Ispan wrote:Today's briefing is three extensive operational summaries from different sources, in the evening there may be another report about today's fighting
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Parte de guerra 18/03/2022 - summary of operations
18 March, 2022 Zhukov
TODAY - Progress map, official Russian communique
Yesterday - Summary of the evening
South Front. More or less quiet environment. Explosions in the center of the Nikolayev region. Either our troops are finishing off with artillery with the remnants of the Ukrainian tank battalion on Bashtanka, or they are attacking in the direction of Krivoy Rog, where our forces are trying to force the Ingulets River, and judging by the enemy's reports, in some places it turns out that we need to gain a foothold on the left bank. Nikolayev is blocked, but the assault does not take place. Odessa is watching our ships, which periodically approach, and languidly waits for the Russian landing force, which is in no hurry to disembark. Judging by the video on the network, mines begin to detonate on the beach, without waiting for the Russians to arrive.
East Front. In Mariupol, the liberation of the city continues. Advanced detachments of troops have reached the central districts, the enemy is retreating to the Azovstal steelworks. The evacuation of civilians continues in the city. According to the military at the front, Mariupol will be completely liberated in 4-7 days. In Gulai-Pole, the situation is unclear. But in Ugledar, the Ukros retreated, but the city is not occupied by us yet. East of Ugledar, DPR and Russian troops have advanced further north and are moving towards Kurakhovo. On the Avdeyevka-Gorlovka line, there are fewer successes, we are gaining ground and fighting counterattacks. Yesterday's situation in Izyum continues, Russian troops are slowly but surely approaching Slavyansk, but there are still blocked forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the south of Izyum. And again, the army of the LPR is happy: tonight the flag of the republic was hoisted on the administration building, the soldiers of Ukraine retreated to Severodonetsk, where serious battles are also taking place. Kharkiv has no changes, there are positional battles and artillery skirmishes, the information that our troops took Chuguev was not confirmed.
The Northern Front. Yesterday, the Ukrainian Armed Forces attempted a counterattack in the north-west of Kiev. The attempt failed, apparently our troops were warned about this maneuver, and the Ukrainian army was ambushed. Today it was reported that our troops launched an attack in this direction and defeated the enemy column in Vyshgorod. To the east of Kiev, our troops are strengthening their rear and flanks, and several settlements have come under our control. Once again, one-off attacks were carried out on objects in Sarny (Rivne region).
It should also be noted reports of attacks by the Armed Forces of Ukraine on residential areas of Melitopol and the settlement of Kazachya Lopan. This is very similar to revenge against residents of localities that are under the control of the Russian Federation.
Today Summary of Strelkov
Summary of LDNR:
In Mariupol, and bloody street battles persist. And today or tomorrow they will definitely not be completed. The forces that participated (and will be partially lost) in the assault could now close the encirclement of the entire Donetsk enemy group. But they are stuck... I still don't see a reasonable explanation for the beginning of the assault, but now it can't be stopped in any case, we must finish with a complete victory. Otherwise, it will be a victory for the enemy. However, it does not seem that there are plans to stop it.
There are local battles in the Ugledar area. The DPR Armed Forces are trying to achieve a tactical breakthrough. Enemy- actively operates on the flanks and attacks communications, using, among other things, "wandering tanks", which is facilitated by the absence of a solid front line.
In the Donetsk region, frontal attacks on Marinka and Avdeyevka did not lead to an advance of the heavily fortified enemy defense line, as expected, despite the heavy losses of the attackers. I have no explanation for these attacks from any point of view. It remains to assume only the complete professional incompetence of the military leaders who gave the order to conduct them. (Again, instead of using these forces to surround the enemy on the open flanks of your group.)
In the LDNR, fierce fighting continued in the Popasnaya zone and in the Severodonetsk-Lisichansk zone. The command declared full control over the village of Rubezhnoye. The enemy has withdrawn its heavily battered units to Severodonetsk, so the fighting continues on the close approaches. Severodonetsk-Lisichansk, most likely, will be defended by the enemy until the last opportunity and until its complete destruction "according to the Volnovakha model". The enemy is quite satisfied with this. Why to this also "suits" the Russian military command (that is, "playing by the enemy's rules") is not clear to me (unless- see the previous note about the situation near Donetsk).
Fierce fighting also continued in the Izyum area and north of Slavyansk. Russian troops advanced to the northern outskirts of Kamenka (northwest of Slavyansk). In Slavyansk, Kramatorsk and Kostiantynivka, a sharp increase in the number of Ukrainian troops is recorded. – These cities are also planned to be turned into "fortresses" and defended until they are completely destroyed.
Apparently, the forces required by the command of the Russian army in Ukraine for extensive coverage from the north to Barvenkovo are not at their disposal. Therefore, they try to make coverage "along the shortest line." But on this line, the enemy has enough forces to prevent rapid advances, and dense buildings favor defense.
Russian aviation continues to attack enemy positions. At the same time, local observers note a relatively small impact on the positions of enemy field artillery, which in some places conducts battery fire from the same positions for several days in a row, without being subjected to air strikes or counter-battery fire. Heavily fortified enemy positions on the front are not very vulnerable to air strikes due to the good engineering equipment of long-term positions and the presence of a large number of man-portable air defense systems by the enemy, which excludes the massive use of attack helicopters.
On the other fronts, the information is incomplete and only allows us to conclude that the Russian offensive has almost stopped everywhere. In theory, regroupings should be completed before a new deep offensive with strategic tasks. I really don't know what it is.
Today Summary of Sorokin
Heavy fighting continues near Dergachy (a satellite city of Kharkov), and the troops of this direction are slowly moving towards the city.. The fighting is extremely intense, the group of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the special unit "Kord". Avakov's nationalist and special forces retreated to the city and took hold.. In Alekseyevka (a residential area of the city), the troops took up positions along the ring road, the Ukrainians of course, place their equipped artillery and armored points between the houses, in the village of Zhukovsky, the picture is similar..
Yesterday, there was an advance of assault detachments and the main Russian troops following them in the area of Severnaya Saltovka (in the north-east of the city), the defenders retreated inside the urban center. The Russian army controls the entire perimeter of the city, except for the road to Chuguev, but it is also being crossed by gunfire, troops are isolating Chuguev, and there is an accumulation of forces in the west of Kharkov..
The assault on the city is continuous, as the Russian commanders use the tactics of "shifts", that is, detachments that worked for 8 hours go to the rear to rest and, if necessary, provide them with medical services, and new groups take their place. I must say that there are still not enough people, initially there was a brigade of Azov fighters, but there are also troops of the Ukrainian army in an unknown number (for us, intelligence, of course, knows this), on our side (Russian army plus DNR militia) about the same, with the necessary triple advantage (tactically), because of this, the assault is delayed, that is, only for this, there are no other reasons..
The assault columns are on the verge of an event that will be the trigger for the success of the entire operation. Two groups of the army of Russia and Donetsk, advancing from the west and northeast, were already 500 meters from each other tonight - when they connect, the "Azov" will be divided into two independent pockets and destroyed separately. Communication between different groups of defenders is already broken, they have lost the ability to act synchronously..
The commanders of Azov cry for help through all available channels, from the closed communication to Twitter, many curse to Zelensky and at the helm, and would have given up a long time ago, despite his undoubted courage and firmness, no one wants to die, but they understand that you are not considered combatants ordinary, but nazis and war criminals, and no one will give them a barracks.
American military experts from among the royalists, unlike the Europeans, are in the majority, warned the General Staff of the Ukrainian Forces that the situation is "terrible" and the Mariupol group has 2 days left..