Russo-Ukrainian War. Day 383: Russia intensifies terror against families in occupied areas

 Russo-Ukrainian War. Day 383: Russia intensifies terror against families in occupied areas

Russia stocked approximately 50 Kinzhal hypersonic missiles to target Ukraine. Russia intensified terror against children and their parents in occupied parts of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia Oblasts. No major changes near Bakhmut.

Daily overview — Summary report, March 13

The General Staff’s operational update regarding the Russian invasion as of 18.00 pm, March 13, 2023 is in the dropdown menu below:

Situation in Ukraine. March 13, 2023. Source: ISW. ~

Situation in Ukraine. March 13, 2023. Source: ISW.

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Day 383 of the full-scale russian military aggression has begun.

The russian aggressor does not cease it attempts to occupy Ukraine. Despite significant losses, the enemy continues to conduct offensive operations on Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka, Mar’yinka, and Shakhtars’k axes. During the last day, Ukrainian Defense Forces repelled 102x enemy attacks there.

The russian federation continues to use terrorist tactics, including through indiscriminate shelling of populated areas, thereby russia keeps violating rules and norms of International Humanitarian Law.

Over the past day, the enemy launched 3x missile strikes, including against civilian infrastructure of the city of Sloviansk, Donetsk oblast. Moreover, the enemy conducted 8x air strikes and launched 49x MLRS attacks.

The threat of missile attacks remains high across Ukraine.

Kharkiv Battle Map. March 12, 2023. Source: ISW. ~

Kharkiv Battle Map. March 12, 2023. Source: ISW.

Volyn’, Polissya, Sivershchyna and Slobozhanshchyna axes: the operational situation has not changed significantly. The enemy maintains military presence in the areas bordering Ukraine, however, there are no signs of the formation of offensive groupings. The occupiers continue to harden defensive positions in the border areas of the Belgorod oblast. During the day, the occupiers shelled the vicinities of Volfyne (Sumy oblast); Strilecha, Mali Prohody, Krasne, Velykyi Burluk, and Bolohivka settlements (Kharkiv oblast).

Kup’yans’k and Lyman axes: the enemy makes further attempts to break through Ukrainian defenses lines. Russian troops attempted unsuccessful offensive in the vicinities of Dvorichna, Nevs’ke, Chervonpopivka, Kreminna, Dibrova, Bilohorivka, and Verkhn’yokam’yans’ke. The vicinities of Dvorichna, Zapadne, Masyutivka, Kup’yans’k, Krokhmalne, Pischane and Cherneshchyna settlements (Kharkiv oblast); Novoselivs’ke, Makiivka, Nevs’ke, Dibrova, and Bilohorivka (Luhansk oblast); as well as Siversk and Spirne (Donetsk oblast) came under artillery fire.

Donetsk Battle Map. March 12, 2023. Source: ISW. ~

Donetsk Battle Map. March 12, 2023. Source: ISW.

Bakhmut axis: the enemy does not cease attempts to capture the city of Bakhmut. Our defenders repelled enemy attacks in the vicinities of Vasyukivka, Minkivka, Orihovo-Vasylivka, and Ivanivs’ke settlements. In particular, Orikhovo-Vasylivka, Hryhorivka, Bohdanivka, Bakhmut, Chasiv Yar, Predtechine, Kurdyumivka, Ozaryanivka, Druzhba, Mayorsk, and New York (Donetsk oblast) suffered enemy attacks.

Avdiivka, Mar’yinka, and Shakhtars’k axes: the enemy carried out unsuccessful offensive actions in the vicinities of Kam’yanka, Avdiivka, Vodyane, Severne, Pervomais’ke, Mar’yinka, and Pobieda settlements. The vicinities of many other settlements along the line of contact, including, Berdychi, Avdiivka, Tonen’ke, Vodyane, Heorgiivka, Nevels’ke, Krasnohorivka, Hostre, Pobieda, Vuhledar, Vremivka, and Neskuchne (Donetsk oblast), were subjects to enemy attacks.

Zaporizhzhia Battle Map. March 12, 2023. Source; ISW. ~

Zaporizhzhia Battle Map. March 12, 2023. Source; ISW.

Zaporizhzhia and Kherson axes: the enemy stays on the defensive. The vicinities of Olhivs’ke, Malynivka, Hulyaipole, Biloghirya, Mala Tokmachka, Novodanylivka, Novoandriivka, and Kam’ians’ke (Zaporizhzhia oblast); Beryslav, Ponyativka, Dniprovs’ke, and Bilozerka (Kherson oblast); Tamaryna and Ochakiv (Mykolaiv oblast) suffered enemy attacks.

Russo-Ukrainian War. Day 383: Russia intensifies terror against families in occupied areas ~~

The russian invaders continue to plunder the temporarily captured territories. Recently, in Energodar, the occupiers started to dismantle and remove equipment from Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant training center, which was used to improve the qualifications of personnel.

Despite the large losses of personnel in the war, the enemy uses alternative sources of replenishment of manpower. So, last week, the movement of a train with first-class carriages for the transportation of prisoners was noted towards the Donetsk oblast. One of the wagons contains condemned women.

During the day, Ukrainian Air Force targeted russian anti-aircraft missile complex, and conducted 6x air strikes on concentrations of russian troops and military equipment.

Ukrainian missile and artillery troops attacked 1x command post, 2x concentrations of enemy troops and military equipment, as well as 2x ammunition depots and 1x fuel and lubricants warehouse.

Military Updates

Shelling by Russian Troops. Icelandic Data Analyst. ~

Shelling by Russian Troops. Icelandic Data Analyst.

Russia stocked near 50 Kinzhal hypersonic missiles to target Ukraine – Air Force, The Russian Army had 50 Kinzhal hypersonic missiles designed to hit “decision-making centers” before the latest massive attack on Ukraine, Yuriy Ihnat, a spokesman for Ukraine’s Air Force, said during an interview with Freedom channel. On 9 March, invaders launched six Kh-47 Kinzhals at Ukraine, which according to the Russian military, are capable of accelerating to a speed of 5,000 km/h in a few dozens of seconds. However, they could only hit power transformers. Russians tried to locate SAM Patriot during recent missile attack – Operational Command South. During the March 9 massive missile attack on Ukraine, the Russians were looking for Patriot SAM systems. This is according to Nataliia Humeniuk, the spokeswoman for the security and defense forces of Ukraine’s Operational Command South, UNIAN reports. According to her, the Ukrainian Defense Forces knew the attack would be undulating, and expected the enemy to build up forces for it. First, the invaders launched kamikaze drones across Ukraine, then missiles. Such tactics were used to check whether Ukraine already has new air defense systems in service.

Russia may set up more firing points on Kinburn Spit in Dnipro estuary – Operational Command South. As Ukrainian troops monitor the situation, Russian forces may set up more firing points on the Kinburn Spit facing the town of Ochakiv across the Dnipro estuary. Nataliia Humeniuk, the spokeswoman for the security and defense forces of Ukraine’s Operational Command South, said this on national television, Ukrinform reports.

According to British Defence Intelligence, (last 48 hours): 

  • In recent weeks, Wagner Group owner Yevgeny Prigozhin has likely lost access to recruiting in Russian prisons due to his ongoing disputes with the Russian MoD leadership. Prigozhin is highly likely pivoting recruitment efforts towards free Russian citizens.
  • Since the start of March 2023, Wagner has set up outreach teams based in sports centres in at least 40 locations across Russia. In recent days, masked Wagner recruiters also gave career talks in Moscow high schools, distributing questionnaires entitled ‘application of a young warrior’ to collect the contact details of interested pupils.
  • About half of the prisoners Wagner has already deployed in Ukraine have likely become casualties and the new initiatives are unlikely to make up for the loss of the convict recruit pipeline. If the ban endures, Prigozhin will likely be forced to reduce the scale or intensity of Wagner operations in Ukraine.

Losses of the Russian army 

Russia’s estimated losses in Ukraine on day 383 of the all-out war, according to Ukraine’s GenStaff.

  • 710 troops
  • 8 tanks
  • 5 armored vehicles
  • 16 artillery pieces
  • 6 transport vehicles
Losses of Russian Army. Source: Euromaidan Press. ~

Losses of Russian Army. Source: Euromaidan Press.


Three civilians killed in Russian shelling of Kherson Oblast. On 11 March, Russian troops shelled Kherson Oblast 29 times with heavy artillery and Grad multiple launch rocket system, Head of Regional Military Administration Oleksandr Prokudin said. According to him, ten projectiles hit residential buildings and private houses, killing three civilians and injuring another three.


‘Court’ in occupied Crimea fines woman for ‘discrediting Russian army’ by video with Ukraine’s national anthem. A 20-year-old woman from Russian-occupied Crimea has been fined 50 thousand roubles for posting a video with Ukraine’s national anthem on social media. This is the latest, but surely the most surreal, of many prosecutions in occupied Crimea over songs since Russia began its full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The occupation ‘Bakhchysarai district court’ reported on 10 March that a resident of the district had faced administrative liability for supposedly ‘discrediting the Russian Federation’s armed forces’.

Russia intensifies terror against children and their parents in occupied parts of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia oblasts. For Russia’s ideological warfare, the younger its victims, the better.  Moscow is intent on inculcating ‘Russian world’ ideology in occupied parts of the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia oblasts, and it needs children to receive maximum exposure to such propaganda at school.  It is no longer only adults who face being stopped and searched, with children regularly having their mobiles scrutinized for ‘seditiously’ pro-Ukrainian text conversations with their parents. In another déjà vu from Soviet times, attempts are made to get children to tell on fellow classmates who are studying at home according to the Ukrainian curriculum.


Luxembourg sends 14 armored ambulances to Ukraine. On 18 March, the Embassy of Ukraine in the Kingdom of Belgium said Luxembourg sent another batch of humanitarian aid to Ukraine, namely 14 armored ambulances produced by the British company “Venari”. “Very soon the vehicles will be sent to the front line, where they will fulfill their primary mission – to save the lives of our warriors who defend our country, as well as civilians who are constantly become victims of barbaric Russian shelling,” the embassy added.

US and Ukraine top military chiefs discuss supply of ammunition and military gear. On 11 March 2023, the Commander-in-Chief of Ukraine’s Armed Forces General Valerii Zaluzhnyi talked over the phone with the US Chairman of Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley. The top military chiefs discussed the supply of ammunition and military gear that Ukraine needs to repel the Russian invasion, General Zaluzhnyi informed. Apart from that Zaluzhnyi stressed the importance of strengthening Ukraine’s air defense capabilities in the face of Russian missile and drone attacks. It is the second conversation between generals Zaluzhnyi and Milley this week. The last one was on Wednesday, 8 March.

New Developments

Finland can’t afford sending Hornet jets to Ukraine before replacement F-35As arrive – Finnish Air Force Commander. During her visit to Ukraine on March 10, Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said that Finland should discuss supplying Hornet fighter jets to Ukraine: “Yes, I think we can also have a discussion regarding the Hornets, whether it would be possible to hand them over to Ukraine and what kind of training it would need,” she said in Kyiv.

Tanker that headed to Russia may be related to explosions at Nord Stream pipelines – Insider. The Minerva Julie, a Greek-flagged tanker that headed from the Netherlands to Russia, may be connected to the destruction of the Nord Stream Pipelines in the autumn of 2022, according to the Danish OSINT analyst Oliver Alexander, Insider reported. Oliver Alexander spent many months analyzing data from the maritime Automatic Identification System (AIS), from vessels that passed near the site of three out of the four pipeline ruptures shortly before the explosions took place. He noticed that the Minerva Julie was heading east from Rotterdam.

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