The Russia-Ukraine war, now in its 459th day, continues to escalate with significant developments on May 28, 2023. This article provides a comprehensive overview of the day’s events, shedding light on the current state of the conflict.

In the early hours of the day, Russia launched a major drone attack on Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. This pre-dawn attack was timed as Kyiv prepared to celebrate the anniversary of its official founding 1,541 years ago. The Ukrainian air defense systems reportedly intercepted 58 of the 59 Russian drone strikes across Ukraine, most of which were targeted at Kyiv. Despite the successful interceptions, the drone strikes resulted in two fatalities and three injuries in the capital.

In addition to the drone attacks, there were reports of several explosions shaking Kyiv. These attacks marked Russia’s 15th air assault on the city in May, indicating an escalation in the conflict.

On the ground, Ukrainian soldiers reported signs of withdrawal by Russia’s Wagner mercenaries outside Bakhmut. The mercenaries, who had been defending the recently captured city, appeared to be pulling back and turning over defense to regular Russian forces.

In response to the ongoing Russian invasion, Ukraine is reportedly preparing to launch a long-awaited counteroffensive. Ukrainian officials have hinted at preliminary operations already underway, including the destruction of supply lines and depots. This move has raised anticipation of Kyiv beginning an offensive to regain lost territory.

Meanwhile, Russia’s ambassador to the UK, Andrei Kelin, warned that the West’s supplying of weapons to Ukraine risked escalating the conflict to levels not yet seen. He stated that Russia had “enormous resources and we haven’t just started yet to act very seriously.”

As the conflict continues, the international community watches closely. The EU’s spokesperson for foreign affairs and security policy, Nabila Massrali, stated that Russia “will be held accountable” for attacks on civilian areas.