Large losses of two Ukrainian formations
The 25th Airborne Brigade and the 57th Motorized Brigade of the Ukrainians recorded heavy losses in the greater Donbass region, culminating in the destruction of the Command Center in Kharkov.
The Russians have launched sweeping bombings across southeastern Ukraine from Kharkiv to Nikolaev. It is perhaps the heaviest bombing since the start of the war in Ukraine.
Russian military sources say that before the start of the Second Phase of the operation, strikes had to be preceded by military infrastructure, airports, warehouses, and facilities of the Ukrainian military-industrial complex.
The Headquarters of the Ukrainians in Kharkov was destroyed
Russia destroyed the headquarters of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in Kharkov with a Iskander-M ballistic missile.
This is apparently the “salvo” launched two days ago by the Russians with massive Iskander-M launches against military targets in Kharkov.
More than 100 nationalists and mercenaries were killed in an Iskander ballistic missile attack,” said Russian Defense Ministry spokesman General Igor Konashenkov.
“It has been confirmed that more than 100 nationalists and mercenaries from Western countries were killed as a result of an Iskander precision strike on the Ukrainian headquarters in Kharkov on Thursday, March 31,” Konashenkov said.
The Russians claim that among the dead are Americans, British and French.
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The Ukrainians retreat, blowing up a dam
The Ukrainians were forced to blow up the dam in the Oskol reservoir, causing the Seversky Donets River to overflow, flooding parts of the Izium and Donetsk regions.
Russian forces are advancing on the Barvinkove region from Izium as they try to encircle Ukrainian forces in Donbas.
Donetsk and Luhansk forces attacked the positions of the 57th Motorized Infantry Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (military unit A1736, based in Novaya Kakhovka in the Kherson region).
They then proceeded to blockade the village of Borovskoe to the east and south, located in the Lugansk region south of the cities of Lisichansk and Severodonetsk, on the river Seversky Donets.
Mi-28N and Ka-52 attack helicopters assist Russian forces in the Kamenka area.
Fierce fighting throughout Donbass
Fierce fighting is taking place in the Novobakhmutovka and Troitsky areas. In the Novoselovka area, units of the 25th Airborne Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces were attacked by Russian artillery and suffered heavy casualties.
Donetsk units are fighting in the Severodonetsk and Lisichansk regions on the outskirts of Rubizhne. Fighting is also taking place in the area of Marinka and Popasnaya.
During the day, Russian aerospace forces carried out airstrikes in the areas of Lozovaya railway stations in the Kharkiv region and Pavlograd in the Dnipropetrovsk region.
Tanks and armored vehicles were destroyed, as well as ammunition and fuel depots transported to reinforce the Ukrainian Armed Forces in Donbas.