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The situation in Ukraine on March 14, 2022

General description of the situation. Russia launched a war against Ukraine on February 24, 2022 (18th day of the war). They began with a rocket-bomb attack on 17 Ukrainian cities, first on military infrastructure and now on civilian infrastructure.

Today, March 14, is the nineteenth day of the heroic opposition of the Ukrainian people to the Russian military invasion.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine inflicted devastating blows on the enemy’s field bases and depots to disrupt its logistics. In particular, the artillery defeated about 200 units of enemy equipment near Melitopol, as well as the headquarters with the leadership.

In addition, the Armed Forces launched a counteroffensive near the Izyum bridge in the Kharkiv region.

The Russian occupiers near Kyiv moved from offensive to defensive. The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine stated that the invaders were regrouping in order to possibly try to capture the left bank of Kyiv. 70% of the city of Irpin is under the control of Ukraine. Yesterday in the city of Irpen killed an American journalist of Time, another was injured.

Attempts to capture Mariupol remain unsuccessful.

The Russian army has determined the main direction and focused its efforts on the offensive in the area of Operation Allied Forces.

The occupiers did not succeed in the offensive, trying to gain a foothold on the occupied frontiers. The enemy is increasingly firing positions, deploying weapons and equipment in civilian objects, even in churches.

Russians have low morale and often refuse to obey orders from the command.

Russia is attracting a large number of mercenary militants from Syria and Serbia. In order to urgently replenish the losses of the occupying forces of the Russian Armed Forces, part of the contingent is being transferred from Nagorno Karabakh (Azerbaijan) to Ukraine. Russian invaders are strengthening their positions with the military from Armenia. And marines from the Pacific Fleet are sent in echelons to Belarus.

Belarusian special forces will not take part in the war with Ukraine, said one of the high-ranking officials of the special operations forces of Belarus.

Morning rocket-bomb attacks were carried out on the city of Kyiv, a high-rise building in Obolon, a TV tower in the city of Rivne, mass shelling of the city of Kharkiv and settlements of the Kharkiv region, as well as settlements of the Mykolaiv region. Data on victims are being clarified.

The Ukrainian side is constantly in touch with representatives of Russia. The aggressor country has already stated that it is ready for a direct dialogue between the presidents of the countries. This was stated by the adviser to the head of the President’s Office Mykhailo Podoliak. In addition, a meeting of the parties is scheduled for today.

According to Russian media, fires broke out in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone on March 13, but rescuers are unable to put out the fire due to the temporary Russian occupation of nuclear power plants. At the same time, it is reported that the Chernobyl nuclear power plant will be restored. On March 13, five shells from Gradov hit the territory of the Avdiivka Coke Plant. The consequences are being clarified.

On March 13, the authorities were able to implement 9 of the planned 14 humanitarian corridors. A total of 5,550 people were rescued.

Losses of personnel and military equipment of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation

  • personnel – more than 12,000 people,
  • tanks – 374 units,
  • armored combat vehicles – 1226 units,
  • artillery systems – 140 units,
  • means of air defense – 34 units,
  • aircraft – 74 units,
  • helicopters – 86 units,
  • automotive equipment – 600 units,
  • ships / boats – 3 units.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed a unit of the 80th Regiment of the Russian Occupiers. Ukrainian journalist Roman Tsymbalyuk said that the Armed Forces of Ukraine had practically destroyed units of the 155th Separate Marine Brigade. The 155th OBRMP is stationed in Vladivostok. The losses of the Russians amounted to about 600 servicemen killed. The same number are wounded. In addition, crew personnel do not have access to food and shelter.

Cases of resistance from the local population

Cases of abduction of current local authorities continue. Thus, the Russian invaders kidnapped Yevgeny Matveyev, the mayor of Dniprorudny in the Zaporizhia region, as well as the head of the Melitopol district council, Serhiy Priyma. Earlier, the mayor of Melitopol was abducted, and dozens of activists reportedly abducted by Russians.

In Melitopol, Zaporizhia Oblast, which is temporarily occupied by Russian troops, military equipment is traveling, warning Russian speakers against banning rallies and demonstrations. Despite the terror of the Russian Federation, Melitopol residents continue to hold rallies.

Kherson residents marched on Freedom Square with yellow and blue flags and calls on the occupiers to disappear from Ukrainian soil. Several thousand people came to the square. Deputies of the Kherson regional council also held an emergency meeting, during which they stated that “Kherson region is Ukraine and there will be no pseudo-republic in the region.” They issued a decision.

The rallies took place in Berdyansk.

Civilian casualties

Russian troops are continuously bombing Mariupol, killing more than 2,000 people. Putin’s horde dropped about a hundred bombs on the city.

As a result of the air strike in Chernihiv, the 2nd to 9th floors were destroyed, followed by the burning of a 9-storey dormitory. According to preliminary information, 7 people were rescued, 1 person died and 1 was injured.

As a result of a missile strike on the Yavoriv test site in the Lviv region, 35 people died and another 134 were injured.

The occupiers hit Popasna (Luhansk region) with phosphorus munitions.

A family trying to leave the city died in Balaklia. People were shot while trying to leave the village. 85 children died during the war in Ukraine. Another 100 were injured.

Prepared by Denis Bogush,

expert of the Center for Russian Studies,

International Headquarters for Assistance to Ukrainians