The Shahed-136 Drones targeted facilities in Kyiv, Zaporizhia, Dnipropetrovsk, and Lviv oblasts, reportedly including a Ukrainian fuel warehouse in Novomoskovsk, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast.
Russia Attacked Ukraine with 16 Shahed-136 Drones on March 17-18
Delhi (ABC Live): The Russia-Ukraine war has entered into its 388th
day, on March 17-18. the Russian forces targeted Ukraine with 16
Shahed-136 drones overnight.
Ukrainian Air Force Spokesperson Yuriy Ihnat stated that Ukrainian forces
shot down 11 of the 16 drones and noted that it is difficult for Ukrainian
mobile fire groups to shoot down drones at night due to the lack of visibility.
targeted facilities in Kyiv, Zaporizhia, Dnipropetrovsk, and Lviv oblasts,
reportedly including a Ukrainian fuel warehouse in Novomoskovsk, Dnipropetrovsk
sources claimed that Russian drone strikes also targeted Kyiv Thermal Power
Plant 5, which Russian forces reportedly targeted in a strike campaign on March
The Institute for the Study of War published
that BBC and Russian opposition news outlet Mediazona reported
on March 17 that Russian forces (excluding Donetsk People’s Republic [DNR] and
Luhansk People’s Republic [LNR] militiamen) have suffered a confirmed 17,375
deaths, a conservative estimate of 35,000 total deaths, and 157,000 casualties.
that total pro-Russia forces’ casualties may exceed 211,500 people. BBC noted
that 1,304 of the dead it has confirmed perished within the past two weeks,
indicating that recent casualties are significantly higher than the 2022
majority of Russian soldiers killed in Ukraine reportedly come from outside of
Russia’s major urban centers.
comprises 9% of the entire Russian population—has suffered only 107 confirmed
deaths while Krasnodar Krai has suffered 714, Sverdlovsk Oblast has suffered
664, and Buryatia has suffered 567.
Russian forces targeted Ukraine with 16
Shahed-136 drones overnight on March 17-18.
Russian President Vladimir Putin
continued his crackdown against anti-war dissent and misappropriation of military
assets within Russia.
Wagner financier Yevgeny Prigozhin is
likely attempting to set informational conditions for the Wagner Group’s
culmination around Bakhmut.
Russian regional authorities may be
severing their connections with Prigozhin.
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson
Maria Zakharova reiterated that the Kremlin has not abandoned its maximalist
goals in Ukraine.
BBC and Russian opposition news outlet Mediazona estimated
that Russian forces have suffered at least 35,000 total deaths and 157,000 total
Russian forces conducted limited ground
attacks along the Kupyansk-Svatove-Kreminna line.
Russian forces continued offensive
operations in and around Bakhmut and on the outskirts of Donetsk City.
Russian forces continue to erect
defensive fortifications along ground lines of communication (GLOCs) in and
near occupied Crimea.
Conventional Russian authorities and
the Wagner Group continue to invest significant resources in efforts to involve
youth in the war effort and ready them mentally and physically for military
Russian occupation authorities continue
efforts russify Ukrainians in occupied territories.