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 (29th 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 24, the twenty-eighth day of the heroic opposition of the Ukrainian people to the Russian military invasion has begun.
Last night, Russian occupation forces again tried to resume the offensive, but Ukraine’s Defense Forces have traditionally repulsed all attacks, destroying many Russian military equipment and manpower.
In Polissya, the return of certain units of the Republic of Belarus to the points of permanent deployment is partially confirmed. At the same time, the Lukashenko regime continues to hold a significant group of troops near Ukraine’s state border.
In the evening of March 23 in Kyiv, the parking lot of a shopping center in the Podilskyi district was shelled. Earlier in Kyiv, the Russian military fired on a shopping center and residential neighborhoods in the Sviatoshynskyi and Shevchenkivskyi districts of the city.
The Ukrainian armed forces took Irpin, Bucha and Gostomel in the ring, thus surrounding the Russians. Police resumed work in Irpen.
In the Brovary direction, the occupiers continue engineering work, mining and civilian objects. The enemy continues to keep checkpoints on logistics routes.
In Slobozhanshchina (Kharkiv), units of the Russian occupiers focused their efforts on blocking the city of Kharkiv and tried to recapture Izyum with the help of two battalion tactical groups. As a result of fighting in the Izyum region, Ukrainian defense forces destroyed up to 60% of the personnel and military equipment of the occupation units. Due to significant losses, Russian propagandists allegedly claimed the shelling of two villages in the Belgorod region of the Russian Federation, near the Kharkiv region. Thus, Russia began provocations to declare mass mobilization.
In the Luhansk direction, the enemy has no success, bears losses, tries to increase the group by transferring additional forces to the Izvarino area and carrying out the forced mobilization of the civilian population of the so-called “LPR”.
In turn, the 24th military brigade named after King Daniel blew up a Russian ammunition depot in Luhansk region. Many rounds of ammunition for small arms and artillery shells were detonated.
In the Donetsk direction, the Russian army’s goal remains to establish control over Verkhnotoretsky, Marinka, and Mariupol. Unsuccessfully. The enemy bears the losses. And near Avdiivka, a Ukrainian sniper liquidated Igor Girkin’s father-in-law, Serhiy Sitolenko, nicknamed “Sity”.
In the Zaporizhzhya direction, Russian invaders are trying to settle in the social facilities of the Zaporizhzhya NPP in the temporarily occupied Energodar. In the temporarily occupied territories of Zaporizhia region, the enemy, due to problems with logistics, tried to replenish fuel reserves by seizing it from the civilian population and farmers.
In the South Bug area, the enemy did not take active action, but instead strengthened the engineering equipment of the positions. In turn, the Defense Forces of Ukraine liberated the villages of Hrystoforivka, Greyhove, Pervomaiske and Kiselivka from the occupiers. The Armed Forces also continue to capture and destroy enemy sabotage groups.
Losses of military personnel and military equipment of the RF Armed Forces
- Military personnel – about 15,600 people,
- tanks – 517 units,
- armored combat vehicles – 1578 units,
- artillery systems – 267 units,
- means of Air Defense – 47 units,
- aircraft – 101 units,
- helicopters – 124 units,
- automotive equipment – 1008 units,
- ships / boats – 4 units,
Cases of resistance from the local population
Residents of the village of Chornobaivka, Belozersky District, Kherson Oblast, burned so-called “humanitarian aid” from Russian invaders.
Residents of the temporarily occupied Energodar removed from the flagpole and burned the flag of the Russian occupiers.