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The situation in Ukraine on March 8, 2022

General description of the situation. Russia launched a war against Ukraine on February 24, 2022 (Today is the 13th day of the war). They started with a rocket-bomb attack on 17 Ukrainian cities, first on the months of military infrastructure, and now on civilian infrastructure.

Today, March 8, the thirteenth day of the heroic confrontation of the Ukrainian people against the Russian military invasion has begun.

The enemy continues the offensive, but the pace of advance of his troops has slowed significantly.

The Defense Forces continues to conduct a defense operation within the Southern, Eastern and Northern Operational Zones along defined boundaries.

The Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine successfully repulses missile and air strikes and means of air attack of the enemy, air cover of critical objects of Ukraine and groups of troops.

The heroic defense of the city of Chernihiv continues in the Seversky direction. At night, the Russian army chaotically shelled residential areas, the city center.

The Kyiv City Defense Forces continue to defend the capital along the outer border of the defense and in additionally defined areas. Fighting is taking place in the settlements of Makariv, Bucha, Irpin, Gostomel (Kyiv region). Constant air strike alarms. A terrorist defense detachment in the Kyiv region captured and destroyed the latest Russian anti-aircraft system “Tor-M2”.

The occupiers are demoralized and increasingly looting and violating the rules of international humanitarian law on military conflict.

Oil depots caught fire in Zhytomyr and Chernyakhiv after air strikes.

In Kharkiv, Sumy, Chernihiv and Kyiv oblasts, in the territories temporarily occupied by the Russian occupiers, the facts of robberies, violence against local residents, seizure of civilian housing, use of agricultural hangars for military equipment, setting up firing positions in the area are widely recorded. of civil infrastructure.

Luhansk region: Severodonetsk is shelled with heavy artillery. Popasna under massive shelling. Donetsk region: Mariupol and Volnovakha – under siege. There are fights.

In the Southern operational zone the defensive operation along the state border is carried out and the sea coast is covered, defensive fights in suburbs of Nikolaev are conducted.

In the territories of Kherson and Mykolayiv oblasts, which are temporarily occupied by the enemy, after February 24, 2022, the occupiers use units of psychological struggle to influence the local population. According to the available information, up to 10 tactical groups of psychological struggle with tasks related to conducting propaganda work with the local population have been created.

The Russian invaders fired at Mykolayiv with “Hail”, launched a missile strike at the seaport of Olbia and entered the territory of the Mykolayiv International Airport.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine in Bashtanka (Mykolaiv region) seized three self-propelled anti- aircraft missile systems “Pantsir-C1”.

The occupiers are intimidating the population of the northern part of the temporarily occupied territory of the Republic of Crimea with the offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In addition, the FSB is setting up task forces there to work with the population, in particular to identify resistance.

The delegations of Ukraine and the occupying country held the third round of talks. Adviser to the President’s Office Mykhailo Podoliak said that as a result of the talks there were small positive

developments in improving the logistics of humanitarian corridors, intensive consultations on the basic political bloc along with a ceasefire and security guarantees were continued.

The Commission on Political Rights of the Human Rights Council under the President of the Russian Federation called for an end to hostilities in Ukraine as soon as possible.

Losses of personnel and military equipment of the RF Armed Forces

  • personnel – more than 12,000
  • tanks – up to 310
  • aircraft – 48
  • helicopters – 80
  • armored combat vehicles – up to 1050
  • artillery systems and air defense – up to 200
  • car support – up to 515
  • boats / ships – 3

Prepared by Denis Bohush, expert of the Center for Russian Studies,

International Headquarters for Assistance to Ukrainians