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 (32nd 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 27, the twenty-eighth day of the heroic opposition of the Ukrainian people to the Russian military invasion has begun.
Kyiv and Kyiv region
Over the past 24 hours, the Russian occupiers have been shelling the settlements of the Kyiv region with heavy artillery, and sabotage groups have intensified their activities to destabilize the situation and the military-political command.
The armed forces of the Russian Federation and the Rosguard are trying to keep the city of Slavutych. The Russian occupiers set up checkpoints at the entrances to the city. In addition, the racists abducted Mayor Yuri Fomichev, who was later returned.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine managed to liberate the city of Trostyanets, Sumy region. Kharkiv
The Russian military has again fired on the Neutron Source research nuclear facility in Kharkiv. Such shelling is carried out in order to cause severe radiation effects with contamination of the surrounding areas. The Holocaust memorial in Drobitsky Yar on the outskirts of Kharkiv was also shelled.
In the Ukrainian city of Melitopol, military equipment with the flag of North Ossetia was spotted. Apparently, Russia has decided to attract new forces for the war. In addition, in the Russian- occupied cities of Genichesk (Kherson region) and Melitopol (Zaporizhzhya region), the Russian Armed Forces are offering residents 10,000 rubles each in order to get the result of the pseudo- referendum they need.
In the Odesa region, Russian boats tried to approach the coast and land sabotage and reconnaissance teams, but failed.
Two air alarms were sounded in Rivne region. During the first alarm, the Armed Forces of Ukraine shot down an enemy drone. During the second rocket, unfortunately, it hit the Dubno oil depot. It is noted that all the missiles were fired from the territory of Belarus.
In Lviv, there were two hits on critical infrastructure of the city. One aimed at the oil depot and the other at the defense infrastructure facility. According to Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovy, the Russian occupiers launched missiles at Lviv from occupied Sevastopol. It is possible that in this way Putin tried to intimidate US President Biden, who was in Poland at the time.
Later, Lviv patrols detained two men who were filming the site of a missile strike, the movement of Ukrainian troops and checkpoints in the region. They sent such data to Russian subscribers.
Units of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus moved from places of permanent deployment to landfills. Thus, they are conducting combat training activities at five training grounds in the Brest, Minsk and Grodno regions.
The invaders are preparing a series of “fake evacuations” of Ukrainians from areas temporarily under their control. Thus, residents of Bucha (Kyiv region) are planned to be sent to the Republic of Belarus, and ethnic Armenians, Azerbaijanis and Meskhetian Turks – to the temporarily occupied Crimea.
Losses of military personnel and military equipment of the RF Armed Forces
- personnel – about 16,600 people,
- tanks – 582 units,
- armored combat vehicles – 1664 units,
- artillery systems – 294 units,
- means of Air Defense – 52 units,
- aircraft – 121 units,
- helicopters – 127 units,
- ships / boats – 7 units,
Cases of resistance from the local population
On March 26, a curfew was supposed to operate in the town of Slavutych, but the mayor decided to cancel it and asked people to go on a protest march against the enemy army. Thousands of Ukrainians called on him against Russian equipment and armed manpower. The Russian occupiers killed one person at a peaceful rally in Slavutych and are also wounded.
FM radio does not work in Kherson. Locals report that only Russian radio channels are currently broadcast. now Kherson is under temporary Russian occupation. Due to strong resistance from the local population, the occupiers are unable to establish control over the regional center.
Since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, 136 children have been killed and at least 199 injured.
The United Nations has said it has received satellite images confirming the existence of mass graves in Russian-occupied Mariupol. About 200 people were seen in 1 mass grave alone.
According to the United Nations, casualties among civilians from February 24, 2022, when Russia started the war against Ukraine, to March 24, 2022 amounted to 2,788 civilians, including 1,081 casualties.
During the war against Ukraine, the Russian aggressor destroyed about 4,500 homes, about 100 businesses, about 400 schools and 150 health facilities. Twelve journalists have been killed in Ukraine since the beginning of the war.