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The situation in Ukraine on March 9, 2022

General description of the situation. Russia launched a war against Ukraine on February 24, 2022 (14th 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 9, the fourteenth day of the heroic opposition of the Ukrainian people to the Russian military invasion has begun.

Russian troops have reduced the pace of the offensive operation, using mostly missile and bomb strikes on civilian infrastructure.

During the day, the enemy systematically fired on Kharkiv, Sumy, Chernihiv, Kyiv, Luhansk and Donetsk regions.

in Sumy, residential buildings were hit, killing more than 20 civilians, including 3 children; in the city of Izum, the enemy fired on the central city hospital;

bombs were dropped in Mariupol on the premises of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Ukrainian branch of the Red Cross; completely bombed the hospital №3 and the maternity hospital.

an air strike on warehouses near Brovary (Kyiv region); a military unit was fired upon in the Boryspil district.

In the Polissya direction, Russian troops continue to hold previously occupied frontiers and captured settlements, including Borodyanka, Kopyliv, Bucha, and Demidiv. The Russian military is defending the area of Pripyat and Bucha. Advanced – in the area of Yasnogorodka;

In the northern direction, Russian troops do not stop trying to capture the city of Chernihiv. In order to advance in the direction of Kozelets try to lead and hold the pontoon-bridge crossing; Attempts to block Kharkiv from the north continue in the Slobozhansky direction, and missile and bomb strikes are being carried out on civilian infrastructure. The battle for Raisins continues. The Russian military is building pontoon-bridge crossings across the Seversky Donets and Bereka rivers;

In the Donetsk direction, offensive operations are continuing in the directions of the Dnieper and Zaporizhia in order to reach the administrative borders of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The Russian military is trying to resume the offensive in the direction of Zaporozhye and capture Mariupol;

In the Tavriya and Southern directions, Russian troops hold Kherson, Energodar, Vasylivka, and Polohy.

The aggressor continues to hinder the evacuation of the population from Bucha, Makarov, Gostomel, Mykhailivska-Rubezhivka (Kyiv region). Those who were able to get to the gathering place on their own were taken out of Irpen.

In Mariupol, the Russians do not release people from the city, and thus again disrupted the evacuation.

3,500 civilians were evacuated from Sumy. The first convoy of 22 buses has already arrived in Poltava.

During the war in Ukraine, 22 police officers were killed, 88 were seriously injured, and 7 went missing.

Warning! As of March 9, 2022, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant was captured by the Russian army. Today there is no power supply from 11.00. Diesel fuel will be enough for generators to work for only 48 hours. After that, control over nuclear-hazardous facilities will be completely lost.

Risks of Chernobyl de-energization:

  • Complete loss of control over the condition of nuclear hazardous facilities.
  • Disability of systems that are important for safety, life support systems (water supply, heating, ventilation), fire extinguishing systems.
  • Loss of refueling of SNF SNF-1 pools, which may cause a radiation accident.
  • The main function of the NSC is to limit the spread of radioactive substances in the Shelter facility. Loss of function will result in:
  • radiation leak from inside the Shelter;
  • depressurization of the Shelter facility;
  • inability to monitor the radiation status in the middle of the Shelter facility.

Losses of personnel and military equipment of the RF Armed Forces

  • personnel – more than 12,000
  • tanks – up to 317
  • aircraft – 49
  • helicopters – 81
  • armored combat vehicles – up to 1070
  • artillery systems and air defense – about 200
  • car support – about 540
  • boats / ships – 3

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

International Headquarters for Assistance to Ukrainians