19:51 04.03.2022

Main efforts of Russian invaders focused on encirclement of Kyiv, missile attacks on settlements continue – General Staff of Armed Forces of Ukraine

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As of 18:00 on March 4, the main efforts of the Russian troops are focused on encircling Kyiv and weakening resistance in the blocked settlements, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has reported.

"Also, the occupiers continued to carry out missile and bomb attacks on populated areas. They used artillery and multiple launch rocket systems to destroy critical infrastructure and residential buildings," the Facebook post says.

In the Volyn direction, the position of Ukrainian troops without significant changes.

In the northern direction, Chernihiv continues the defense. Subdivisions of the operational grouping of troops hold positions on occupied lines.

In the area of the settlement of Mikhailo-Kotsiubynske, Chernihiv region, a column of up to 200 pieces of equipment and manpower stands in front of a water obstacle. The bridge across the river has been destroyed.

In the Slobozhanske direction, units from the grouping continue to conduct defensive battles, successfully carry out fire damage to the enemy.

The combined forces are conducting a defensive operation, as before, with the forces of two operational-tactical groupings.

In the Prymorske direction, the operational group of troops provides cover for the sea coast and prevents the encirclement of the city of Mykolaiv.

The air forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine respond to enemy air strikes. Systematic hostilities continue. So far, the Russian invaders have already lost 37 planes and 37 helicopters.

The defenders of Kyiv continue to repulse the enemy's offensive, defeat its offensive groupings and hold certain lines.

"The enemy is demoralized. The local population shows in every way that Russia is not welcome here. The struggle is going on throughout the country. In total, we will win! We urge you to use only trusted sources of information and not to panic. The enemy is waiting for this," the General Staff said.