The situation at the front
Over the past 24 hours, the Armed Forces of Ukraine have repelled more than 38 attacks in the Limansky, Bakhmutsky, Avdeevsky, Maryinsky and Shakhtyorsky directions, according to the evening summary of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
- On Kupyansky and Limansky - in the area of \u200b\u200bSerebryansky forestry and near Gryanikovka and Belogorovka.
- In the Bakhmut direction - in Bakhmut and in the areas of Orekhovo-Vasilyevka, Bogdanovka, Ivanovsky and Stupochek of the Donetsk region.
- On Avdeevsky, Maryinsky and Shakhtyorsky - in the directions of Ceramics, Stepnoy, Avdeevka, Severny, Pervomaysky and Pobeda of the Donetsk region.
- In the Zaporozhye and Kherson directions, the Russian army is defending itself, in Volynsky, Polessky, Seversky and Slobozhansky - no change.
The Russian military fails to surround Bakhmut, and the corridor through which communication with the settlement is carried out is under the control of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In this regard, the Russian military focused on an assault inside the city in an attempt to force the Ukrainians out of their positions. This was reported by Major of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and former commander of the Azov regiment Maxim Zhorin.
“Despite thousands or already tens of thousands of their corpses, the Russians do not give up trying to take Bakhmut. Losing in every direction, on every meter there are even more people. Although they don’t even consider their military men to be people, ”Zhorin writes.
Over the past day, 32 clashes took place in the Bakhmut direction, 28 of them directly in the city of Bakhmut. 276 attacks by various types of artillery were recorded, 69 of which were directly at the city. During the day, 332 Russian soldiers were killed, another 188 were injured. Due to heavy losses, the Wagnerites have to reinforce at the expense of units of the regular army of the Russian Federation, primarily airborne troops. The Russian army has carried out four air strikes over the past day. The Russians use attack aircraft, in particular, Su-25 aircraft and attack helicopters such as Ka-52, Mi-24 and sometimes Mi-8, said Sergey Cherevaty, a representative of the Eastern Group of Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
In the Limansky and Kupyansky directions, according to Cherevaty, over the past day, the Russians opened fire 427 times from cannon and rocket artillery. There were two skirmishes. One of them is near Kremennaya. During these battles, 64 Russians were killed, 119 were wounded, two more were captured, according to a representative of the Eastern Group of Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Two infantry fighting vehicles, a drone and a D-30 cannon were neutralized.
Shelling kills at least eight Ukrainian civilians
The Russian military shelled Konstantinovka in the Donetsk region on the night of March 24. According to the investigation, the shelling was carried out from the S-300 anti-aircraft missile system. One of the missiles hit the building of the point of indestructibility, another flew next to it. Five people died under the rubble.
Air Force Speaker Yuriy Ignat said on the air of the telethon that Russian troops on March 23 in the evening and on the night of March 24 used missiles against Ukraine in the south, launched Shahed drones from the north and hit Krivoy Rog.
“It all started in the evening when the enemy attacked the Odessa region. Two Kh-59 missiles were destroyed. The attack also continued from the north of our country, about 10 Su-35 aircraft, the latest Russian fighters, attacked the Sumy region with guided aerial bombs. This is an extremely big threat when guided aerial bombs, glide bombs can fly far, and aircraft do not enter the range of our air defense, so more than 10 guided bombs attacked objects in the Sumy region. The losses are specified there, they will be announced by the military administrations,” Ignat said.
The authorities of the city of Belopolye in the Sumy region said that the blow fell on their community, writes "Strana". The school watchman died, another person was in serious condition, his leg was torn off, windows were broken in a hundred houses. The city center and school No. 4 suffered.
One person died in the Kherson region due to Russian shelling over the past 24 hours, said OVA head Alexander Prokudin. Russia shelled the region more than 70 times a day.
At the site of an airstrike on the building of a former school in Belopolye, the remains of a part of a control and correction unit from a new Russian high-precision glide bomb were found, writes the Colonelcassad Telegram channel. According to some reports, this is UMPC (Unified Planning and Correction Module). The channel publishes photographs of the remains of a bomb found in Belopolye and the fragments of the one that fell in Donetsk due to a technical malfunction. Apparently, the Russian analogue of the American JDAM complex is increasingly expanding the geography of application, the authors of the channel conclude.
Arms deliveries: new aid package from Sweden and German Dachs
The Swedish parliament approved a new $532 million military aid package for Ukraine. The new aid package will include Archer self-propelled artillery mounts, the Robotsystem 97 air defense system, and ammunition.
Germany for the first time transferred Dachs engineering vehicles to Ukraine. This is an auxiliary engineering vehicle based on the Leopard 1 tank, the main function of which is to free roads from debris, clear areas and carry out any construction work that requires powerful special cargo equipment.
The war in Ukraine disrupted the training system of Russian soldiers - British intelligence
As of mid-March 2023, the Russian army withdrew from Belarus at least a thousand military personnel who were trained at the Obuz-Lesnovsky training ground in the south-west of the country, according to another report of British military intelligence.
No replacement troops were sent in, but the field camp remained in place, suggesting that Russia intends to continue the training program.
The fact that Russia has resorted to training its troops in the much less experienced Belarusian army shows how seriously the Russian "special military operation" has disrupted the military training system - most of the instructors were sent to Ukraine, British military intelligence reports.
In the Lugansk region due to heavy losses increase the number of places in hospitals
As the command of the armed forces of Ukraine reports in its morning report, in hospitals in the occupied Lugansk region, the Russians are increasing the number of beds due to significant losses.
“In particular, in the settlement of Troitskoye, the number of beds in a military hospital has been doubled, from 200 to 400,” the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said in a statement.
At the same time, as noted by the General Staff, in the period from March 17 to March 18, all the wounded officers were evacuated by helicopters to the territory of the Russian Federation.
The Ukrainian General Staff also draws attention to the increase in mortality among the wounded Russian military in the period from March 17 to March 21. This is attributed to an increase in the number of severe injuries and poor quality medical care, in particular due to the lack of professionalism of medical personnel.
Losses among prisoners recruited for the war with Ukraine are growing fastest
"Mediazona" and "BBC" according to open sources confirmed the death of 18,023 Russian soldiers in Ukraine. Over the past two weeks, 1249 deaths have been added to this number. Real losses could be much higher, journalists say. In addition, the number of missing and captured is unknown.
In March, prisoners became the largest category of casualties - 2,259 men recruited from the colonies died in the war. Together with the "free" mercenaries of PMC Wagner, they continue to die near Bakhmut.
ISW: Russia may change missile strike tactics due to lack of missiles
Russian troops may change the tactics of launching missile strikes on Ukraine, focusing on Ukrainian military facilities, experts from the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW) write in a regular report.
According to them, the total number of Russian missile strikes is decreasing, which indicates the depletion of stocks of precision-guided missiles.
Vadym Skibitsky, a spokesman for Ukraine's Main Directorate of Military Intelligence, said that Russian forces could refocus their strikes on Ukrainian military installations and concentrations of forces while continuing to target Ukraine's energy infrastructure.
Skibitsky said that, according to the GUR, Russia currently has only 15% of stocks of precision-guided weapons that were available before February 24, 2022, and Kalibr, Kh-101 and Kh-555 cruise missiles account for less than 10% of the total stocks. .
According to Skibitsky, Russian forces cannot carry out attacks more than twice a month because of the need to save on missiles (in the fall of last year, they carried out large air attacks more frequently - about once a week).
The Insider on weekdays publishes daily reports with the main events of the war, about the situation on March 23 - in the material: “Russian troops are shifting their attention to Avdiivka, Kiev has requested Finnish fighters, Wagner PMC will leave Ukraine. What's going on at the front .