ukraine.
  • G7 foreign ministers vowed to reinforce Russia’s economic and political isolation, continue supplying weapons to Ukraine, and work to ease global food shortages stemming from the war.
  • Russia’s ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, said the country’s diplomats in Washington are being threatened with violence.
  • Germany has taken all preparations for a quick ratification process should Finland and Sweden decide to apply for NATO membership, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said.
  • US Senate Republican minority leader Mitch McConnell and a delegation of GOP senators met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv and expressed their solidarity for Ukraine.INTERACTIVE Russia-Ukraine map Who controls what in Donbas DAY 81


  • NATO’s Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana expressed confidence that Turkey’s concerns over Finland and Sweden joining NATO could be addressed, after Ankara said it had not shut the door to their entry.
  • Croatia’s foreign minister said talks between Turkey, Finland and Sweden were on the right track.
  • Sweden’s ruling Social Democrats were poised to come out in favour joining NATO, paving the way for an application soon after and abandoning decades of military non-alignment.
  • Geoana said Russia’s military advance in Ukraine appears to be faltering and he expressed hope that Kyiv can win the war.
  • Ukraine wining the Eurovision Song Contest showed the immense public support for the country in its battle against Russia, Geoana said.INTERACTIVE Russia-Ukraine map Who controls what in Donbas DAY 81
Source: News Agencies