General Staff operational report March 31, 2023 on the Russian invasion of Ukraine

The 401st day of the Russia-Ukraine War: official operational information by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on 31.03.2023.

During the day of March 31, Russian military launched 5x missile and 12x air strikes, more than 20x MLRS attacks.

Having no desired results on the battlefield, the Russian army continues to cynically terrorize civilians in Ukraine. Today, the Russian Federation launched yet another attack using ballistic missiles on civilian targets in Zaporizhzhia and other settlements in Ukraine. Russian troops also employed 6x Shahed-136 attack UAVs for air strikes, all of which were destroyed by Ukrainian troops.

The likelihood of further missile and air strikes across Ukraine remains high.

The Russian army continues to focus its main efforts on the offensive operations on Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka, and Marinka directions. During the day of March 31, Ukrainian Defense Forces repelled more than 30x Russian attacks. The fiercest battles remain to be for the settlements of Bilohorivka, Bakhmut, Avdiivka, and Marinka.

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  • Volyn, Polissya, Sivershchyna, and Slobozhanshchyna directions: no significant changes. As part of the combat training activities, the training of the Special Forces units of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus has been completed.  At the same time, the top political leadership of Belarus continues to support the Russian aggression, allowing the Russian army to use its airspace and territory. The training of units of the territorial troops of the Russian Federation’s armed forces continues at Belarusian training grounds.  However, no signs of the formation of the Russian  offensive groups were found. The Russian army continues to maintain a military presence in the border areas of Kursk and Belgorod oblasts (Russia). During the day of March 31, Russian military shelled the settlements of Baranivka (Chernihiv oblast), Sosnivka, Volfyne, Kindrativka, Novomykolaivka, Popivka, Oleksandrivka (Sumy oblast), Veterynarne, Hoptivka, Strilecha, Hlyboke, Bochkove, and Budarky (Kharkiv oblast).
  • Kupyansk direction: Kamyanka, Fyholivka, Synkivka, Krokhmlne (Kharkiv oblast), and Novoselivske (Luhansk oblast) came under Russian fire.
  • Lyman direction: during the day of March 31, Russian soldiers made futile attempts to advance near the settlements of Makiivka, Kreminna, Dibrova, Bilohorivka, and in the vicinity of Serebryanske forestry. Settlements near the front line were shelled with artillery, namely: Nevske, Dibrova, Bilohorivka (Luhansk oblast), and Spirne (Donetsk oblast).
  • Bakhmut direction: the Russian army does not cease its assault on the city of Bakhmut, in attempts to take it under full control. During the day of March 31, Russian troops shelled the settlements of Orikhovo-Vasylivka, Novomarkove, Hryhorivka, Bakhmut, Ivanivske, Ozarianivka, and Maiorsk (Donetsk oblast).
  • Avdiivka and Marinka directions: the Russian army conducted offensive operations towards the settlements of Novobakhmutivka, Avdiivka, and Pervomaiske. To no success. Russian soldiers shelled the settlements of Stepove, Tonenke, Marinka, Novomykhailivka (Donetsk oblast).
  • Shakhtarske direction: Russian military intensified the use of UAVs to spot for artillery fire, shelled the settlements of Vodyane, Vuhledar, Velyka Novosilka, Krasnohorivka, and Novosilka (Donetsk oblast).
  • Zaporizhzhia and Kherson directions: with no active operations, the Russian army was improving defensive lines and fortifications of its positions.  In particular, Russian soldiers shelled the settlements of Vremivka, Novosilka (Donetsk oblast), Olhivske, Hulyaipole, Mala Tokmachka, Novodanylivka, Orikhiv, Mali Shcherbaky, Stepnohirsl (Zaporizhzhia oblast), and Kherson.

There is a continuing trend of increased number of cases when groups of Russian personnel escape from their units. Thus, Russian troops are looking for 50x deserters in the Starobilsky district (temporarily occupied territory of Luhansk oblast).

During the day of March 31, Ukrainian Air Force launched 6x air strikes on the concentrations of Russian troops and military equipment. Ukrainian missile and artillery troops hit 8x concentrations of Russian troops, weapons, and military equipment, 1x fuel and lubricants warehouse, 2x anti-aircraft missile systems, 1x artillery unit at its firing position, and 1x electronic warfare station.

Source : The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

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