Invasion Day 22 – Summary

The summary of the 22th day of Russian invasion to Ukraine, as of 23:59 – 17th of March 2022 (Kyiv time).

Ukrainian forces launched its first serious counter-attack and reached the border of Kherson Oblast again. Russian forces didn’t advance much today.

Polesia Frontline

includes Kyiv and Zhytomyr Oblast

Kyiv Oblast

Russian forces didn’t conduct any offensive operation in the area. The main focus of the enemy forces was to resupply and refuel units on the contact line and secure the rear.

The enemy sporadically shelled Ukrainian positions in the vicinity of Brovary, but didn’t launch any assault.

Zhytomyr Oblast

There’s been no change on the ground in Zhytomyr Oblast.

Northern Frontline

includes Chernhiv and Sumy Oblast

Chernihiv Oblast

Russian Army continued partial blockade of Chernihiv and shell the city.

Sumy Oblast

There’s been no change on the ground in Sumy Oblast. Russian forces continued to hit Sumy with airstrikes and artillery.

Sloboda Frontline

includes Kharkiv and Luhansk Oblast

Kharkiv Oblast

Russian troops resumed offensive operation towards Izium, but didn’t succeed to capture southern part of the town. Ukrainian forces ambushed a Russian convoy near the town and destroyed several vehicles. The enemy continued to bomb Kharkiv.

Luhansk Oblast

Russian forces entered northern part of Rubizhne. They claimed to have taken the city, but the released video shows only a small portion of the northern outskirts. Ukrainian forces successfully repelled today’s attacks on Sievierodonetsk and Popasna.

Pryazovia Frontline

includes Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia Oblast

Donetsk Oblast

Russian troops entered the gray zone in the industrial zone near Avdiivka, but didn’t gain any new ground towards the town. Situation in the south remains the same.

Zaporizhzhia Oblast

There’s been no change on the ground in Zaporizhzhia Oblast.


Mariupol is witnessing heavy street fighting, house to house combat. Ukrainian held territory is slowly shrinking, but due to the lack of footage, we are unable to determinate the actual situation in the city. Ukrainian forces are reportedly preparing a de-blocking operation.

Southern Frontline

includes Kherson, Mykolaiv and Odesa Oblast

Mykolaiv Oblast

Ukrainian forces launched a counter-offensive towards Kherson. The operation was supported by elements of 28th Mechanized Brigade that arrived to Mykolaiv from Odesa. Ukrainian troops pushed alongside road M-14 and liberated Posad-Pokrovske (in Kherson Oblast).

It’s currently unclear what is the status of Russian spearheading element in the area of Pisky and Yavkyne.

Kherson Oblast

Ukrainian forces liberated Posad-Pokrovske, as mentioned above. In the north, Russian forces reached a village of Mala Shestirnya. Ukrainian troops reportedly stopped the advance in there for now.

Full map

The full overview map of current situation.

If you’ve read this far, let me say thank you for reading the summaries and maps. I really appreciate your feedback, and I’m constantly improving the map. There is currently a new version in works, which should assure a better readability and generally a nicer look.

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)

Visit our Deployment map for updated interactive map of captured areas and Ukrainian units.

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Did there an airport and a marina had been forgotten in Westen Mariupol? Or had they been destroyed?


From what I see here the Russians are attempting to surround the Ukrainian forces in several locations. It doesn’t look good for Ukraine tbh.


A technical comment: Seems to me that you have mistaken Ternove (Chuhuiv) for Ternove (Zaporoshje). Don’t think the Russians have made it to the latter already. The former, in the Charkhiv periphery, makes more sense.


Nice work as always. My way of knowing how the fronts are doing.


Good job !!


Since my last comment went through: I recommend a closer look at the Trostianets area, in-between Sumy and Charkiw: 1. Following the Ukrainian air raid of Russian artillery in the city centre (my comment from yesterday), the maior now reports on FB only sporadical presence of Russian troops, on their way to Okhtyrka. He reports quite some fighting over the last days, due to which all surrounding villages were now free of Russian troops.… Read more »


No idea why my comment from yesterday didn’t get through. I’ll give it another try with fresh info, afterwards I will give up.

Russian shelling of Chornobayivka, an immediate suburb of Cherson city, suggests the town has changed hands to the Ukrainians. This makes me think that the Cherson airport, which the Ukrainians took yesterday (see my disappeared comment) is also still under Ukrainian control.

Mikhail ru

Kherson airport is under the control of Russia, the day before yesterday it was fired from MLRS


Right. And the video here has been taken from a plane. Dream on.

Mikhail ru

the video was shot by a Russian military, he orders the second in Russian without an accent to withdraw the surviving equipment, this video confirms my words that the airport was fired from MLRS. There is a distance of about 30-40 km to the Ukrainian positions


That video is not from a plane, but a handheld video from a Russian servicemember on the ground. That is Russian being spoken, with a distinct Russian accent. It is clear that it was a missile strike, and they’re inspecting the aftermath, and looking for surviving equipment to be salvaged. You can even see Russian soldiers walking around at the end. Ukraine does not have control of the Kherson airport. The fact you speak with… Read more »


Thx. Will split my coming posts.


Hi, been following you because of previously accurate and unbiased reporting. But the last few days I am having second thoughts. How exactly are the UKR forces going to de-block Mariupol? From which direction? Your own map shows that its completely surrounded and in depth! What happens if, the already surrounded and penetrated Izium falls? What about Rubizhne, if the RU already control the northern part? . Looking at your own map its easy to… Read more »


I’ve not seen any reports that Izium is surrounded yet, although I agree that it’s most likely a very high-priority objective for Russia, as its capture would spell big trouble for all Ukrainian forces south-east of it. As far as I know, Russian troops are occupying the part of the city north of the river, but can’t seem to cross it, or at least to hold positions south of it. I also agree that breaking… Read more »

Timothy Hurley

Seriously. He makes maps, passes along information and consolidates it. If someone says there is a plan to de-block Mariupol, he passes it along without commenting on it. Seems to me you are looking for some commentary that isn’t there. Lighten up pal.


I’m guessing Ukrainian army is planning to push into Mariupol to help open it up and help azov and marines trapped in there


from a humanitarian point , Mariupol is surrounded, from a military point it is not

you would not risk civilians in trying to leave Mariupol , you would certainly risk military personnel to resupply Mariupol


The word is impossible. Western media keep saying Ukraine can triumph against a superpower with a few extra weapons from NATO. Why? Cynical propaganda. NATO is all about selling weapons and gaining geo-political influence to facilitate that. They care not if every man, woman, or child perishes in Ukraine. Industrial military complexes do not have empathy. Any reduction in Russian military capability is justification for prolonging the war. Ukrainians better wake up before there is… Read more »


Russia does not benefit from the deaths of civilians, it is not profitable for Russia to antagonize to some extent the still pro-Russian-minded part of the east of Ukraine. It probably sounds like propaganda, but 40 thousand people were evacuated from the districts of Mariupol occupied by Russia yesterday, why were they not released before? because if you try to get out of the encirclement, the Ukrainian military will be destroyed on the march. They… Read more »


So some points against your thoughts – dont let people out of a besieged town, bomb it, destroy all shelters, gas, water pipelines, so that the defenders give up faster to save the civilians – so there are benefits from not letting the civilians out of a besieged town. And in the aftermath the attacker can “free” the civilians to be “the good guy”.

Mikhail ru

there is a large grouping of Ukrainian forces in Mariupol (I heard about the figure of 15 thousand people) and in order to block it and exclude the possibility of deblocking in that place, you need to keep most of your armed forces. But since limited Russian troops are involved in the war, this would have shackled them and prevented them from solving more important tasks in the north. I think that’s why they are… Read more »


desde cuando a hijo politico de Stalin, Putin, le interesa no bombardear a la población. Siria, Chechenia, Osetia, todo arrasado. la clase obrera debe llamr a la huelga general, ni una bala más ni Putin ni la Otan. La clase obrera debe gobernar!.


Russia isn’t a superpower, and with its violent schizo outburst, it committed itself to be treated as world pariah. “NATO is all about…” whatever man, NATO is a defensive alliance, it has no political will to invade anyone. The idea of NATO “encirclement” and somehow getting 30 countries to agree on invading Russia is ludicrous, it exists only in Russia’s twisted, persistent victimhood paranoia. So you want to join NATO, huh ? I’m gonna invade… Read more »

Mikhail ru

we know these famous defensive bombing by NATO, it’s not even funny

Chuck Norris

Look legit to me…which do you take issue with?




NATO ceased being a defensive alliance after the Cold War ended. Afterwards, policy hawks in Washington DC used it as a justification for it’s aggressive actions. And when other nations in NATO protested, they got berated (remember “freedom fries”?). Add to that, Russia wanted to join NATO at one point and was kicked aside by those policy hawks. If those in the west simply allowed them in, this horrible situation would not be happening. Russia… Read more »


Leroy, democracy means that anyone could be President. That includes actors or, as you say, “clowns”. Arnold Schwarzenegger is also an actor and became president of California; Ronald Reagan was also an actor and became President of the United States. People voted. Deal with it. About nazis: there are neonazis everywhere. There are neonazis in Ukraine, as there ara neonazis in Russia or Serbia. But having a bunch of neonazis here and there does not… Read more »

Chuck Norris

I know a few Crimerian Ukrainians. Its become a totalitarian police state, actually worse than it is in Russia itself. At first many were welcoming and wanted to be part of Russia but now after losing so many freedoms so many have regret and want to Russia to leave. This is the price of living under Putin.


Ты просто пропаГАНДОН! Уверен гандон ты слово понял !


Well as an answer to fellas that gave me a downvote for a rational conclusion, less than 24 hours later the UKR side said the exact same thing. Impossible to de-block Mariupol. And I quote from the tweets: Military operation to deblock #Mariupol is currently impossible. All attempts to provide air support failed. Ukraine has no means to overcome Russian air superiority in the area, says advisor to the President’s Office O. Arestovych AND… Read more »


I found the maps and geopgraphy much easier to understand here than on ISW. Well done!


Buen resumen, ideas claras.


Some general conclusions in the end would be nice