Operational information from the regions 09.03.2022
Ukraine in brief
14 days of Ukraine’s war against the Russian aggressor.
The enemy significantly reduced the pace of troops’ advancement. The Russian occupiers have lost human resources and equipment, demoralized personnel surrenders, or deserts.
The enemy continues to focus on:
– surrounding the city of Kyiv, capturing the cities of Sumy, Kharkiv, Mariupol, Mykolayiv;
– providing a land corridor between Crimea and the mainland of the Russian Federation;
– attempts to reach the administrative borders of the Luhansk and Donetsk Oblasts.
Due to the fierce resistance of the residents of Kherson, the occupiers are trying to impose an administrative-police regime. The Russian National Guard units entered the Kherson Oblast and illegally detained more than 400 citizens of Ukraine.
In the Volyn direction, the enemy does not carry out offensive actions, but there is a high probability of sabotage at military facilities and civilian infrastructure in Rivne and Lviv Oblasts by sabotage and reconnaissance groups of the occupiers.
According to the available information, the enemy is regrouping in preparation for another attempt to take Kyiv. After an unsuccessful attack in the direction of the city of Fastiv, the enemy made attempts to resume offensive operations in this direction.
In the Kharkiv direction, the enemy is trying to resume the attacks.
In the Slobozhansky direction, the enemy is trying to keep the line from Severodonetsk to the city of Sumy. The primary efforts are focused on trying to surround the city of Kharkiv and reach the barrier on the Dnipro River. Preparations for the attack on Sumy are underway. The enemy is concentrating army aircraft to ensure airborne assault.
In the Donetsk direction, the occupier is trying to continue the attacks in the previously selected areas to reach the administrative borders of the Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts.
In the Kherson Oblast, the enemy holds the border from Kherson to Rozivka. Uses Kherson International Airport to base combat aircraft.
Some enemy units were stopped northeast of the city of Mykolaiv along the river Ingul.
The night in Kyiv was peaceful. 5 air alarms were announced in the afternoon. The capital is helping with the evacuation of the population of nearby towns. Kyiv continues to strengthen and prepare for the defense of the city.
The humanitarian headquarters works systematically. There are all critical infrastructure companies, most grocery stores, and pharmacies. Kyiv Digital has updated the map of pharmacies where you can buy insulin.
Evacuation to the capital continues in Irpin, Vorzel, Borodyanka. In Bucha and Gostomel, the Russian occupation forces thwarted the evacuation, which blocked buses.
The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) and all nuclear facilities in the exclusion zone were left without electricity. Due to the fighting, it is impossible to carry out repair work and restore power. It is impossible to monitor the situation at the Chernobyl NPP.
Employees of the Chernobyl NPP have been held hostage for the 15th day in a row. The level of radiation in the area is unknown. The International Atomic Energy Agency sees no critical security breaches at the station.
During the 13 days of the war, 40 airstrikes were inflicted on the region. Last night was restless. The death toll from the airstrikes on March 8 rose to ten. During the day in the Zhytomyr Oblast, 4 air alarms were heard.
Volunteers of the International Legion came to the region to help the territorial defense.
On the official website, the Mayor of Zhytomyr reported about a deputy of the Zhytomyr City Council who was hiding in the Volyn Oblast. He returned to Zhytomyr, wrote an application, and resigned as deputy.
Today the citizens paid their last respects to two soldiers who died for Ukraine. Zhytomyr Oblast accepts internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the Kyiv Oblast and continues to collect humanitarian aid.
Today the second humanitarian corridor was opened from Sumy to Poltava, which lasted from 9:00 to 21:00. People could leave in an organized way and their cars.
Four air alarms have been reported since the morning. Fighting continues in the Oblast. Russian occupation troops shelled certain settlements of the Starobilov community. During the day, there were 18 fires in the region, 1 person was killed, and two were injured. During the war, there were 148 fires, 111 of them due to shelling. Due to the fighting, 102 settlements in the region remain without electricity.
Kharkiv is entirely under the defense of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The enemy does not take active offensive action. Russian occupation troops continue to launch missile and bomb strikes on housing infrastructure on the city’s outskirts.
The Ukrainian authorities managed to agree with the Russian Federation on green corridors for the evacuation of civilians from various cities in the Oblast. However, the Russian occupation forces continues to shell. Despite this, 250 residents were evacuated from Izyum.
The occupiers attempted to shell Kramatorsk. A total of 3 Iskander missiles were fired during the day. The air defenses destroyed all the rockets. The military continues to train and prepare to meet the enemy.
The city accepts IDPs, in particular from Volnovakha and Izyum. An evacuation was organized, but there was a delay due to falling debris near the railway tracks. After the attempts of enemy fire, the anxiety increased. Food is gradually disappearing in stores. There is already a problem with medicines, as the leading supplier is from Kharkiv. Residents continue to join volunteer initiatives.
Since the beginning of the day, the battle has been going on in the Mariinsky community. The Russian occupation troops fires on the Armed Forces’ positions from Grad missile systems and 120-mm mortars. In other communities of Pokrovsk district, it is relatively calm. Territorial defense units and the police patrol the cities.
A volunteer group has been set up in Pokrovsk to patrol the city and cooperate with law enforcement. The formation detects sabotage and reconnaissance groups and arranges bomb shelters. Utilities operate on a full-time basis. No infrastructure damage was detected. There is a filter point for the evacuation of people.
There are queues at bank branches. UAH 3,000 per person is given in cash. Only diesel fuel remained at gas stations. Allow filling only 20 liters per car.
Many people still stay in the city, and have not been evacuated; many are missing. There are rumors that someone was evacuated to the Temporarily Occupied Territories of the Donetsk / Luhansk Oblasts, but there are neither any lists nor official confirmation of this information.
The village of Novotroitske, where the checkpoint is located, is under permanent shelling and airstrikes. The school building in the village of Pilne and two kindergartens in the village of Novotroitske came under airstrikes. A large number of high-rises and private houses were ruined. Currently, the total number of destroyed buildings and structures is difficult to calculate. There is no electricity, water, heat, or gas supply. On March 7-8, invaders banned the use of any phones. Today they finally received news from their relatives.
Since March 1, the city has been completely surrounded. Russian occupation troops destroy the city and kill its residents, resorting to artillery bombardment and air raids. As a result of shelling, there is no electricity, water, and gas in Mariupol. There is no communication there, either. The invaders do not allow humanitarian convoys into the town, and civilians are not allowed to leave the city along the “green corridor”.
According to the Azov military unit, Mariupol is on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe. People collect rainwater for drinking, do campfire cooking on the street, and bury the dead neighbors just in the backyards. Those who have no one to bury them lie just on the city’s roads.
Russian occupation forces deliberately dropped several bombs on a children’s hospital and almost completely destroyed it. The Russians also destroyed the maternity hospital with artillery fire. People, including children, were trapped under the wreckage.
A vast number of houses were destroyed. If the Ukrainian troops do not unblock the city immediately, a famine will break out in Mariupol.
Volunteers continue to purchase food products and water for the Armed Forces of Ukraine, warm clothing, and uniforms for the territorial defense: https://www.facebook.com/bahmutukr/posts/3327534707470183. The city authorities informed about the activities of the community and the points for providing support to internally displaced persons. https://www.facebook.com/rada.bakhmut/posts/688830015803858. People continue to work, parents with children go on a walk in parks and backyards. Due to the downing of a missile over Kramatorsk (approximately 50-60 km away from Bakhmut), the situation in the city is tense.
The Oblast agreed upon providing “green corridors” from Enerhodar, Dniprorudne, and Vasylivka. As of 5 p.m., the evacuation of residents and the delivery of humanitarian aid failed due to opposition by the Russian occupation forces.
Some settlements are under temporary occupation and enemy siege. The situation is tense, on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe. Some communities still remain without water and gas. The Russian invaders do not allow utility companies to the facilities that require maintenance or repair. The radiation background in the Zaporizhia Oblast does not exceed the permissible level.
The situation is quiet. The humanitarian aid and volunteer centers function under normal operating conditions. The city is being fortified and prepared for defense.
Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant (NPP)
The Russian invaders control the Zaporizhia NPP. There are about 500 Russian soldiers and 50 pieces of heavy equipment on the territory of the NPP.
Hard-working conditions are established at the NPP. Workers have been held hostage for four days. They are physically and psychologically exhausted. Nevertheless, they keep the nuclear reactors running and try to repair the damage caused by the shelling.
According to Herman Halushchenko, the Minister of Energy of Ukraine, the Russian military practiced tortures to force the staff to record a fake appeal, which they plan to use for propaganda purposes.
5 trucks with humanitarian aid (food, drinking water, medicines, and warm clothes) were to leave Zaporizhzhia and go to Enerhodar, and a convoy of buses with evacuees was to leave Enerhodar. The Russian occupation troops stopped both, and as of 5:15 p.m., after three hours of waiting in Vasylivka, buses with evacuees moved to Zaporizhzhia.
A huge pro-Ukrainian rally took place in Enerhodar. Citizens expressed their position and also celebrated Taras Shevchenko’s birthday. Photo: https://drive.google.com/file/d/16PUGPWMDZoyPaFChDH4GiVk2RIu8QPgk/view?usp=sharing
Russian occupation troops occupy the city. Despite the danger, locals organised a rally to express their pro-Ukrainian position. People brought a funeral wreath to the occupiers and sang the National Anthem of Ukraine. Video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rluxhS6BJ-DYphq59oYWoL-8fnxhUB_X/view?usp=sharing
The situation in the occupied city remains difficult. Citizens organized a peaceful rally with flags again and sang the Ukrainian Anthem. Citizens have noticed that the number of participants is growing every day. Video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MS2krV29y0ucw5hcWUszBqxuDpqgbV9i/view?usp=sharing
The Russian occupation troops are in the city. After capturing the TV tower, the occupiers activated a large network of bots on social networks. The occupiers try to sow panic among citizens by using newly created accounts.
Kherson and some districts of Kherson Oblast are resisting, but no active hostilities occur. Television does not work, and the Internet and mobile communications are very intermittent.
There are no active hostilities in the city. In the morning, Russian occupation troops occupied Skadovs’k. About 20 units of military vehicles entered the City Council, Security Service of Ukraine, military unit and intimidated the Skadovs’k citizens in the city’s central square. Computers and other equipment were confiscated from the City Council, and some things were stolen from the military unit.
Citizens reacted promptly. They organized rallies and marches around the city outside Skadovs’k. The psychological and provocative operation ended in the afternoon. Russian troops left the city and moved in an unknown direction.
Territorial defense continues to patrol the city; there is a shortage of police. Local authorities urge citizens to be united, calm, and not panic and succumb to the enemy’s provocations.
The streets are empty. All shops are closed. Pharmacies are partially open, but many drugs are not available, as there are no new acquisitions. There are no deliveries and no green corridor. Cars rarely move through the city as it is located on the outskirts. At the same time, citizens often see enemy vehicles heading from Crimea to Kherson.
Airstrikes take place in this Oblast. The Armed Forces of Ukraine are defending the region, and anti-aircraft warfare is working. Territorial defense fortifies the coast, roadblocks, and patrols the city. Local authorities say the situation in the Oblast is under control. People unite to help territorial defense and socially vulnerable groups.
The situation in the region and the city is stable and under control. The Regional Defense Council works 24/7. Many people enroll in the territorial defense, so local authorities plan to create additional battalions. The voluntary formation of territorial defense called “Varta Dnipra” (“Dnipro Guard”) was created in Dnipro to protect public order. And a hotline for migrants has also been created in Dnipro.
Local authorities inform about the development of the logistics system and the provision of villages and cities following the needs of the necessary products. IDPs are accepted mainly from Donetsk and Kharkiv Oblasts. People making a stop in Oblast after the evacuation receive help. A large number of men return by train to Oblast.
Many citizens and business representatives volunteer, and it helps to get the necessary means of protection and tactical medicine, even from abroad. Currently, logistics systems have been developed in Polish warehouses.
The situation in the city and the region is under control. One air alarm was recorded during the day. The Armed Forces of Ukraine guard the borders of the Kirovohrad Oblast and military facilities. Territorial defense is on duty at checkpoints and fortifications.
The Kpopyvnytskyi City Center for the Resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons was set up based on one of the schools. People who come to Kpopyvnytskyi can apply to this center, where they will be registered and sent to a temporary shelter and provided with food. The headquarters will also form a database of apartments for rent for those who can and desire to pay for their accommodation in Kropyvnytskyi. Local authorities work with volunteer organizations to help the army and refugees.
Two missiles were shot down near the Vinnytsia.
There was no military action in Zhmerynka. Territorial defense patrols the city. There is still a tiny problem with cash withdrawals at ATMs. In general, the situation is stable, and citizens remain calm. The city is operational.
The Lviv Oblast is generally calm, with no air alarms recorded. During the past two days, eight funeral ceremonies were held to say goodbye to eight deceased soldiers who died for Ukraine.
During the two weeks of the war, Lviv received almost 200,000 IDPs. In 440 educational and cultural institutions, there were temporary shelters and 85 religious organizations.
A project has been launched in Lviv to organize activities and classes for local children and those orced to move to Lviv from other oblasts due to Russia’s invasion.
As of March 9th, almost all dormitories of the city’s educational institutions are inhabited. Lyceums and gymnasiums, which have also been actively accepting IDPs since the first days of the war, are on the verge of their capacity. Because of this, it was decided to expand the network of shelters to other Drohobych educational institutions.
The day passed without air alarms. The infrastructure is starting to work more intensively in the city.
As of the morning of March 9th, more than 5,100 IDPs were registered. Anyone looking for a job can get a job in a utility company.
The Oblast and the city are relatively calm. One air alarm sounded during the day. The Armed Forces of Ukraine continue to patrol the border with Belarus. Territorial defense patrol checkpoints. The first Starlink systems appeared in the Rivne Oblast (https://www.facebook.com/koval8/posts/508081404262274 ).
The Head of the Rivne Regional Military Administration encouraged entrepreneurs to resume work, if possible, so that the economy would continue to work. The Mayor of Rivne said that during the night in the city, police detained 17 suspicious people. Three of them were later transferred to the State Security Service of Ukraine for further investigation.
Over the past 24hrs, 1518 evacuees were sheltered in the Oblast, 1264 of which remained in the Oblast. Since the beginning of hostilities, the Oblast has received 6677 IDPs. 5402 of these people are staying here for a long time.
Every day, humanitarian goods are sent from the Rivne Oblast to the country’s hot spots. In particular, humanitarian aid from different countries is shipped by trains. Citizens continue to volunteer. Community activists cook meals for the military in educational institutions.
The situation in the city is under control. The territorial defense is strengthening the city’s defenses. Utility companies operate in an enhanced mode providing residents with quality services. Prices in stores are being monitored to prevent illicit hikes. Rakove and Dubove neighborhoods renewed firing practice jointly with the State Border Service of Ukraine and territorial defense units. The drills will involve Unmanned Aviation Vehicles (UAVs).
The exhibition hall at the school of arts has opened a distribution center for IDPs offering essentials for those who need them. Preparations of humanitarian aid for delivery to oblasts affected by the war continue. Collection and provision of assistance for IDPs go on. Almost a hundred enterprises addressed the Oblast authority requesting transfer of their production facilities into the Khmelnytskyi Oblast. The Khmelnytskyi Oblast Military Administration pleads with vehicle owners to reduce movement around the city to the minimum to free the streets and prevent traffic jams. The Oblast continues to work to put its checkpoint system in order.
It is relatively calm in the community. The Armed Forces of Ukraine serves as per the manning schedule. The territorial defense keeps watching at checkpoints and patrols community streets. Reception of people from regions continues: some 1,225 IDPs were registered last night. The number of IDPs officially registered since the beginning of the war stands at almost 10 thousand. Some return to the city from abroad. There is a volunteer coordination center that receives and distributes humanitarian aid. The Education Department is developing a concept of educational process coordination. There are eight creative groups featuring art school teachers, psychologists, and lawyers. Owners of Labrador dogs are involved in small children’s rehabilitation. Assistance is offered to local families in strained circumstances. Collection and dispatch of aid cargoes to ‘hot spots’ continues. A psychological counseling program will be rolled out in the future. There is a high demand for the fuel needed to transport cargo from the border and for foodstuffs suitable for centralized catering of IDPs.
The situation in the Oblast is under control. Checkpoints have been set up on the roads to check the ID and inspect vehicles. Battle-ready battalions, brigades, and regiments have been formed and currently undergoing combat coordination drills. Today the Oblast is paying last respects to the five soldiers from А2582 detachment who had fallen in the fight against Russian invaders. From this day, the city of Chernivtsi will be patrolled by National Guard squads. Sergiy Osadchuk, Chernivtsi Oblast Military Administration Chair, called the owners of enterprises that have found themselves in the war zone to relocate their production facilities to the safety of Bukovyna. ‘Our business communities will gladly assist in setting up and restoring your production. It should make the foundation of economic victory over the enemy and the crisis it intends to provoke.’ The locals rally together and assist the territorial defense and socially vulnerable groups.
It is calm in the city and the Oblast with no military action. An armed cell has been detained in the Transcarpathian region today. The male at the head of the cell lived for more than four years in the village of Pylyptsy, neighboring an Orthodox priest. According to preliminary data, the cell boss was for four years on salary from Russia.
The Transcarpathian Oblast Military Administration Chair had a working meeting with business representatives to discuss current matters and design an efficient business operation mechanism in wartime conditions.
The city and the Oblast are filled to the brim with IDPs, the majority of them in need of essentials. If businesses were to rebound, that would deliver some of the load of the City Council and volunteers currently providing aid to our compatriots forced to flee the war and bombings. Volunteers continue assisting IDPs.
Ukrainian Women’s Guard
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