24 March: Shelling of Kherson Oblast, Pentagon about Xi Jinping’s visit to Russia

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Situation summary of war in Ukraine by region for Friday, March 24, 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

During the day, the enemy unsuccessfully tried to break through the defenses near Makiivka, shelled the districts of Novoselivske, Stelmakhivka, Makiivka, Nevske, Pischany and Bilohorivka with artillery.

Donetsk Region

The Russian army carried out 30 attacks during the day: airstrikes, shelling from the Uragan and Grad surface-to-air missiles, artillery, and tanks.

Vremivka, Avdiivka, Chasiv Yar, Kostyantynivka, Hirnyk, Toretsk, Velyka Novosilka, New York, Novoaleksandrivka, Ivanovske, Berdychi, Severne, Krasnohorivka were under fire.

54 objects were damaged (33 residential buildings, 10 of which are apartment buildings), 5 civilian cars, two tractors, three tanks, a store, a children’s hospital, and the building of the Homeless Persons Center.

In the Donetsk region, three people died and 5 were injured in a day.

Sumy Region

At night, the Russians carried out massive shelling with various types of weapons on the territories of Bilopillia, Vorozhba, Richky and Mykolayiv communities.

Russian troops carried out an air strike on Bilopollia, fired from Hrad anti-aircraft guns and barrel artillery. Two people died and seven people were injured. An administrative building, a school, a residential building were destroyed, four five-story houses, four two-story houses, eight private houses, and a dormitory were damaged.

On Vorozhba, the Russians fired with rocket launchers, a residential building and an outbuilding were damaged. One person was injured.

The Russians carried out an airstrike and a kamikaze drone strike in the village of Vyry in the Rychky community. Kindergartens and the Ukrposhta building were damaged. A three-story school building was destroyed.

The enemy shelled the village of Richky with artillery, six private residential buildings, an administrative building and a gymnasium building were damaged.

In the Mykolayiv settlement community, Russian troops carried out an airstrike on the hangar of the agricultural company’s tractor brigade. The hangar and three units of tractor equipment were damaged. A fire broke out.

Kharkiv Region

In the direction of Slobozhansk, the enemy shelled the areas of Morozova Dolyna, Strilecha, Hlyboke, Krasne, Ternova, Staritsa, Zemlianka, Kreidyanka, Vilkhuvatka, Shevyakivka, Ambarne, and Bolohivka settlements with mortars and barrel artillery.

In the Kupiansk direction, the Russian army struck with artillery in the areas of Hryanikyvka, Kupiansk, Krokhmalni, and Tabaivka.

Yesterday afternoon, the enemy shelled the border village of Morozova Dolyna, Bohodukhiv district. Two private houses were damaged, the village was cut off.

Also yesterday, the enemy fired mortars at the village of Basove in the Bohodukhiv district, damaging farm buildings and power lines.

A 46-year-old man was killed in a forest strip near the village of Hryhorivka, Kupiansk district, as a result of a mine explosion.

Dnipropetrovsk Region

A 73-year-old man was injured yesterday due to shelling in Nikopol and was hospitalized in a moderate condition. The enemy hit the city with drones three times a day.

Also under the sights of the Russian army were Chervonohryhorivka and Myrove communities of the Nikopol district. the Russians fired with heavy artillery.

At night, the enemy army attacked Kryvyi Rih with drones. One Shahed was shot down by military personnel from the Skhid Air Command. At the same time, there are UAV hits. There are no dead or injured. The consequences of the attack are being investigated.

Zaporizhzhia Region

During the past day, aggressors fired at civilian infrastructure in the area of the settlements of Charivne, Olhivske, Malynivka, Gulyaipole, Mali Shcherbaki, Chervone, Kamianske, Orikhiv, Preobrazhenka, Gulyaipilske, Novodanylivka, Mala Tokmachka, Novoandriivka, Bilohirya, Poltavka, Temyrivka, Chervona Krynitsa, Stepove.

16 reports were received about the destruction of housing and infrastructure facilities.

Kherson Region

The Russian army carried out 74 shellings, firing 423 shells from heavy artillery and «Hrads».

The enemy attacked Kherson four times. 12 shells hit residential quarters, private and apartment buildings, and a medical facility. One person died.

The invaders once again shelled the Korabelne district of Kherson.

The enemy also hit the Kherson Regional Cardiocenter. The gas pipe, offices, and windows were damaged.

In addition, the Russian army shelled Berislav. The administrative building was partially destroyed, a residential building, a local history museum and the local newspaper office were hit. Shells also fell on the territory of the park and the church.

Another 87 people were evacuated from the territory of the region liberated from the Russians.

UKRAINE: The losses of the Russian Federation exceeded 169,000: another 1,020 Russians were eliminated – the General Staff

In Bakhmut, the occupiers suffer heavy losses, «Wagner» is reinforced by landing forces

The Russian army can start an offensive in a new direction – ISW

Ukraine returned the bodies of 83 dead soldiers

British intelligence showed an up-to-date map of the battles

WORLD: Putin talks about a «peaceful settlement» and immediately commits new war crimes – Borrell

Kidnapping of Ukrainian children justifies Putin’s arrest warrant – von der Leyen

Poland wants to increase the fund from which weapons for Ukraine are financed, but some countries are against it 

Sweden will transfer Archer self-propelled guns and Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine

Prigozhin renounced the Kremlin’s statements that the Russian Federation is at war with NATO in Ukraine – ISW

Hungary has refused to arrest Putin if he visits the country – Reuters

Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s recent visit to Moscow is an ‘alarm signal’ – Pentagon

Xi Jinping’s visit to Moscow demonstrated China’s «global image as a peacemaker.»

The recent visit of the Chinese leader Xi Jinping to Moscow is a «disturbing message», according to the Pentagon.

This was stated by the head of the Pentagon, Lloyd Austin, writes The Hill.

It should be noted that the leader of the People’s Republic of China visited the capital of Russia on March 20-22.

«Xi’s visit to Putin and his several-day stay there, I think, sends a very disturbing message, a message of support,»

- remarked the US Defense Minister.

According to the head of the Pentagon, if China provides material support to the Russian side, it will affect the continuation of the conflict and expand its influence not only in the region, but also in the whole world.

The day before, the Russian dictator said that he was ready for «restoration of peace negotiations».

Instead, the US said that Xi Jinping’s visit to Moscow demonstrated China’s «global image as a peacemaker.»

In addition, during the visit of the Chinese leader Xi Jinping to Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin failed to ensure the boundless bilateral partnership with China that he had hoped for.

By Pavlo Vitenko, Ukrainian Freedom News

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