Summary of the 13th day of #defense of #Ukraine from the #Russian Army invasion. Source: General Staff of the #Ukrainian Armed Forces. [Thread below⬇️]
[2] The #Russian Army slowed its offensive but continues mostly missile and artillery attacks on civilian infrastructure.
[3] The Rus. Army keeps pushing to encircle capital #Kyiv, cities of #Sumy, #Kharkiv, #Mariupol, #Mykolayiv, #Chernihiv, as well as to create a land corridor to #Crimea and move the #Ukrainian #Army father west to the limits of #Luhansk & #Donetsk provinces.
[4] The Russian 14th #SpecOps brigade from Khabarovsk city lost ~400 servicemen dead (to be verified). One battalion of the 25th infantry brigade from Luga town in St. Petersburg province of Russia was called back from war in #Ukraine because it lost majority of its soldiers.

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Mar 9
The #Ukrainian Navy shared details of the operation which was aimed to destroy the modern #Russian patrol boat 'Ivan Bykov' in Black Sea two days ago. Burned out, it finally sank today. [Video + Thread⬇️] #Ukraine
[2] As the #Odesa-based newspaper Dumskaya reported, it was a specially designed secret operation of the Ukraine Navy. Two #Ukrainian speedboats provoked the Russian boat to follow them, so it sailed right into the prepared area of artillery fire and was successfully destroyed.
[3] The Dumskaya claims that this is for the first time in the world military history when the military vessel was destroyed by the land-based MLRS system. (To be verified by historians).
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Mar 8
Summary for 12 days of war by the Gen. Staff of the #Ukraine Armed Forces via the #Ukrainian state news agency @Ukrinform (where I worked as a political reporter after my graduation long time ago). Read the thread below⬇️
Update Mar 7: The Russian troops amassing the following units near #Kyiv to storm it. 1) Kadyrov Chechen unit, 2) 27th SpecOp unit Kuzbass (Kemerovo), 3) 604th SpecOp police unit Vitiaz (Moscow), and 4) private mercenary army 'Liga' (former "Vagner' currently avoiding sanctions).
Update [3] Mar 7: The #Russian Army continues to move troops to storm #Kaniv city on #Dnipro River (dam/bridge) and Novomoskovsk city with 1st tank army (~12 battalions), 20th infantry army (~8 battalions), 6th infantry army (~2 battalions), 14th corp (~2 battalions).
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Mar 7
PART 3 FINAL. A #Rus soldier (almost killed by comrades) concludes his story how his Lt. & he shielded & tried to save lives of #Ukrainian civilians in #Kharkiv despite the deputy commander of their regiment Lt.Col. ordered to kill civilians together with Lt. and him. [Thread]
[3-2] A Rus. soldier: “First, my Lt. [Ivan Alexandrovich Levankov] got a bullet in his helmet, [from the Rus. soldiers ordered by Lt.Col. to fire at their Lt. and Ukr. civilians] but it didn’t go through. The next bullet hit his neck and broke an artery, so he died.”
[3-3] A Rus. soldier: “Then they [his comrades] fired at a mother woman and she also got killed. Then me and her daughter began retreating, so my comrades began firing at my legs. If not a garage nearby, they could also murder me and that girl.”
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Mar 7
PART 2. A #Rus soldier (almost killed by comrades) continues telling his story how his Lt. & he shielded & tried to save lives of #Ukrainian civilians in #Kharkiv despite the deputy commander of their regiment Lt.Col. ordered to kill civilians together with Lt. and him. [Thread]
[2-2] Rus. soldier: “Then your guys arrived & began firing at us. When our guys were firing back, a Lt. Ivan Alexandrovich Levankov [a commander of other unit] and me began saving Ukrainian civilians who were under fire according to the Lt.Col. order”
[2-3] Rus. soldier: “We hid those civilians behind the concrete roadblocks. There were a mother, approx. 50 with her daughter, approx.. 22-25. Our Lt. ran to them, took them out of their car shouting “Get over there!” We all hid behind the blocks.”
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Mar 7
In this SSU video, a #Russian soldier (almost killed by comrades) tells his story how his Lt. & he tried to save lives of #Ukrainian civilians in #Kharkiv despite the deputy commander of their regiment Lt.Col. ordered to kill them together with Lt. and him. [Video 1. Thread]
[2] Rus. soldier: “Our ‘Zampolit’ [dep. com-r of regiment] ordered to fire at those… to block the roads. – Wait! Where? – In #Kharkiv, the freeway around the city. – When? – On Feb 24. – What was your mission? – No mission. The ‘Zampolit’ of our regiment made up all our tasks.”
[3] Rus. soldier: “When we began to block the freeway [in Kharkiv on Feb 24], civilians started protesting saying they need to go home, to work, somewhere else. Soon, our regiment Lt.Col. ‘Zampolit’ got annoyed and ordered to open fire at civilians.”
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Mar 7
Humor is a weapon. The #Ukrainian soldiers share anecdotes & funny sayings to keep up morale. For example, a Soviet propaganda saying "I'd learn Russian only bcs Lenin spoke it" had been transformed into "...because I need to interrogate Russian POWs." [Thread⬇️]
[2] "Look, Moscovites die here an hour earlier than they arrive. Arrived at noon, and killed at 11:40am. This is a direct time portal to hell".
[3] "If the Russians won't accomplish their goals while ground is frozen, that's it. The Ukrainian gardeners will absolutelly never allow them onto their vegetable fields."
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