Daily News And Information From Ukraine

Dispatches from Ukraine. Day 355.

As Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues and the war rages on, reliable sources of information are critical. Forbes gathers information and provides updates on the situation.

Ukrainian military forces repelled Russian attacks east of Kharkiv yesterday. So far, total Russian combat losses listed by the Ukrainian General Staff in its daily briefing amount to 138,340 (+560 in the past 24 hours) soldiers KIA, and 3,283 (+3) tanks, 6,492 (+4) armored personnel vehicles, 2,290 (+3) artillery systems and 5,150 (+2) vehicles and fuel tanks destroyed.

Two Russian Su-24M bombers launched four missiles against Snake Island in the Odesa region Saturday night. Russian forces later struck the coastal area with three Onyx anti-ship missiles fired from Crimea. Ukrainian military authorities say that the attacks did not inflict any casualties.

Russia isn’t prepared for a second wave of mobilization, General Vadym Skibitsky, deputy chief of Ukrainian military intelligence, has told The Wall Street Journal. “Our assessment is that they’ll hold off because they haven’t overcome all the difficulties they experienced during the first wave. They weren’t ready for such a large-scale mobilization at the time, and they aren’t now.” Russia’s military, Skibitsky added, likely will face the same “shortages of modern equipment in good working order and sufficient officers capable of training the vast influx of untrained men.”

Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs has received more than 27,000 enlistment applications for the new “Offensive Guard’ units, Interfax news agency reports. The first selection stage of the selection process, Ministry spokesperson Maryana Reva states, has focused on motivation to liberate Ukraine, readiness to learn and military experience.

Timothy Snider, Richard C. Levin professor of History at Yale University and United24 initiative ambassador, has raised more than $1.2 million for anti-drone systems for the Ukrainian army. According to Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Federov, six such systems are now protecting Ukrainian energy facilities from Russian attacks and more drone “hunters” will be purchased thanks to Snider’s fund-raising campaign.

Denmark has transferred all 19 of its French-produced self-propelled CAESAR howitzers to Ukraine. The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense Oleksii Reznikov praised Denmark as a “true friend who knows that our fight is Europe’s fight.”

Ukraine will hold a number of events at the UN, in Kyiv and in many other world capitals on the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion on February 24. The purpose of these events, says Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, is to send Russian President Vladimir Putin a message that time is not on his side and that he will lose the war.

By Daria Dzysiuk, Alan Sacks

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