Tonight has one theme:
It would appear the Russians are consolidating their gains and picking off Ukrainian units while keeping large numbers of defenders pinned down in the major cities. If that was the original strategy, it was executed quite poorly and the generals responsible should be visiting a firing squad after a visit to the Siberian portions north of the Arctic Circle.
If this is indeed the strategy, those areas for escape by civilians will be closing completely and by the weekend, much of the Eastern Ukraine cut off leaving those forces to surrender or perish as supply lines are cut.
Stay tuned as the situation is fluid and there are many variables heading into the next 48 hours.
00:00 UTC UPDATE:
In the heart of the original 2014 conflict, Russian forces are squeezing the Ukrainians into a dangerous salient around Slavyansk.
The fighting is quite intense:
AFU reportedly blowing up bridges in Bogorodichnoye & retreating toward Slavyansk pic.twitter.com/qEj7KQ62IS— Russians With Attitude (@RWApodcast) March 14, 2022
Kharkov getting hammered again tonight:
⭕️🇺🇦#Ukraine: Russian strikes at Kharkiv’s residential areas .Footage from security camera pic.twitter.com/VjMIxwKPJH— 🅻-🆃🅴🅰🅼 (@L_Team10) March 14, 2022
Heavy shelling of Kharkiv tonight. pic.twitter.com/WPwAeGxgcN— Aldin 🇧🇦 (@aldin_ww) March 14, 2022
And even more video:
Kharkiv, in eastern Ukraine near the border with Russia after more indiscriminate indirect fire. The city has been dealing with this since the start of the war. pic.twitter.com/WstB97v9EN— The Intel Hub (@The_IntelHub) March 14, 2022
And the bombs are falling everywhere in Kharkov now:
WATCH: Extreme and intense Russian strikes in Kharkiv, Ukraine ongoing tonight pic.twitter.com/YZH4t1RYFf— Wars on the Brink (@WarsontheBrink) March 14, 2022
They are getting pasted, probably in retaliation for the missile attack against pro-Russian citizens in Donetsk.
Some Russian combat footage:
#Ukraine: Russian Ka-52 helicopters hitting at least one 2S1 Gvozdika SPG of the Ukrainian Army. pic.twitter.com/ZphuIJyq1i— 🇺🇦 Ukraine Weapons Tracker (@UAWeapons) March 14, 2022
Lastly, a map update from the Institute for the Study of War to keep track of Monday’s action:
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