Russia begins to accumulate resources for storming Kyiv as it focuses to encircle it together with Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Sumy, and Mykolayiv, reaching the administrative borders in Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts, as well as creating a land corridor with occupied Crimea. Meanwhile, the Pentagon assesses that 95% of the Russian forces at the borders have already entered Ukraine and that the Russians did not achieve their plans for air domination.
Meanwhile, as the West continues to stand firm against introducing a no-fly zone in Ukraine, an Air Marshall says the West should be eying options to make such a zone a global coalition endeavor, rather than applying the NATO brand.
Morning report day 12 – March 7
The report is based on media reports, expert analyses and official information posted online.
According to information from the General Staff of Ukraine as of Operational information on 06.00, 07.03.2022 and [midnight]:
“The twelfth day of the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people to the Russian military invasion has begun. The enemy continues its offensive against Ukraine.
[The enemy continues the offensive operation against Ukraine, focusing on the encirclement of Kyiv, Kharkiv, Chernihiv, Sumy, and Mykolayiv, reaching the administrative borders in Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts, creating a land corridor with occupied Crimea in the direction of Mariupol – Novoazovsk.]
[The invaders did not achieve the ultimate goal of eleven days of occupation.]
[The enemy group began to accumulate resources for the storming of Kyiv.]
[At the same time, the occupiers did not stop trying to prepare for the offensive in the Polissya, Siversky, Donetsk, and Tavriya directions.]
[In the Polissya direction, the enemy is trying to establish full control over the cities of Bucha and Irpin and get closer to the capital of Ukraine.]
[In the area of the city of Irpin, the enemy is moving in tank and motorized infantry units.]
[From the territory of the Republic of Belarus through the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone the supply of fuel and other material means for the occupying forces continues.]
The invaders continue to use the airfield network of the Republic of Belarus to carry out airstrikes on Ukraine.
[In the northern direction, the occupiers are trying to provide a tactical advantage to reach the eastern outskirts of Kyiv through Brovarsky and Boryspil districts, as well as to establish control over the cities of Chernihiv and Sumy.]
[In the Tavriya direction, the occupiers are conducting an offensive with forces of up to three [Batallion Tactical Group] BTGs in the direction of the city of Zaporizhia. The enemy managed to restore the movement of trains on the Antonov railway bridge across the Dnieper.
[In addition, the advance of enemy units in the north-eastern direction along the Ingul River continues. BTGr forced the river and occupied settlement Kashpero-Nikolaevka.]
The Group of the Defence Forces of Ukraine carries out a defense operation in all areas of the enemy advance. The enemy continues to suffer heavy losses in manpower, ground equipment, and means of air attack. Surrenders to captivity.
[After the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine inflicted fire damage on the places of accumulation of the enemy’s weapons in the areas of Nova Basan and Skripali, the enemy suffered significant losses, redeployed additional forces to replenish manpower and equipment.]
[The Defense Forces continues to conduct a defense operation in the South, East, and North. In the course of hostilities, the city of Chuhuiv was [in the Kharkiv region] liberated. The occupiers suffered heavy losses in personnel and equipment. Lieutenant Colonel Dmitry Safronov, Commander of the 61st Separate Marine Brigade of the Russian Armed Forces, and Lieutenant Colonel Denis Glebov, Deputy Commander of the 11th Separate Airborne Assault Brigade of the Russian Armed Forces, were killed.”
(In the Luhansk direction, Ukrainian soldiers were firmly holding their positions [midnight], inflicting losses on the enemy. According to the General Staff, they made several successful counterattacks. As a result, the occupiers lost about 40 personnel, 8 infantry fighting vehicles, 1 MTLB, a Ural truck, an SUV, and artillery systems (number to be determined).