According to recent reports, the port city of Kherson, located at the mouth of the Dnipro River, has fallen to Russian forces.
Russian military advances elsewhere in the Ukraine appear to have stalled, either for lack of fuel and supplies, or do to unanticipated, stubborn resistance on the part of Ukraine’s soldiers and citizens.
In the Kyiv region, Russian columns are attempting to go enclose Kyiv, while others are diverging toward other objectives. Belarussian soldiers have entered combat near Chernihiv, while other Belarussian columns appear to be driving in the direction of Korosten-Zhytomyr, perhaps in an effort to isolate the capital region from foreign supplies.
Reports coming from the Ukrainian side, paint a picture of Russian troops who are in many cases, inexperienced, poorly supplied, and poorly led. Little news is coming from the Russian side, in part because some Western media agencies are banning their broadcasts, or limiting the content which they may provide.
A comparison with the above situation map, with that of 1 March 2022, demonstrates that the front lines between Chernihiv and Kharkiv have remained mostly static, as have those around the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. This suggests that the Russian invasion may have stalled, or has paused, in order to replenish supplies and regroup forces.
Blog Editor Patrick Cloutier is the author of Mussolini’s War in the East 1941-1943.