Ukraine, Armed Conflict / War, Level 5: Military operations by the Russian army – Ukraine [Update 53]

Update 2022-02-28 (10): According to media reports from Monday evening (28 February, local time), injured are being reported after an air strike hit the town of Brovary close to Kiev.

Update 2022-02-28 (9): In the attacks on Kharkiv dozens of people were killed and hundreds were injured according to Ukrainian authorities. Allegedly so-called cluster munition was employed in the attack, whose use has been outlawed in more than 100 states. From the capital Kiev street fighting is reported in several areas of the city, but a two-day curfew was lifted. Additionally, huge smoke clouds could be observed in the city of Chernihiv.

Update 2022-02-28 (8): According to media reports, two huge explosions occurred in the capital Kiev after the end of negotiations between Ukrainian and Russian representatives. At least three blasts were reported in Kharkiv and air alerts were also issued in other regional capitals. In addition, at least one Israeli was killed in the town of Bila Tserkva near Kiev and another was arrested by Russian forces when they detained a Ukrainian ship on the Black Sea.

Update 2022-02-28 (7): According to reports from Monday (28 February), at least three Azerbaijani citizens were killed and four others were injured in artillery shelling in the Odessa oblast near the border with Moldova on Sunday (27 February). On Monday (28 February), at least three people were injured while transporting goods from the eastern Dnepropetrovsk oblast to the Russian city of Belgorod near the Russo-Ukrainian border.

Update 2022-02-28 (6): Russian military forces continue to call on civilians in the capital Kiev to leave the city, there is speculation about an imminent intensification of attacks on residential areas. According to Ukrainian authorities at least 352 civilians have been killed since the beginning of the invasion.

Update 2022-02-28 (5): According to Ukrainian officials at least 11 people were killed in Russian shelling in the north-western city of Kharkiv (Kharkiv oblast) on Monday (28 February). Additionally, dozens were injured. The city has been under continuous heavy artillery fire and allegedly residential areas are also being targeted.

Update 2022-02-28 (4): Heavy fighting is reported from Okhtyrka (Sumy oblast) in north-eastern Ukraine. Meanwhile, a shopping centre caught fire in Chernihiv. Fighting is also taking place in Luhansk oblast, with Hirske, Zolote and Novotoshkivkse particularly affected. According to a UN report, half a million people have already fled from Ukraine to neighbouring countries.

Update 2022-02-28 (3): According to media reports, Russian troops have taken the city of Enerhodar, in addition to Berdiansk, which was already reported by Ukrinian sources. The takeover of the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhya, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, was also reported. Russia claimed to now have air sovereignty over Ukraine. Meanwhile, the announced negotiations between Ukrainian and Russian delegations on the Ukrainian-Belarusian border are about to begin.

Update 2022-02-28 (2): According to the Kyiv city administration, the curfew will be in effect from 10 pm to 7 am on Monday (28 February). Outside this time, people should only leave their homes in case of emergency or for essential errands. Fighting continued in practically all districts of the city.
Meanwhile, in the breakaway Donetsk region, mobilisation has been suspended. The separatists said that the required number of areas had been occupied by now.

Update 2022-02-28 (1): According to media reports, Russian forces continued their offensive on the Ukrainian capital Kiev early on Monday morning (28 February, local time), after troop movements had been briefly halted during the night. Explosions then occurred again in the morning. According to information that cannot be independently verified, there had also been further unsuccessful attempts by the Russian army to advance into the city centre in Kharkiv. The city of Berdiansk (west of Mariupol on the Black Sea), however, had been taken by Russian troops. Meanwhile, more Russian units are advancing from the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson towards Mykolaiv. According to the latest reports, a residential building in the city of Chernihiv, not far from the border with Belarus, was hit by a missile.