Invasion Day 17 – Summary

The summary of the 17th day of Russian invasion to Ukraine, as of 23:59 – 13th of March 2022.

The situation remains tense, but stable. Ukrainian forces are conduction an operation to stabilize the frontlines. The worst situation is in besieged Mariupol, but Ukrainian troops continue to hold on. Belarusian army has reinforced its forces on the border with Ukraine and deployed UAVs to monitor the situation.

Polesia Frontline

includes Kyiv and Zhytomyr Oblast

Kyiv Oblast

No significant change on the neither side of Dnieper River. Civilian evacuation continued today from Irpin and Bucha. Russian forces pushing south from Nova Basan, but their exact location is currently unknown. They’ll most likely try to block the Kyiv – Poltava highway (M-03).

Zhytomyr Oblast

Ukrainian authorities stated there is a threat of sabotages, main targets are military facilities and key infrastructure such as bridges.


Northern Frontline

includes Chernhiv and Sumy Oblast

Chernihiv Oblast

Ukrainian forces launched a counter-attack and captured several villages as the result. However, no names were released to the public in order to not hamper the ongoing operation. It’s been also confirmed that there is no enemy in Nizhyn and Ukrainian Territorial Defense Units are present in the city.

Sumy Oblast

A humanitarian corridor has been opened today from Sumy to Poltava. Russian forces attacked civilian vehicles leaving the city in the afternoon. It’s been later clarified they did not use the agreed corridor.


Sloboda Frontline

includes Kharkiv and Luhansk Oblast

Kharkiv Oblast

Russian forces have continued to shell Kharkiv, no movement has been reported through the day.

Luhansk Oblast

Russian forces tried to enter Sievierodonetsk and Rubizhne today. Ukrainian troops successfully repelled the attack.  Fighting has also been reported from Popasna and Zolote.


Pryazovia Frontline

includes Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia Oblast

Donetsk Oblast

Russian forces attempted to break through Ukrainian lines near Avdiivka. The assault wasn’t successful and the enemy units retreated. As Volnovakha has fallen, Ukrainian forces concentrate its defenses in Velyka Novosilka now. There seems to an attempt by Russian forces to push north towards Vuhledar and Marinka.

Zaporizhzhia Oblast

The Russian forces resumed shelling of Ukrainian positions near Zaporizhzhia. A bridge in Kamyanske was destroyed by Russian artillery fire.


Mariupol

Russian forces entered the outskirts of Mariupol. Ukrainian forces destroyed at least one T-72B3 and BTR-82A inside the city.


Southern Frontline

includes Kherson, Mykolaiv and Odesa Oblast

Mykolaiv Oblast

Russian forces have continued to shell Mykolaiv, but no significant attempts to enter the city were reported.

Kherson Oblast

Russian force didn’t reach the administration border of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast. They seem to concentrate most of its units towards Mykolaiv.


Full map

The full overview map of current situation.

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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Luke

This is hopeful though. I’m glad my preassessments were completely wrong. The Ukrainian people continue to astonish my soul in their unified strength and ingenuity, and likewise, the Russians but rather in the new horrific extents of their brutality on the field. From one view, you could easily say, we are in for several long bloody years, but in the same vein, you might also say that at least in these years, an oppressive government will be drained of resources and checked from consuming another sovereign state.

Of course, the reality always remains more perversely complex. In the same way my heart is heavy for the Ukrainians, I think too of the Russian civilians at home who will have to shoulder their own weight in the conflict. There will be many hurting people and traumas to be suffered.

And how quick I wish to point blame, but I feel it counterproductive in some ways (retrospective in others). Regardless of where the finger points, I can only hope for the most healthy conclusion to this war, if such a conclusion exists.

There are many philosophies and existentials to ponder, but despite dealing daily with the growing ethical and pratical weights, Zelensky has shown himself to be a upholder of the people and the finest example our century has offered of a leader standing-up in face of crisis.

With Admiration of Ukraine, Her Armies, & Her People,

Luke

Azog

From another view you could easily say that it will be pretty much over in a month or so once the best Ukrainian units at Mariupol and Donbas are completely blocked and gradually annihilated. Big cities are a different kettle of fish of course we’ll see

Luke

Too true. I guess we will only know the reality in the coming weeks, for better or worse.