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The situation in Ukraine on April 12, 2022

Prepared by Denis Bogush, military and political expert, International Headquarters for Assistance to Ukrainians

General description of the situation. Russia launched a war against Ukraine on February 24, 2022 (48th day of the war). The enemy continues to carry out preparatory measures to intensify offensive operations in eastern Ukraine to establish full control over the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Today, April 12, the forty-eighth day of the heroic opposition of the Ukrainian people to the Russian military invasion has begun.

The enemy is trying to complete the regrouping and relocation of units to areas of concentration in the Belgorod and Voronezh regions of Russia, as well as the relocation of air and space forces to airfields in the immediate vicinity of Ukraine’s eastern borders.

The Russian occupiers, ignoring the norms of international humanitarian law, continue to use tactics of placing equipment and manpower in housing. Thus, in the temporarily occupied territories of Zaporizhia and Kherson regions, the occupiers use the premises of agricultural enterprises, energy and social infrastructure of settlements. Cases of enemy fighting in civilian clothes have been reported.

In the Volyn and Polissya (Chernobyl) areas, the enemy did not take active action.

In the northern direction (Chernihiv) the enemy completes the redeployment of individual units to the eastern operational zone. Units of the 41st All-Military Army of the Central Military District are being relocated to designated areas in the Belgorod and Voronezh oblasts.

In the Slobozhansky direction (Kharkiv), enemy troops continue to partially block the city of Kharkiv. In the area of the city of Izyum, the enemy is fighting. Conducts air reconnaissance.

In the Donetsk and Tavriya directions, the enemy is fighting and holding certain borders with forces from the Southern Military District of the Russian Federation. Carries out the movement of additional units to conduct hostilities on the territory of Ukraine.

There are signs of strengthening the air defense system in the areas of Melitopol and Ilovaisk. It is likely that in the future the enemy will try to take control of the city of Mariupol, capture Popasna and launch an offensive in the direction of Kurakhove in order to reach the administrative borders of Donetsk region.

In the South Bug direction, the enemy holds certain boundaries by units of the Southern Military District. Replenishes regular losses in manpower and equipment. The enemy does not stop trying to gain a foothold on the administrative borders of Kherson region.

In the waters of the Black and Azov Seas, enemy naval groups continue to perform tasks related to the isolation of the area of hostilities, reconnaissance, and fire support of ground units. The threat of the enemy’s use of missile weapons remains.

In the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, our soldiers have repulsed six enemy attacks in the past 24 hours. Information on the use of chemical weapons by the occupiers in Mariupol is being clarified. Probably 3 people were injured.

Losses of military personnel and military equipment of the RF Armed Forces

  • Military personnel – about 19,600 people
  • tanks – 732 units
  • armored combat vehicles – 1946 units
  • artillery systems – 349 units
  • Missile systems of volley fire – 111 units
  • air defense equipment – 63 units
  • aircraft – 157 units
  • helicopters – 140 units
  • motor vehicles – 1406 units
  • ships / boats – 7 units

Civilian casualties

The Russian occupiers continue to illegally deport Mariupol residents from the city. According to the city hall, data on at least 33,000 citizens who were forcibly deported to Russia and the temporarily occupied districts of Donetsk region have been confirmed to date.

Since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine as of 24:00 on April 10, the UN confirms the death of 1,842 civilians in Ukraine. This was announced by the press service of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on April 11.

More than 10,000 civilians died during the siege of Mariupol by Russia. This was reported by the Associated Press with reference to the mayor of Mariupol Vadym Boychenko.