6,5 thousand people were moved from the Luhansk and Donetsk regions according to the State Emergency Service of Ukraine. “Since February 24, 2022, about 5 thousand people were evacuated from the Luhansk region and about 1,500 people from the Donetsk region,” says the statement. Earlier, Adviser to the Head of the Presidential Office Mykhailo Podoliak noted that about 200 thousand people want to be evacuated from Mariupol and 20 thousand from Volnovakha. Fierce battles are taking place in both cities.
According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner, as of March 3, 2022, more than 1,2 million refugees left Ukraine since the Russian invasion on February 24, 2022.
Russian forces unleashed airstrike at Velykodolynske in the Odesa region. According to the preliminary reports, one of the critical infrastructure objects was destroyed. Serhii Bratchuk, the Spokesman of the Field Office of the Odesa Regional Military Administration, reported no casualties.
The ships of the Russian troops are regrouping and withdrew from the naval raid of Odesa due to the bad weather. The threat of landing remains. – Spokesman of the Operational Headquarters of the Odesa Regional Military Administration Serhii Bratchuk
The Security Service of Ukraine warns that the occupants are disseminating fakes that: the authorities of the occupied cities have left the country or signed the treaties about capitulation; the population of the occupied cities is meeting the Russian occupants like “liberators”; the conversations and messengers of the citizens are monitored and surveilled by the Ukrainian special services by the rules of the war time and so on. The Security Service claims that the occupants are experiencing losses, and are trying to spread panic, so the SSU pleads to trust the official and approved sources only.
The approximate combined combat losses of the enemy from February 24th till March 5th are: the military personnel – more than 10 thousand persons, tanks – 269, armored fighting vehicles – 945, artillery systems – 105, multiple rocket launchers – 50, antiaircraft defence systems – 19, aircraft – 39 (to be confirmed), helicopters – 40 (to be confirmed), automotive vehicles – 409, fast attack crafts – 2, reservoirs with fuel and lubricating materials – 60, unmanned aircraft systems of the operational-tactical level – 3.
By preliminary reports and eyewitness videos, approximately 2000 people came out to protest against Russian invaders in Kherson. The crowd is carrying Ukrainian flags and chanting messages of independence. Russian troops have fired warning shots into the air but the crowd is not leaving. – Information is being updated and verified
Russian occupiers have blown up railroad tracks in Irpin (the Kyiv region), disrupting the evacuation of women, children and elderly. Local authorities are rerouting to alternative evacuation routes. – Parliament of Ukraine
Ukraine has joined the NATO United centre for advanced cyber defence technologies as a member-contributor. 27 members of the organization voted unanimously for Ukraine’s membership. – Ministry of Defence
The website of the Foreign Legion of Territorial Defence of Ukraine has been launched to help foreign volunteers repel Russian aggression. Even before the website’s launch, thousands of volunteers with combat experience were already applying to help Ukraine fight of this brutal and unlawful invasion.
Russian aggressors continue their airstrikes against Chernihiv, Ukrainian Armed Forces have shot down another Russian military aircraft that was attemptig to bomb the city. – Ministry of Defence
Kyiv city mayor: residents of Kyiv have donated record amounts of blood to help both Ukrainian defenders and wounded civilians, significantly overperforming peace-time donation rates. The support has been overwhelming.
Two wounded children died, as ambulances were unable to break through Russian fire to evacuate them from Bucha to Kyiv. The OKHMATDIT Ukrainian Children’s Specialized Hospital in Kyiv is continuing its work to save children no matter the circumstances. Child cancer patients are being evacuated to Western Ukraine. – Head of the Hospital
Mariupol City Council: Russian invaders have renewed shelling of the city and its neighboring areas, breaking the ceasefire, sabotaging the plans for peaceful evacuation. The city council is forced to cancel the humanitarian evacuation and ask city residents to find shelter.
The Russian invading army has once again broken the ceasefire agreement designed to help with humanitarian crises and evacuation of citizens. They are shelling the city of Volnovakha (the Donetsk region), making evacuation impossible. – Office of the President of Ukraine
Mayor of Mykolaiv (shipbuilding city near the Black Sea in southern Ukraine): Russian troops are advancing and have opened fire. In the worst case scenario, the residents will head to bomb shelters, but for now they are ready to repel the invaders and are determined to hold on.
Mayor of Mykolaiv: three Russian helicopters were shotdown and enemy vehicles were capture in the ongoing defence of the city from Russian armed aggression.
Major rallies against Russian aggression and for Ukraine’s peace and independence are ongoing in Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Melitopol and Berdiansk – cities in central, eastern and southern Ukraine affected by Russian invaders. People are taking to the streets with Ukrainian flags. – Reports advisor to the Minister of Internal Affairs with videos filmed by eyewitnesses.
Only 400 people were evacuated from the city of Volnovakha on March 5th. A larger evacuation was planned to avert a humanitarian disaster, but Russian forces resumed shelling of the city and nearby villages and the evacuation had to be stopped to protect Ukrainian citizens. – Donetsk Regional State Administration
MFA of Ukraine: Breaking previous agreements on humanitarian corridors and evacuation of peaceful citizens, Russian forces are once again conducting missile strikes and bombings of Mariupol, Volnovakha and other cities. This makes evacuation and delivery of humanitarian aid impossible. The statements of the Russian side regarding Ukraine creating obstacles to the evacuation of its own citizens are lies and disinformation aimed at covering Russian unlawful and violent actions. Ukraine calls on the global community to condemn and help stop the violence against civilians.
Evacuation of people from Enerhodar city (near Europe’s largest Nuclear Power Plant) is currently impossible due to Russian shelling. There is no safe humanitarian corridor. The local authorities are setting up patrols in the city and working on restoring heating.
Ukrainian air defense destroyed a Russian military plane over Odesa. – Operational Headquarters of the Odesa Regional Military Administration
Google reports that their data shows massive DDoS attacks against numerous Ukrainian websites including the Ministries of Foreign and Internal Affairs of Ukraine. Google’s specialists are working to protect Ukrainian users and important local services. Google has also expanded its aid to Ukraine to 25 million USD.
The Ukrainian Armed Forces shot down another Su-25 Russian jet, this time near Ochakiv (a city on the shore of the Black Sea). Russian airplanes continue a campaign of terror and civilian deaths by bombing peaceful cities, but the Ukrainian Armed Forces are defending the country’s skies. – Ministry of Defence of Ukraine
10 more residential buildings were hit by airstrikes in Kharkiv, the top floors caught on fire. The State Emergency Service is on the site and conducting rescue efforts, which have to be constantly paused due to continued Russian shelling of the city.
On March 5th, Russian aviation bombed 20 residential buildings in the city of Bila Tserkva. In Irpin, Russian invaders bombed the railway used for evacuating civilians. – General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
The third round of negotiations with Russia will take place on Monday, March 7. – MP David Arakhmiia
In the Odesa region, the air defense forces of Ukraine shot down the third Russian aircraft in a day. The pilot was detained. Source: Chief of the Odesa regional military administration Maksym Marchenko
Russian occupation forces launched air strikes on several settlements in the Zhytomyr region. As a result of the attacks, about 20 houses of local residents in the town of Cherniakhiv were damaged, several houses in the villages of Khoroshiv and Novopil were damaged too. No casualties were reported.