Russia-Ukraine War: List of key events, day 816 | Russia-Ukraine War News

As the war enters its 816th day, these are the main events.

Here is the situation on Monday, May 20, 2024.


  • At least 11 people were killed and dozens wounded after Russia bombed a busy lakeside resort on the outskirts of Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, and attacked villages in the surrounding area.
  • At least 13 people were injured after the Ukrainian army shelled areas of the Belgorod region in southern Russia, according to Belgorod regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov.
  • The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said that Russian attacks in the Kharkiv area “slowed down somewhat” but that the forces “continue their attempts to breach our defenses near Vovchansk, Starytsya and Lyptsi.” Russia’s Defense Ministry, which previously claimed to have taken Starytsya, said its units “continued to advance into the depths of the enemy’s defenses.”
  • Officials said Russia shot down at least 103 Ukrainian drones, including 62 over Russian regions, as well as missiles aimed at Crimea, which Moscow seized and annexed from Ukraine in 2014. An oil refinery in Russia’s southern Krasnodar region , was forced to stop operations after six drones crashed at the location.
  • Ukraine’s military said its forces sank the Russian minesweeper Kovrovets in the attack on Crimea.
  • The head of Ukraine’s Air Force said air defenses shot down all 37 Shahed attack drones launched by Russia. The weapons were shot down in the kyiv, Odessa, Mykolaiv, Sumy, Vinnytsia, Zhytomyr, Cherkasy and Kherson regions. There were no reports of damage or casualties.

Politics and diplomacy

  • A court in St. Petersburg ordered the seizure of the assets of Deutsche Bank and Germany’s Commerzbank in Russia in response to a lawsuit over a liquefied natural gas terminal in the Baltic Sea, which was canceled when sanctions were imposed over the large-scale invasion. Ukraine stopover by Moscow. .
  • Oleksandr Usyk defeated Tyson Fury to win the first undisputed world heavyweight championship in 25 years. The Ukrainian won the 12-round fight in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, by split decision.


  • Following the latest Russian attack on Kharkiv, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Russia of using its weapons to “terrorize our cities and communities, to kill ordinary people.” He said Ukraine needed “two Patriots for Kharkiv, (which) will fundamentally change the situation,” referring to the sophisticated American-made air defense system.

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