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

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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JoeChow

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

Boyd

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.

Augusto14

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.

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Napoleon37

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

Sharx

Good job !!

Augusto14

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.

https://www.facebook.com/yura.bova.trostyanets/posts/7155002041208857

2. The Ukrainians report having defeated Russian columns moving towards Kamyanka, some 10 km SW of Trostianets, and inside the area believed to be under Russian control.

https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-ato/3432413-ukraines-armed-forces-destroy-unit-russian-tank-division-in-kharkiv-region.html

3. This is said to have been an Ukrainian assault on Russian troops in Kozacha Lopan, Kharkiv Oblast, directly on the Russian border. The location seems credible: There aren’t that many electrified dual-track railways within Russian-controlled Ukrainian territory next to which still lies snow.

https://twitter.com/RALee85/status/1504316381386391555?s=20&t=aiy26_ACLMOZwVMPwa-szQ

Augusto14

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.

https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-ato/3432439-enemy-fires-on-village-in-kherson-region-four-injured-including-teenager.html

Mikhail ru

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

Augusto14

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

https://t.me/ressentiment_channel/19239

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

WakeUpUkraine

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 authority, and then get an attitude when factually challenged shows you’re quite immature. Especially, coupled with the facts you clearly have no idea what is actually going on. Leave the fake news and misinformation for the western media conglomerates.

Augusto14

Thx. Will split my coming posts.

George

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 see how the situation is developing day after day. It might not be going the way we would like, but lets not make a report loose its value for observers please. There are enough cheerleaders going about on twitter and most all media for both sides.

Alex

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 the siege of Mariupol seems very unlikely, but this doesn’t mean Ukrainian troops in the area aren’t thinking about trying it. After all, it’s either that, or the city will inevitably fall.

(I think it would be more sensible to just defend it for as long as possible, but I’m not there.)

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.

Peter

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

AT

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

Leroy

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 nothing left of the country. Nazi Azov are toast in Mariupol. Donbass will be independent. Crimea became part of Russia eight years. Russia will not accept complete encirclement by NATO. Facts whether you like it or not. Ukraine literally has a clown as President, so delusional that he doesn’t differentiate between playing the president on TV and actually baring responsiblity for millions of lives.

Mikhail

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 understand this and use civilians as a human shield, delaying the inevitable end

wyrmdale

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 forcing an assault. By the way, from the eastern part of the city, the DPR forces are storming, who have been fighting with the AFU for more than 7 years, and they have a special attitude to the Azov regiment in Mariupol, this also needs to be taken into account.

leonardo

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!.

Nik

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 you so you can’t stop me from invading you later. If I trash your country and murder your people, obviously it’s going to be on NATO because I had no choice – otherwise my dystopian burnout of a country would perish. And hey, you have a clown for president – unlike mine, which is a serious, respectable death cultist that will lay waste to millions of lives.

Mikhail ru

we know these famous defensive bombing by NATO, it’s not even funny
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_NATO_operations

Chuck Norris

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

JoeChow

everyone

Jacob

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 is the enemy by design, not independently.

The only “good” news in this horrid story, Ukraine and Russia seem to be on their way towards a cease fire and negotiations. And thankfully, Uncle Sam is not part of it. As its in their best interest for the war to continue and bleed both nations. But too late for the Ukrainian’s and Russian’s that have lost their lives who only wanted a simple good life but sociopaths in various governments forced this conclusion.

jordi

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 convert the government, all the population nor all the ukranian army on nazis. Thats an extreme biased oversimplification.
Finally: what was nazism? Nazism was the reaction of the Germany on the 30’s, that was struggling because of the Versailles pact. When Germany lost WWI, the economic consequences of losing that war made a big chunk of their people to embrace an ideology that defended the special role in the world of the germanic people (supremacism and chauvinist nationalism), the rebuilding of the german empire (imperialism), the expansion of that empire towards germans living beyond the german frontiers (who were minorities in their states, from Poland to Czeckia to whatever) and, in order to do so, let the army to reach more and more influence and economic budget (militarism) while they began to chase any signal of oposition within Germany (no free press, no opposition, and so on): authortarism and lack of freedom. You can accuse ukranian of being nazis, but the fact, right now, is that Russia is trying to rebuild its former empire of tzars expanding its frontiers towards other nations (as seen in Georgia and other places), claiming the special role of slaves in the world and the need to be unified under an authoritarian, militaristic government, while does not allow free press or opposition leaders. You can accuse ukraine of having nazis but the only belligerant here that fits the nazi attributes is Russia. And you, mocking of democracy (saying that zelenski is a clown: not strong enough for you? not male enough for you? would be better a militaristic slavic judoka for you who despises democracy?) are the best example of what actually a nazi is.
The fact is that the only militarist, authoritarian, supremacist, chauvinist nationalist, expansionist who wants to recreate a former empire using the brute force, bombings and army here is Russia. If Russia is encircled is because all its neighbours fear this Russia, and all its neighbours want to be protected of this Russia, so they join the NATO. The difference is that any NATO country keeps its own sovereignity and can leave NATO whenever wants.
You are witnessing what a nazi regime is with your own eyes and you seem unable to recognize it.

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.

Anonymous

Ты просто пропаГАНДОН! Уверен гандон ты слово понял !

George

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 militaryland.net 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 Arestovych: The nearest Ukrainian units are north of #Volnovakha, others are more than 100 km away. Even if we (UAF) would break through Russian lines, there is 100 km of bare steppe ahead.

Arran

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

Ricardo

Buen resumen, ideas claras.

John

Some general conclusions in the end would be nice