Invasion Day 23 – Summary

The summary of the 23rd day of Russian invasion to Ukraine, as of 23:59 – 18th of March 2022 (Kyiv time).

Ukrainian officials confirmed today they are not able to lift the siege of Mariupol by military means, and also clarified the situation in the vicinity. Russian forces continue to try to break through Ukrainian lines in Donbas, without a success so far.

Polesia Frontline

includes Kyiv and Zhytomyr Oblast

Kyiv Oblast

Russian Army didn’t launch any offensive operation on the western bank of Dnieper on Friday. Ukrainian reconnaissance groups and drones spotted Russian soldiers digging trenches near Brovary, signaling the change of operations on the western bank of Dnieper.

Zhytomyr Oblast

There was no change on the ground in Zhytomyr Oblast on Friday.


Northern Frontline

includes Chernhiv and Sumy Oblast

Chernihiv Oblast

The partial blockade of Chernihiv continued on Friday as well. Neither side conducted an offensive operation.

Sumy Oblast

Ukrainian forces ambushed a convoy in Trostianets and destroyed a number of Russian equipment.


Sloboda Frontline

includes Kharkiv and Luhansk Oblast

Kharkiv Oblast

Russian troops continued an offensive operation towards Izium, but didn’t achieve a significant advance. They still control the northern part of the town, while Ukrainians the southern part.

Luhansk Oblast

Ukrainian officials confirmed that Russian forces entered the northern outskirts of Rubizhne yesterday, but failed to advance into urban areas in the south. Ukrainian forces repelled a Russian attack on Kreminna and Sievierodonetsk. The battle of Popasna has continued on Friday as well.


Pryazovia Frontline

includes Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia Oblast

Donetsk Oblast

The advisor to the Ukrainian Presidential Office, O. Arestovych, clarified the situation around Mariupol. The nearest Ukrainian units to Mariupol are located north of Volnovakha, while other units are 100 km (fits to Velyka Novosilka), 120 km (fits to Huliaipole) and 150 km (fits to Orechov) away from the city.

Russian troops attempted to advance towards a village of Taramchuk near Novotroitske, but did not sucessed.

In the north, Russian forces attempted to break through Ukrainian defense lines towards Avdiivka, Verkhnotoretske and Krymske (near Horlivka).

Based on the information published by O. Arestovych, I marked the area between Berdyansk, Mariupol and Polohy as Russian-controlled. It’s clear there are no Ukrainian units in the area.

Zaporizhzhia Oblast

There was no change on the ground in Zaporizhzhia Oblast on Friday.


Mariupol

Russian forces captured a governmental building in the eastern part of Mariupol and also claimed they entered Azovstal Metallurgical Factory. The advisor to the Ukrainian Presidential Office, O. Arestovych, said a military operation to deblock Mariupol is currently impossible. All attempts to provide air support in the recent days failed, and Ukraine has no means to overcome Russian air superiority in the area.


Southern Frontline

includes Kherson, Mykolaiv and Odesa Oblast

Mykolaiv Oblast

Russian cruise missile hit the barracks of 79th AirAssault Brigade in Mykolaiv. The attack resulted in at least 40 Ukrainian servicemen killed.

Kherson Oblast

A Russian logistical convoy was ambushed by a local Ukrainian Territorial Defense unit in Snihurivka. Russian troops continued to reinforce and support the push towards Kryvyi Rih, but they didn’t advance any further. Based on the recent actions by Russian forces, we can assume they have given up on Mykolaiv for now and have decided to push towards Kryvyi Rih instead.


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)

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

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H

Up to now I did`t find anything mentioning of the destruction of the Ukrainian underground missile and ammunition storage site in Deljatyn near Iwano-Frankiwsk by the Russian Kinzhal hypersonic missiles on Friday 18th …
It seems to me, that Ukrainian army in these recent days had quite important losses …

Anonymous

It looks really bad that another barracks was hit with another mass casaulty. WTF is ukraine not disperising its soldiers to keep them alive.

Anonymous

I continue to read your reports every single day and every time, every attack is somehow “repelled” by ukr foces. Yet day by day, Russian forces keep capturing new area and checkpoints.

Abhilash

I would suggest you to update these details with Russian counterparts also so we can have a balanced outlook of both parties.

@Xsern on Twitter

• Putin held a rally at Luzhniki Sports Centre in Moscow yesterday.

• Russia will not fulfil its first objective of taking Kyiv and deposing the government yet.

• Kyiv attack has stalled and Ukraine has recovered 30+ settlements since the start of the invasion.

• Ukraine said Russia’s two main routes into Kyiv have been blocked. (For reference, I am one of the few people that noticed this weeks ago).

• On the east of Kyiv, Russia is too far away for artillery to hit. But rockets can still hit.

• Unlikely that Russia will launch its big attack on Kyiv in the near future.

• Russia is pressing in the east of Ukraine, particularly Mariupol. Why? Because in the peace talks, this will cement the requirement that the east of Ukraine be ceded to Russian control.

• Mariupol is likely set to fall today.

• Putin will be content with Donbass and Crimea coming into Russian control – he implies so in his speech yesterday.

• Military invasion of Kyiv seems to be lifting.

• An overly inflexible Zelensky in the coming weeks will simply lead to more likelihood of NATO involvement in some way or another at a future date (e.g. thermonuclear weapons).

PMA

I like the analysis you’ve made here, realistic and unbiased. Congrats.

Nonetheless, I didn’t get what you mean on the last point you made: An overly inflexible Zelensky in the coming weeks will simply lead to more likelihood of NATO involvement in some way or another at a future date (e.g. thermonuclear weapons). Do you mean with this that Russia will use thermobaric bombs in case Zelensky doesn’t give in to Putin’s demands?

Italiano

as I wrote another time, I have the feeling that the troops west of kiev (with the huge column of reinforcements), are just a diversion, to force the Ukrainians not to reinforce the southern and eastern front for me, the option of enlargement to NATO was discarded (nuclear conflict possible, and perhaps probable). The Ukrainian leadership has only two options: – diplomatically yield to the Russians (with the risk of losing one’s head), but becoming a sort of Finland – to transform the country into a quagmire for the Russians (with many more military and civilian deaths), a kind of Afghanistan

Bob Bandera

Ukropia Forever.

Shawn A. Bozarth

I am an American. I have watched as the you have valiantly defended your country: this is your war of Independence. I think now is the time when Ukraine needs to concentrate and attack an area which can be encircled and destroyed. Of course, this may not be possible in the large scale, but the small scale is always possible. In the south, the terrain is mainly plain (steppe) and maybe quick thrusts and lightning retreats are the thing. I think the Soviets are at their limit and like a stretched violin string, I hope the moment and place to snap it is well chosen. Never surrender or give up. Always attack and give these enemies of humanity no peace in the moment of death and destruction which passes for their triumph.

AZOG

Thank you sir for the ‘Soviets’, this made my day today. Quick thrusts and lightning retreats will only work if they are impossibly quick and improbably lightning otherwise attack helicopters and artillery will make sure it doesn’t end well.
At this point Ukrainian army cannot do anything in the Eastern Ukraine, they cannot move, they cannot attack, they cannot even setup ambushes, because there are no more Russian unprotected convoys doing 100km marches. Mariupol is pretty much taken (the remnants of the Azov regiment are still fighting, not for long), Donbas is blocked and soon will be encircled completely.
All new Ukrainian units are assembled in the Western Ukraine and around Kiev where the Ukrainian command is apparently planning to setup new perimeter.

Anonymous

Soviets? This is 2022, not 1980 – they are Russians. But agree need to try some encirclement.

bastiat

Well you have Putin’s speeches gleefully speaking of Soviet times. Even referring to borders from Soviet times & claiming Ukraine should not exist period, before giving his own version of history regarding Ukraine & eastern europe & the post ww2 hierarchy. You have similarities to purges of the past, just done today with a 21st Century spin. But I’ve counted no less than 10 Soviet flags on advancing vehicles, with some Soviet flags being mounted on Administrative buildings in territory they’ve captured inside Ukraine, to fly alongside the Russian flag or separatist region flags.

I understand what you’re saying & would typically agree, but its evident & obvious this Soviet thing isn’t so removed from the current period as we would believe.

Anonymous

Yes a few soviet flags but that is just nostalgia on the Russian part. It’s not only inaccurate but deeply offensive to other parts of the ex-Soviet Union. I have friends in Ukraine, Georgia and Azerbaijan and they definitely do not see it as a Soviet action – only Russia. As for flags,.. you still see Americans flying the confederate flag but that shit is long gone, same as Nazi’s – all dead with the Third Reich, better to call the new ones neo-fascist.

Anonymous

I also just saw this – head of Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, posted pictures on Telegram of media coverage speculating the cosmonauts were supporting Ukraine, and said, “Here some bandit cowards and their Anglo-Saxon sponsors don’t know what else to come up with in their information war against Russia.”
Anglo-Saxons!!!! Does he know those people were defeated in 1066 by the Normans 🤣

Freedom rules

Indeed, just like the two american wars of independence – the revolution against the brits and the fight for southern independence.