Operational information on Russian invasion (March 23)

The 28th day of the Ukrainian people’s heroic resistance against Russia’s military invasion has begun. The defense forces continue to conduct a defense operation in the Eastern, Southern, and Northeastern directions. In the Eastern direction, the operational groups of troops are operating in the Donetsk, Slobozhansk, and Eastern parts of the Tavriya operational districts. They are not giving the enemy an opportunity to renew their offense in the directions of Slov’yansk and, part of the forces, on the Lozova locality.

They are restraining the advances of the enemy in the direction of Zaporizhya. The combined forces are holding back the invader in the direction of the cities of Popasna and Kurakhove. They are also carrying out the circular defense of Mariupol.In the North-Eastern direction, the defense operation continues in a designated operational zone. The main efforts are focused on covering the state border, holding back the enemy’s offense in the area of Malyn.

In the Siversky region, a group of troops holds the defense of Chernihiv and holds back the advancement of the enemy in the direction of Kyiv.In the South-East direction a defense operation is being carried out, as well as the support of troops’ ground operations and individual units, and the defense of bases and seaports in the Black Sea operational zone. The defence of the city of Mykolayiv and the Mykolayiv region continues.

Our defenders are holding back the enemy in the direction of Kryviy Rih and Novovorontsovska, conducting a stabilising operation, and carrying out territorial defense tasks.

There is a note of the enemy’s aviation carrying out active tasks, as well as missile strikes, over the past 24 hours. The Air Force and Armed Forces of Ukraine are repulsing concentrated missiles and airstrikes of the enemy, covering important objects in Ukraine from the air, and grouping troops. Over the past 24 hours over 17 of the enemy’s air targets have been hit (6 aircraft, 5 UAVs, 1 helicopter, and 5 cruise missiles). Additionally, the aviation of the Air Forces have made devastating blows to the accumulation of equipment and manpower of the enemy, and have damaged the enemy’s cruise missiles.

On the territory of the Russian federation, covert mobilization continues, with the aim of replenishing the personnel losses in the occupying group of troops operating on the territory of Ukraine. Military commissariats are making efforts to attract former servicemen to serve and sign the relevant contracts of former servicemen, and preference is given to those with combat experience. On the territory of Belarus the representatives of the opposition forces and concerned citizens who condemn the assistance of the current illegitimate government of the Russian Federation in the war with Ukraine, have partially disrupted the railway connection between Belarus and Ukraine.

Information to be confirmed. At the same time, based on the available information, Russian and Belarussian military equipment is being actively moved across the territory of the Republic of Belarus, and further accumulated along the Ukrainian border.In certain areas, the enemy has been demoralized.

Thus, during the storming of the city of Mariupol, in one of the special forces units that were involved in active hostilities, less than 10% of the personnel are prepared to continue to take part in the war, and the remaining personnel are either killed, wounded, ill, or demoralised. Keep calm! Together we will win! Glory to Ukraine!