The summary of the ninth day of Russian invasion to Ukraine, 4th of March 2022.

Ukrainian forces continue to defend strategically important areas, but the Donbas frontline is approaching a critical stage. Crucial battles are ahead of us.

Southern frontline

Mykolaiv area

Russian forces attacked and briefly captured Kulbakyne airport on the eastern edge of Mykolaiv. Ukrainian forces conduced a successful counter-attack and pushed the enemy forces out of the area in the afternoon. Spearheading element still roams somewhere in the north, there is no info about it at this moment.

Russian troops are amassing in the area between Mykolaiv and Kherson and will most likely attack Mykolaiv in upcoming hours.

Tokmak area

Russian forces captured Enerhodar and the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. The nuclear power plan was defended by Ukrainian 2nd battalion of PPISF of Ukrainian National Guard. They stood no chance against Russian tanks.

Russian Army reportedly repaired a bridge in Vasylivka, but we cannot confirm it. There are no reports of what’s happening east of Tokmak.

Northern frontline

Kyiv area

There is large concentration of Russian troops between Borodianka, Hostomel airfield and Motyzhyn. Recent drone footage reveled that Ukrainian forces flooded the area in the vicinity of Irpin river. That explains why Russian forces’ advance stagnates in this area.

Chernhiv area

The enemy concentrates several strike groups near Chernihiv, but haven’t attacked yet. The city and Ukrainian forces “survived” another day of heavy shelling.

Ichnia area

A Russian spearheading force is moving south and west. Ukrainian forces destroyed two tanks near Rusaniv. Kyiv-Poltava highway (M-03) remains under Ukrainian control at this moment, but it is most likely the goal of the spearheading force.

Eastern frontline

Sumy area

There are enemy elements between Hadiach and Zinkiv. Some reports say Sumy is surrounded, but we cannot confirm it. Sumy remains in Ukrainian hands.

Kharkiv area

Russian forces continue to shell Kharkiv. Ukrainian forces launched a counter-attack east of Kharkiv, but it’s too early for results.

Donbas frontline

Izium area

Russian convoy reached Izium. Fierce fighting was reported from the area, but Ukrainian forces repelled the attack and continue to hold on.

Luhansk area

Russian forces reached Novopskov, and it is just a matter of time when they announced the capture of the remaining area in between. There is nothing Ukraine can do at this moment.

The focus shifts to Slovyansk and Izium now. Russian forces are reportedly moving from Svatove towards Slavyansk and will most likely try to cut the Ukrainian forces stationed there from the rest.

The battles of Slavyansk/Kramatorsk and Sievierodonetsk/Lysychansk will decide the fate of Ukrainian troops in the northern part of Donbas.

Donetsk area

Russian troops de-facto captured Volnovakha and advanced towards Rozivka. If Russian forces captures Rozivka, it’ll be very hard for Ukraine to break the siege of Mariupol.


Russian forces reportedly entered the factory area in the north of Mariupol, shelled Manhush and Nikolske in the west. Mariupol is without electricity, water and heading. Ukrainian forces are firmly holding the line, but the enemy has superiority. Ukraine needs to act quickly.

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