The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine publishes updated information about the military losses of the Russian occupiers. The data covers the period from February 24, 2022 to April 4 of this year.

According to the General Staff, the military loss of the occupiers is as follows:

soldiers – about 175,690;
tank – 3 627;
Armored vehicles – 6,999;
artillery system – 2 697;
missile system – 528;
anti-aircraft combat system – 280;
airplanes – 306;
helicopter – 291;
operational-tactical unmanned aerial vehicle – 2,277;
cruise missiles – 911;
Automotive equipment and fuel tanks – 562;
ship/boat/boat – 18;
Special equipment – 298.

The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during a telephone conversation with the President of Russia on March 25, called for an “immediate end” to the war in Ukraine. The administration of the President of Turkey disseminates the information about the telephone conversation.

According to the administration, Erdogan thanked Putin for agreeing to continue the Black Sea grain agreement.

The Black Sea Grain Agreement was extended last week. Kiev and Moscow signed the agreement in the spring of 2022 under the auspices of the United Nations and Turkey.

The Kremlin also released a statement about the telephone conversation between the two presidents. According to his information, during the telephone conversation, Putin and Erdogan also discussed the situation in Syria.

According to the statement, they emphasized “the need to continue the process of normalization of relations between Turkey and Syria” and “the constructive role of Russia as a mediator” in it.

It is quite possible to imagine the point use of the “Onyx” supersonic missile from the Russian ship located in the North Sea on the building of The Hague Court, – said the Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev.

According to him, the decision of the International Criminal Court, according to which the warrant for Putin’s arrest was issued, will have terrible consequences for international law.

“This is the collapse of foundations, principles of law, including postulates of the inevitability of responsibility,” Medvedev noted.

Medvedev appeals to the judges to “watch the sky carefully”.

“And the court is just a miserable international organization, not the population of NATO countries, that’s why they won’t start a war.” They will be afraid. No one will be spared, so judges, look carefully at the sky”, said Medvedev.

We remind you that on March 17, the Hague Court issued a warrant for the arrest of Russian President Vladimir Putin. In particular, the II Chamber of the pre-trial proceedings issued arrest warrants for Vladimir Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova, the Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in Children’s Affairs.

Today, in the Donetsk region, near the settlement of Berzovoye, the Ukrainian Mesenites shot down a Russian Su-25 type fighter with a Piorun hand-held anti-aircraft missile system of Polish production.

For information, recently there has been a significant increase in the number of cases of downing of Russian fighter and front-line bomber tactical aviation by Ukrainians directly on the front or in its vicinity, which is explained by the “starvation” of artillery ammunition needed by the Russian forces on the front or by unfavorable and acutely dangerous conditions for Russian defensive positions in specific tactical areas. At such a time, aviation supports combat forces on the one hand, and fortified positions on the other, which directly proportionally increases the chances of shooting down tactical aviation flying at low altitude near the front.

I will also say here that the Russian fighter and front-line bomber aviation has to fly directly in the vicinity of the line of contact because, fortunately, after the collapse of the Soviet Union and not much before, the Russian military-technical industry did not pay much attention to the qualitative development of aviation ammunition, unlike the Western military industry. , due to which the Russian aviation is forced to use mainly unguided air-to-ground aviation ammunition, which is why it is not possible to accurately process Ukrainian positions from a safe distance behind the front, and aircraft have to enter the zone of action of mobile and stationary HSTs,

In order to neutralize this, the Russian aviation starts to fly at low altitude on the contact line, however, Ukrainian mesenites armed with hand-portable anti-aircraft missile complexes are already involved in the case, for whom the Russian aviation flying at low altitude on the front is relatively easy prey, as we have seen in recent days.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a notice of arrest warrants for Russian President Vladimir Putin and Commissioner for Children’s Rights in the Office of the Russian President Maria Lvova-Belova.

In particular, we read on the official website of the Hague Tribunal:

“In the context of the situation in Ukraine, the Second Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued arrest warrants for two persons: Mr. Vladimir Vladimir son of Putin and Mrs. Maria Aleksey’s daughter Lvova-Belova.

Mr. Vladimir Vladimirs dze Putin, born October 7, 1952, President of the Russian Federation, is allegedly responsible for the war crime of illegal deportation of the population (children) and illegal transfer of the population (children) from the occupied territories of Ukraine to the Russian Federation (Rome Statute Articles 8(2)( a)(vii) and 8(2)(b)(viii)). The crimes were allegedly committed on the occupied territory of Ukraine at least after February 24, 2022.”

The European Command of the US Army reports that today a Su-27 multipurpose fighter of the Russian Air Force conducted a dangerous maneuver against a US Air Force MQ-9 reconnaissance-strike drone flying in the international airspace over the Black Sea. , as a result of which the MQ-9’s propeller was damaged, the drone lost control and it crashed into the Black Sea.

US Army European Command urges Russia to stop unprofessional and provocative actions in international airspace, which could lead to an escalation of the situation.

Fierce fighting rages over central Bakhmut as Russia’s Wagner mercenaries try to break through Ukrainian defenses in the ruined city, Colonel General Oleksandr Syrskyi said on March 13. 

Syrskyi, who commands Ukraine’s Ground Forces and made two known visits to Bakhmut in recent weeks, acknowledged that the situation in the embattled city remained difficult as Russia continued to press forward. 

The commander said that the Wagner members were storming into central Bakhmut from multiple fronts, but Ukraine still held on to the “fortress” while inflicting “significant losses” on the invading forces.

“All enemy attempts to capture the city are repelled by artillery, tanks, and other firepower,” Syrskyi said, as quoted by the Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s media center.

Syrskyi’s statement comes amid an eight-month-long battle over Bakhmut, a largely destroyed city nearly emptied of its 70,000 residents. Russia has intensified its offensive on Bakhmut in recent weeks as it captured neighboring settlements, inching its way into encircling the city. 

Late on March 12, Wagner head Yevgeny Prigozhin said in a Telegram post that his mercenaries began storming into the underground compound of the Artemivskyi non-ferrous metal processing plant, also known as AZOM, in northern Bakhmut.

Neither Ukraine nor Russia officially commented on the situation at the plant on March 13. 

“When a person who is at war escapes and responds to the destructive action held by thousands of people here in Georgia, this is direct evidence,” Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili said on Imedi’s broadcast. Gharibashvili calls Ukrainian politicians, including Zelensky and Klitschko, “losers” and claims that their main goal is to overthrow Georgia.

“You mentioned Zelensky’s appeal… when a person who is at war leaves and responds to a destructive action held by how many thousands of people here in Georgia, this is direct evidence that this person is involved, motivated to make something happen here, to change… Klitschko came out, Feigin came out , some incomprehensible people, others also came out, Ukrainian politicians, Arakhamia and some hand-me-down “losers” who say that change is needed and some scenarios, a coup… It’s direct intervention. I don’t want it, now people are at war. I want to wish everyone success And the timely end of this war and peace and the reunification of the country, but first take care of yourself and your country, we will take care of our country, this is what I want to tell everyone,” said Gharibashvili.

Overnight, Ukraine has shot down 13 out of 15 Iranian-made drones launched by Russia, Air Force spokesperson Yurii Ihnat said on March 6. 

In the city of Avdiivka in Donetsk Oblast, head of the local military administration Vitalii Barabash said on March 6 that Russian forces attacked the city with six guided air missiles Kh-59 over the past day.

Barabash said that a five-story building was severely damaged. The Russians continue to target administrative buildings, schools, and kindergartens, according to the official. 

“The enemy is destroying the city into pieces,” Barabash said on television. 

In the southern Kherson Oblast’s village of Zelenyi Hai, one person was killed, and another was injured in an explosion caused by an explosive device, the regional military administration reported on March 6. 

The victims were working in a field when their tractor hit the explosive device that the Russian forces left behind before their withdrawal, according to the report. 

Swathes of lands in the liberated parts of Kherson and Kharkiv oblasts are still covered with explosive devices. Earlier on March 5, the Economy Ministry said it might take up to 70 years to demine the country. 

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine publishes updated information about the military losses of the Russian occupiers. The data covers the period from February 24 to March 7.

According to the General Staff, the military loss of the occupiers is as follows:​

soldiers – about 154,830;
tank – 3 432;
armored vehicles – 6 714;
artillery system – 2 456;
missile system – 488;
anti-aircraft combat system – 253;
Airplanes – 303;
helicopter – 289;
operational-tactical unmanned aerial vehicle – 2,095;
cruise missiles – 873;
Automotive equipment and fuel tanks – 5,323;
ship/boat/boat – 18;
Special equipment – 236.

About “agents of foreign influence”:

According to the new bill, agents of foreign countries become: psychologists, sociologists. Workers, aspiring filmmakers, young lawyers, therapists of torture victims, sociologists, policy researchers, entrepreneurs, media workers – why? Because the organizations they represent receive more than 20% of their funding from abroad;
According to the new draft law, even on the basis of the “anonymous letter” of the Ministry of Justice, it is allowed to suspend the work of any non-governmental organization;
According to the new bill, the “agent of a foreign country” is subject to universal control and “as necessary” restrictions;
Comparing the draft law with the American “analog” is boldness. You will be registered as an “agent of foreign influence” in the USA only if you serve the political interests of any state;
Comparing the draft law with the British “analog” is also bravery. You will be registered as an “agent of foreign influence” on Nislian Albion only if you are funded by a hostile state (Russia, China, North Korea, etc.);
(high probability) this bill will become a law, will go further and will also apply to individuals in the future. For example, if a person receives bank transfers from abroad from his parents/spouse, or goes to study somewhere with a scholarship, he can also become an “agent of a foreign country”;
Why is this bill similar to the Russian one? Because he repeats it word for word;
The person who has been providing free breast cancer screening to the population of Georgia for years with the funding of donors, becomes an “agent of a foreign country” under the new draft law;
Anyone who thinks this bill is about transparency has most likely never been in contact with the third sector and doesn’t understand that the budget of non-governmental organizations is 10 times more transparent than that of any restaurant.

Most people around the world want peace in Ukraine. President Zelenskyy has taken the first step towards this goal, and outlined a ten-point peace settlement proposal. He has also called for an international peace conference to discuss the plan. Last week, European Union officials visiting Kyiv endorsed both the proposal and the summit. With greater vigor, the rest of the world should follow suit. President Biden should also acknowledge this peace plan and lead the rest of the world in organizing this peace conference, as well as taking other steps towards post-war justice and reconstruction. Zelenskyy has offered a starting point. We should assist in turning the proposal into reality.

Russian propagandists, as well as skeptics in the West, have denounced Zelenskyy’s plan as impractical because it does not offer Putin any concessions. But why should Zelenskyy offer Putin any concessions, especially at the beginning of a negotiation? Putin started this barbaric, unnecessary war. He is now losing, which he understands (Did Stalin, Roosevelt, and Churchill offer Hitler face-saving “off ramps” in 1943 after Germany lost the Battle of Stalingrad? Did the U.S.-led coalition of countries that pushed Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait in 1991 offer to give the Iraqi dictator twenty percent of the country he tried to annex in the pursuit of peace? Zelenskyy’s plan may not be the end point of a peace settlement, but it most certainly is a logical beginning. If Putin doesn’t like Zelenskyy’s ideas, he should publish his own proposal.
To date, he has not done so.When endorsing Zelenskyy’s peace plan and the idea of organizing a conference, Western leaders should refrain from undermining Zelenskyy’s negotiating leverage by publicly suggesting their ideas for compromises and peace settlements. Ultimately, it is only Zelenskyy, the Ukrainian parliament, and the Ukrainian people who have the authority to decide whether to agree to concessions or not. Right now, they are focused on liberating their entire country from Russian occupation. For Ukrainians, this remains the number one priority. And it should be for their international supporters, too.

Just days before Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine last February, China’s leader Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin declared a “friendship without limits,” agreeing there would be no “forbidden areas of cooperation.”

Unsurprisingly then, Beijing did not condemn Russia’s all-out war against Ukraine that began on Feb. 24, 2022, nor did it join the West in sanctioning Moscow to punish it for its full-scale aggression. 

Instead, increased trade between the two countries has eased the impact of the Kremlin’s banishment from the global financial system — China and Russia hit a new record high in total trade in 2022, reaching $190 billion, according to Chinese customs data.

The two countries’ naval forces have also engaged in joint military drills in the East China Sea since last February. Xi told Putin in December he was ready to “increase political cooperation” with Russia. 

In recent weeks, the U.S. has publicly stated it believes China has already provided non-lethal military assistance to Russia and is now considering sending lethal aid to assist Russia’s war effort in Ukraine further. 

According to Kyiv-Independence- NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, U.S. Army General Christopher Cavoli, said that Russia has lost more than 200,000 troops since the start of its invasion in Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022, describing the extent of the war as “unbelievable.”

He added that over 1,800 Russian officers were killed or wounded, German magazine Der Spiegel reported.

Cavoli also said that Russia has lost “far more” than 2,000 large battle tanks and that its army fires an average of 23,000 artillery shells per day.

The U.K. Defense Ministry previously estimated that Russia’s army and private mercenary groups have likely lost 175,000-200,000 people in Ukraine, with up to 60,000 killed. According to a report, prisoners recruited by the Kremlin-backed private mercenary Wagner Group have suffered a casualty rate of up to 50%.

“The Russian casualty rate has significantly increased since September 2022 when ‘partial mobilization’ was imposed,” reads the report. 

The General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces reported on March 4 that Russia had lost 152,190 troops in Ukraine since the beginning of its full-scale invasion on Feb. 24 last year. 

This number includes 820 casualties Russian forces suffered just over the past day. 

  • The situation around Bakhmut is critical. If in the urban space of the city, the Russian units even in the eastern districts have difficulty moving quickly, in the outskirts of the city, they move relatively successfully from the flanks. The Ukrainians manage and still own the supply artery in the form of the Bakhmut-Chasiv Yari road, but the Russians are quite close to the village of Khromovye, through which the said road passes.

Ukrainians rotate in Bakhmut – some parts leave the city and others enter. It can be preparatory work for retreat or, on the contrary, serve to maintain specific positions in the city with experienced units.

Under the leadership of US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and US Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Mill, the visit of US defense representatives to the Middle East has begun, the main purpose of which will be to discuss and negotiate common plans regarding threats arising from Iran’s nuclear program.

Mill and Austin will hold scheduled meetings with their Israeli counterparts over the course of several days to discuss Iran’s recent 84% enrichment of uranium and the possibility of a joint Israeli-US response to them.