16:00 UTC UPDATE:
More attacks in the center of Ukraine tonight with news of another attack on Mykolaiv:
Apparently the German government is trying to hedge its bets. Now that they are going to lose 40% of their energy supply, I’ll wager they regret that move.
In the south of the country, Russia is reinforcing forces in Kherson using rail also, which does accelerate the amount of ammunition, food, and armaments that can be moved from Crimea.
Russia train continues to operate from Crimea to Kharson and around. pic.twitter.com/6ZxxHoBb5l— Aldin 🇧🇦 (@tinso_ww) April 3, 2022
More street fighting in Rubizhne:
Rubizhne, street fighting.. pic.twitter.com/UQUEh7kKTq— Aldin 🇧🇦 (@tinso_ww) April 3, 2022
More later as news warrants….
12:00 UTC UPDATE:
I shall skip my usual commentary and just move on to the news and it is breaking hot and heavy this morning.
From the Kyiv Post:
Air strikes hit Ukraine’s strategic port Odessa
The attack hit a fuel depot which appears to be part of a new strategy to starve the Ukrainian military of the supplies necessary for what’s left of the air force and armored units.
This is a good video of the initial impacts from the missile strike:
#war #Odessa A missile strike by four SS-N-30A cruise missiles on Odessa today at 6 am.Odessa is a beautiful city and the largest Ukrainian port on the Black Sea coast.This city is called the Pearl by the Sea. pic.twitter.com/06GP58qOqa— Capt(N) (@Capt_Navy) April 3, 2022
Video shows black smoke over #Odesa after Russian strikes hit oil depots close to center this early morningpic.twitter.com/NySRK7WhW3— marqs (@MarQs__) April 3, 2022
The attack on Odessa fits along with yesterday’s attack severely damaging Ukraine’s only oil refinery in Kremenchuck:
Ukraine’s largest oil refinery in Kremenchuk destroyed during a Russian missile attack on April 1st. Drone footage. pic.twitter.com/hlu1iz1hrU— CaucasusWarReport (@Caucasuswar) April 3, 2022
In the north, Ukrainian forces are totally in control of the Kyiv region, including Chernobyl.
In the east, Russian troops appear to slowly be making some gains:
Video shows #LPR troops and Russian Army in the outskirts of Rubizhne pic.twitter.com/KrxKticMto— marqs (@MarQs__) April 3, 2022
And now more Russian media showing what happens when a military has sufficient air superiority to operate unscathed:
Footage of the destruction of Ukrainian tanks by Ka-52 attack helicopters using Vikhr guided missiles.— Massimo Frantarelli (@MrFrantarelli) April 3, 2022
It would appear the final assault on Mariupol has begun. It’s a small salient inside the city so the Russians might well elect to flatten every building before going block by block with infantry.
Mariupol, bombardment continues. pic.twitter.com/lom2GYa39o— Aldin 🇧🇦 (@tinso_ww) April 3, 2022
Mariupol pic.twitter.com/3O2M35N8Fl— Aldin 🇧🇦 (@tinso_ww) April 3, 2022
And another Su-34 is shot down:
Ukrainian Air Defense shot down another Su-34 fighter-bomber in the Kharkiv region pic.twitter.com/KYlNHOFjRHhttps://t.co/kFuSiwS4DB via @loogunda #Ukraine— Liveuamap (@Liveuamap) April 3, 2022
Downed RuAF Sukhoi— Aleph א 🇺🇦 (@no_itsmyturn) April 3, 2022
Kharkiv oblast #Ukraine 🇺🇦 pic.twitter.com/OcPtTODB8w
Attacks on Kharkov have not ceased however:
Video from the Russian MoD reportedly showing an Iskander-M strike on a Ukrainian position in Kharkiv. Konashenov claims Western mercenaries were also there. https://t.co/muv56Yj2Au pic.twitter.com/nflnjDFYmm— Rob Lee (@RALee85) April 3, 2022
More updates later today as time permits as events in Pakistan, Azerbaijan, and the Koreas are heating up also.