Article by: Hans Petter Midttun
The Ukrainian military destroyed a column of Russian forces moving toward the city of Izyum in the Kharkiv Oblast. In the city of Mariupol the Russian occupiers continue to storm the areas of the Azovstal plant and the Seaport. Over the past 24 hours, the Ukrainian military have repulsed four enemy attacks in the Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts and destroyed a number of Russian tanks, armored vehicles, and artillery systems. Another mass grave was discovered near Kyiv, the total number of civilians killed during the occupation of the area exceeded 1200.
Morning report day 47 – April 10
The report is based on media reports, expert analyses, and official information posted online.
According to information from the General Staff as of 06.00 11.04.2022, supplemented by its (18:00 ) assessment.
“The Russian Federation continues its full-scale armed aggression against Ukraine.
Measures are underway to regroup and increase the management system and logistics of Russian enemy troops. The Russian occupiers are moving battalion tactical groups from the Eastern and Central military districts to the Belgorod, Voronezh and Kursk regions bordering Ukraine.
It is likely that Russian forces, in order to disrupt the supply of goods to the places of hostilities, will continue to strike at transport infrastructure facilities in Ukraine in order to destroy or disable them.
There are no significant changes in the position and activity of the Russian forces in the Volyn, Polissya and Sivers
- Certain units of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus continue to perform tasks to strengthen the protection of the Ukrainian-Belarusian border in the Brest and Gomel regions.
In the Slobozhansky direction, separate divisions from the 6th Combined Arms Army and Coastal Troops of the Northern Fleet continue to partially blockade the city of Kharkiv, and artillery shelling continues in some areas of the city.
- Russian forces continue to create an offensive group of troops to act in the Slobozhansky direction. Probably in the coming days, Russian occupiers will try to resume the offensive.
- Aerial reconnaissance of the area is underway by Russian forces in the Izyum direction in order to identify the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. To do this, the enemy uses the UAV “Orlan-10”.
- With the help of two battalion tactical groups, the Russian forces tried to launch an offensive in the directions of the settlements of Dovhenke and Dmytrivka, which was unsuccessful, and the Russian enemy retreated to its former positions.
- They do not stop trying to break through the defense of Ukrainian troops in the area of the city of Izyum, they are investigating possible directions for further action.
- The enemy may increase its efforts in the direction of Sloviansk, part of the forces – in Barvinkovo. There is a possibility of intensification of hostilities for the city of Kharkiv.
In the Luhansk direction, the Russian forces tried to storm the area of Zolote but were unsuccessful.
In the Donetsk direction, Russian forces continue to focus on taking control of the settlements of Popasna, Rubizhne, Nyzhne
- In the city of Mariupol, with the support of artillery and aircraft, the Russian occupiers continue to storm the areas of the Azovstal plant and the Seaport.
- With the help of independent units, a Russian enemy carried out artillery shelling of the positions of our troops in the areas of the settlements of Vysokopillya, Trudolyubivka
- In order to strengthen the air defense system in the Donetsk direction, the Russian occupiers moved a division of the S-350 Vityaz medium-range anti-aircraft missile system to the Taganrog district of the Rostov region.
Attempts by the Russian forces to break through our defenses and advance to the settlements of Siverodonetsk, Popasna, Avd
Over the past 24 hours, the defenders of Ukraine have repulsed four enemy attacks in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts and destroyed five tanks, eight armored units, six vehicles and eight enemy artillery systems.
In the Pivdennyi Buh direction, the Russian forces tried to restore its position – to take up lost positions in the area of the settlement Osokorivka. Probably, the Russian enemy will try to attempt to reach the administrative borders of the Kherson oblast.
It is possible that the armed forces of the Russian Federation will carry out provocative actions in the Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova in order to accuse Ukraine of aggression against a neighbouring state.
The Defense Forces of Ukraine continue to hold certain borders, destroy the enemy and liberate the Ukrainian territory from the invader.“
The Ukrainian military destroyed a column of Russian forces marching toward the city of Izium in the Kharkiv Oblast on the night of 9 April, Ukrayinska Pravda reports, citing Oleg Synegubov, Head of Regional Military Administration. “Tonight, our Armed Forces succeeded again – a large column of enemy equipment and manpower heading towards Izyum was destroyed.
During the last 24 hours, the Ukrainian General Staff has reported on the Russian manning and logistic challenges:
- Weapons and military equipment are being prepared at the permanent deployment point of the 60th independent motorized infantry brigade (permanent location – Monastyryshche, Primorsky Kray) of the 5th Combined Arms Army of Eastern Military District of the Ground Forces of the Armed Forces of Russian Federation. It is likely that these weapons will be moved to the temporarily occupied territory of Donetsk Oblast. Also, in order to recover the losses of the battalion tactical group from the 36th independent motorized infantry brigade (Borzya, Transbaikalia region) of the 29th All-Military Army of the Eastern Military District, recruits are being recruited from the brigade. The enemy feels a special problem recruiting drivers and mechanics drivers. The departure of the selected personnel from the point of permanent deployment is scheduled for the second half of April this year.
- In addition, Russian forces continue to train and send personnel, weapons and equipment to participate in hostilities in Ukraine.
- To restore the losses of the armed forces of the Russian Federation, additional weapons and military equipment are being moved to the territory of Ukraine from the Southern Military District.
- The Russian forces have a number of problems in the logistics of the Western Military District. This is the lack of spare parts, certain types of artillery ammunition, as well as the imperfection of the system of storage and supply of logistics.
According to British Defense Intelligence, (last 24 hours):
- Russian forces prior use of phosphorous munitions in the Donetsk Oblast raises the possibility of their future employment in Mariupol as fighting for the city intensifies.
- Russian shelling has continued in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, with Ukrainian forces repulsing several assaults resulting in the destruction of Russian tanks, vehicles, and artillery equipment.
- Russia’s continued reliance on unguided bombs decreases their ability to discriminate when targeting and conducting strikes while greatly increasing the risk of further civilian casualties.
- Further evidence of alleged Russian war crimes continues to emerge following Russian withdrawal from northern Ukraine. This includes the reported discovery of a makeshift grave containing deceased Ukrainian civilians near Burzova.
- Allegations of sexual violence perpetrated by Russian military personnel persist.
As of Monday 11.04.2022, the approximate losses of weapons and military equipment of the Russian Armed Forces from the beginning of the war to the present day:
- Personnel – more than 19500 people (+200),
- Tanks – 725 units (+3),
- Armored combat vehicles – 1923 units (+12),
- Artillery systems – 347 (+5),
- Multiple rocket launchers – 111 (+3)
- Air defense means – 55 (no change),
- Aircraft – 154 (+2),
- Helicopters – 137 (no change),
- Automotive technology – 1387 (+3),
- Vessels/boats – 7 units (no change),
- Fuel and lubricant tanks – 76 (no change),
- UAV operational and tactical level – 119 (+7)
- Special equipment – 25 (no change)
- Mobile SRBM system – 4 (no change)
According to UNHCR 4,503,954 refugees have been registered as of April 9. The UN says that so far Poland has taken in 2,593,902 refugees, Romania 686,232, Hungary 419,101, Republic of Moldova 410,882, Russia 404,418, Slovakia 314,485 and Belarus 19,096 (no changes since April 7). Among those who fled Ukraine are also Ukrainian nationals with dual citizenship. An additional 113,000 people moved to the Russian Federation from the Donetsk and Luhansk regions between 21 and 23 February.
OHCHR recorded 4,232 civilian casualties in Ukraine as of midnight of April 9. 1,793 were killed (including 142 children) and 2,439 injured (including 229 children).
183 children were killed, and 342 children injured, the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine reports as of 8 a.m. on 11 April.
The agreed humanitarian corridors allowed for the evacuation of 2,824 people on April 10. According to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine:
2,622 people traveled from Mariupol and Berdyansk by their own transport or evacuation buses to Zaporizhia. Among them: 213 were from Mariupol; 2409 – residents of cities of the Zaporizhia oblast (Polohy, Vasylivka, Berdyansk and Melitopol).
202 people were evacuated today from the Luhansk region cities of Lysychansk, Severodonetsk, Rubizhne, Kreminna and Popasna, despite constant violations of the ceasefire by the occupiers.
Russia’s invasion is pummeling Ukraine’s agriculture, threatening harvests in Europe’s breadbasket, The New York Times reports. In the past six weeks, Russian shells have destroyed Ukrainian cities, homes, hospitals and schools. But the war has also reached deep into the fertile plains of a region known as Europe’s breadbasket, paralyzing harvests, destroying granaries and crops, and bringing potentially devastating consequences to a country that produces a large share of the world’s grain.
“Ukraine has already lost at least $1.5 billion in grain exports since the war began, the country’s deputy agriculture minister said recently. And Russia, the world’s leading grain exporter, has been largely unable to export food because of international sanctions. … The combination is creating a global food crisis “beyond anything we’ve seen since World War II,” the chief of the United Nations World Food Program has warned.
In Ukraine, warehouses are filled with grain that cannot be exported. Russia has blocked access to the Black Sea, Ukraine’s main export route, cargo trains face logistical hurdles, and trucking is stymied because most truck drivers are men aged 18 to 60 who are not allowed to leave the country and cannot drive agricultural exports across the border.
Ukraine has also banned some grain exports to ensure that it has enough food to feed its people. On Tuesday, the Agriculture Ministry said that six large granaries had been destroyed by Russian shelling. Farmers say they face shortages of fuel and fertilizer, and that some of their workers have gone to the battlefield. Some farmers have been pushed off their lands by the fighting, with shells and rockets destroying their machines, wounding their workers and killing their cattle.
Farmland covers 70 percent of the country and agriculture was Ukraine’s top export, producing nearly 10 percent of its gross domestic product. Ukraine was one of the world’s main exporters of corn and wheat and the biggest exporter of sunflower oil.
The country now has 13 million tons of соrn and 3.8 million tons of wheat that it cannot export using its usual routes, primarily by sea, the deputy agriculture minister, Taras Vysotsky, said last week.”
Dozens of civilian Ukrainians were found in a grave near Kyiv, Reuters reports. A new grave with dozens of civilian Ukrainians was found on Saturday in Buzova, a liberated village near the capital Kyiv that for weeks was occupied by Russian forces, a local official said.
Charred bodies of Russian invaders’ torture victims found in Kharkiv oblast, Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group reports. In the recently liberated Kharkiv oblast village of Husarivka, the regional police reported on 8 April 2022 that the Russians had used a basement as a torture chamber, with one of the victims killed being a child. A number of residents have also disappeared without a trace.
Atrocities in Kyiv region: at least 1,222 killed, 500 war crimes suspects, Ukrinform reports. According to Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova as of April 10, they have already counted 1,222 deaths in the Kyiv oblast alone. According to Venediktova, law enforcement officers have opened 5,600 criminal proceedings over Russian war crimes in Ukraine, and 500 suspects have been already identified. As Ukrinform reported, Irpin, Bucha, Hostomel cities and the entire Kyiv region were liberated from Russian invaders in early April. Mass killings of Ukrainian civilians by Russians have been recorded in liberated towns and villages.