Kyiv, 19 Mar 22.
As of Sunday morning in Ukraine, fighting continues in Mariupol as territorial defense forces struggle to prevent Russia from capturing more of the city. Meanwhile, additional sources have confirmed the story that Russian forces put local citizens on buses and took them out of the area, either to Donetsk or into Russia. For those not already kidnapped or engaged in a firefight, the situation remains dire.
⚡️Head of Donetsk Military-Civil Administration, Pavlo Kyrylenko, said thousands of Mariupol residents who managed to escape from Russian bombs are starving to death in occupied Manhushi and Melekin.
Russian occupying forces refuse to provide food, water and safe passage.
— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) March 19, 2022
U.S. Defense analysts have confirmed that the missile which was seen streaking across Ukraine on Friday before impacting near a warehouse in the southwest of the country was in fact some kind of hypersonic weapon. However, it’s not clear if it was actually the new Kinzhal missile, or the less sophisticated Iskander-M.
New: Russia launched hypersonic missiles against Ukraine last week, the first known use of such missiles in combat, multiple US officials tell CNN. The US was able to track the launches in real time, the sources said.
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) March 19, 2022
The number of Russian air sorties over Ukraine has declined significantly over the last week. Whether this is related to the number of Russian planes destroyed since the war began, or shifting objectives isn’t clear.
The U.K. Ministry of Defense has a new summary focused on the situation in Ukraine’s skies. In short, Russia still does not have air superiority.
Military Land has their daily summary of action. Their analysis: “a stalemate.” Russia is incapable of capturing primary targets. But, while Russia doesn’t have complete air superiority, it has enough relative advantage to prevent Ukraine from engaging in more than limited counterattacks.
Ukraine still stands. Kyiv still stands.