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Peculiarities of Russia’s open armed aggression against Ukraine

March 16, 2022  1PM

Due to the lack of success in the offensive actions, occupational forces groupings are focusing on long term surrounding of big cities, primarily Kyiv, Kharkiv, Sumy and Mariupol, destruction of civil and critical infrastructure objects in order to force Ukrainian authorities to capitulation.
Russian military command provides measures directed on forming and relocating of their units to Ukraine for augmentation of offensive grouping.

Operational environment
Enemy has done air and missile strikes at military and civil infrastructure objects and residential buildings in Kyiv, Dnipro, Kharkiv, Vinnitsa and Mariupol as well as within the area of Join Forces Operation.
Aggressor prepares to advance towards Zaporizhzhya and Kryvyi Rih as well as to reach administrative borders of Luhansk and Donetsk regions.
Additional units form 29th combined arms army (CAA) of Eastern MD as well as 7th and 76th airborne assault divisions (AAslDiv) of Airborne troops are forming for further deployment to Ukraine.

Pollisskyi operational zone
Russian troops prepare for take new thresholds on the south-east of Kyiv. For this purpose, units deployed near Yasnogorodka and Motyzhyn are preparing to advance towards Bilogorodka.
In order to clarify targets near Irpin, enemy has conducted aerial reconnaissance using UAVs.

Slobozhanskyi operational zone
Enemy troops from 2nd motorized rifle division (MRDiv) and 4th tank division(TDiv) of 1st TA of Western MD are regrouping on Sumy direction, relocating additional units and replenishing with fuel and materiel resources.
Units from 1st TA, 6th and 20th CAAs of Western MD and Northern Fleet are approaching on direction Kharkiv – Novomoskovsk.
To establish full control over Izum, aggressor is relocating additional units (up to 2 BTGs) from 3rd MRDiv of 20th CAA of Western MD. Further offense towards Slovyansk is quite possible.

Donetsk operational zone
Units from 2nd AC together with troops from 150th MRDiv of 8th CAA of Southern MD have failed to advance towards Rubizhne, Severodonetsk and Lysychansk.
Enemy is trying to hold captured positions near Popasna. Units from 1st AC with support of 58th CAA troops of Southern MD prepares for advance on the Avdiivka direction.
Western and eastern outskirts of Marioupol are being blocked by the enemy.
Reserve troops from 810th naval infantry brigade of Black Sea Fleet are engaged.

Tavriyskiy operational zone
Units from 42nd MRDiv of 58th CAA of Southern MD are regrouping on the threshold Vasylivka – Orikhiv for further advance towards Zaporizhzhya. Enemy is aggravating its fire support assets.

Southern Bug operational zone
Units from 20th MRDiv of 8th CAA of Southern MD are regrouping near Ivanivka, Mykolaivka and Vysokopillya for further advance towards Kryvyi Rih.

Azov-Black Sea operational zone
Black Sea Fleet shipping group maintained maritime navigation blockade of Ukraine in north-western part of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.
Enemy has launched strikes with “Kaliber” type sea-based cruise missiles at the objects on the territory of Ukraine.
Captured port Berdyansk is used for operative transferring of petroleum, fuel, lubricants and other logistical issues. Protection of port roads is provided by special naval detachment of 115th separate special brigade of “Rosgvardiya”.

Russian armed forces terrorist and illegal activity

The enemy does not stop committing terrorist acts against civilians in
Ukrainian cities with daily air and missile strikes. Civil objects were shelled in Dnipro, Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhya, Mariupol, Siverodonetsk, Rubizhne and Vuhledar.
In order to prevent mass protests Kremlin is trying to return to Russia conscripts, including those who were forced to sign a contract just before the invasion of Ukraine.
The leadership of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate has taken a passive and wait-and-see attitude. Some clerics, presumably in order to avoid further accusations of collaborationism, have strongly condemned the Russia Orthodox Church`s position on the Russian “military operation” against Ukraine.

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