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The situation in Ukraine as of February 27. Russian forces fail to break through. Except in the South towards Mariupol

(B2) Here is a first assessment of the fights for Sunday (February 27). Extract from a report made by the Slovak military. Among the best informed about what is happening in Ukraine. Slovakia having a common border.

NB: This information seems largely based on information from Kiev. To be taken with caution. We are in wartime. And the information remains fragmented.

Kiev still holds

There has been no significant change in the military situation in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict over the past 24 hours. Fighting continued on February 27 around the capital kyiv and in other regional entities on the left bank of the Dnieper. But Russian troops have still not succeeded in completely surrounding the Ukrainian capital. On the contrary, they were forced to retreat in certain directions.

An armored column destroyed

Ukrainian forces managed to destroy several columns of Russian troops with artillery fire, including about 20 armored and unarmored vehicles west of kyiv in the town of Bucha, and a Bayraktar TB2 drone (Turkish-made) destroyed a column of Russian troops near the city of Zhytomyr.

Chechens around Kiev

Russia is said to have deployed more than 10.000 Chechens, particularly feared fighters, to fight in kyiv. During the operations in the capital kyiv, however, one of the Chechen regiments was dispersed and their commander-in-chief, a general, died in battle.

In Kharkiv, Chernihiv and Sumy the Russians contained

The Ukrainian armed forces managed to contain Russian troops near the cities of Chernihiv (130 km north of kyiv), Sumy (in the northeast of Ukraine, near the Russian border) and Kharkiv (in the northeast , the 2nd city in the country). Russians " made almost no territorial gains ". On the contrary, they suffered significant losses », in numbers (dead and wounded) as well as in material (destruction of armored vehicles, security and equipment).

In Kharkiv, the Russians pushed back

« No greater activity of Russian troops was observed in the Sumy and Kharkiv directions, where they had suffered significant losses in the previous days. On the contrary, the Ukrainian armed forces and other security forces "succeeded in eliminating the [pockets] formed by Russian troops who entered Kharkov.”

Indistinct bombardments

Russian troops used ballistic missiles and artillery, notably in Zhytomyr, Chernihiv (Chernigov), Kharkiv and Mariupol.

Mariupol surrounded

In southern Ukraine, the situation is more difficult for Ukrainians. “ The greatest gains of the Russian Armed Forces were made from Kherson to Mikolajiv (port city between Kherson and Odessa). Some Russian offensives, however, could be shattered near Mikolaev and Kherson. There are reports of " cases of panic and desertion in the ranks of Russian troops (NB: no specific number). But in the city of Melitopol, the Russian forces “ advanced north of Zaporozhye and east, where they managed to surround the city of Mariupol ».

The Last Obstacle for the Land Corridor

The southern Ukrainian port city of Mariupol on the Sea of ​​Azov remains the last obstacle to the creation of a land corridor from Crimea to the territory of the Russian Federation. Despite intense bombing and a number of coordinated attacks, Russian armed forces and separatist units were unable to defeat Ukrainian defenses.

Belarus enters the dance

According to several reports, Belarus is expected to join the aggression from the Russian side in the near future and send its contingent of troops to operations in Ukraine.

A corps of foreign volunteers

The armed forces, the National Guard, the State Border Service of Ukraine and other security forces are engaged on the Ukrainian side. A brigade of foreign volunteers is reportedly being formed to come and support the Ukrainians. Volunteers from Denmark and veterans of special operations forces from the United States and United Kingdom are announced.

(NGV)

Information translated and formatted by us. The editorial staff declines all responsibility for the nature of the information as it has not been possible to verify it in the field.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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