Will the Armed Forces of Ukraine hold Bakhmut, Russia hit Kramatorsk: a chronology of 384 days of the war
Already the 384th day of the full-scale war that Russia started. The defense forces continue to fight on the battlefield, and diplomats are doing everything possible to increase the support of our state in the world.
Read more about the diplomatic front and the situation on the battlefield in the Channel 24 material.
23:40 The head of the Donetsk regional military administration, Pavel Kirilenko, said that Kurakhovo was again under fire. The Russians hit him with artillery. According to preliminary information, there were no casualties.
However, 8 high-rise buildings and a transformer substation were damaged – more than 1,000 subscribers were left without electricity. Power will be restored as soon as the security situation resolves.
23:27 President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the Ukrainians. He told about the presentation of awards to soldiers and their families in honor of Volunteer Day. In particular, the mother of the Hero of Ukraine Oleksandr Matsiyevsky, who was shot by the invaders in December for saying “Glory to Ukraine.” 23:20 Loud explosions were heard in Belgorod. Local authorities reported the alleged shooting down of three missiles. The wreckage allegedly fell into the residential sector of Belgorod, damage was recorded in several houses. 23:09 US Air Force Brigadier General Pat Ryder said that the United States is preparing to publish a video of the beating of its reconnaissance drone over the Black Sea. 22:22 The bride of the deceased Hero of Ukraine “Da Vinci” Alina Mikhailova gave his personal combat chevron to President Volodymyr Zelensky. This happened during the presentation to her as the head of the medical service “ULF” of the Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky III degree. 22:20 The head of the press center of the Operational Command “South” Natalya Gumenyuk said that Russia has withdrawn 17 warships to the Black Sea, including 4 launch vehicles. The total volley – 28 “Caliber”. The Ukrainians were warned of the danger of a massive attack. 22:03 The high-ranking military commander of the North Atlantic Alliance, General Christopher Cavoli, informed the Western allies about the details of the incident of the fall of the US Air Force UAV in the Black Sea. In turn, the Russian ambassador in Washington was summoned to the State Department. 21:25 The Russians began to invent fairy tales about the downing of an American drone. The Ministry of Defense of the terrorist country said that the US Air Force drone itself lost altitude and collided with the water surface, and the Russian fighters supposedly had nothing to do with it. 21:17 In August last year, law enforcement officers managed to detain a killer who was preparing the murder of the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate Kirill Budanov and the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov. By decision of the Pechersky District Court of Kyiv, the attacker will spend 12 years behind bars. He also has his property confiscated. 20:31 The United States is seeking to quickly take back a drone shot down over the Black Sea so that it does not fall into the hands of the Russians. The reason lies in the value of the MQ-9 Reaper for reconnaissance, because this drone contains a lot of advanced technologies. 20:28 Colonel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in reserve, military expert, pilot-instructor Roman Svitan said that the high intensity of the fighting is exhausting the offensive forces of Russia. The occupying troops can no longer continuously use artillery, because the shortage of ammunition is beginning to appear. 19:58 White House press secretary John Kirby said that US President Joseph Biden was notified of the downing of an American drone over the Black Sea. According to him, this case deserves attention because it was “dangerous and unprofessional”. 19:19 An air raid alert sounded for the fourth time in a day throughout Ukraine. 19:16 In Ukraine, a killer who was preparing the murder of Budanov and Reznikov was detained and sentenced to 12 years behind bars with confiscation of property. 19:14 By decision of the Cabinet of Ministers, Sergei Gaidai, Maxim Marchenko and Sergei Gamaly were dismissed from their posts as heads of the Regional Military Association. 19:12 In the summary of the General Staff on March 14, it was reported that the Russians continue to advance in the Limansky, Bakhmutsky, Avdeevsky, Maryinsky and Shakhtyorsky directions. They do not leave attempts to reach the administrative border of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Also during the day, the invaders launched 30 air and 8 missile strikes, carried out more than 33 attacks from multiple launch rocket systems. 19:08 An American MQ-9 Reaper drone has disappeared over the Black Sea, monitoring the situation in the water area. According to the US European Command, it was intercepted and hit by a Russian Su-27 aircraft, causing the MQ-9 to crash. The states are trying to quickly pick up the downed drone so that it does not fall into the hands of Russia. 18:55 In Paris, for the first time since December 2021, French President Emmanuel Macron met with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. In particular, they talked about the war in Ukraine, energy security and the European defense industry. 18:46 The Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine explained that large-scale air alerts on March 14 were associated with the activity of Russian tactical aviation, the threat of using ground-based operational-tactical missile systems and enemy MiG-31K flights. 17:52 In the center of Melitopol, a powerful explosion rocked the whole city. Eyewitnesses report that the car is on fire. 17:43 In Brussels, during a meeting of the Council on Economic and Financial Affairs, they discussed the provision of financial assistance to Ukraine and assessed the economic consequences of the Russian war's aggression against Ukraine. It is expected that in the first quarter of this year our state will receive four and a half billion euros from the EU. There is also an idea to create a new fund for the restoration of Ukraine. 17:31 According to the Colonel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the reserve, military expert, pilot-instructor Roman Svitan, the Russians are looking for a new approach on how to bypass the Ukrainian air defense system and use different methods for this. This is evidenced by multiple air raid announcements during March 14, during which the occupiers launched rockets, drones and fake targets. 17:15 Dutch Defense Minister Kaisa Ollongren said that the Netherlands, together with Belgium, will provide Ukraine with mine detection and clearance systems for the Coast Guard in 2025. They will also teach Ukrainian units. 16:53 Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with Prime Minister of Iceland Katrin Jakobsdottir. During this meeting, they discussed the work to bring Russia to justice for war crimes, the implementation of the Ukrainian formula for peace, the progress and prospects for the restoration of Ukraine. The President of Ukraine also focused on the prospects for using Iceland's experience in the field of “green” energy and invited Icelandic businesses to invest in relevant projects in Ukraine. 16:22 According to the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny, holding Bakhmut is key to the stability of the defense of the entire front and is of great strategic importance for deterring Russian forces. 15:56 The media wrote that Ukraine accused two Russian snipers of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl and gang raping her mother at gunpoint in front of her father. This is one of the sexual crimes committed by the 15th separate motorized rifle brigade in four houses in the Brovarsky district of the Kyiv region in March 2022. 15:27 The media again wrote that the head of the Lugansk regional military administration is leaving his post. Sergei Gaidai may announce this on March 15th. It should be noted that information about the possible transfer of Gaidai as an ambassador to Kazakhstan appeared on January 30, 2023. The official himself then said that he was ready to work in another direction, if the president determined it. 15:20 In the Dniprovsky district of the Dnipropetrovsk region, our Aviation Forces destroyed an enemy drone. Probably Orlan-10, which the Russians use for reconnaissance. 15:00 Volodymyr Zelenskyy chaired a meeting of the Headquarters of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief. It reviewed the course of the defense operation in the Bakhmut direction. After that, all members of the Headquarters expressed a common position on the further holding and protection of the city of Bakhmut. 14:30 The Kremlin reacted boldly to the plans of The Hague to create a tribunal for Putin. The mouthpiece of the Russian dictator Dmitry Peskov said that Russia does not recognize the International Criminal Court in The Hague and its jurisdiction. 14:23 In Bakhmut, on March 13, Suspilny's operator Aleksey Olkhovik died. The death was confirmed by his wife. He left a daughter, Eva, who is not yet a year old. 13:49 The head of the Kiev city military administration, Serhiy Popko, said that part of the checkpoints in Kiev would be removed, and some would be transferred to a “sleep” mode. Indeed, after a year of full-scale war, the direct threat of hostilities in the capital of Ukraine was reduced to a minimum. 13:48 Lithuania has recognized Wagner PMC as a terrorist organization. The Lithuanian parliament also strongly condemned the use of any mercenary groups, such as the Wagnerites, created with the support of the Russian authorities, to commit crimes of aggression in Ukraine. 13:35 Adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, Petr Andryushchenko, said that as a result of the “clap” near Mariupol, one of the S-300 complexes – air defense of the occupiers could be neutralized, there were hits in the locations of large barracks of the Russian army. According to the adviser, at least 20 invaders were “sent” to Kobzon, another 7-10 got stuck on the way to “this chorus.” 13:24 Russian Su-24s fired four missiles at the Odessa region. Our air defense destroyed them over the sea. However, the debris and the blast damaged a kindergarten on the coast and several private houses around. Fortunately, no people were hurt. 13:20 Every year on March 14, Ukraine celebrates the Day of the Ukrainian Volunteer. The Association of Families of Azovstal Defenders urged to come on March 14 at 18:00 to Sofia Square in Kyiv with lamps and banners with the names of volunteers as a sign of respect for volunteers. 12:48 Rishi Sunak said that the highest priority for the UK is to continue providing military assistance to Ukraine: “…Because their security is our security, and we will go further to strengthen our resilience.” 12:46 A soldier of one of the military units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is suspected of treason. According to the Office of the Prosecutor General, in February-March 2023, the fighter helped the Russians in carrying out subversive activities against Ukraine. 12:24 The Russian Foreign Ministry announced that the grain agreement has been extended on the same terms. However, it is most likely that consultations are still ongoing. After all, the Ukrainian side did not comment on whether the “grain agreement” was really extended. 12:22 The Russians shelled the Sumy region – there were 7 parishes. Probably from the self-propelled guns in the Starikovy area. There were no reports of damage or casualties among the local population. 12:00 As a result of bloody artillery shelling of the village of Kolodyaznoye, Kupyansky district, at about 12:00, a 42-year-old man, a resident of this village, died on the spot from his injuries. 11:54 The commander of Oleksandr Matsievsky, whom the Russians shot after saying “Glory to Ukraine”, said that on that tragic day, the entire group that had gone on a mission died. There were 5 people in the group. Their bodies were transferred to Ukraine later during the exchange. 11:47 The self-proclaimed mayor of Berdyansk Alexander Saulenko was convicted in absentia for high treason and collaboration activities. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison with confiscation of property. 11:39 The Office of the Prosecutor General reported that the invaders killed two and wounded seven civilians in the north of Donbass. Pre-trial investigations have begun. According to investigators, on March 13, the Russians fired heavy artillery and Uragan MLRS on four settlements in the north of the region. In Konstantinovka, as a result of attacks on residential development, two men were killed, two more citizens received injuries of varying severity. Three civilians were wounded in Chasovoy Yar, two more – in Bakhmut and in the village of Nikiforovtsy. Damaged apartment and private houses, gas pipes, cars, outbuildings. 11:26 a 59-year-old resident of Lozova was informed of a suspicion on the fact of the distribution of the symbols of the communist totalitarian regime on the territory of Ukraine. According to investigators, the suspect in social networks distributed photographs depicting a red flag with a hammer and sickle, signed as “the banner of a great country”, “the most expensive flag” and so on. 11:22 The prosecutor's office reported that a Russian rocket hit an apartment building in Kramatorsk and damaged the ceiling and wall of one of the entrances; smashed windows and balconies. It is preliminary known that four people were found under the rubble. Unfortunately, one injured man died in the ambulance. Three others were taken alive to the hospital. They are being helped. 11:20 The head of the Kharkiv OVA, Sinegubov, said that today, at about 10:00, during the shelling of the fire and rescue part of the city of Volchansk, an enemy shell hit a civilian car. A 55-year-old woman who was in it died on the spot. 11:17 End of aviation danger. 11:14 Vitaly Kim explained the launches of enemy missiles from the north and south. He said that the invaders are looking for our air defense. 11:10 In Kiev and other regions, the end of the air raid alert. 11:02 In the Nikolaev area the air alarm is declared again. At the same time, explosions are reported in Ochakovo. 11:01 The head of the Nikolaev OVA Vitaly Kim said that those missiles that are now often fired at one by one from the north and from the south from the air are most likely anti-radar. The invaders are looking for our air defense. 11:00 In the North, no changes, a large number of aircraft. There were fake targets on Shostka and on the Dnieper before. 10:58 Anxiety moves south again. According to the monitoring groups, the planes returned to the launch lines. 10:56 The invaders admitted that one of the main collaborators Vitaly Guru was blown up in Nova Kakhovka. 10:55 Two reconnaissance UAVs continue to operate along the border in the north. 10:53 In the occupied Khrustalny, it arrived from HIMARS at the location of the National Guard. 10:35 At least 2 explosions thundered in Odessa, they report on the work of air defense. 10:31 The head of the Luhansk OVA said that there is a direction in the Lugansk region that the Russians will not be able to capture. He also assured that the enemy was not advancing in the area. According to Gaidai, the Russians will not be able to capture Belogorovka. 10:21 In the Odessa region, repeated air defense work. 10:19 In the South, they successfully worked out air defense. 10:18 Volodymyr Zelensky showed creepy footage from Kramatorsk. The President noted: “The evil state continues to fight against the civilian population. Destroying life and leaving nothing human. Every blow that takes an innocent life should lead to a legal and fair sentence that punishes murder. It will definitely happen.” He also added that 6 houses were damaged as a result of the shelling.
Russia hit the houses in Kramatorsk: watch the video
10:17 One of the wounded as a result of Russia's missile attack on Kramatorsk, unfortunately, died in the hospital. Three more wounded are receiving medical care. Rescuers are looking for people under the rubble. 10:12 The EU will approve a general plan for the purchase of ammunition for Ukraine next week. This was reported in Bloomberg. 10:08 Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said that 32 countries have already entered the group for the creation of a special tribunal for Russia.
10:07 In one of the settlements of the Daryev community of the Kherson region, the Russians attacked a brigade of power engineers. During enemy shelling, specialists carried out emergency and restoration work. According to preliminary information, one electrician was injured.
Four pyrotechnicians of the State Emergency Service and a civilian exploded on Russian explosives in the village of Posad-Pokrovskoye. The injured rescuers were hospitalized. All victims are in a state of moderate severity. A local resident, who was in a car, was blown up on an anti-tank mine in a field. The man died on the spot.
10:06 Launch of a missile or false target in the direction of the Odessa region. 10:04 In the North and South, the threat is due to different types of tactical aircraft – Su-34, MiG-31BM. 10:03 An alarm was announced in several areas. In particular, in Kyiv, Kyiv, Poltava, Sumy, Chernigov, Dnepropetrovsk regions. Subsequently, the air raid began to spread throughout Ukraine. 10:02 SBU in front-line areas of the Nikolaev area detained the traitor who “merged” positions of Armed Forces of Ukraine to the enemy. The defendant is a contract soldier of one of the military units stationed in the region. In February 2023, on his own initiative, he contacted the Russian special services, to which he offered his assistance in the war against Ukraine, and also expressed a desire to join the ranks of the occupiers. 09:41 The invaders hit the center of Kramatorsk with a rocket. The Russians attacked an apartment building around 8:30. Rescuers are already on the scene. According to the head of the OVA, Krylenko, at least three civilians were injured. The invaders damaged six high-rise buildings.
Russia fired missiles at houses in Kramatorsk / Photo from Kirilenko's telegram
Occupants hit Kramatorsk: watch the video
09:30 In OK “South” they said that on the left bank the enemy is preparing an escape, as from Kherson. 09:11 Finland is still considering the transfer of Hornet fighters to Ukraine. This was stated by Prime Minister Sanna Marin. 09:01 Russian invaders used the tactics of “intimidation” during the offensive in the Chernihiv region. The invaders thought they could reach Kyiv. However, the enemy lost more than 50% of the total. This was announced by the commander of the training of the Command of the Ground Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Viktor Nikolyuk. 08:44 OK “South” said that the situation in the South is complicated. However, our Defense Forces continue the counter-battery and counter-sabotage struggle. “The invaders will not be able to advance in the South,” Gumenyuk stressed. 08:43 The OK “South” reported that due to bad weather, the enemy had to send a ship grouping of 8 units to the base point. And although missile launches from there are theoretically possible, they are actually not real. At the same time, Russia left one submarine missile carrier on duty. So at least 4 “Caliber” are ready for use, the threat of a pinpoint missile strike is quite high. 08:40 In Zaporozhye, the invaders have developed a plan for the escape of collaborators to Crimea. This was reported by the Center for National Resistance. 08:36 The head of the OVA, Oleg Sinegubov, said that the enemy continues to shell the border settlements of the Kupyansky, Chuguevsky and Kharkov regions of the region. In Volchansk, as a result of enemy shelling, at least 4 private residential buildings and the building of the fire and rescue unit of the State Emergency Service were damaged. 2 rescue vehicles were destroyed. No casualties. A 41-year-old woman and a 51-year-old man, who received shrapnel wounds the day before, were taken out and hospitalized from the village of Gryanikovka, Kupyansky district. Doctors assess their condition as moderate. Meanwhile, on the line of confrontation, the Russians tried to conduct offensive operations in the areas of Gryanikovka and Dvurechnaya, but failed and retreated with losses. 08:23 In Kherson OVA reported that during the day the enemy made 24 shelling of the Kherson city territorial community, using 49 shells. Kherson, Zelenovka, Priozernoye, Antonovka, Sadovoe, Stepanovka, Engineering, Prydneprovskoe suffered. In addition, the invaders fired 15 times on the island and coastal part of the Kherson city territorial bulk. Fortunately, there were no civilian casualties. 08:20 Kirilenko said that tonight in the Donetsk direction, the enemy launched an air missile attack on Avdiivka. Three missiles hit the territory of industrial enterprises, one in a residential area. In the morning, the Russians launched another air-missile attack – on Lastochkin. During the day, Kurakhovo came under shelling – the park and the house were damaged. In the Gorlovsky direction, 2 people died and 7 were injured in Konstantinovka. 18 private houses and 4 high-rise buildings were damaged in the city; 1 more house was damaged in Ivanopolye. 1 person was wounded in Bakhmut, Toretsk came under fire – no casualties. In the Soledar community, 1 person was injured in Nikiforovka, 11 houses were damaged. In the Lisichansk direction, shelling of the Torsk and Zarechny Limansky communities took place. In the Seversk community, the administrative building in Seversky was damaged, it was loud in Serebryanka.
The consequences of Russian shelling of the Donetsk region / Photo from Kirilenko's telegram
08:19 The head of the German Armed Forces, Eberhard Zorn, will be dismissed. The prerequisite for this decision, according to Bild, was Zorn's praise of the Russian army. In addition, he doubted the capabilities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. 08:03 The head of the Servant of the People faction responded to the accusations of Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili that allegedly Ukrainian politicians are interfering in the internal affairs of Georgia. Arakhamia noted that the preservation of democracy in Georgia, whose power is full of agents of Russia, is the key task of the entire world community. He also added: “In Ukraine, Georgia does not want war.” Ukraine wants to join the EU “together with the Georgian brothers, and it is very painful to watch how the Georgian authorities are going in an absolutely opposite direction.” 08:01 Over the past day, the Defense Forces have destroyed another 740 invaders. In total, approximately 160,540 occupiers were liquidated.
Enemy losses on the morning of March 14 / Infographics of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
08:00 In the Chernihiv region, they want to perpetuate the memory of the Hero Alexander Matsievsky, who was shot for “Glory to Ukraine”. In particular, it is planned to rename one of the streets in Nizhyn. 07:59 The head of the OVA, Pavel Kirilenko, said that during March 13, the Russians killed 3 residents of Donbass: 2 in Konstantinovka and 1 in Avdiivka. Another 14 people in the area were injured. It is currently impossible to establish the exact number of victims in Mariupol and Volnovakha. 07:37 Vitaly Kim said that yesterday, March 13, at 18:26, the enemy launched mortar strikes on the waters of the Ochakov community. There were no casualties. In Nikolaev, Pervomaisky, Voznesensky and Bashtansky districts, the day and night passed relatively calmly. 07:35 The head of the Dnipropetrovsk regional council, Lukashuk, said that the night passed without shelling. 07:34 In the war in Ukraine, the Russians use “assault squads”. They have organized assault units into battalion, regimental, and brigade structures for specific operations and do not assign them a number, name, specific structure, full-time commander, or specific weaponry. ISW analysts note that the enemy is forming temporary “storm troops” to respond to situations as they arise. These formations are likely to retreat frequently after initial losses and experience severe communication and coordination problems. 07:29 Putin supported the proposal of the Russian Ministry of Defense to increase the draft age to 30 years. However, this does not indicate the Kremlin's plans for a full mobilization in the future, the ISW said. 07:09 During the day on March 13, Russian troops from heavy artillery and Gradov shelled the Kherson region 93 times. Regional center – 4 times. We got into residential areas, private and apartment buildings. Unfortunately, one person died and six were injured. This was announced by the head of the OVA Prokudin. 07:00 In Simferopol, a large-scale fire in a large warehouse. According to preliminary data, no casualties.
Fire in Simferopol / photo from telegram channels
06:55 Italy accused Wagner PMC of fomenting the migration crisis. Russian mercenaries are behind an increase in migrant boats attempting to cross the central Mediterranean as part of Moscow's strategy to take revenge on states that support Ukraine. 06:42 ISW noted that Kadyrov is afraid of losing Putin's favor, because his militants are really sitting in the rear. Now “Kadyrovtsy” do not have significant influence on the front in Ukraine. Chechen troops are mainly trying to advance in the Belogorivka area of the Luhansk region, or they act as “law enforcement officers” in the rear areas of the occupied Ukrainian cities. 06:28 US President Joe Biden said he wants to talk to Xi Jinping “soon”. 06:17 The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine published the morning summary:
- despite significant losses, the invaders continue offensive operations in the Limansky, Bakhmutsky, Avdeevsky, Maryinsky and Miners directions. Over the past day, units of the Defense Forces repelled more than 100 enemy attacks in the indicated directions;
- the Russians launched 5 missile strikes, including on civilian infrastructure in the Sumy and Donetsk regions. Unfortunately, there are dead and wounded civilians. The enemy also inflicted 35 air strikes and made 76 attacks from the MLRS;
- In the Zaporozhye and Kherson directions, the Russian military is on the defensive.
- During the day, our aircraft inflicted 10 strikes on the areas of concentration of the invaders. The rocket and artillery units hit 5 enemy personnel and military equipment concentration areas, 3 ammunition depots and 4 enemy electronic warfare equipment.
05:56 Japanese aid to Ukraine has reached $1.6 billion. This was reported in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of this state. We are talking about help in 2022. 01:20 RosSMI stated that the loud sounds heard by the inhabitants of the Belgorod region are the work of air defense. 01:00 End of the alarm in the Kharkiv region. 00:50 After the explosions in the Belgorod region, enemy telegram channels reported that “some object” was slowly falling to the ground. Probably one of the Russian missiles fell.
A Russian rocket probably fell in the Belgorod region: watch the video
00:43 Monitoring channel Monitor reported that explosions were heard in the Kharkiv region. Residents were urged to be careful. 00:40 It was loud in the Belgorod region. The local media noted that they are clarifying the details. 00:38 An air alert was announced in the Kharkiv region. 00:17 More than 8,000 civilians have died in Ukraine since the beginning of the war. Such data was published by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. A total of 21,965 civilian casualties were recorded, including 8,231 killed and 13,734 wounded. Among the wounded were 413 boys and 295 girls, as well as 271 children whose gender has not yet been determined. However, the UN notes that the real figures are much higher. Receiving information from some places where intense fighting continued has been delayed, and many reports have not yet been confirmed.