Ukraine in brief:
(source – the Armed Forces of Ukraine)
Enemy losses from 24.02 to 03.03:
9000 military personnel of the Russian Federation
900 armored combat vehicles
11 Air Defense
March 4th – 9th day of the Russian war with Ukraine. Kyiv blockade remains the enemy’s main goal, as well as the weakening of resistance in the blocked settlements. In this task, the Russian army exhausted most of its operational reserves and began to transfer additional forces and resources from the Southern and Eastern military districts.
In eastern Ukraine, the enemy army is trying to continue the offense on the Novoaidar and Severodonetsk areas.
Mariupol, Kharkiv, Sumy, Kherson, Zaporizhia, Zhytomyr regions, as well as Kyiv and Kyiv region remain problematic.
To make up for the losses in the Donetsk region, Russian curators began bringing Russian Armed Forces service members to the Ilovaisk station.
A Russian naval group has been withdrawn from maritime bases in the Black Sea with the task of striking Ukraine’s navy, but Russian civil ships and their crews are more likely to fall victim to Russian pirates.
The enemy doesn’t abandon intentions to take over the Black sea shoreline and continues to prepare for marines landing on the Zatoka – Chernomorsk.
Up to 80 representatives of the Russian media and a large group of “demonstrators” were brought to the temporarily occupied territories of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea to organize rallies of “residents” in the occupied cities.
It is likely that shortly they will be sent to Kherson to organize staging rallies with the participation of propaganda media to “support” the change of Ukrainian local government and the legalization of the occupation.
The night in the capital of Ukraine passed more or less calmly. Air defense systems have worked several times. During the day, the notification system of a probable airstrike alarm was activated 5 times. There is a humanitarian headquarters with food, clothing, basic necessities, and humanitarian aid reserves.
The Russian occupation forces continue to accumulate troops and equipment. In many settlements, they are shelling housing estates and critical infrastructure. Sirens sound throughout the region.
The city of Vorzel (40 km from Kyiv) is on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe. The Russian occupation regime continues to fire on residential buildings. Locals are forced to hide in basements and have no access to food, water, medicine, and other necessities. In addition, in many areas of the village there is no light, heating and water supply, and to restore the work of utilities is difficult due to shelling. Russian occupation forces block exits from the city — the difficult situation in Polissya, Dymer, Ivankiv communities.
137 children from the orphanage were evacuated from Bila Tserkva to Poland.
Explosions were heard in Zhytomyr and the region. Today sirens sounded in Zhytomyr 7 times. The Russian occupation regime shell hit the school there. Administrative buildings were shelled in Korosten.
The press headquarters of foreign journalists from Sweden, France, and the Czech Republic has opened in the Zhytomyr City Council.
The head of the Sumy Military Administration, Dmytro Zhyvytskyi, stated that the situation was under control, the Russian occupation forces continued to move in columns. As they run out of supplies, they count on their exit from the region. There are currently no “green corridors” for evacuation in the Sumy Oblast.
In Trostyanets, the Russian occupation forces occupied the railway station and shelled the city. Residents of the nearby high-rise building are used as a human shield by Russian occupation forces.
Mortar shelling took place in the village of Velyka Pyskarivka. Due to the completely destroyed electrical substation near Lebedyn, the city is left without electricity.
The situation in Chernihiv is under control. However, the city is technically surrounded by Russian occupiers. There is no water supply, electricity, or heating in some regions. Because of war action, there is no electricity at 203 settlements and over 50 thousand households in all region districts.
Yesterday the city center was hit by Russian missiles. 47 people dead, 18 injured. Occupiers continue the systematic hitting of residential districts and social infrastructure.
The situation in Kharkiv is difficult. The regions of Northern Saltivka and Kharkiv Tractor Plant are being shelled by tube and reactive artillery. The town of Izum was being shelled for the whole night. This led to the destruction of the main supply line of gas, heating, and electricity.
20 train cars and 9 trucks of humanitarian aid arrived in Kharkiv.
A single shooting was heard in the town; no details were available. Volunteers are working, internally displaced persons continue to arrive from Volnovakha, evacuation continues. People are worried, but the volunteer movement continues to develop.
The enemy tries to move to the border of the Donetsk Oblast. There was shelling from a 120mm mine-thrower of the new Novomykhaylivka (Maryivska Community).
During the day, anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) and hand-held anti-tank grenade launchers (RPGs) were fired. There were isolated bombings in the Avdiivka community. No casualties were reported. As a result of artillery shelling, there is no electricity in the Ocheretyn community in Nevelsk and Novoselivka Druha, partly in Verkhnotoretsk.
Late evening on March 3rd, Pokrovsk came under fire. As a result of the shelling, a house was damaged. The cassette element pierced the roof and ended up in the room. Fortunately, no one was hurt. Rescuers neutralized the missile. Rescuers also noted that there were more than twenty such items in the central part of the city and they could detonate within 24 hours. Thus, the Russian troops use cluster bombs, prohibited by the Geneva Conventions, in peaceful cities of Ukraine. Rescuers are urging residents to be careful.
Ukraine’s armed forces defend the entire frontier and destroy the Russian army. Territorial defense is on duty.
As of the morning of March 4th, private residential buildings on two streets remain without gas supply. Two streets were cut off from electricity, heat supply was temporarily lost in several houses and social institutions, but it has already been restored. One of the boiler houses was stopped due to the possibility of shelling.
All mobile operators, except Kyivstar, provide mobile data services. FUIB, Oschadbank, and PrivatBank ATMs are filled with cash, but there are queues. In general, the city is quiet.
The situation in the town is tense, but locals continue leading their daily routines. Territory defense forces are gathering necessary things. Bakhmut City Mayor, Oleksandr Reva, informed locals on his Facebook page about the operation of the town and the location of stations for support of the internally displaced persons. People are making stocks of food supplies.
Russian troops occupied the site of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station in Enerhodar. As a result of the shelling, a fire broke out on its territory. It was extinguished. Currently, the nuclear power plant is under the control of Russian troops. Most power units are disconnected. The first reactor has some minor damages.
After regrouping and sending part of the operational reserves, a battalion battle group of Russian occupation forces continue to attack Zaporizhzhya (namely the settlements of Andriyivka, Komysh-Zorya, Chernihivka, Polohy). Huliaipole, Mahedovo, and Chubarivka are also under threat. The occupiers actively use multiple launch rocket systems, heavy flamethrower system TOS-1A Solntsepek (Sun), and tanks.
The personnel of the “Pivden” group of troops are conducting a defensive operation and inflicting fire damage on the enemy by all available means, including assault and army aircraft.
Oleksandr Starukh, the head of Zaporizhzhya Regional Military Administration, held a meeting with the heads of structural subdivisions to ensure the normal activity of the region.
The Red Cross, together with the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the Russian Federation, is working on creating green corridors and coordinating them with the military. There is no information about the agreement yet. The priority is medicines for people who need hemodialysis in Berdyansk and Melitopol.
The Regional Administration notes that the seizure of the Zaporizhzhya NPP could cause significant disruptions in the energy supply. In particular, it poses a mortal threat to thousands of people in hospitals in need of artificial lung ventilation, as well as to premature babies in incubators.
Enerhodar (Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Station)
On the evening of March 3, Russian troops began to shell Enerhodar, and hostilities started at a roadblock at the entrance to the city. They tried to shoot civilians, and as it turned out later, they used blank rounds to intimidate people and create panic. A column of enemy vehicles moved towards the nuclear power plant.
The Russian military fired on the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Station (NPS) site. As a result of the shelling, a fire broke out on the plant’s territory. The building of the training complex was on fire.
Russian troops did not allow rescuers to put out the fire for 1.5 hours. Finally, in the morning, they were allowed to start extinguishing the flames, which at that time occupied an area of about 2 thousand square meters. The fire was extinguished. Video resource: https://youtu.be/hEkaCOaSGj8
Currently, the Zaporizhzhya NPS site is occupied by the Russian military. Throughout the Zaporizhzhya region, the situation is tense and difficult.
Zaporizhzhya NPS power units remain intact. Systems and elements important for the safety of NPSs are in running order. There are damages made to the reactor compartment structure of the power unit №1. However, they do not affect the safety of the power unit. Out of six power units, only one is currently functioning.
Background radiation in the Zaporizhzhia Oblast remains unchanged and does not endanger the lives and health of the population (as of 11:00 and 17:00).
Enerhodar is blocked from all sides. The city has a lot of enemy military vehicles. After fighting, the Russian military occupied the premises of the city police.
Artillery shelling continues, especially in the Gulf region. Air defense works powerfully. The Ukrainian Armed Forces shot down Russian planes. The region’s security is being prepared, the coasts and checkpoints are being actively strengthened. The mayor communicates with sister cities. “We receive aid and collect aid ourselves in Kharkiv and Kherson. The community is united. People help to the best of their ability. The city is preparing to defend itself.” – notes the coordinator of All-Ukrainian”Active Community” in Odesa.
In Poltava, the situation is under control; there are no clashes in the region. Mobile police groups are working around the clock, intensively patrolling the streets. The city accepts internally displaced persons. Volunteers help prepare lunches.
No hostilities are taking place in the community. Territorial defense patrols cities and checkpoints. The city received humanitarian aid from a Polish sister city to the front. The city has a problem with issuing the cash, which is carried out only by bank branches.
Therefore, there are long queues of citizens to the branches. In general, volunteers and activists work calmly and actively in the city.
Lviv Oblast and Lviv
The situation in the region is calm. Residents are asked to be careful. Some people who pretend to be “territorial defense”. Local authorities are asking public groups not to call it “territorial defense” so as not to confuse citizens.
There are long queues at military commissaries and territorial defense recruitment centers. Recruitment of territorial defense brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is nearing completion.
Critical infrastructure operates normally. Police work in the strengthened mode. Since the beginning of martial law, line 102 of the Lviv Region police has received more than 67,000 calls.
Humanitarian aid began to be brought to the Lviv region by rail, particularly from the Czech Republic, and in the previous days, it was brought by truck.
The clergy of the Lviv Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (MP) demands the proclamation of complete autocephaly from the Russian Orthodox Church at the Council of Bishops. Earlier, the Metropolitan of Lviv and Halych Filaret Kucherov (UOC-MP) signed an order that churches stop praying to commemorate Patriarch Kirill of Moscow.
There was an air larm in the city. As of yesterday, 12,000 of the military from Lviv oblast are going to the front. Brigades of the Territorial Defense Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have been formed.
The wounded are being brought to Drohobych for treatment. Yesterday six fighters were brought from Kyiv. Citizens set up fundraisers, collect volunteer aid and send it to Kyiv. Some facilities provide free accommodation for internally displaced persons and volunteers.
Orphans are taken to Drohobych accompanied by teachers from the Kyiv Oblast, Kramatorsk, Severodonetsk, Mariupol, and other places of hostilities.
The air alarm was in the morning, evening, and night. Ternopil city mayor calmed down citizens because of the Russian forces attack on the Zaporizhzhya NPS in Enerhodar. People united, volunteers are working to help internally displaced persons and the military. At the moment the city is quiet.
Local authorities urge Ivano-Frankivsk shops with clothes to open their doors for the visitors since many people need clothes. The cargo with products and necessities is on its way from Ivano-Frankivsk to Kyiv and Kharkiv. Starting from March 5th, the city social canteens begin to work based on selected educational institutions and will be available for all those in need from noon till 3 pm. Also, these centers will issue certificates of internally displaced persons.
The city is quiet, and one air alarm sounded during the day. The Armed Forces of Ukraine continue to patrol the border with Belarus, and the territorial defense guards the checkpoints. Citizens continue to help volunteers in all possible ways.
During the briefing, Rivne City Mayor informed about the city’s volunteering needs and Rivne’s humanitarian cargo destinations. The Rivne Regional Military Administration website refuted a fake from the Belarusian website about the shelling of the Rivne Nuclear Power Plant. All power units operate.
The city is under control and continues to increase the engineering and sapper infrastructure of checkpoints and combat readiness of a battalion of territorial defense. Local authorities put all efforts into the normal functioning of the city and its citizens. The operational headquarters works 24/7 and responds to possible changes in the situation. Since the previous day, the alarm system has been strengthened; additional sirens have been installed.
Charity foundation “Volontery Podillya” collects clothes and necessary ammunition for Ukrainian defenders. It’s not only the people of Khmelnytskyi, but also citizens of other countries – Poland, the Czech Republic, France, Lithuania, Germany, and others are helping Ukraine. Volunteers receive applications from soldiers, analyze them, and immediately send cargo where needed now (Kharkiv, Odesa, Kyiv, Mykolaiv, Kherson, and other oblasts). «Vehicles are in very high demand now. It can be a car or a bus, which will be converted into ambulances», – says Tetyana Kaliuzhna, coordinator for the Charity foundation “Volontery Podillya” center.
In the sports complex of Khmelnytsky National University, mass weaving of camouflage nets was arranged, more than fifty volunteers joined the work, Utilities are working and providing services in full.
The city is quiet. The Armed Forces patrol the perimeter of the landfill and other areas where there is military equipment. Territorial defense is on duty at checkpoints and sends humanitarian aid to other cities.
Local authorities have asked entrepreneurs, heads of various institutions, and agencies to help with fuel to ensure the delivery of humanitarian goods, including abroad.
All utilities work in the city. Installation of three generators for medical institutions is underway. In the event of an emergency power outage, they will ensure the smooth operation of hospitals. An information bulletin with basic contacts and tips on how to act during the war for different population groups has been published. The bulletin was distributed among the heads of management companies and condominiums.
Volunteer points are active, coordinating the work of volunteers, monitoring and distributing needs for IDPs and the military. Citizens raise funds and help internally displaced persons. Residents are urged to be vigilant and check information.
Chernivtsi Oblast (Bukovyna)
In Chernivtsi and the region, it is quiet. Bukovinians have been resisting the occupiers since the first day of the war. A territorial defense brigade has been formed in the region, and veterans of the Russian-Ukrainian war since 2014 have been serving in its units.
The head of the Chernivtsi Military Administration, Serhiy Osachuk, called on all region communities and all church parishes to unite and make long-term food storage kits for our nationals. Today Kharkiv received humanitarian aid from Bukovyna – several wagons filled with food, water, medicine, blankets, and other things necessary for the city’s residents.
18,000 internally displaced persons have already arrived in Bukovyna, 5,226 of whom are children. They are placed in educational and social protection institutions. People come from Kyiv, Kharkiv, Zhytomyr, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhya and Kherson Oblasts. Representatives of the “Active Community” in Chernivtsi participate in preparing and delivering food to internally displaced persons, territorial defense, and volunteers. 245 hot lunches have been issued today.
The city is quiet. There is no fighting. Volunteers and entrepreneurs receive internally displaced persons. Residents of the city help them. Citizens are also enrolled in the gastronomic battalion of Zakarpattia.
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