Russian Invasion: Day Ten (Live Updates)

Defense Express collects operative information on Russia's invasion of Ukraine – official sources and senior Ukrainian servicemen's announcements
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Russian Invasion: Day Ten  (Live Updates)

Day nine of a full-scale war. After the second round of Ukraine-Russia negotiations, the sides agreed on providing humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilian people and supply goods for their basic needs. It is an emergency, as several cities of Ukraine were cut off from the rest of Ukraine despite the fight continuing. Even in occupation, Ukrainians still resist. Russian invaders opened fire near the Zaporizhzhia plant and then captured the plant. Russia managed to capture the Kherson TV tower and started spreading fakes. RF used cluster munition against Ukraine on Pokrovsk. At the same time, Ukrainian forces make their successful first offensive steps.

Brief facts:

  • anti-Russian rallies take place in occupied cities of Ukraine
  • Ukrainian forces launched sporadic counter-attacks in some directions, the Russians surrender or run away
  • Russians violated the ceasefire regime, established for a humanitarian corridor in Mariupol, despite the agreements achieved during the recent Ukraine-Russia negotiations

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23:20 Briefly about the 10th day of the war

Read more: Day Nine of Ukrainian Defense Against Russian Invasion – Live Updates

21:23 On the night of March 5, a Russian aircraft dropped heavy aerial bombs on a military camp of the fifth Slobozhanska brigade (Kharkiv), the Eastern Operational-Territorial Unit of the National Guard of Ukraine reports.

"Four servicemen were killed. There are wounded. The brigade's soldiers are clearing the rubble," the Facebook post says. It is noted that despite the losses and serious damage to the infrastructure, the guardsmen continue to defend Kharkiv together with the Armed Forces, the Territorial Defense, the National Police and the Security Service of Ukraine.

20:10 General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine spread operational information on 18.00, 05.03.2022 regarding the Russian Invasion.

During the tenth day of the Ukrainian people’s heroic resistance with the russian military invasion, the invaders, failing to achieve the goal of an offensive operation in a timely manner, continue to launch missile and bomb strikes, including using bomber aircraft on civilian infrastructure.

So, today the enemy struck at Bila Tserkva, more than 20 houses were damaged. In Irpen, the bombing damaged a railway track and disrupted a train used to evacuate civilians.

According to the available information, with the beginning of the armed aggression against Ukraine, the activities of russian private military campaigns (PMC) to recruit personnel who have experience of military service in special forces and have appropriate training have intensified. So, in Rostov-on-Don the headquarters of PMC Wagner is developed.

The occupiers continue to use the russian "masses" to prepare video reports on the "success" of the "operation" in Ukraine.

On the approaches to Brovary, near the settlement of Peremoha, the defenders of Ukraine inflicted an air strike on 15 separate motorized infantry brigades of the Central Military District of the russian occupiers, the losses are being clarified.

In addition, units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed the commander of the 247th Guards Assault Regiment of the Southern Military District of the RF Armed Forces, Colonel Konstantin Zizevsky.

Also 2 planes of the Russian occupiers were shot down, 3 pilots were taken prisoner, 1 - was destroyed. 5 helicopters and 1 enemy UAV were shot down.

19:20 The third round of talks between Ukraine and Russia will take place on Monday, March 7, leader of the Servant of the People faction in the Verkhovna Rada David Arakhamia said on Facebook.

19:20 Captured Russian servicemen appealed to their fellow citizens to do everything possible to end the war in Ukraine. "Russians, do everything possible to stop this war. Neither Ukraine nor Russia needs this war. Only Putin needs this war," Andrey Chuvatarevsky, a captive soldier who served on a contract basis in Moscow region, said at a press conference at Interfax-Ukraine on Saturday.

Captured Russian servicemen in Kyiv, Interfax-Ukraine

17:54 Ukrainian Land Forces: Ukrainian military made an ambush onto the Russian 200th brigade. The occupiers ran away, leaving their machinery behind, about 30 units. These include tanks, MT-LBs, sustainment vehicles with tanks full of diesel and fuel.

Evacuation from Irpin is undergoing. The bridges towards Kyiv are destroyed, which slows down the process. People hide from shelling under the remnants of the bridge / Photo credit: Open sources pho17:44 Ukrainian Navy: one more aircraft was taken down approaching Ochakiv city, approx. 60 km to the east from Odesa. The Su-25 fighter jet was destroyed by a Ukrainian marine. The pilots were taken captive.

"It is not the first day Russian Federation tries to ruin Ochakiv city, including with the aerial strikes, terrorizing locals. But Ukraine bravely defends itself," wrote the Navy command on Facebook.

17:07 Mykolaiv city state administration: Ukrainian Army regained control over the whole city of Mykolaiv. Russian troops were pushed out of the city and the Kulbakino airport.

Defense Express / The whole Yakovlivka village was destroyed dut to the Russian bombing – 24 residential houses were totally destroyed, 21 severely damaged / Russian Invasion: Day Ten (Live Updates)
The whole Yakovlivka village was destroyed dut to the Russian bombing – 24 residential houses were totally destroyed, 21 severely damaged / Photo credit: National Police of Ukraine

16:49 Verkhovna Rada: Russian aviation bombed Yakovlivka village in Kharkiv region. As a result, none of the houses were left standing – out of 45 houses in the village, 21 were totally destroyed and 24 badly damaged. The regional police report 4 people dead and 14 wounded, among them – a border guard, opened proceedings by the “violation of the laws of war” article.

14:54 Stratcom Centre: four more Russian helicopters were taken down in the Mykolaiv region. The commander to the Navy Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Oleksii Neyizhpapa:

"Our marines together with operational command 'South' took down four enemy helicopters, moreover one of the marines took three units at once."

Defense Express / One of the destroyed Russian helicopters, taken down by Ukrainian Navy / Russian Invasion: Day Ten (Live Updates)
One of the destroyed Russian helicopters, taken down by Ukrainian Navy / Photo credit: Ukrainian Naval Forces

14:17 Russian occupiers blocked ambulances. Medics could not carry two severely injured children to the hospital, which resulted in their deaths.

13:59 Ukraine NOW: rallies in Melitopol

13:53 Verkhovna Rada: locals rally against Russian occupation in Berdyansk

13:30 State Emergency Service: the Russian aircraft, that was taken down in Chernihiv, broke into a private sector residential area. No data regarding casualties. Two people were rescued. State emergency service is putting out the fire from 4 residential buildings and 2 household facilities.

Three FAB-500 air-dropped bombs were detected. The population is being evacuated.

Defense Express / An FAB-500 air-dropped bomb with a high-explosive warhead fell into a residential house when the aircraft carrier was taken down / Russian Invasion: Day Ten (Live Updates)
An FAB-500 air-dropped bomb with a high-explosive warhead fell into a residential house when the aircraft carrier was taken down / Photo credit: State Emergency Service of Ukraine

13:20 Suspilne media: the seashore in Odesa was mined to prevent the Russian navy from landing, Odesa region state administration reports.

Defense Express memo: a day earlier, the Russian navy accumulated its forces. Ukrainian intelligence warned they prepare for a landing near Odesa. But they withdrew due to the weather conditions.

12:57 Verkhovna Rada: the chairman of the Parliament of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk appealed to members of the European Parliament. He asked again to establish a no-fly zone over Ukraine and provide other military and sanctions support. In particular, the official asked for fighter jets that are available in some member states, as well as MLRS air defense systems. As for sanctions, Verkhovna Rada's chairman suggested cutting more Russian banks off SWIFT and attacking the cryptocurrency market. Also, impose a full-pledged embargo on Russian energy products and confiscation of Russian high officials' property.

"Parliament can do anything! According to world history, the most critical decisions have always been made in parliaments. So do not be afraid. Act! History favors the brave!" Stefanchuk said.

12:47 Russians do not respect the ceasefire regime established for the humanitarian corridors. The evacuation from Mariupol was postponed to an indefinite time.

12:15 Suspilne media: pro-Ukrainian rallies take place in Kherson city where Russian occupiers managed to capture a TV tower and an administrative building. People continue to arrive in the central square of the city.

Update: Russian forces opened a warning fire, but protesters did not withdraw. A policeman jumped onto an APC waving a Ukrainian flag.

Defense Express / A Russian armored personnel carrier, destroyed by Ukrainian forces during the offensive near Kharkiv / Russian Invasion: Day Ten (Live Updates)
A Russian armored personnel carrier, destroyed by Ukrainian forces during the offensive near Kharkiv / Photo credit: Ukrainian Land Forces

11:57 Ukrainian Land Forces: the troops of Russian puppet states, the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics retreated, leaving Russian soldiers on the battlefield. That in addition to the low morale of Russians, allowed Ukrainian Armed Forces to begin a counter-offensive near Kharkiv.

"Traitors always remain traitors after all," Land Forces wrote on Facebook.

11:48 Ukrainian soldiers continue to take down Russian aircraft. Operative command center "North" reports: air defense destroyed a fighter jet near Chernihiv city. The two pilots of the aircraft were found – one dead, one captured.

Update: the captured pilot turned out to be an ace of Russian Air Forces that previously participated in attacks on civilians in Syria, State Security Service of Ukraine reported.

General Staff published a video of a Russian helicopter shot by Ukrainian air forces:

11:30 Donetsk region state administration started evacuation from Mariupol. The Ukrainian side initiated the agreements on the ceasefire regime during the evacuation. The humanitarian corridor will be established from Mariupol to fully controlled by the Ukrainian government Zaporizhzhia city. Civilians will be carried by buses or in their own transport strictly along the humanitarian corridor.

As of 10:55, the ceasefire was confirmed only in the Donetsk region. The negotiations with the Russians still continue.

09:30 The total combat losses of the enemy from 24.02 to 05.03 were approximately:

- personnel - more than 10 000,

- tanks ‒ 269,

- APV ‒ 945 од,

- artillery systems – 105,

- MLRS - 50,

- Anti-aircraft warfare systems - 19,

- aircraft – 39,

- helicopters – 40;

- vehicles - 409,

- 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.

08:10 UN Human Rights Council to establish Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine. Thirty-two countries voted in favour of the resolution, which was presented by Ukraine. Russia and Eritrea voted against it, while 13 nations abstained.

08:00 Russia is poised to deploy up to 1,000 more mercenaries to Ukraine in the coming days and weeks, as a senior Western intelligence official warned Moscow could "bombard cities into submission," an escalation that could lead to significant civilian casualties.

The US has already seen "some indications" that Russian mercenaries may be involved in Moscow's invasion of Ukraine "in some places," a senior defense official said earlier this week, but it wasn't clear exactly where or in what numbers.

"We've seen some indications that they're being employed," the official said.

Now, a US official tells CNN that Russia is planning to deploy up to 1,000 more mercenaries in the near future.

06:30 The Armed Forces of Ukraine to launch spordic counter-attacks on some directions, the Russians surrender or run away - General Staff

05:40 Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a bill instituting criminal liability for the public dissemination of knowingly false information concerning the use of the Russian Armed Forces as truthful reports, the Kremlin website said.

"The federal law institutes criminal liability for public dissemination of knowingly false information regarding the use of the Russian Armed Forces for protecting Russia's interests and citizens and maintaining international peace and security as truthful reports," it said.

01:43 Operational information at 24.00 on 04.03.2022 of the Russian invasion (according to General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine data):

"The ninth day of the Ukrainian people heroic confrontation with the Russian military invasion is coming to an end.

The enemy continues the offensive operation against Ukraine with the support of aircraft and uses high-precision weapons. The main efforts of the occupiers were to surround the cities of Kyiv and Kharkiv. In addition, the enemy intends to reach the administrative borders in Luhansk and Donetsk regions and further create a land corridor with the occupied Crimea.

In Polissya the enemy began engineering work to block roads in the Borodyanka area, probably with the aim of further moving in the direction of Kyiv. Occupation units were stopped in the Shybene and Katiuzhanka districts. In the area of Dymer the occupier continues to create a defense area.

In the Donetsk direction the enemy is actively using the mobilization resource from the TOT DLO as part of the advanced units of the RF Armed Forces, which operate in the directions of Kharkiv and Mariupol. The occupiers do not stop trying to identify weaknesses in the defense of Mariupol.

In the Tavriya direction enemy units of the 58th Army of the Southern Military District of the Russian Armed Forces are trying to continue the offensive in the direction of Zaporizhia, and units of the 20th Army of the Western Military District are trying to bypass Kharkiv and move southwest.

In the Tavriya direction enemy units of the 58th Army of the Southern Military District of the Russian Armed Forces are trying to continue the offensive in the direction of Zaporizhia, and units of the 20th Army of the Western Military District are trying to bypass Kharkiv and move southwest.

In the Tavriya direction enemy units of the 58th Army of the Southern Military District of the Russian Armed Forces are trying to continue the offensive in the direction of Zaporizhia, and units of the 20th Army of the Western Military District are trying to bypass Kharkiv and move southwest.

The Kyiv Defense Group continues to repel the enemy's offensive, defeat its offensive group, and maintain certain boundaries.

BTGs from 38 separate airborne brigade of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus continue to be located on the Belarusian border with Ukraine. However, due to the refusal of a significant number of servicemen to carry out criminal orders, work is underway to persuade personnel to carry out tasks on the territory of Ukraine."

00:48 In the Brovary district of the Kyiv region, the Ukrainian military defeated the Russian armored vehicles. It happened not to far from the village of Peremoga.

The published photos show an armored personnel carrier and T-72B3 tank.

00:06 The State Financial Monitoring Service (SFMS) of Ukraine has sent to the International Anti-Money Laundering Group (which is part of the Financial Action Task Force, or FATF) new evidence regarding Russia’s terrorist acts and the use of weapons of mass destruction during the war. According to the letter from the State Financial Monitoring Service Ukraine demand to put Russia on the FATF sanctions list as a terrorist state.

Background:

February, 24 – Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized a "special military operation" against Ukraine, Reuters report. A number of cities of Ukraine suffered a missile attack. Missiles hit several military facilities in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Dnipro cities. "Putin has just launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Peaceful Ukrainian cities are under strikes. This is a war of aggression," wrote Ukrainian MoF Dmytro Kuleba on Twitter.

"Today, on 24 of February, at 5.00 AM the armed forces of the Russian Federation launched an intensive shelling of our units on east, delivered missile/bomb strikes on airfields in Boryspil, Ozerne, Kulbakino, Chuhuiv, Kramatorsk, Chornobaivka, as well as on military infrastructure of the Armed Forces of Ukraine," the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine wrote on Facebook: "At the same time the aggressor started artillery shelling of the areas and settlements along the state border and administrative boundary with the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea."

National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, headed by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, imposed martial law across the country, the decision was approved by the Ukrainian government during an emergency session.

Earlier Putin recognized the Russia-backed regions of Eastern Ukraine as "independent" entities, the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics. The executive order on the recognition of those illegal formations included a point on military cooperation and "peacekeeping" functions of the Russian Army in those regions. The next day Putin ordered his military to enter Donbas and asked the government for permission to use Russian Forces outside the country – and received it shortly after.

Since the very first day of the invasion, Russia has been struggling to achieve any significant success. Ukrainian Army effectively repels attacks on the land, but Russia has an advantage in the sky. Because of that one of the acute issues is to make NATO shelter the Ukrainian sky from Russian missiles and aircraft.

Nevertheless, Russian forces haven't managed to capture a single major city. When they do get into smaller ones, witness rejection and rebellion from civilians, they are not welcome. Common people gather and face the tanks. According to the Ukrainian Armed Forces Command, the Russian servicemen are demoralized, they are in shortage of fuel and food. The Presidential Office of Ukraine said, that Vladimir Putin's plan to quickly take control over the key objectives and take down the Ukrainian government is ruined. Ukrainian officials suggest that Kyiv, the capital, is the primary aim of the Russian invasion. It is being shelled daily.

Ukraine united and swiftly established defense. Thousands of people voluntarily joined Territorial Defense, servicemen were mobilized across the country. Curfew was imposed. National Police along with Territorial Defense hunt for Russian saboteur-reconnaissance groups.

Russia uses terroristic methods, targeting civilians and shelling non-military facilities of ecological significance. The aggressor has already caused an ecological disaster – a major oil processing and storage facility was hit by a Russian missile. The radioactive background is heightened due to Russian activities in Chornobyl.

Fightings in Hostomel, where a strategically significant Antonov Airport is situated, were one of the toughest of the first days. Over 30 Russian helicopters and other aircraft were engaged in the attack, but Ukrainian Army managed to regain control of the area.

The fourth day showcased the terror of Russian attacks on civilians. Kharkiv and Chernihiv were shelled by BM-21 "Grad" multiple rocket launchers. On March 1, the sixth day, a cruise missile hit the central square in Kharkiv. As a result, at least ten people were killed, more than 20 were injured. State Emergency Service is continuing to rescue people from the rubble. Kyiv TV Tower, a civilian object for broadcast was hit by a missile. Five people were killed, five Tower personnel were injured. A few hours before that happened, the Ukrainian Minister of Defense warned that Russia was preparing an info&psycho attack, and for that, they would try to cut off the information network.

The war crimes of Russia will be investigated by the International Criminal Court in Hague. The ICC Prosecutor, Karim A.A. Khan QC, has personally launched an investigation into the Situation in Ukraine.

Many Russian occupiers surrender, unwilling to fight. They claim to have been deceived by Russian authorities – they were had been deployed under the pretext of military drills but then forced to participate in war. The whole reconnaissance platoon of the Russian 34th Motorized Rifle Brigade surrendered to Ukrainian Armed Forces.

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38 countries closed their skies to Russian aircraft / Infograhpics: Ukraine NOW

The whole world condemns Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions. 38 countries closed their skies to Russian aircraft. Even Switzerland deviated from its traditional neutrality to impose European sanctions on Russia.

The European Commission of the European Union has approved cutting off Russian banks from SWIFT – the global provider of secure financial messaging services. Private companies also show their support: SpaceX, Google, Meta, and many other giants have expressed their support and offered their help.

The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy received a proposal of negotiations. The first round of them resulted in no decisions yet. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian President has signed the Ukrainian Government's application for the membership of Ukraine in the European Union and urges for the special procedure of accepting Ukraine to the EU.

The next day the European Parliament held an extraordinary plenary session in Brussels to assess Russia’s military assault on Ukraine. Ukrainian President Zelenskyy held a speech, greeted with standing applause. After a vote by the EU Parliament Ukraine got a recommendation on being granted a candidate status for EU membership.

Numerous protests have happened across the world, and even more to happen.

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