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The situation in the Ukrainian SMO on March 31 2023

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Night is in the yard and kamikaze drones are flying again.
This time, unlike the previous days, there is a risk of the Odessa region from the sea.
There is also the risk of a missile attack. 

In Druzhkovka (the territory of the DPR temporarily occupied by Ukraine), Tornado – S arrived twice at intervals – there is a systematic destruction of Nazi reserves.
Druzhkov chats report a large number of ambulances to the arrival sites

Situation in Bakhmut: A heavy snow flooded the city, making it difficult to fight
Ukrainian militants report on the situation in the city:
“One of the biggest snowfalls in the last 10 years. The positions are literally completely covered in snow, fighting is impossible for the infantry

How Wagner Advances in Bakhmut

Ukraine Front update [31 March 2023]

“Bakhmut is hell on Earth! The defense system was thrown into the slaughterhouse. The locals are waiting for the Russians to liberate them” – a military UAF in an interview with El Pais

The Russian Forces have taken the entire south of Bakhmut and are moving towards the center, Wagner PMC is storming in all other directions
Ukrainian military analysts continue to report an extremely difficult situation for the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Bakhmut direction.
▪️”The Russian Airborne Forces managed to advance to the center of Bakhmut, and also take control of almost the entire southern part of Bakhmut,” writes one of the analysts.
▪️ The overall situation is critical.
▪️ The Russians are successful mainly in Bakhmut, approaching the center from the south.
▪️ The battles are all going along the same street. Korsunskaya and in adjacent sectors. There is a fight for every building.
▪️ The areas of Ivanovsky and Khromovoe are very, very difficult for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The Wagners are moving forward little by little.
▪️ Moreover, PMC detachments are also strengthening there, it is becoming more and more difficult for the Armed Forces of Ukraine to restrain them.
▪️ In the direction of Minkovka, the battles are no less difficult. The loss of the village will significantly worsen the position from the east of the Clock Yar.

We publish a request from the editorial board of IA Sputnik and the answers of Evgeny Prigozhin:
Dear Evgeny Viktorovich!

The Arab editorial team of the Sputnik news agency (an international broadcast of the Rossiya Segodnya media group) would like to know your opinion on the following topics:

1) Can we say that the success of Wagner PMC on the territory of Ukraine is largely due to the experience of participating in the Syrian conflict?
Yevgeny Viktorovich : “PMC Wagner’s success is due not only to the Syrian conflict, but also to the wars that PMC Wagner managed to overcome in these almost 10 years that preceded the conflict in Ukraine. And so yes, of course, here too the Syrian conflict is important, but not the main one”.

2) Please compare the militants of terrorist groups in Syria and the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Is it possible to call both those and other proxies US forces? What do these proxy forces have in common and what are the differences in their tactics?
E.V : “The tactics of conducting military operations by ISIS by other proxy forces in various territories in no way coincides with the tactics of conducting combat operations by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The Armed Forces of Ukraine is not a terrorist organization, it is a real army defending the territories for which it is responsible.”

3) Are there currently volunteers from Arab countries among the fighters of the PMC “Wagner” in Ukraine? If yes, can you name which ones?
E.V : “There are practically no volunteers from Arab countries, they are single guys who have just got used to arguing with us for many years and therefore usually have dual citizenship”

I don’t know if they really want to close Bajmuth…

The fact is that the Russian troops are 200 or 300 metres from the northern road via Khronove and from the southern road via Ivanivske.

They have been like this for many weeks
Don’t you think that if it was essential to close them they would have done it by now, even if they lost their position due to the AFU counterattack?

Besides the road is under Russian fire, there are videos where you can see that it is a graveyard of vehicles and men

Military Expert Boris Rozhin on the Situation in the #Artyomovsk (#Bakhmut) Sector as of 22:58 Moscow Time on 31 March 2023⚡️

🔹1. Northwest of the City, fighting continues near Orekhovo-Vasilyevka, #Bogdanovka and #Khromovo. These settlements are still held by the AFU.
➖ Weather deterioration complicates active operations. The road through #Khromovo is still under tight fire control of the Wagner PMC. The enemy’s main movement passes to the south.
➖ Taking into account the cooling, the primer and the fields became a little easier to use for the enemy , but after the upcoming warming, everything will be scattered there again.
📌 At the same time, the threat of a counterstrike from Chasov Yar and Ray Aleksandrovka to unblock the road through #Khromovo or the road to #Slavyansk has not disappeared. Prigozhin is not accidentally reminded of the need to monitor the flanks.

🔹2. Southwest of the City, fighting continued near #Krasnoye and west of #Kleshchiyevka and #Kurdyumovka. No serious progress has been made here so far.
➖ The road through #Krasnoye is under our fire control. Enemy counterattacks to unblock this road failed, although AFU managed to prevent the loss of #Krasnoye, at least for now.

🔹3. In the City itself, despite deteriorating weather, the storming of the city blocks continues. The Wagner PMC controls more than 70% of the city. Fighting is taking place south of the pilots’ monument at the southwestern entrance to the city, in the central parts of the city and in the southern part of the AZOM industrial zone.
➖ The “bandwagon” assault squads have broken through and gained a foothold 250-300 metres from #Artyomovsk city council.

The situation on the fronts over the past day:

Artemovsky (Bakhmut) direction

In Artemovsk, the fighters of the Wagner PMCs advanced along Independence Street and Mira Street, as well as from the central market to the north. In the southern quarters, our people reached Vasily Pershin Street. The “orchestra” continues to advance in the area of Krasny and Khromovo.
Donetsk direction

North of Avdiivka, the Russian army is engaged in fierce battles in the Kamenka area and is advancing towards Keramik and Stepnoye. Also, our people are trying to break through the defense of the AFU in the vicinity of Severny and Pervomaisky. In Maryinka, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation occupied the building of the district administration, simultaneously knocking out militants from the city, whom Western technology will no longer help.

The situation at the front presented by Eduard Basurin
The situation of the Ukrainian army in the Avdiivka area is getting worse day by day.
The attack on the strongholds of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the forest belt south of Novobakhmutovka continues.
The enemy is constantly shooting at our advancing units, trying to hold back their advance
After the capture of Kamenka, battles are being fought south and southwest of the settlement, where we are expanding the zone of control near the reservoir adjacent to the village
To the west of Krasnogorovka, positional battles are underway
The Armed Forces of Ukraine are deploying additional units in the Severny area.
These actions by units of the Russian Defense Ministry led to a deterioration of the situation in Avdiivka itself, which is evident from the intensity of shelling from Avdiivka in the city of Donetsk and Yasinovataya

10 leopards were brought under the Ugledar. This information was reported by the commander of the BARS-23 Union of Donbass Volunteers with the call sign “Viking”

In the Ugledar direction, if not an offensive, then its imitation in the form of a distracting strike is expected. But in any case, the guys holding the defense here are always alert and ready for the most unexpected development of events.

Zaporozhye direction. Kamyshevakh.

Information continues to be received about the accumulation of personnel and equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Earlier it was reported that enemy soldiers were strictly instructed not to engage in dialogue with the locals.

War Map and the Situation on the Fronts in the Evening of 31 Mar 2023; pub 00:05⚡️

☠️ The #UN has realised something and finally admitted ( the facts of lawlessness in 404 related to war crimes. The organisation said that not a single criminal case had been brought against those who had taken part in the killing of Russian POWs. In addition, about half of the Russian servicemen detained in #Ukraine reported torture to UN representatives, which also prompted the report ( to the Human Rights Council.

⚔️ Situation on the Fronts for the past Day

🔹#Artyomovsk (#Bakhmut) Sector:

➖ In #Artyomovsk, the fighters of the Wagner PMC have advanced along Independence Street and Peace Street, and from the central market to the north. In the southern quarters, ours have reached Vasil Pershyn Street.
➖ “Orchestramen” continue to advance near #Krasnoye and #Khromovo.

🔹#Donetsk & #SouthDonetsk Directions:

➖ North of #Avdeyevka, the Russian army is fighting fierce battles near #Kamenka and advancing towards #Keramik and #Steponoye (#Petrovskoye).
➖ Also, ours are trying to break through the AFU defence around #Severnoye and #Pervomayskoye.

▪️ In #Maryinka, the RF Armed Forces have occupied the district administration building, at the same time knocking out militants from the town, whom Western equipment would no longer help (

💡 Once Tractor Factories produced tanks, but now bakeries are already producing ( drones. Tambov bakery started producing ( low-cost FPV drones for the Russian army. At first the company helped out with humanitarian aid collections, but then they decided to set up a small workshop where local craftsmen can make about 200 UAVs a month. People’s initiative in all its glory.

#Chronicle of the Special Military Operation for 31 Mar 2023⚡️

🔹#Kharkov Region:

▪️ The RF Armed Forces launched several missile strikes against #Kharkov during the night. According to preliminary reports, several AFU infrastructure facilities in Novobavarsky district have been hit.

🔹#Russia’s Border Areas:

▪️ In the #Kursk region, Ukrainian terror formations shelled Glushkovsky and Korenevsky districts. A civilian building burned down in the village of $Krasnooktyabrsky, while in #Tetkino no incidents were reported. The settlement of #Gordeyevka was left without electricity.

🔹#Starobelsk (#Svatovo) Direction:

▪️ In the #Kupyansk sector of the front, the AFU command continues to bring in reinforcements in anticipation of the Russian army’s offensive.

▪️ In the #Liman sector, there are no significant changes. Positional battles and artillery duels are taking place along the line of contact.

🔹#Soledar (#Bakhmut) Direction:

▪️ In the north and central areas of #Bakhmut, Wagner PMC stormtroopers are engaged in fierce fighting in the urban area.
➖ After the liberation of Sobachevka and Budenovka, they managed to slightly expand their zone of control in the Vodokanal district by advancing into the residential areas.

▪️ Russian forces advanced near the intersection of Lermontova Street and Independence Street, establishing control over a number of highrise buildings.

▪️ In the area of the #Bakhmut – #Konstantinovka highway, fighting continues without any significant changes.

▪️ In the afternoon, Russian troops launched missile strikes against a Ukrainian army position at the Prominvestbank building in #Druzhkovka.

🔹#Donetsk Direction:

▪️ Fighting for the Avdeyevka fortification continues. The RF Armed Forces are fighting in the wooded area near #Novobakhmutovka.

▪️ The enemy once again shelled Kievsky district of #Donetsk and #Aleksandrovka, one woman was wounded.

🔹#Kherson Direction on #SouthFront:

▪️ Artillery duels along the line of contact continue in the southern section of the front. The RF Armed Forces have launched strikes on #Kherson and its surroundings.
➖ Ukrainian terrorist formations, for their part, shelled Russian populated areas on the left bank of the #Dnieper River.

Russian Defence Ministry Report on the Progress of the Special Military Operation (31 March 2023)⚡️

The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continue the special military operation.
💥In Kupyansk direction, aviation and artillery of the ‘Zapad’ Group of Forces have engaged the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine close to Sinkova and Berestovoye (Kharkov region).

◽️ Up to 30 Ukrainian troops, two armoured fighting vehicles, one motor vehicle, and one D-20 howitzer were destroyed.
💥 In Krasny Liman direction, the ground-attack aircraft, artillery and units of the ‘Tsentr’ Group of Forces have inflicted a fire damage on enemy manpower and military hardware close to Chervonaya Dibrova (Lugansk People’s Republic).

◽️ Up to 85 Ukrainian troops, three armoured fighting vehicles, three pick-up trucks, one D-20 howitzer, and one Gvozdika self-propelled artillery unit have been eliminated in this direction during the day.
💥 In Donetsk direction, the Russian troops supported by artillery of the ‘Yug’ Group of Forces eliminated more than 260 Ukrainian troops, four infantry fighting vehicles, four armoured personnel carriers, two armoured fighting vehicles, six motor vehicles, four pick-up trucks, and one D-30 howitzer.
💥 In South Donetsk and Zaporozhye directions, aviation and artillery of the ‘Vostok’ Group of Forces inflicted a fire damage on the AFU units close to Ugledar and Novomikhaylovka (Donetsk People’s Republic).

◽️ The enemy’s losses amounted to more than 35 Ukrainian troops, two pick-up trucks, as well as D-30 and D-20 howitzers.
💥 In Kherson direction, up to 30 Ukrainian troops, 16 motor vehicles, and one Akatsiya self-propelled howitzer have been destroyed over the past 24 hours.
💥 Operational-Tactical and Army aviation, Missile Troops and Artillery of the Russian Group of Forces have engaged 74 AFU artillery units at their fire positions, manpower, and military hardware in 76 areas during the day.

◽️ An ammunition depot of the 126th Territorial Defence Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces has been obliterated close to Otradokamenka (Kherson region).
💥 In addition, three HIMARS and three Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles were destroyed close to Marinskoye and Zeleny Pod (Kherson region).
Special Operation, 31 Mar 2023, Main; pub 21:58⚡️

▪️ There is no second wave of mobilisation in the plans of the RF Armed Forces General Staff, there are enough volunteers and those already conscripted, no conscripts of the spring conscription will be sent to the special operation zone, the RF Ministry of Defence said;

▪️ Lukashenko has proposed halting hostilities in #Ukraine and declaring a truce without the right to move equipment and weapons from either side, Peskov said Putin could discuss Lukashenko’s proposals at their talks next week;

▪️ The government has taken measures to multiply the production of the most popular types of weapons for the RF Armed Forces, Mishustin said;

▪️ About half of the Russian prisoners of war detained in #Ukraine interviewed by the UN said they had been tortured and ill-treated, the head of the #UN Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR) Turk said;

▪️ Moskalkova expressed concern that the Ukrainian side was “silent” in the dialogue on the prisoner exchange;

▪️ #EU countries close to discussing sending “peacekeeping type troops:” to #Ukraine, Orban said;

▪️ Medvedev believes that the so-called peacekeepers under the auspices of NATO are simply going to enter the conflict, and they will be a legitimate target.

In Europe, a new false idea is being discussed to send some kind of “peacekeepers” to Ukraine under the auspices of NATO. How do you like that?

The countries of the Alliance continue to do their best to stuff the Kiev regime with weapons, tanks and other military equipment. They send their assassin instructors and bloody mercenaries daily. In every possible way they support, extol and kiss passionately the Bandera bastards, give them various awards and medals. And now, it means that they will allegedly persuade them not to fight with Russia, they will persuade them to “stick a bayonet into the ground.”

NATO members are not just brazen creatures who have jumped off the coils from their redneck and arrogance. They treat everyone else as complete p… morons. And, grinning cynically, they offer their “peacekeeping” services.

Their true intentions are clear – to establish a favorable peace on the line of contact from a position of strength. Bring your “peacekeeping” troops into Ukraine with machine guns and tanks, in some blue helmets with yellow stars. How this ends, shows the history of the operations carried out by the United States and its allies in various regions of the world. The tragedies of Korea, Vietnam, Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan, many African countries…

It is clear that the so-called NATO peacekeepers are simply going to enter the conflict on the side of our enemies. Pretty warm hands on this, bringing the situation to the point of no return. Unleash the very third world war, which is so feared in words.

It is also obvious that such “peacekeepers” are our direct enemies. Wolves in sheep’s clothing. They will be a legitimate target for our Armed Forces if they are placed on the front lines without the consent of Russia with weapons in their hands and directly threaten us. And then these “peacekeepers” must be ruthlessly destroyed. They are soldiers of the enemy. They are combatants, not “peacemakers”. And they will die in the course of hostilities.

 It remains only to clarify whether Europe is ready for a long line of coffins of its “peacekeepers”?

EU peacekeepers in Ukraine. Spy games. Lukashenko, Belarus invasion being prepared

EU Discuss “Peacekeeping” Forces. Lukashenko Calls For Truce. UN Accuses Kiev Of ‘Disappearances’

Peacekeepers in Ukraine. The new Foreign Policy of Russia

Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev on the idea of sending peacekeepers to Ukraine:
“NATO members are not just pissed off creatures who have jumped off the reels because of their arrogance and arrogance. They treat everyone else like complete idiots. And, grinning cynically, they offer their “peacekeeping” services
Their true intentions are clear: to establish a favorable peace on the line of contact from a position of strength. Take your ‘peacekeeping’ troops into the Ukraine with machine guns and tanks, with some blue hard hats with yellow stars. As it ends, it shows the history of operations conducted by the United States and its allies in various regions of the world. The tragedies of Korea, Vietnam, Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan, many African countries…”

Dmitry Medvedev, deputy head of the Russian Security Council, called the peacekeepers, whose deployment in Ukraine is being discussed in Europe, a legitimate target for the Russian army.

In the Kiev- Perchersk Lavra  at this moment one can hear not only the cries of provocateurs,nazi slogans and swearing, but also prayers.

People who came to the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra shout a Nazi greeting and demand to liberate the monastery. Sports youth gather around him, who could have been brought to support the expulsion of the monks.

The praying defenders of the lavra sing the symbol of faith, proclaim “Christ is risen!” and read the Akathist to the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos.

Today the believers have won a small victory

Provocateurs, Ukrainian media workers and other supporters of the expulsion of the UOC-MP from the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra disperse.

Parishioners praise the Lord and are waiting for a new shift for prayer tomorrow.

Security forces with machine guns came to the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra monastery to disperse the believers. The parishioners had prevented the inventory commission from entering the monastic complex. Watch our video about how Orthodox Ukrainians defend their faith!

Parishioners spent the whole night in the Lavra because they were afraid of the territory being seized. The monks had been ordered to leave the monastery on March 29, but they appealed to the court to challenge the eviction decision. After several refusals, the claim was accepted for consideration. The first hearing will be on April 26.

Sladkov: the decisive battle in SMO will be the liberation of Odessa

“Ukraine considers the offensive on Crimea a decisive battle. I think our decisive battle will be the liberation of Odessa,” said military journalist Alexander Sladkov.

The main thing from the new concept of foreign policy:

▪️Russia does not consider itself an enemy of the West and does not isolate itself from it, does not have hostile intentions.

▪️Russia is counting on the West to realize the futility of confrontation and to return to equal interaction.

▪️Moscow views the US course as the main source of risks for its security and international peace.

▪️Priority will be given to removing the vestiges of US dominance in the world.

▪️Moscow strives to ensure security equally for all countries based on the principle of reciprocity.

▪️The comprehensive deepening of ties and coordination with China and India is of particular importance.

▪️The main goal in the Near Abroad is to turn the region into a zone of peace, good neighborliness and prosperity.

Vladimir Solovyov reacted to the words of the official of the Bundestag about the “decisive contribution of Great Britain” in the Second World War:

“You Stupid Nazi rubbish. Tell me which Britich troops liberated Berlin. “

“Maybe you remember what British Nazism is? And why did Hess fly there? And what was he waiting for? Can you remember the royal family zigzagging happily? Can you remember the British football team gleefully throwing a Nazi ridge during a friendly match with the Germans? You distorting history, Nazi bastards!”

Ukrainian “Legitimny” channel says that major Western leaders have stopped making phone calls with Zelensky, amid growing negative sentiment in Western society.
Now they have to be content with meetings and calls from “second-rate” leaders.

The entire Ukrainian army that NATO trained between 2014 and 2022 is dead – Asia Times

In China, they are discussing the adoption by Kiev of a peace plan from the PRC. According to experts, Ukraine lost in absentia in this conflict, because the country does not have a reserve that could fully compensate for losses on the battlefield.

Recruits are thrown into combat positions after three weeks of training.

Labor forces are transferred to the category of combat, but they cannot show the same results as regular military or experienced fighters. It turns out that Ukraine is losing labor reserves and does not gain effectiveness in combat.

Strategic conclusion: With a much larger army, Russia will win a war of attrition. One Ukrainian battalion lost 600 men in January, received 700 reinforcements, and then lost 800 men in February – a 60% loss in two months. Ukraine can accept China’s peace plan.

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