The summary of the eleventh day of Russian invasion to Ukraine, 6th of March 2022.
Russian forces seem to be gathering forces for a new offensive in the north to capture Kyiv, Sumy and Kharkiv, while other forces are continuing to push towards Zaporizhzhia.
Note: As Russian forces continue to advance, the current division into front lines is no longer suitable. I’ll take a look at the problem tomorrow.
A small element of Russian Army unsuccessfully attacked Kulbakyne airport near Mykolaiv. Ukrainian forces suspect it was a diversion attack to attract Ukrainian attention to somewhere else, as a large amount of Russian equipment and troops are moving towards Voznesensk. Ukraine suspects Russian forces will try to break through the lines in the north and capture Yuzhnoukrainsk, where the South Ukraine Nuclear Power plant is located.
The fog of war has been cleared in this area, finally.
Tokmak has been abandoned by Ukrainian forces during yesterday. Russian forces pushed north and captured Polohy. The town is located on the strategically important road H-08, which connects Zaporizhzhia and Mariupol (please check the Donbas frontline map). Ukrainian forces are currently conducting defense operations at Huliaipole, Orikhiv and in the area between Vysilkva-Balabyne.
Russian forces continue to shell Irpin’s residential areas, while Ukrainian civilians are being evacuated. The enemy amass a large amount of equipment and troops outside the town. Russian mechanized, and tank battalions are on the move towards Bucha and Irpin.
Chernihiv defenses continue to hold on, despite heavy shelling of the area.
Nova Basan has been confirmed to be under Russian control. Ukraine also reports the enemy is approaching Brovary and Boryspil, probably from the direction of Nova Basan and Bobrovytsia.
Sumy remains in Ukrainian hands, there has been no change today.
Russian forces continue to shell the outskirts and the city itself. Ukrainian troops await a new ground offensive in upcoming days. We still have no data on the counter-offensive east of Kharkiv. It either didn’t happen or the results are being kept in secret.
Ukrainian forces reported they liberated the town of Chuhuiv (there was no report of being it captured). That means Russian forces have a much larger presence in the area than we originally knew.
Heavy fighting was reported around the town of Izium. Ukrainian forces successfully continue to hold the town.
Russian forces tried to break through defense lines near Sievierodnetsk, but the attack was repelled by Ukrainian defenders. Ukrainian 24th Mechanized Brigade continues to hold positions near Popasna and Zolote despite enemy’s superiority.
Another Ukrainian convoy was ambushed between Nikolske and Rozivka. Russian forces now definitely control the road H-08 between these two towns, and that complicates the situation around Mariupol.
Mariupol continues to be besieged, Nikolske is now besieged as well and Rozivka is about to be as Russian forces captured Polohy. Ukrainian forces counter-attacked near Mariupol, destroying several Russian vehicles, but no other details have been shared. It seems it was a hit-and-run operation instead of a try to lift the siege of Mariupol.
Ukraine and Russia announced evacuation of civilian population from Mariupol in the morning, again. However, the evacuation was cancelled in the afternoon due to ceasefire regime not being respected by Russian side.
Russian Army fired 8 missiles at Vinnytsia. The local airport was completely destroyed.
Maps and article are based on the following sources:
General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, official channels of Ukrainian regional administrations, Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), press released of DPR and LPR (taken with grain of salt)
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