Operational information from the regions 08.03.2022
Ukraine in brief
13 days of Ukraine’s war against the Russian aggressor.
Occupants concentrate their main efforts on creating opportunities to encircle and occupy Kyiv, Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Sumy, Mariupol, and Mykolayiv. They don’t stop trying to reach the administrative borders of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions.
At the same time, there are signs that the military-political leadership of the Republic of Belarus is ready for the possible large-scale participation of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus in hostilities against Ukraine on the side of the Russian Federation. Military units in Belarus have been set to a higher level of combat readiness, but the moral and psychological condition of the personnel is deficient. Most service members are aware of future actions and do not want to fight on the side of the Russian armed forces.
Additional enemy forces are being mobilized to conduct attacks in the direction of the city of Fastiv, Kyiv Oblast. After significant losses, the Russian army is recovering in the vicinity of the city of Irpin.
The enemy is trying to block Chernihiv. The main forces of the Russian army continue to restore the pontoon crossing and, in the near future, will try to cross the Desna River.
In the Glukhov area, the enemy tried to organize an attack from the previously created frontier. It was unsuccessful; the attack was stopped.
Due to the irreparable losses in the Kharkiv Oblast, the Russian occupation forces left the combat zone and returned to the Belgorod region to take measures to restore combat readiness.
The aggressor continues to attack in the direction of the Dnipro and Zaporizhzhia to reach the administrative borders of the Donetsk Oblast. Russian occupation forces are trying to resume the attack and capture Mariupol.
The enemy did not take active action in the Black and Azov Seas waters. The possibility of missile strikes on state and military facilities from ships of the Black Sea Fleet and the Caspian Flotilla remains.
Kyiv is being strengthened and prepared for defense. Critical infrastructure companies, shops, pharmacies are working. The humanitarian headquarters works systematically, where it receives assistance from Ukrainian businesses and abroad.
In the evening, Ukrainian air defense shot down two Russian planes over Kyiv and its environs. As of March 8, the enemy lost 48 aircraft.
Russian occupation forces continue to hold Bucha, attack Ivankiv, and gather troops to attack Fastiv. At night there were battles in Makariv, Irpin, Gostomel, Borodyanka adjacent territories. The Russian occupiers are threatening the heads of communities with reprisals and demanding the surrender of the settlements.
Russian troops have controlled the Chernobyl nuclear power plant for 12 days. There remain 100 employees and 200 service members who defended Chernobyl. The hostages are in difficult conditions. The station has only a limited supply of food and medicine. On March 6th, Russian occupation regime offered to supply new supplies, but the staff refused because they did not want to be used for Russian propaganda.
The invaders accumulate troops and equipment, shelling housing estates and critical infrastructure. The north of Vyshhorod district remains occupied by the enemy. The Russians do not allow the delivery of humanitarian aid to communities. The worst situation is in Polissya, Dymer, and Ivankiv communities.
The Russian invader prevents the evacuation of the population. During the day, those who could get to the gathering place on their own were taken out of Irpin. They are currently preparing for a large-scale evacuation of people and the delivery of humanitarian aid, which requires a silent mode.
On the evening of March 7th, Russia launched two airstrikes on oil depots in Zhytomyr and a nearby village.
At night, Russian planes dropped bombs on Sumy and the region. The Russian occupiers destroyed and damaged houses. There are dead and injured.
A “green corridor” for the evacuation of locals to Poltava was agreed upon with the enemy. The first column advanced at 9:00. However, even during the regime of silence, the Russians continued to intimidate people. They opened a chaotic fire, which delayed the evacuation.
Sirens are wailing over Chernihiv and the oblast. The enemy tries to blockade Chernihiv. On March 7th, a vehicle carrying six hit the mine on the Kyiv highway in the Chernihiv Oblast. The occupiers continue looting village residents.
In Kharkiv, Russian occupation forces slowed down their advance but continued shelling civil neigbourhoods and towns of the Kharkiv Oblast. Kharkiv launches a counter-attack. An animal shelter organised by volunteers in Kharkiv was hit by Russian army’s shell. Five dogs perished in the shelling.
Russian occupation troops keep the city of Izyum under siege preventing evacuation of residents and humanitarian aid supply. Besides, they shelled the central municipal hospital.
Residents of Kupiansk continue demonstrating against the occupation. Just to remind: the town was surrendered by the pro-Russian mayor.
It is quiet in the city. The MFU and the territorial defense continue with preparations to meet the enemy. The city is welcoming IDPs; all the utility services operate in normal mode. The evacuation is underway. Volunteers are readying shelters, collecting humanitarian aid, fitting window protection, accommodating IDPs, assisting territorial defense and so on. The residents become increasingly anxious – more empty flats, fewer people on the streets.
There is a relative calm along the separation line in the Pokrovsky Raion. The territorial defense goes on joint patrols with the police in communities of the Raion. Bombs continue going off in Pokrovsk: the ones thrown before yet didn’t blast any continue detonating and maiming people.
The National Emergency Service received 89 claims from Pokrovsk residents about unknown objects. According to the NES, the city may still have more than 100 UXOs around it. These can resemble empty deodorant bottles. A 28-year-old railroad employee who received trauma from a munition component that detonated near the railway has died at the hospital today.
The extraordinary online session of the Pokrovsk Town Council had local MPs unanimously approve the address to the countries’ leaders worldwide to declare a no-fly zone over Ukraine.
The local council has begun receiving applications for compensation and house repair aids. Some 14 applications have been registered with the Pokrovsk City Council to date.
All utility companies operate in normal mode. Local pharmacies are short of medicines for insulin-dependent. With no cash in ATMs, people line up to bank branches and cash desks. Cars are lining up at petrol stations.
The situation in the city is tense. Territorial Defense continues to organize people to carry out construction work. The city authorities continue to inform the residents about the actions undertaken by the city and the gathering points for internally displaced persons. Food products are delivered to the stores, and people buy them up. Residents move freely around the city.
Mariupol has been under blockade for 8 days now. The city has no electricity, gas, water, heating, or communications. Residents cook food at the campfires. All entries and exits are blocked. A 6-year-old child died of dehydration due to the Russian blockade.
The Ukrainian authorities managed to agree on “green corridors” for the evacuation of the peaceful population of Mariupol. However, it was at that very time that Russians attempted to break into the city. According to the city council, only the destruction of the enemy and the increase of Ukrainian troops in the Azov direction will ensure the safety of the civilian population.
The situation in the region is tense. The invaders are regrouping and preparing for the offensive in the direction of Zaporizhzhia. The pace of their progress has slowed significantly. The invaders are increasingly resorting to violations of International humanitarian law regarding the rules of armed conflicts. In the temporarily occupied settlements of the Zaporizhia region, the enemy is carrying out active propaganda work. Melitopol, Berdyansk, Vasylivka, Tokmak, Polohy and Molochansk remain under the control of Russian troops. Battles are fought near Orikhiv and Huliaipole. In most communities, people suffer from a lack of water, food and medicines. Negotiations are ongoing with the Red Cross to create “green corridors” for the evacuation of people from the occupied territories and the delivery of humanitarian aid to the respective communities. The radiation background in the Zaporizhia region remains unchanged and does not endanger the lives and health of the population.
The situation in the city is stable. Fortifications continue to be built in Zaporizhia. The main areas of work of the local authorities and volunteers are humanitarian aid and evacuation from the hot spots in the region. The locals have set up an effective evacuation scheme that allowed to rescue of about 100 children from Huliaipole and Kamyanka. The issue of evacuation of children from occupied Berdyansk is being addressed. A railway car and a minibus with humanitarian aid from the western regions arrived in Zaporizhia. The cargo contains food and personal hygiene products to be distributed among the needy communities. The city is ready to accommodate internally displaced persons from Mariupol. Evacuation buses left again today, and humanitarian aid was sent today as well. As of 16:00, the results are unknown.
Energodar (Zaporizhzhya NPP)
Zaporizhzhya NPP and the city of Energodar are under the control of the Russian occupiers for the fourth day. Currently, only two power units of Zaporizhzhya NPP are in operation. Operational personnel monitor the condition of power units and ensure their safe operation. In the Vasylivka area, a 750 kV high-voltage line remains disconnected due to damage. The website of Zaporizhzhya NPP is not working; information on the radiation levels in real-time is not available to the public. There is no possibility of delivering food to stores. Most Internet providers do not work. Due to the launch of national roaming between Ukrainian operators, mobile communication has appeared in the city.
Russian propaganda started working in the occupied city. Berdyansk radio station “Azov Wave” was seized by the Russian occupation forces. The occupiers disseminated anti-Ukrainian information, including distributing printed leaflets in Russian.
The city is under the control of the Russian occupiers. As in many other settlements, residents are protesting peacefully and proving their allegiance to Ukraine.
The town is in the state of a humanitarian catastrophe. For the sixth day, the city is without heat, water, and electricity. There is a shortage of food. Mobile communication does not work. The Russian occupiers have divided the city into two parts, and no one is allowed to cross the border. They are preparing a transition for a further offensive on Gulyaipol. The occupiers use methods of psychological attacks, intensify propaganda to work with the local population. According to eyewitnesses, Russian soldiers are knocking on the doors in the homes of residents, arranging unauthorized inspections, and confiscating mobile phones. People are not allowed to leave the settlements. It is impossible to evacuate towards Zaporizhia.
On March 7th, Russian occupation troops entered Kakhovka. Peaceful protests are taking place in the temporarily occupied settlements.
The occupiers are using units of psychological attacks. Ten tactical groups have been set up to conduct propaganda with local residents.
The city remains under siege. Mobile communication and the Internet are periodically jammed. Russian occupation troops don’t allow cars with food and medicine to enter Kherson.
Odesa Oblast suffered from shelling, and there were airstrikes across all territory. Ukrainian naval artillery sunk a Russian warship. Ukraine’s air defense is constantly working. Territorial defense prepares for protection, strengthens the coast and checkpoints.
Local authorities and volunteers assist socially vulnerable groups. People are as united as possible, helping territorial defense and people who need support. Odesa Oblast is preparing for defense.
An enemy missile hit a school stadium in the village of Hryhorivka, Vasylkiv district, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast. The rocket broke the windows and doors of the school. There were more than three dozen internally displaced persons from Volnovakha in the school. There are no victims; now, everyone is safe.
The Oblast is supplied with food. The enterprises of the food and processing industry work stably. The shops have everything local citizens need. The railway is working; the roads are open. Dnipro local authorities are asking citizens to provide electric generators. Police in the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast evacuated another 300 people from Kharkiv. The police consistently catch 1-2 looters a day who are prosecuted. A group of drone pilots has been set up to monitor the situation in the city.
There is a threat of an air attack. Territorial defense patrols the city, on duty at checkpoints. Volunteers collect food for the army, weave camouflage nets, and organize shelters for internally displaced persons. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi fired Maria Chorna from the post of the head of the regional state administration. He was replaced by Andriy Raikovych, who worked as the mayor of Kropyvnytskyi. This is stated in Decree №116 / 2022, published on March 7. At the initiative of local businessman Maxim Berezkin, the city organized the production of bulletproof vests, which were joined by teams from five garment factories.
Doctors continue to save lives. There are 158 wounded patients (soldiers and civilians from the areas where hostilities continue) in Poltava hospitals. The humanitarian corridor for Sumy has been launched. People are taken to Poltava through Lokhvytsya and Lubny. Ukrainian and Russian sides agreed on the route. From 9:00 to 21:00 Kyiv time, the silent regime started and Ukraine adheres to it. Dozens of buses with the Red Cross representatives and doctors on board left Lokhvytsya. Poltava and Sumy Regional Military Administrations control the process. Logistics system has been developed. Humanitarian aid (food and medicine) should also arrive in Sumy through the humanitarian corridor.
The general situation is calm. There are no military actions on the territory of the community. Territorial defense patrols roadblocks. The city’s infrastructure is almost fully operational.
The city began to accept internally displaced people.
The situation in Lviv Oblast is under control. 200,000 internally displaced people have been given shelter here so far. In the Lviv Regional Military Administration, authorities met with the ambassadors of Hungary, Georgia and India. Hungary is ready to accept refugees from Ukraine, who are forced to leave their homes in search of security due to the unlawful Russian invasion. On behalf of Georgia, the diplomat expressed support for Ukraine in all international organizations and is ready to continue providing humanitarian assistance to Ukraine. The Indian ambassador thanked for the evacuation of about 1,500 Indian students and handed over 35 tons of humanitarian aid. There are enough insulin reserves in Lviv Oblast for at least three months. They can be used by both citizens of the region and people from the area where hostilities continue. The authorities have protected cultural monuments and other valuable exhibits- moved them to a secure place.
A coordination center for internally displaced conscripts has opened in Lviv. According to the General Mobilization Decree, they are required to enlist in the military within 24 hours after the arrival.
The military unit stationed in Drohobych received a 65-seat Euroclass bus so that servicemen could move from facility to facility if necessary. This became possible after the Government decree on providing the Armed Forces of Ukraine with confiscated property.
Drohobych Town Council cooperates with local garment companies and seeks ways to sew all kinds of military uniforms. So far, only one company has enough capacity for this work. It was jointly concluded that the sewing should be carried out centrally by coordination with the Drohobych Town Military Administration.
Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast and city
The area is calm. The region and the city continue to receive internally displaced persons. This morning, more than 4,000 displaced persons had registered in Ivano-Frankivsk alone.
The first buses to evacuate women, children, and people with disabilities left Ivano-Frankivsk for Kyiv. Places for temporary residence have already been arranged for them. Volunteers work both for internally displaced persons and help the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The number of non-food stores in the city is gradually increasing.
The situation is calm. In the morning, there was an air alarm. The armed forces continue to patrol the border with Belarus and the territorial defense – checkpoints.
The page of the Head of the Rivne State Military Administration page informs about humanitarian work in the Rivne Oblast. “Rivne Humanitarian Hub” receives humanitarian aid from different countries and sends it to other cities as needed. The chairman himself works in the north of the region and holds meetings with the military and law enforcement agencies.
At the meeting, Rivne City Council considered four issues on changes to the budget for 2022, approval of the Local Material Reserve Program, changes to the social program. It adopted a report on budget implementation of Rivne City Council (more about the decision here – https://www.facebook.com/tretyak.rivne/posts/417495393509072). People in the community are united and continue to help volunteer headquarters.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine control the situation in the Zdovbytsia community. The alarm lasted for an hour. Enemy troops are not observed — the territorial defense patrols the streets and checks suspects in the community. Social workers urged to come to the village council to get passes that will allow them to move around the community without hindrance. Humanitarian aid was brought from Poland and the Czech Republic. Today a bus with medicines and necessary food was sent to Kyiv. Work continues in the sewing shop to provide unloading for the soldiers. There is a “dry law” in the Zdovbytsia community, and the illegal sale of alcoholic beverages is punishable. All drivers detained in a state of intoxication have their cars confiscated for the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the territorial defense.
The situation in the city and region is under control. The enemy tried to attack the Khmelnytsky Oblast, but the Armed Forces of Ukraine continue to resist the attacks. Manning of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and Terrorist Defense units is ongoing.
Khmelnytsky region is one of the logistics centers for the formation and dispatch of humanitarian goods for war-affected regions. More than 320 tons of humanitarian aid were collected, including cargos from Britain, Germany, Poland and Ireland. 49,000 internally displaced persons were sheltered in the region, and a large number passed through Khmelnytsky in transit. Everyone receives assistance, food and shelter.
Children of internally displaced persons can attend free performances of the Khmelnytsky Regional Puppet Theater, workshops and entertainment games at the local ethnographic Museum. Doctors provide medical care to soldiers injured in the Russian-Ukrainian war.
The city is quiet. The Armed Forces of Ukraine perform their duties according to the regular schedule, and patrol the perimeter of nearby military facilities. Territorial defense is on duty at checkpoints.
As of today, Kamianets-Podilskyi has officially received more than 8,000 IDPs, and unofficially more than 18,000. The Department of Education and Science is considering various forms of resumption of education since March 13. There are currently problems with the Internet connection. Volunteers collect humanitarian aid and send it to the regions.
The situation in the region is quiet. According to the local decision, drunk drivers will have their cars confiscated. As of today, 14 vehicles have been confiscated for the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The Territorial Defense ensures order in the city and districts: they participate in patrolling and protection of strategic facilities. “We have already accepted more than 20,000 IDPs (those who have registered) in the region, and so far, our resources are sufficient to continue to accommodate them,” said Mayor Roman Klichuk.
The diplomatic pressure of the local self-government on European states continues. “Help us stop killing civilians – close the skies over our country. If European countries do not do this, they will all be considered silent accomplices in the murders committed by the invaders”, said Serhiy Osachuk, head of the Chernivtsi Regional Military Administration, addressing the meeting of the Mayenne Department Council in France.
Bukovyna is a region with strong humanitarian centers, which provides aid to various regions of Ukraine. Representatives of the Remar charity met with Iryna Isopenko, deputy head of the Chernivtsi Regional Military Administration, who plan to bring field kitchens to Chernivtsi and cook lunches for IDPs.
Internally displaced persons try to set up their living and find employment, especially in rural communities. There are examples of finding a job as a doctor in Batiovo.
Yesterday, on March 7, activists took 50 women and children by bus to the city of Liberec (Czech Republic), where they were promised jobs.
Local volunteers continue to look for partners abroad to bring more humanitarian assistance to the area where it is most required.
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