21 March: The Russians are trying to advance to the city center of Bakhmut, Prime Minister of Japan came in Kyiv

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Situation summary of war in Ukraine by region for Tuesday, March 21, 2023.
Illustrated Photo / Photo: Zelensky’s official Telegram channel

Illustrated Photo / Photo: Zelensky’s official Telegram channel

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By Pavlo Vitenko

Summary by regions

Luhansk Region

In the Kupiansk and Lyman directions, the Russians unsuccessfully tried to break through the defenses, carrying out artillery attacks on Nevske, Pishchane, Bilohorivka, and Dibrova.

Donetsk Region

The enemy launched a rocket attack on Kostyantynivka at night. Damaged private houses, a gas pipeline, a destroyed kindergarten. Information about the victims is being clarified.

Yesterday, the Russian army carried out a missile attack, airstrikes, fired with Hrad anti-aircraft guns, artillery, and tanks. Avdiivka, Bakhmut, Chasiv Yar, Kostyantynivka, the village of Velyka Novosilka, the villages of Karlivka, Severne, Lastochkine, Trudove, Novokalynove, Maksimilyanivka, Orlivka, Tonenke came under fire.

Two people died and three were injured in the region during the day.

Sumy Region

In the morning, Russian troops shelled Bilopillia and Nova Sloboda communities with artillery. Data on consequences are being clarified.

At night, the Russians fired self-propelled guns into the territory of the Esman community (four hits), from mortars into the Seredyna-Buda community (three hits), from artillery into the Bilopillia community (two hits).

During the day yesterday, the enemy shelled the territories of Yunakiv, Krasnopillia and Bilopillia communities. The Bilopillia community was under shelling almost throughout the day.

Kharkiv Region

On Tuesday morning, the Russian army shelled the village of Basove with mortars. Recorded more than 20 hits. Power lines are damaged, there is no power supply. There are no victims.

Yesterday, in the Slobozhansk direction, the enemy carried out mortar and artillery attacks on the settlements of Hlyboke, Morokhovets, Vovchansk, Zemlianka, Krasne Pershe, Dvorichna, Zapadne, Kamianka, Krasne, Novomlynsk, Strelecha and Chuhuivka.

In the Kupiansk direction, Russian troops unsuccessfully tried to break through the defenses by firing artillery at populated areas along the line of combat. The districts of Kupiansk, Krokhmalne and Berestove were under fire.

Dnipropetrovsk Region

Russian troops twice attacked the Nikopol district with drones. Shells from drones hit the Marhanets community. There are no dead or injured.

Zaporizhzhia Region

Invaders shelled civilian infrastructure in the area of the settlements of Gulyaipole, Charivne, Olhivske, Novoandriivka, Novodanylivka, Malynivka, Chervone, Plavni, Zaliznychne, Mala Tokmachka, Bilohirya, Preobrazhenka, Zeleny Hai, Zatyshsha, Kamianske, Stepove.

There were 13 reports of the destruction of housing and infrastructure facilities.

Kherson Region

The enemy shelled Kherson three times, the shells hit residential quarters, private and apartment buildings.

One person died, seven (one of them a child) were injured.

Russian troops were fighting in the village of Mykilske of the Dariivka region, there are wounded. At least five private houses were damaged. A 33-year-old woman lost her arm due to a shrapnel injury, and a 39-year-old man was also injured.

As a result of a drone attack, two people were wounded in the legs in the village of Lvove in the Tyahinka community.

The Russian army shelled the village of Antonivka. The church, the doors of the houses and the minibus were damaged. According to preliminary information, there were no victims.

An 18-year-old boy was killed by an enemy mine in a forest strip outside the village of Stanislav.

Near the village of Mala Oleksandrivka, a 35-year-old man came across enemy explosives in a forest strip and was seriously injured.

Another 41 people were evacuated from the territory of the region liberated from the Russian invaders.

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NATO believes that the Armed Forces will break through the corridor to Crimea during the counteroffensive

Ukraine can deliver the main blows in the Zaporizhzhia and Luhansk regions.

The leadership of the North Atlantic Alliance (NATO) believes that the main goal of the expected offensive of the Ukrainian military will be to break through a corridor into the occupied Crimean peninsula.

Bild writes about this with reference to its own sources in the NATO leadership.

The interlocutor of the publication reported that NATO analysts believe that the critical half-year confrontation between Ukraine and Russia is currently ongoing, but as of May, Western weapons will be used to push Russian troops out of the south and east of the country.

«Preparation, materials, logistics and knowledge of secret services, partners are now doing everything to conduct a successful counteroffensive. We are preparing for a spring or summer offensive. The next six months will be a key period,» said the representative of the Alliance.

The interlocutor of the journalists said that the Russian invaders «correctly assume» that Ukraine can deliver the main blows in the Zaporizhzhia and Luhansk regions, and in the southeast the Armed Forces will break through the land corridor to the occupied Crimea.

The NATO leadership refused to comment on the details of the upcoming offensive of the Armed Forces.

«Moscow is currently not ready to increase the number of its aircrews or combat aircraft deployed in Ukraine. Ukrainian air defense is much stronger today than it was at the beginning of the war,» he said.

Commenting on the offensive of the Ukrainian Armed Forces on Crimea, he stated that Ukraine has every right to de-occupy its territories.

By Pavlo Vitenko, Ukrainian Freedom News

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