Ukrainian Army and local militia have pushed Russian troops some 70 kilometers from the capital Kyiv, forcing them into retreat for the first time since the beginning of the war on February 24.
According to Oleksandr Motuzyanyk, spokesperson for the Ukraine Ministry of Defence said on local TV media, “As of now, we have not had any significant changes in the operational situation. The enemy has been stopped in almost all directions where they were advancing.
In some areas, the enemy was thrown back. In particular, in the last few days, the enemy has been pushed back from the capital by about 70 kilometres.”
Russia had launched a multi-pronged attack on the Ukrainian capital last week expecting the fall of Kyiv would force the government of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to agree to Moscow’s terms of ending the war. Despite enjoying overwhelming superiority in the air, progress has been slow for Russia in the face of stiff Ukrainian resistance.
Twelve Russian air targets destroyed
Ukraine’s anti-aircraft missile forces and fighter jets hit 12 enemy air targets – 2 planes, 3 helicopters, 3 UAVs and 4 cruise missiles, the MoD spokesperson claimed.
59 Ukrainian military facilities of Ukraine hit in a day
Operational-tactical, army aviation of the Russian Armed Forces hit 59 military facilities of Ukraine in a day (March 19), according the Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson, Major General Igor Konashenkov.
Among the affected facilities were three command posts, two installations of multiple launch rocket systems and two radar stations in the area of the city of Bogodukhov, two depots of rocket and artillery weapons, as well as 51 places of accumulation of military equipment.
During a special military operation to protect Donbass, an Forpost-RU UAV destroyed the radar of a S-300 anti-aircraft missile system near the village of Vypolzov near Kiev rendering the system inoperative, Konashenkov said.
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