- Verkhovna Rada: the parliament of Ukraine and its social media (Facebook, Telegram)
- Presidential Office: the Official website of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his social media (Facebook, Twitter, Telegram), advisers to the Office: Oleksiy Arestovych and Mykhailo Podoliak.
- General Staff: the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
- Air Force: the Air Force Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine of Ukraine
- Ukraine NOW: ukraine.ua – the official website of Ukraine, administered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and Ukrainian Institute
- State Emergency Service: the State Emergency Service of Ukraine on Facebook
- Stratcom Centre: Centre for Strategic Communications and Information Security of Ukraine – an establishment under the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine – website and social media (Facebook, Twitter, Telegram)
Note: news are marked in accordance with the Kyiv time zone: Eastern European Time (EET), GMT/UTC+2
23:59 Zelensky condemned NATO's decision to not close the sky over Ukraine. “Today the alliance’s leadership gave a green light to the further bombardment of Ukrainian towns and villages, refusing to establish a no-fly zone (over Ukraine),” President Volodymyr Zelensky said during his recent video address.
23:29 After nine days of the war, Ukraine's air defenses forces have destroyed at least 39 planes and 40 helicopters!
Prior to the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the aviation group of the Russian army included 450 aircraft and 250 helicopters around the Ukrainian borders.
22:55 Travel services Expedia, Booking.com and Airbnb have ceased cooperation with Russia and Belarus, Head of the State Tourism Development Agency Maryana Oleskiv said.
"These days, the victories of our army bring me the greatest happiness. But even on our small front there are important victories. On our appeals and thanks to the support of the international travel community, following Expedia, Booking.com and Airbnb ceased cooperation with Russia and Belarus," she said on Facebook.
22:15 Roskomnadzor officially announced a ban on Facebook and Twitter in Russia. This was reported on the website of the department. The reason for the restriction is “discrimination against Russian media”. According to the regulator, 26 such cases have been recorded since October 2020. In recent days, the social network has restricted access to the accounts of the Zvezda TV channel, RIA Novosti, Sputnik, Russia Today, Lenta.ru and Gazeta.ru.
21:20 Russia has been expelled from the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) due to aggression against Ukraine, the Latvian Foreign Ministry told BNS. The CBSS was established in 1992 as a comprehensive forum for cooperation and harmonization of views among the countries of the Baltic Sea region. The founding decision, the Copenhagen Declaration, says that cooperation is carried out in accordance with the UN Charter, as well as the Helsinki Final Act, the Paris Charter and other documents of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
At the same time, the CBSS temporarily suspends the participation of Belarus in the status of an CBSS observer.
20:45 Ukrainian Land Forces: Russian occupiers opened "friendly fire". 9 tanks and 4 armored personnel carriers were destroyed in the Russians vs. Russians combat.
"Thus it saved us 13 Javelin missiles," written on the Land Forces' Facebook.
20:13 Ukrainian Land Forces: Russian troops, that were eliminated in Hostomel, didn't have any military tokens or identification documents, only vaccination certificates, and blank medical books.
19:52 Mykhailo Fedorov, Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine:
"Russian Federation decided to block Facebook. The iron dome is covering," the official wrote on Telegram.
19:13 Suspilne media: people in Kherson went out in the streets of the partly occupied city with Ukrainian flags. Russia could not stage a fake rally in support of occupation forces.
Ukrainian Land Forces: people of Kherson refused to take humanitarian aid from the Russian occupiers
Defense Express memo: earlier Ukrainian intelligence reported Russia bring paid actors to Kherson to stage a demonstration of support towards the Russian military.
19:10 Update: the Russian airstrike on a residential area on March 3 killed 47 civilians (38 men and 9 women) in Chernihiv. 18 people were rescued. Info: Chernihiv region State Administration.
19:09 Ukraine NOW: 28 children have been killed so far by Russian invaders, according to the Children's Rights Ombudsman Daria Gerasimchuk.
18:48 Amnesty International published a "Suspected War Crimes in Ukraine" map. Amnesty International’s Crisis Evidence Lab analyzed digital evidence – including photos, videos and satellite imagery of indiscriminate attacks in Ukraine. They have verified violations of international law which could amount to war crimes.
18:29 The Times: President Zelenskyy survived three assassination attempts on him in the past week, the Times reports. Two different outfits have been sent to kill the Ukrainian president – mercenaries of the Kremlin-backed Wagner group and Chechen special forces. Both have been thwarted by anti-war elements within Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB).
16:44 Zhytomyr city Mayor Sergiy Sukhomlin reported that a Russian missile hit the school in Zhytomyr, half of the building was destroyed. Information on victims and injured is being clarified. Rescue operations are underway.
16:39 Verkhovna Rada: a team of investigators from the International Criminal Court in Hague is heading towards Ukraine to investigate a collective international lawsuit against Russia over its war crimes.
15:29 Russian troops have advanced near Energodar, Zaporizhia Region, and near the city of Voznesensk in the Mykolayiv Region, but the Ukrainian army controlle situation. The head of the President's Office Oleksiy Arestovych announced this on the TV.
15:03 President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky announced the establishment by the UN Human Rights Council of an international commission to investigate the facts of war crimes of the Russian Federation in Ukraine. "I welcome the establishment by the UN Human Rights Council of the International Commission of Inquiry to investigate facts of Russian war crimes against Ukraine. Evidence will be documented and used in international courts. Russian war criminals will be held accountable," Zelensky said on Twitter on Friday.
14:14 The Kremlin has refused to have a direct meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelenskyi. Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov state. He also noted that Russia does not renounce the requirements of the denazification of Ukraine, as previously reported.
13:20 Nine days after the beginning of its full-scale war against Ukraine, Russia has begun transferring troops from its Southern and Eastern Military Districts to replenish its ranks, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
12:50 38 men and nine women were killed by Russia’s airstrikes and shelling of residential areas on March 3, according to the Ukrainian government. Eighteen people were injured. Chernihiv is a city of 285,000 people, located north of Kyiv.
12:30 Operational information at 12.00 on 04.03.2022 regarding the Russian invasion (according General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine report):
"The ninth day of the Ukrainian people heroic confrontation with the Russian military invasion is going on. The second echelons and most of the operational reserves of the Russian Armed Forces were put into operation.
In Slobozhanshchyna, units 20A of the enemy continue to carry out attempts to continue the offensive on the Joint Forces in the Novoaydar and Severodonetsk directions.
In the Donetsk operational direction the enemy is trying to keep the encirclement around the city of Mariupol with the help of six BTGs. To minimize the negative effect of the losses in the Donetsk region, Russian curators began to bring Russian Armed Forces servicemen to the Ilovaisk station.
The main goal of the enemy remains the encirclement of Kyiv and the weakening of resistance in the blocked settlements. In the course of this task, groups of the RF Armed Forces exhausted most of the operational reserves and began to transfer additional forces and resources from the Southern and Eastern military districts.
In the Black Sea the Black Sea Fleet was withdrawn from naval bases with the task of striking the surface forces of the Navy forces, but more often civilian ships and their crews become the victims of Russian pirates.
Having an intention to take over the Black Sea coast, the enemy continues to prepare for the landing of marines in the region Zatoka - Chornomorsk. 40 km east from Chornomorsk there are two large landing ships of the occupiers.
Up to 80 representatives of the Russian media and a large group of "demonstrators" were set up in the occupied cities of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea to organize public gatherings of "local residents".
They will probably be sent to Kherson in the near future to organize fake rallies with the participation of propaganda media, to support the change of Ukrainian government on the ground and to legalize the occupation.
- the use of airborne troops to ensure the construction of bridges over water obstacles has increased;
- the Russian occupiers pay considerable attention to intensifying measures of psychological influence on the population and troops;
There have been changes in the tactics of Russian criminals:
- failing to fulfill the task of military "blitzkrieg", the Russian Federation is turning to openly terrorist methods of conducting hostilities on the territory of Ukraine;
- special units are used as assault units in the city suburbs;
- in the near future we should expect a comprehensive and large-scale spread of fake news by the enemy, which will be carried out with the involvement of the full range of modern media.
We urge Ukrainians to be vigilant and careful, to believe in the Armed Forces of Ukraine and to use information from official and verified sources.
12:04 Ukraine has asked the International Committee of the Red Cross to urgently assist in the creation of humanitarian corridors, as agreed by Ukraine and Russia during the second round of negotiations.
11:47 The city of Pokrovsk in the Donetsk region was shelled with cluster munition, prohibited by the Geneva Conventions. The photos were published by the head of the Donetsk Regional State Administration Pavel Kirilenko
“This came to the inhabitants of Pokrovsk from the Russians tonight. Thank you - we received it. We will answer,” Kirilenko wrote.
11:10 In Kherson, Russian invading forces have started broadcasting 24 Russian tv channels and 3 radio channels using the T2 tuner system.
09:40 The flagship of the Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which was under repair, was flooded by the ship's commander in order to avoid falling into the hands of the invaders, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said. "The commander of the flagship of the Ukrainian Navy followed the order to flood the ship so that the Hetman Sahaidachny frigate, which was under repair, would not fall into the hands of the enemy. It is hard to imagine a more difficult decision for a courageous soldier and crew," Reznikov wrote on Facebook on Friday.
09:28 Russian military forces have taken control over the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant (NPP) the State Inspectorate for Nuclear Regulation of Ukraine (SNRI) has said. "Operating staff monitors the state of power units and ensures their operation in accordance with the requirements of technological regulations for safe operation," the Inspectorate said on its website on Friday.
SNRI said that on Friday night, Russian soldiers fired shots at the NPP, as a result of which a fire broke out on its territory. The fire was extinguished as of 6:20 a.m. by Ukraine's State Emergency Service.
"The NPP power units maintain their integrity, there are damages to the arrangement of the reactor compartment of power unit No. 1… Systems and elements important for the safety of the NPP are in working order," the Inspectorate said, adding that there have been no changes in radiation levels.
The Zaporizhia NPP is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe in terms of installed capacity. Its six power units VVER-1000 with a capacity of 1000 MW each were built according to the V-320 project. The first power unit was put into operation in December 1984, the sixth - in October 1995.
08:15 General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine spread information on total combat losses of the enemy from 24.02 to 04.03.
Personnel - aprox. 9166,
Tanks ‒ 251,
APV ‒ 939,
Artillery systems – 105,
MLRS - 50,
Anti-aircraft warfare systems - 18,
Aircraft – 33,
Helicopters – 37;
Vehicles - 404,
Light speedboats - 2,
Fuel tanks - 60,
UAV operational-tactical level – 3.
Data are being updated. The calculation is complicated by the high intensity of hostilities.
05:33 Ukrainian Armed Forces destroyed about 245 units of Russian military machinery, 30 helicopters and military personnel near Kuibyshev (Kherson region) in two days of intense battles.The Head of Mykolaiv Military Administration Vitaly Kim report in Telegram.
04:30 Operational information on 24.00, 03.03.2022 regarding the Russian invasion. (According to General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine report):
Occupying troops, who suffered losses when continuous invasion into the territory of Ukraine, began to act more insidiously, continue to defiantly violate the norm of international humanitarian law, using residential buildings for parking lots of armament of fire positions, as well as the military infrastructure and airspace of the Republic of Belarus, inflicting missile and bomb strikes on critical infrastructure, housing estates of large cities.
According to available data, the enemy brought into the territory of Ukraine most of the group created to attack Ukraine. Out of 117 completed and equipped BTGs, no more than six remain, which are not on the territory of our country, the moral and psychological condition of these units is at a low level.
The enemy is delaying the landing in the Odesa-Zatoka area, carrying out demonstration actions in order to distract part of the forces of Ukrainian defenders in this direction.
To carry out missile strikes on objects on our territory, the Russian invaders used almost all the ammunition of the Caliber missile complex, which was intended for the offensive operation in Ukraine. Currently, the enemy is replenishing supplies.
During the 03.03, the enemy did not make significant progress in advancing and focused its efforts on the engineering equipment of its positions. During another unsuccessful attempt to seize Hostomel, the occupiers clashed with Ukrainian defenders and lost about 20 units of equipment during the battle, and the loss of personnel is being clarified.
04:01 Ukrainian air defense forces destroyed three more Russian aircraft on March 3. Su-30SM, Su-34 and Su-25 of the Russian occupiers were shot down. Enemy helicopter losses are being clarified.
Update 03:25: the firefighters got access to the nuclear plant. The fire broke out outside the plant, in the training building. The third power unit was disconnected from the system. The radioactive and fire-fighting conditions are within normal limits.
01:00 Stratcom Centre: Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant caught fire
Russian invaders opened fire near the plant. They have already hit the first power unit. The rescuers cannot start fighting with fire due to Russian forces shelling. The breakdown of the biggest nuclear power plant in Europe could lead to a disaster. Changes in the radioactive background have not been detected.