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Russo-Ukrainian war, day 750: Ukraine sets in motion strategic rotation of frontline forces

Oleksandr Syrskyi, Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, announced the initiation of a rotation process for battalions and units that have been performing combat tasks on the frontline “for a long time.”
Russo-Ukrainian war, day 750: Ukraine sets in motion strategic rotation of frontline forces

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Magura V5 naval drones to get anti-air and dive capabilities. Ukraine’s Magura V5 naval drones, successful in sinking Russian ships, aim for upgrades to improve defense against Russian attack helicopters and ship armament during suicide missions, enhancing their capabilities in challenging Russia’s Black Sea Fleet dominance.

Military

ISW: Ammunition shortage could enable Russian breakthrough on ‘not stable’ Ukraine front. Russian forces retain the initiative and could destabilize previously stable sectors of Ukraine’s front line in a short period of time if Ukrainian ammunition shortages persist, ISW reports.

Russian Defense Ministry reports downing 14 Ukrainian drones overnight. Russia’s Military also reported on downing of one UAV and eight rocket-propelled grenades on the morning of 14 March.

Syrskyi: Ukraine begins rotation of long-serving frontline troops. The rotation will allow to “stabilize the situation and positively affect the moral and psychological state” of Ukrainian soldiers, Ukraine’s Commander-in-Chief said.

As of 14 Mar 2024, the approximate losses of weapons and military equipment of the Russian Armed Forces from the beginning of the invasion to the present day:

      • Personnel: 427840 (+970)
      • Tanks: 6757 (+5)
      • APV: 12938 (+17)
      • Artillery systems: 10565 (+11)
      • MLRS: 1017
      • Anti-aircraft systems: 717 (+2)
      • Aircraft: 347
      • Helicopters: 325
      • UAV: 8220 (+15)
      • Cruise missiles : 1920 (+1)
      • Warships/boats: 26
      • Submarines: 1
      • Vehicles and fuel tanks: 13959 (+27)

Intelligence and technology

Rheinmetall plans to set up four factories in Ukraine. The planned factories in Ukraine will focus on producing shells, military vehicles, gunpowder, and anti-aircraft weapons.

Japan and US to enhance joint defense production to support Ukraine’s defense needs. Amid Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, Japan and the US plan to accelerate their complementary relationship in defense equipment production.

International

Ukraine launches security guarantee talks with Latvia. “Ukraine’s task is to ensure that each such agreement strengthens our country, brings victory closer and contributes to international law and order,” Ukraine’s Presidential Office statement read.

Scholz refuses Taurus delivery to Ukraine again, media speculate “secret reasons”. Despite Ukraine’s appeals, German Chancellor Scholz is repeatedly refusing to provide Taurus long-range missiles.

Sweden contributes €30 million to Czech ammunition initiative for Ukraine. The funding for this contribution will be made within the framework of Sweden’s 15th military aid package for Ukraine.

Bloomberg: EU aims to bolster defense sector with critical material access. Charles Michel, President of the European Council, met with defense industry leaders to discuss long-term contracting and material access.

Speaker Johanson promises to unblock aid to Ukraine that will “look substantially different” to $95 plan. Speaker Mike Johnson signaled a loan or lend-lease approach to support Kyiv’s war efforts without direct payments from US taxpayers.

Humanitarian and social impact

Russian attack on Nikopol injures 5, including 7-year-boy. Russian forces have been shelling Nikopol, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, since the morning, injuring five, Governor Serhii Lysak said.

Intel: Russian authorities block evacuation in Belgorod Oblast as anti-Kremlin militia breaks into Russia. Intercepted communications indicate that “security forces surround transportation hubs, there are roadblocks, and threats are being made.”

British Intel: Occupation authorities force Ukrainians into sham Russian presidential vote. Russian occupying authorities increase their push for residents to vote in presidential election polls. In Luhansk, 2,600 Russian officials have been tasked with visiting homes and pressuring residents to participate in the Kremlin’s illegal voting exercise.

French ex-National Rally leader Le Pen, once Putin’s ‘friend,’ condemns Russian invasion. Despite her party’s long-standing ties to the Kremlin and her own reputation as “Putin’s friend,” Marine Le Pen criticized Russia’s actions in Ukraine, calling it a “war at the gates of the EU.”

New developments

Russian helicopter transporting mine workers crashes in far eastern Russia. There were one or two dead due to the accident, local Telegram channels reported.

Amid Russia threat, Denmark to draft women, extend military service. Women currently make up around a quarter of Danish conscripts.

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