Small Wars Journal

Ukraine: WAR BULLETIN March 28, 10.30 EST

Mon, 03/28/2022 - 8:09pm
 Embassy of Ukraine in the USA



March 28, 10.30 EST




General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

The total combat losses of the enemy from 24.02 to 28.03 were approximately:

personnel - about 17000,

tanks ‒ 586,

armored personnel vehicles ‒ 1694,

artillery systems – 302,

MLRS - 95,

Anti-aircraft warfare systems - 54,

aircrafts – 123,

helicopters – 127,

vehicles - 1150,

boats / cutters - 7,

fuel tanks - 73,

UAV operational-tactical level - 66.

special equipment - 21.

mobile SRBM systems - 4.

Data are being updated. The calculation is complicated by the high intensity of hostilities.


The thirty fourth day of the resistance of the Ukrainian people to the Russian military invasion has already started.

The enemy is focusing on maintaining the occupied frontiers and preparing for the resumption of offensive operations. There is noted a regrouping of Russian troops in order to increase offensive capabilities to meet their objectives of reaching the administrative borders of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. At the same time, the enemy continues launching missile and bomb strikes on military and civilian infrastructure of Ukraine. Also, additional units of the Armed Forces of the Russian federation are being trained and relocated to conduct hostilities on the territory of Ukraine.

According to the available information, it is planned to send military equipment and 150 servicemen from the 155th Separate Brigade of the Pacific Fleet (permanent base of Vladivostok). A unit of the 14th special brigade of the Eastern Military District (Khabarovsk, permanent deployment point) has been formed.

In the Volyn direction, there are up to four BTGs from the Armed Forces of the republic of Belarus, involved in strengthening and protecting the Belarusian-Ukrainian border. It is impossible to completely rule out the involvement of the armed forces of the republic of belarus in hostilities on the territory of Ukraine.

In the Polissya direction, the Russian enemy did not carry out active offensive actions. It continues to inflict fire damage on units of Ukrainian troops in the areas of the settlements of Lychanka, Petrushka, Shpytka and Moshchun.

The enemy is regrouping troops and withdrawing some of the units to the territory of the republic of belarus to restore combat capability. In the Gomel region of the republic of Belarus, the transporting of Iskander-M mobile short range ballistic missile system in the direction of the State Border with Ukraine has been recorded.

In the Siversky direction, the enemy, with the help of certain units of the Central Military District, did not conduct offensive operations. It focused its efforts on consolidating and maintaining the previously occupied borders. Carries out regrouping, concentrates equipment in settlements and forests in order to prevent its fire damage.

The enemy continues its blockade of the city of Chernihiv, inflicting fire damage on civilian infrastructure. It defends previously captured frontiers and conducts engineering equipment positions. According to available data, the Russians withdrew from the village of Snovsk, destroying the bridge over the river Snov. In addition, they destroyed bridges in the settlements of Konotop, Stara Rudnya, Smyach, Maly Dyrchyn and Velykyi Dyrchyn.

In the direction of Brovary, the occupiers tried to act with the help of separate units of the 90th Tank Division and the 2nd All-Military Army of the Central Military District. The enemy was stopped by active defensive actions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, but it continued to shell the positions of our troops near the village of Lukyanivka. In the Slobozhansky direction, the enemy is acting with the help of separate units from the Western Military District.

In the area of the city of Sumy, they did not conduct active hostilities, continued regrouping troops and withdraw them to the territory of the Russian federation to restore combat capability after the losses. According to available information, the morale and psychological condition of the personnel is extremely low. Thus, servicemen of the 15th Motorized Rifle Regiment refuse to take part in the war.

In the direction of Kharkiv city, the Russian enemy did not conduct offensive operations, continues to block the city and fire on civilian infrastructure and carries out measures of logistical support of troops.

In the area of the city of Izyum, the Russian enemy is operating with the help of separate units of the 20th All-Military and 1st Tank Armies and the Baltic Fleet. Carries out regrouping, it replenishment of ammunition in order to further resume the offensive on Slovyansk.

In the Donetsk direction, the Russian occupiers are concentrating their main efforts on taking control of the settlements of Popasna and Rubizhne, exits to the districts of Vuhledar and Solodke, as well as capturing the city of Mariupol.

The Russian enemy carried out artillery and mortar shelling of the settlements of Toretske, Svitlodarsk, Troitske, and Pisky.

In the direction of Terny, as a result of a combat clash with units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the russian enemy suffered losses and retreated to the area of the settlement of Makiyivka.

In Rubizhne, with the support of artillery, enemy is trying to gain a foothold in the north-western part of the city, but it suffered losses with no success.

In the area of the settlement of New York, Donetsk oblast, the enemy attempted assault twice. It was unsuccessful, was retreated, and continued artillery shelling of the positions of Ukrainian defenders. The Russian enemy carried out assaults in the area of Marinka. It was unsuccessful and suffered losses.

In Mariupol - the enemy continued to advance to the city center and fire on the positions of Ukrainian troops.

In the areas of Stepnohirsk and Huliaipole, the russian occupiers carried out artillery shelling of the positions of units of the Ukrainian Defence Forces.

In the Tavriya direction, Rosguard units in the temporarily occupied territories of the Kherson region continue to carry out filtering measures to identify Ukrainian servicemen, participants in the anti-terrorist operation, civic activists, as well as the seizure of weapons and ammunition.

In the South Buh direction, the enemy is taking measures to restore combat capability and replenish ammunition, continues engineering work. It carried out assault operations in the direction of the settlement of Blahodatne but with no success.

The naval staff of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian federation performs tasks in certain areas of the Black Sea and Azov operational zones. Some ships went to a closed area, probably to launch missile strikes on targets in Ukraine.

Defensive battles continue in the areas of Topolske, Kamyanka, Sukha Kamyanka.

The grouping of Ukrainian troops effectively restrains the advance of the russian enemy in the directions of the settlements of Huliaipole and Zaporizhzhia.

In the Avdiivka direction, Ukrainian warriors repel the assaults of the russian occupiers in the area of ​​the settlement of Verkhnotoretske.

In the Volyn and Siversky directions, there is the conduction of defense operations and other tasks in certain operational areas continue. The situation is under control and has not changed significantly.

The grouping of Ukrainian forces and means of defense of the city of Kyiv is deterring the Russian enemy, which is trying to break through the Ukrainian defense from the Northwest and East in order to take control of key roads and settlements.

In the south, the main efforts of the Ukrainian Defence Forces are focused on the organization of defense activities in the cities of Kryvyi Rih, Zaporizhzhia and Mykolayiv, to maintain the certain areas of the sea coast, protection and defense of critical infrastructure. Stabilization operations and territorial defense tasks are underway in certain areas.

In the Donetsk and Luhansk directions, the Ukrainian Joint Forces repulsed 5 Russian’s enemy attacks per day. Ukrainian soldiers destroyed 2 tanks, an infantry fighting vehicle and one vehicle. The Russian enemy also suffered casualties. The data on quantity is specified.

The Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed 4 planes, 1 helicopter, 2 UAVs of various types and 2 cruise missiles in the previous day. The Air Force was also involved in striking certain ground targets and occupiers.


Ukrainian Parliamentary Commissioner for Human Rights

The growing military presence of Russian troops in the exclusion zone and near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant threatens to damage insulation facilities built over the station's fourth unit after its 1986 explosion.

This will inevitably lead to the release of significant amounts of radioactive dust and contamination of Ukraine and European countries.

Ignoring the strict safety rules at the nuclear facility, the occupiers are transporting and storing a significant amount of ammunition in the immediate vicinity of the nuclear power plant.

Dozens of tons of rockets, artillery shells, mortar ammunition are transported daily.

The transport corridor of the invaders passes through the city of Pripyat and a few hundred meters from the isolation facilities of the nuclear power plant.  Further ammunition is stored in the city of Chernobyl, near the city of Pripyat, which is also a short distance from the nuclear power plant.

There is a high risk of detonation of ammunition during loading and transportation.

Using nuclear power plants as a shelter and a means of influencing the course of the war, the troops of the Russian Federation deliberately endanger the whole of Europe.  Such actions are in direct violation of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use of Force or Any Hostile to the Environment and Article 56 of the 1977 Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions and Other Acts Regulating International Obligations in the Nuclear Obligation.

I call on international partners and the IAEA to take all possible measures to withdraw the troops of the Russian Federation from the territories of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and take it and other nuclear facilities of Ukraine under its protection.


The enemy resorted to criminal methods of killing civilians of Ukraine and bypassed the territory of Ukraine with volley remote systems. In the Kharkiv region, the occupation forces are using their new engineering system for remote mining "Agriculture".

 This system is designed to create minefields at a distance of 5 to 15 km - the machine works like a rocket-propelled grenade launcher, installing anti-personnel mines, which are fired very quickly.

 In fact, the enemy can mine large areas in a very short period of time, which is a great danger, especially for civilians.  Russian militants carry out uncontrolled mining, in large areas, regardless of the place or territory of hostilities, thereby endangering primarily civilians.

 Such actions of the occupiers are a violation of the Protocol on the Prohibition or Restriction of the Use of Mines, Mine Traps and Others to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts.


Spokesperson of the MFA of Ukraine

Fake referendums in the occupied parts of Ukraine are null and void. No country in the world will ever recognize the forceful change of Ukraine’s internationally recognized borders. Instead, Russia will facе an even stronger international response, further deepening its isolation.


Prosecutor General’s Office

In Kharkiv region, Russian forces opened fire at a car with small children and parents inside.


The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, ignoring the norms of international humanitarian law, carried out a prohibited rocket-propelled artillery shelling of one of the settlements of the Kryvyi Rih with Tornado-C MLRS.


Occupation troops continue shelling settlements in Kyiv region. Two civilians were wounded in the shelling in Irpin. A 74-year-old woman died of her injuries the day before due to mortar fire at a medical facility.


Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine - Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine

On Sunday, March 27 evacuation and the work of humanitarian corridors were held for Donetsk and Luhansk regions. A total of more than 1,000 people had been evacuated.




President of Ukraine

Address by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to Ukrainians.

Imagine, today they were frightened there in Moscow because of my interview to Russian journalists. To those of them who can afford to tell the truth. When journalists were preparing to publish our interview the Russian censorship agency came out with a threat. That's what they wrote - they demand not to publish the conversation. It would be ridiculous if it wasn't so tragic.

Well, if there is such a reaction, then we are doing everything right. Apparently, they have seen that their citizens have more and more questions about the state of affairs in their country.

Although we were limited in time, we talked quite thoroughly. I felt that everyone cares about Ukraine, cares about us and you, cares about our future. I wrote down a lot of questions and suggestions - we will work them out.

Today I supported the global marathon for peace in Ukraine. Not just a television one. In dozens of cities around the world, people gathered in support of our state, in support of freedom.

An impressive number of people in the squares of Europe, on other continents. Because when people are in the square, politicians will no longer pretend not to hear us and you, not to hear Ukraine.

I will continue to appeal to the parliaments of other countries. The week is planned to be very busy from a diplomatic point of view.

Once again, I want to thank our people in Kherson, Kakhovka, Slavutych and other cities who do not stop resisting the occupiers. If the occupiers had temporarily entered Ukrainian cities, it only means that they would have to leave.

Of course, this week we will work for new sanctions against the Russian Federation, against the aggression, sanctions that are needed as long as Russian troops remain on the territory of Ukraine.

A new round of negotiations is ahead. As I was informed, there is an opportunity and a need for a face-to-face meeting already in Turkey.

Our priorities in the negotiations are known. Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity are beyond doubt. Effective security guarantees for our state are mandatory. Our goal is obvious - peace and the restoration of normal life in our native state as soon as possible.

The Armed Forces of our state are holding back the occupiers, and in some areas they are even taking steps forward.

Full speech:


Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke with Ukrainian journalists creating the United News TV marathon

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke in a video conference mode with Ukrainian journalists, who create a continuous round-the-clock telethon "United News" and tell citizens the truth.

The Head of State noted the honest and united work of the media representatives.

"Now, during the war - terrible, tragic, but for Ukraine definitely victorious - you really are an army. A large, powerful army. I believe that today you are a great hope, a foundation, one of those whales on which a man in an ordinary Ukrainian town stands, a man who stops tanks with his bare hands. Today, people like you are holding on to the truth that the Russians do not have,” the President said.

He supported the proposal of journalists to increase the participation of government officials and MPs in the telethon in order to better communicate government initiatives.

The President stressed that the Ukrainian authorities are constantly in dialogue with representatives of Ukraine's partner countries. He thanked journalists for revealing to the world the image of Ukraine, which has been undisclosed so far.

"I want everything we do, everything you do, everything people do, our military, and all those victims were not in vain," said Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The President expressed his conviction that Ukraine would definitely win the war.

"We have definitely become leaders who have agency in the world. And we are not behind the scenes. It seems important to me. It is important that Ukraine has ceased to be a part of the Russian Federation for the whole world," the President said.


Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

Ukraine calls the world to change the address of Russian embassies and consulates to

‘Ukraine Street’

As of March 28, the citizens of 34 countries are being urged to sign a petition to rename a street where offices of the Russian Embassies/Consulates are located to Ukraine Street. This would be a symbolic act of support for the Ukrainian people, defending their independence in the war started by Russia.

Dmytro Kuleba: “Forcing Russian embassies around the globe to be located on Ukraine Streets is part of our worldwide effort to isolate Russia and deputinize the world. Russians will have to literally read the name ‘Ukraine’ everywhere and anytime. A daily reminder that Ukraine is a sovereign state which will prevail and which will always exist, no matter how hard Russia tries to deny our right to exist.”

The campaign website contains links to petitions to rename the streets with the aggressor state’s embassies and consulates in 57 cities in 38 countries worldwide. The list will be extended further as the campaign develops.