DAY 380

Victory Chronicles
-DAY 380

March 10,2023


Above: After the war’s biggest missile attack on civilian infrastructure on March 9, smoke fills the air around the soviet-era titanium “Motherland” statue on the banks of the Dnipro in Kyiv.  The 63 meter statue stands within a soviet-era memorial to WWII.  Her hammer and cycle have been replaced with a trident. (Reuters)

Above: European and NATO boundaries in 1990, the year after the Berlin Wall fell.  The Warsaw Pact countries joined NATO in the 1990s and today, neutrality holdouts Sweden and Finland want to join the defensive alliance. However, NATO member Turkiye is demanding that the aspirants change civil rights laws to punish Turkiye’s Kurdish opposition in residence.  A third round of talks started yesterday at NATO headquarters in Brussels.  NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg spoke out strongly on Wednesday against Turkey’s demands to make desecration of the Quran illegal. (Map: CNBC)

Above: NPR covered Moscow’s operation to gin up anti-government protests in Moldova by spreading propaganda and organizing pro-kremlin agitators.  Yesterday, the so-called “Ministry of State Security of Transnistria” accused Ukrainian nationals and the Ukrainian Security Service of plotting to assassinate senior Transnistrian occupation officials. The SBU responded that the accusation is Kremlin disinformation. Read the Government of Ukraine’s report from last year describing how the Kremlin plots to bring Moldova into its chaotic orbit. 

Above: A Ukrainian anti-aircraft canon near Bakhmut. Russia’s massive missile strike on Ukraine on March 9 should accelerate the provision of air defense systems to Ukraine by international partners according to the Ukrainian president’s administration. So far, the United States and its allies have only supplied a small number of air defense systems to Ukraine due to their own domestic restraints.  Moscow has bet that Ukraine will use limited air defense resources to protect civilians and critical infrastructure, theoretically and eventually allowing the enemy to aggressively bring aircraft to the battlefield. (Defense News)

  • Russian forces continue to forcibly evacuate Ukrainian children to Russia. The head of an agency performing emergency evacuations of civilians, Save Ukraine, reported that only 19 of 38 children remaining in Bakhmut have disappeared and were presumably “forcefully evacuated” to Russia.
  • Ukraine has recently instigated a mandatory evacuation of children in Bakhmut, and the accompanying adult in this case does not have the right to refuse. Save Ukraine stated, “Our teams working on the ground know that Bakhmut is closed for humanitarian aid, medicine and other purposes. Our volunteers know the ‘secret paths’, they can penetrate there, but it is extremely difficult to do it.”


  • Russian forces conducted the largest missile strike across Ukraine so far on March 9. Russian forces targeted Ukrainian critical infrastructure with 84 missiles including 28 Kh-101/Kh-555 and 20 Kalibr cruise missiles, six Kh-22 anti-ship missiles, six Kh-47 Kinzhal hypersonic missiles, two Kh-31P supersonic anti-ship missiles, six Kh-59 guided missiles, and at least 13 S-300 air-defense missiles.
  • Russian forces also attacked Ukraine with eight Iranian-made Shahed–136 drones, which Ukrainian officials noted likely sought to distract Ukrainian air defense systems before the missile strikes.
  • Ukrainian forces reportedly shot down 34 of the 48 Kalibr and Kh-101/Kh-555 cruise missiles and four Shahed-136 drones. All eight of the Kh-31P and Kh-59 missiles did not reach their intended targets. Ukrainian forces did not have the capacity to shoot down some of the Russian missiles—likely referring to Kinzhal and S-300 missiles
  • Russian strikes hit eight energy sites resulting in power outages in some areas of the country. including in the cities of Kyiv, Dnipro, Vinnytsia, Odesa, Kirovohrad, and Kharkiv among others.
  • Putin likely used these scarce missiles in fruitless attacks to appease the Russian pro-war ultranationalist communities, which have overwhelmingly called on him to retaliate for the Bryansk Oblast incident on March 2.
  • The Kremlin accused Ukraine of conducting a border incursion in Bryansk Oblast, Russia, on March 2. Ukrainian official denied the claim, instead suggesting that the Bryansk attacks were the work of increasing partisan activity in Russia. A GUR representative stated that the incident in Bryansk Oblast is “part of transformative processes in Russia” and pointed to inter-ethnic, inter-religious, and socio-economic conflicts within Russian society.
  • On March 2, the Russian Volunteer Corps claimed responsibility for the incursion with a video claiming that “Russia is beginning to wake up against Putin’s bloody dictatorship.” The Russian Volunteer Corps claims to be an all-Russian force operating out of Ukraine.  Investigative group Bellingcat reported that the leader of the Russian Volunteer Corps is a notable far-right extremist figure.

General Staff’s Daily Video Digest with English subtitles


Above: Wreckage of enemy Kalibr cruise missile, shot down on March 9 by the Air Force of Ukraine. (Ukrainian Air Force)

Ukrainian General Staff of the Armed Forces estimated enemy losses since February 24, 2022 (with daily additions)

  • Liquidated personnel, 156,990 (+870)
  • Tanks, 3,448 (+7)
  • Armored personnel vehicles, 6,742 (+6)
  • Artillery systems/MLRS, 2,475/491 (+10/3)
  • Anti-aircraft warfare systems, 256 (+2)
  • Aircraft/helicopters, 304/289 (+1/0)
  • UAV operational-tactical level, 2,107 (+9)
  • Cruise missiles, 907 (+34)
  • Warships/boats, 18 (0)
  • Vehicles and fuel tanks, 5,337 (+6)
  • Special equipment, 240 (+3)


Above: The enemy targeted residential housing in Lviv, causing many casualties.  Moscow propagandists claim the massive missile strike early Thursday morning was retaliation for a cross-border raid into Bryansk, reportedly carried out by Russian partisans. (Reuters)

Glory to Ukraine!
The 380th day of the Russian large-scale invasion has begun.

  • Yesterday, the Russian Federation launched another massive missile attack on the critical infrastructure of our country and the homes of the civilian population. The Russian aggressor does not give up his intentions regarding the occupation of Ukraine. The enemy continues to use terror tactics, thereby grossly violating the norms of International Humanitarian Law.
  • In total, during the past day, the enemy launched 95 missiles from various bases. 34 missiles were destroyed by our defenders. The enemy also carried out 31 air strikes, in particular, used 8 Shahed-136 type BpLA, half of which were shot down. Fired 65 rounds from multiple rocket launchers.
  • The level of missile threat remains high throughout the territory of Ukraine.
  • During the past day, the enemy shelled Yelina in the Chernihiv region with artillery; Seredyna-Buda and Atynske – Sumy and Kozach Lopan, Strelecha, Krasne, Vovchansk and Bologivka in Kharkiv
  • The enemy is trying to improve the tactical position on the Kupyansk and Lymansk Shelled, in particular, Novomlynsk, Dvorichna, Hryanikyvka, Zapadne, Kislivka, Krokhmalne and Berestov in Kharkiv region; Nevsky, Dibrova and Chervonopivka in Luhansk region, as well as Rozdolivka in Donetsk region.
  • In the direction of Bakhmut, the enemy does not stop the assault on the city of Bakhmut. Our defenders repelled numerous attacks in Zaliznyansky, Orihovo-Vasylivka, Dubovo-Vasylivka, Bakhmut, and Ivanivsky districts. Vasyukivka, Zaliznyanske, Minkivka, Dubovo-Vasylivka, Bohdanivka, Bakhmut, Kurdyumivka, Ozaryanivka, and Mayorsk came under enemy fire.
  • On the Avdiyiv and Shakhtarsky directions, the enemy carried out unsuccessful offensive actions near the settlements of Krasnohorivka, Kamianka, Vodyane, Severne, Pervomaiske, Nevelske, Maryinka, Pobyeda, Novomykhailivka, and Vugledar of the Donetsk Avdiivka, Vodyane, Pervomaiske, Georgiivka, Nevelske, Krasnohorivka, Pobyeda, Vugledar, Prechistivka and Neskuchne came under enemy fire.
  • The occupiers are defending themselves in the Zaporozhye and Kherson Areas of Vremivka, Novosilka and Novopil settlements of Donetsk region were shelled; Gulyaipole, Zaliznychne, Gulyaipilske, Biloghirya, Mala Tokmachka, Novodanilivka, Novoandriivka and Kamianske – Zaporizhia, as well as Mykolaivska and Kherson.
  • Once again, the Russian invaders, in order to discredit the Defense Forces of Ukraine, are committing criminal acts in the temporarily captured territories of the Kherson This time, residents of the city of Oleshka came under mortar fire from the occupiers.

Support the Armed Forces! Together we will win! Glory to Ukraine!


Above:  A medical team in Kharkiv received a crowd-sourced high-mobility all-terrain Pinzgauzer Vector vehicle adapted for battlefield medicine. The campaign raised $80 thousand in less than three months. (Kharkiv Governor)

  • Russian forces continued to conduct ground attacks along the Kupyansk-Svatove-Kreminna line on March 9. Russian forces conducted unsuccessful operations towards Hryanykivka (54km northwest of Svatove), Bilohorivka (12km south of Kreminna), and Spirne (25km southeast of Kreminna).
  • Ukrainian Luhansk Oblast Head Serhiy Haidai reported that Chervonopopivka (6km northwest of Kreminna) remains contested and that control of the settlement changes frequently, and that Russian forces retreated from advanced positions near Chervonopopivka to reconstitute. Haidai also stated that Russian forces attack less frequently near Svatove than on other areas of the front.
  • Russia’s monopoly “United Russia” ruling political party began accepting documents to register as candidates for upcoming elections planned for occupied Luhansk Oblast.


Above: Ukrainian servicemen return from the frontlines to Chasiv Yar. (National Review)

  • Russian forces continued offensive operations in and around Bakhmut on March 9 but have not completed a turning movement, envelopment, or encirclement of the city. Ukrainian forces repelled Russian assaults near Bakhmut, within 11km northwest of Bakhmut near Orikhovo-Vasylivka and Dubovo-Vasylivka, and within 15km southwest of Bakhmut near Ivanivske and Oleksandro-Shultyne.
  • Russian forces likely advanced northwest of Bakhmut on March 9.  Russian forces conducted at least 30 percent of their assaults in Ukraine northwest of Bakhmut on March 8.
  • Wagner appears to have paused its assault on eastern Bakhmut
  • Russian forces conducted unsuccessful offensive operations near Vuhledar. Russian forces may be preparing to resume offensive operations around Vuhledar, although persistent personnel and ammunition issues will likely continue to constrain Russian forces from advancing. The enemy MoD ordered Eastern Military District to take Vuhledar at any cost.
  • Russian forces continued offensive operations along the outskirts of Donetsk City on March 9. Russian forces conducted unsuccessful offensive operations near Avdiivka; within 9km north of Avdiivka near Kamianka and Krasnohorivka; and within 36km southwest of Avdiivka near Sieverne, Pervomaiske, Nevelske, Marinka, and Novomykhailivka.
  • Russian occupation authorities are preparing for a spring 2023 mobilization wave in occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts and that local military recruitment officers requested that educational institutions submit rosters of all boys born in 2006 by April 1.
  • Ukrainian forces conducted a likely HIMARS strike against a Russian transport hub in Volnovakha, Donetsk, March 9. Geolocated imagery shows severe damage to the building and buses used to transport Wagner personnel through southern Ukraine.



Above:  Russians are attacking the Kakhovka Reservoir with artillery, trying to deprive locals of stable water supply and threatening the cooling capacity of the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant.  On March 9, the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast governor posted that the situation is perilous as the water level continues to drop.  Regional authorities and technical experts are working out plans to ensure municipal water supply to populations on the reservoir including Kryvy Rih and Nikopol. (Photo: US News)

  • Russian strikes completely disconnected the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in Enerhodar, Zaporizhia, from external power sources for 10 hours on March 9. Ukrainian nuclear energy operator Energoatom reported that the ZNPP went into full blackout mode, forcing the plant to rely on emergency backup diesel generators to sustain essential functions. Later the same day, Ukrenergo announced that it had been able to restore power to the plant.
  • Zaporizhia occupation authorities announced the formation of the Zaporizhia People’s Militia, an “all-volunteer reserve of current and former Zaporizhia Oblast residents”.
  • Occupation officials in Kherson have established an occupational election commission that will oversee elections for deputies for its occupation legislative administration in September 2023.

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