General Staff operational report March 4, 2023 on the Russian invasion of Ukraine

The 374th day of the Russia-Ukraine War: official operational information by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on 04.03.2023.

During the day of March 4, the Russian army launched 4x missile and 10x air strikes, 4x MLRS attacks. In particular, the attacks targeted residential buildings and civilian infrastructure in Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson oblasts, killing and injuring civilians.

The threat of missile attacks by the Russian Federation across Ukraine remains high.

The Russian army is focusing its main efforts on the offensive operations on Kupyansk, Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka, and Shakhtarske directions. Russian troops continue unsuccessful offensives in the vicinity of Bakhmut, Avdiivka, Marinka, and Vuhledar.

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  • Volyn, Polissya, Sivershchyna, and Slobozhanshchyna directions: no significant changes. The Russian army fired mortars and artillery at the settlements of Bachivsk, Ulanove, Kucherivka, Bilokopytove, Starykove, Khodyne, Ryzhivka, Atynske, Holyshivske, Pavlivka, and Sadky (Sumy oblast), and at the vicinities of 22x settlements in Kharkiv oblast. Among them are Hraniv, Hlyboke, Verkhnya Pysarivka, Hatyshche, Vovchansk, Vilcha, Bochkove, Vil’khuvatka, Dvorichanske, and Dvorichna.
  • Kupyansk and Lyman directions: the Russian army continued offensive operations in the vicinities of Nevske, Serebryanske forestry, and Bilohorivka (Luhansk oblast), but was unsuccessful. Russian military fired artillery at the settlements near the contact line of contact. Among them are Hryanykivka, Kyslivka, Pishchane, Krokhmalne (Kharkiv oblast), Stelmakhivka, Nevske, Chervonopopivka, Bilohorivka (Luhansk oblast), Terny, Spirne, Fedorivka, and Rozdolivka (Donetsk oblast).
  • Bakhmut direction: the Russian army is makes futile attempts to encircle the town of Bakhmut. During the day of March 4, Ukrainian soldiers repelled numerous attacks in the vicinities of settlements of Vasyukivka, Orikhovo-Vasylivka, Dubovo-Vasylivka, Hryhorivka, and Bakhmut (Donetsk oblast). In particular, Orikhovo-Vasylivka, Zaliznyanske, Dubovo-Vasylivka, Bakhmut, Klishchiivka, Ivanivske, Chasiv Yar, Kurdyumivka, Predtechyne, Oleksandro-Shultyne, Ozaryanivka, Druzhba, and New York came under Russian fire.
  • Avdiivka and Shakhtarske directions: the Russian army launched unsuccessful attacks at the positions of Ukrainian troops near the settlements of Kamyanka, Sjeverne, Vodyane, Pervomaiske, Nevelske, and Krasnohorivka. The Russian army fired artillery and mortars in the vicinities of more than 20x settlements. In particular, Kamyanka, Avdiivka, Lastochkyne, Krasnohorivka, Nevelshe, Marinka, Heorhiivka, Bohoyavlenka, Vuhledar, and Vremivka.
  • Zaporizhzhia and Kherson directions: the Russian army is on the defensive, attempting to improve its tactical position to resume the offensive. Russian soldiers fired artillery at the vicinities of more than 30x settlements. Among them are Malynivka, Mala Tokmachka, Novodanylivka, Novoandriivka, Mali Shcherbaky (Zaporizhzhia oblast), Chervonyi Mayak, Kozatske, Ivanivka, Antonivka, Inzhenerne (Kherson oblast), the city of Kherson, and the town of Ochakiv (Mykolaiv oblast). The attacks have killed and wounded civilians.

In order to replenish its large-scale casualties, the Russian army continues to conduct covert mobilization in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine. In particular, it is planned to start another wave of mobilization of local residents of Horlivka (Donetsk oblast) into the ranks of the Russian occupation forces on March 5. All heads of educational institutions have been instructed in writing by the Russian occupation administration to register men born between 1995 and 2005 for military service.

Forced passportization of the population of the temporarily occupied territory of Luhansk oblast continues. Thus, Russian military imposed restrictions on free movement between settlements for all civilians not having a Russian passport. Starobilsk, Rubizhne, and Stanytsia Luhanska were affected by the restrictions.

The Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (Enerhodar, temporarily occupied by Russia) is now sorely lacking professional workers who can secure the operation of the nuclear power plant. Instead, Russian troops are employing people without the appropriate education or experience at the NPP, which can cause unpredictable consequences.

During the day of March 4, the Ukrainian Air Force launched 12x air strikes on the concentrations of Russian personnel and military equipment, 2x air strikes on anti-aircraft missile systems, and 1x on the ammunition depot of the Russian army.

Source: The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

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