Ispan wrote:Today's report not much but I could still find interesting bits and pieces, besides the usual events in a day of war, horror, death, suffering, and the occasional glimmer of hope or good fortune.
A building in Donetsk got a heavy rocket girl but only two people were killed and mercifully a little girl was saved from the rubble. Maybe is the one child of one and a half years reported hospitalized. She seemed all in one piece. I try to block all this but it moved me as it could be one of my kids...
I hope her mother has survived.
The more superficial we can keep this the safer it is for our minds.
YESTERDAY 29 March
North Front. The most important and discussed news today, after which the map will probably change, is the statement of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation on the relocation of some units from the Kiev and Chernigov regions to the Donetsk front. "A decision has been made to sharply reduce military activity in the Kiev and Chernigov directions," the Russian Deputy Defense Minister said.
This news overlapped with Medinsky's speech after the talks with the Ukrainian side in Turkey, which the "people" considered to be a "betrayal". However, this is only the work of diplomats. No one stopped fighting, so the Ministry of Defense will simply transfer part of the unused resources to help the eastern front. On the northern front, the forces will remain only to control the enemy forces, since serious offensive actions have not yet been carried out.
South Front. After an unsuccessful counteroffensive, the Ukrainian forces tried to replicate, opening massive artillery and rocket fire on two villages near Kherson, and destroyed the houses of Ukrainians. Russian artillery responded with accurate "arrivals", and in the morning a rocket hit the Nikolayev Regional State Administration. There was a military headquarters, officially there are more than ten dead under the rubble, unofficially - more than 50, the search continues. This front is expected to be the next stage after the liberation of Mariupol and the destruction of the Dombass salient.
To The East Front. In Mariupol, the successful elimination of the forces of the Azov regiment and the remaining forces of Ukraine continues. Today they took the headquarters of "Azov. On the Donetsk front, everything remains the same: positional fighting and a small breakthrough. Progress is also being made in the direction of Izyum — now we are a little closer to Slavyansk. Near Kramatorsk, the Ukrainians blew up a dam to complicate the Russian offensive in this direction. In the Lisichansk-Severodonetsk agglomeration, there are no changes, strong battles are being fought for the enemy's "concrete fortresses".
The Russian army also launched Kalibr missile strikes in the Khmelnitsky region, the strikes fell on the Starokonstantyniv airfield and on large fuel and lubricant depots.
By the end of the day, news came of an explosion at an ammunition depot near Belgorod. Possibly a missile attack by the Ukrainians.
TODAY 30 March
Desertions in the Ukrainian army
Yesterday's report noted that the sample of Ukrainian soldiers joining the ranks of the DNR militia indicated a high degree of desertions - about 10%., and that this was significant because it indicated the deterioration of moral
Internal Ukrainian reports leaked today confirm that the percentage of defections may be even higher. After all, it is easier to defect to the rear than to cross the lines to surrender. Although desertions were few at the beginning and there is a bias in the observed sample, as these are units of volunteer soldiers of the best prepared and most combative units, those of the Volnovakha exchange. But as the Ukrainian defeat has become apparent, a trickle of defectors has begun in the fighting in the villages southwest of Donetsk. There are numerous testimonies of the use of terror through summary executions to maintain discipline, the orders published today are nothing more than the official sanction of what is already happening at the front.
"The Ukrainian leadership was concerned about the increase in the number of deserters in the border units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the State Border Service. The units received new combat orders about the need to reduce the number of fleeing soldiers.
The commanders received instructions on how to combat this phenomenon. First of all, they are asked to solve the problem by persuasion, and in the absence of results, they are allowed to apply other "necessary measures.. according to the laws of war. The captured deserters will be shot on the spot.
These orders indicate a low level of moral and psychological state in some parts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The problem is especially acute with mobilized citizens, who it is observed have no desire to fight"
06:10 Another Tochka missile fired at Luhansk and shot down by the antiaerea.
07:20 A 9-storey block in Donetsk badly damaged on the upper floors by Ukrainian shelling, apparently by a large-caliber Uragan rocket, there were women and children.
At least two dead and seven injured. A little girl was rescued alive.
Photos and video. There are more victims under the rubble, maybe there are survivors trapped
10:45 The village of Terni, next to a lake 30 km North East of Slavyansk, liberated by the troops of the LNR after defeating troops of the 95 Brigade of Ukraine. It is a significant and important breakthrough, considering that from the North-Westrussian troops are in Izyum, 40 km away.
12:25 In Kramatorsk residents dig ditches in all courtyards as protection from shelling. Other residents worry because they think they may be for mass graves.
14:45 Nazis of the Azov regiment are besieging maternity hospital No. 2 from Mariupol
Ukrainian nationalists continue to frighten the civilian population of Mariupol. The maternity Hospital No. 2 was bombed several times, and the Ukrainian Nazis are doing everything possible to disrupt the evacuation of staff and patients, as well as the transfer of medicines,
The situation is critical, doctors are forced to light births with candles and hide newborns in basements. One of them is already a month old, but he has never seen the sunlight.
15:05 There are no active military operations in the Izyum direction, but local battles are being fought. Artillery skirmishes, the Ukrainians are trying to counterattack, but weakly. Everything froze in anticipation.
15:10 Difficult situation near Avdeyevka.
Encouraged by the images of the withdrawal of Russian troops from Kiev, the enemy sharply increased the shelling and shooting in this direction. In the areas hit by the fire there were reconnaissance patrols of the DNR. Several seriously injured. Evacuation is difficult due to enemy barrier fire. The guys called for artillery fire.
Additional forces and means are needed to destroy enemy bunkers and shelters and their heavy weapons
15:45 Donetsk. Shelling and fires in the Petrovsky district, the Ukrainians fired a full salvo of 40 Grad rockets
16:00 The Russian use of special rocket launchers ИСДМ "Смледелие" (Zemledelie) to lay mines in the Kharkov region, to close the gaps in the encirclement is confirmed.
16:38 Kharkov. The Volkssturm has booby-trapped all exits from Kharkov to prevent civilians from fleeing to quieter areas.
Serhiy Bolvinov, head of the Investigative Department of the Main Directorate of the Kharkov National Police, reports that two people were killed and five others injured yesterday after being blown up by one of these mines.
He demands that people stop trying to get out of the war zone.
16:43 The nationalists, the army and the territorial defense everywhere shoot at each other, torture and maim prisoners of war. The transformation of the country's defenders into rebel bands of terrorists is a sign of the decomposition of the Kiev regime, notes Sputnik military expert Alexander Khrolenko
17:40 Mariupol. Groups of Nazis desperately try to escape from the encirclement.
The Ukrainian forces encircled in Mariupol were estimated at 20,000 by the Russians, 14,500 recognized by the Ukrainians. According to the latest report, there are only 4,000 fighters left holding out in the city.
18:29 Crimes of the Nazis.
Azov militants in Mariupol, before retreating, fired an hour from a tank at the Orthodox church of the Moscow Patriarchate.
They promised to completely destroy it, church parishioners said-
"Earlier they looked for Alexei's father, came to the temple, came to his house. And the other parent they found in was told, "Even God won't help you if we leave," a local resident said.
Earlier, pictures from the city of Smela appeared on the network, in which Ukrainian nationalists kidnap a priest (https://t.me/rt_russian/102635 ) directly from the temple.
18:54 About 140 thousand residents were evacuated from Mariupol to the DPR, the Russian Federation and nearby settlements– - Pushilin
19:27 In Nikolayev again there are many wounded fighters
The regional blood transfusion station in Nikolayev again asks everyone to donate blood.
The intensification of Russian attacks on militant positions has led to heavy losses in their ranks
According to the command of the 59th Mechanized Brigade and the "pidrozdily" brigade tried to occupy the Posad-Pokrovsky-Alexandrovka line, but the Russian troops not only repelled the offensive, but also pushed the Bandera to their original positions.
The Ukrainian command recognized its failure and heavy losses of personnel and material.
19:30-20:05 Intense artillery duels on Gorlovka and air strikes on neighboring Ukrainian positions. Very serious fighting in the direction of Avdeyevka. The earth trembles in the Kiev district of Donetsk from cannonade. Rocket salvos against the South-west of Gorlovka.