Ukraine WAR BULLETIN

March 8, 2022  7PM 

In order to strengthen the grouping of troops in the direction of Kyiv, Russians plan to  transfer up to a thousand militants from the private military company "League" (former  "Wagner"). 

Russian forces shelled a minibus with staff of the family type orphanage. Ukrainian Government decision providing aid to low-income families, single mothers,  children with serious illnesses, and payments to internally displaced persons without the need  to contact social security authorities.

 

WAR ROOM 

General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine 

In the Eastern direction, the Allied forces are conducting a defense operation in Donetsk,  Slobozhansky and part of the Tavriya operational district. The circular defense of Mariupol  continues. 

In the Northern and Western directions, the defense operation continues in the Polissya,  Volyn and Siversky operational districts. 

Forces and means of defense of the city of Kyiv continue to repel the attacks and deter the  enemy. Ukrainian Armed Forces are defeating Russians around the defensive lines of the capital of  Ukraine. 

Defense of Chernihiv continues. 

South sea coast of Ukraine is protected, defense of Mykolaiv and adjacent settlements holds  strong. 

According to the available information, in order to make up for losses, the enemy carries out  covert mobilization under the guise of training exercises. Also, in order to stop the outflow of  personnel, the military leadership of the Russian Armed Forces decided to ban the termination of  contracts for military service. 

In order to strengthen the grouping of troops in the direction of Kyiv, Russians plan to  transfer up to a thousand militants from the private military company "League" (former "Wagner"). In violation of the requirements of International Humanitarian Law, the aggressor continues to  hold civilians’ hostage, damage residential buildings, rob locals, carry out sabotage of  infrastructure, place weapons and military equipment in densely populated neighborhoods, steal  vehicles and disguise as civilians. 

During the day, the enemy reduced the pace of the offensive operation, using mainly missile  and bomb strikes on civilian infrastructure. 

The main efforts of the enemy continue to focus on: 

encirclement and capture of Kyiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, Mariupol, Mykolayiv, Chernihiv; creation of a land corridor between the TOT of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the  mainland of the Russian Federation; 

access to the administrative borders of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions. 

According to the available information, the aggressors are considering the issue of organizing  the effective provision of their own troops with fuel through the use of the existing stationary  network of automobile gas stations and oil storage facilities. 

Also, the enemy plans to create a network of field pipelines in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine, with the possibility of connecting them to the central oil pipeline and pumping  fuel from the territory of the Republic of Belarus.

In the course of hostilities on the territory of Ukraine, the aggressors continue to suffer  significant losses. Thus, according to available information, 14 separate special purpose brigades  (Khabarovsk) lost more than 400 servicemen (to be specified), BTGr of the 25th separate motorized  rifle brigade (Luga) of the 6th all-military army was withdrawn to the territory of the Russian  Federation due to loss of combat capability. 

In the Polissya direction, the enemy continues to hold the previously occupied frontiers and  captured settlements, in particular Borodyanka, Kopyliv, Bucha, Demidov. 

No active actions by the aggressors were noted in the direction of the settlement of Dymer. In  the area of the settlement of Pripyat there are forces up to two BTGs. 

In the direction from n.p. Babinka, with forces of up to five BTGs, the enemy led the  offensive, was stopped, and moved to the defense in the area of Bucha. 

In the area of Buzova, with forces up to 4 BTGr from the 36th General Army (two BTGr  from the 5th Separate Tank Brigade and 37th Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade), despite the  numerous losses, advanced to the area of Yasnohorodka. 

In the northern direction, the aggressors did not stop trying to capture the city of Chernihiv. From the area of Hlukhiv, with forces of up to five BTGs from the 90th Tank Division and 4  BTGs from the 2nd All-Military Army of the Central Military District, tried to intervene in the  defense of the operative group of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and was stopped. In order to ensure  the offensive in the direction of Kozelets is trying to guide and hold the pontoon-bridge crossing. In the Slobozhansky direction, the enemy did not stop trying to block Kharkiv from the north,  but, without much success, it also launched missile and bomb strikes on civilian infrastructure in  order to intimidate the civilian population. The battle for Izum. The enemy leads pontoon-bridge  crossings across the Siversky Donets and Berek rivers. 

In the Donetsk direction, the enemy continues offensive operations in the directions of the  Dnieper and Zaporizhzhia in order to reach the administrative borders of the Donetsk and Luhansk  regions. Having carried out an unsuccessful offensive in the Troitskoye district, he tried to resume  the offensive in the direction of Zaporizhia and capture the city of Mariupol. 

In the Tavriya and Southern directions, the enemy forces up to seventeen BTGs hold the  settlements of Kherson, Enerhodar, and Vasylivka, and regroup their forces for a further offensive  in the direction of Zaporizhia by forces of three BTGr the Polohy. 

The Black Sea and Azov operational zones are expected to strike civilian and military targets  with cruise missiles from ships of the Black Sea Fleet and the Caspian Flotilla. 

Ombudsman of Ukraine 

Shelling of a civilian minibus by the aggressor resulted in deaths of three orphanage  educators 

Today near the regional center of Mykolaiv Russian terrorists shelled the minibus with staff  of the family type orphanage. The minibus was marked with red cross signs! Three women educators died on the spot. Two more people received shrapnel wounds. The  minibus was caught on fire.  

Targeted fire on civilians and civil transport is a war crime and a cynical violation of Geneva  Conventions for the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts (August 12, 1949). “I ask the international community to take into account these facts of extermination of  peaceful Ukrainians, to increase the sanctions against the terrorist state as much as possible and to  finally decide to close the skies over Ukraine.” underlined Ombudsman of Ukraine Liudmyla  Denisova.  

(https://bit.ly/3HU5zsH) 

The Russian military continues to kill civilians with extreme brutality 

Two volunteers who came to feed the animals, at the zoo on the outskirts of Kharkiv, were  shot dead by Russian militants. Near the town of Makariv, Kyiv region, an enemy tank fired two  shells at a civilian car killing everyone inside. The number of victims is currently being clarified. The bus with refugees from Makarov was fired at by the Russian artillery in the Zhytomyr region. 

People under fire walked four kilometers on foot with children in their arms. The aggressor's armed  forces brutally exterminate civilians every hour by committing war crimes and crimes against  humanity, in violation of the 1949 Geneva Conventions and all existing acts of international  humanitarian law. Ombudsman of Ukraine Liudmyla Denisova once again called for international  community to increase the sanctions against the terrorist state. She addressed NATO member states asking to close the skies overUkraine! 

(https://bit.ly/3sR1FN5) 

Zhytomyr mayor 

Direct speech: “A rocket and bomb attack has just been carried out on the dormitory of  Korbutivka city district. It is completely destroyed.” 

According to the mayor, the dormitory is inhabited by ordinary people, some of whom are  former soldiers who served a long time ago - during the Soviet army, so this house has nothing to  do with military infrastructure. 

Authorities are gathering information on possible victims of the bombing, and one person is  currently being injured. 

The Russians also struck at the Izovat plant, which produces insulation for homes. (https://bit.ly/3Mzj2tp) 

POLICY 

President of Ukraine Address to the Parliament of the United Kingdom

Mr. Speaker! Mr. Prime Minister! Members of the government, parliament, lords. Ladies and gentlemen! 

I’m addressing all the people of the United Kingdom. All the people of Great Britain. Great  people. With a great history. I’m addressing you as a citizen, as President of a great country as well.  With a great dream. And a great struggle. I want to tell you about our 13 days. 13 days of fierce  war, which we did not start and did not want. But we are waging it. 

Because we do not want to lose what we have, what is ours - Ukraine. Just as you did not  want to lose your island when the Nazis were preparing to start the battle for your great power, the  battle for Britain. 

13 days of our defense. 

On the first day at 4 am, cruise missiles were fired at us. So that everyone woke up - we, the  children, all of us, living people, all of Ukraine. And we haven't slept since. We all took up arms  becoming a large army. 

The next day we fought off attacks in the air, on land and at sea. And our heroic border guards  on Zmiinyi Island in the Black Sea told everyone about the end of the war. Namely: where the  enemy will go in the end. When a Russian ship demanded that our guys lay down their weapons,  they answered him... As firmly as one cannot say in the parliament. And we felt the power. Great  power of our people who will persecute the invader to the end. 

On the third day, Russian troops openly fired at people and apartment buildings without  hiding. Used artillery, air bombs. And it finally showed us, showed the world who is who. Who are  great people and who are just savages. 

On the fourth day, when we have already begun to take dozens of prisoners, we have not lost  our dignity. We didn’t abuse them. We treat them like people. Because we remained human on the  fourth day of this shameful war. 

On the fifth day, the terror against us has already become outright. Against cities, against  small towns. Ruined districts. Bombs, bombs, bombs, again bombs on houses, on schools, on  hospitals. This is genocide. Which did not break us. It mobilized each and every one of us. And it  gave us a sense of great truth. 

On the sixth day, Russian missiles hit Babyn Yar. This is the place where the Nazis executed  100,000 people during World War II. 80 years later, Russia killed them for a second time.

On the seventh day, we realized they were destroying even the churches. Using bombs!  Rockets again. They do not know the holy and great as we know. 

On the eighth day, the world saw Russian tanks firing at a nuclear power plant. The largest in  Europe. And the world began to understand that this is terror against all. This is a great terror. On the ninth day, we listened to a meeting of NATO countries. Without the desired result for  us. Without courage. That's how we felt - I don't want to offend anyone - we felt that alliances don't  work. They can't even close the sky. That is why security guarantees in Europe must be built from  scratch. 

On the tenth day, unarmed Ukrainians protested everywhere in the occupied cities. Stopping  armored vehicles with bare hands. We have become unbreakable. 

On the eleventh day, when residential areas were already bombed, when everything was  destroyed by explosions, when children were evacuated from a damaged children's oncology  hospital... We realized: Ukrainians became heroes. Hundreds of thousands of people. Entire cities.  Children, adults - all. 

On the twelfth day, when the losses of the Russian army have already exceeded 10,000 killed,  the general also appeared in this number. And this gave us confidence: for all crimes, for all  shameful orders there will still be responsibility before the International Court or Ukrainian  weapons. 

On the thirteenth day, a child died in Russian-occupied Mariupol. Died of dehydration. They  do not allow food or water to people. They just blocked it - and people are in the basements. I think  everyone hears: people don't have water there! 

In 13 days of the Russian invasion, 50 children were killed. 50 great martyrs. This is dreadful!  This is emptiness. Instead of 50 universes that could live, they took them away. They just took them  away. 

Great Britain! 

Ukraine did not strive for that. It did not seek greatness. But it became great during these days  of this war. 

Ukraine that saves people despite the terror of the invaders. Defends freedom despite the  blows of one of the world's largest armies. Defends despite the open sky. Still open to Russian  missiles, aircraft, helicopters. "To be or not to be?" - You know this Shakespearean question well. 

13 days ago, this question could still be raised about Ukraine. But not now. Obviously, to be.  Obviously, to be free. And if not here, where should I remind you of the words that Great Britain  has already heard. And which are relevant again. 

We shall not give up and shall not lose! 

We shall go the whole way. 

We shall fight in the seas, we shall fight in the air, we shall defend our land, whatever the cost  may be. 

We shall fight in the woods, in the fields, on the beaches, in the cities and villages, in the  streets, we shall fight in the hills ... And I want to add: we shall fight on the spoil tips, on the banks  of the Kalmius and the Dnieper! And we shall not surrender! 

Of course, with your help, with the help of the civilization of great countries. With your  support, for which we are grateful and on which we rely. And I am especially grateful to you, Boris,  my friend! 

Increase sanctions against the terrorist state. Recognize it as a terrorist state finally. Find a  way to make our Ukrainian sky safe. Do what you can. Do what you have to. Do what the greatness  of your state and your people obliges to.  

(https://www.president.gov.ua/en/news/zvernennya-prezidenta-ukrayini-volodimira zelenskogo-do-parl-73441) 

 

Prime Minister of Ukraine  

Kharkiv, Mykolaiv, Mariupol, Sumy - these cities are known today by people worldwide. In  areas close to the combat zone, our heroic pilots, soldiers from National Guard, and territorial 

defense fighters are effectively repelling air and missile strikes and enemy airstrikes on civilians  and critical infrastructure. 

The government also continues to work for the victory of Ukraine. One week ago, a focal  point was set up to receive and distribute humanitarian aid. Ukrainian authorities have simplified  and continue to simplify the rules of import of such goods, removing most of the bureaucratic  procedures on a daily basis. “On behalf of the government, I want to thank our partners, the people  who are helping Ukraine today. In the last six days, almost 3,000 trucks carrying 20 tons of  humanitarian aid have crossed the Ukrainian border. The humanitarian convoy included food,  clothing, medicine, and medical supplies that Ukrainian Government is already sending to the  regions.” stressed Shmyhal. 

In addition, more than 10 billion UAH were transferred to an account specially created by the  National Bank of Ukraine to support Ukrainian army.  

The Cabinet of Ministers, is working to ensure that the most vulnerable receive uninterrupted  assistance. The government has endorsed the decision that aid to low-income families, single  mothers, children with serious illnesses, and payments to internally displaced persons will continue  without the need to contact the social security authorities. 

The second important area is benefits and subsidies. The government changed the order of  their accrual. If the local social security authorities cannot perform their functions, all payments will  be made directly by the Ministry of Social Policy through Oschadbank, even if the recipient has  opened accounts in other banks. 

(https://fb.watch/bDdwu-imhj/) 

ENERGY 

Ministry of Energy of Ukraine 

As a result of the full-scale military aggression from the Russian Federation, critical  components of Ukrainian energy infrastructure were significantly damaged. 

Repeated and new damages of power grids and blackouts happen due to active warfare. The  enemy deliberately destroys infrastructure, there are recorded instances of theft of equipment,  capturing of emergency-restoring personnel. 

Despite health and life risks, Ukrainian energy workers were able to restore gas supply to  17.23 thousand customers, and energy supply to 309 thousand customers March 7th. (https://www.facebook.com/100064438669026/posts/325951582896128/) 

Operational information regarding the activity of the Naftogaz Group  

On the 13th day of the war, the Naftogaz Group enterprise, with some exceptions, continues  stable operation, providing a full cycle of production, transportation, storage and supply of natural  gas, oil, heat and electricity to consumers. 

(https://www.facebook.com/100064438669026/posts/326042142887072/)