Units of the Russian Armed Forces, the Donetsk People’s Republics and the Lugansk People’s Republics have been developing the military operation in Ukraine. As of April 9, the most intense fighting is ongoing in Donetsk and Lugansk Regions as well as in the south of Kharkiv Region in the east of Ukraine.
In Mariupol, units of the Russian Armed Forces and the DPR enter the port area of the city. Some sources claim that they have already established control of most of the port area. Intense fighting is still ongoing in the vicinity of Azovstal Plant. However, the plant itself still remains the stronghold of Kyiv’s forces, including members of the notorious Azov Battalion.
Servicemen of Russia and the DPR continue to evacuate civilians from the city of Mariupol. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, during the day more than 80 civilians, including 14 children, were taken out of the basements of residential buildings located near the contact line. Russian-led forces use armoured vehicles to evacuate civilians.
The Russian Defense Ministry added that in the evening of April 8, the Kiev government made a new unsuccessful attempt to evacuate the “leaders of the Ukrainian Nazis” from Mariupol by sea. The Ukrainian dry cargo vessel “Apache” (assigned to the Maltese port of Valletta, under the Maltese flag) that was involved in this attempt was detained by Russian forces.
DPR units with the support from the Russian armed Forces are also involved in positional clashes near Maryinka and Avdiivka. Nonetheless, no notable gains were reported there. Both areas are well-fortified and used by the Ukrainian Armed Forces as strong points to slow down the advance of DPR in the region.
Meanwhile, LPR troops have been working to expand their foothold in the area of Popasnaya. The town itself and its surroundings are the contested area.
To the north of Popasnaya, in the countryside of the Severodonetsk-Lysichansk agglomeration LPR and Russian units carry out intense strikes on positions of Kyiv’s forces. Sporadic clashes also were reported in the vicinity of the nearby town of Rubezhnoe.
An intense fighting is also ongoing in the area to the south of the town of Izum (south of Kharkiv Region), which has been recently came under control of the Russian military. According to reports, forward units of the Russian Armed Forces already reached the countryside of the towns of Slovyansk and Kramatorks. However, the situation in the area remains unclear and the storm of these strongholds of Kyiv’s forces is not likely in the coming days.
The Russian side reported that during the day, the Russian airpower hit 65 military facilities of Ukraine. These targets included four command posts and communication centers, three warehouses for logistics, as well as 41 strong points and areas of concentration of Ukrainian military equipment.
At the same time. Russian air defense systems shot down three Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles in the air: two – in the areas of the settlements of Mariupol and Kalininskoe, another one – “Bayraktar TB-2” – in the area of the settlement of Sakhnovshchina.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, since the beginning of the military operation, Russian forces have destroyed 127 Ukrainian aircraft, 98 helicopters, 428 unmanned aerial vehicles, 2037 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 229 multiple rocket launchers, 886 field artillery guns and mortars, as well as 1941 units of special military vehicles.
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