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Russia continues to advance in the Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiyivka, Maryinka, Shakhtarsk areas - General Staff

In other areas, the occupiers are on the defensive.

Russia continues to advance in the Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiyivka, Maryinka, Shakhtarsk areas - General Staff
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The 393rd day of Russia's large-scale invasion has begun. The Russian Federation continues its armed aggression against Ukraine and does not abandon its intentions to fully occupy Donetsk and Luhansk regions. It continues to conduct offensive operations in the Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiyivka, Maryinka and Shakhtarsk sectors while defending itself in other areas. Over the past day, Ukrainian Armed Forces repelled 83 enemy attacks in the eastern part of the frontline.

Russia continues to use its usual tactics of terrorising the civilian population, shelling populated areas and critical infrastructure, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said in a Facebook post.

On 22 March, the adversary launched a missile attack on Zaporizhzhya. Russian missiles hit a residential apartment building. There are killed and wounded civilians. The enemy also launched 48 air strikes, in particular, on critical civilian infrastructure in Zhytomyr and Kyiv Regions. The occupiers employed 21 Shahed-136 UAVs from Bryansk Region (Russia), 16 of these drones were shot down. As a result of enemy UAV strikes, there are dead and wounded civilians. The invaders also launched 75 MLRS attacks.

The threat of further enemy attacks across Ukraine remains.

Volyn, Polissya, Siversk, and Slobozhansk areas: no significant changes in the operational situation, no formation of offensive groups of the adversary were found. The Russian leadership continues to use the infrastructure of the Republic of Belarus to train its troops. The adversary maintains its military presence in the border areas. During the day of 22 March, the enemy shelled the vicinities of settlements of Khrinivka, Arkhypivka, Mykhalchyna Sloboda (Chernihiv Region), Demyanivka, Esman, Atynske, Iskryskivshchyna, Bilopillya, Volfyne, Pavlivka, Basivka, Yunakivka, Krasnopillya (Sumy Region), Basove, Hoptivka, Strilecha, Vesele, Vovchansk, Okhrimivka, Krasne Pershe, and Kindrashivka (Kharkiv Region).

Kupyansk and Lyman areas: the adversary continues its attempts to break through the Ukrainian defence. The enemy conducted unsuccessful offensive operations in the vicinities of the settlements of Makiyivka, Bilohorivka, and Verkhnokamyanske. The invaders fired artillery near the settlements of Krokhmalne (Kharkiv Region), Novoselivske, Nevske, Bilohorivka (Luhansk), Terny, Kolodyazi, Siversk, Verkhnokamyanske, and Spirne (Donetsk Region).

Bakhmut area: the enemy continues to conduct offensive operations, suffering major casualties, losing a significant amount of weapons and military equipment. Ukrainian defenders have been repelling numerous round-the-clock enemy attacks near Bakhmut, Bohdanivka, and Predtechyne. More than 15 settlements near the line of contact were shelled, including Vasyukivka, Minkivka, Orikhovo-Vasylivka, Hryhorivka, Bakhmut, Chasiv Yar, Oleksandro-Shultyne, Pivnichne, and Pivdenne (Donetsk Region).

Avdiyivka, Marinka, and Shakhtarske areas: the adversary conducted offensive operations in the vicinities of settlements Novokalynove, Stepove, Berdychi, Avdiyivka, Lastochkyne, Severne, Vodyane, Pervomayske, Marinka, and Pobeda. To no success. Vicinities of more than 20 settlements came under enemy fire, including Avdiyivka, Tonenke, Severne, Vodyane, Pervomayske, Nevelske, Netaylove, Marinka, Novomykhaylivka, and Vuhledar (Donetsk Region).

Zaporizhzhya and Kherson areas: the adversary is defending. Vicinities of more than 45 settlements near the line of contact came under fire, including Malynivka, Novodanylivka, Novoandriyivka, Mali Shcherbaky (Zaporizhzhya Region), Havrylivka, Ivanivka, Zelenivka, Dniprovske, and the city of Kherson (Kherson Region).

In the settlements of Reshetylivske, Chumatske, and Kostyantynivka (temporarily occupied territory of Zaporizhzhya Region), Russian occupiers made rounds of residents' houses warning them to stay in safe places and prohibiting them from leaving homes. This may indirectly indicate that the Russian occupiers attempt to prevent the locals from observing the planned transfer of the enemy's manpower and military equipment to the line of contact.

The Russian Federation does not give up its war of aggression, despite the numerous casualties. It is constantly taking action to replenish its losses in manpower. For example, conscripts in one of the military units stationed in South Ossetia (Russian Federation) are being actively coerced into signing contracts to proceed to take part in combat in Ukraine. It has been established that between 1 March and 10 March, more than 50 Russian conscripts signed their contracts. With no appropriate combat training, they were sent to Melitopol (Zaporizhzhya Region).

On the day of 22 March, Ukrainian Air Force launched 1 air strike at the enemy's anti-aircraft missile system, as well as 12 air strikes at the concentrations of personnel and military equipment of the occupiers. In the meantime, Ukrainian missile troops and artillery hit 1 command post, 3 concentrations of manpower, 1 ammunition depot, and x electronic warfare station of the enemy.

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