March 12, 2022

Peculiarities of Russia’s open armed aggression against Ukraine

Russian Defense Ministry

(as at 6 p.m. /Kyiv time/ March 12)

Russian occupation forces continue strategic offensive operation against our
Having operational pause, enemy is renewing combat capabilities and
regrouping forces for further advance in Pollisskyi, Siverskiy, Slobozhanskyi,
Donetsk, Tavriyskyi and Southern Bug operational zones.
Forces are replenishing their resources with missiles and ammunition as well as
petroleum, oil and lubricants.
Russian armed forces land grouping’ activity is the most intensive in the areas
of Mykolaiv and Mariupol and in the Joint Forces Operation area.
Operational environment
Enemy continues identification of targets in Ukrainian territory. That is done
by aerial reconnaissance from territory of Belarus and border regions of Russia.
Russian air force and artillery are striking and shelling positions of Ukrainian
Armed Forces in Chernihiv, Sumy, Mykolaiv, Mariupol, Avdiivka, Volnovakha and
outskirts of other key cities.
There is collection and repair base for damaged military equipment deployed
on the territory of Belarus.
Pollisskyi operational zone
There are no severe enemy’s attacks in the area. Aggressor is renewing combat
capabilities, regrouping and working out issues of logistic support.
Siverskiy operational zone
Russian military command is augmenting offensive forces grouping for assault
of Kyiv. Enemy’s tank units are moving on the east of Kyiv from Bohdanivka
towards Brovary and Trebukhiv.
Enemy concentrates forces for next attempt to seizure Sumy.
Logistic support (POL and ammunition delivery) is being provided from
Tiotkino (Kursk region, Russia) to Sumy and Konotop as well as through western
part of Chernihiv region.
Slobozhanskyi operational zone
Enemy is still trying to take control over Kharkiv, keeping it under air missile
and artillery strikes on civilian objects. Russian troops are maneuvering on the north
and south-east of the city to create favorable positions for assault.
Engineering units are spanning water crossings over Siverskyi Donets River.
Donetsk operational zone
Units of 58th and 49th CAAs of Southern MD continue preparation for assault
of Mariupol. Aggressor eliminates defense system and resistance of Mariupol’s
defenders through massive and regular air-missile and artillery strikes.
st and 2nd Army Corps and 150th MRDiv of 8th CAA of Southern MD are
trying to take control over Volnovakha and Soledar.

Tavriyskyi operational zone
Enemy is relocating its troops and preparing to seize Zaporizhzhya. For this
purpose units are concentrating near Pology, Orikhiv and Gulyai Pole (Zaporizhzhya
Southern Bug operational zone
Units of 49th CAA of Southern MD are focusing on capturing of important cities
on the Ukrainian South such as Pavlograd, Dnipro, Kryvyi Rih, Zaporizhzhya, Nikopol
and Mykolaiv. Russian military command intensifies measures of comprehensive
support from occupied Crimean peninsula through Antonov Bridge (Kherson).
Azov-Black Seas operational zone
There are no indicators of preparation to naval landing operation regarding
seizure of southern seashore of Ukraine (Odesa).
Black Sea Fleet ships (6 pieces) are brought up to the higher combat readiness
level, waiting for command to launch missile strikes on the objects in the Ukrainian
Terrorist and unlawful occupation activity of Russian armed forces
The enemy continues to use terrorist methods to succeed in “special operation”.
Russian troops continue the deliberate destruction of residential districts. The
occupants carry out targeted and systematic bombings on residential districts
(Mykolaiv, Severodonetsk and Mariupol), landmark architectural buildings (hotel in
Chernihiv), food storage warehouses (Kvitneve village, Kyiv Oblast), airfields
(Vasylkiv village, Kropyvnytskyi).
Moreover, Russian military supreme command have released an order to speed
up the process of establishment of control over Ukrainian settlements, including with
total elimination of Ukrainian civil population, killing them regardless their race, age,
sex and religion.
Today we observe new enemy tactics – exploitation of kamikaze UAVs with
explosive load in urban area. In Kyiv a building of state bank was hit by drone with 1
kg of plastid and shrapnel.
Russia`s armed forces grossly violate international humanitarian law and the
Rule of War. The enemy cynically shoots the medical vehicles of Ukrainian
defenders, at the same time illegally using the symbols of the “Red Cross” on its own
military equipment, capturing of Ukrainian activists, blocking of humanitarian staffs
and corridors (Melitopol city).
In occupied territories enemy imposes strong counterintelligence regime. In
Balakleya (Kharkiv Oblast) Russian militaries have prohibited to leave the city by
personal transport – by foot only, for women only.

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